Category: Cool Stuff


 How A Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million On Kickstarter In 6 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1879 Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. Over the next hundred years the light bulb largely remained unchanged. It was inefficient and it used an excessive amount of energy. Thanks to Phil Bosua and the team behind LIFX that’s all changed. LIFX is a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, LED light bulb that’s controlled by your smartphone. LIFX was launched on Kickstarter in October of 2012 and raised $1.3 million in just six days.

Here’s how it happened (from founder Phil Bosua):

Q: What were your business goals and objectives for your Kickstarter campaign?
A: The goal of our Kickstarter campaign was to first find out if people liked the idea. We really wanted to know if it resonated before we built it. Secondly, the pledges help fund your first production run so the money we raised was a big part of it.

Q: Why did you decide to seek funding on Kickstarter as opposed to seeking funding from investors or other more traditional sources?
A: I was only just becoming aware of the more traditional sources of funding. We’re from Australia and we don’t have the same well-worn paths to investment that exist in the US so Kickstarter was the only real choice.

Q: Why did you choose Kickstarter over other crowdfunding platforms?
A: Kickstarter was the best crowdfunding platform at the time and with such an engaged user base we thought it would be a perfect way to find out if people liked LIFX.

Q: Many crowdfunding campaigns have difficulty gaining traction. Did you do any marketing or promotion to draw more traffic to your campaign?
A: We didn’t use any marketing or PR for the Kickstarter project, not even one out bound email. This was a conscious decision. Early on I remember saying that all the effort we were going to put into PR and marketing should be put that into the Kickstarter project itself. If the product and the project was good enough, people would back it on its own merits.”

 

 

 

What is LIFX?

” LIFX is the smartest light bulb you’ve ever experienced. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love.

  LIFX is incredibly easy to set-up. Simply replace your existing bulbs with LIFX smartbulbs, download and install our free app from the App Store or Google Play and you’re good to go.”

 

 

 

 

   Read the rest of the interview here and learn more about this revolutionary new light bulb that can change color and last 25 years at the company’s website .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightbulb Reinvented

” LIFX® is a wifi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone.

  With LIFX there is no need for electricians or complicated control boxes. Just replace your existing bulbs with LIFX bulbs. The LEDs in LIFX bulbs are also rated to last up to 40,000 hours. That’s 27 years at 4 hours use per day, so sit back and relax.”

 

 

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600kph Turbine Powered RC Jet!

 

 

 

 

Just effing awesome !

Unique And Fun Traffic Light Has Pedestrians Dancing While They Wait For The Light To Turn Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Nobody likes to wait at traffic lights. Stopping at lights can be dangerous for impatient pedestrians willing to risk their lives just to cross the street a few seconds earlier.

  The folks at Smart created The Dancing Traffic Light, a concept providing a fun and safe way to keep people from venturing too early into the street. They started by placing a dance room on a square in Lisbon, Portugal and invited random pedestrians to go into the box and dance. Their movements were then displayed on a few traffic lights in real time. This resulted in 81% more people stopping and waiting at those red lights.”

 

Viral Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Prankk Brothers

 

 

 

   Be sure to watch for the surprise reaction from one dad at the end … LOL …You can see more of these crazy guy’s pranks at their Youtube channel and visit their website . Hat tip to Uni Lad

Check Out This Working Lego Sniper Rifle

 

 

 

Local Motors Will 3D-Print A Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Local Motors, purveyor of the excellent Rally Fighter that TG had a go in a few years back, is in the process of making the world’s first full-sized, driveable car using parts made almost entirely using 3D-printing technology. Yes, ladies and gents, it seems the future is truly upon us.

  The car will be called the ‘Strati’ and is being printed and assembled by Local Motors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which is currently being held in Chicago.

  As the printers spray out each individual piece of the car, a team of ‘rapid assembly’ engineers will then put the individual pieces into place. Local Motors claims that the ‘Strati’ will only have 40 parts – as opposed to the average 2,000 parts found in most vehicles – and will take 44 hours to print. Then, on the final day of the IMTS it hopes to drive its creation off the show floor. “

 

 

From Local Motors press release:

 

” Chicago, IL. (September 8, 2014) – History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13.

  Called the Strati, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Mechanical components, like battery, motor, wiring, and suspension are sourced from a variety of suppliers, including Renault’s Twizy, a line of electric powered city cars.

“ The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

  The innovative and bold vehicle uses the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “

 

 

 

 

Top Gear has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kibo Interior & Exterior Photos

 

 

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” The 266.40ft Custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Kibo’ was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2014. Terence Disdale is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.”

