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Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps

There’s a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies. But technology isn’t all bad. And to bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can interact with apps on a touchscreen tablet.


GE Has Found A Way To Cool A Fridge With Magnets

At one time giant blocks of ice were the best solution we could come up with for keeping food cold. That primitive approach was eventually replaced by electric refrigerators using compressors and chemical coolants. Now, almost 100 years later, GE thinks it’s found a better way to cool a fridge using a water-based fluid and magnets.


Magnetic Wallpaper Lets You Redecorate Your Room Every Day

Designer Luis Pons may have just come up with the biggest innovation in home decorating since wall-to-wall carpeting. This large magnetic panel, which could be easily made to cover the walls of an entire room, is adorned with a metal mesh ‘fabric’ that can be rearranged, repositioned, and even completely replaced to match new decor.


Building A Tetris Tower Is A Nightmare When The Game Board Is Hovering

Refusing to acknowledge that Tetris and Jenga are both incredibly challenging in their own rights, ThinkGeek has mashed the two of them up into a new game that has you stacking 3D tetromino-like pieces on a game board that actually hovers. Not even that crazy multi-level chess game in Star Trek seems this futuristic.


The Single Best Reason To Put A Magnet In Your Finger

Two years ago, we were fortunate enough to have a man with a magnet implanted in his fingertip explain at length the manifold benefits — and occasional drawbacks — of his minor superpower. What he failed to mention, somehow, was the single best thing about it.


This Brilliant Magnetic Scrubber Cleans Glassware Inside And Out

Oh, sure, that fancy glass decanter and that decorative vase look great on the dinner table. But when it comes time to clean them out, it’s all about soaking and hoping those stains magically dissolve on their own. The $US9 Cuisipro, though, lets you take a more active approach to cleaning awkwardly-shaped containers — by using a small magnetic scrubber and wand to reach every last nook and cranny.


Magnetic Levitation Looks Magical In Slow Motion

What do you get if you take some magnets, superconductors and liquid nitrogen, and a slow-mo camera to film them with? This kind of magical footage is what.


How To Make A Terrifying, Spinning, Ferrofluid Buzzsaw

There are almost as many fascinating ferrofluid videos on YouTube as there are clips of kittens being cute. So it’s rare to come across one that offers anything new and interesting. But CrazyRussianHacker has done just that with this simple trick that turns ferrofluid into some kind of nightmarish liquid metal spinning saw blade.


Nike Fridge Magnets Let You Design The Perfect Sneaker

Nike doesn’t realise it yet, but it could single-handedly make your fridge the most entertaining spot in your home — at least if you’re a sneaker freak. Because instead of poetry or Scrabble, the shoe maker has created a wonderful set of magnets that lets anyone be a sneaker designer, as long as you’re OK with never being able to wear your creation.


It's Impossible To Explain Why These Magnetic Gyros Look So Fun

Humans seem drawn to things they don’t fully understand. That’s why we have a hunger to explore the stars, and why it’s almost impossible for us to put down magnetic toys. The makers of those wildly popular Nanodot magnets have a new obsession for you: a magnet-powered gyroscopic sphere that has no real purpose besides holding our attention for hours on end.