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This Rube Goldberg Basketball Machine Has Enough Tricks to Be a Harlem Globetrotter This Rube Goldberg Basketball Machine Has Enough Tricks to Be a Harlem Globetrotter

It seems not even basketball court jester is a job that’s safe from from the rise of the machines. Students from Georgia Tech built a giant Rube Goldberg contraption that’s capable of reproducing many of the Harlem Globetrotter’s most crowd-pleasing tricks; from spinning a ball on a finger, to simply sinking baskets.

Save Millions of Dollars on Ink With a Printer That Taps Out Images Using a Pencil Save Millions of Dollars on Ink With a Printer That Taps Out Images Using a Pencil

Years after it was revealed that HP’s printer ink was more expensive than actual human blood, printing photos at home on an inkjet is still a ripoff. You’re better off having them printed professionally at a photo center, or, by recycling a bunch of old electronics into a home-made printer that uses a tapping pencil…

This Playable Pod Racing Game Is The Phantom Menace Lego Set We Deserved Years Ago This Playable Pod Racing Game Is The Phantom Menace Lego Set We Deserved Years Ago

You can complain about The Phantom Menace all you want, but the podrace scene remains one of the best visual spectacles in all the Star Wars movies. It spawned some wonderful toys too, but nothing that comes close to Alexis Dos Santos’ Lego Mindstorms-powered tabletop pod racing game.

I Don't Want to Hear About Your Iceland Trip Unless You Come Back With Footage Like This I Don't Want to Hear About Your Iceland Trip Unless You Come Back With Footage Like This

How many arduous slideshows of your friends’ trips to Iceland have you had to sit through? Too many, right? After watching this stunning collection of timelapses that Martin Heck captured while briefly touring the country, I’m officially drawing the line and raising the bar when it comes to Icelandic vacation videos…

Are Ikea's $7 Rechargeable Batteries Actually Pricey Eneloop Pro AAs in Disguise? Are Ikea's $7 Rechargeable Batteries Actually Pricey Eneloop Pro AAs in Disguise?

If you cheap out on alkaline batteries, there’s a noticeable difference in performance. But that might not be the case with rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries made in Japan. As Matthew Eargle discovered, the cheap LADDA rechargeables that Ikea sells might actually be rolling off the same production line as…

This Artist's Photorealistic Portraits Are Made From Hand-Stitched Threads Instead of Paint This Artist's Photorealistic Portraits Are Made From Hand-Stitched Threads Instead of Paint

From afar, the photorealistic portraits that Cayce Zavaglia creates look like they were painted with fine, hatched brushstrokes. But when you get closer you can see that each one is actually made up of thousands of threads, painstakingly embroidered by hand using a needle and endless patience.

I Hope This Kid Appreciates How Awesome His Custom-Made Star Wars AT-ST High Chair Is I Hope This Kid Appreciates How Awesome His Custom-Made Star Wars AT-ST High Chair Is

What’s the age cutoff for using a high chair without looking super awkward? I’m hoping it falls somewhere just north of 40 so that I can retrace Matthew Regonini’s steps and build a larger version of this wonderful AT-ST high chair for use in my office.

Converse Teamed Up With Pixar to Put Toy Story Characters on Your Classic All Stars Converse Teamed Up With Pixar to Put Toy Story Characters on Your Classic All Stars

When Pixar collaborated with Vans a couple of years ago for a line of Toy Story-themed skate shoes, the results weren’t exactly subtle. So we’re thankful that the studio’s latest partnership with Converse has resulted in some more subdued ways to show off your obsession with Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the toys.

I Want This Guy's 30-Pound Hulk Glove That Smashes Anything You Can Find I Want This Guy's 30-Pound Hulk Glove That Smashes Anything You Can Find

When a new Marvel movie featuring the Hulk hits theaters, you can usually find a pair of oversized foam Hulk hands at toy stores. They’re fun, but not as fun as a 30-pound Hulk glove made from steel that lets you smash cinderblocks and anything else you feel like breaking.

