Reduce A Steel Box To A Pathetic Lump With Slingshot Bullets

Joerg puts his equipment through a lot of abuse to film videos for the slingshot channel. And the catchbox he shoots into has borne the brunt of all that mayhem for three years. But it's probably been so gradual that no one really noticed. And then in a moment of clarity Joerg clearly realized that his catch box had… » 8/11/13 12:03pm 8/11/13 12:03pm

Does a Speaker Made From Artificial Rubber Muscles Get Louder With…

A Japanese company called Tokai Rubber Industries has created what it's claiming to be the world's first all rubber speaker. But it's not made from the exact same material as the tires on your car. This is a smart rubber that could one day lead to artificial muscle technology. » 10/18/12 9:35am 10/18/12 9:35am

Why Rubber Rules: A Short History of the World's Favorite Stretchy…

When Charles Goodyear figured out how to take the smelly sap from some trees and turn it into the rubber of industry, the finished, stretchy product bounced a crazy diverse number of materials out of their soon-to-be former jobs. Like sheep intestines. Ick. » 2/13/12 12:00pm 2/13/12 12:00pm

Where Christmas Lights Go to Die

Welcome to Shijiao. It's a bustling town in China that just so happens to be the unofficial capital of dead and unwanted Christmas lights. According to The Atlantic, 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights make it through Shijao every year. What the heck for? » 12/26/11 4:30pm 12/26/11 4:30pm

Will 'Viagra in a Condom' Get Guys To Like Using One?

The rubber, the cock sock, the goalie, the love glove, the salami sling. No matter how many adorable monikers it gets, no one really likes a condom very much. » 12/07/11 7:20pm 12/07/11 7:20pm

Bendy Rubber Bookshelves Literally Accommodate Whatever Literary Tastes…

Where does one put the massive tomes of knowledge with which the brain, a metaphorical elastic sponge, soaks up and expands to accomodate more knowledge? I dunno, how about a malleable rubber bookshelf? [Behance via Bookshelf via Boing Boing] » 9/25/11 11:00am 9/25/11 11:00am

Screw Rugged and Waterproof Cameras. Give Me This Silicone Rubber…

It's an ordinary camera lined with Sugru silicone rubber, which is kind of like clay but also sorta like duct tape. Once attached to something, Sugru sets itself permanently. Like this camera. Watch it roll around on the street. » 8/22/11 8:40pm 8/22/11 8:40pm

Samsung's Foldable Display Will Let You Stuff Giant Tablets in Your…

Tiny tablets' major advantage over the 10-inch crowd: They'll fit in your pocket (especially if you're the type of person who wears cargo pants). Samsung's latest foldable, creaseless AMOLED display will let you fold a tablet in half—effectively making bigger tablets pocketable. » 5/12/11 11:20pm 5/12/11 11:20pm

The Ballad of the Journal Bandolier

What is a notebook without notes? A pretty nifty zen koan, I guess. But also: essentially useless! So instead of scrounging constantly for a stray pen or pencil to fill your pad to its potential, strap on the Journal Bandolier: a hand-made, two-inch wide strap equipped with seven holes for pens, erasers, a stray… » 4/05/11 9:00pm 4/05/11 9:00pm

These Indestructible Rubber Speakers Amplify Your Earbuds to 80dB

There are plenty of situations which warrant music but aren't exactly conducive to real speakers, vacations and day trips foremost among them. Tembo Trunks, a Kickstarter project conceived by two Australian brothers on holiday in Africa, looks to be the perfect acoustic compromise. » 3/11/11 10:30am 3/11/11 10:30am

Lightning Review: The $500 Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Landing a well-aimed rubber band—in the coffee, in the hair bun, in the ear—is one of the great pleasures of working in an office. So, how about about 100 of them? » 11/12/10 11:00am 11/12/10 11:00am

This Rubber Band Gatling Gun Will Dominate Any Office Supply Shootout

You're still flicking rubber bands with your fingers? My friend, please. Please take a look at this 20-pound, eight-barreled Gatling rubber band gun. Before you say no to the $500 price tag, watch it work in this terrifyingly soundtracked video. » 9/14/10 10:20am 9/14/10 10:20am

How To Defeat a Sliding Chain Lock With Only a Rubber Band

Sure, you can use various high-tech methods to sneak into places where you don't belong, but the MacGyver approaches are so much more fun. Here's how someone can defeat a sliding chain lock with just a rubber band. » 3/31/10 11:40pm 3/31/10 11:40pm

Touch Display Actually Lets You Touch Real Thingies

Leave it to a Japanese team—leaded by Hideki Koike at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo—to develop a touch display that uses rubber to allow you to actually touch real three-dimensional thingies. Hideki, you got me at rubber. » 10/13/09 9:27am 10/13/09 9:27am

I Ain't Gettin' In No Rubber Tub, Fool. Oh, Alright, If You Insist

Just what the hell fool came up with this idea? Let me just put my T-focals on and read you what the blurb says. "A soft tub for the body. For children and adults. For play and healing. In the garden or the stylish bathroom." Healing? HEALING? What kinda fool tub gives you healing??? It gives you cleaning, that's what… » 4/01/08 9:36am 4/01/08 9:36am

Urine Rubber Can Be Cut in Half and Still Reform to Original Shape

A new rubber compound that's made from fatty acids and a component of urine retains its shape to such a degree that it can be cut in half with a knife and then repair itself, retaining its original form. Imagine it: you break a plastic toy in half, only to have it seal itself back together, with the only downside… » 2/20/08 6:20pm 2/20/08 6:20pm

Rugged Camera from Minox is Waterproof to 33 Feet and Just Rubbery

Manly and rugged outdoorsmen with small rucksacks might find Minox's DC6033 WP so far up their mountain path it's parked in their crevasse. Encased in rubber armor, the six-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is dust, dirt, sand and salt-proof, and you can take it underwater to a depth of 33 feet. » 1/30/08 4:59am 1/30/08 4:59am

Pink. Rubber. Duck. Vibrator.

Not only is this rubber duck pink—or "Paris", as they call it—it runs on only two AA batteries. You activate the duck by pressing his torso, which makes him bzzzz bzzzz bzzzz you into tranquility. If you happen to share a bathroom with roommates, or god forbid your parents, this is a good way to disguise your playtime… » 1/22/07 3:24pm 1/22/07 3:24pm

This Robot Defies Jesus, Walks on Walls


Hold on to the edge of your seat, boys and girls, because this here robot is poised to Blow. You. Away. Not only is it made of metal and rubber, in and of itself completely mind-boggling and on more than one occasion made me question my own hollow existence, but it can also walk up walls. So the government has been… » 10/23/06 3:46pm 10/23/06 3:46pm

Plastic for Girlie Men: Samsung Dresses Phones in Hot Metal Bodies

Not a phone launch, per say, but news that Samsung finally realizes that plastic is not the future. They're experimenting with cases in magnesium, fiberglass reinforced plastics, and rubber. We still want a mainstream handset carved from a single block of mahogany. We encourage this kind of phone mussing, Samsung.… » 9/19/06 1:34pm 9/19/06 1:34pm