Monday, May 18, 2009

The Ultimate Toliet Paper Launcher

The toilet paper thrower is a project from Make Magazine, which was actually featured on Martha Stewart today, kind of weird but goof for the guys at Make Magazine. I chose this project for today’s post because it really embodies a slapshed invention. It is random, improvised, a little ridiculous and pretty impractical. I think the loud noise emitted by the leaf blower will probably blow your cover if you are trying to TP someone’s house, but you’ll look pretty cool doing it.

Of course if you don't feel like building your own toilet paper launcher, but you still need some industrial strength TP launching power you could always buy one of these equally impractical and ridiculous toilet paper canons.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Your Own Personal Helicopter Hat

If you thought building your own hovercraft was cool, the personal helicopter kit Gen H4 from Jap will make your head explode with its complete awesomeness. It is a dozen times more dangerous but a 100 times cooler then the hover board which according to my math makes it 88 times more bodacious than the hovercraft.

For those that grew up in the eighties the Gen H4 will conjure up images of Inspector Gadget and his hat helicopter. That is because the Gen 4 is basically that a helicopter hat.

Unfortunately, it will cost you a substantial amount more than the hover board, but can you really put a price on a personal helicopter. Maybe, The Gen-4 costs roughly $30,000 dollars, and that is for the kit to build this incredible contraption. On top of that it seems it may not be currently available in the US. Ace Helicopters was the US distributor but their website is down and links back to the Japanese site.

I am going to research this further, because the world would be a much better although ridiculously more dangerous place, if this was the main mode of transportation. The possibilities are endless. Imagine walking out onto your landing pad attached to your 20th floor apartment and taking off. It looks like we just got one step closer to a Jetson’s world.

Friday, May 1, 2009

How to Become a Centaur

Apparently there is a market for everything. According to inventorgal’s youtube channel the demand for these horse legs has been “overwhelming.” I know the video says they are available for actors and performers but I have a strange feeling these are really marketed to individuals with more eclectic tastes.

So what is the big deal? This helps people fulfill their lifelong dream of being another species, right? Well as much as I love random and weird things the idea of waiting in line behind a 7’ tall centaur at the gas station, who gets an attitude with me because I’m starring at him, kind of bothers me. Maybe I’m wrong but it sounds like renaissance fairs across the country are about to get even weirder.

But that is just my opinion. If you are dead set on having these I found a few videos that may help get you started on designing your own horse legs or legs for whatever animal you feel like inside.

Who am I to judge, right? Just don’t get upset if people stare when you show up at the local grocery store. Remember they’re not judging your horse legs or your god given right to live as a centaur. They’re just wondering why a horse has a pound of beef in their grocery cart, but I digress.

Here is a link to download the plans for these: