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Amazing Bioloid Humvee Transformer (Video)

Someone built and actual transformer, albeit a small one. Check out the video of it transforming into and out of truck form.
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Steampunk Pirate Gun Mod

Instructions on how to convert a squirt gun into a steampunk pirate gun. Arrrr!!!

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Nothing says Christmas like a fire-bombed automobile, or so thinks the makers of these "Urban Collectables". Yours for only $50(US), or you can pick up a can of gasoline and a Matchbox car for a do-it-yourself project.
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Limited Edition Mandalorian action figures, available from ThinkGeek for $35(US).
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Source: Sci Fi Tech
Lock'N'Safe is a voice-activated safe. Yes, someone is someone actually thought this was a good idea.

Source: Sci Fi Tech
Yarrr! The Pirate Toaster marks each piece of bread with a Jolly Roger. Might make a good gift someone with young children or a pirate fetish.

Source: Sci Fi Tech
The $100(US) SteriPen uses ultraviolet light to, it claims, kill 99.9% of the bacteria floating in whatever water you may be drinking. Good idea for camping or trips to countries with questionable water supplies.

Source: Engadget
The UK television program Top Gear built a mock space shuttle using a Reliant Robin and set a record for the largest rocket ever launched in the UK. Follow the link to watch the video of the launch and the less-than-successful landing. Looks like the video was pulled from YouTube so you'll have to make do with the picture.

Source: Coolest Gadgets
The radio-controlled water cannon turns spraying unsuspecting pool-goers into child's play. The cannon as a range of 10 feet to ensure that the maximum number of people want to become well acquainted with your child, or at least how much air time they can achieve when launched into the pool.
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Source: Uncrate
Display your manliness (no, not like that) with this keychain featuring the testosterone molecule for only $22(US).

Source: Gizmag
It being Gizmag, the photo was not be visible (and no other images were found on the net) so I encourage you to follow the link to see the pretty pictures. The Skimmer is a winged ground-effect watercraft capable of reaching speeds of 100km/hr. It flies over water at a maximum height of 1.5 metres and is steered much like a motorcycle. It's still a concept craft, but the concept is cool.

Source: ThinkGeek
This laser-etched replica of the Milky Way galaxy could be a geeky-but-cool addition to your desktop (the real desk, not the virtual one) for only $90(US).

Source: Medgadget
An Australian start-up by the name of Emotiv is offering a computer interface that reads EEG signals. The helmet is PC compatible, and the company offers software that claims to "...interpret player facial expressions in real-time...", "...monitors player emotional states in real-time...", and "...reads and interprets players' conscious thoughts and intent.". It will be interesting to see if the reality matches the hype.

Source: Coolest Gadgets
Charity Canine Partners apparently has a special program to teach guide dogs to put your bank card into an ATM and pull out the money for you. All you have to do is enter your PIN and the dog does the rest. Do you suppose they slip a couple of bills off the top for a good time with the poodle on the corner?
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Source: Coolest Gadgets
If you have $150(US) to spare you can watch movies anywhere with this Home Theatre watch. The device has 2Gb of onboard memory and can be loaded via USB. Eyestrain comes as a bonus extra.

Source: C|Net News
Google Maps now offers almost-realtime traffic analysis for more than 30 US cities. Road sensors and taxi fleets provide the data which is presented as a colour coded map overlay: green means no congestion while red means significant traffic slowdowns. Just one more reason to keep an eye on your computer instead of the road. Just turn up your cell phone and iPod to drown out the screams of the pedestrians.

Source: Gizmag
Two new drugs awaiting FDA approval are claimed to allow a person to stay awake for 30 to 36 hours without feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. According to a Popular Science article, "...sleep deprivation prompts immune dysfunction, depression and other disorders..." but notes that there may be a strong incentive in the modern, high competitive, workplace for pharmaceutical augmentation at the cost of your long-term health.

