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iPad Game for White Tigers Mimics Kitten Mittens Vibe

iPad Game for White Tigers Mimics Kitten Mittens Vibe

This is one of those bits of content that I think noone saw coming. This video and explanation for an app just showed up in our mailbox and despite, or perhaps because of it's utterly unbelievable preview video, it is amazing. The name of the app that the following wacky commercial is about is "Game for Cats." Sound good so far? No? Sounds kind of weird and for cat people, people who love cats? Do press on.

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Secret Skateboard – For Office Women Under the Table

Secret Skateboard – For Office Women Under the Table

This right here is a skateboard with style, for the woman skater with an desk job, just waiting to get back on the streets to do some sick 50-50 grinds, but currently filing papers and being a boss in the office. This is a board created by designer Carissa Carter and created as a treat for the owner. Made to be stroked, not ridden.

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Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator

Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator

Sort of! This is MakerBot Industries' Thing-O-Matic, a home 3D printer for just over a thousand dollars ($1,225.00). Holy crap that's awesome. It's approximately 12 inches by 12 inches by 16 inches and can print 3D objects that you design on your desktop "continuously for hours at a time." This is the same sort of machine we had (probably still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design - last I checked they were using it to carve 3D replicas of human heads. All this stuff gets cut down from MakerBot ABS Plastic, which you get 1 pound of to work with for starters when you buy the Thing-O-Matic kit. Make a thousand rabbits!

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Screwpop keychain tool can slip through airport security

Screwpop keychain tool can slip through airport security

At my house, it seems like I can’t get away from screwdrivers. Every drawer I open has a couple of the tools crammed inside and I keep them in my desk too because it always seems that I need them constantly for one thing or another. It seems like every toy my kids own uses a screw to keep the battery door closed and any geek will tell you a screw driver is needed if you work on your computer to install hardware frequently.

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ZBoard is a Segway for skateboards

ZBoard is a Segway for skateboards

With a range of 5 to 10 miles, 17 miles per hour top speed, and a lovely minimalistic design, the ZBoard is the coolest little summer personal vehicle project on the block here at the front end of 2012. Having been jump-started with Kickstarter, the folks at ZBoard now have two models up for pre-order, both of them under the awesome claim of Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard. How could a concrete surfer like yourself resist?

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chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up.  Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing.  There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.

chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.

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