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An Erasable Whiteboard Elephant That Never Forgets Your Shopping List

Random text files can get deleted, sticky notes can go missing, but the chances that this ceramic elephant disappears from your desk are slim—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. Read More >>

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A Simple Silicone Sleeve Turns Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

The touchscreen generation might not know any better, but those of us who grew up with Game Boys know that physical control pads and buttons will always trump on-screen alternatives. Entire this slide-on silicone sleeve, called the G-PAD, that turns your smartphone into an even better handheld gaming machine. Read More >>

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Amazing Arcade Flight Simulator Spins Players Completely Upside-Down

The arcades that dominated the 1980s and 1990s slowly died off as home video game consoles became more and more capable, but there are apparently still some good reasons to keep a pocket full of quarters handy. Namely this arcade simulator for a game called War Thunder that puts Afterburner to shame. Read More >>

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This Could be the Largest Flying X-Wing Model Yet

At five feet (1.5m) 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. Read More >>

gadgets
Forget the Freezer, This Device Chills a Beer Glass in Just 10 Seconds

When you want a 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. Read More >>

design
11 of the Coolest Products From the Busiest Week in Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile -- pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Though the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production's sake, there's still a hell of a lot to take in. Read More >>

design
A Vortex Tap Adds Much Needed Excitement to Hand Washing

Since most taps are nothing more than a metal tube, you rarely get a glimpse of the magic inside when cold and hot water come together to create warm water. So Philippe Starck designed the Axor Starck V, a clear tap that creates a vortex as the streams of water mix and bubble up and out. Read More >>

apps
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. Read More >>

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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 materialised, 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. Read More >>

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Handheld Jet Thrusters Make Any Sport Instantly Extreme

Now that rechargeable battery technologies have developed past the point of being abysmal, they've allowed a company called Dreamscience to create this set of handheld electric jet thrusters that make everything from snowboarding to rollerblading infinitely more awesome. Read More >>

accessories
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. Read More >>

art
A Home Art Installation That Doubles as a Rooftop Solar Panel Monitor

Installing a set of solar panels on the roof of your home can lead to significant savings when your monthly power bill arrives. But how do you know how well they're performing in between without watching the meter like a hawk? With this innocuous looking piece of art that doubles as a home energy monitor. Read More >>

gadgets
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 revolutionise 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. Read More >>

gadgets
Symbolic Bike Lights Make Cyclists More Visible to Traffic

Common sense dictates that the brighter the lights on your bike are, the more visible you'll be to other traffic at night. But according to research from the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology Lab, a glowing version of the universal symbol for a bike rider could actually a better way to make drivers aware of your presence. Read More >>

apps
A Calorie Tracking Image Recognition App Keeps Portions Under Control

Worried that you've piled your plate too high at the buffet? Researchers at SRI—the folks who created Siri before Apple bought it—are working on a new app that uses image recognition and clever AI to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the calories you're about to consume. Read More >>

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10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work as a Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile's Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer video explains the basics. Read More >>

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