Author: Conner Flynn

‘Block’ Connection Blocking Phone Case

As much as technology has improved our lives, it has also had some unintended side effects. People find it hard to tear themselves away from their phones. Sometimes they even ignore those in the real world in favor of what is going on on their device. It is especially annoying when you are talking with someone and they are constantly checking their phone. Some people have even walked into traffic and been killed by cars because they were glued to their phone screen. It’s a real problem that proves that too much of a good thing can be very bad. So it is important to disconnect now and then and be a part of the real world. That’s where “Block” comes in handy. It is a connection-blocking case with a sleek appearance. If you want to prevent messages, calls and notifications from distracting you, just place your mobile...

The Force Is Strong With These Samsung POWERbot VR7000 Vacuums

Robotic vacuums have been a thing for a while now. They faithfully clean up our homes 24/7 like the little drones they are. That saves us humans a lot of time and energy because we no longer have to do the job ourselves. With these robot servants being everywhere, I’ve often wondered why manufacturers don’t make them more unique, with more color options, fun designs or even some good old fashioned geek branding. Well Samsung is finally getting hip to the fact that our robot vacuums should be more unique. And so the POWERbot VR7000 series is going Star Wars. These limited edition Samsung POWERbot VR7000 series vacuums look like a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. The stormtrooper costs about $700, and the Darth Vader version is about $800. This is a great way to really stick it to the galactic empire. Both Vader and Stormtroopers used to be...

Sharp’s RoBoHon Robot Is Now More Affordable

All of the cool robots, like the rest of the coolest toys, are super expensive. Well, if you’ve been waiting for a price drop for Sharp’s cute robot phone, your wait is almost over. As of October 6th, you can get a RoBoHon for just 138,000 yen (about $1,230). That’s a 60,000 yen drop(or $530) from the original price. Sure, that’s still pricey, but we are talking about an honest to God robot here people. There is one small catch that you may or may not care about: It doesn’t come with cellular function. Aside from that, this WiFi-only RoBoHon is identical to its LTE counterpart. It still has the same Snapdragon 400 chipset, Android 5.0 OS, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (with 720p video recording), a 720p pico projector in the head, a 1,700 mAh battery and a 2-inch QVGA touchscreen in back....

Honda’s E2-DR Disaster Response Robot Can Climb Ladders

Robots are learning new tricks all the time and for every trick they learn they become more useful. These tricks are especially useful when you’re talking about disaster response. The disaster response team of the future is going to be all robot. And what that robot is capable of could determine your life or death. Honda has unveiled a working prototype of its E2-DR disaster response robot and it is very capable already. It stands 1.68 meters high and weighs 85 kilograms. E2-DR can walk, navigate over objects, climb stairs and ladders, get through narrow spaces and traverse piles of debris like a bot on a mission, which it is. This robot can even stand being in the rain for 20 minutes. To keep it as lightweight as possible, Honda exchanged traditional cables for optical fibers. It also has a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery that delivers 90 minutes of...

1-Ring Moon Smart Security Camera Levitates

When you install a security camera in your home, you usually have to settle for a single viewpoint, but we can do better. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera changes the game. Insert Star Wars “That’s no moon” joke here. This security camera is designed with a levitating design, allowing the camera to capture 360-degrees of footage in any space. Now everything will be within your field of view. It’s a brilliant design and I’m surprised we haven’t seen this everywhere by now. It is suspended in mid-air and ready to be a literal eye in the sky, just at a low altitude. It can instantly detect movement and events, so will automatically rotate to begin filming. You can access this gravity defying camera using the accompanying app and of course get notifications if there are any disturbances detected when you’re away from home. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera...

Arkansas Dentist Creates Star Wars Spoof To Promote Laser Technology

Jonesboro, Arkansas dentist Dr. J. Steven Abernathy is obviously a huge Star Wars fan. So when it came time to promote PIPS, a precision laser activated irrigation technology, obviously he’s going to turn to Star Wars. Well, the spoof video that he created here is just wonderful. It’s like being in an alternate universe where somehow Star Wars and dentistry have collided. This is without a doubt, the most epic root canal commercial in existence. Honestly, I’m not sure how many even exist, but this is the best. I bet he shows this to all of his new patients first thing. It probably puts them at ease right away. All I know is that if I lived in Arkansas, he would be my dentist. The floss is strong with him. I can feel it. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing two more videos like this, one for...

