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August 23, 2014

The rise of the self-folding robot

From Kenneth Chang's August 7 New York Times story: "An intricately cut sheet lies flat and motionless on a table. Then Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard, connects the batteries, sending electricity coursing through, heating it. The sheet lurches to life, the pieces bending and folding into place. The transformation completes in four minutes, and the sheet, now a four-limbed robot, scurries away at more than two inches a second."

"The creation, reported Thursday in the Journal Science, is the first robot that can fold itself and start working without any intervention from the operator."

August 23, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Knot Genie Hair Detangling Brush

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From the website:


Say goodbye to the tantrums associated with brushing your child's hair!

The Knot Genie magically detangles curly and knotted hair without any discomfort.

Employing two different lengths of bristles with the perfect amount of flex, the Knot Genie is able to move through hair smoothly and without tension.

This results in the shiniest and healthiest hair possible.

The Knot Genie works equally well on both wet and dry hair as well as straight, curly, and even knotted locks.

The cloud-shaped handle allows easy handling for adults and children alike.

Available in multiple colors.

Features and Details:

• 5" x 3.25" x 2"
• Safe for extensions



August 23, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Other people's rejection letters

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From the New York Times: "Harvey Wax wanted to apply to Princeton law school, but alas, as the response above illustrates, that wasn't possible. He did go on to Harvard Law, according to Bill Shapiro, who collected 150 dream-killing correspondences for his book "Other People's Rejection Letters." 


August 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Air Swimmers — "Remote control flying fish"


From the website:


Air Swimmers are like blimps on 'roids.

These supremely large helium balloons feature remote-controlled tail fins that allow you to propel them through the air as if they're swimming in the sea.

You can even raise or lower the 57-inch-long "balloons" mid-air via the remote.

Each Air Swimmer is made from ultra-durable nylon, which means it can stay aloft for weeks at a time.

Its one-way valve allows for easy filling, emptying, and re-filling.

Easy operation for kids 8 and up thanks to a simple infra-red remote that features only two buttons (left/right and climb/dive).

Features and Details:

  • Dimensions: 57" (with tail) x 36" (with fins) x 24"
  • Infra-red controller range: 40 feet
  • Indoor use only
  • Requires 4 AAA batteries (not included)
  • Requires helium for inflation (not included)
  • Some assembly required
  • Ages 8+
  • Instruction manual


Clownfish or Shark: $39.99.

August 23, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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