This is a $ 50 Mario inspired Racanooki hoodie (inspired from the Tanooki suit in Super Mario 3) available from 80′s Tees. The tail wags up and down if you pull the drawstrings in and out real fast. It’s perfect for…actually I don’t know who it’s perfect for. Furries? People who want to be mistaken for a masturbating raccoon?
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By far the greatest challenge for robots with legs is staying upright when the going gets rough. A team at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kod*lab has a hunch that we don’t need extra smarts to make that happen — just an extra appendage. The upgraded X-RHex Lite (XRL) carries a tail that will swing in the right direction to keep the robot upright if it’s caught out by a fall, much like a cat. That’s impressive for a nearly 18-pound robot (the previous Tailbot was 0.4 pounds), but we’re pretty sure no feline has six springy legs; the XRL can crash to the ground and still get back up like it ain’t no thing, which gives it a fudge factor others don’t have. We don’t know if the hexapod critter will lead to more than further experiments. If there are fewer stuck rovers on future exploration missions, though, we’ll know who to thank.
The WhaleTail, not to be confused with the whale tail made popular by Midwest girls, attempts to make holding a tablet or notebook a bit easier. The $ 50 device suctions onto a flat surface and then provides a flexible tail, a whale tail if you will, for additional handheld support and table top mounting. The thought is that these devices are so sleek and smooth that users need a bit of help holding them. Fine, okay.
This is actually a growing trend. Several upstart companies are outing similar devices that attach to he back of tabs and smartphones to assist when holding. I can only assume there’s a market for such items. Tablets are hitting more demographics as companies start utilizing them in different use cases that often require users to hold them for extended periods of time. They’re mostly utilitarian devices where the WhaleTail takes it to the other end of the spectrum. It offers a large round bottom to form to a user’s hand and a flexible tail for additional support.
Do you need this in your life? Probably not. Would it make your life better? Perhaps if you hold your iPad precariously and need a little extra grip.
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