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Renewable energy just makes sense. I mean, why not use the natural sunshine, wind, and in this case, waves to generate “free” power. Scotland’s Albatern has created a product called WaveNET that is a scalable floating array of energy harvesters. These floating wave energy generators grab energy from the motion of the waves as their arms rise/fall. Each WaveNet system can be connected to three others to make more energy. Albatern hopes to see 1.25 kilometers of floating energy farms making 100 megawatts by 2024.

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As with most gadgets, in this case a gun, they aren’t much good if you don’t have them on you in the time of need. I am not going to get into the stupid concealed carry laws, but I will say that I think most sane people should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. So, what is the best concealed carry handgun? One might make a case for the Taurus Curve Handgun. Read on for the cool details of this gun that was designed to be carried… if that is your sort of thing.

Point Security System

Security cameras are hard to beat when it comes to a home/business security system. They make a very accurate witness to what has happened and can even alert you as events occur. That doesn’t mean you can’t supplement your home security with Point from Form Devices, a Scandinavian company.

Some sensors included on the Point security system include sound, smoke, humidity, and temperature. They call it “soft security”. The Point system ($79) uses batteries, so installation is a snap. The batteries need to be changed once a year. Point can notify you if you have a sudden spike in humidity (common with water leaks), or if someone is smoking in your house, or more importantly if a window is broken, etc…

Point Security App

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There are plenty of dumb USB chargers out there. What is a dumb USB charger? Well, my definition of a dumb charger is one that charges at a fixed voltage/amperage regardless of what is plugged into it. Read on for the long story of why I switched to the EagleTec T073 40W Smart USB Charger.

Flic control anything button

Ever wanted a button that could do just about anything? For example, a single button that could dim the lights, call home, or make your cellphone ring. Flic just might be the button you are looking for. Read on for more details on  this simply innovative little button.

Posted on Nov 24 2014 - 8:30am by Pete M
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tactical holiday stocking

Pre-holiday gift for the tactical junkie in your life – a Tactical Holiday Stocking. Obviously you should take the time to fill it up with some cool tactical gadgets like paracord bracelets, a knife (or two), and maybe some sort of multi-tool.

Posted on Nov 20 2014 - 10:05am by Craig
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SnapRays Guidelights LED Outlets

Here is a great gift idea for just about anyone. It is an electrical outlet faceplate cover that has 3 built-in LED’s that come on when it gets dark. In other words… a nightlight. The cool part is that you don’t need to be an electrician to install it. Simply remove the old outlet cover and replace it with the SnapRays Guidelight Cover. Yep just one screw for most outlets (two for the decor style).

The SnapPower SnapRays Guidelights will run you between $12-$15 depending on how many you buy. The LED’s are super efficient and will last for over 25 years before the bulbs even begin to dim. They will cost just 10 cents a year (on average) to power.  Video of the SnapRays Guidelight being installed after the break.  Be careful though… you will most likely want to buy a few if you watch the video.

Dremel 3D Idea Builder

Most people who aren’t afraid to fix things around the house and know their way around the garage tend to have a Dremel Rotary Tool. In fact, most folks don’t even call them rotary tools, they call them Dremel’s.

Dremel wants to expand their product line in a big way with their latest gadget, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder ($999). The approach of Dremel with their 3D printer has been to make it easy to use. They include the software, use standard PLA filament rolls, has a touchscreen panel for use with/without a computer, and the unit is quiet and contained.

Dremel 3D Idea Printer Features

  • 100 micron build resolution
  • pre-installed extruder for immediate use
  • onboard software and full color touchscreen
  • removable build platform
  • 5.5 x 9 x 5.9-inch build platform

Video of the Dremel 3D print in action after the break.

Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle Build Update 2 handlebar

At long last… another Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle/Scooter update. If you aren’t caught up not this build you can read the first two posts here and here. Read on for the latest progress on this crazy little bike.


If you have ever watched a Gymkhana video featuring Ken Block, then you already know how amazing they are. On many levels. And just when you think you are going to see more of the same thing, Gymkhana and Ken Block blow your mind all over again. The 12 minute video is so action packed it seems like it is only 5 minutes long.