Today on Boing Boing Gadgets
— a site which we suspect you'll enjoy reading even if you often find gadgets tire- and irksome (so do we!) — we spotted these top-notch crank-powered greeting cards
from Hallmark, of all people; hacked sunglasses that block CCTV cameras
; a book about making LEGO weapons
; a human-powered party bike
, complete with lights and sound system; and the Venture Bros.
era-appropriate love of fancy chairs
A team of Israeli art students made a wooden coffee grinder
shaped like a cuddly tumor; a crappy newspaper made a crime spree
by stupid kids the fault of Grand Theft Auto
; ICANN unveiled a new plan for top level domains, putting me only $100k away from owning http://cluster.fuck
Rob documented BBG
's first word coinage
; John exposed a traumatic misunderstanding
of the nature of lumberjack hibernation; I got off my ass and started rounding up deals again
One of Pixar's own made a cute Wall•E in LEGO
. (And I'm going to see it tonight. I'm pumped!) AT&T may actually be adding MMS to iPhone
, which for the first time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple. Nokia released some new phones
, which for the second time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple.
Then there were the sexy stormtrooper boots
, our enthusiasm over which only slighted muted by the acknowledgement that every stormtrooper was a clone, then brought back into vibrant excitement when reader Rob Cockerham invented the term "Fett footish."
There was a Steampunk sonic rifle
. Despite indications to the contrary, use of the term did not cause the internet to implode. Yet.
Helio, a company that thought it could build a business by buying expensive phones and selling them to poor teens has — surprisingly — been sold for scrap
. Perhaps they'd have been better selling buckets for making dogsicles
Once again, someone made a dot-matrix toaster
, but only in their mind
. (Hey, MAKE:RS! You can do this!) World of Warcraft
added a real-world security dongle
to protect you from gold farmers stealing your account. Yahoo hiked domain prices in a fairly scummy manner
And someone made a lamp from dishes
which looks an awful like the stuff I used to make on the lathe when I was sequestered in wood shop for seventh-grade homeroom.
Behold, the Blue Marlin, a “semi-submersible heavy lift ship” that is capable of hoisting and transplanting other, full-sized ships (that is ships as big or bigger than a US Destroyer-class vessel) all around the oceans.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
Phone chargers usually only deliver a few volts of juice at a feeble amperage, but they’ll deliver a lot more if you give them the chance. The BBC writes that a UK man died in the bathtub after being shocked by a charger connected to an extension cord. Richard Bull, 32, died when his iPhone […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]