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Han Solo Blaster Flask

Han Solo Blaster Flask

Han drank first. Or at least that’s the story we’re sticking to. This awesome drink flask was created by If Industries, who sells cool arcade belt buckles on their Etsy shop. Sadly, due to licensing concerns, you can’t buy one. At least not yet.

Caravana Car Vending Machine

Caravana Car Vending Machine

Just opened in Nashville, Tenneseee, the Carvana vending machine allows car buyers to complete their car purchases online, then deposit a giant coin into a slot to receive their vehicle from a mechanized parking garage. It’s a silly idea, but also awesome.

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EM-Sense Object Detection Tech

EM-Sense Object Detection Tech

Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed a smartwatch technology which uses electromagnetic signals to detect what objects a user is touching, augmenting the world with contextually appropriate applications.

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple

Artist and computer builder Love Hultén has outdone himself with his latest build, a 100% scale accurate Macintosh 128k replica, handcrafted from wood. Inside, it sports a Mac Mini and a modern LCD screen, making it both useful and a thing of beauty.

Stadium Trucks Reverse POV

Stadium Trucks Reverse POV

Some truly immersive rear-view camera footage captured from the Replay XD action camera on the bumper of Paul “The Dude” Morris’ stadium super truck as Matt Brabham attempts to pass him. The jumps and the 3-wheel action are especially awesome.

Bridge-Building Machine

Bridge-Building Machine

If you ever wondered how they add sections to a bridge these days, check out this incredible time-lapse of an industrial bridge-building machine that can cantilever itself out between pillars, and then slide pre-fab sections into place as it crawls forward.

Chatroulette Space Game

Chatroulette Space Game

(PG-13: Language) After taking strangers on a zombie adventure, Realm Pictures kicked things up a notch with another chat-based horror game, this time set in space. The company is raising funds for a longer adventure where all donors will participate in production and some will get to play .

Jeremy’s Snowspeeder

Jeremy’s Snowspeeder

To celebrate Halloween, Ryan Scott Miller raised the Dad bar by building an awesome costume for his son Jeremy – a Rebel Snowspeeder that fits over the top of his wheelchair. The flaps even work, and the guns fire glowing NERF darts. More pics here.

Yamaha Motobot

Yamaha Motobot

Yamaha has developed an industrial robot that is capable of riding a motorcycle. While we wait for the robot MotoGP races some day, Motoman is helping to make bikes safer and more comfortable for humans. For now, he has training wheels, but they’ll come off soon.

Split-Personality Cartoon Makeup

Split-Personality Cartoon Makeup

Makeup artist Kandee Johnson shows off a look in which she transforms herself into a comic book character that’s half man and half woman. The freaky contact lenses help finish the look, but it’s Kandee’s talent that brings it all together. If you don’t believe us, watch this.

Living Movie Posters

Living Movie Posters

Filmmaker WhoIsPablo has outdone himself with his latest video, which breathes life into the posters from popular motion pictures by replacing the still images with the actual moving images from the films which served as their inspiration.

Chameleon

Chameleon

(PG-13) Perhaps the most incredible work of body painting we’ve ever seen, this masterpiece by artist Johannes Stötter is actually comprised of two people lying on top of one another. His five-person tree frog is pretty incredible too. More here.

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Performance artist Cinder Petrichor demonstrates a truly unique puppet she designed and built to look like the mythical fiery bird rising from the ashes. The moving puppet doesn’t self destruct thanks to its wire and Kevlar construction.

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BMX Triple Front-Flip

BMX Triple Front-Flip

It wasn’t that long ago that we saw BMX rider Ryan Williams pull off an awe-inspiring single front-flip on his bike, and now he’s bested that by 3x, with an epic triple version of the same stunt – though not without some worthy competition and numerous spills along the way.

Himalayan Salt Rooms

Himalayan Salt Rooms

Ali Baba Lights creates custom rooms from blocks of natural Himalayan salt, lit with LEDs to produce stunning and relaxing environments, that are said to produce negative ions to improve air quality. They also sell smaller lights which are much more affordable.

Barco Interactive Surface

Barco Interactive Surface

Display technology company Barco demonstrates its a rear-projection video wall, which uses lasers and custom sensors to allow it to detect an unlimited number of touchpoints, and lets users view and interact with content in an expansive virtual desktop.

The Lightest Metal Ever

The Lightest Metal Ever

Aircraft maker Boeing shows off Microlattice, an incredibly lightweight, but resiliant metal structure that’s formed from 99.99% air. It’s hoped that this technology may someday translate to a reduction in weight for airplanes and other vehicles.

Building a Hut from Scratch

Building a Hut from Scratch

Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.

Biking the Corkscrew

Biking the Corkscrew

The Corkscrew at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the most famous bits of road on any circuit in the world. It’s both a challenge and a blast in a race car, but five-year-old Juliette shows us it can be just as fun while riding on a bicycle.

Kraken T-Shirt

Kraken T-Shirt

Hey man, what’s Kraken? This awesome t-shirt, that’s what. Derek Brennan designed this fantastic all-over image of the deadly sea beast as it descends on an approaching fleet. Each dye-sublimated shirt is hand-crafted to order.

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LEGO Coca-Cola Machine

LEGO Coca-Cola Machine

LEGO builder ElectryDragonite made this desktop vending machine using LEGO bricks, Mindstorms NXT controllers, and servo motors to dispense one of four different drink flavors, and has a working coin mechanism that rejects bad coins. It even keeps drinks cool.

Milling a Metal Guitar

Milling a Metal Guitar

Watch in awe as this CNC cutting machine transforms hunks of solid titanium and aluminum into an intricate electric guitar. The 124 piece guitar looks identical to the real deal, though at 15 pounds, it’s about twice the weight of a Fender Stratocaster.

Starship Enterprise-D Virtual Tour

Starship Enterprise-D Virtual Tour

3D modeler and Star Trek fanatic Jason B is building out an insanely detailed digital reconstruction of the Starship Enterprise-D as it appeared on The Next Generation. Take a tour of the first few levels of his ambitious VR project for the Oculus Rift.

#emojisinthewild

#emojisinthewild

Daniel McKee spent six months digging through every crack and crevice of Instagram in search of images that mimic the look, subject matter, and/or expression of emoji. In the end, he dug up 817 of them. We think he did a smashing job, don’t you?

One Incredible Robot

One Incredible Robot

Roboticist Dr. Guero has created an AI-driven humanoid which can not only dance solo, it can waltz with a partner. He’s previously taught it to ride a bicycle, walk on a rocky beach, drag heavy objects, and walk just like us.

Humpback vs. Kayak

Humpback vs. Kayak

A group of whale watchers were off the coast of Monterey, California when they spotted just what they were looking for – a humpback whale breaching the water. They also got some bonus footage of the kayak that the beast capsized.

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