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Click n Cook is the utensil that changes at a click

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(image credit: Quirky/Click n Cook) Quirky Click n Cook Modular Spatula System | US$39.99 | www.quirky.com

remember what we said about simple inventions that makes our life easier? well, here’s an ingenious invention that does just that. introducing the Quirky Click n Cook Modular Spatula System, a spatula system that has just one handle but five different spatula head attachments. need to stir the pasta? switch to the slotted spoon attachment. need to flip a burger? pop out the slotted spoon attachment and click on the extra-wide slotted spatula to do the job. need i say more? it’s simply awesome.

all parts of the Click n Cook Modular Spatula are made of food-safe plastic and of course, they are dishwasher-safe too. the Click n Cook Modular Spatula system comes with five detachable spatula heads, an ergonomic handle and a compact, two-part stainless steel block. invented by Fred Ende, created through Quirky, Inc‘s brand of social product development and input from a community of thousands, Click n Cook is the new-age multi-functional cooking utensil. we are glad that this wonderful product made it to production and is now available via Quirky web store for $39.99. i gotta have one of this.

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X.RHex is the next generation weird-legs military insect bot

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the future battlefield could be one that’s swam with bots scrambling around and nothing is more fearsome than one that can maneuver across almost any terrain. the X-RHEX is the next generation six-legged hexapedal robot that is touted to be stronger, more durable then its predecessor while maintaining its physical size and weight. the X.RHex now has a longer run time of up to two hours. Continue reading X.RHex is the next generation weird-legs military insect bot

what’s a beetle, Darth Vader has in common with Volkswagen?

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there are no better ways to make your statement through commercial spots, especially when it will be featured in the most-watched sports mega event in the US. Volkswagen, for one, wouldn’t miss this chance and has two fun and humorous spots to show off this football season.

the first spot features a kid costumed up in Darth Vader, trying to exert his force on anything that moves and anything that doesn’t. unfortunately, he can’t even move a sandwich without Mum’s help (check out his resentment, it’s funny!) but then he discover he might not be all so ‘force-less’ when he ‘force’ start the all-new 2012 Passat, well, not really but it’s actually the remote start feature of the 2012 Passat that the Dad gladly used to give him some hope. coupled with the memorable Star Wars soundtrack which builds up the mood as little Vader goes around the house (yea, no Death Star here) trying to execute his force on the dog, the washing machine, among the many other objects, without success.

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the second spot is my personal favorite. there’s no better way to introduce the 21st century new beetle than using a, say, the bug itself. spotting a double stripe racing down its back, the animated bug races through the insect kingdom, overtaking slower fellow bugs, drifting and sliding down along the route as it makes its way down the dirt track – all these actions complete with carefully-timed slow-motion takes, and an excellent adrenalin-pumping soundtrack to boot. check out the videos after the jump.

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(almost) indestructible real-life Terminator robotic arm

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did someone found an arm left behind by the time-traveling Terminator? not really. in fact, this human size robotic hand is very real and was developed by the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. the hand consists of five fully articulated fingers which are connected to individual motors via a web of tendons. each motor in the forearm can tension the tendons in an event of an impact, which allows it to absorb violent shocks. wow.

so now that we have good development of the robotic hands, splice it with the agility and precision of the knife-wielding robotic arm and we are on the way to creating a true to life T-800. just don’t give anymore artificial intelligence then required. we don’t wish to be slaves to the machines. check out the video showing the robotic being punished by hammer and a metal pipe below.

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Zip and Unzip changes volume of your MP3 player

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integrating technology into garment isn’t new and usually consists nothing more than addition of slits or holes for headphone wires to pass through, or for the more ‘advance’ style, would be the inclusion of photovoltaic cells. what if the cloths itself is the technology? i’m not talking about advance textiles here, it’s a jacket that incorporates a zipper that volumes up when you zip up and volumes down when zip down. simply known as Zip: Control your music is designed by Jennifer Damour of electricfoxy, who is no stranger experimental prototyping or better known for her social networking garment, Ping.

we are met with many dilemmas in our everyday life. this jacket could potentially add another to the list. how so? examples: if the lady is feeling cold, but can’t zip way up cos’ the music would be too loud or what iif it’s too warm, but she has to keep it zipped up to hear the music? to zip or not to zip? decision. decision. decision. before you come to decision, lets just enjoy some images of this beautifully designed jacket first or if you prefer moving images, check out the (equally beautiful) video after the images.

