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Novelty toaster will burn your selfie into bread

Novelty toaster will burn your selfie into bread

Spurred by silly news reports of people seeing faces in the random patterns on their toast, various novelty toasters have appeared allowing one to eat toast deliberately crisped with a certain pattern or face. Burnt Impressions has taken this a step further, deciding to appeal to the so-called narcissistic generation's love of selfies.

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Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

An early 90s Wallace & Gromit cartoon has inspired University of Leicester students to develop a theory on how one might eventually be able to walk on the walls or ceiling. Though not exactly anti-gravity boots, the shoes would be powered by a vacuum and battery pack in one's pants, giving them gravity-defying abilities.

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Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

One rocket scientist has turned his attention to cookware, designing a new set of pots and pans that are touted as nearly double the energy efficiency of your ordinary round cookware. What's different? The addition of fins.

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Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

With the exception of astraphobes, the sound of rain and thunder can be relaxing -- a nice time to spend an afternoon indoors reading or a way to fall asleep quickly. If mere sounds aren't quite up to par for you, one artist has a solution: Cloud, a thunder cloud-shaped lamp.

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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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