My Geek Life So Far

Just the ramblings and rants of an all round geek !
Posts I Like
Who I Follow

People have been dreaming about hoverboards for a long time now! For many, it started back in 1989 when the then fictional device appeared in “Back to the Future II.” But thanks to the Hendo hoverboard, fiction is now becoming reality!

Unfortunately, the hoverboard will not work over any surfaces since the surface underneath the device needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor like copper and aluminum, but the company is working on “new compounds and new configurations to maximize our technology and minimize costs.”

[Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter]

loft

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the BI9996Q5 LOFTEK® 51 UV 395 nM Ultraviolet LED flashlight for just $12.99. That’s 68% off on the flashlight’s regular list price of $39.99. This is the perfect accessory to inspect your hotel room since it makes semen stains and other bodily fluids fluoresce. It’s also great to detect leaks and to hunt for scorpions and minerals outside.

-LOFTEK® 51 UV 395 nM Ultraviolet LED flashlight$39.99 $12.99 (68% Off)

Edit: I’m not sure if it works anymore, but if you use promo code BI9996Q5, it should take an extra $2.99 off your order, bringing down the price to $10!!

The prequel-sequel that starts the timeline all over again? That sounds kind of familiar…

From Screen Junkies:

You’ve seen us tackle the X-Men Trilogy — now it’s time for us to take on the prequel-sequel that made the worst X-Men movie irrelevant and the worst Wolverine movie into a bad dream: X-Men: Days of Future Past.

[Screen Junkies]

What is the difference between Butter and Margarine? And is one actually better for you than the other? Nowadays, this is a complicated question to answer, so be sure to check out this enlightening video from ASAPScience to find out more!

[AsapSCIENCE]

This awesome version of the Imperial March theme song from Star Wars was just leaked and is rumored to be part of the new Episode VII soundtrack! IT’S TRUE! (ok, no, it’s not…)

[Marca Blanca]

Youtuber Visual Burrito writes:

After last year’s costume went absolutely nuts, I had to make a new one that was much, much better. The 2014 version is using digitally addressable LED strips hooked up to an Arduino microcontroller which I programmed (and still learning). It is responsive to sound and has 2 potentiometers and a button in the back of one of the ears for control and a microphone hidden in the front. It has 12 modes and 372 LEDs (124 chips with 3 each).

[Visual Burrito]

fridge1

Thinkgeek has this really neat officially-licensedTARDIS mini fridge that will keep your food or drinks either cold or hot, depending on the setting you choose.

fridge2

The Large TARDIS Fridge really is big: it can hold up to 18 cans of soda. It’s also one of those neato fridges that cools or heats its contents (depending on which temperature you need). And though the Large TARDIS Fridge be mighty, it’s still made to travel. It’s even got a handle on top for grabbing if the Doctor tells you to run! Whether it’s cold jelly babies or warm fish fingers and custard (or the reverse), the Large TARDIS Fridge is ready for all your food and temperature storage needs.

[Large Tardis Fridge]

airumbrella

A Chinese inventor has come up with an “umbrella” that uses air rather than fabric. It’s great news for the user, but not so much for fellow pedestrians.

The project, which has destroyed its Kickstarter funding target, is still very much in development and inventor Chuan Wang expects to refine the device heavily before a scheduled late 2015 commercial release. The design drawings are certainly primitive and only one of three planned models has actually been created and tested.

The umbrella works on a simple principle: it uses a rotating fan to draw in air and then force it back out at high pressure, the idea being to create a “field” of air with enough force to divert falling rain. Of course, if you’re stood anywhere near the user, you’re probably getting a face full of spray. The area of protection is around a meter in diameter but varies depending on the intensity of the rain; for lighter downpours, it may be enough to cover two people.

air1

The controls will consist of an on/off button at the bottom and a twistable base to control the force of the airflow. Though the fan motor does make noise, it’s said to be quieter than the rain itself.

The main model is planned to be 50 centimeters long and weigh 800 grams. It’ll be powered by a rechargeable battery with about 30 minutes of life on each charge. The plans are for a smaller model (30cm, 500g) that will fit in a bag but have only 15 minutes of battery life, and a larger model that can extend from 50cm to 80cm. Final pricing isn’t confirmed but it looks set to be just over $100 for the basic model.

Chang says he’s been working on the project since 2012 with postgraduates from Aeronautics and Astronautics schools at Nanjing and Beijing University. While the principle has worked in testing, the challenge has been finding the right balance of the size of the fan unit (and thus the device’s portability) and the sufficient force to expel the air and create the invisible “shield”.

[Via: The Telegraph]

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” condensed in just 60 seconds of animated craziness by 1A4 Studio.

[1A4STUDIO]

3 blacksmiths, 3 zombie slaying weapons, one challenge. Which weapon will be the most effective at slaying zombies? What this episode of Man at Arms: Reforged to find out!

[AWE Me]