An auto-aiming NERF blaster may not be practical, that is unless…you hold annual office wars using these toys, but the idea of one is most certainly intriguing. One gamer who goes by “3D Printed Life” online, decided to make it a reality. First, he started with a borrowed design from a catalog of open source NERF guns, and then modified it to include a two-axis gimbal between the lower as well as upper section. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Irmandy Wicaksono
MIT’s KnittedKeyboard II may look like an art installation, but it’s actually a functional musical instrument. This fabric keyboard not only provides new interactions as well as tactile experiences for musical expressions, but it’s can easily be folded, rolled, and then packed up in luggage or a bag. It’s made from a collection of electrically-conductive thermoplastic and polyester, which when combined, create a 5-octave piano-patterned textile. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Transporting an abandoned plane is no easy task, even on an empty highway, but imagine a footbridge directly in your path. That’s exactly what this Air India aircraft encountered after being sold and transported near Indira Gandhi International Airport on the Delhi-Gurugram highway. Unfortunately, this was not an empty highway either, as it blocked traffic for quite a while and caused a lot of rubber necking from the other side. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Sure, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) mod to date, especially when compared to Analogue’s offerings, but turning a toaster into a functional game toaster is definitely a great conversation starter. Unfortunately, you’ll need to find this exact Sunbeam toaster to build one yourself, since there’s just enough room to fit all the hardware, including the 72-pin connector to the NES motherboard. Read more for two videos and additional information.
West Yorkshire Police arrested three men linked to several car thefts in the area, but what they used to steal these vehicles is the surprising part. They discovered that the trio was using a Supreme-branded device that resembled a Nintendo Game Boy, although the hardware inside can’t be used to play games whatsoever. The device itself costs $27,000 USD and is designed to bypass the security system of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV. Read more for a video and additional information.
An extending bicycle may not sound very exciting, but this group of tinkerers shows that building one is a lot more complicated than it sounds. To start, the electric bike relies on four custom-machined pneumatic pistons to lift the rider over 3-feet at the push of a button. The pistons up front double as the bicycle’s forks, while the other two are located between the frame and swingarm. Read more for a video and additional information.
H/t: Oddity Central
Whether it be using small notes, smartphones disguised as calculators, and now, Bluetooth-connected slippers, students are finding new ways to cheat in school. The latest inventions has been popular recently in India, where criminal gangs sell these high-tech slippers for up to thousands of dollars. Why? A Rajasthan Teacher Eligibility Test (REET) took place on September 26, and it’s been 2-years since it’s been administered. Read more for a video and additional information.
Around 15-years ago, a Florida man stumbled upon a plaque at a garage sale, but little did he know that it contained a piece of actual moon rock from the Apollo 17 mission. Most of these samples are safely locked away in NASA vaults, although Richard Nixon did gift nearly 200 samples to the 50 US states, the country’s territories, and foreign governments, which have gone missing. There is a small number that have been reported stolen, including this one taken from the Louisiana State Museum years ago. Read more to see the plaque and for additional information.
There may be Jurassic Park-themed eateries in the Universal Studios theme parks around the world, but there’s only one licensed restaurant outside of them. Introducing “Jurassic Park Burger Restaurant” by Iron Studios, which is set to open on September 20th in São Paulo, Brazil, complete with a massive Tyrannosaurus rex greeting visitors. Renan Pizii, director of Iron Studios, said the idea for a restaurant came about after his toy company released a few Jurassic Park figures. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Sure, the iPhone 13 may be more technologically advanced, but “The Wendy’s Phone” is definitely more limited and will command a hefty premium for the 20 lucky fans who managed to snag one. It’s touted as the first branded Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) mobile phone and most certainly looks the part. This Android-based smartphone comes complete with its own branded OS skin and even a new digital assistant, aptly named Wendy. Simply say “Hey, Wendy” and you’ll be able to set alarms, get directions, or even ask her to tell you a joke. Read more for additional pictures and information.