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It may not be a true holodeck, but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Science have managed to create their own version with an Oculus Rift headset and a room full of cameras. Oculus is used to replicate the experience of being in a Star Trek holodeck, which means their users can still walk around the room unhindered, thanks to multiple infrared cameras setup around the room, which communicate with the wireless headset. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The spy bolt looks like something you'd normally find around construction sites and / or toolboxes, but it's actually a hidden safe for your valuables. That's right, the spy bolt is an improved version of the Soviet KGB 'dead drop' hollow bolt spies used to smuggle or conceal whatever fit in the hollowed-out space. The O-ring seal means that whatever is in there stays safe from the elements and to top it off, this new version uses a 3/4" diameter bolt to provide a larger storage area than the original. Continue reading for more.

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Geeky cat owners who love technology rejoice! A California-based startup has unveild Bistro, a cat feeder that tracks appetite and weight change patterns using "cat facial-recognition technology." Featuring a built-in camera that constantly monitors a cat as it eat and drinks and then transmits the info to a live video feed, which owners can view on their smartphone using a special app. That's not all, "the device also measures and charts the amount of food and water a cat is consuming, so owners can easily notice strange behavior," says Mashable. Continue reading for a video, more information, and the project page.

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The first patented roller skate was introduced in 1760 by Belgian inventor John Joseph Merlin. His roller skate wasn't much more than an ice skate with wheels where the blade goes, (a style we would call inlines today). They were hard to steer and hard to stop because they didn't have brakes, as such were not very popular. The initial "test pilot" of the first prototype of the skate was in the city of Huy, which had a party with Merlin playing the violin. These motorized versions from 1961 are another story. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions and gadgets from the past.

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Think of One Fast Cat as a giant hamster wheel treadmill hybrid for cats. According to its creator, Sean Farley, "There are many ways to keep your cat lively, giving them access to energetic companions, making a play session part of their day, and/or offering them tempting exercise equipment for use when you're not at home...that's why we came up with 'One Fast Cat' cat wheel." Continue reading for a video, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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Photive's HYDRA Rugged Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker is currently being offered for only $59.95 shipped, this weekend only, originally priced at $139. Rated IP 66 for resistance against dust and water, it features a heavy-duty, rubberized exterior and treated aluminum grill that can withstand the elements. Perfect for listening to your music around the house, shower, beach, camping, hiking, rafting or backyard poolside fun. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview and more information.

Notable features:
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof Rated IP66 for 100% protection against Water and Dust. Rubberized rugged exterior for ultimate impact resistance.

  • Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 Technology- Ultra-optimized version of Bluetooth that consumes less energy and delivers crystal clear sound.

  • Jaw-dropping Sound Quality and Volume - Equipped with a passive subwoofer and two 40 mm drivers, it'll deliver the rich bass and sound quality that you crave.

  • Lithium ion rechargeable battery Enjoy up to 8 hours of uninterrupted playtime with a single charge.

  • Doubles as a Shower Speaker- listen to your favorite tunes while showering and still be able to control all the functions without having to step out of the shower.


[via Amazon]

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Sure, not everyone has or can kayak on a regular basis, but for those who find themselves in the position to do so, Oru Kayak should be on your short list. It's basically a 12-foot-long kayak that can be folded up into a compact 33 x 29-inch carrying case when not in use for easy transport. No tools are necessary to build the kayak, just unfold it, and you're ready to hit the water. Continue reading for a video and the product page.

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Taking a short power nap of less than 20-minutes has been scientifically prove to rejuvenate, but laying on the dirty floor, snoozing in the car, or sitting upright in your office chair just doesn't sound too comfortable. The Nappak aims to solve that, as it's an inflatable pod that can be stored in a small bag and wheeled away when not in use Continue reading for more cool office gadgets and accessories that make work more interesting.

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What sets the Big Wheel Drift Trike from SFD Industries apart from its competitors, is the 26-inch by 3.5-inch wheel. It's powered by a 6.5 hp (4.8 kW) motor and boasts thicker PVC sleeves wrapped around the rear wheels to create the loss of traction. SFD owner August Agner says, "The most unique feature we designed is the frame mounted pegs that eliminate foot lift while drifting, so you don't have to worry about the tire scrubbing up your leg." Continue reading for a video of a homemade version, more information, and the product page.

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Star Trek fans rejoice! Now you can boldly go beyond ordinary TV remote controls with this replica Star Trek phaser by The Wand Company, which was built using access to the original weapon first used nearly 50 years ago in the original series. This gadget has a 36 channel memory and makes 10 authentic phaser firing sounds. Continue reading for a video of a previous model and more information on this one.

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