3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells Let Crabs Carry Tiny Cities on Their Backs

If you are a hermit crab, your home is whatever you find for your shell. Artist Aki Inomata makes 3D printed shells for hermit crabs to set up their homesteads inside of. These shells have little buildings and cityscapes on top. So these crabs are living in these various cities. Or under them.

Aki starts with a CAT scan of an actual hermit crab shell to make sure it’s an acceptable shape for a little crab to fit in, then she 3D models and prints the shell with a building or cityscape on the back. Do these crabs even know how cool their new shells are? Do they know that they are carrying cities on their back? Do they feel the weight on their shoulders and in their soul? Actually, they don’t have shoulders. My bad.

These shells are very nicely detailed. Congrats to Aki for giving nature’s creatures some cool new bling. These creatures don’t even need to shell out any money. Get it? I guess they have the world under their feet and a city on their back. Wait… Technically they are wearing the world beneath them. We all are. Whoa. Mind blown. I’m shell-shocked.

[via The Awesomer]

Disc-Less Xbox One May Arrive On May 7th

We have heard a lot of reports and leaks that show that Microsoft does have a disc-less version of the Xbox One S. It was first rumored a few months ago, that Microsoft could release a version of its Xbox One S console which will only play digitally downloaded games because it doesn’t have a […]

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UK wants Facebook to remove Like button for young users

The UK versus social media. The UK wants social media to stop using “nudge” techniques, including Facebook’s “Like” button and Snapchat streaks, for kids under 18. These recommendations are part of a new 16-rule code of practice for age-appropriate design drafted by the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). They have other suggestions […]

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The Etch A Sketch Camera Draws What It Sees Automatically

Drawing masterpieces on an Etch A Sketch is not easy. The challenge of scribbling only with a single line may be why it has been a popular toy for almost 60 years. Martin Fitzpatrick doesn’t need to make his own drawings on his Etch A Sketch. Instead, he uses hist to take pictures and lets it draw by itself.

Fitzpatrick built his Etch A Snap around a Raspberry Pi Zero used to control stepper motors, and a custom 3D-printed frame and gearing to control the display. There’s also a basic digital camera on the back. Every photo is just 240 x 144-pixels in a 1-bit color palette of black and white. The image then gets processed, then motors turn the knobs to draw out the image by moving a pen along X and Y coordinates.

It does take between 15 minutes to an hour to process and draw an image, so it’s only good if you have some time to kill. If you want to build one yourself, Fitzpatrick has detailed all the steps of the Etch A Snap camera on his website.

Sure, it may be slower than every other camera out there, but I like it. If cameras had evolved differently, this may have come from Kodak or Polaroid along the way.

[via Hackaday via Gizmodo]

Charmin Forever Toilet Paper Roll Makes Butts Happy

Do you have a square to spare? You will if you use this giant Charmin toilet paper roll in your bathroom. This oversize roll of toilet paper could last some people a month… depending on diet and regularity of course.

The Charmin Forever Roll is a massive roll of Charmin’s Ultra Soft two-ply toilet paper. It lets people know that you take wiping your butt seriously. The TP comes in multi-user (12-inch diameter) and single-user (8.7-inch diameter) sizes. The multi-user roll has 1,700 sheets for a total of 185-square feet, about six to eight times a double roll.

The starter kit gives you either a floor stand or wall-mounted holder and three rolls costs for $30. Yep, a starter kit for toilet paper. That’s the world we are living in, folks. A three-pack of replacement rolls will cost you $10. Never be without TP again. I mean, unless you have a serious case of mud-butt. If that’s the case, this will probably last you as long as a regular roll would.

Your cats are going to love unraveling this giant-ass roll of toilet paper too.

[via The Awesomer via Geekologie]

Offensive PSN IDs Will Now Be Replaced By Sony

At last, Sony has allowed users to change PlayStation Network IDs, something that has not been possible before even though users had been asking for this for many years. Well, the company can also do more to prevent hate speech and bad behavior when it comes to PSN usernames. So it will now automatically replace […]

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Disney To Take A Break From Star Wars Movies After Episode 9

For the past few years, Disney has released Star Wars movies on a regular basis. So far they have given us Episode VII, Episode VIII, Rogue One, Solo, and later this year, Episode IX which will conclude the current Star Wars trilogy. They feel that it is too much. The Star Wars fanbase is huge, […]

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New LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV Set Is Coming In May

If you are building your Star Wars LEGO fleet of spaceships, check this one out. The newly announced LEGO 75244 Star Wars Tantive IV set is headed our way. Also known as the Blockade Runner, it is the Corellian Corvette that carried Princess Leia at the beginning of the original Star Wars movie.

The set is one of many LEGO Star Wars sets announced at this year’s Star Wars Celebration event. This is actually the third LEGO version of this ship. The first was the Ultimate Collectors’ Series (10019) set from 2001, the second was a playset (10198) released in 2009. The new LEGO 75244 Star Wars Tantive IV has more parts than the original, with 1,768 pieces.

It looks a bit sleeker than the previous versions too. This version has an elongated hull, detachable escape pods(because that’s how the adventure starts), an elevating gun, cargo hold, 11 engines, and a removable hull plate that reveals a 2-minifigure cockpit, conference area with table, weapon rack and a control console with a pair of seats. Obviously, this LEGO set is not to minifig scale, but it’s still pretty detailed and cool looking.

The set also comes with five minifigures: Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO, Rebel Fleet Trooper, and R2-D2. It will hit stores on May 4, 2019 for $199.99.

ShotsClub Glass Pistols Decanter Set: Bang, Bang, You’re Drunk!

This decanter set gives a whole new meaning to having a shot. The ShotsClub drinkware set includes two glass pistol shaped decanters, eight shot glasses, a bottle pouring spout, a belt holster, and a padded metal briefcase that can hold both decanters and all shot glasses.

This is a set that 007 would use. He can take it with him on all of his missions and always have some booze for himself and the ladies. The set also includes a belt holster that lets you keep your glass sidearms and shot glasses ready for action.

I want to be the kind of cowboy that some dude calls you out at high noon and you show up not for a gunfight, but ready to pour some whiskey. I like that idea. If you’re gonna drink, you might as well do it in style.

[via The Awesomer via Geekologie]

Taxidermy Mouse Chess Set: These Meeces Are Pieces

Do you like chess? Do you like dead things? Today’s your lucky day. Etsy seller and TheCurious13 has combined lifelike deceased rodents with a classic game of strategy with their taxidermy mouse chess set.

Every single chess piece is a dead mouse that has been lovingly dressed up and decorated to match the pieces from the game. These mice are hand stuffed. You get 16 light colored mice and 16 dark mice. The set also comes with a wooden handmade chess board and storage boxes.

You can even customize this set and request different costumes and colors. I’m thinking Star Trek set with mice as the Enterprise crew and Klingons with those tiny ridges on their mouse heads. Maybe Game of Thrones. That would be cool.

This mess of dead mice doesn’t come cheap though. The complete set will cost you a cool $750. Of course, you could always make your own for much less if you have a rodent infestation, but I doubt it will look this cool and creepy. Just do yourself a favor and don’t play a game of mouse chess if you have cats, unless you want to see your hard-earned money go down the drain.