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5/4/2016

FlossTime: a smart floss dispenser that 20x as expensive (or more if you just use what your dentist gives you). Just one more thing to make you feel bad when you’re looking at the mirror.

3/2/2016

Flapit: this is a neat little idea but pricey. {via}

Wintergatan – Marble Machine: whoa. Just wow. {via}

2/25/2016

CuriosityStream: this looks pretty compelling.

2/24/2016

Smart Rope: neat idea but I think putting the LED system at the midsection of the rope is inherently flawed.

1/6/2016

Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS): this is a cool technology.

1/2/2016

VertiGo – A Wall-Climbing Robot including Ground-Wall Transition: what an innovative approach to climbing a wall. I would’ve expected some sort of sticky wheels. {via}

12/9/2015

The $75,000 problem for self-driving cars is going away: this is an amazing advance.

11/18/2015

CafePress Fake Electric Outlet Sticker: this looks super handy!

10/12/2015

Lightest. Metal. Ever.: like aerogel, but metal. Material science is amazing! {via}

9/7/2015

360° Camera: drag around the video to see different scenes. It’s pretty impressive. {via}

9/3/2015

Star Wars’ adorable, impossible droid is real – Our impressions: wow, that is really slick. $150 is too pricey for me, but it’s definitely worth it.

9/2/2015

Lolo Lids: no one bats an eye at chugging coffee.

8/19/2015

The PocketLab: I love the idea of this but I’m struggling to come up with a use for it.

8/18/2015

The Japanese Have Just Perfected the Skateboard: yeah, I’d agree. Except… none of the video show the user with neck bent and head down texting or scrolling through Instagram. {via}

8/14/2015

The Incredible Chemistry Set: $600 for the whole kit and kaboodle seems awfully high but I like the idea a lot. {via}

8/5/2015

Arduino AR-15 Sentry Gun: pretty slick, but the training is pretty weak. Colors only? I agree with one of the commenters: OpenCV would make this more useful—video mentions it—and Airsoft would make it more legal. {via}

8/2/2015

The Weird Origin Story of the World’s Most Viral Scooter: only $595?! so tempting… {via}

11/5/2014

Star Wars as History: clever mashup with WWII photos.

9/4/2014

Toasted Selfies: your image on toast. I like it, but I’d be surprised if it came out as well as it appears to. This, however, seems like a toaster innovation that I could get behind.

8/1/2014

The Beach Vault: brilliant. This is one of the many, many reasons I hate going to the beach.

7/10/2014

Coolest Cooler: this is pretty slick but I can’t see spending $299 to own one. I think there are a couple features that other cooler manufacturers will readily copy, which I look forward to.

6/12/2014

Vessyl: this is an amazing technology that’s solving a problem no one has. “What am I drinking?” Read the bottle or can. “How much am I drinking?” Figure out how many ounces your glass is, make a tick mark (|) after each glass, and then multiply the tick marks by the number of ounces. “How many calories am I consuming?” Same thing, but read the bottle or can for the number of calories per serving. I just saved you $99 (preorder) or $199 (later).

5/30/2014

This handmade Italian roadster is a Mini Cooper unlike any other: swoon. Holy swoon!

4/17/2014

Confetti High-Fives: this would really liven up your celebrations.

7/29/2013

How does Elon Musk’s SF-to-LA-in-30-minutes Hyperloop work?: answers are coming in mid-August, but I’m dubious. Elon Musk is no Paul Moller but this seems too good to be true.

2/26/2013

Clear for Mac + Leap Motion: I don’t know. This seems like more work than clicking on a checkbox.

11/20/2012

Silver Plated Ballscratcher: the guy who has everything likely doesn’t have this.

11/14/2012

Baby Mop: finally make that infant earn its keep.

8/30/2012

“I Like your Kitchen Glove”: that’s one use. Another would be for when your waiter asks about your meal. Hold this baby up and have someone else in your party tap it. {via}

5/22/2012

Hyperbolic Upgrade Stickers: fun, realistic stickers that will reward careful readers.

5/19/2012

Easy Macro Cell Lens Band: this looks very handy. {via}

5/16/2012

Super Soaker Central: my childhood would have been so much better had this sort of thing existed back then.

