odd gadgets

RocketSkates bring motors to your feet

RocketSkates bring motors to your feet

Skateboards, bicycles, even scooters -- all valid ways to get around, but none quite as eye-catching as the RocketSkates, a Kickstarter effort that has hit its funding goal and promises to shuttle you around town using nothing but your feet.

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Tetris playable t-shirt is a different kind of wearable

Tetris playable t-shirt is a different kind of wearable

Wearables are all the rage, and while some companies are producing tech-toting clothing (Microsoft's charging pants, anyone?), arguably none are quite as fun as the Tetris t-shirt. Created by Marc Kerger, the t-shirt's game is entirely playable, with the controls being embedded within the apparel.

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PancakeBot 3D-prints the pancakes you can’t draw

PancakeBot 3D-prints the pancakes you can’t draw

You've heard of the MakerBot, but how about the PancakeBot? While 3D printing is the subject of many potentially life-altering projects, it also has its fun and quirky uses, such as the ink-design Jell-O shot printer. The PancakeBot can be counted among those fun uses, designing the complex pancake drawings you can never manage by hand.

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Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart Internet-connected devices are arriving at increasingly rapid speeds, bringing a level of interaction to everyday appliances that were mere fiction in the recent past. The latest among those connected devices is the brainchild of a coffee roaster and marketing company.

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“Transform” dynamic furniture transforms its shape

“Transform” dynamic furniture transforms its shape

Furniture of the future could have a shapeshifting feature that allows it to change shape based on the owner's mood. The work on this was performed by MIT, with the resulting device being aptly called the Transform. We've got a couple videos of it in action after the jump.

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Titanfall EVA-8 Shotgun recreated out of LEGOs

Titanfall EVA-8 Shotgun recreated out of LEGOs

Titanfall has earned more than its fair share of fans, one of whom has recreated the game's EVA-8 Shotgun entirely out of LEGOs. The shotgun is incredibly similar to the in-game version, complete with a removable drum and multi-color shading.

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ThinkGeek April Fools’ toys again serve as viral testing ground

ThinkGeek April Fools’ toys again serve as viral testing ground

Today is the day in the technology reporting world where you mustn’t believe anything anyone tells you. Today, after all, is April Fools’ Day. One of the most consistently top-notch April Fools’ Day collections remains hearty today, that being ThinkGeek’s collection of oddities. In ThinkGeek’s collection we get not only a giggle, but a chance to see these unbelievable devices and toys turn real, as well.

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HUVr Hoverboard fake: Funny Or Die claims anti-grav viral

HUVr Hoverboard fake: Funny Or Die claims anti-grav viral

Yesterday, fans the world over got a jolt of excitement when a viral video surfaced showing off celebrities and athletes alike demonstrating the HUVr, a purported "real" hoverboard bringing the iconic futuristic skate option from Back to the Future to reality. Today Funny or Die has posted a new video featuring Christopher Lloyd apologizing for the shattered hopes of many and taking credit for the production.

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Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

This week on top of the Back to the Future HUVr board comes the Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm. This product has Oscar Mayer suggesting that we plug in to an iPhone and, instead of hearing an alarm noise in the morning, we get a burst of perfume that smells like bacon. Is it April 1st already?

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Brain controlled kitty tail for humans is called Shippo

Brain controlled kitty tail for humans is called Shippo

It seems there's no shortage of strange gadgets coming out of Japan. I guess we can thank the Pokémon craze for the rash of wearable faux animal parts for humans. In the past, we've seen some rather odd necomimi robotic cat ears that would move based on your mood.

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NFC gumball machine sells digital content instead of candy

NFC gumball machine sells digital content instead of candy

Marketing agency Razorfish has taken the idea of a regular gumball machine and transformed it into an NFC-enabled prototype that takes quarters and spits out digital content for smartphones instead of gum. Once you’ve inserted the coins and twist the handle, you can hold your smartphone where the gumball chute is supposed to be to have that digital content delivered to your device.

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Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Playing a game of real life paper toss just got way simpler, all thanks to a new trash that can swiftly move across a room to catch any airborne piece of trash you toss past your shoulder. The Smart Trashbox actually uses Kinect technology that operates on a wheeled base and is configured to an integrated circuit board. And even though this sort of thing was likely designed for lazy people or people with bad aim, we're pretty sure it could be used purely for entertainment purposes too.

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