Mechatronic Robot Tank

Mechatron is a very useful forty-five pound robot that manages to be super agile. The colored LED light show beneath corresponds to which direction it is moving in and it also changes as it shoots, which makes for a pretty show. An Arduino Mega, Arduino Nano, 12 Maxbotix sonar sensors, 4 motors, Xbee radio, custom gun turret, Hitec Digital servos, MP3 Sound Board, lots of LEDs and more were used to create it. And metal armor plates of course. Another cool aspect of this bot is the old-school robot voice that it uses.” w/ photo + video

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World’s Largest Dalek Collection

It would be easy to assume that Rob Hull is a Doctor Who fanatic given that he’s just been recognized as owning the world’s largest Dalek collection. But bizarrely — despite having 571 model Daleks and a place in the Guinness World Records Book — the 49-year-old from Doncaster isn’t a fan of the Doctor and doesn’t watch the show. However, his home is dominated by the Daleks, includng a 6ft life size replica model, which he has spent 20 years collecting. “I’ve never been a fan of the show, but I have been enchanted by the Daleks ever since I saw one in a toy store as a child,” Rob said. “My mum wouldn’t buy it for me, but I swore at that moment that I’d have my own one day.” At the age of 29 Rob purchased his first Dalek “They’ve just slowly taken over the house!” One person who won’t be celebrating is his long-suffering wife of 25 years, Dawn (43): “I hate the bloody things and I’ve got a feeling this is only going to encourage him!” w/ photo

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Horseback Archery

“The ancient art of horseback archery has found a new lease of life in its native Hungary.”

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Wine Board Game

Always wanted to be sommelier? Always wanted to know what a sommelier is? Instead of looking it up, play this wine-themed board game with your friends to find out! Culinary and Pastry school grad Tamara Murphy of Phoenix, Arizona developed Winerd, a game that brings wine tasting, wine trivia, and wine-loving wannabes together to learn, drink and be merry. Start the game by tasting three wines and noting their flavors, aromas and colors. When your piece (a wine cork!) lands on a Blind Tasting Space, sip one of the wines and recall its name from your soon-to-be finely tuned sense memory. If you land on a Wine Label Space, answer a piece of trivia… maybe something like, “What’s the French name for a wine steward?” Winderd comes with four game pieces, but playing in teams is encouraged. Be a Winerd!” w/ photo

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Top 10 Lists That Nobody Should Write Anymore

“We all love a good list; it’s a quick, easy, and convenient way to organize information without starting every other paragraph with “Oh, and ALSO…” But they need to be interesting, especially in this age of endless information bombarding you from all directions, plus a few more that haven’t been discovered yet. With thousands of blogs, articles, columns, and message board threads devoted to listing everything under the sun, you need to find a topic that will stand out in the crowd. Objective or not, funny or not, the point is to be intriguing and original. In short, don’t write any of the following. Just, don’t. Thousands of people have already beaten you to these subjects, and you are all but guaranteed to surprise nobody and bore everybody.” w/ photos

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