Stirling Engine Kit – Can It Save The World Too?

by Carolyn

In the family of heat engines, “Stirling engine” is defined as a “closed-cycle regenerative hot air engine”. In this context, according to Wikipedia, “closed-cycle” means that the working fluid is permanently contained within the system, whereas “open-cycle” engines such as internal combustion engine and some steam engines, exchange working fluid with their surroundings as part of the cycle. “Regenerative” refers to the use of an internal heat exchanger. In contrast …

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Bachelor Gift of the Holidays … Your own Neon sign

by James

DIY NEON

Every bachelor has the bar fantasy for their bachelor pad. Pool table, big screen TV with NFL Sunday Ticket, Girls dressed in Dolphin shorts serving up brewskies, and that flashing neon sign that says “Joe’s Place.” Well, the DYI Neon sign can’t help you with the Dolphin dressed drink servers, but it does allow for the creation of custom neon signs at a very affordable price.

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Musical gifts: Real or fake music? Guitar Hero or Ukulele?

by Andi

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I couldn’t help but notice the success of Guitar Hero, Karaoke games, and the general transition to simulated music. Because such a game becomes rewarding very quickly, many ‘play’ the simulated instruments instead of choosing to make real music. This pains me a lot, even more so because I’ve been playing the guitar for years. This summer however I discovered a great little instrument, that becomes rewarding in the first …

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SNES Style Wii Controler for Retro Gaming Fun

by Carolyn

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If you spent most of your childhood playing Super Mario World on your Super Nintendo, you may just die from the nostalgia when you lay eyes on this product. Members of Club Nintendo in Japan will have the opportunity to purchase a SNES style Wii controller in April of 2008. Retro gamers outside of Japan may have the chance to pick one of these controllers up in the import market …

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Levitating Balls – Sports Balls, of course!

by Andi

Floating Golfball

Here’s a new levitating deco gadget. Instead of the usual Earth globes or other planets, this one’s more mundane. Actually, it’s quite a nice present for any sports buff. Whether it’s that snobby boss of yours, or your kid you’re pitching to on Saturday morning, you’ll find one for any of them. There’s a golf ball floating above a mini pitch, and a baseball that levitates above a base. Click …

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Post A Phone is your Snail mail phone backup

by James

Post A Phone

With Europeans using cellphones more than a conventional landline these days (and in our mobile global culture, it makes sense), what happens if your phone dies, gets stolen, trashed or merely lost? Concept designer Priestman Goode noticed a need and sought to fill it. Enter POST A PHONE. The idea is that users can order a temporary phone and have it delivered in the mail right away. Made out of …

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Anti-stress milk, from Japan of course

by Andi

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Yet another strange product from Japan. This time, it’s a natural product. Milk. However, it’s not normal milk. It’s taken from cows only once a week, at the break of dawn. This way, the milk is about 4 times richer in natural melatonin than usual. Melatonin is considered to be a strong stress reliever. The fact that the milk is bottled at no more than 6 hours after the milking …

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Audio Technica AT-727 Sound Burger

by Edwin

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Go retro with the Audio Technica AT-727 Sound Burger – this clamp-like 8″ record player was first developed to go up against Sony’s Walkman cassette player, but needless to say it failed miserably which is why you don’t see the iPod being dubbed as the “Sound Burger of the 21st century”, do you? Still, one must admit this retro design does have some rather nifty aesthetics. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly …

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