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November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007 Archives

  • November 9, 2007
    There have been musical Tesla coils in the past (even ones that play part of the Super Mario Bros theme from the underworld), but until now I've never seen two together playing the entire Super Mario theme. The music that you hear is coming from the sparks that these two iden... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Allegedly an employee of an undisclosed company that has been working on development of this phone sent some info to Gizmodo so that the company could "gauge interest in such a device". Well knowing how bonkers people are over cell phones, I imagine people will want it. Real ba... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Modmylife is an awesome website. Basically someone in New York City has got a video camera and internet connection and walks around doing what you tell them to. Everyone online at the time makes suggestions, and then votes. The winning suggestion is what the person must do. ... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    You may remember the SolidAlliance (maker of the infamous sushi flash-drives) USB Engine Hub from awhile ago, and now we've finally scored some video of that mother in action. Based on the design of a Motorbike Engine, the USB Engine Hub, is a 2.0 3 port USB Hub which not onl... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Venomsnow Switchboards look like they were made for handicapped people. And based on that guy in the picture, I'm even more convinced. The Switchboard features two short woodcore boards joined end-to-end on a double hinge, with lightweight footstraps on top, twin skates under... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Finally, your own KITT car, just 1/15 scale. The Knight Industries Two Thousand R/C car comes complete with headlights, flashing red sensor in front, some speech capabilities, and even a "turbo boost" feature. One will set you back around $62, but they're currently sold out b... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Well it's Friday so I've got beer on my brain (and in the bloodstream). Guinness has just started running their newest commercial, which is the most expensive for them to date. They contracted the world record holder in domino toppling 'Weijers Domino Productions' from the Ne... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2007
    Kadeg Boucher of France developed this F-1 inspired concept mower. It's a lawnmower that looks like a little F-1 racecar. At first I thought it was remote controlled, which would have been bad-to-the-ass but it's a push mower. It still looks fast though doesn't it? You probabl... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    The Solar Bug is an electric car that has solar panels on top capable of recharging its batteries (lead acid based) to increase the car’s range by 1/3. The company hopes to be able to make the car run 100% on solar energy in the future. It's got a top speed of 35 mph, a range... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    The Weathergirl Weather Station ($70) is a home weather station that features the time, temperature, and humidity. It also features a scantily clad weathergirl that gets down to a bikini if it's hot enough. YOW YOW! I don't know what she wears if it's freezing out, because t... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    The Mark bookmark just won the Red Dot Award for best design concept in 2007 so it may be available soon. It's a bookmark embedded with FOLEDs (flexible organic light emitting diodes) so that you can read in the dark by setting it on your book. The brightness level can be con... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    Saba Italia's Scoop Bed is actually two couches during the day, but at night it gets its Transformer on and turns into a big round bed. You have to contact for a price, but let's be honest, nobody's getting one, so who cares. It'll be expensive, we'll leave it at that. While... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    The Web 2.0 shirt has a list of all the popular social networking sites. You use a permanent marker to check off all the sites you belong to. Then you're supposed to wear it out and let everyone know just how geeky you really are. So what if your friend list is empty on all ... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    Okay first this guy was available, then these, and now (drum roll please) the T-Rex. Oh shit my friends, oh shit. They stand around 43 feet long, 18 feet high, and will set you back a Jurassic $60,000. While the t-rex may be life-size, it certainly doesn't look too life-like... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    Nathan Sawaya, a man who makes a living building LEGO stuff made a life-size replica of a Carrier brand air conditioner for their convention last year. Then, not to be out done, Bryant Air Conditioning commissioned him to do the same thing for their convention. And he agreed!... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2007
    "Mr. Fix It" Rick is at it again, this time attempting to carve a pumpkin with his CD Tesla Turbine. He uses compressed air to power the thing, and has modified the turbine from last time to ensure a bit more safety. The damn video is almost 9 minutes long so I recommend just... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    Sanyo developed this conceptual robot to check out the foundations of homes in Japan and make sure there's no structural damage or other problems. It goes on sale next year for less than $8,850. Which means it's in the $0.01 - $8,849.99 price range. Probably closer to the high ... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    The Whirlpool Glass Bathtub is a real treat. It's got sixteen jets, can accommodate two people, and is totally see-through. They run $3,199 and are worth every penny. I've had one since they first came out, and I'm 100% happy with the purchase. The only problem is my wife c... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    The Book Of Lights is a pop-up LED lamp cleverly disguised as a linen-bound hardcover book. You open that shit up and POP!, an LED lamp. They come in traditional lampshade and Parisian streetlamp models, and run a staggering $95. Pretty expensive for some paper, a battery, a... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    Lei Xue, a Chinese artist, has taken porcelain to the next level with these awesome life-size beer cans. I like how they're realistically crumpled, the artist definitely has a fine eye for quality can reproduction. Just don't try smashing one of these against your forehead. ... