The Beer Launching Fridge

Beer Launching Fridge

This is the perfect example of what student man can achieve when they have enough time, patience, money and love of beer; the beer launching fridge.

Invented and created by John W. Cornwell this is what he had to say about his amazing creation:

Have you ever gotten up off the couch to get a beer for the umpteenth time and thought, “What if instead of ME going to get the BEER, the BEER came to ME???” Well, that was how I first conceived of the beer launching fridge. About 3 months and several hundred dollars later I have a fully automated, remote controlled, catapulting, man-pit approved, beer launching mini-fridge. It holds 10 beers in its magazine with 14 more in reserve to store a full case. It is controlled by a keyless entry system. Pressing unlock will start the catapult rotating and when it is aiming at your target, pressing unlock again will stop it. Then the lock button can be pressed to launch a beer in the selected direction.

To really appreciate this piece of beer fuelled engineering check out the video after the jump

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DAB Micro System with MP3 playback

pure-dmx-25.jpgDAB radio is all fine and dandy to listen to, and fans of this format now have another means to listen to it in a compact micro Hi-Fi form, courtesy of the PURE DMX-25 DAB Micro System with MP3 playback. Not only do you get to enjoy DAB radio, the DMX-25 also features the ability for you to groove to your favorite tunes in MP3 or WMA file formats thanks to the USB port. Just load up the desired tunes on a USB flash memory drive, plug it in and you’re good to go. Of course, if USB flash memory drives are not your cup of tea, you can always settle on storing your library of digital tunes on an SD card. Those who hanker after a little retro music can always recycle their extensive CD collection with the PURE DMX-25.

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Robot drivers?

stanley.jpgWhat if robots could substitute humans when driving cars by 2030? That is what many scientists believe, and the advancements on this field will be showed this November on the challenged created by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Probably most of you remember when a Volkswagen Tuareg named Stanley won the challenge late in 2005. The driverless car , created by a Stanford team, traveled 212km across the Nevada Desert and won the prize of $2 million. The funny thing is that out of 23 participant cars only 4 managed to finish the course. Hopefully the challenge will show improved results this year.

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Plasma Ball + Speaker System = cool.

iSound Plasma
A few days back, Al was talking about the cheapest plasma ball he’s ever found. This next gadget is a lot more expensive than the $10 the Plasma Light Bulb costs, but, and it’s a big but, this gadget will create a custom electromagnetic light show for you. Of course, all of this is done for you while you’re listening to your favorite music through the four speakers*.
*quality of light show depends on quality of music, company not responsible for disappointing light shows.

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The Wave Clock

The Wave Clock

I’m quite a fan of cool clocks, for me a clock can only be cool if it:

  1. Looks nothing like a clock (the grim reaper clock or the time cube)
  2. Has some quirky or annoying feature (like the puzzle alarm clock or the novelty ball thing)
  3. Or it’s just plain old strange (we’ve reported on too many of those to mention)

This next clock to grace our pages is the wave clock, which kind of ticks all three boxes.

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Inkless Printer for Mobile Phones

inklessprinter.jpgSometime ago we already covered an innovative printer from Toshiba that could write on the same sheet of paper over and over again (read here). This new inkless printer will follow the same principle, using plastic paper with thermal properties that react to different temperatures. The novelty is that the printer is really small and it will possibly be integrated into mobile phones and digital cameras.

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