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…]


Eat a Buckethead for breakfast thanks to these new Stormtrooper toaster and waffle makers. Other Empire-approved breakfast appliances include:

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There are already so many ways you can own BB-8. You can get him as a lamp, as a remote control toy, a big cuddly plush, and more besides. Now you can have a teeny-tiny BB-8 monitor your fridge.

See Also: ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 And BB-8 Mini Fridges

The little scamp detects when the refrigerator door opens and greets you with one of 20+ pre-recorded bleepy-bloopy droid noises. Leave the door open for too long and it’ll wail to get your attention. It has an ickle-wickle motorized head, uses three AAA batteries which can last up to three months, and you can position it anywhere you like in your fridge.

There’s just one catch – it’s currently available exclusively in Japan, where it sells for ¥4,860 (roughly $45 US).

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pixar slow cooker

If you were unaware that a Pixar slow cooker came out back in February, then let me enlighten you. This wondrous product will imbue your stews with the magic of Pixar thanks to characters from such films as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E.

Product Pages: Pixar Slow Cooker ($39.92) / Pixar Slow Cooker-Amazon ($35)


Mike Warren (a.k.a. “mikeasaurus”) has created a terrifying super blender that combines the appliance with a gasoline-powered chainsaw and a motorcycle throttle.

The device is said to produce the “most extreme” margaritas, daiquiris, and other blended drinks with 37cc two-stroke power. However, he thankfully opted to replace the chainsaw blade with a conventional bike chain.

Check out the awesome demo/promo video below.

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This new flatev device is said to offer “fresh tortillas at the touch of a button”, transforming a pod of ingredients in less time that it takes to toast a slice of bread.

The pods contain fresh dough “that control the precise blend, quantity, and quality of ingredients” to allow perfect consistency—one tortilla a a time. The flatev transfers the dough into its baking system for mere seconds (users can select the crispness level), after which the tortilla is deposited into a warmer for removal.

See it in action in the video below.

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If you’re the kind of wine aficionado that has a drawers full of gadgets for opening bottles, chilling, preserving, aerating, etc— SYNEK has created fancy wine chiller/dispenser called “Somm” that should be right up your alley.

Somm employs a temperature control for chilling, aeration control for red wines and a method of automatically adjusting its settings based on a winemaker’s exact recommendations.

Unfortunately, the device only works with Sylo cans, which are designed to retain freshness for longer periods than an open bottle. The manufacturer reportedly has a number of wines lined up for production that represent a broad array of tastes.

Somm is also connected to an app that allows the user to check wine flavors and levels, ensuring that you’re never subject to an unexpected outage of booze. It even learns your palate over time and can auto-order on your behalf.

Check out more details about the Somm in the video below.

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Swedish engineer Simone Giertz (aka the newest member of the Tested family and creator of such groundbreaking devices as the Breakfast Machine and the Automatic Chopping Machine) teamed up with former MythBuster Adam Savage to create a popcorn machine that can be worn on the noggin.

The one day build was described as an “international collaboration” which saw the duo work out a suitable mechanism via Skype. The creative process is detailed in the video below, as is the final result, which is basically a box that dispenses popcorn into a big hand that swings to the wearer’s mouth.

As you’ll see, it’s not practical, but it is hilarious.

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Here at That’s Nerdalicious Industries (a division of MacLennan & Reeves Chemical Processing Inc.) we pride ourselves on our ability to find interesting and, dare we say, exciting refrigeration technology. From a fridge that looks like R2-D2, to a fridge that only opens if you sing “O Canada” at it, to another fridge that looks like R2-D2.

Now, in the year of our lord 2016 – the lord in question being Freon, God of Winter -we can bring you the pinnacle of geeky refrigeration methods: A fridge that looks like that one Jugger-Nog fridge from Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s Zombie mode.

We know, we’re as shocked – and, indeed, as overjoyed – as you are. Likely you’re bobbing up and down in your chair as we speak like an excited cartoon bunny. Possibly you’d like to know more about this marvelous cooling apparatus. Well good news, because there’s an entire video showing its construction. Check it out below.

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Panasonic is about to send apartment dwelling, regular oven having, aspiring chefs into a frenzy with the upcoming release of the world’s first ever countertop induction oven.

Panasonic’s Countertop Induction Oven calls upon the company’s more than 40-years history of innovation in induction heating technology. It quickly grills, bakes, toasts, and re-heats and requires little or no preheating, resulting in perfectly cooked meals. With pre-set menu options and adjustable temperature control, the Panasonic CIO takes the guesswork out of grilling steaks, cooking chicken and vegetables all at once but with results that are more flavorful — crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside.

The compact device will reportedly offer the same safety and efficiency that their full size counterparts are known for. Pricing information hasn’t been announced at this point, but the oven is currently slated for release in October 2016.

(PRNW via Engadget)