 

 

Kibo

Construction & Dimensions

” Kibo features a displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

 

  1. Length 266.40ft /81.2m
    Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
    Exterior Designer Terence Disdale
    Interior Design Terence Disdale
    Built | Refit 2014
    Model Custom
    Beam 41.34ft /12.6m
    Gross Tonnage 2350 Tonnes
    Draft 10.99ft /3.35m
    Crusing Speed 12 Knots
    Top Speed 16 Knots

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Mutant Giant Spider Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Chica the DogSpider has a fanpage!
https://www.facebook.com/chicathedogspider
Like for more mutant giant spider dog!! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorewood Man Builds Concrete Castle With Homemade 3D Printer

 

 

 

3D Castle

Click pic for video

 

 

 

” You’ve heard the saying that a man’s home is his castle. In Shorewood, there’s one man who has taken that to the extreme.

  When Andrey Rudenko couldn’t find a tree large enough to construct a fort, he took to building a 3D printer. But it’s what he did with the printer that is truly something to behold.“It was my dream to build someday castle,” Rudenko said.

   He is a contractor by trade, with a passion for computers and architecture. But he also has quite a mind for invention. “

 

 

CBS Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

johngalt:

Very Cool …

Originally posted on Hackaday:

Steam Powered Tank for the 21st Century

Steam power anything these days is pretty cool, but rarely have we ever seen such a complex build as this steam powered, remote controlled 1/16th scale tank.

[Ian] is an electronics design engineer whose hobbies include messing around with steam power. The Steam Turret Tank is based on a 1/16th scale Tamiya King Tiger die-cast model tank. It features a 3.5″ diameter marine boiler from MaccSteam, which is a fully equipped miniature version of a real boiler, complete with pressure gauges, safety valves, and a ceramic burner. It can produce pressures of up to 70PSI (max 120PSI), but for this project, [Ian] is limiting it to around 30PSI.

A small 2″ diameter fuel tank contains a propane mixture to fuel the boiler. Two Regner 40451 Piccolo steam engines make up the drive train, with mechanical linkages controlled by servos to engage the various features. The tank can go forward, backward…

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Look At What Two Years On Mars Did To The Curiosity Rover

 

 

 

Mars Rover

 

 

” NASA’s Curiosity rover just recently finished its second year exploring Mars, and the red planet’s harsh environment has taken its toll. Rocky terrain, tricky sand dunes, and exposure to Martian dust storms have left the SUV-sized robot looking a little worse for wear as it continues its march towards its eventual goal, Mount Sharp.

  Below is a before-and-after look at a variety of instruments and features on Curiosity and the wear they’ve endured during the rover’s first two years, made from images uploaded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each image is either from the MAHLI imager or the Mastcam, and is also labeled with the Sol number (sol = one Martian solar day, the mission is currently on Sol 724) during which each image was taken.”

See more at The Verge

A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

Hackaday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest Sport Fishing Boats Ever Made

 

 

 

 

 

Viking 92 Convertible

” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.

  It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects. 

  The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”

 

 

Viking 92

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m)
Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m)
Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l)
Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)

 

 

 

 

” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.

  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.

http://www.vikingyachts.com/ “

 

 

 

If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?

 

 

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Hatteras 90′

” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.

There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.

Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.

The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.

http://www.hatterasyachts.com/ 

 

    Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .

 

 

 

 

 

Length Overall 76’10″/ 23.42 meters
Length Overall with Bow Pulpit 80’2” / 24.43 meters
Beam 22′ / 6.71 meters
Draft 5’3″ / 1.60 meters
Freeboard Aft 3’5” / 1.04 meters
Headroom Most Areas 6’6” / 1.98 meters
Freshwater Capacity 380 gallons / 1,438 liters
Fuel Capacity 3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters
Holding 255 gallons / 965.28 liters
Weight Displacement 175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos
Height Above Waterline to top of Console 20′ / 6.10 meters
Waterline Length 66’ / 20.17 meters
AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY

 

 

Hatteras 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coming Digital Anarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The rise and rise of Bitcoin has grabbed the world’s attention, yet its devastating potential still isn’t widely understood. Yes, we all know it’s a digital currency. But the developers who worked on Bitcoin believe that it represents a technological breakthrough that could sweep into obsolescence everything from social networks to stock markets… and even governments.

  In short, Bitcoin could be the gateway to a coming digital anarchy – “a catalyst for change that creates a new and different world,” to quote Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin’s most prolific developers.

  It’s already beginning. We used to need banks to keep track of who owned what. Not any more. Bitcoin and its rivals have proved that banks can be replaced with software and clever mathematics.

And now programmers of a libertarian bent are starting to ask what else we don’t need.”

 

 

Hmm , what don’t we need ? 

 

 

” Imagine driverless taxis roaming from city to city in search of the most lucrative fares; a sky dark with hovering drones delivering your shopping or illicit drugs. Digital anarchy could fill your lives and your nightmares with machines that answer to you, your employers, crime syndicates… or no one at all. Nearly every aspect of our lives will be uprooted.

