The 2017 Ikea Catalog considered as dystopian urban microapartment futurism

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The new Ikea Catalog is making a big bet on very small living spaces -- the kind of place that costs more than half your monthly salary but is too small for a dinner-table, let alone a separate room for your kids, who are supposed to sleep in a bunk-bed in the living room ("Why would a child on the verge of pubescence need privacy anyway?"). Read the rest

Beautiful wooden shell thingy is also a classic arcade cabinet

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8Bitdo's prototype Desktop Arcade Joy Stick is a) an entire retrogame cabinet, complete with controls, display and guts, b) excellently crafted from wood, c) a surprisingly beautiful re-contextualizing of the experience of play. I'd like to own an entire arcadeful of these, in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, in a colossal building the exact same shape, with anarchoprimitivist propaganda and classic arcade slowruns depicted on its vast screen. The real thing, though, is perfectly desktop-sized: about 12" across. Read the rest

Zippo's amazing, weird new colors

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Zippo went a bit crazy with its lighter colors, introducing a rainbow of material-science wonders that, alas, I have no more use for, being a 15-year ex-smoker with the muscle-memory of an entire repertoire of obsolete Zippo tricks. Read the rest

Heavy steel cutlery with bottle-opener handles

Brew Cutlery raised over $20K on Kickstarter to make these handsome, heavy (150g) utensils with integrated bottle-openers in their handles; the backers who got the early sets are effusive in their praise of the look, materials (18/8 stainless steel) and craftsmanship (each piece is hand-finished). Not cheap, though: $50/set. Read the rest

Lost in Space prop computer remake

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Brian Mix shows off his replica Jupiter 2 computer, a remake based on the 1960s TV Lost in Space show -- which was also used as the 1966 Bat Computer in the Batman TV show. Read the rest

Wizard Dice: odd polygon random number generators for spellcasters

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Dann and Greg May's Polyhero dice are kickstarting a new set of odd-shaped polyhedral random-number generators: the Wizard Set complements last year's Warrior Set with seven dice shaped like potions, fireballs, bolts, wands and orbs. Read the rest

Bond villain style TV descends from a slot in ceiling

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Best comment: "Doesn't that really annoy the person on the second floor who was watching it?"

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The secret skylines of high-magnification computer chips

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Christoph Morlinghaus got a gig photographing motherboards for Cisco and discovered that the chips he was shooting were spectacular at extreme magnifications, prompting him to create Motherboard, a collection of arty, high-rez images of boards. Read the rest

I've had this elephant humidifier for 10 years and it is still going strong

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I've used this elephant ultrasonic humidifier for over 10 years (not every day) and it still works. It has a dial to adjust the amount of vapor, and at the highest setting it pumps out a thick cloud. Right now it's $34 on Amazon. If you don't want an elephant humidifier, you can get a hippo, a unicorn, a pig, a tiger, an owl, a penguin, a frog, a duck, a hippo, a dragon, a panda, a cow, a puppy, a monkey, or Hello Kitty. Read the rest

What's inside a Tiki Bird?

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Kevin Kidney owns a couple of audio-animatronic birds from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the first Disney showcase for robotic animals, still running and glorious today -- he's decided to make them good as new, and is documenting his process. Read the rest

Apple USB-to-lighting cable with built-in battery

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This looks like it could come in handy - the Jackery Jewel is a MFU-certified Lightning-to-USB charging cable with a built-in 450 mAh battery. It's $16 on Amazon with promo code JERJEWEL. I just ordered one. Read the rest

Star Trek white noise machine/starfield projector/alarm clock

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Really, Thinkgeek's $150 Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine does it all: projects a moving starfield on your ceiling, plays starship-like white noise loops while you drift off, presents a goofily plausible UI and form-factor straight out of the Roddenverse, and can even play the red alert klaxon as its alarm-tone. Read the rest

Here's the travel USB charger I use

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I've had the Plugable 5-Port 36W USB Universal Smart Charger for over a year. I take it with me on all trips, including business and family travel. Having five USB ports means I can charge everyone's phones and a battery at the same time.

Instead of plugging directly into the wall outlet, the charger has a 48-inch power cord. This is an important feature, because it means I can plug the cord into a hard-to-get-to outlet and set the charging unit itself on a table or desk. The model with 5 smart ports is $22, and the model with 2 smart ports and 3 universal ports is $15. Read the rest

Flesh sucking phone charger is one of a kind

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I’ve traveled to Japan many times over the decades and seen some really strange shit. Read the rest

Illegal "Warranty Void If Removed" still ubiquitous: they're on the Xbox One S

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The tamper-evident "Warrant Void If Removed" stickers violate the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, which allows device owners to take their gadgets for service at independent depots without voiding their warranties. Read the rest

A horn-shaped Viking mug for your coffee

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Goat Story's 16 oz horn mug is designed to bring a little Viking to your morning cup, with a spillproof lid and a cross-body carry-strap that converts to a stand to allow you to balance your horn of plenty on your desk between swigs. Read the rest

1 billion computer monitors vulnerable to undetectable firmware attacks

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A team led by Ang Cui (previously) -- the guy who showed how he could take over your LAN by sending a print-job to your printer -- have presented research at Defcon, showing that malware on your computer can poison your monitor's firmware, creating nearly undetectable malware implants that can trick users by displaying fake information, and spy on the information being sent to the screen. Read the rest

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