Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Creepy Robot Afternoon

Creepy Robot Afternoon

Creepy robots all night long. These are some robots that inspire a mixture of fear, fascination, and "awwww, cute!". A couple of different designs here, each of them similar only in their relative size. They're both about two feet tall, but were built for completely different purposes. The Omnibot (the one with the glowing blue eyes), is a home watch-bot that wanders around this dude's house all day looking at stuff. The DONO is a specially designed beggerbot. It is designed to work in public spaces soliciting donations.

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Instructables: Edible Angry Birds – These Ain’t Peeps

Instructables: Edible Angry Birds – These Ain’t Peeps

Elizabeth Marek makes things out of fondant. She does it out of love and awesomeness. She also does it to make a living. She makes all kinds of pretty cakes for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. They are covered in this pretty sugary icing called fondant. Lately, she's been making Angry Birds out of fondant. She even tells you how to make your own. I'm a little bit in love.

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Networked Police – Facial Matching Glasses

Networked Police – Facial Matching Glasses

Brazilian police have come up with a system to scan the faces of people in crowded areas, checking them against a central database to see if they're wanted bad-duded. I love this. Truly, these are like the grandpappy of the wearable systems from Snow Crash. It's a set of glasses with a camera fitted to them. The camera can grab 400 faces per second out of a crowd and send them all to a central database. If there's a match, a notifier pops up on a screen and lets the officer know that there is a wanted criminal afoot.

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IPv4 Address, No More For Asia

IPv4 Address, No More For Asia

The organization responsible for doling out internet addresses in asia, the APNIC, just released their last block of available IPv4 addresses. We've known for a long time that the available pool was going to run out sooner or later. It wasn't until recently, with the explosion of mobile devices and individuals getting wired into the Net worldwide. The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) announced in Feburary that they handed the last blocks of IPv4 to the regional registries. With the continued online growth in Asia, they've used up their share a bit earlier than expected.

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Origami and Phones, Together At Last

Origami and Phones, Together At Last

My first thought upon gazing on this concept design was a resounding "wtf", in a good way. Chengyuan Wei put together this little gadget that takes the ancient art of Origami and telephones and puts them into the same thing. How can this be? It's all because of the magic of technology.

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HTC Mazaa – Windows Phone

HTC Mazaa – Windows Phone

An anonymous tipster over at xda-devs posted the first leaked pics of HTC's new Windows Phone, named Mazaa. They are surprisingly high resolution and look like someone just popped one down onto a scanner plate, front and back. Being the delightful folks we are here at Slashgear, we thought we'd let y'all in on the news. It's what we do here. egzthunder1 also discussed some of the details leaked along with these shots. Read more for more!

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Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Geiger counter, it's a word that most people have heard about. I'm sure everyone has seen at least one piece of media featuring the clicking box with a little dial that only tells you when you're going to die a slow painful death from radiation poisoning. It's not a very fun device. Actually, they're pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to be able to play with a gadget that can sense things that only manifest in humans as genetic decay?

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Portal 2: Potato Sack – Help Release It Early

Portal 2: Potato Sack – Help Release It Early

Portal is the best game. Released alongside Half-Life 2, it surprised the world with it's combination of black humor and innovative gameplay. With Portal 2 about to be released, the folks over at Valve are teasing us with a lot of craziness. What kind of craziness you ask? Read more to find out. GLaDOS needs your help!

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Hammacher Schlemmer Electric Comfort

Hammacher Schlemmer Electric Comfort

Hammacher Schlemmer is selling this sweet bike on their website. It's designed like a standard Cruiser. I've seen a lot of old Schwinn's with a similar design. This bike features big baloon tires, a fatty padded seat, and a powerful electric motor to help you cruise around town without breaking too much of a sweat. This baby has 500 Watts of power assist driven by a 36 volt L-ion battery pack providing up to 30 miles of electric boost. That's more than enough. Hammacher Schlemmer's Electric Comfort Bicycle will get you where you need to go, in style, and it's eco-friendly.

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Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing offers a service to just about everyone on the internet. They offer a blacklist that will help to keep you from stumbling onto malware unaware. Most of us have seen this screen pop up a time or two. Whenever there are rubes to phish, crackers will continue producing new sites to grab whatever information people are willing to provide. Google is working on a new feature that checks downloaded files against this same blacklist. It should offer slightly more protection for those users who need it.

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What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

Have you heard of Ubuntu? Of course you have. It's the top Linux distribution worldwide. Ubuntu is the first project that made it easy for regular users to really run Linux on the desktop. Ubuntu uses GNOME as it's preferred desktop solution. GNOME is a desktop environment package that allows a single software package to take care of just about everything your GUI hands could ever desire. The GNOME Project recently announced a major version overhaul. This is like the Linux equivalent of a jump from XP to Windows 7.

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Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

This is already making my day. Mogi, or Mr. Grumbles depending on how formal you're feeling, has been making "...blarg house music for house music blargspots"(sic) for an unspecified number of time-units. Anyway, yeah, this is perfect. It's an hour-long re-cut of the original Tron set to a new Daft Punk-esque series of beats that is currently rocking my face. This is exactly what I needed to brighten my day. How can you have a frown on your face when you have lightcycles, giant evil tanks, the MCP, and phat beats?

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