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Monthly Archives: August 2005

CardBoy Will Enliven Your Desk

By David Ponce

Looking to brighten up your desk area at work? Look no further than the Cardboy, the brainchild of top British designer Mark James. It’s a simple cardboard and vinyl foldable figurine. It comes flat, you take it out and assemble it in a matter of seconds.

It then just sits on your desk and gets your co-workers to ask you “What the heck is that?”, to which you answer “CardBoy, of course!” and then snort snobbishly, shake your head and look away in disgust. When all is said and done, it’ll have cost you about $9.

Get yours here. Story VIA Designboom.

Lego Digital, Taking Their Business Online

By David Ponce

For whatever strange reason, I was never a Lego dude. I’m in the right demographic and everything, yet they never took hold. Go figure. That’s not to say there aren’t legions of people in their 20s (and a bunch of other age slices too, of course) that still feel somewhat neurotic at the mention of that word. The Lego folks must be aware of this as they’re now (or not now, I’ve no idea how long this has been around) releasing what could possibly become their most successful product to date.

It’s called Lego Digital. The premise is simple. Go online, build any 3D shape you want. Make it look like your conjoined twin if you like. Then, when you’re good and satisfied, send them some money and they will ship to you the parts necessary to build your creation.

Check it out here. Story VIA Core77.

OhGizmo Exclusive: Interview With The Heliodisplay Inventor

By David Ponce

A few days ago, we broke the story that the Heliodisplay was finally being produced and sold. The news took the geek world by storm. For those of you who haven’t heard, the Heliodisplay is an interactive tactile 3D display that projects a floating image in the air, a little in the same way as R2D2’s projector.

After the dust settled, quite a few questions were left unanswered. In a bid to do some real journalism, we contacted IO2Techonolgy and managed to schedule 15 minutes with Chad Dyner, the creator of the Heliodisplay.

So what follows inside is a transcript of all the pertinent parts of the phone interview. You’ll read about the inspiration behind the invention, classified technology, military applications and yes… even prices.

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Wooden Mirrors, TechnoCool Artwork

By David Ponce

So this is straight out of 1999. Still, I bet one or two of you will still think it’s better than Plumpudding Thursday with Grandma. It’s artwork/technological innovation/super gadget, created by artist Daniel Rozin. “Wooden Mirrors” are built from cameras, a computer, some custom software and a pane covered in hundreds of 1.5 inch square pieces of wood, each one controlled by it’s own servo motor. The cameras look at you, split your image up in the number of wooden “pixels” that the pane is made of, and the servo motors then adjust the wood squares to create your likeness.

Move you hand across this mirror of sorts, and the wood pixels will shift accordingly to recreate the passage of your hand.

Think this is better than Neil Armstrong’s toenail clippings? Dig out $120,000 and you can have your own. Check out the website right here. There’s a video here. And the story is VIA BookOfJoe.

1930 Fraternal Supply Catalog No. 439

OH the face!By Michelle Cheung

This is industrial design from back in the late 1800s to early 1900s. And I thought college fraternity/sorority hazing in the modern days was bad… Some of this stuff from back in the days is just as awful (I have to admit some of it is even funny).

De Moulin Bros. & Co. is a company that produced all sorts of paraphernalia, gag devices and furniture for lodge organizations and fraternal orders.

On the right we have “The Molten Lead Test”. The guy looks like he’s about to pee in his pants because he thinks he is about to dip his hand in molten lead, but it is actually just a bowl of water with mercury powder (oh the poison!).

“This request will cause a display of his rebellious nature and it is necessary for the attendants to show their authority by assisting the candidate in this painful (?) performance.”

Geez… how some people would go so far just to screw with people’s minds.

Check out the catalog for all sorts of products.

Story Via we make money not art.

MS and Scientific-Atlanta – Good For IPTV?

iptvBy Asim Waqar

For some time now, I have been thinking of quitting my job to make time to watch all the TV I want to. Soon, I may not have enough time for even a part-time position: Microsoft has just announced that they will be partnering with Scientific-Atlanta to deliver the long awaited promise of Internet protocol television – MS IPTV.

The new line of Scientific-Atlanta IP set-tops, which will be integrated with the Microsoft(R) TV IPTV Edition software platform, will support advanced codecs such as MPEG-4 Part 10/H.264 and VC-1 and will include standard- definition (SD), high-definition (HD), and whole home SD/HD digital video recorder (DVR) devices, as well as innovative gateway products that can serve an entire home with a single device.

Visit the Microsoft TV IPTV homepage here.


LAPD HDTV cameraBy Asim Waqar

Its time you trade in your aging television for those drastically reduced price plasmas or even a home theater projector. If we are lucky, soon we will be able to watch “COPS” in high-def!

Cineflex, a design, engineering and manufacturing company specializing in motion control camera systems, announced today that the Air Support Division of the Los Angeles Police Department has deployed its Cineflex V14.

With its full HD resolution camera (1920 x 1080 lines of resolution), the Cineflex V14 HiDEF provides the ability to covertly surveil suspects with an unprecedented level of detail from thousands of feet up. The imaging allows aircrews to determine, for example, not just that a suspect is holding an object in his hand, but whether it is a handgun or cell phone.

Visit the Cineflex homepage here.

Technical Specifications for the Cineflex V14 HiDEF are available in PDF format here.

Bosch EBS, No More Dead Car Batteries

bosch car of the futureBy Asim Waqar

A dead car battery can be justified when you take into account that checking the battery requires actual physical activity. That is all going to change due to a simple but useful innovation.

Bosch has developed an electronic battery sensor (EBS) designed to monitor a battery’s current and future performance levels (by measuring the temperature, current and voltage) which prevents vehicle breakdowns associated with depleted and near-depleted batteries.

This information can be used to ensure enough battery energy is preserved to guarantee a car starts every time it is turned on, and can be integrated with a car’s existing messaging/warning system.

The EBS will be available on an OEM production vehicle in 2006.

Visit the Bosch auto parts homepage here.

Cooling Water Bra Bikins

water braBy Colbert Low

On a hot day in summer, you can go for a swim in the public pool and… drink from a bra, but make sure you know the lady first or you might get a tight slap. This sure beats going back and forth between the swimming pool and the lockers.

OK. When you’re out for a swim and you get thirsty, what do you do ? Do you drink some sea water or the water from the swimming pool ? Admit it. Some people do. Now you don’t have to. You can store some refreshing mineral water in your bra. Is that cool or not ? I think the “F??? cup bra sizes should be sufficient for me. And you can forget about storing water in your G-string.

Check it out here. Story VIA The Gadget Blog.