robots
We Need to Talk About this Robo-Dog Companion That Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Helped Design

A company called Tombot thinks it’s come up with a way to improve the quality of life for seniors facing challenges when it comes to being social: a robotic companion dog that behaves and responds like a real pup, but without all the responsibilities of maintaining a living, breathing animal. The company even enlisted the talented folks at the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to help make the robo-dog look as lifelike as possible. It’s a noble effort, but it also raises lots of questions. Read More >>

movies
Someone Has Already Edited That Rat Out of The Departed

Just a day after its launch, a Kickstarter to painstakingly edit the infamous rat out of a 35mm cut of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winning crime drama The Departed exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $4,000 (£3,049). But if you’d like to see what this might look like prior to the debut of the 35mm revision, Twitter has delivered. Read More >>

gadgets
This Stick-On Robotic Arm Promises to Put the Damn Toilet Seat Down For You

I’m just going to come right out and say it: urinating while standing is a terrible idea. It creates a host of messes including splash back and disgusting drips, and inevitably the toilet seat gets left up, leading to someone accidentally plummeting into the porcelain abyss. But until we can all agree to just sit down, the SmartNūdge promises to solve at least one of those issues. Read More >>

smartphones
Someone’s Invented a Handbag for Women Scared of Their Phones

Worried about radiation, but can't stop scrolling on Instagram? There's a bag for that. Read More >>

speakers
This Tiny Speaker Promises Better Sound When You Attach an Empty Bottle

The solution to few of life’s problems can be found at the bottom of a bottle, except, maybe, the poor sound quality from tiny wireless speakers. The creators of the portable Sodapop speaker promise that by simply attaching an empty plastic bottle, you can increase its loudness and bass by almost 10 decibels. Read More >>

toys
Now There’s a Water Gun That Shoots Liquid Bullets and Refills Itself

Until the Super Soaker came along in 1990, water guns hadn’t changed much in over a century. But the Super Soaker was 28 years ago, and a group of German engineers and designers think it’s finally time for water guns to evolve again. They’ve created the self-filling Spyra One that fires quick bursts of water instead of a steady stream, which promises to improve accuracy and distance. Read More >>

wtf
Hello, You’ve Reached Gotham’s Reckoning. How May I Direct Your Call?

How many times has this happened to you? You’re trying to organise the destruction of a major metropolitan area and the overthrow of a system you view as irredeemably corrupt, but you keep having to step out of the office to take a call. That problem is no more thanks to Bloxvox, the voice muffling muzzle that lets you plot to fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny from the comfort of your desk. Read More >>

crowdfunding
3D Headphones Startup Shutters, Leaving Backers Empty-Handed and Distinctly Poorer

Ossic, the company developing the Ossic X over-ear headphones designed primarily for virtual reality headsets, has ceased production after failing to deliver pre-orders to crowdfunding backers and is shutting down “effective immediately.” While Ossic blames lack of demand for its niche product (in addition to manufacturing difficulties), the company sure did raise a lot of money with its headphone concept, and to say people are a bit annoyed they aren’t getting their fancy cans anytime soon is an understatement. Read More >>

science
Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Makes First Powered Flight Since Deadly 2014 Disaster

Yesterday, the VSS Unity went supersonic during crewed tests, reaching speeds of 1,220 miles per hour. It’s the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo aircraft, and the first flight since the 2014 disaster in which a pilot was killed and a co-pilot severely injured. Read More >>

toys
The Makers of the Frisbee Reinvented the Frisbee Because Nothing Is Holy

61 years ago, the executives of Wham-O Inc. acquired the rights to a flying disk they called the Frisbee®. Now, the same company claims it’s reinvented the damn thing with a wobbly-looking toy called the Frisbee Sonic. It being 2018 and all, the new invention is being funded on Kickstarter. Oh, and I hate it. Read More >>

wtf
Finally, I Can Motorboat a Man’s Pillowy Pectorals

You ever look at the heaving bosom of a man—say Michael B. Jordan or Chris Hemsworth—and think “I want to grind up in there with my face for years and years?” Japanese artist Shirane apparently has. The artist, a recent graduate of the Ochanomizu Institute of Art in Tokyo, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the site Motion Gallery, for headless torsos in the shape of a hairless hunk. Read More >>

smartwatches
Fitbit Is Killing Off Pebble in June, For Real This Time

What began as one of the original Kickstarter success stories, Pebble quickly matured into one of the most beloved smartwatch brands, years before Apple found its groove with the Watch. But after being bought out by Fitbit, it was only a matter of time before Pebble’s endeavours came to an end. Read More >>

kickstarter
Meet The Smart Backpack That’ll Light up Your Life… Literally

The future – by which I mean, 'late 2017 – is a terrifyingly advanced place. Not only are most modern toasters clever enough to do your taxes, but now fancypants backpacks are looking to make your walk to work a whole lot smarter. Read More >>

design
Can We Talk About Kickstarter’s New Squishy, Podgy Blob?

Kickstarter revealed the Amorphous Blob responsible for eating its old logo eight days ago. Eight! And hardly anybody has noticed. Read More >>

gadgets
This Inflatable Suitcase Made Out of Old Lorries Works Surprisingly Well

A pitch recently landed in my inbox that didn’t make a lot of sense. Some designers were working with Freitag, a Swiss company that makes bags out of old lorry tarps, and they were launching a Kickstarter. The product: the Zippelin, a foldable suitcase with bike tubes that inflated to create a frame. It sounded so weird it just might work. And it does. Read More >>