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Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Skateboards are becoming increasingly archaic with the introduction of powered and uniquely designed alternatives like the Hovertrax we recently detailed, as well as the Onewheel board. The Onewheel, as its name suggests, features a single wheel that is operated with an integrated motor and battery, allowing riders to travel at speeds up to 12MPH for several miles between charges. Thanks to this motor and the use of a very big rubber wheel, the Onewheel is also able to go places an ordinary skateboard can't: off-road.

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Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Motorcycles with retro twists and futuristic elements are cropping up in increasing numbers. There's the Ronin motorcycle, for example, with its industrial design flavors, as well as the Husqvarna motorcycles, which take a bit more from the retro department while adding modern trim like an LED halo headlight. While both of those are hard to come by, they are both functional beasts, a reality that seems less than probable for the decidedly sci-fi-esque Akrapovič Full Moon bike, which looks ready to zip around space.

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DIY hoverboard powered by 4 leaf blowers

DIY hoverboard powered by 4 leaf blowers

We are still quite far from a time in which we can enjoy hoverboards as depicted in the movie Back to the Future II, but with more and more creations like the Aero-X hoverbike or the magnet-powered Hendo hoverboard, we are certainly getting closer. But with creations like those costing at least several thousands of dollars, where's the low-tech, do-it-yourself option? Well, now it's here, thanks to Mr. Hoverboard.

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Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

If your nights or wee morning hours are spent penning the next great novel, but you find that a laptop -- with all its wonderful distractions -- is putting a damper on your efforts, the folks behind Hemingwrite feel your pain, and their solution is a distraction-free typewriter. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the best features of classic typewriters with some modern tweaks necessary for a primarily digital world, including cloud backups and an e-paper display.

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Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Modern transportation needs are ever changing, and many are seeking greener alternatives for their daily commutes as environmental concerns grow. We've seen some odd solutions to these problems over the years, but none quite as unexpected as the "belt scooter", a contraption that is exactly what its name suggests: a scooter that can be worn as a belt. The scooter is a concept design created by Adam Torok of Hungary, who posted images of his creation to Behance for all to enjoy.

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Forget the news, here’s a chicken leg iPhone 6 case

Forget the news, here’s a chicken leg iPhone 6 case

Depressed about the worst software bug in history? Worried your iPhone 6 Plus might be less than rigid? Disappointed that Instagram’s latest Hyperlapse update isn’t live for Android? By all means then, look at this brand new KFC chicken leg case. It’s just magnificent.

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ThermalStrike suitcase uses heat to nuke bed bugs

ThermalStrike suitcase uses heat to nuke bed bugs

Those who travel often understand that small feeling of apprehension when they unpack, wondering if any unwanted guests hitched a ride back with their items. Bed bugs and other nasty critters are the target of the ThermalStrike suitcases, which heat up to kill anything inside.

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Acer’s Selfie-Hat is a giant glittery pink sombrero

Acer’s Selfie-Hat is a giant glittery pink sombrero

Joining the slew of odd gadgets that have surfaced in recent days is Acer's Selfie-Hat, which is exactly what it sounds like, only in the oddest way possible: a giant pink sombrero adorned with glittery stuff. The Selfie Brush pales in comparison.

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Xbox One and PS4 gold editions surface in Dubai

Xbox One and PS4 gold editions surface in Dubai

If you prefer your gaming consoles with a side dish of expensive novelty, Dubai has a gold-case edition of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 right up your alley. Both are, as you'd imagine, quite expensive, and have made their public debut at the Games14 convention.

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Coolest Cooler etches a new Kickstarter record

Coolest Cooler etches a new Kickstarter record

Hailing from Portland, Oregon is the Coolest Cooler, the latest device to take the #1 slot on Kickstarter. The campaign sought only $50,000, but has now exceeded the $10mil mark with a few days of funding left. It has now squeaked past the Pebble's funding, becoming the most-funded project in the site's history.

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Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

We've seen some interesting creations from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht before, none of them quite as (literally) shocking as her new metal plate dress -- complete with plasma balls on the shoulders -- that she wore between two big, potentially deadly Tesla coils.

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Chairless Chair: a wearable that lets you sit anywhere

Chairless Chair: a wearable that lets you sit anywhere

We've seen a lot of interesting wearables, but none that are quite as interesting as the Chairless Chair. At first glance, the wearer appears to be sitting on thin air (or popping an awkward squat), but if you look a little closer, you see there are bars attached to the back of the user's legs.

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