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blink(1), A Hackable USB LED Indicator Light

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blink(1) is a hackable LED indicator light that plugs into any USB port. It's a USB indicator light, a fully programmable indicator of new emails, weather conditions, Twitter notifications… anything you want.
Do you want to know if a friend has signed onto Skype, but don’t want a window popping up every time anyone has logged on? Do you want to be notified when a long download has finished? Do you want to know the snow conditions at Tahoe without checking every hour? Do you want to make a “busy” light for your office that glows red when your calendar says you’re in a meeting?
You can do all four at once: you can simultaneously control as many blink(1)s as you have USB ports. Have a 36-port USB hub? You can fill it with 36 blink(1)s, each of which is showing a different piece of information.

it’s $30 for one, on a fully funded Kickstarter project.

Age Man Suit lets you experience your body as a 75-year-old

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Developed by Rahel Eckardt at the Evangelical Geriatrics Center in Germany, the Age Man Suit is specifically designed to force a younger person to experience the physical limitations of the elderly. The 22-pound suit includes ear-protectors that stifle hearing, a yellow visor that blurs eyesight and makes it hard to distinguish colours, knee and elbow pads which stiffen the joints, a Kevlar-jacket-style vest which presses uncomfortably against my chest, and padded gloves, made to simulate the body of a person 75 years or older!
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Picosteady: A SteadyCam For your iPhone

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A SteadyCam is usually an expensive piece of equipment that stabilizes cameras and allows for those smooth, gliding shots you see in movies. Picosteady is a project from Kickstarter. It is a stabilizer device that designed to your iPhone. It’s got a pivoting handle and a counterweight and accommodates a range of cameras, not just the iPhone. It’s $139 on pre-order on Kickstarter, and it’s expected to go up to $179 in retail. Jump more watch the video.
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The Milkmaid - Monitor Your Milk

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The Milkmaid was chosen as the winner of The Quirky + GE Project. This quart size milk jug is a glass container that plugs into a smart base that stays in your fridge. Features:
• pH sensors to detect how long the milk has left until it spoils — or if it already has.
• A smart base with a weight sensor that tells how many cups are left.
• A temperature sensor that alerts you when milk has been left out of the fridge for too long.
• A free iPhone app that lets you access this data remotely so you'll know when to pick up more at the store.
It's a cool idea still in development at Quirky.com.
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Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Discarded Plastic Bottles

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A giant fish sculpture constructed from discarded plastic bottles on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) . The sculptures are illuminated from the inside,  very beautiful at night! More pics on this Rio+20 Flicker set.
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Shelving the Body

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Shelving the Body by Darragh Casey. Cool
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RoboChair

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Nerds Rejoice! RoboChair is foldable lounge chair that doubles as wall art--it's functional art! Unlike most folding chairs that get stored in a closet or tucked away when not in use, RoboChair hangs proudly on your wall with an easy mounting bracket.
RoboChair by Brad Benke of Stahl Architects at Kickstarter!

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Mouth Factory

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"Mouth Factory" is a series of functional machines specifically designed to be operated by the mouth of the user.
It explores the capabilities and versatility of this wondrous organ and correlating facial expressions, re-contextualised within the realm of production. As a comment on human enhancement, the project aims to explore the aesthetic of production through a series of performative devices. By focusing on the mouth, the production devices acquire a fantastic quality that amplifies and render visible the reciprocal relationship and effects between our body and our tools.

The Floating mug

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The Floating mug by Kickstarter user Tigere Chiriga, cool design.
"It's my understanding that during the glazing process, maintaining the mug in a hanging position in extreme temperatures complicates the traditional process of making a porcelain mug. For this project to be successful, I will need a minimum order of 500 units. My goal is to have these shipped right before Christmas. "
Price: $40   |   BUY

New system allows growth of fresh food for astronauts

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In collaboration with NASA Space Center Houston, a system was developed with Mirko Ihrig to grow fresh food as an addition to the daily diet of astronauts.
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World Map Made of 3,000 Coins

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World Map Made of 3,000 Coins and and every continent is built out of its countries’ currencies. Created by Swedish design studio Bedow.
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Holding People's Hand

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Andrew Hales decided to walk down a busy hallway and attempt to hold people’s hands.

Portal: Terminal Velocity

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By Jason Craft. I wanted one! Using 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection...
"I tried to match the game as close as possible. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken, consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection."

Big Wooden Ball Project

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Big Wooden Ball Project by Mike Leuis.

Mosquito Nail Paintings

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Mosquito Nail Paintings by Chen Chun-Hao. "mosquito nails" - small headless pins about a third the size of a toothpick. Using a nail gun, Chen nails these small pins into canvas-covered wood, creating reproductions of traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings.
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