Strange technology inventions and mods

Strange technology inventions and mods

Summary: There's some odd inventions out there - from solar-powered bikinis to USB BBQs.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Have you ever left your computer to grab a cup of coffee, and found your cat lying happily on your keyboard, causing destruction to the email you were writing -- and which may have just been sent to your CEO?

    Pawsense is software designed by Arizonia-based inventor Chris Niswander. The program detects 'cat-like' typing across a keyboard, and blocks typing until an individual unlocks the screen.



  • This USB-powered BBQ is one of many pretty cool modifications people make to their computer hardware. 

    Yes, the PC still functions -- even though the barbeque plate is powered by 30 USB ports spread out over five USB PCI cards. Kaizo Aho Ichidai developed the mod after one single 500mw USB port failed to provide enough power to fry an egg.

    Needless to say, it is probably best not to try this at home.  


  • The interaction team over at Mint Digital have created a robot that responds to social media. Olly’s slogan claims it to be ‘the web connected smelly robot’. The device, a small USB-connected object, is programmed to emit a scent as a cue for a web notifications such as re-tweets, Facebook messages or new email announcements.

    The gadget’s tagline is: (Feeds/Pings/Tweets/Checkins) go in. Smell comes out. 

    Olly consists of a 12v fan, Arduino chip, an outer shell and a small removable compartment for holding various scents. The removable compartment in the back allows owners to fill it with their preferred smell — anything from perfume to oils.


Topic: Hardware

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  • The computer powered BBQ

    would cost more than just buying a hotplate.
  • That looks sooooo uncomfortable!

  • The picture attracts me

    As the subject, i was attacted by the picture only...
    I think this applies:
  • Any disclaimers?

    Such as:

    Slippery when wet.
    Do not submerge above this line.
    Tingles when activated.
    May be non-toxic.
    Do not short!
    May explode under certain circumstances.
  • cool but not

    I think the idea is cool, but no body seemed to notice "where is the top?"