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Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It’s like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you definitely want to remember.


The Earth's Magnetic Field Keeps This Desktop Jupiter Globe Spinning

= Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system, it’s also arguably the most stunning. Those massive storms — including that enormous red eye — produce quite an atmospheric show. And as a cheaper alternative to a giant telescope, this tiny desktop-sized version of Jupiter lets you stare in awe at the gas giant when you probably should be working.


Layers Of Inflatable Balls Might Just Make This The Greatest Bed Ever

Forget those individually wrapped coil spring beds that can shrug off bouncing bowling balls, the Balluga — a mattress made of layer upon layer of computer-controlled inflatable spheres — could be the most comfortable place you’ve ever rested your head. And with a laundry list of other lavish features, you may never have a reason to get up.


Create Instant Hot Wheels Tracks With A Roll Of Road

The only downside to that giant web of plastic Hot Wheels tracks criss-crossing your child’s playroom is that they’re essentially a permanent installation. So if you find yourself visiting family and need some place for die-cast cars to cruise, this 50m roll of instant drag strip should fit the bill.


Researchers Invent A Camouflage Material That Changes Like A Chameleon

Mother Nature has already mastered the art of camouflage, so it only makes sense that we steal her ideas when it comes to the art of hiding. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a remarkable new material “inspired” by chameleons, which can change shape and colour under different lighting conditions.


This Student-Designed Ventilator Is 80 Times Cheaper Than The Norm

Babies born premature or sick are often completely reliant on a ventilator to stay alive. In many parts of the world that’s a $40,000 machine that runs completely autonomously, but in developing nations it’s often the child’s parents — continuously squeezing a hand pump. It’s a depressing image that inspired students at Brigham Young University to design a portable ventilator that costs just $500 to build.


Augmented Magnifying Glass Identifies What You're Studying

It’s obvious that the great Sherlock Holmes doesn’t need any help, but the Augmented Magnifier designed and built by Anirudh Sharma and Pattie Maes from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group could help him instantly recognise clues and solve cases even quicker.


The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You A Master Of The Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter — designed by students at Rice University — provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer master their putting game.


You'll Never Mess Up A Recipe When R2-D2 Does Your Measuring

As far as movie sidekicks go, it’s hard to find one as invaluable as Star War’s R2-D2 was. That little droid was always in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool to save the day. And that now includes your kitchen with this R2-D2 measuring cup set that helps ensure your baking ingredients are always perfectly proportioned.


2500 Flaming Gas Burners Make This One Awesome Audio Visualiser

Remember Winamp’s wonderful audio visualisers? They let you see your music through trippy ever-evolving patterns, but they couldn’t hold a flame to this Pyro Board, which trades animations for a glowing grid of flames produced by 2500 gas burners. Awesome first, safety second.