Cars Gary Numan Track Played with Real Cars

Have a look at the video below to see Gary Numan play the 1979 hit “Cars” on a couple of dozen real cars. The setup is quite bizarre where 24 cars are attached to a single car battery as well as a double keyboard. When a key is pushed the corresponding car horn sounds to make the Cars tune. [Read more…]

EpicWin RPG To-Do List

EpicWin is an app launching soon that spruces up your To-Do list a little by making it in to an RPG game. Most to-do lists are just lists of items stored on paper, in Outlook or wherever that show a list of things you need to do. Often the reminder gets delayed 5 minutes and another 5 minutes and another day etc… until nothing really gets done.

What EpicWin attempts to do is make completing tasks more rewarding. You enter your to-do list on to the EpicWin iPhone app and it becomes part of an RPG. When you mark off your to-do list one at a time, ie – you accomplish tasks rather than postponing them, you get rewarded in the game. As you complete more tasks you jump up levels, get more stamina and other bonuses. [Read more…]

Worlds Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Battery Created

The image above shows a small metallic cube that was created by applying 1,000,000 atmospheres worth of pressure to the chemical xenon difluoride. This particular chemical is normally a white powder. With the extra atmospheric pressure squashing it, it manages to be capable of storing an amazing amount of energy inside.

DVICE mention that it becomes a very powerful battery although it is unknown at the moment what kind of life span could be expected from the small cube.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy to apply 1,000,000 atmospheres worth of pressure to this caustic and stinky powder that’s normally used to etch circuits on silicon. To withstand that kind of pressure, you need a tiny 2-by-3-inch compartment lined with a couple of diamond anvils.

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Magnetic Thinking Putty Swallows Magnets

Check out the Magnetic Thinking Putty. The putty is made of a viscous material that allows you to work with it, but also responds slowly to magnets nearby.

When putting the supplied metal cube near it, the putty will simply work towards the cube and swallow it whole.

The Magnetic Thinking Putty is available from an online store called Vat19 and costs $13.50. [Read more…]

8-Bit Video Game Costume

Check out this for a fancy dress costume. It’s designed to look like an old 8-bit character from a computer game. It is built from large pixels cut from high density foam. These large pixels are then glued to an articulated cardboard suit structure allowing the costume to be fairly light weight and wearable.

Around 4000 pixels were cut to make this costume although not all were cut for this particular costume as three in total will be made for a video project that is being worked on.

Check out the images below to see more of the 8-bit costume. [Read more…]

Monster Bike

Check out the Monster Bike. It’s built from either a monster truck wheel or maybe a tractor wheel, stands maybe 7 – 8 feet tall at a guess and actually can be peddled around although it looks like a heck of a lot of effort. Video below. [Read more…]

Toy Story Alien CD Player

Check out this little CD player/FM Radio. It’s shaped like the green aliens from Toy Story and features a CD player and radio.

All that is known about it is that the head opens up for the CD player to be revealed out and the alien’s collar and neck feature all the radio controls and various buttons.

Speakers can be found in the aliens ears and for some reason the aliens eyes open and close although the purpose of that is unknown other than for a bit of fun. [Read more…]

Lego used to Recreate the “Most Useless Machine”

You might remember back a few months ago when we mentioned a machine that automatically switched it’s self off each time it was switched on, post found here. This device pictured above is the equivalent of that machine but built out of Lego rather than wood.

The principle behind the box is the same in that when a user flicks the switch to power it on, an arm jumps up and switches the unit back off.

‘The hardest part was probably getting the flap to operate easily and smoothly, and to open and close at the correct parts of the cycle. Careful design of the “pusher” allowed the hole to be fairly small in the later prototypes. There were probably around ten partial or complete prototypes before I found a reliable method and layout. I use the latest prototype(s) as a reference for the next, so I try to have enough bricks around to keep several on the go at once.’

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Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver – 11th Doctor

If you follow Dr Who then you will have noticed he got both a new TARDIS and a new Sonic screwdriver.

ThinkGeek managed to get their hands on a some for sale. The item is described as being a collectors item and also as being “an exact replica of the Gallifreyan multipurpose tool used by The Doctor himself”.

The new model is larger than the previous models and has a bright green light on the top along with a spring loaded extension.

While the screwdriver is closed, just press the button on the side to activate the LED and sound effects. Flip open the cap on the end to reveal an additional button that will activate the light and sound effects when the screwdriver is extended and open. We’re not sure if you’ll be able to save the world, but at least you’ll look hip trying.

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Virtual Potters Wheel

As far as I can remember back, I don’t think we have ever covered the subject of pottery here at gadgetvenue. So, here we have perhaps the worlds first pottery gadget that uses 3D technology with an old art.

The device consists of a 3D scanner that tracks movement of your hands. The 3D scanner part is referred to as a Virtual wheel. This technology is combined with a 3D printer that converts ceramic powder in to a solid form and then cools it down.

So, you create your virtual potter subject and once done, you send it to print and it gets built for you as you designed it. [Read more…]

Wii Football Controller is Now Real

August 26 2009 was the day when we posted about the Nintendo Wii Football controller patent. We thought at the time that if it were to be created it would account for many cracked plasma screens with people accidentally throwing it towards the screen. I personally didn’t think it would actually happen… but CTA Digital have gone and made the Wii Football Controller a reality.

Perhaps a company needs to step up and make a HDTV protector that you can throw over your 42 inch screen to prevent it from getting cracked and smashed. Although it is made of soft foam, there is still a plastic Wii controller sat within that could cause damage.

Unfortunately no dates are known yet for launch although CTA do have it on their site with no price listed. [Read more…]

BeardMe iPhone Application lets you Test a Beard before Growing it

BeardMe is an Apple iPhone application that allows you to see what you look like with various beards and moustaches. The software costs $1.99 and is available from the iTunes store.

It was created by Chris Auyeung and Vijay Mathews and allows the following to be done…

– New Multiple Beard Support– Now you can add & edit as many beards as you like on each photo!
– New Export Option– Upload to Twitter via TwitPic
– New Beards– For extra fun [Read more…]