Fine Clonier ran a contest to create some of history’s best known figures in Lego. Mark Twain figure was the overall winner. Checkout more figures at their Flickr page, or hit the jump to see literary figure goodness in Lego.
Paintball robot has to be a dangerous non-weapon weapon. Yes, I can see the joys of having a remote controlled robot armed with a paintball gun, but I’d never want to be the one in its line of fire. Besides, what is paintball if you don’t get to do the firing yourself, and stand bravely in the line of paintball fire. The bot can climb stairs, has a rotating top, and if you like it, you can help it take off on Kickstarter.
NEOS concept motorbike from designer Daniel Munnink has been created as a modular transport option for the 21st century. The enclosed motorbike system has been designed to be a low footprint travel option for congested city roads. While an enclosed motorbike, the NEOS strives to retain the essence and feel of a conventional motorbike. The sidecar isn’t just an attachment for the bike, it is a modular pod that can be attached to the single seat bike by making use of the docking station.
Rolls Royce unveiled its first electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show. The 102EX prototype is powered by a 71 kWh lithium-ion battery that feeds two electric motors that generate 389hp of power and 590 lb-ft of torque. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds, has a top speed of 99mph, and a range of 124 miles. The numbers may look small and not all that impressive, but remember that the 102EX is based on the mighty Phantom, and there’s only little that can be done with a heavyweight like that, and it does translate into impressive performance.
This sculpture, made in honor of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali makes use of 1,300 punching bags, supported by 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2500 pounds of aluminum pipe. Each of the punching bags forms a pixel for the portrait of the boxing great. Artist Michael Kalish thought of the idea back in 2008, and got working on the amazing work of art. Realizing he couldn’t do it all on his own, Kalish enlisted architectural firm Oyler Wu for the structural design. The sculpture will officially be unveiled LA’s Nikon Plaza this month, where Muhammad Ali will himself hang the last bag to complete the portrait.
Taking the dog out for a walk in the rain is trouble. Even if you somehow manage to stay dry, the dog wouldn’t and will promptly move to wet the whole place as soon as you reach home. The Dogbrella isn’t going to magically improve things, but al least it will keep the pooch relatively dry and more comfortable. Also, it kind of looks cool, in a very weird way. Costs $30.
This video, captured from a remote controlled plane’s perspective, shows the plane doing crazy maneuvers, flying through blades of wind turbines. Needless to say, that is no easy job, and the plane has its share of close calls. When flying a plane through the blades, I guess the more potential danger is damaging the blades, rather than having the poor plane get beaten up by those humongous blades.
The big gadget news of the day of course is the unveiling of Apple’s iPad 2. The new iPad has been blessed with a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, which apparently makes it twice as fast, and pumps up graphics performance to nine times the previous version. All this, while keeping the power requirements same, so the battery life of the gadget is more or less unaffected at around 10 hours. A visible change to the iPad is the presence of cameras, both on front and the rear. The iPad has also been given an HDMI output of full 1080p, though that will require an extra dongle priced at $39.
Debbie Goard made this incredible Pikachu cake that captures the pokemon in its jolly mood. Debbie also added bolts on the side, making Pikachu look all the more better. I’d write something about how “super effective” the cake is, but I’m too dumb for that.