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    Above is the best campaign commercial ever made -- and yes, it's real. It was made last year in Rockingham County, North Carolina for a seat on the Board of Education. The dude didn't win, but he did get 4,648 votes from people who obviously know what the hell is up with politi... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    I know dog washing machines have existed for awhile, but this one is apparently the cream of the crop, costing over $30,000. Why does it cost so much? Hell if I know, maybe it's the color scheme. An operator oversees the machine closely to ensure your pet is comfortable duri... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    The pressure-sensitive DeLighTable lights up when you rub your hand across it. If you set down a glass the drink will glow from beneath. The actual surface is only 2 cm thick and runs on 12 volts of energy. They're made to order from KLOSS and start at $2,300. There's a vid... / Continue →
  • November 7, 2007
    The Hono Candlelight is a 10" tall lamp that lights up at the top when you touch it with the "magical matchstick". To turn it off you blow on it. Pretty clever. Except you're going to lose the matchstick. Then it magically transforms from a $64 novelty lamp into a $64 flat-... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    For all of you out there that can't function in the morning without a cup of coffee, consider the Caffeine Molecule Necklace. It doesn't actually inject the pure goodness directly into your bloodstream (although it should), but it does let everyone around you know you're addict... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    Want to make your own life-size Jabba the Hutt puppet? I don’t, but maybe you do. If so there’s a tutorial online at Star Wars Crafts. You get to use all sorts of fun crap like irrigation tubing, mattress padding, PVC, and LOTS of glue. If you do everything right you en... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    John Maeda, of MIT Media Lab fame got together with Reebok (not sexually) to develop a new shoe. John is well known (by some) for his math and design skills, and the resulting shoe, the Timetanium, is the resulting hybrid of these two fields. Only 100 pairs are being made, an... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    8-year-old twins Jared and Justin, tired of being bullied, have developed wedgie-proof underwear, the Rip-Away 1000s. This may be the greatest internet video of all time, those poor little bastards. It may also be the saddest. You just have to watch. The only problem is, I ... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    Featured at SEMA 2007, these Hossfly V8 Barstools are exactly what they sound like. Unless you were thinking they were made from a tomato-based beverage that tastes like ass. If you were thinking that you were wrong. I'm talking engines here. I want one. Oh, and the steeri... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    China is constructing the world's largest Ferris Wheel. It was supposed to be ready for the summer games, but apparently won't open until 2009. It will have 48 separate gondola-like pods, each capable of holding 40 passengers (for a total of 1920 people at one time!), and wil... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    Designer Stephen Hauser aka Snowtone has created the Snowtone Wastebasket. It's a trashcan for the bathroom that holds a magazine on top, so you can read hands-free. It was designed because resting a magazine on your lap makes your penis disappear. Sure it's just on the othe... / Continue →
  • November 6, 2007
    Someone on instructables has posted DIY instructions on how to create a 'Breath Powered USB Charger'. It actually works on the movement of your chest when breathing, and not exhaled air. Using some parts scavenged from an old CD-ROM drive, a simple electronic circuit, and a fe... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    A video game fanatic is selling his entire collection of systems and games on ebay, that represent 30+ years of gaming. There are 1,768 items included in the auction. There are also several copies of many systems (so if you buy it you can send me the extra). The following ar... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    Nathan Gabriele has conceptualized a USB device that can light cigarettes without the use of a flame, using resistance coils (like car lighters) instead. It would contain a battery cell that would be good for a number of uses, and could be recharged via USB. He also threw in s... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    The USB Desk Vacuum Cleaner is a USB powered vacuum cleaner that can (allegedly) suck up dust and crumbs from your desk. They run $34 from bimbambanana and come in that awesome brown and tan color combo. According to the product page, "With classic retro style, you can suck you... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    The Electric Cruiser from Mademoto is a wheel that runs on a battery so you can pull yourself around when you're on rollerblades, roller-skates, Heelys, or whatever-the-hell else is out there. It's basically an electric scooter with nothing to stand on (and no cooler). I can'... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    The Sveid corkscrew "is made out of aviation-grade titanium and features an 18-carat gold finger-hold. It's a dual action opener, with a wind-around motion to remove the cork's covering and then your standard drill-down, pull-up movement to snag the cork free." Nothing special... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    Last week I posted a very professional Fridge/Kegerator Combo, and now I'm ramping it up a notch. Introducing the Gamerator! It's is an arcade game cabinet with a chilled kegerator in the rear that holds a 1/4 keg. It comes preloaded with 187 classic games, and even has buil... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    The MII Flashcam incorporates a 85,000-candle-power LED flashlight with a video camera. It even has a night-vision mode with infrared emitter. It costs $1,500, and is marketed to police organizations. According to local legend, the unit was created when a police officer's Ma... / Continue →
  • November 5, 2007
    The NY Jedi Academy is kind of what it sounds like -- it's a school in New York that teaches nerds how to swing fake light sabers around like idiots. The founder talks about "hero-building", which was weird because I didn't see a single person in the video capable of lifting a... / Continue →