  To understand how, we need to grasp the power of the “blockchain” – a peer-to-peer ledger which creates and records agreement on contentious issues with the aid of cryptography.

  A blockchain forms the beating heart of Bitcoin. In time, blockchains will power many radical, disruptive technologies that smart people are working on right now.

  Until recently, we’ve needed central bodies – banks, stock markets, governments, police forces – to settle vital questions. Who owns this money? Who controls this company? Who has the right to vote in this election?

  Now we have a small piece of pure, incorruptible mathematics enshrined in computer code that will allow people to solve the thorniest problems without reference to “the authorities”. “

 

 

Read much more on the coming of digital liberty at the Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Halfway Through This Video It Becomes Obvious Why Bank’s New Ad Has Received Almost 3 Million Views in Just Days

 

 

 

 

 

” TD Canada wanted to say thank you to their customers this year in a way they felt was “unique and distinctive.”

“We thought we’d really kick it up a notch,” said Chris Stamper, SVP corporate marketing at TD Canada Trust.

  And that they did.

  The bank posted a video online showing them morph an ATM machine into what they called an “automatic thanking machine,” stunning pre-selected customers by dispensing a unique gift to each of them.

  But the bank wasn’t finished yet. The video has undoubtedly gone mega-viral because of what happens in the second half. That’s when the bank kicked it up several notches and delivered an additional, heartfelt gift to each of the customers.”

 

The Blaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This GIF Depicting Voter Turnout By State In Presidential Elections Is Cooler Than You’d Expect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The GIF at the top of this story is fascinating if you enjoy maps, politics or scanning for patterns.

  It depicts voter turnout by state in presidential elections from 1980 to 2012.

 It’s an impressive graphic. It caught my eye on Reddit, and I watched it repeatedly while writing this story. I even took some time and checked the numbers against Census Bureau data to be sure it’s accurate. (Note: the legend is a bit small, but red stands for low turnout and green for high turnout — and the colors are on the spectrum following the ROYGBIV pattern we learned in secondary school.) “

 

 

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Men Equal: The Legend Of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.

  When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”

 

 

 

 

” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”

Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning A Record With Wood Glue

 

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

” I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement – and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.

  Edit: I know I used way too much glue in this vid. :) But it was my first try so I wanted to get it right. You can use considerably less glue and still get the same effect – but it cuts the dry time way down. Just be sure that you get the whole record covered! “

 

 

 

    As someone with hundreds of old LPs destined to never make it onto CD I am extremely interested in this record restoration technique .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. “

 

 

Continued at Hackaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just A Penny And A Rubber Band

 

 

 

” We love bikes. We love skirts. But sometimes these two don’t mix well. Which is why we came up with Penny in Yo’ Pants. An easy solution to making your skirt bikeable.

  Check out our website at pennyinyourpants.co.uk. We will be making a slicker model shortly that will be even better than a penny and a rubber band (imagine that). Proceeds will go to get more women on bikes around the world!

  This was prototyped during Cyclehack Glasgow, 2014. cyclehack.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See The So-Called ‘Honest’ Slogans Poking Fun At Some Of The World’s Biggest Firms

 

 

 

 

The Bic lighter must be the most pocketed item ever created … 

 

 

 

 

 

Who hasn’t experienced the giant bag of scented air posing as a flavored snack ?

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody’s a jock nowadays …

 

 

 

If only we could get this kind of truth in advertising in our politicians , then maybe we could institute some real change .

 

See more at the Daily Mail and follow the source at Honest Slogans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… But Not From The Use You Would Expect

 

Resulting in some captivating and unique vases.

 

 

 

” Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika makes beautiful vases, but what those vases are made out of makes them even more impressive. Yes, Markunpoika uses wood, but not just any kind. To make his vases, he uses the lumber of talking trees that gained magical powers from being struck by lightening multiple times on the eve of summer solstice–I mean pencils. He uses pencils to make his vases. Less dramatic, but still pretty cool!”

 

 

See how he does it at Viral Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Why You Should Never Stand Next To A Building Demolition

 

 

” There are few things finer than watching a building implode—even if it almost kills you.

  That seems to be the feeling shared by a couple who stood among the small crowd of observers during a demolition in the Czech Republic, anyway. As an old clothing factory collapses, a giant hunk of concrete comes bouncing past the non-existent safety perimeter and nearly takes their heads off when it hurtles by. Not that anyone’s too impressed. “

 

 

Daily Dot

For Those Times When You Need To Get Your Bait Way Out Past The Breakers

 

 

 

This is how they make those long casts in Russia … LOL 

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