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August 26, 2007 - September 1, 2007 Archives

  • August 31, 2007
    Designer Mathias Koehler has come up this thing, the "Rocking Wheel Chair" that features an overhead light for reading. It also features scary as hell styling and comes complete with a sense that it will tear your heart out and eat it before it's done beating. Rocking chairs ... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    Sega Toys has released a line of robotic cats in Japan, because, um, people can't care for real cats. The cats interact with you and when you pull their tails they hiss (just like mine!) Unlike mine though, they don't tear up furniture or pee on your electronics. Another thi... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    When I first saw this thing I was so hopped up on White Out and spray paint that I thought the guy in the picture was trying to burn a hole in me with his laser eyes. I'm pretty sure he still is, but I noticed that he's holding something. That thing is the Yamaha Tenori-On mu... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    Demeter, a fragrance company notorious for their offbeat odors (sushi, humidor, dirt) has released a Crayon scent that is sure to drive the kindergarden ladies wild! At $19 per ounce, it's a little more expensive than melting crayons on yourself, but probably safer. A must ha... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    The incredibly brilliant Japanese at Information Architects are at it again, this time developing a map of web trends modeled after the Tokyo subway system. The different colors represent different site categories (news, sharing, etc.) and actual sites are depicted with what w... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    They are bubbles. They are colored. They are awesome! Zubbles have been in the works for almost a decade, but they aren't hitting the market until spring of 2008. Zubbles are soap bubbles that used special dyes called leuco dyes allowing them to be colored. The purple bub... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    If you've got $14,000 to throw around and really love your vinyl, then maybe the ELP Laser Turntable is for you. Instead of a needle dropping down on your stacks of wax, four lasers read the reflections of your records' grooves, while a fifth tracks each record's warp to keep ... / Continue →
  • August 31, 2007
    The Fly Fusion pen ($80) may look like just another vibrator, but this one is special. When used in conjunction with the $8 Fly Fusion Notebooks, it can magically convert your analog notes and doodles to digital format! The technology behind this breakthrough is called very t... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    Our Children's Gorilla, perhaps the worst named, and most expensive store for children, is selling this ultra sweet Pac Man rug. It measures about 7' x 10', and is allegedly one of only two in existence, made from 100% wool in beautiful Portugal. The price though, at $1,800 i... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    Crayola, a company best known for those different colored snack sticks, has just released an audio ruler for kids. You roll it along and it leaves a trail of disappearing ink to ensure that you measured what you wanted. It will then tell you how long the distance was, in quar... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    Dropmaster has come out with CopterBoxes, which are cardboard boxes that act as miniature helicopters so you can throw stuff out of planes without it breaking too bad. The three blades spin at 450 rpm, helping to slow the package's descent to around 40 feet per second. Allege... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    If you're anything like me you don't shower because your natural pheromones attract the ladies like rare earth magnets. But if you prefer to smell like soap, then this Coleman product allows you to cleanse yourself anywhere you want. It's a battery operated shower that runs o... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    First of all there should never be an Oldsmobile with a license plate "PWNAGE" unless you are referring to how much your life sucks and how it seems that God constantly pwns the hell out of your ass for being such a failure. Example: I live a life of constant pwnage -- I found... / Continue →
  • August 30, 2007
    Former Alienware product development engineer Oscar Zapata launched a new company this week, called NVousPC (very clever!) that customizes laptops with any color paint or image you want. You can choose different colors for each part of the laptop, including bottom, and upload ... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    Because retro is apparently the new futuristic, here is the cell phone of the future, the Sparkfun Electronics Port-O-Rotary. The company retrofits the old phones with all the necessary electronics, so all you have to do is add your SIM card and you're good to go. The rotary ... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    Vibram's line of FiveFingers shoes (shouldn't that be FiveToes shoes?) are, um, unique. As an owner of Nike Air Rifts (that just have the big toe separated), I find these oddly appealing, yet disgustingly disgusting looking. I just hope none of my winter gloves catch sight of... