Misc. Gadgets

monkey hunt

Ben Millam has a cat named Monkey and this self described “aspiring geek” was looking for a to give his beloved cat a more fulfilled life. Monkey has the instinct to hunt for his food, so he created a machine that trades food for RFID tagged balls Millam hides around the house.

This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal.

See the system in action after the break.

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Oh yeah, rubber band wars at the office got a level up with this 3D printed rubber band sentry gun. Forget the old days of finger flicking rubber ordinance at your cubicle foe. This gun, created by 20-year-old Kevin Thomas of Switzerland, is constructed from 3D printed parts, an Arduino Mega and servo-motors to control motion. It can find targets and fire upon them automatically using software from Project Sentry Gun.

His final gun design, which was first inspired by the Automatic Rubber Band Blaster, is available for download on Thingiverse. So now you can defend your cubicle while on an away mission to the breakroom.

Check out more images and video demo after the break.

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Febo is a magnifying lens in a special wooden body that allows you to capture and focus sunshine so precisely that you can use it to draw and paint.

“Febo is much more than a regular magnifying glass, it is a proper tool designed to make your drawing experience really unique. Its wooden body is precisely calibrated in order to immediately focus the sun’s rays once you place Febo on the object of your choice. Its size makes it super comfortable to hold, making your creative projects easy and enjoyable. It was designed with the aim of turning nature into beautiful, creative and permanent works of art.”

Check out more images and a short video after the break.

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There has never been a more important use of 3D printing than for this outrageous bubble machine, aptly named “Bubble Bucket.”

Designer Scratchhax explained his inspiration to 3D Print:

“The idea [for the Bubble Bucket] had two origins; the first one being that my kids and I just really enjoy having a bubble machine to play with when the weather is nice. The second reason was from my Wife [who is] working with special needs children and wanting to use the idea of a bubble machine, hooked to a switch that they could control regardless of physical ability as a re-enforcer.”

Using a modified chain drive for a motorcycle, he mounted the 3D printed wands vertically into a bucket with its bottom half submerged into bubble solution. So when the chain rotates, the wands are coated in the solution and then a fan is used to created an monsoon of shiny bubbles.

This is definitely the most fun bubble machine I’ve ever seen. Check out the video after the break.

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This intricate gothic cathedral lamp is made from over 120 laser-cut 3D puzzle pieces. The design was created by Etsy shop 1 Man 1 Garage and ships to you in parts so you can admire you handiwork every time you turn on the light.

Check out more pics of this awesome gothic lamp after the break.

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peek a boo robot

Alonso Martinez, a technical director with Pixar, developed what might be one of the cutest robots in existence. Her name is Mira, and she’s designed to be a sort of “desk companion.” She uses a facial tracking system to interact with users, and she thoroughly enjoys playing “peek-a-boo”.

Unfortunately, while Mira is pretty flippin’ cute, there isn’t any word just yet concerning if and when the robot might be made available to the public. The good news is that development is ongoing, so there’s hope.

Watch the video after the break…

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At a whopping $18,400+, the MusicMachine 3 just sounds like debt to me.

With an obvious passion for sci-fi, watchmakers MB&F created a TIE fighter-themed music box with an over the top level of craftsmanship. On either side there is an over-sized roller dotted with over 1,400 tiny pins that have each been assembled by hand into 1,400 tiny drill holes. The precision-tuned 72-tooth comb made from special steel alloy plays six distinct tunes including the themes from Star Wars, James Bond, Mission Impossible, The Godfather, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and The Persuaders.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015, MB&F only issued 99 of these limited edition music makers with the tagline “A creative adult is a child who survived.” And I hope that creative, surviving child of their target market is also a rich one.

Listen to the dainty music box sounds of the Star Wars theme after the break.

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flying r2

Otto Dieffenbach of Flyguy Promotions has thrilled our inner child once again with his R2-D2 quadcopter.

Dieffenbach will be showcasing his wild collection of quadcopters at SDCC, including the flying Snoopy Doghouse we featured earlier this week.

Check out videos of R2-D2 flying solo after the break…

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star wars car chargers

Say what you want about the Empire, but they embrace technology.

These Darth Vader and Stormtrooper USB chargers plug into a standard 12V socket (cigarette lighter) and feature a pivoting arm so you can better position it in your vehicle. Naturally, it’s compatible with anything that charges via USB.

Product Pages: Darth Vader / Stormtrooper $19.99


First it was the Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger and now Think Geek has unveiled a K.I.T.T version. What a lovely day!

The Knight Rider KITT Car USB Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB-powered device (both put out 1.0 Amp). But it also has that signature light sequence from KITT’s voicebox we all know and love, synced to respond to 10 different audio phrases from the TV show. And in case you ever need less 80s, there’s a switch to turn the whole thing off or mute him. Possibly so your smart-mouthed car doesn’t speak to the nice officer.

The phrases include:

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