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Monthly Archives: June 2005

Walkiebits, Tiny Dancing Robots from Takara

Ok, so maybe calling these little buggers robots is a little stretch on the meaning of that word. Nevertheless, they’re robot-sy by virtue of being somewhat programmable. And, I hate to admit it, also pretty darn cool.

See, the best trick they perform, is to be able to “dance” to a rhythm you provide.

In Rhythm Mode, the turtle will walk in synchronization with a rhythm that is “clicked” o­n its shell with a finger. For example, clicking a 3-3-7 rhythm o­n the shell will cause the turtle to walk in a 3-3-7 rhythm. It will repeat remembered rhythms three times, and can store up to 15 clicks

They also do a bunch of other things.

There’s “Walk Mode” in which the turtle shakes its rear as it makes sound, “Race Mode” in which the turtle runs, and “Sing Mode” where the turtle will play melodies with electronic sounds.

They come in a bunch of colors, they’re made by Takara, cost about 13$ and most likely will not be available in North America for quite a while.

That’s ok though, we can always dream…

Check out the Japanese (for any of you so enabled) website here. There’s also a press release though you’ll need Japanese on your PDF reader. Finally, the link came VIA TechJapan.

iCarrier Speaker Tower for your iPod

icarrierSeems everyday we have our token iPod product. That’s okay. I love my little white box. This time it’s a product from company Ignitek, called the iCarrier.

As you can see, it’s a specially designed set of speakers with subwoofer, drivers and tweeters. The whole thing pumps out a somewhat less than impressive 45W, 20 of which go to the woofer. It comes with a remote control that presumably is able to interact with the iPod.

So, technically speaking, this isn’t anything to write home about. What’s special is really just the way it looks and the way it’s been designed, sort of as an iPod throne. It looks just like the sort of thing I wouldn’t mind having hanging around in my apartment, looking pretty.

Today is a sad day though, as prices have seemed to makes themselves particularly elusive, even in this case. The website is here Story VIA Techie Diva.

Edge Table from Third Eye Studios

I suck a describing things, you know. It takes such effort… So, I saw a great looking table, and Core77 did a great job telling me what it’s supposed to be. So here’s their take:

The Edge Table is a study of invisibility, utilizing a formulaic combination of materials, skewed proportions and interaction with the surrounding space. The concept is inspired by naval battleship camouflage tactics used during WWII. The transparent glass and distortion of space and mass provide the Edge Table with an irrefutable uncertainty of distance, depth and span, therefore achieving an illusive state of “invisibility.”

The dynamic smoke glass structure is bonded together with UV glue, a special adhesive that quickly cures under Ultra-Violet light.

Of course, as all these art things go, prices and them are mutually exclusive.

Nonetheless, the website can be found here. Story VIA Core77.

Dismembered Barbie Jewellery

This is somewhat disturbing, people… yet morbidly fascinating. It’s jewellery made from plastic doll body parts. A Barbie hand necklace here, and a Barbie eye brooch there. All created by artist Margaux Lange.

As many artisty people do, she dissociates herself from prices altogether. See, prices are such mundane symbols of capitalistic hegemony, their mere presence would tarnish all creative value… Of course, that’s my, er, interpretation of why I can’t find prices on her website. Nevertheless, yeah, uh, the prices are absent.

There’s a ton of pictures though.

Here. Story VIA BoingBoing.

Motorized Artwork System from BEI

You have a plasma screen somewhere in your swanky palace that just looks horribly out of place when you’re not using it? Why not just camouflage it as art then? BEI online make this possible with its Motorized Artwork System.

It’s not much more than a motorized roller that you activate through a remote control. If you’re done watching the game, press a button and out rolls the Botticelli, making it look like you’re above such mundane trivialities as football and such.

There’s a bunch of features on this:

It fits all models of plasma displays.

There are over 300 classic paintings to chose from.

If their choice doesn’t suit you, you can send them your own selection.

You get to chose from a wide variety of designer and custom frames.

It can be recessed or surface mounted on the wall.

It’s good stuff people, and you can get it here. Story VIA TRFJ.

Electronic Shower System from Interbath

It’s pretty amazing what you can do with some fiber optics and a swanky showerhead. Let me tell you right off the bat that no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find a price. It doesn’t matter though, cause the Electronic Shower System, part of the Ondine line from company Interbath is priceless.

It’s a showerhead that provides drenching full-cone coverage from 270 no-clog spray channels. Of unique design, these spray channels also contain advanced fiber optics illuminated by a special halogen light source that accounts for the continuously changing colors. (You can also stop the action at a color of your choice.) Chromatherapy of this type is unheard of.

So yeah, shower in colored water of your choice. There even are some models crusted in Swarovski crystals.


Check it out here. Story VIA Trendir.

Volcano, Smokeless Pot Vaporizer Thing

volcanoOk, so, yeah, some people really have their panties all up in a bunch about this medicinal marijuana stuff. Up here in Canada, it’s all peaches and cream, but it seems some of our southern neighbours are less than pleased with out European progressive ways. Oh well, I say. Nevertheless, Danish company Storz & Bickel is doing a good job of adding an iota of legitimacy to the whole business.

By heating cannabis to a point where vapors are formed but before the herb combusts, a vaporizer creates a clear substance that, advocates say, is practically free of many of the toxins found in marijuana smoke.

Becoming smoke-free, they hope, will make marijuana more palatable as a medicine to federal officials, scientists and regulators who are dubious about the health value of a smoked drug.

The way the device works is really neat. You fill the cone thing up with, uh, herbs. You then place this two foot long bag on top. It fills up with flavoring and active ingredients. You then place the bag on your lips, and have a nice and fuzzy chat with Jeevus.

It’s about 600$, and you can get it here. Check out the website again. Story VIA Medgadget.

Modular Fireplaces from Company Ecosmart

Do you live in an apartment and constantly dream of owning a fireplace? Well, now you can, thanks to Australian company Ecosmart.

They design a range of modular fireplaces that use methylated spirits and ethanol, combined with a specially engineered burner making it so that you don’t need any flue/vent/chimney or any form of permanent fixture or fitting, gas/electrical connection to use.

Ethanol is pure alcohol, produced by the fermentation of sugars originating from agricultural and forestry products, mainly sugarcane, potatoes, bananas, beetroot and recently from cereals such as wheat.

The combustion of Ethanol 100% (also called Ethyl Alcohol C2H5OH) results in a clean emission: Heat, Steam and Carbon Dioxide. Methylated Spirits is a denatured (so that it is not consumed) version of Ethanol that burns just as clean.

So you just buy one of these, put it where you like, and burn away.

Just like that.

Well… like that, and anything between $2200 and $7000.

Check it out here. Story VIA MocoLoco.

iChant Turns iPod into Mini Boombox

Just a quick little post about a quick little gadget. It’s a $33 single-AA powered speaker you attach to the top of your iPod. It then becomes a little boombox that can last for up to 8 hours on one battery. It has an on/off switch and is made by Mythix.

Get it here. Story VIA T3.