Guy Straps Six Rafts Together For Crazy White Water Rafting Experience

I’m a big chicken. You won’t catch me jumping out of a plane, hang gliding or even whitewater rafting. These things are all dangerous enough as they are, but some people like to up the crazy factor. Like this guy. Navigating currents like this is dangerous even if you have the best gear and all of the proper safety equipment. How do you make it even more deadly? Well, you could always stack six rafts on top of each other and hit the rapids. Professional rafter Covey Baack did just that, using custom nine foot oar extensions. He navigated some class four rapids on top of this crazy creation. It looks like it could tip at any time. I would say it is his skills more than the structure itself that kept him alive and not in the water at all. I have to admit, it does look...

Nuada Hand Strength Enhancing Gloves

It’s hard to say if they have a working prototype of the Nuada glove or not. It may just be a concept with renderings. But it is still worth our while. The video is just 2 minutes worth of cartoon people. We do hear that the company has demonstrated a functional Nuada device at Disrupt SF, but it has a long way to go before it reaches the company’s description. Nevertheless, it is a great indication of where wearables are headed. The idea is that it can provide a boost in hand gripping, lifting, pushing, and pulling strength. This is great for the elderly who have lost some strength, or for others who just want a performance enhancement so they can lift things without straining. Think about it. A wearable like this changes everything. Once Nuada becomes what it claims, it will be a thin, flexible, and ergonomic...

How To Mute Annoying Friends On Facebook

Even though we enjoy talking with our friends on Facebook, we all have those friends who are annoying. Maybe they constantly post things you hate. Maybe they never shut up. Maybe you scrolled past 200 baby pictures already this morning. Maybe a brand is doing way too much advertising. It would be nice to be able to mute these people, rather than unfollowing them which would be awkward and make them feel bad. Well, there is a way. Facebook is testing a new feature called “Snooze.” It allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time. A day, a week, or a month. This gives you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don’t want to see. It’s easy and like we said, no one’s feelings get hurt, because they won’t know that you’ve muted them. This is a great...

This Guy Built A Commodore 64 VR Rig

VR is all about immersive experiences.The more real it is, the better. The problem is, not everyone can afford a $500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand dollar VR-ready gaming PC. Well, there is a cheaper option. If you don’t mind taking a technological step backward. One Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer, the Commodore 64. You can find the supplies you need for cheap at thrift shops. Jim_64 added an LCD display to a cheap pair of VR goggles. These mirror what’s on an old CRT TV connected to his Commodore 64. So how to you get VR content on an old rig like this? Well, Jim_64 had to code his own virtual reality adventure game called Street Defender. When I say Virtual Reality, in this case it is what VR might have looked like way back when....

Soldering Iron Is Hacked To Play Tetris

You know how it is, when you are soldering away and suddenly you realize that you want to play Tetris on your soldering iron. I’m sure we have all had that thought while soldering. I know, me either, but this genius’ mind obviously is wired different than ours. The TS100 is an open-source soldering iron that has the ability to program its temperature. So the device uses a tiny OLED screen, and this is what allowed YouTuber Joric to hack the device and play Tetris on it. Now it is a great distraction for when you should be soldering. Obviously, this is never going to replace your Game Boy. It is simply the kind of hack that you do just to see if it can be done, and because, why not? Check out the minute-and-a-half demo video below. It’s worth it for the music alone. I had no...

Watch This Room Fill With Foam To Test Foam Fire Suppression System

It’s a classic sitcom bit of comedy. Usually someone fills the washing machine or dishwasher with way too much soap and the room becomes to fill with foamy soap suds. No matter how stupid the show, it’s always a fun bit to watch. That’s kinda like what this is, except on a much larger scale and with foam. Safety personnel at the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve base in Pennsylvania need to make sure that the foam fire suppression system actually works before they bringing any planes into its new helicopter maintenance training facility. Financially, it’s important. So how do you do that? You just let the system do its thing and fill a giant room with foam and try not to yell, “LUCY!” It is a cool test of the emergency equipment. This foam is normally used where there are highly flammable liquids, since it helps to...

