Replica bone-blade from Supernatural


Danielle and Kate, in Ridgefield, NJ, make and sell replica game and movie props, like this resin-cast, hand-painted, leather-wrapped bone blade from Supernatural (13.75", $120) -- also noteworthy is the Iron Man EVA Foam Gloves ($50). (via Geeky Merch)

Gadgets 018: Stovetop espresso maker, Seinfeld trick calendar generator, speed reading and more

This week, Mark is joined by Dean Putney to discuss the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker and Coleman Water Carrier, as well as share their favorite gadgets to inspire productivity.

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The Raven's Chamber: a mad scientist's apparatus


Art Donovan (previously) created this amazing, mixed-media sculpture as a commission, called The Raven's Chamber, resembling some arcane astronomical instrument from a mad alchemist's lab.

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Chip-and-PIN cards let nearby fraudsters steal $1M at a time

Visa's new Paywave chip-and-PIN credit-cards have a $1M limit on foreign-currency transactions that can be verified "in-card," meaning that someone who gets close enough to your UK wallet can simply wave a phone at it and charge a megabuck to it without raising any realtime security alerts.

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Geared necklace from the geared ring people

Brother-and-sister designers Rachel and Glen Liberman, creators of the amazing Kinekt gear-ring, have created a matching stainless steel geared necklace whose chain passes through a set of meshing gears, spinning them round and round.

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Kindle Original vs Kindle Voyage

Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might.

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Kickstarting an open hardware SLR networking add-on


Danny sez, "Lumera is an open-hardware, open source prototype that plugs into your fancy SLR camera, connects to your phone via WiFi or Bluetooth, and lets you automatically upload pictures to sites like Flickr or a USB backup, change your camera settings like focus or ISO settings, or run timelapsed photograph sessions."

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Gadgets: 3-in-1 multi-cooker, magician's card press, iPhone 6 Plus

Listen to Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about what’s cooking with their favorite gadgets in and out of the kitchen.

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Mold for producing skull-shaped hard-boiled eggs


Thinkgeek's Egg-o-matic Skull Egg Mold, $10, will take your boiled eggs and mold them into skulls as they cool, so that you can serve them as ghastly breakfast treats.

Werewolf zombie wall-trophy


Thinkgeek's Werewolf Zombie Trophy ($35) is made from hand-painted resin and is 5.5"x7.5"x4.5" -- just the thing for showing off your monster-slaying prowess. I mean, anyone can kill a zombie. Or a werewolf. But a werewolf zombie? That's some shootin', Tex.

Pocket-sized travel-laundry gadget


The Scrubba is a washtub, washboard, soaker and dry-rack that collapses down and fits in your pocket, and can also serve as a drybag for camping trips.

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Which crowdfunded privacy routers are worthy of your trust?


After the spectacular rise and fall of Anonabox, a kickstarted $45 router that was supposed to protect your privacy but had its campaign yanked for not being entirely forthright with backers, a spate of shady, silly, and even serious projects have sprung up to fill the demand that Anonabox's $615,000 Kickstarter near-win demonstrated.

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Smog Rings vs. Quisp Meteorite Ring

A Dutch artist plans to make a ring out of compressed Chinese smog, which is even cooler than the Quisp meteorite ring which came in boxes of the cereal in the 1960s. By Mark Frauenfelder

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Dyson Humidifier

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The pitch: it kills bacteria, instead of breeding it, and adjusts automatically to maintain a specific relative humidity in the room. Also, it looks cool.

Beautiful junkbot rayguns


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