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Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives, or NERO for short, is a unique computer game that lets you play with adapting intelligent agents hands-on. Evolve your own robot army by tuning their artificial brains for challenging tasks, then pit them against your friends' teams in online competitions! New features in NERO 2.0 include an interactive game mode called territory capture, as well as a new user interface and more extensive training tools. NERO is a result of an academic research project in artificial intelligence, based on the rtNEAT algorithm. It is also a platform for future research on intelligent agent technology. The NERO project is run by the Neural Networks Group of the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin . Neuro Evolving Robotic Operatives
Crank Up the Volume With the Arkcanary II Have you ever wanted to share a song on your iPhone with your friends, but didn’t want to let them use your earbuds? You don’t know where their ears have been, why should you let them put your stuff in there? Thanks to the Arkcanary II, you can share your music without sharing earwax. These cone-shaped speakers come in seven different colors, and they pack a punch thanks to their acoustic-friendly conical design.
The Gramophone iPod Dock Remembers It’s Roots Before the iPod, there was the CD Player, before that there was the tape player, before that there was the eight track player, and before that there was the record player. In the earliest days of music, there was the gramophone – a record player with a type of horn attached that acts as a speaker. The Gramophone iPod Dock pays homage to the early days of recorded music by providing a robust iPod dock shaped like the iPod’s ancestor.
Cool Gadget Design: The 15 Sexiest Gadgets of 2009 Gorgeous Gadgetry: The 15 Sexiest Gadgets of 2009 Can a gadget be sexy? There’s no doubt that a computer, a media player, a tv or a telephone can inspire a serious case of tech lust. In 2009, the trends in gadget design pushed the envelope even further, with some of the sexiest gadgets we’ve seen yet.
When we moved out of our parents' houses and into our own places back in the day, very few of us were given the tools necessary to do things around our new abodes. We slowly acquired various tools: hand-me-downs from friends, stuff found in dumpsters, or "borrowed" from neighbors. We even bought a tool or two when we went out to buy milk and underpants. Kelvin.23 All In One Tool
This watch is famous. Srsly, we wouldn't lie about something this important. Here's just a small snippet of the things it can do for you*: Gives the ability to gaze into the abyss and come face to face with the true nature of your beingEnables you to experience reality in four dimensions like a TralfamadorianUse your knowledge of blue oyster cult numerals to control the Eye of SauronFlaunt your disregard for the Temporal Proliferation Treaty of 3012Suck the souls out of your enemies, leaving them empty shells of the losers they once wereExperience the horror (the horror) of the heart of darkness or blue lights like TronBe friended on Facebook by such famous wizards as Merlin, Gandalf, and Dumbledore (he's not dead!)
If you feel lost without your trusty knife at your side, this tiny multi-tool can give you some great company. Easily closes to attach to any key ring, making it super easy to carry. Six screwdrivers, a ruler, pliers and a bottle opener give this little tool a ton of usefulness. The Micro-Max is a great pocket toolkit that is easy to carry on your keyring, glovebox, purse, backpack or laptop bag. Micro-Max 19-in-1 Multi-tool
When you get home from a long day in front of a computer at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is sit in front of your computer at home. Maybe you want to play your iTunes while relaxing on the couch with your significant other. Or maybe you just want to be able to stretch out on your stomach on your bed and type on your desktop computer at the same time. We all have such needs and desires and now, we have the device to fulfill your wishes! The ProMini Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad offers:
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You know you have always wanted to be a wizard. But not one of those swish and flick wizards from the movies. You want to be the Dungeons & Dragons wizard - the party's controller. See that word there?
As you know if you've ever yelled into your phone in high wind, a standard microphone uses air as its conductive medium, hence "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?" A throat mic, on the other hand, picks up the vibrations generated from within the wearer's neck, so there's no air or noise interference. What does that mean? Quiet and effective communication. So who's this mic for? Black Ops Throat Mic iPhone Headset
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Stirling Engine Kit The intriguing design of this engine, invented and patented in 1816 by Dr. Robert Stirling, is still relevant today. Initially sought as a safer alternative to steam engines (whose boilers could explode), this engine never saw wide spread use because it was generally very heavy and required high temperatures. The principle of the engine is simple: an external heat source and heat sink create a temperature difference in a cylinder and the air inside expands and contracts, moving a piston and a crank shaft in a rotary motion. The energy source can be any source of heat or cold, including solar or even an open flame. The Stirling engine can be more efficient and quieter in comparison to the more familiar internal combustion engine.
Okay, so apparently this Bluetooth stuff is named after a 10th century king of Denmark who enjoyed eating blueberries a bit too much, resulting in blue stained teeth. Harold "Bluetooth" Gormson helped to unite Sweden, Norway, and Denmark much like the way Bluetooth helps to unite your wireless gadgets under a single standard. And did we mention that the Bluetooth logo is composed of the rune characters representing his initials - H and B. ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset
One of the best parts of road trips is quality time playing our favorite handheld games. (This is, of course, why you insist someone else drives the vehicle.) But the problem with long road trips is that you often exhaust the battery life of your gaming system before the point on the road trip where you really, really need it. Of course, we're talking about mile 150 of 300, where the guy riding shotgun starts in on a political diatribe and the person sitting next to you begins to have intestinal upset from the food recently delivered through the driver's side window. Universal Gadget Wrist Charger
Universal Network Cable Just rotate the center to the cable you need If you're a member of the IT crowd, it's sometimes hard to explain to your management why you need things. Especially if they're the type of people who think the internet is a black box with a red LED on top or people who believe that if you type "Google" into Google you'll break the internet.
Gelaskins iPod Touch Skin, Steampunk "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, referring to the Destruction of Alderaan* Actually, it's not that bad. We're just closing our web store.
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Finally, Disposable Thumb Drives!