Source: Gizmag
Want to learn piano? Why not make a game of it. Piano Wizard is a "video game" in which players attempt to hit the correct note on a standard-sized piano keyboard just as it hits a horizontal bar. The note needs to hit the bar at the "musically correct time" to achieve the best score, teaching the importance of rhythm and timing in playing music. It can import any MIDI-formatted piece, and features varying levels of difficulty.

Source: New Scientist
A dutch firm has filed a patent for a type of "electronic ink" suitable for road surfaces. This would allow lane markings and road signs to be changed to suit changing driving conditions. No word on how they would respond to things like snow plows.
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Source: Technology Review
Results from clinical trials of vaccines to treat nicotine and cocaine addiction are due out within the next few months. A commercial product is expected to follow shortly thereafter. In addition to reducing the effects of withdrawal, these vaccines also induce the body to generate antibodies that bind to the drug being ingested and reduce the amount that reaches the brain. In effects, they inoculate the body against the effects of the drug by engaging the body's own immune system.

Source: SlashDot
Just as Australia (and more locally, Ontario) look to ban incandescent light use, General Electric has unveiled a new breed of high-efficiency light bulbs that are nearly twice as efficient as current light bulbs. They hope to push that efficiency to 4 times the current standard, which is comparable to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Source: SlashDot
A Christian group in California is planning to unleash a smear campaign against Wii because they are, apparently, "...a portal to porno". Could it be... Satan?

Source: CBC News
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ancalagon_tbA group of Chinese researchers have succeeded in controlling the flight of a pigeon using a microchip implanted in the bird's head. They hope to put the technology to practical use, but there is no word on what that might be.

Source: New York Times
Not feeling popular enough? Like most problems, it can be "solved" by throwing enough money at it. FakeYourSpace.com offers a service in which, for 99 cents a month, you can rent an attractive person to provide comments and photos for your MySpace account. The rest of the article discusses the legalities of this an similar services, including one that you can hire to call your cell phone at a prearranged time to get you out of inconvenient events. Ah, the Internet. So genuine(tm)!
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Source: PhysOrg
They say sex sells... but only if what you're selling is sex. A recent study showed that viewers have a harder time remembering products advertised during programs with a great deal of sexual content than they do remembering products advertised during similar programs with no sexual content. On the other hand, men tended to be better at recalling products if the advertisement contained sexual images. Sexual images in advertisements tended to cause women to make a negative association with the product. The moral: make the programs nonsexual and the adverts sexy if you want to sell man stuff.

Source: DailyTech
You're never too old to learn something new. Consider the retirement home in Chicago that has been taken over by Wii-madness. “I've never been into video games, but this is addictive," says one 72 year old resident. Not only is it increasing the activity level of the retirement home residence, grandkids visit often to help grandma and grandpa learn how to play some of the games, making this a highly social activity. Looks like a win-win situation to me.

Source: DailyTech
Continuing with their plans for developing a range of nonlethal methods for crowd control, the US military is exploring the use of "...a 7.3 million candela strobe floodlight system to incapacitate crowds of people." They hope to demonstrate the product some time next year. So now you have a choice, fry or be blinded. Or stay home.

Source: New Scientist
Japanese scientists are exploring the idea of using live bacteria loaded with artificial DNA as a from of data storage. Although the details are sketchy at this point, you would store data in the system by modifying the artificial DNA chains. They anticipate that the data would then be safe for up to 1-million years as it is passed down through generations. To demonstrate this, they encoded the message "E=mc^2 1905" into artificial DNA and inserted it into a colony of bacteria. They encoded the data in four different sequences to provide redundancy against mutations. Could bring a whole new meaning to the term "computer virus".... Honey! My memory stick's coughing up green phlegm again.

Source: PhysOrg
A group of researchers are beginning a project to convert videos of lip motion into text. They want to explore the feasibility of computerized lip reading for crimefighting.
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Source: Engadget
These $22(US) gloves have a place to slip your Wii controller into the back. They're also padded to protect your furniture you and your Wiimote from injury.

