If you want a Han Solo in carbonite fridge, there are a few ways to do it. For starters, you could buy a mini version or use a decal. However, if you’re really ambitious you could take a page out of Frank Ippolito’s book and build this full-size version that comes complete with lights. See how it came together in the video below. [click to continue…]
Evan Booth recently MacGyvered the crap out of a Keurig K350 Coffee Maker by transforming it into a bionic hand (which he named Hedberg). The project took 200 hours, and Hedberg comes entirely from that single coffee maker save for adhesives and a 12v external power supply. Fortunately for us, that 200 hours has been condensed into a 5-minute timelapse video of the building process that features a look at Hedberg in action. Watch it below. [click to continue…]
I have some good news, America – you’re getting your very first pizza ATM!
Engineers in The Netherlands developed and utilized the technology years ago, but it is finally being put to use Stateside at the Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. And before you ask, no – that’s not where the X-Men live. We checked. Twice.
Xavier U’s pizzas are being prepared and loaded into the machine by staff in the dining hall who, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier, have had “40 hours of training each from a French chef” (and none of whom have any special mutations that might aid in their pizza-making). Once someone places an order (they cost just under $10) their preferred pizza is cooked in a convention oven at 475 degrees, then packaged into a box and slid out of a hilariously-shaped slot on the front of the machine. The whole process takes about three minutes, which is three minutes in which you could be eating a pizza, but aren’t.
The pizza ATM will open to the public on August 8th, but as the building it’s in closes and locks up at 8pm it’ll only be available to Xavier students who, incidentally, are not the next step in human evolution.
(WCPO and Journal-News via Eater)
The Off To The Races Coffeemaker combines a racing helmet with a drip coffee machine and a heaping helping of wordplay.
The device will reportedly help you “start your engine” with “high-octane fuel” that will eliminate the need for “AM pit-stops” while heading for the “commuting checkered flag”. It will also force you to repeatedly explain to guests why you keep a helmet on your kitchen counter. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]
Not surprisingly, Germany is on the cutting edge of sausage technology.
Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is applying robotics to bratwurst in the form of “BratWurst Bot” – a one-armed automated machine that can take orders and prepare and serve sausages without any human intervention.
The device was constructed entirely with off-the-shelf parts, including a Universal Robots UR-10 arm, Schunk PG-70 standard parallel gripper, two RGB cameras and a conventional pair of tongs.
Customers can place custom orders using a tablet that will sync with a tablet carried by the robot. They’re served based on their order in the queue.
Even if you don’t understand all the technical details, you can still be wowed by the demo video below, which is intended to show how the device could benefit the service industry down the road. Sausages are only the beginning people. [click to continue…]
Someone made an R2-D2 popcorn popper because they love us and want us to have nice, healthy, Star Wars droid made, air popped popcorn for Star Wars movie nights.
Isn’t that sweet?
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Plus, this air popping droid stands a little over a foot tall, so he doesn’t take up much space and he’ll look cute on your counter.
Gimme. [click to continue…]
Over a 1,000 hour period, 69-year-old Peter Browne and his friend Mervyn Huggett crafted a Wallace and Gromit-style “Sunday Morning Breakfast Making Machine”.
Although created mainly for laughs, the device reportedly prepares “perfect” soft-boiled eggs, toast, tea and coffee and will also clear the table once the meal is complete.
Check out the video below to learn more and see the machine in action. [click to continue…]
Welcome to the PizzaDome.
The portable wood burning stove from BioLite includes an integrated thermometer to monitor temperatures and ensure even cooking while offering a foodsafe ceramic stone to preserve crispness. Its dome can also be used as a traditional lid to speed up the process.
However, the biggest draw will be its charger for mobile devices that is powered by heat produced from the fire – a must for those who want to enjoy the outdoors without completely immersing oneself in the atmosphere.
Check out the promo video below. [click to continue…]
Trembling? Your blood sugar is probably low. The Death Star Toaster will annihilate your hunger. It even stamps the Star Wars logo onto your bread.
Granted, it kinda doesn’t make sense to model a toaster on a round object like the Death Star, but dammit—the Empire leaves no stone unturned:
Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]
Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics has created a new contraption dubbed “SpotMini”. It’s kind of like a robot dog dinosaur thing that does all of your chores and humiliates itself for your amusement.
The device, which weighs between 55-65lbs, uses a long articulated arm, electric motors, and a bevy of sensors to navigate various environments and can stay active for a full 90 minutes on a single charge.
As you’ll see in the demo video below, the SpotMini can climb stairs, do the dishes, recycle and deliver snacks and drinks – it can even conquer a slip on a banana peel. If that’s not enough, its googly eyes will ensure comedic relief wherever it goes. [click to continue…]