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this is probably the best kinect-controlled Android

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yet another Kinect-hack that controls an android but this time, Watani Yohizaki of Asura Engineering took it further with the Asura’s code that allows to robot to keep adjusting itself automatically to compensate the motions it makes to prevent itself from being thrown off balance and fall. articulations are not restricted to just the arms, the legs are completely articulated and balanced as demonstrated in the video, all thanks to power of the code. the robot in question is in the guised of HPI GR-001 which turns out to be a standard edition machine which requires no modding. wow. i totally impressed. Continue reading this is probably the best kinect-controlled Android

La Boite is back with an arcade cabinet for your Mac

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(image credit: La Boite) La Boite Concept La Premiere | US$PoA | www.laboiteconcept.com

remember La Boite Concept? the French firm that gives you the beautiful laptop speaker table? well, they are back with something retro-licious and fun. this time a one-piece stereophonic unit, dubbed La Premiere, with a design inspired by the arcade machine cabinet. on the sound department, it has a single unit three-way stereo loudspeaker which includes two 10-inch carbon subwoofers, two 5-inch fiberglass midrange drivers and two soft dome tweeters. Continue reading La Boite is back with an arcade cabinet for your Mac

make your own NERF gun that performs better

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this dude over in New Zealand, not satisfied with the toy NERF Maverick’s performance, decided to build a better NERF gun. the result is this more powerful, spring actuated pistol that looks like something that came out of the 70s James Bond movie. when i first saw this, the first thing i related it to was the Golden Gun from the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with The Golden Gun.

completely hand-built, this awesome looking toy pistol was constructed out of metal, PVC pipe, wood and plastic. if you think you have what it takes to built a similar unit, you can head on to Asciimation blog and follow his instruction. i think i will stick to my transparent NERF Maverick for now.

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Hot Wheels cars now has a video camera and LCD

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(credit: screenshot by Mike from YouTube video) Hot Wheels Video Racers | US$59.99 | www.mattel.com

an age old toy finally gets a tech-boost to keep up with times. this upcoming 1/64 scale toy vehicle from Mattel, dubbed the Video Racers, comes with a built-in camera up front that is capable of capturing video at 30 to 60 frames per second (fps) and a miniature LCD display on its underbelly.

with the video cam, kids can review the loops and crazy crashes in the Hot Wheels vehicle perspective. it will come supplied with an USB cable to download the captured video to your computer for editing with an included special Hot Wheels video editor. there’s even a case to house the video racers, allowing it to be clip on your skateboard or helmet and do some outdoor adventure recording. it another word it doubles up as an action cam. sweet.

Mattel Hot Wheels Video Racers cost $69.90 a pop and will be available this Fall. check out the video after the jump.

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meet the world’s first glasses-free eye-shuttering 3D

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fancy watching 3D without glasses? before manufacturers make that a reality and at a less-than-ridiculous price, here’s an unorthodox solution as demonstrated by French director Francois Vogel. so how’s glasses-free eye-shuttering 3D even possible? well, simple. just bat your eyelids at super fast speed. can’t bat your eyelids fast enough? no worries. attach a pair of electrical devices to a person’s forehead, turn it on and the electrical current “excites” the wearer’s eyes thus shuttering the eyelids at a super fast speed.

check out the video after the jump. looks kind of torturing to me, though. it is definitely something that i will not and never do. just imagine having your eyelids batting at super fast speed for a full two hours. that is just so uncool. besides, along with the glasses-free, it will almost certain to be packaged with potentially harmful side effects. how’s that glasses-free for you?

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