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This Machine Keeps a Family of Tamagotchis Alive and Happy Forever

Tamagotchi toys were less about simulating the fun of having a pet, and more about the stresses of keeping your pixelated responsibility alive for as long as possible. I’m still no good at it, and presumably neither is Dmitry Morozov, because he built a machine that automatically cares for a Tamagotchi’s every need, keeping it alive and powered for infinity. Read More >>

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The iPad Is Soon, Finally, Getting a Full Version of Adobe Photoshop

Apple’s about to get a big assist from Adobe when it comes to the company’s efforts to legitimise the iPad Pro as a productivity tool. Today, at its MAX conference in Los Angeles, Adobe confirmed that Photoshop CC – a full, un-compromised version of its photo-editing app – will be available for the iPad early next year. Read More >>

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This Ladder-Climbing Robot Snake Freaks Me Out Even More Than the Real Thing

I’ve never been able to quite figure out why I hate snakes, but my disdain of slithering serpents extends to the robot variety as well. I’m sure part of it comes from the way they wriggle and writhe to get around; it just freaks me out. But at the same time, I’m also impressed that robotics researchers have taught robo-snakes how to climb obstacles like a ladder. Read More >>

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Dad Wins Halloween by Building a Working Replica of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Ride

A week ago, we thought no one would ever best a Disney-obsessed railroad engineer who built a miniature replica of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement. And then we discovered Dan Schmidt—who, for the past couple of years, has created a working version of the Haunted Mansion ride in his garage for Halloween. Read More >>

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What to Expect From Google’s Pixel 3 Hardware Event

In less than a week’s time Google will be holding court in New York to reveal some less-than-mysterious new hardware offerings. Those Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones might have been thoroughly leaked ahead of next week’s gathering, but what other surprises has Google managed to keep under wraps? Read More >>

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Just Give This Kid Wearing a Hand-Crocheted Full Predator Costume All the Halloween Sweets

The month of October is always a fun online parade of inventive Halloween costumes, but it’s only October 1st and already we have a top contender for best getup of 2018. The recent sequel might have not been memorable, but this kid-sized, hand-crocheted Predator costume deserves all the sweeties in your bowl should he stop by your house on Halloween night. Read More >>

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Finally, a Humanoid Robot With an Electric Screwdriver Hand

It’s been a few years since Japan’s AIST updated its HRP humanoid robot line. While the last iteration, HRP-4C, strived to make the robot seem as human as possible with a realistic female head, the new industrial-looking HRP-5P looks like it escaped the factory before its bodywork was finished. It’s not pretty, but the ‘skills’ section of its CV already looks impressive. Read More >>

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My Grudge Against Iomega and the Click of Death

There are companies I dislike, companies I disagree with, even companies that have occasionally angered me with disappointing gadgets that underdeliver. But to date there’s only one company that I hold a genuine, deep-rooted grudge against. It’s the reason I don’t have copies of most of the work I did in university, and I will never forgive. Read More >>

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Imagine What This One-Handed, Rubik’s Cube-Solving Robot Could Do With a Deck of Cards

Rubik’s Cube-solving robots are far from a new idea. In fact, while the human record holder can solve a cube in just 4.22 seconds, the fastest cube-solving robot does it in a little over half a second. This robot isn’t quite as fast, but its ability to quickly solve a Rubik’s Cube using just one three-fingered hand is an astonishing feat of artificial agility. Read More >>

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You Can Easily Reprogram the Timezone on This Watch Using Flashes of Light From Your Smartphone

Not every one wants email notifications or step-tracking on their timepieces, but Longines has created an analogue watch that cleverly integrates one useful smartwatch feature: easy time zone adjustments, without requiring a wireless connection to your phone, or the watch to be charged every night. Read More >>

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This Video of a Giant Penis Building Shooting Fireworks Is Too Good to Be Real

It’s all but impossible to keep phallic comparisons out of your head when staring up at a towering skyscraper, but residents of the Guangxi region in southeastern China have a new addition to their skyline that seems unmistakably penis-inspired—and a fake viral video isn’t helping to dissuade opinions. Read More >>

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A Devoted Fan Created an Amazingly Detailed Copy of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in His Basement

To make a Disneyland trip as enjoyable as possible, you’ll want to plan your visit for a time when the park isn’t crammed wall to wall with tourists. Or, you can do what this devoted fan did: recreate parts of Disneyland’s iconic Fantasyland in your basement, ensuring your family are the only people who can visit! Read More >>

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I Want This Custom Bluetooth Soundwave Boombox, Even if It Doesn’t Transform

Optimus Prime and Grimlock were among the most popular Transformers characters from the original animated series, but Soundwave, who spoke like he’d swallowed a synthesizer, was undoubtedly every kid’s favourite. I still have the original toy, but as an adult, I want this custom Soundwave-shaped boombox even more. Read More >>

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This Robotic Rubik’s Cube Can Solve Itself

It’s not going to set any world records, but this robotic Rubik’s Cube that’s filled with electronics and tiny electric motors is actually more impressive than watching someone race through the puzzle in a few seconds because it can solve itself without any assistance – aside from a human messing it up in the first place. Read More >>

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Every Single Power Plug Should Have a Built-in Electricity-Sensing Torch

The tiny, thin pair of prongs used on electrical plugs are tricky to jam into a power outlet if you can’t see what you’re doing. Ten One Design’s new Stella plug improves on the design with something we’ve never seen before: a built-in torch that automatically turns on near outlets to light the way. Read More >>