Source: Gizmodo
Two McMaster students have developed a glove to assist in providing CPR. The glove detects the depth and frequency of compressions, and emits audio tones to guide the user in their technique. The glove can also detect a pulse, probably the most important thing the lifesaver should be made aware of.

Source: Gizmodo
Stick a marker into this little Remote Control bug and kids (or adults) can draw from a distance.

Source: Gizmodo
If you are a photographer, you may be among those that use metadata stored in your photo to keep track of it. Windows Vista may make this difficult because it ALSO wants to use that metadata. Specifically, the photo tag feature overwrites previous metadata which, in the case of RAW images, can render them unreadable. Microsoft's response was to request camera manufacturers provide them with plugins to gloss over the problem. They're response was to recommend that anyone who uses image metadata avoid purchasing Vista until the problem has been resolved. Have I mentioned the Mac is great for image processing....

Source: Reuters
After 5 years of study involving 1,650 people from 11 countries, the UN has released a new symbol to represent radiation risk. They wanted something that intuitively says "Bad mojo! Run away!". Seems to say that to me.
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Source: MedGadget
Kodak has developed a type of RFID that can be safely ingested. Coated in a soft gelatin, they stop working after a predefined period of time when they become exposed to gastric juices. While active, the person who ingested them sits next to a transmitter/receiver to determine where the RFID is in the gastric tract.

Source: American Inventor Spot
When you think of vibrators, shoes are the last thing that come to mind. Enter the Good Vibrations Therapeutic Vibrating Shoes that can buzz away sore feet by vibrating at high frequency for up to five hours. The $60(US) shoes are rechargeable and made flexible enough to fit men or women with a wide variety of foot shapes.

Source: Coolest Gadgets
I previously reported on this interesting (yet creepy) video camera clock, but what I missed on my previous read is that the device uses the household power lines to transmit video back to the PC.

Source: Engadget
Tired of wrecking furniture with your Wii-toys? Nerf is offering soft, foamy versions of those hard, plastic Wii attachments, rendering the safe for energetic Wii-athletes.

Source: Engadget
This notepad serves double-duty as a good, old-fashioned pen-and-paper notepad, but what you write can be stored in the pen's onboard memory. This $160(US) device can store up to 100 pages and is USB compatible.
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Source: Popular Mechanics
Follow the link to see the recent explosion of a Sea Launch rocket carrying a satellite. You get to see what happens when 1 million pounds of rocket fuel ignites.

Source: PhysOrg
You can add key Indian buildings to the list of regions being pixelated on Google Earth. Google has responded to concerns by the Indian government that clear images of some of its buildings might pose a security risk. It makes one wonder what happens as the resolution of these images becomes far greater than it is. Will there come a point at which they will not increase the resolution of online images because of privacy concerns? Google Earth can already provide photos clearly showing the backyards of some neighbourhoods, including being able to see the property from different angles. Great if you're looking to buy the property, but could this eventually become an issue among privacy advocates.

Source: Gizmodo
The F-22A is fast and highly maneuverable, but it's only means of communication with the ground or other pilots is through the pilot's voice. In this day-and-age, one would think that one of the more advanced combat systems in existence would make use of things like secure video feed, real-time transmission of flight information and the like. Lockheed Martin says that such advances will probably appear some time before 2013.

Source: Gizmodo
This LED flashlight packs a nasty surprise; 800,000 volts of nerve-melting excitement. At $35(US) it might be the only personal defense item that not only lights your way on a dark night, but can deal with those that lurk in the darkness.

Source: Gizmodo
Pulled from CNN's list of the 101 Dumbest Moments in Business, the I-Tattoo was mock tattoo kit for kids which included tattoo stickers and vibrating "ink pen"so that you, too, could pretend to be a tattoo artist. Infections not included.

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