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Someone Created A Sea Urchin Robot For Some Reason

Even though we're just at the tip of the iceberg of technological advancements, it seems like every second person is creating a robot of some sort. There are robots that deliver things to your house; robots that can perform heart surgery; and now, there's a sea urchin robot. Sure, I can understand why someone might want to create a robot to do a tedious task or perform it more precisely than humans can. But a sea urchin inspired robot... why? Well, I guess the answer is, why not? 

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Don't Get Caught in the Rain Without One of These Umbrellas for Your Dog That's Also a Leash

This invention is the perfect combination of crazy and brilliant! Your pup will probably be very happy to have something like this the next time there's a storm. Especially if they hate the rain. You can find them for sale on Amazon.

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Scientists Develop Horrific Phone Case Made From Artificial Skin

I thought we learned our lesson from Frankenstein, but apparently not. In the latest development of freaky technology, some researchers have decided to create an interactive phone case made from artificial human skin. Instead of tapping your phone screen, you tap, tickle, and pinch the creepy skin to command your phone or laptop through it. 

Honestly, it feels like Halloween has come early because I'd never in a million years touch that haunted thing. But, as usual, some weirdos out there are into it. 

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This Japanese Robot Travels For You And Transmits 2k Video

With the advancement of technology comes an increase in convenience, and this Japanese airline is promising to abolish one of the biggest inconveniences there are: travelling. For healthy, young people, sitting on an airplane for 10 hours is a slightly cramped adventure, but for people with illnesses, disabilities, or other circumstances that make travelling difficult, 10 hours on an airplane can be harrowing. Enter the Newme: a robot that can does the travelling for you. 

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This Soft-Bodied Swimming Robot Is Powered Entirely By Light

Scientists have just created a soft-bodied swimming robot that is powered solely by light. It could revolutionize water transportation, oceangoing robots and even surgical procedures. 


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The World's Largest Computer Chip And What It Does

The world's largest computer chip is called the Wafer Scale Engine, and it's slightly bigger than an iPad. This isn't huge - unless you compare it to the current size of computer chips, which are around the size of a finger nail or postage stamp. Now that's a big difference. And even more impressive is what the world's biggest computer chip will be able to do. 

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Gift of the Day: Dog Owners, Rejoice! The Hands Free Pooper Scooper is Here

There’s a lot of upsides to owning a dog: Unconditional love and support, constant cuddling, a catch partner. But there’s one big downside, and then you have to pick up that downside.

Which brings us to this, the best holiday gift, maybe, ever devised. Yeah, that’s right, get lost, Tickle Me Elmo.

via Cheezburger

The Piqapoo clip attaches to a small, disposable bag to your dog’s tail. Then, when your dog needs to go, they can make it happen directly into the bag. No bending, no dirty sidewalks, just one sad dog with a bag attached to its tail.

Needless to say, Twitter is lining up to get one. Check out what people are saying:

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The good people over at Anki went and created the hybrid Wall-E/NEPTR self-aware robot of our dreams in Cozmo! Billed as "High-tech, not technical," and controllable through both your iOS or Android device, they currently Pre-Order for $159.99.



The little bugger is billed to play games, have unlockable levels, elicit multiple emotions, and be generally playful and mischievous with you.



Let's see what we can do with this little guy...


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Why? We don't know. The makers of 'Chambong' say that it's awesome but it doesn't seem like they've done any studies that substantiate that claim. If you're wondering how it even came about, we do have the answer to that one according to their website:

The origins of the first Chambong came about in early 2014, during a moment preempting the Super Bowl. We had an epiphany the week prior of the big event to create a “Super…Bowl.” The resulting device of our imagination harnessed an ability to hold an extraordinary amount of cannabis, however was sadly non-functional as a smoking apparatus. Fortune would prevail several evening later, while onlookers examining the piece remarked at how it looked like a fantastic wine “shooter”.  They promptly filled it with Champagne and experienced the resulting magic…And thus was born the glory that is — The Chambong.