This Smart First-Aid Kit Uses Algorithms In Emergency Situations

Sadly, when an emergency situation occurs, chances are that the surrounding bystanders do not have any first aid training. That is the sad reality. And this is why Mobilize Rescue Systems has released an intelligent first aid kit that seeks to overcome this problem. It is called the Comprehensive Rescue System. This unique kit has an embedded tablet in its lid that has lessons and instructions from thousands of pages of triage and emergency response documents. It uses artificial intelligence to perform triage and walk you through first response treatment. It’s like having an EMT at your side. It has everything you need, clearly labelled with large-print numbers and letters. The ard-case version is $2,250, while a soft-case version will cost $1,750. Sure, it is expensive, but we’re talking about something that can save your life. If both are out of your price range, they also have a...

Anthouse Robot Pet Companion

Today humans are busier than ever. We don’t have time and energy for all of the things we used to be able to do. And our lifestyles are only getting busier. This means that your pets are missing out on quality time with you. It isn’t easy for the 21st century pet, but the Anthouse Robot Pet Companion is here to improve your pet’s life. The idea is that owners can “telesocialize” with their pet via an Internet connection. You miss your dog and your dog misses you, so this provides a way to connect and not leave your pet completely unattended. This robot is controlled with the accompanying app for iOS or Android and connects through your home WiFi network to let you see your pet in real-time. You can take photos, videos and communicate using the built-in speaker. Your pet will love that you are able...

Colin Furze Rides a Bike Armed With 1,000 Exploding Rockets

If you have been following Colin Furze, then you’ve seen him pull off all kinds of crazy stunts. How this guy isn’t permanently in the hospital or in a grave, I have no idea. If you have not been following this mad man, all you need to know is that he is fearless and possibly insane. In the video below, he rides a custom-built bike that is packed with 1,000 rockets. He’s not even wearing a helmet, though he does have a fireproof slab of foam strapped to his back. Fire and explosives are nothing new to him, but this stunt is not one where he can stand at a safe distance away. He may be riding a bike, but this is just like having all of those fireworks strapped to his back. And it is a crazy amount of fireworks, because why go small? Watching him peddle...

The Terminator Multimedia Speaker

Talking to Alexa using one of Amazon’s Echo speakers is cool. But not nearly as cool as talking to a T-800 Terminator speaker from the Terminator movies. This Terminator T-800 Speaker has Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant onboard. It has arrived from the future, not to kill us all, but to help. So now you can play your tunes and get Alexa’s help from the head of a cyborg. Will this give rise to Skynet and kill us all? I guess we are all about to find out. It is made by AC Worldwide and is a nicely detailed reproduction of the endoskeleton skull. Try not to be intimidated by having this thing on your desk. The skull comes mounted on a platform with a plaque bearing a message that you can customize. You can have it say, “I’ll be back!”, or whatever else you want. It stands 18...

Self-Healing Polymers Make For Self-Healing Robots

Robotic teams everywhere are working on soft robots, because many situations need a gentle touch. Soft robots can squish into tight locations, pick up fragile objects without breaking them and more. However soft robots are obviously more easily damaged as well. Say a soft robot encounters something with sharp edges. Well, that soft material is damaged and basically the equivalent of a human with an open wound. To solve this, a team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium have developed a way to create soft machines that can heal themselves. The method is simple. They just use heat. In the video below, a robotic hand has artificial muscle that has self-healing properties. The hand gets stabbed and then proceeds to repair itself. The material is made of jelly-like rubbery polymers with many strands that reorganize and lock together when heat is introduced. This basically means that...

OJO Nintendo Switch Dock And Projector

One of the coolest things about the Nintendo Switch compared to other gaming consoles is the portability factor. You can take it with you and play games on the go and when you are home you can just dock it and play on your TV. But what if your TV isn’t available? Maybe your wife is watching Netflix, or maybe there is no TV where you are. The OJO projector is here to fill this niche. The OJO is being called the world’s first projector for the Nintendo Switch. You just dock the Switch and project your game onto another surface, like the wall. It claims to be able to project images as large as 120-inches at 200 lumens, and it has a 20,000mAh battery that lets you charge the Switch on the go, and other mobile devices too. This device is sure to be handy for gamers...

