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Skip the Gnome and Put a Fallen AT-AT On Your Lawn

Skip the Gnome and Put a Fallen AT-AT On Your Lawn

The exact reason why people feel the need to adorn their lawns and gardens with ceramic gnomes may never be known, but maybe it's a not-so-secret way to show their allegiance towards a race of tiny human-like fantasy creatures? If that's the case, why not instead display your loyalties for something a little more based in reality? Like the giant walking robot AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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Watch This Bot With a Broken Leg Learn To Walk Straight Again

Watch This Bot With a Broken Leg Learn To Walk Straight Again

Humans are highly adaptable creatures, and we'll do anything we can to prevent an injury from completely immobilizing us. So if robots are supposed to eventually take over all of our duties, they need to learn how to quickly bounce back from damage as well—which is what this research with walking robots is hoping to achieve.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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There’s an Actual Piece of the Wright Flyer Inside Bremont’s New Watch

There's an Actual Piece of the Wright Flyer Inside Bremont's New Watch

Starting in 2010, Bremont has been paying homage to significant moments in the history of technology with a unique line of watches that includes the Codebreaker which celebrated the work of the WWII Enigma machine crackers. Now the watchmaker is honoring the Wright Brothers' achievements with a new timepiece that includes an actual piece of the original Wright Flyer.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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The Birdwatchers On This Clock Are Trying To Spot a Rare Cuckoo

The Birdwatchers On This Clock Are Trying To Spot a Rare Cuckoo

The designers at Studio Kuadra have deconstructed the iconic cuckoo clock for this amusing new timepiece that introduces a pair of bird watchers, obsessively hoping to catch a glimpse of the cuckoo in a nearby tree at the top of the hour.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 23rd

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Augmented Reality Climbing Walls Turn Mountaineering Into a Game

Augmented Reality Climbing Walls Turn Mountaineering Into a Game

There are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take them one step further through the use of Kinect sensors and projectors that turn climbing walls into interactive games.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 23rd

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Finally, A Pair of Sunglasses That Will (Hopefully) Never Break

Finally, A Pair of Sunglasses That Will (Hopefully) Never Break

If you're prone to breaking sunglasses just hours after you've bought them, hold off on ordering a bunch of replacements in bulk until you can try the I-Ultra sunglasses from Italia Independent. They're made of stiff but forgiving rubber—everything except the lenses—so they'll require quite a bit of effort to destroy, not just an accidental fall to the ground.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 23rd

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A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer that makes it feel like your bicycle is pulling nothing at all.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 23rd

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Where’s the Straight Line Piece in These Tetris Tater Tots?!

Where's the Straight Line Piece in These Tetris Tater Tots?!

Anyone who's spent any amount of time playing Tetris knows how vital the straight line pieces are. And that's why it seems almost absurd that Monarch decided to omit them from its new Tetris-shaped Totris tater tots. In a pinch you could probably use a french fry, but it's just not the same.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 23rd

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That’s No Moon or Space Station, Just a Fantastic Death Star Rug

That's No Moon or Space Station, Just a Fantastic Death Star Rug

What's this? A piece of Star Wars-themed decor that doesn't look like a grade eight craft project? There's a chance that folks who've never even seen Star Wars might actually want this Death Star rug in their living room, since its asymmetrical design doesn't scream 'science fiction movie prop'.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 22nd

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The Earth Is At the Center of This Watch’s Tiny Solar System

The Earth Is At the Center of This Watch's Tiny Solar System

If deep down you just know that science was too quick to adopt the notion that the universe doesn't revolve around the earth, with this Ptolemaic watch on your wrist you'll be reassured we're not just some random spec in the galaxy whenever you glance down to check the time.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 22nd

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