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Kokonatchi Connects via USB, Notifies You of Tweets and Messages [Video]

Kokonatchi Connects via USB, Notifies You of Tweets and Messages [Video]

If it weren't for the blank-stare faces on these things, we would have assumed they were just your average stress reliever. But, that's not the case at all. After all, those are faces, which means they've got to do something else, right? The Kokonatchi is being designed by students at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, and it's sole purpose is to be a small desktop notification robot that lets you know when a new message hits your Twitter feed.

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Folding Shower Lets You Choose Where Your Shower Goes

Folding Shower Lets You Choose Where Your Shower Goes

If memory serves, the last time we showcased a folding piece of bathroom gadgetry, it was a toilet -- and it was far more compact than this big thing is. Not that we'd expect a shower to be all that compact, but considering the market that the designers are aiming this thing for, we would think that size would be a focal point. As of right now, the designers are looking for a manufacturer and distributor to bring the Folding Shower to the world, so it at least sounds like they think they've got a great idea.

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The Daily Slash: July 6th 2010

The Daily Slash: July 6th 2010

Tonight's a bit of a phone night, and we really can't explain why. But, as you know, it happens. But, in any event, welcome to the eve of the rest of the week. In tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, tucked away in The Best of R3 Media, we've got what HTC calls plans for the future of Android and HTC Sense, the coolest ceiling fan in the history of ceiling fans, and the Droid Incredible's (shocker) been pushed back again. And then in the Dredge 'Net, scientists have created a ridiculously strong battery, the original Kindle patent spells doom and gloom for the competition, and some lucky Droid X pre-orderers are getting their devices early.

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Mazda Plans on Building a Life-Sized Scalextric Track with Real Cars

Mazda Plans on Building a Life-Sized Scalextric Track with Real Cars

You've played with slot cars before, right? They are definitely one of the coolest little gadgets out there, especially considering you can usually always throw those cars off the track just by going too fast around a corner. Well, at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed at West Sussex, over the course of this weekend, it looks like Mazda's got a pretty ingenious (or maybe crazy) plan. They want to make a life-sized version of those slot-car tracks.

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The Daily Slash: July 1st 2010

The Daily Slash: July 1st 2010

The beginning of the month. By now, you're probably already getting ready for your fourth of July weekend, and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. We'd be lying if we said we weren't. It's a big holiday. Until then though, welcome to tonight's edition The Daily Slash. First up, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got a new rumor about a 2GHz Android device, an iPhone class-action lawsuit, and some other devices get some prices leaked. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got some eyewear with an integrated USB stick, and a Fujitsu netbook gets released into the world.

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Quirky Pivot Power Makes Power Strips Look Strangely Good [Video]

Quirky Pivot Power Makes Power Strips Look Strangely Good [Video]

Power strips are good things. They can be downright lifesavers if you've only got two wall outlets, and you need to plug in your 10 gadgets. But, sometimes they can be just too bulky, and if you've got a cramped space, they don't do much for your space requirements. Well, there's always imaginative people out there, and thanks to a company called Quirky, we get to see the Pivot Power in action.

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Stamp.y Digital Camera Lets You Stamp Your Pictures Into the World

Stamp.y Digital Camera Lets You Stamp Your Pictures Into the World

In today's world, images are usually stored on some digital format or another. Just the way things have changed over time. It's definitely not a bad thing, but it does make us wish we could sit around with the family and go through some old-school photobooks. While the Stamp.y won't help you do that, at least not in the sense we mean, we do have to give the designer credit for doing something remarkably original.

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IC Social Communicaton Tool Makes Communicating to Loved Ones Easy

IC Social Communicaton Tool Makes Communicating to Loved Ones Easy

Keeping in touch with people that you know can be pretty easy now-a-days. After all, you probably have at least a couple of devices on you at all times that can get in touch with someone, somewhere at any given moment. But, as technology continues to progress, it may seem like some of the older folks out there are getting left in the dust. And while we know that there's plenty of "old timers" out there that can use today's gadgets just fine, sometimes you just want something simple and intuitive enough to make talking to your grandmother or grandfather uncomplicated.

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Eos Triton Uses Gyroscope Technology to Transport You on One Wheel

Eos Triton Uses Gyroscope Technology to Transport You on One Wheel

There's plenty of concepts out there about what our cars of the future will look like. And, if we care basing it off the past, we can safely assume that they'll loose all their coolness in the design room floor. But, what are designers going to do when, if you lose the coolness, you lose the entire concept of the vehicle? That's exactly what would happen with the Eos Triton, which is designed from the usage of a single wheel, and using technology that's very real today.

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Diving helmet of the future is all glass and uses LEDs

Diving helmet of the future is all glass and uses LEDs

I'm not a scuba diver, but I have snorkeled and swam in a pool with goggles enough times to know that the things seriously limit your vision. If I were actually diving in the ocean, I would want my vision to be as open as possible in case Jaws was swimming up behind me or my diving partner was about to try and pants me at 150 feet.

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