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    Since last week's very unfortunate Star Wars news I've been looking for something that will lift my spirits a bit. And well, I can't totally tell if this does or not, but it is pretty wack. According to NASA, they are sending the original lightsaber prop from Star Wars to out... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    Becky Miller, a regular da Vinci of our times, has designed the "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" bank. It's a bank that looks like one of those fire alarms, except I'm thinking that this thing doesn't have real glass. And that hole in the top looks plenty big to shake all t... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    For those of you out there that have yet to make it to first base, it might not be too late. Toys4Me is releasing Electronic Spin the Bottle, because, uh, analog bottles are stupid and will not get you laid. The damn thing costs $34, which is ridiculous to pay for something I... / Continue →
  • August 29, 2007
    MIT Media Lab researcher Tad Hirsh has developed, um, these things. Coconuts with cell phones inside that call the San Jose Airport complaint line when they detect low flying aircraft noise. The following is a real message one of them leaves, believe it or not. Uh… Hey. Um... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    A Popular Science photographer, John Carnett, has created "The Device", which makes beer from start to finish in one very beautiful (and shiny) unit. John, who will now be known as the man that made my heart melt, even hopes to add another section that makes the beer's raw ing... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    Erin Hayne and Nuno Gonçalves at Visual Reference Studio have created a line of furniture that changes color based on body heat. Named the "Swamp Collection", the line is so expensive you have to contact them for pricing, then wait 6 weeks for the piece to arrive. I got to s... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    Designer Jean-Michel Gauvreau has brought to us the Zen Garden Sink. Which, if you can't tell, is a sink that has plants growing in it for a very short period, then transforms into a sink that has dead plants rotting in it for a longer time. Sure it looks pretty cool, but com... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    Willcom and Sanyo got together to develop this thing, a cell phone that runs off of a single AA battery. Which, with no screen or anything, doesn't seem like that much of a feat. I mean it only gets 5 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby. Now if it ran off brainpower,... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    NASA has been doing extensive testing of its new 5M15 rocket out in the Mojave Desert, and by the look of things, it's awesome. The engine runs off compressed liquid methane, which NASA believes to be a smart choice. The odorless substance has multiple advantages over convent... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    If you're tired of being beat up and robbed, then the Stunning Ring may be something to consider. By no means stunning in the traditional jewelry sense, it does pack the strongest dose of pepper spray available, over 400 times that of a regular jalapeno. It projects a 12 inch... / Continue →
  • August 28, 2007
    If you haven't heard already Google announced the launch of the Sky feature that is now included in Google Earth. It, um, lets you look at stars and planets instead of buildings and people. You can go to any location on earth and view what the sky looks like from that spot. ... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    A new restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany is opening with no waiters. Because it's an automated restaurant! Named 's Baggers (yes that's correct, it starts with an apostrophe) the restaurant's only employees are the cooks (who should be replaced with robots). Patrons order via ... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    Well by now I'm sure you're aware that laptops and cell phones have been blowing up all over the place recently, and I present to you this case as an example of what not to do when something of yours explodes. Douglas Brown, a computer network administrator from Columbus, Ge... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    Shown at SIGGRAPH 2007, the Interactive 360 Degree Light Field Display won the Best Emerging Technology Award. Designed by USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, the system is capable of producing interactive 3D graphics to multiple viewers in 360 degrees. The display con... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    I have enough trouble eating as it is, so why designers Stefano Merlo and Claudia Taddia would want to make it harder is a mystery to me. They have designed a table (now to be known as the table that made me kill my wife) that has each setting (glass, fork, knife, etc) tethere... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    Festo, an industrial automation company, has introduced the gaming chair to beat all gaming chairs. The system uses "fluidic muscles and mechatronic systems to give users a true sensation of either driving or flying, depending on the software being used." It is certainly a st... / Continue →
  • August 27, 2007
    Arthur Wu, who is clearly a bread heating genius, has designed the Toasty Single Serving Toaster. It looks like a cross between a cassette tape player and an appliance from the 50's, which makes it awesome. It may only heat one piece of bread at a time, but who cares, it has ... / Continue →