And their reviews are pretty good/weird. 



inventions housing pods A Man Built Himself a Harry Potter-Style Cupboard to Avoid Paying San Francisco Housing Rates
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San Francisco has a reputation for high priced living.  Peter Berkowitz thought, why rent a room when I can build myself a Harry Potter cupboard to live in and pay much less to set up in someone's dining room? 



It's actually a pretty sweet setup with a cozy bed, a "skylight" for reading and nightlights all around the roof. He pays $400 a month for rent and the cost of the pod itself ended up being $1300, bring his total monthly costs to about $508 for a year according to his website



If you're in the San Francisco area and you would like to live in a professional quality fort that would make kid you super jealous, Berkowitz is available for consultations. He's charging a "very reasonable price" to help anyone who wants to build a pod for themselves and says he's, "I'm more interested in getting good at building pods than in making money at this point".  
Totally Necessary Invention of The Day: Domino's Creates an "Easy Order" Button For Your House
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Looking to shave a few seconds off your pizza order? Well, you're in luck.

Domino's is testing out a new "Easy Order" button in the UK. And if you're really, really into pizza—this might do the trick for you.

From Engadget:

The Easy Order actually comes in two forms: a physical and a virtual button. The physical option is provided by Flic and is a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to do a number of different things. We've seen it used to control various phone functions, like snoozing an alarm or taking a photo, in the past, but Domino's will pair it with an app over Bluetooth in order for it to become your pizza delivery companion. Simply save your address and payment details on the Domino's website or app and select your favourite order -- the rest takes care of itself.

We're one useless invention away from Smart House.

Next Purchase of The Day: You Need This Bear Sleeping Bag to Survive The Winter
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Need. Not want, NEED.

A sleeping bag that resembles a ferociously comfortable-looking bear is making the Internet rounds today because we are all cold and need to experience the sweet warmth of a bear's insides.

The sleeping bag in question was created by Japanese artist Eiko Ishizawa and is called the "Great Sleeping Bear."

If you want to own this fabulous frock, it is going to cost you.

The things are going for $2,350. But, clearly it is totally worth it.

Get yours here.

Good Idea of The Day: Facebook is Testing a Program That Helps You See Less of Your Ex
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Breakups undoubtedly suck.

And seeing your ex in your Facebook Newsfeed continues to suck for many months after going through a tough breakup. But Facebook wants to ease that pain.

The company announced today a new feature that would soften the blow of any exposure to your ex on the platform.

When a person changes their relationship status on Facebook a series of options will appear.

You can limit what your ex-partner sees (photos, videos and status updates) and what you see from their profile.

"This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives. We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control," Facebook said in a blog post.

Sounds great, Facebook. Now can you delete all those couple's Instagram pics for us?

Invention of The Day: This Case Turns Your Phone Into a Powerful Vibrator
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Now you can polish your pearl while playing Candy Crush.

Well, you could do that before—but not with one device!

IZIVIBE announced today that the company has created a phone case and mobile app that doubles as a personal vibrator.

The phone case is made from 100-percent medical-grade silicone and has seven different vibration settings, the company's website says.

And couple can play together through a mobile app on iPhone and Apple Watch.

We are truly living in the future.

Just be sure to listen to this when breaking out your new phone case.

Product of The Day: This New Keyboard Puts Emoji Closer Than Ever
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Finally—a dedicated poop key!

Because the workforce is now mostly made of Millennials and our language has devolved into tiny cartoon symbols, Austin-based company EmojiWorks has created an emoji keyboard.

That's right. We've come to this, Internet.

There are three versions of the keyboard, which connects through Bluetooth making it compatible with Mac, iOS and Windows. Here are the specs:

The Emoji Keyboard contains 47 emoji right at your fingertips, including the most common emoji, plus the thinker, taco, unicorn and robot from the recently released iOS 9.1 update. The Emoji Keyboard Plus has double the emoji plus more from iOS 9.1, including the middle finger and hot dog. The Plus also has skin tone modifier keys. The Pro model has everything the Plus has, but with more than 120 emoji.

The keyboard works just like a traditional caps locks key would. You just push the "emoji" button and choose the character for your situation.

Emoji keyboard starts at $89.95 and will start shipping in December.