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A Smiling Backup Battery That Gets Sad When It Loses Its Charge

A Smiling Backup Battery That Gets Sad When It Loses Its Charge

We've come to rely on blinking dots and obscure icons to tell when a device's battery is low, but the human face is just so much easier to read and decipher. You wouldn't want to have to flip a baby over and check a set of LEDs to see if it was happy, so the expressive face on this Mr Pow backup battery reflecting its charge level just makes sense.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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It’s a Shame To Think These 3D Milled Ice Cubes Will Melt Away

It's a Shame To Think These 3D Milled Ice Cubes Will Melt Away

You can find silicone ice cube moulds for everything from perfect spheres to gummy bears these days. But if you're throwing a dinner party and really want to impress your guests, nothing says "I have too much money and free time" like using a 3D milling machine to sculpt a frozen drink-chilling masterpiece like this.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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An Erasable Whiteboard Elephant That Never Forgets Your Grocery List

An Erasable Whiteboard Elephant That Never Forgets Your Grocery List

Random text files can get deleted, sticky notes can go missing, but the chances that this seven-inch ceramic elephant goes missing from your desk are slim to nil—who would dare steal such a thing? And that's why it makes for the perfect spot to quickly jot notes and things that need remembering. Well, that and it functions like an erasable whiteboard.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 14th

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This Could Be the Largest Flying X-Wing Model Yet

At five feet in length, Rodger Cleye's X-wing could be the largest flying Star Wars model to date. Except that since it's built with a framework of PVC piping to keep it light, it's the last thing the Rebels will ever want to take into battle.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 14th

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Forget the Freezer, This Device Frosts a Beer Glass In Just 10 Seconds

Forget the Freezer, This Device Frosts a Beer Glass In Just 10 Seconds

When you want a frosty cold one, you usually don't have the time to wait for your pint glass to actually get frosty sitting in a fridge. So you probably settle for a less satisfying can or bottle—a compromise you'll never have to make again with this countertop glass frosting contraption.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 14th

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This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify in-flight safety info .

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Andrew Liszewski

April 11th

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Volvo’s Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's just as safe as everything already on the market.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 11th

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This Folding Knife and Spork Is Plastic Cutlery Evolved

This Folding Knife and Spork Is Plastic Cutlery Evolved

If there's one downside to a summer spent relaxing at garden parties and backyard barbecues, it's having to dine with disposable plastic cutlery. It's flimsy and it's awkward—and thanks to designer Wei Young, you'd be far better off just bringing this reusable set that folds away so it can hang off a carabiner.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 10th

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Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page

Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionize the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a piece of paper while it rolls around on top of it.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 10th

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Watch Conan Play Video Games On the Cowboy’s Gigantic Stadium Screen

Though it's had the record taken away since it first opened, AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play football, once boasted the world's largest HDTV screen . At 70 feet high and 160 feet wide, its scale is utterly mind-blowing. So of course Conan O'Brien used it to play video games.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 10th

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