5/14/2012

Easy Macro Cell Lens Band: impressive and so clever. {via}

4/24/2012

What Happened? Bandages: no one will buy it, though. {via}

4/6/2012

Liquid Body Armor Hardens on Impact: wow. I’m struggling, though, to think of non-armor uses.

3/26/2012

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Silicone Ice Tray: if any of my children ever get into Star Wars, I am all over this.

[UPDATE: Looking around the site, there’s more. And more. And more. And more. Good gravy!]

2/9/2012

Creative Outlet Stickers: adorable. {via}

1/19/2012

Ask Cool Tools: the blog is outstanding and this looks to be just as helpful.

10/14/2011

The Light Cycle: whoa. {via}

10/6/2011

This Is Why I’m Broke: this is some sweet stuff!

10/4/2011

Division of Labor: funny work signs.

6/10/2011

BMW Powered Twin-Rotor Hoverbike: one step closer to the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi.

4/27/2011

New Steve Jobs In Carbonite Case Arrives For iPhone: dang, already cease and desisted.

3/15/2011

Word Puzzle Universal Wrapping Paper: this is wrapping paper I would buy and use.

8/24/2010

caffeinating…: clever coffee holder.

8/20/2010

Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters: these are my kind of cookies. {via}

8/15/2010

Metaphys Ojue Lunch Box: the lunchbox revisited. {via}

8/14/2010

ElliptiGO: that looks like a blast.

8/4/2010

Paper Tweet: nice. {via}

[UPDATE: I wish I shuffled more paper. This would be awesome!]

7/28/2010

Garden Zombie: this ain’t your father’s garden gnome.

7/22/2010

Branch Skewers: expensive but a definite improvement. {via}

7/21/2010

Hilarious iPhone 4 Antenna Decal: it’s overblown and no big deal, but funny.

7/13/2010

Stick with me, baby!: it seems rather sacrilegious to do this, but I’m sure a lot of people would love it. {via}

Balloons and Dyson Air Multiplier™ fans: simply stunning. As I said previously, it’s pricey but intriguing. {via}

7/12/2010

The 7 Most Extreme and Weird Beds You’re Ever Likely To See: I see they failed to include the adjective “Expensive” in the list title. {via}

6/16/2010

U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype: this is way better than the Segway. I bet you could read a book on one of these things.

Clean Bottle: yeah, that’s a great idea. I hate those slender, long bottles for exactly this reason. {via}

2/18/2010

Nerd Merit Badges: I could get them all save the BoingBoing one.

1/22/2010

Imperial Death Star Officer Cap: oh my goodness, this would be a reason to wear a hat!

iPhone Pilot: I love this genre of app, my introduction being via Firepower.

1/6/2010

iPhone-Controlled Parrot AR.Drone May Be The Coolest Tech Toy Ever: something tells me this isn’t going to be priced to be competitive with the Air Hog.

12/6/2009

TruePower UCS Power Outlet With Built in USB Ports: until inductive charging becomes mainstream, this’ll do. {via}

10/13/2009

“Dyson unveils blade-free fan”: it’s over-priced and gimmicky, but my hat’s off to rethinking common items.

10/12/2009

My Suite Stuff: app-themed pillows—an excellent gift for the designer in your life.

10/9/2009

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag: damn it. Back in my day, our sleeping bags were blue and we liked it. We loved it.

[UPDATE (11/12/2009): And here’s the item for sale.]

8/21/2009

Style-Your-Garage.com: vinyl coverings for your garage door. At just shy of $250 and for garage doors tiny by American standards, I can’t say that I’ll be ordering any although some look really sweet. Now doors, maybe.

8/20/2009

Unusual Remote: it looks like it’s Surface-based (so it’d be an awfully-expensive remote) but man that’s sweet!

2/10/2009

Google PowerMeter: it’s coming and I’m excited to see what they’ve created.

11/5/2008

Fake Calls iPhone Application: this is an awesome idea and it looks exactly like the real thing.

10/31/2008

“WiFi thermostat puts power and cooling at your fingertips”: this is a great idea. I especially like the idea of this device enabling agency in deciding what temperature to maintain.

