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October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007 Archives

  • October 19, 2007
    Oh man I can't wait to take a bath later this month -- Play.com is releasing a sweet remote-controlled rubber duck on the 28th. They go for about $26, and take 6 AA batteries (2 for the controller, 4 for the duck charger). Five minutes of charging yields 15 minutes of fun. Jus... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    Andrew Fentem has developed the Fentix cube, which is everything the stupid Rubik's Revolution wishes it could be, and more. Each side is a multi-touchscreen, and the system also packs "a 3D system of accelerometers for gesture sensing a la Wii." All sorts of games have been ... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    Oh happy day! The Scooter Desk, from Utilia Design, is one of the awesomest desks ever. It combines a desk, with, get this, an f'ing scooter! So you can race around the office like never before. Now I prefer a knees in the chair and legs extended off the back stance when office... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's just some dildo in a Vampire 2 Wingsuit from Phoenix-Fly. The suit was designed to slow your free-fall from 111-139 mph to 37-59 mph thanks to the lift created -- allowing you to fly around and enjoy the view longer. It costs $1,250. Now... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    An art exhibit by Moritz Waldemeyer entitled 'By Royal Appointment' features these chairs, which change the color aura around them to reflect the hue of your clothing. Go to Gallery Libby Sellers in South Kensington, London if you want to give them a go. Ol' Moritz suggests, ... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    Well look at this dapper little bastard. He's looking mighty handsome today isn't he? That's because he's sporting the new Canine Earthquake Rescue Jacket. The idea is that this hotdog shaped animal will wiggle his way through debris to you if you happen to be trapped in your b... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    Designer Teruhiro Yanagihara has introduced the 'Grafitti Sofa', which you can mark with your fingers to design. Whatever you scratch in will remain until the sofa is ironed. Now call me crazy, but I could have sworn these were introduced, oh I don't know, forever ago. I've ... / Continue →
  • October 19, 2007
    HACOA has announced their do it yourself wooden keyboard is shipping, and at a measly $300. It comes with everything you see in the picture, including the little saw so you can get the keys apart. For $300 you'd think they'd already be separated, but I guess you're really payin... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    The Battle-Rig Pro gaming station is a glorified desk. That looks like it's in the process of being eaten by a red Pacman. Let's see here: A couple cabinets, a monitor shelf, a chair. Hmm. Not too much going on that my desk doesn't have, except maybe the integrated surroun... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    I'm a tough guy, and I'm afraid of very few things, but I am afraid of a cat sleeping on my face at night and suffocating me. And ghosts. Ghosts are scary as hell. Well now I can get a cell phone strap ($17) that alerts me when it detects magnetic field alterations or body t... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    The Guinnes Book of Records verified that the artificial tornado in Germany's Mercedes Benz Museum is the world's largest man-made twister. It's 34.43 meters (~113 feet) tall, and contains approximately 28 tons of air. It takes 144 jets about seven minutes to produce. It was... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    If there's one thing I hate, it's touching things. Things are gross and covered with germs. Well thanks to the Miscea Sensor Activated Faucet, there's one less thing you have to touch in the world -- sink knobs. You turn the water on by waving your hand, and can increase/dec... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    After years of development, Toshiba just unveiled their new circular LCD panels. They're approximately 2.5-inches in diameter, sport a 240 x 240 resolution (on the longest lines) and 600:1 contrast ratio. Toshiba believes they'll be utilized for instrument panels in vehicles,... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    The Braille Tattoo was designed by Klara Jirkova. It looks like a skin disease. They're steel, titanium, or medical plastic "bumps" that are implanted under the skin. So the blind can read them via touch. I'm not really too sure what to say except it seems gross as hell. B... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2007
    Acme, a company best known for selling a stupid coyote products that almost always kill him, unveiled a 3-LCD foldout "laptop" at Taiwan's Taitronics Autumn 2007 show. Each screen is 17", providing sufficient real estate for whatever your needs. It goes on sale next year, bu... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    The Impact jacket helps protect your delicate head and neck in case you get into a motorcycle accident. It's a padded jacket that features an airbag that deploys if you're launched from your bike. It works via a lanyard that you attach to the frame. If the lanyard is pulled ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    Mr. P is a special lamp. You have to flip his penis to turn him on. When you do his head lights up in embarrassment -- because his dangle-down in so small! He costs $110, and comes with a removable shade in case you want to spare him the shame. Truthfully, I don't think he ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    Sure there are a lot of things out there calling themselves Transformers but don't do any transforming. Well this guy actually does do some transforming. It's built from a Bioloid Humanoid Robotics Set (which start around $900), and looks pretty freaking awesome. The little ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    The Umbrella Water Gun, from Alexy Woolley Design, is what's created when an umbrella gets drunk one night and goes home with a hussy of a water gun. The unit collects water in the concave top, which travels down into the water gun handle -- so you never run out of ammo as lon... