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Battery Powered Battery Charger

You know a battery charger is useless, when...it requires batteries to operate, that is unless...they're nuclear powered. Sure, it may be cordless, but you'll end up spending just as much recharging batteries as they cost new. That is just one of the many bizarre inventions and gadgets we've rounded up for you today. Continue reading to see more that you won't believe exist.

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First Flying Hoverboard

The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee (above) was basically a unique direct-lift rotor aircraft, using contra-rotating ducted fans for lift inside a platform upon which the single pilot shifted body weight for directional control. The platform, touted as the world's first flying hoverboard, was developed starting in 1953 under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) contract to Hiller Aircraft Corporation, and flew successfully, starting in 1955. Due to aerodynamic effects in the duct within which the propellers rotated, the platform was dynamically stable, even though the pilot and center of gravity of the platform were fairly high up. In testing, the prototypes flew well, but the U.S. Army judged them to be impractical as combat vehicles as they were small, limited in speed and only barely flew out of the ground cushion effect. Continue reading for more.

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Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Jarv's MIST Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker is currently being offered for only $9.99 shipped with coupon code: AVNZS4TM, today only, originally priced at $39.99. Superior sound quality, water resistant IPX5 rating, superior hd sound and extra long battery life offering up to 5 hours of continuous use. Product page. - be sure to enter coupon code: AVNZS4TM during checkout for the additional discount.

Notable features:
  • IPX5 Certified Water Resistant - Great for any use including, showers, baths, pool, beach, boat or any outdoor or indoor activity.

  • Unique design with industrial-strength suction cup for easy attachment to any wall or flat surface.

  • Built-in microphone can also be used as a handsfree speakerphone to answer calls and hold conversations.

  • Up to 5 hours of uninterrupted playtime with a single charge. Easy access to song selection , volume control, and call handling controls.

  • Universal compatibility - Connect to any bluetooth enabled devices including Android and iOS smartphones, tablets, portable music players , and more.


[via Amazon]

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Another week, another batch of fun and creative gadgets with designs you don't see everyday, like the pair of illuminated lightsaber chopsticks above. Though not very practical, they do make for some interesting dining table battles, should you have two or more pairs of these. Speaking of lightsabers, did you know that the earliest lightsabers, also known as protosabers, didn't include internal power cells, but rather used external power sources. They had battery pack, which were attached to the lightsaber by a power cord. Continue reading for more.

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Syma S107G

Syma's S107G R/C Helicopter is currently being offered for only $16.99, today only, originally priced at $129.99. Great for hobbyists of all skill levels, this helicopter features a coaxial rotor a single rear rotor for precise movement and a gyro for increased stability whether flying or hovering. Product page. Continue reading for a trick video and more information.

Notable features:
  • 2 selectable frequencies lets you fly up to 2 helicopters at once.

  • Amazing technology in the palm of your hand. Syma newest model s107 3ch gyro rtf metal rc helicopter. No assembly required, ready to fly. Equipped with the latest gyroscope technology.

  • Full 3 channels : up, down, left, right, forward and backward.A 25-30 minutes charge is equal to a 8-12 minutes flight. Recharging takes place via the transmitter or usb cable.


[via Amazon]

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Nixie Drone

Nixie is touted as the "the first wearable camera that can fly", and it's basically a small camera users wear like a watch, but with straps that when unfolded, turn it into a flying quadcopter. At the push of a button, Nixie launches skywards from your wrist, where its swiveling camera can shoot aerial selfies. There are two automatic modes: boomerang, which will automatically return Nixie to you after shooting your video and follow me, in which the device will follow you around. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a clever dog that can get just about anyone passing by to play catch with them.

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Cool Things Want Need

The holiday shopping season is almost upon us, and if you're still looking for gift ideas, the products above might be a good starting point. There's the inflatable cinema for pools, sushi bazooka, Totoro bed, infinity hammock, Millennium Falcon sunshade, and more. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Assassin's Creed kittens.

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Trustfire XML

TrustFire's XML C8-T6 CREE LED flashlight is currently being offered for only $5.10 shipped, this weekend only, originally priced at $26.14. This 1000 lumen flashlight has an input Voltage of 3.7v-4.2v and five modes: High, Medium, Low, Strobe, SOS (Half push the tail button to change modes). Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

Notable features:
  • Perfect fit for outdoor sports, such as camping, traveling, hiking.

  • Luminous Flux: Output brightness comes to 1600 lumen(Maximum). Requires Lithium TF 18650 Batteries.

  • Material: Aluminum alloy casing, avoid high temperature, fall-off protection.


[via Amazon]

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Microwave Tips

By now, we know that microwaving your iPhone 6 definitely won't charge it faster, but there are some useful tips that geeks can use to maximize use of this kitchen appliance. First up, spacing out a circle when heating leftovers will ensure that the center isn't lukewarm at best. Percy Spencer invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946. Raytheon later licensed its patents for a home-use microwave oven that was first introduced by Tappan in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use. The countertop microwave oven was first introduced in 1967 by the Amana Corporation, which was acquired in 1965 by Raytheon. Continue reading for more.

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Innovative Products

Have you ever come up with a million dollar idea, only to have it fizzle after a while? These products take some of those ideas and make them a reality. Whether it be a cat hammock, credit card pop-up LED bulb, or even a hands-free umbrella, these products aim to please. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a not so subtle fluffy white dog.

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