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Extraordinary technological inventions you did not know you needed.
Everybody knows happy evenings like these: sitting on the couch with friends, reminiscing about the old days and what the future might hold. Then one gets this brilliant idea which starts everyone raving about, because it is just what the world has been waiting for. As a matter of fact, you all wonder how you could have survived so far without it.
After you brainstormed, produced an arsenal of potential solutions and covered it from every angle imaginable, everyone goes home and the same counts for your ideas. However, some people out there did bring their random couch ideas to life and we simply can't keep our favorite weird technological inventions from you.
Getting the kids out of bed
Same game, different day: your kids won't wake up to go to school. The solution is so simple, yet so brilliant. Extreme bed shaker is a voice-activated… well… extreme alarm clock or as the creator calls it Wake Up Machine. You can build it into your kid's bed and connect it to Alexa or any other smart device and then watch them being shaken out of bed. They might hate you a bit but you won't stop laughing, so totally worth it.
Pushing the right buttons
Being in a relationship with a gamer is usually quite fun. But not when you want to spend some time together and your significant other 'can't pause the game'. 🙄 Students at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz have the answer to your problem: The Massage Me. A hack which allows you to connect your PS3 controller with a massage vest so you can get your massage while your girlfriend/ boyfriend continues his game. Win-win! Did we mention that you can DIY at home? Find the instructions here.
Get your life together with the smart jeans from SPINALI DESIGN. They connect to your smartphone and vibrate when you get notifications. You can also choose what kind of messages you want to receive on your jeans. So you don't have to check your mobile every time Sarah sends you pictures of her kids - I mean, we get it, Sarah. Your kid is cute, but have you seen that adorable kitten trying not to fall asleep? - And the best part: the jeans are compatible with maps. If you need to take a left turn, your jeans will vibrate on the left and if you need to take a right turn, they will vibrate on the right. The future is now!
Mini Mini Desktop USB Washing Machine
Be honest. How often do you actually wash your glasses, rings, buttons or any other mini stuff on your desk? If you're anything like me, not that often or maybe even never. But behold, a little tiny helper was designed to make our things cleaner and probably less disgusting: The Mini Mini Desktop USB Washing Machine. All you need is water and the washing party can start. Watch as your things get swirled around and cleaned. Looks like magic but it is just simple technology.
Ever went on a jog and then this deep craving for tomatoes just instantly occurs? Then Tomatan is the robot for you! This little robot has a cute tomato-shaped head with a dashing red skin, sits on your shoulders and with just one simple push of a button, he feeds you - drumroll - tomatoes! 🍅 If you haven't been the talk of the town yet, you definitely will be now. Not because everyone is making fun of your new shoulder-sitting buddy, but because of honest envy. I mean, who doesn't want some tomatoes to keep that energy level high while working out?
Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize
Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.
Imagine Beyond - The Body (above)
In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?
Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.
Unlocked: Is more tech inside making us better?
Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.
Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines
Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?
Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?
Eternal life might be possible sooner than we think. What will it mean for our bodies and society?
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!