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This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

If you have issues with clumps of fur or hair that seemingly move on their own, now would be a good time to look away. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk and be mesmerized, or revolted, by this one of a kind mirror. Not only does it not accurately reflect objects placed in front of it, it actually doesn't have any reflective material at all. Instead, it creates a silhouette "reflection" made up of only two colors and created by an array of 928 faux fur pom poms.

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‘The Force in a Jar’ is a drink for your inner Jedi

‘The Force in a Jar’ is a drink for your inner Jedi

You’ve got the costumes, the trinkets, the faux lightsabers and carefully framed movie posters. What’s left for the discerning Star Wars fan to enjoy? A drink of dubious quality, and by drink we mean a bizarre bottle that pretends to be a drink but really isn’t. The item recently surfaced at Kohl's, where it has already sold out. According to the label, the bottle is “filled with 100% authentic Jedi Force.”

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ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace has a hoverboard that is, in the most literal sense, a hoverboard. The ArcaBoard features 36 small fans embedded in a flat platform that, with the help of onboard batteries, lifts a single rider into the air for six minutes before needing recharged. Some self-balancing systems help keep the rider from tumbling to the ground, and 272 horsepower takes an average sized rider more than a foot off the ground.

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‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

Procrastination and writing — two examples of the many things that have gone digital. Sometimes, though, you have to write by hand, and if you’re having to write by hand it is probably because you’re somewhere phones are banned. In that case, procrastination isn’t so easy anymore. You could stare into nothingness until you start seeing patterns or, with the new “Build-On Brick” pen, you could mindlessly rearrange the structure of your writing utensil.

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Technomancer hoodie uses LEDs to illuminate your spells

Technomancer hoodie uses LEDs to illuminate your spells

Feel like channeling your inner wizard? ThinkGeek has a new hoodie that’s right up your alley featuring a slew of hidden colorful LEDs that light up to illuminate your spells. The spells, in this case, are different movements you make while wearing the hoodie that trigger different types of colors and color patterns. The fire ‘spell’, for example, casts a red light from inside the hood and sleeves, while ‘restore health’ is a cool purple color.

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LEGO machine automates Christmas cookie decorating

LEGO machine automates Christmas cookie decorating

At some point during the holidays you'll have a realization: inviting more people over means having to decorate more cookies, and having to decorate more cookies makes you want to flip a table or two. Enter a new ingenious LEGO machine created by JK Brickworks’ Jason Allemann, the EV Icer automated cookie frosting decorator. With a certain LEGO Mindstorms set and patience, you can make your own.

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Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Minecraft has sparked a creativity revolution that has taken the Internet by storm, from "to scale" replicas of behemoth starships to fan-made tributes to fictional worlds to faithful recreations of the simplest computers in the world. But perhaps none have gone so far and so advanced than Verizon, who has just revealed that it made a cellphone in Minecraft. And it's not just any ordinary, gigantic representation of a cellphone. It's actually one that lets you browse the web and, if really needed, make a video call.

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Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

It’s that time of the year — Google has launched its Santa Tracker! It’s one of the more attractive Santa Tracker pages we’ve seen, and it is packed full of content to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. Those who have used Google’s past trackers will be familiar with the page — it is wintery and styled after Santa and other Christmas elements, and features interactive elements related to the holiday, as well as a timer counting down the days, hours, and minutes before Christmas.

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Lightweight Express Dive bridges snorkeling and scuba

Lightweight Express Dive bridges snorkeling and scuba

The world beneath the waves, at least in places that are clean enough, is rich with wondrous and beautiful sights and creatures. But rare are the people who are able to enjoy those firsthand because of the restrictive nature of underwater diving. Scuba diving gear, which is meant to provide some amount of liberation, practically straps about 50 kg of equipment on your body just to make that possible. Couldn't there be an easier, lighter way to marvel at underwater treasures even just for a little while? Industrial designer Cathal Redmond and his Express Dive invention claim there might be.

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The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

The Netflix Switch dims lights, orders food while you binge

Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.

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Cedar Point roller coaster wants to set record for insanity

Cedar Point roller coaster wants to set record for insanity

There are roller coasters and there are roller coasters. And then there are roller coasters that make you wonder about the twisted mind that created the equally twisted loops and drops of death. All for good fun, where fun equates to probably dying early. Cedar Point in Ohio might not be one of the most popular coaster parks in the world, but come 2016, it would probably be right there on the map, probably with 10 world records bagged all at once, and hopefully without any tragic mishap.

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GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

The GoPro line of action cameras, especially when paired with drones, have yielded a massive library of photos and videos that would have been otherwise impossible to take using commercial equipment. But when paired with a weather balloon, things get even more dramatic. In 2013, a group of five students from Arizona did just that and launched the GoPro into the atmosphere. Sadly, they lost track of the camera during after its reentry. Good thing they recovered it two years later in good condition because the footage it had stored is truly a sight to behold.

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