A Guy With a Hockey Stick Is the Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping A Guy With a Hockey Stick Is the Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping

If last week’s video of Boston Dynamic’s SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don’t be. The bot’s creators have done everything possible to ensure the public’s safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog’s escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over.

How to Turn All Your Leftover Easter Candy Into a Functional Chocolate Knife How to Turn All Your Leftover Easter Candy Into a Functional Chocolate Knife

Is “leftover Easter candy” an oxymoron? Does such a thing even exist? If, for some bizarre reason, you get tired of consuming chocolate bunnies this April, don’t throw all that candy away. As YouTube user Knifemaker demonstrates, you could actually turn all those sugary treats into a functional kitchen knife.

Rocket League is a Lot Easier When You're Playing It In Real Life

Rocket League seems like a game that wouldn’t translate well to real life. It’s super intense, with cars that seem to defy physics and balls that explode. But the real-life version we had the chance to play at Toy Fair in New York this weekend is just as fun, while being a lot easier to master.

Crayola's New Pen Writes On Any Surface Using Melted Crayons as Ink Crayola's New Pen Writes On Any Surface Using Melted Crayons as Ink

Working in a similar fashion to 3D-printing pens, but without the futile exasperation of actually trying to make 3D objects, Crayola’s new Crayon Melter turns colorful sticks of wax into a thick, goopy, ink that lets kids write on almost any surface imaginable. Can you hear the sound of parents crying in the distance?

Jurassic Park Would Have Been an Even Bigger Hit If All the Dinosaurs Were Also Cars Jurassic Park Would Have Been an Even Bigger Hit If All the Dinosaurs Were Also Cars

It’s probably greedy to stop and wonder what could make a movie like Jurassic Park—which made over a billion dollars at the box office—even more profitable. But then Hot Wheels went and revealed a new line of half-truck-half-dinosaur character cars for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and suddenly a whole new avenue of…

Your Kid Can Now Live Out My Dino-Riding Fantasy Your Kid Can Now Live Out My Dino-Riding Fantasy

Jurassic Park didn’t exactly tone down its violence and make its dino-stars seem like friendly petting zoo fodder, but that didn’t stop a part of me from fantasizing about one day riding a velociraptor like a mighty stallion. A fantasy that, thanks to Fisher-Price, can now be a reality for kids with this Power Wheels…

I Love Watching These Self-Balancing Boxing Robots Beat Each Other Into Submission I Love Watching These Self-Balancing Boxing Robots Beat Each Other Into Submission

The self-balancing technology that powered the overhyped disappointment that was the Segway is finally living up to its full potential with Hexbug’s new VEX Battling Boxing Robots line. You can not only build a pair of robo-pugilists that ride around on hoverboards, you can also fight them using motion controls to…

These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag

It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like…

Lego's New Hogwarts Great Hall Set Is Going to Magically Drain My Wallet Lego's New Hogwarts Great Hall Set Is Going to Magically Drain My Wallet

This isn’t Lego’s first attempt at miniaturizing Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle (it’s at least the sixth) and at 878-pieces it’s not the largest version either. But somehow the new Hogwarts Great Hall set stands several Hagrids above all the previous versions by recreating, in wonderful detail, one of the franchise’s…

Watch This Human Inkjet Printer Create a Portrait in 300 Hours With 3 Million Hand-Drawn Dots Watch This Human Inkjet Printer Create a Portrait in 300 Hours With 3 Million Hand-Drawn Dots

There are a lot of reasons to be impressed with David Bayo’s beautiful Astrée portrait created using a painstaking stipple technique. But what’s more staggering to me than hand-drawing 3 million individual dots is somehow finding enough spare time to dedicate 300 hours to a single work of art. I can’t even find the…

These New Transformers Cyberverse Figures Are Fantastic Callbacks to the Original '80s Toys These New Transformers Cyberverse Figures Are Fantastic Callbacks to the Original '80s Toys

The Transformers have been reborn again and again since the toys first hit America in 1984, including appearances in several animated series. But if you grew up with the original toys, and were left confused and disappointed when Optimus Prime was turned into a gorilla, the toys from the latest series, Transformers…

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