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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lineriders, Hotwheels Revisited

Not a whole lot by way of details, but worth a post anyway. First of all, this is not a product to be found on the market. At least, not yet. Rather, it’s a project by Philip Worthington and William Denniss.

The idea is to outfit your common everyday Hotwheels cars with technology allowing them to follow paths drawn by you. You could make them speed up, slow down or whatever, using special annotation. Also, you would not need a special surface at all. In other words, you could create The Perfect Track right on your living room floor.

Not sure how real any of this is, and how much of it is just conceptual mumbo jumbo, but you’re free to follow these next links to decide for yourself. The Lineriders page. The two designer’s pages again, here and here. Finally, the story came VIA WMMNA.

Update: Better, clearer page with pictures of actual cars and stuff right here. It’s beggining to look like these things have actually been made, though obviously not in production yet.


Update #2: It seems this is not bleeding edge, groundbreaking new technology after all. Check this link to see what I mean. But hey, those toy cars look fruity. I like these Hotwheels wannabees much better.

TAG Heuer’s “Diamond Fiction” Watch Tells Time in Diamonds

Makers of high end, impossibly swanky and expensive watches, the people at TAG Heuer recently rolled out their latest creation, worn by their newest ambassador, Uma Thurman: the “Diamond Fiction”. And this one is a showstopper.

It’s adorned with 879 Top Wesselton (5.8 carats), full cut, VS/SI (1.1mm) diamonds. So, at first glance, it’s a simple diamond bracelet. If you press a button on the side however, some of the diamonds turn red to give you the time. This is possible because 54 of them hide tiny red LEDs underneath.

This latest addition will be part of TAG’s 2005/2006 Year of Diamonds theme. Only three are expected to be made, and will probably sell at around EU100,000.

Website here. Story VIA Gizmag.

Sputnik Lamp

sputniklampThis is just a lamp. That’s it. No more.

Yup. And I love it.

This wicked chrome fantasy was designed by Paul de Haan and stands 2feet tall. It has 24 chrome finished arms including 12 with spherical chrome balls and 12 with chrome light fittings. It’s European and needs an adaptor to work Stateside.

See, now, the thing weighs in at almost $400. If I was the kind of guy that spends that much on, say, a haircut, I’d get one in a heartbeat.

Sadly I’m not, but you can perform your own acquisition at Decennia Design. Or at FearsAndKahn. Story VIA Trendir.

Nissan To Eliminate Blind Spots

Endless hordes of (insert stereotypical bad driver here) will probably rejoice at the news of this new technology being developped by Nissan.

The magic starts by inserting cameras all around the car. A computer will then synthesize the data and collate it into a single virtual bird’s-eye view of the car’s surroundings, to be displayed on a central monitor.

It’ll be a little like having your own driving radar screen. You’ll be able to see everything around you! In no time, it’ll have you saying “Mirrors? What mirrors? I don’t need no stinkin’ mirrors!” And that, my friends, is innovation.

There’s no word on just when this will be coming out, if ever, nor on what models. The information comes from here. Story VIA The Raw Feed.

Waterex, Making Drinking Water from the Moisture in the Air

waterexThe Waterex, from company Librex Group, takes the moisture from the air in your place, removes it, runs it through a five stage filtration system and stores it as crystal clear drinking water. As it does this, it also filters the air, removing up to 90% of dust and airborne particles.

The tank has an 18liter capacity and when the machine is fully operational (it needs a couple of days to properly get running after the first installation), it produces up to a liter an hour, assuming of course, that your place is humid enough. It’s then able to dispense either hot or cold water, like a normal water cooler.

It’s very efficient, as the estimated cost-per-liter is $0.05.

I could make all sorts of jokes about some dude’s college dorm room’s horrible post-party stench molecules making their little way into the drinking water, but I wont. With an $820 price tag, presumably the owners of this machine will also have learned a thing or two about hygiene and such.

Then again, you never know. Story VIA BookOfJoe.

Butterfly Step Can from Simplehuman

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It’s a trashcan from company SimpleHuman. It also happens to be a pretty trashcan. And in case you can’t read the captions on the picture, it does stuff. Here’s what.

If you press the pedal, an electric motor will open it up. However, it will do this very quietly, as it features a special damper mechanism, helping to ensure your midnight binges will go unnoticed by the rest of the household. It is said to “open and close like a Lexus”.

It comes with doors that split down the middle, making it ideal for narrow spaces or under low countertops. Also, it has a special resin toe kick integrated in the design of the can resulting in a broader, more durable pedal area.

It’s, um, $200. Get it here. Story VIA GearLive.

Verb For Shoe, Digital Footwear


It’s not the first shoe to feature some sort of digital integration, what with the “Adidas 1′s” self-adapting, $250 marvel that came out a few months ago. This offering, from company VerbForShoe, on display this weekend at Wired Nextfest, packs a bunch extra features.

By extra of course I mean, it’s not self-adapting at all, and does a bunch of other somewhat interesting stuff.

They have memory in them that keep track of your fitness information. The integrated circuitry analyzes your movements during the day and the physical life of the shoe. Running on the Magellan OS they then connect to your computer through Wireless G, allowing you to view and analyze the information.

Another application is that they also keep track of your phonebook. In other words, this allows you to trade contact information with other people wearing the shoe by holding both shoes up to each other. Of course it only works if both people have are wearing them.

Seeing as they go for over $500, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone else at the park with these on their feet. Nevertheless, for what it’s worth, it’s interesting to see people trying to integrate all this expensive technology into something whose innards will inevitably end up smelling of death, fermented onions and foulplay.

You can check out the website here, but be warned that it comes with an annoyingly lengthy Flash intro and a clunky navigation. Story VIA QuenteCafe.

Pulse Lamp Syncs with your Heartbeat


This is a funky looking lamp from designer Matty Salin and it comes with a rather interesting functionality. If you place your hands on either side of the lamp base and wait 6~10 seconds, it will detect your heartbeat and start throbbing in sync.

The idea is to amplify a usually inconspicuous biological function, and give the user a biofeedback handle with which to control it.

The light is hypnotic, and after a while you can actually watch your pulse slow down by concentrating and relaxing.

No word on price, or even if it’s for sale, but you can check out the website here. Story VIA Sensory Impact.

Z-Agon, LCD Cube Prototype

Z-agonThe idea, cooked up at the KEIO University in Japan, is to redesign the way people watch television. The cube is made up of LCD screens, each tunable to its own channel. That way, each member of the family, or guests, gets to watch just what they want.

Imagine a living room with chairs and sofas arranged around this cubic monolithic centerpiece, basking every placid face with a soothing electric glow. It’s supposed to give the living room arangement a more, eh, communal feel. There’s even built-in video cameras, enabling multiple Z-agon users to video-chat wirelessly.

Seeing as it’s a prototype, it’s not on sale. The idea has yet to be picked up by some manufacturer.

Story VIA T3.