The NES30 Arcade Stick Works With Android and Nintendo Switch

Whenever Nintendo comes out with a new console, some retro arcade sticks always follow. Arcade sticks are perfect for certain kinds of games, like fighting games for instance and many of us grew up playing with arcade sticks in the arcade anyway, so we enjoy using them for other games. So it is no wonder that retro controller maker 8bitdo has introduced the good looking NES30 Arcade Stick. This arcade stick is a retro wireless controller with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The built in battery will deliver up to 18 hours of continuous play time, so your fun doesn’t need to be interrupted. Other features include eight big red 30mm size buttons for all of those combos you need, D-Input and X-Input functionality, Turbo and d-pad/joystick modes. It is easily mod-able and customizable too. It is designed to...

This Personal Helicopter Looks Like a Drone

Loveland, Ohio company, Workhorse, has created a personal helicopter that is basically an oversized drone. It runs on electricity and gas and goes by the name “SureFly”. This drone is a two seater that has eight counter-rotating motors on four arms. It will fly at a range of 70 miles, and even has a backup battery that gives you five extra minutes of flight for safe landing. Yep, just little a drone. You would think that in a drone this size, you would get more than 5 extra minutes of flight time from a backup battery. You better bequick about whatever you need to do in that time. The SureFly is set to go into production in 2019, but if you have the disposable income, you can pre-order it right now from Workhorse’s website. It will cost you around $200,000. It is designed for safe and easy flight....

Make Your Own DIY TRON Helmet

We all love shiny and glowy things. Shiny and glowy things are just pretty. We are all like crows in that way. Well, here is something to crow about. Fans of the TRON movies who want to bring the movie to life and have a cool helmet to wear, can try their hand at making their very own. This video from an episode of the AWE Me show DIY Prop Shop will show you how as the host build your very own version of a glowing helmet from the 1982 film Tron. The finished helmet looks awesome and has a super nice glow to it. The host uses a bike helmet to start things off and get the general. Other tools you will need are some markers, masking tape, cling wrap, scissors, glue,some foam, and some uv paint. In the movie itself they actually used a hockey helmet,...

Deeper Lock Bike Security Lock Makes Your Bike Extra Safe

Bike theft is a very common thing, sadly. These days thieves have more tools than ever in fact. It only takes a few seconds for a good thief to break your lock and be gone with your expensive bike. Luckily for bike riders, the ‘Deeper Lock’ Bike Security Lock is here to help. Unlike other locks and theft deterrents, this lock is permanently attached to your bicycle and can be activated to immobilize your bike. Your typical lock only secures your bike to something else, or will lock up your tires if you run a cable through them with a lock. This is a more true anti-theft device since the thief can’t easily get rid of it. The lock uses a loud alarm system that will sound if the bike is moved or if a thief tries to steal it. And if they do steal it, the GPS...

This Is What Happens When You Microwave An Airbag

We all have our hobbies. Some people relax by playing video games, for others gardening is a great way to pass the time. Binge watching your favorite Netflix series in one sitting is a good choice too. The Slow Mo Guys? They like to do things like deploying airbags in microwave ovens. To each their own. Sure, it is fun to destroy things, but this is also for science. They wanted to capture the destruction at 2,000 frames per second to see exactly what happens. We all love to watch things getting demolished, right? Of course we do. But also science! So what did their “research” find? Well, it is pretty much what you would expect. The first microwave gets destroyed, while second microwave’s door shoots off like a missile, launched by some deadly Hot Pocket full of gunpowder. All I can say is, they were lucky that...

Sony’s PS4 Outsold Both Xbox One And Nintendo Switch Last Month

It is no secret that Sony’s PS4 console has generally outsold the Xbox One ever since they both came out back in 2013. In fact the PS4 has been in the lead the whole time, even though some months have seen the Xbox One outsell the PlayStation 4 in the United States. And now, the latest figures from The NPD Group show that the PlayStation 4 has outsold not just the Xbox One, but also the relatively new Nintendo Switch in the United States last month. This is surprising since the Switch is so new still. Both Microsoft and Sony have released several versions of these consoles. Sony added the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim to their lineup, while Microsoft launched the Xbox One S and will release the Xbox One X very soon. So there are a lot of factors at work here, one of them...

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