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Pocket Printer

How about a pocket printer that glides along a piece of paper - of any length - leaving ink as tracks? Introducing the Zutu Pocket Printer. While it will print slower than a traditional printer, you could take it anywhere, printing something on the plane or even at Starbucks. It boasts a print speed of 1.2ppm in prototype form, connects to devices via Bluetooth (with Wi-Fi support), has a run time of one hour on a single charge and weighs just 300g. The first units are set to ship in September. Continue reading for more space-saving gadgets that geeks would love.

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Cliff Home

Casa Brutale may not be the first home that hangs directly off a cliff, but it's still not for anyone afraid of heights. Located on the Italian island of Capri, this wood, glass, and concrete home boasts a crystalline glazed-bottom swimming pool that doubles as its rooftop. Guests descend fifty steps down to the entrance, which is basically a large rotating wooden door, while the bare concrete and wooden planks give an air of minimalism throughout. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre robot finish line full of inflatable arms.

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College Tiny House

Joel Weber, a college student who will be returning to the University of Texas in Austin for his junior year this fall, decided to save big on housing (up to $800/month) by building his own tiny home on wheels for just $19,200. At 145-square-feet, the home has two lofts, working plumbing, electricity, a shower, a propane-powered stove and a mango bowl sink, all loaded on an 18-foot flatbed trailer that can go be towed anywhere, even after graduation. He said: "I saved up quite a bit and what I didn't have, family, friends, and the community around me donated materials. I designed it and worked with a carpenter and electrician who both volunteered their time. It's more about how I can live simple and still be grateful." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Clocky Alarm Clock

The Clocky Alarm Clock is unlike any other in that it not only wakes you up, but the motorized gadget literally BASE jumps off your night stand and runs away to make sure snoozing isn't an option. Yes, one actually needs to chase the device - powered by four AAA batteries - down, to turn it off. Product page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Brick Laying Machine

Let's face it, even a livable tiny home with all the amenities you need to live comfortably takes at the very least weeks to build, that is unless...you're using Fastrick Robotics' latest high-tech robot. Introducing Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor who built defense walls in England. This robot can endlessly, laying up to 1,000 bricks per hour, and capable of building 150 homes in a single year. It's claimed to be the world's first fully automated bricklaying robot. Continue reading for a video showing how it works and more information.

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Pistol Coffee Maker

You can either opt for a high-end coffee machine, or this cleverly designed gadget. The Noir Coffee Maker and Espresso Cups were designed to look like a pistol and six bullets. Sporting an aluminum body, the pistol coffee maker features a secure grip and soft-touch handle, complete with a silicone gasket for durability. The metal-plated porcelain espresso cups may not be microwave-safe, but they most certainly are conversation starters. Continue reading for more.

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Truck Castle

It looks like an ordinary truck at first glance, but the two turrets on the back hint that it's much more, as they can be rotated inwards for travel mode. When parked, this truck transforms into a fantasy castle of sorts. The owners built it as a solar-powered, off-the-grid home that has the ability to harvest rainwater on the go. The family of three built this home to suit their active lifestyle, enabling them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. You'll find living / working areas, a kitchen and all the amenities expected in a normal home. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Vertical Record Player

Photo credit: Roy Harpaz via My Modern Met

Roy Harpaz, an industrial designer, has just released his latest invention, "Toc". Simply put, it's a vertical record player that's beeen given a modern makeover, complete with remote control functionality, LED touch buttons and a sensor that scans the record for different songs, enabling you to easily skip between tracks. There are special spherical bearings to let you play previously unplayable vinyl. Its front panel casing is made from CNC-cut walnut wood that seamlessly blends with the rest of your home entertainment system. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Floating Fish Dome

Velda's Floating Fish Dome is a must-have for all pond owners, and it's basically a 31-inch dome that your koi need to experience life outside the grind of swimming around the pond all day. Do your fish continue meandering to and fro, pondering the existential significance of their life beneath the waters? If so, then this interesting device will give them a whole new outlook on life, literally. Continue reading for a video and more information. Get it here

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Laser Engraved Rolling Pins

Why make standard cookies, when you can use these laser-engraved rolling pins to bake some with groovy designs. Created by Valek Rolling Pins, these 16.5" beech pins can be laser cut with any pattern or text you wanna see on your baked goods. That's right, each and every one of these pins are made to order to ensure quality. Continue reading for more cool kitchen gadgets you might want, but probably don't need.

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