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    The Terpstra MIDI keyboard has 280 keys, which is a lot. You can set each key to whatever the hell you want, and all are velocity sensitive. The keys can be removed and swapped as well, in case the factory default pattern just doesn't do it for you. The unit has jacks for a ... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    Hyundai, a company best known for their line of affordable personal transportation machines, is releasing the W-100, a cell phone watch with 1.3 megapixel camera. It comes complete with touch-screen and stylus, Bluetooth connectivity, MicroSD card, and will play MP3s. An Engl... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2007
    If you haven't seen this already it's a video made in South Korea for Samsung featuring 1,152 people coordinating their moves to make images (like a monster LCD screen). They're not using cards, but clothes with different colors to make the changes. It's pretty mesmerizing, p... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    The USB Fridge and Heater, from USBGeek takes 5 minutes to cool a beverage to 54°F or heat one to 116°F from a starting temperature of 82°F. They cost $34. You know I love all things USB, so I've already got one on order. Last month I got busted for having beer in the min... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    Levelhead, a game being developed by digital artist Julian Oliver, looks pretty neat. The basis of the game is a marked cube, a digital video camera, and some custom software. Basically you move the cube, the camera picks up the angular changes you make, and you try to lead t... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid for short, is the new currency designed for outer space. They have no sharp edges and are made from the same polymer as non-stick pans -- to ensure no damage to space tourists or ships. Currently, one quid is worth about... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    The SwissMiniGun is the world's smallest functional revolver. It's only 2.16 inches long, making it slightly larger than my gun, and shoots bullets that are only 0.35 inches. What better way to acclimate your infant to beautiful weaponry than this little thing? I mean, it's ... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    Nissan unveiled another concept vehicle ready for the 2007 Tokyo Motor show. It's called the NV200, which is a really shitty name for a van that's designed for underwater photographers/soccer moms. Why not the Scuba-van or Marine-machine? Its got all the accoutrements for ph... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    Well apparently the analog version of the Rubik's cube just wasn't enough for the greedy company (it only sold a paltry 300 million units), so here comes the Rubik's Revolution! No really, that's what it's called. The segments don't move at all anymore, instead you can play 6... / Continue →
  • October 16, 2007
    I wish I had posted this yesterday to complete the Star Wars trifecta, but it didn’t happen (Ben sent the tip overnight). Anyways, the Yoshitoku Company has a "Samurai Vader" suit of armor -- complete with traditional bow and sword. The majority of the craftsmen that built th... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Sky Puter is one of the sweetest case mods (or lack thereof) I've seen in a long time. Sure there have been some pretty sweet cases in the past, but I think it's safe to say this one takes the cake. All pieces of the computer are suspended from cat5 or cat3 cable. Add a ... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The reLEAF Rain Collector is a rain collector for potted plants. Created by Swiss design team FULGURO, it's made of thermo lacquered aluminum and shaped to resemble a leaf. Water is funneled down the stem of the unit straight to the roots of your plant. It looks horrible and... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Vanity Ring, a project by Markus Kison, is an update of the ring as a status symbol. Basically it keeps a running tab on the number of Google hits your name gets. You personalize the ring using some custom software, and every night you plug the little sucker into its dock... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    Did someone say more Star Wars? Well you got it! Introducing the Star Wars Animated Life Size Princess Leia Monument. She stands around 5 feet tall, has a blaster, and looks hot as hell. Check out those cans! Honk honk! They say she's animated, but I couldn't find any inf... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Boba Fett Ceramic Cookie Jar is available from the Starwarsshop and costs $50. He stands about 12 inches tall and can hold snicker-doodles, oatmeal raisin cookies, brownies, peanut butter cookies, and many more delicious treats. StarWarsShop has only a handful of this e... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Zippo Hand Warmer is a stylish hand warmer in that classic Zippo style. It costs $30, and can warm up to 24 hours with only 0.4 oz of fuel. Not only that, but the unit uses a platinum-catalyzed glass fiber burner, which means no actual flame to set your pants on fire. I ... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Ceramic Remote Control, from designer Yuta Watanabe, is, you guessed it -- fragile! The idea is that since you can't just throw it down on the floor or table with gusto, that it will never get lost. You'll always set it down somewhere safe and easy to find. Interesting c... / Continue →
  • October 15, 2007
    The Brush & Rinse toothbrush, designed by Scott Amron, redirects water from a faucet to your lips for easy rinsing. The back of the head is shaped to direct water "into a fluid parabola as perfect as the St. Louis Arch." They cost $3, or you can get 1 of 27 original working pro... / Continue →