10/23/2008

How to Make a Poop Tube: linked from the how to live in your car guide. The idea of a portable defecation unit in tubular form intrigues me.

9/10/2008

Bubble Calendar: I like the idea but $29.95 is too much for this hombre. {via}

9/5/2008

Nose Shower Gel Dispenser: and I know someone who’s birthday is coming up soon…

8/1/2008

Toyota Develops Personal Transport Assistance Robot “Winglet”: that’s not going to be good for Segway’s business. I mean, unless Toyota’s price point is over $5,000. HAHAHAHAH!

6/20/2008

Lego Death Star: sure it’s $400 but can you put a price on that kind of awesome? Oh, $400. Yeah, that’s probably too much.

6/18/2008

Honda FCX Clarity: I love innovation in autos and I think fuel cells are an idea whose time has come.

6/13/2008

MIDAS: MIT, eh? It and EPB strike me as, um, how to put this delicately, primarily oriented towards sausage parties. {via}

6/6/2008

Worldwide Fred: awesomely-designed, whimsical products like the BatterFinger or the Shower Mic among many, many others.

5/30/2008

How the Tweel Airless Tire Works: these are supposedly coming into production in 2010. I can’t wait!

5/17/2008

Black Bar Glasses: get obscurity without needing postproduction. {via}

4/9/2008

Lost-Related Greeting Card: funny. And too true. {via}

2/19/2008

Nerf Vulcan EBF-25: ohhhhh. I have a soft spot for Nerf weaponry and this hits it square in the nuts. $39.99? No sweat. Fall 2008? NO!!

1/7/2008

Disappearing Car Door: this is absolutely sick but it leaves me with abundant questions. I blogged an earlier version of this but it looks like they’ve ironed out the kinks. {via}

1/2/2008

Philips MANT940 HDTV Antenna: when I switched off DirecTV, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get good reception. I bought this antenna last night and mounted it in place of my satellite dish—it fit perfectly—and immediately found 29 digital, high-def channels for free. WTF?! Why didn’t I do this years ago?

12/31/2007

The Second Coming of Apple TV: I just cancelled DirecTV and am going OTA, but any of this would suit me fine. I’m sick of being just a wallet to cable companies. Give me a little control and a little Internet.

12/30/2007

iPhysics: this is almost worth the hassle of jailbreaking, I’ve got to say. Demo video here, here, here, and here. I can’t wait until the SDK is available and this stuff becomes legit. {via}

11/30/2007

Gray Water Package Units: now this seems like a reasonable idea. Technological problems require technological solutions.

10/18/2007

Mini Desktop Racing for the Wii: this looks like a pretty awesome racing game. I wish I had a Wii. {via}

10/16/2007

I Want One of Those: cool gizmos and whatzits. Reminds me a lot of ThinkGeek.

8/22/2007

Boon: these are some pretty innovative designs. I really like the Flo. {via}

8/21/2007

Trunki: a ride-on suitcase for kids. I like the idea.

8/8/2007

JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank: the reviews are absolutely hilarious!

[UPDATE (8/9/2007): Here’s the official site for the ‘Donk. {via}]

7/25/2007

NOW Watch: you could easily pay $50,000 for a watch and still not match its accuracy. {via}

6/20/2007

Easy Glider: a very odd looking contraption.

6/3/2007

Apple iPhone Ads: oh. my. Let’s see, what rationalization should I use? “$499, that’s crazy for a phone,” “I’m stuck in a two-year contract with Verizon,” “I’m going to wait until they get all the kinks out,” “it’s probably not as awesomely wonderful as it looks,” or “who needs such a wickedly terrific phone anyway”? Decisions.

5/18/2007

Tiny Pocket People: the bobblehead of the noughts? This would be great for workaholic parents!

5/3/2007

Sculpt Sand Castles: this would be perfect for my desk! {via}

4/9/2007

Darth Vader Lightsaber Umbrella: if only I could justify spending $100 on an umbrella. O why must I live in Phoenix! {via}

Super Paper Mario: I thought a Wii would be cool before. Now I must have one!