There are some among us who are so in love with our cats that sometimes leaving the house can be painful. What do they do all day? Did they eat? Are they watching the neighborhood squirrel? The reality is they are probably sleeping, but just in case Mark de Vink has created a DIY wooden cat toy — the Kitty Twitty — that tweets you when your cat plays with it.
If you're riding a hog, you can't exactly pump up your stereo and blast Soulja Boy's "Crank That." To solve that problem, you can wear this stereo vest with an eight-inch subwoofer strapped on the back and two amplified motorcycle speakers that sit just above each shoulder. Now you can rock the road like a badass cyclist.
Kickstarter is awesome. It makes things possible that never would have happened without the collective interest, enthusiasm, and financial support of a whole bunch of Internet strangers. The only downside, really, is that the window during which you have a chance to be a part of any of these projects is usually a small one: just a month, perhaps. And by the time you hear about the latest thing, you may have missed out. Sad. But eventually, at least a few of these projects make it through the entire Kickstarter process all the way up to omg actual commercial projects, and we've scoured the most popular Kickstarter projects to bring you these nine that you can actually buy, even if you didn't help Kickstart them.
The halls and rooms of the Enterprise (I'm picturing TNG, here) would look more or less like some moderately fancy hotel it if weren't for those sweet automatic sliding doors. It turns out that you don't have to wait until the 24th century to get some pneumatic doors of your own, it just takes some skill, patience, and DIY knowledge.
There are Transformers fans who build Autobots and Decepticons out of scrap metal and then are fans like this Chinese guy who have the skills to build their own transformer that actually goes from vehicle to robot mode. Michael Bay and his CGI artists can't touch this.
The makers of '50s sci-fi epic Forbidden Planet probably thought that robot repair shops would be common by now. Sadly they're not so common, but that doesn't stop the more imaginative among us from dreaming up a cool version of what could be.
It's the thought that counts, right? And nothing says that you thought of someone for a good long while like making them something homemade. We've drilled down deep into the Internet in search of some fun and nerdy awesome gift ideas with instructions on how you can make your own. Better get at it; the holidays are coming faster than you think.
The costume craziness of Halloween is long gone but one get-up that still deserves honorable mention involves a dual resonant solid state Tesla coil and the ultimate display of alpha male geekery.
What's the biggest problem with flamethrowers? They're just so bulky! What if I want to spray fire with one hand while drinking a beer with the other? You just plain can't. Until now, thanks to the flamethrower pistol.
Most helicopters do their business with one giant set of rotor blades. Double that to two rotors, and you can go with slightly smaller ones. Sixteen-tuple that, and you can use tiny little rotors instead: the e-volo multicopter proves that it's not just possible, it may even be a better way to go.