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Mini Catapult and Trebuchet

Mini Catapult and Trebuchet

Ever since we were little and saw the Smurfs using one, we've wanted a real catapult. With the Catapult and Trebuchet Kit ($20-$30), we can finally fulfill our dream. The catapult has a range of ten feet, while the trebuchet has a range of twenty, and both come precut and pre-drilled, so you don't have too hard a time getting your little poo-flingers together. So go ahead, take aim at the POS office copier, and re-affirm your manliness.

  • Lego Mindstorms NXT

    We've all dreamed of building our own robot... for whatever perverse reasons. Luckily, Lego is here to fulfill our fantasy. The Lego Mindstorms NXT system ($250; available in Aug.) lets you easily build and program robots. The heart of the new system is the NXT brick, a 32-bit Lego microprocessor that can be programmed using a Mac or PC. After you build your robot creation, you hop on your computer to program it with some easy-to-use included software. You then transfer the programs to your invention using Bluetooth or USB 2.0, and once programmed, your robot "takes on a life of its own, fully autonomous from the computer." Look out, kitty. [via]

  • Butterfly R/C Plane

    You're looking at the world's lightest radio-controlled airplane. Plantraco's Butterfly Plane ($240), which can be piloted in a living room, weighs only 4 grams and features a carbon fiber propeller, Swiss engineered gearbox, and a tiny 4mm coreless motor. It comes "Ready To Fly Right Now" with remote transmitter and an aluminum storage case. [via Gizmodo]