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Monthly Archives: December 2006

And The Winner Is…

By David Ponce

This guy. His name is Mike, and he made a post to Slickdeals on December 7th. We used to generate a random integer between 1 and 190 (we got that many entries), and 75 is the number that came up. Mike, that’s you. Congrats! And Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or whichever non-denominational end-of-year greeting you’d like. We’ll be in touch shortly.

For everyone that particiated, thank you. My sincere apologies that we couldn’t get every single one of you something, but don’t worry: we got tons more contests just around the corner, so stay tuned.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering what’s in Mike’s giftbasket, keep on reading.

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OGCC Day 24 – Indoor Recycling Snow Machine

Recycling Snow Machine (Image courtesy SmartHome)By Andrew Liszewski

OGCC Day 24 (Image property of OhGizmo)I promised I would try and save some of the best stuff for the last few days of the Christmas countdown and in my opinion this one really fits the bill. Given the unseasonably warm weather most of the continent has been enjoying there’s a good chance a lot of us will not have snow at Christmas, unless of course you can get your hands on one of these.

The Recycling Snow Machine gently blows fake snow over anything you set it up near but at this time of year placing it near a fully decorated Christmas tree would probably get the best reactions. The system comes with a 2lb bag of faux snow which they claim will keep it running throughout the holidays since the snow is constantly being recycled. Unfortunately the site is lacking in a good picture of all the hardware but it apparently consists of a blower tube that’s run up behind the tree in conjunction with a 9-foot wide base that houses the motor and fans. The snow comes firing up out of the tube and then falls back down onto the wide base where it’s automatically collected and sent back up the tube again. I assume when using the machine in conjunction with a tree quite a bit of the fake snow gets stuck in the branches but extra bags can be bought just in case.

The Recycling Snow Machine is currently available from SmartHome for $199.99 though at the time of writing it appears to be on sale for only $109.99. It’s not a bad price except for the fact that extra 2lb bags of the fake snow it uses will set you back another $54.99.

And if you’re really interested in seeing this machine in action just watch this WMV clip of it from the SmartHome site.

[ Recycling Snow Machine ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

Last Day To Enter Our Giveaway!

Hi guys. I’m still on vacation. What? I didn’t tell you? Yeah, that’s why you haven’t been hearing from me. I’m away, getting a little R&R. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you. So, you have about a day left to enter our Holiday Giveaway. Hey, with $1,500 worth of prizes to be had, why not give it a go?

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OGCC Day 23 – Christmas Hummer H2 Christmas Hummer H2 (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

OGCC Day 23 (Image property of OhGizmo)It seems this is the ideal year for Santa to finally upgrade his trusty sleigh and reindeer for something a bit more with the times. Munich-based which is well known for creating some over-the-top customizations has decided that this year a Hummer H2 would be the perfect ride for jolly old Saint Nick… well after a few modifications of course.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the standard doors on the H2 now swing upwards instead of out which could make getting in and out a bit easier for someone with a midsection that has been described as a bowlful of jelly. The roof rack has been modified to accommodate the essentials of winter sports too and now holds a couple of snowboards, an old-fashioned sled, curling stones and of course hockey sticks. In addition to the bright red paint scheme the exterior of the Hummer also benefits from the addition of 250 LED lamps that follow the lines of the vehicle and light up at night.

However it’s the inside of the H2 that most will be impressed with. It’s finished in red leather and carpet with walnut-burl accents and even has a fake white bearskin rug. Other features include a 3,800 watt JBL sound system, 42-inch LCD TV with digital receiver and DVD player, integrated heated thermos cans with a cookie warmer and to top it all off an electric fireplace complete with chimney.

The Christmas-edition Hummer was created for a European TV show called Galileo and is estimated to have cost around $144,000 to make. In the end the vehicle was raffled off to one extremely lucky viewer.

[ Christmas Hummer H2 ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

OGCC Day 22 – Lionel Santa’s Express

Lionel's Santa Express (Images courtesy the Herrington Catalog)
By Andrew Liszewski

OGCC Day 22 (Image property of OhGizmo)Many people believe a Christmas tree is not completely decorated without a Lionel tree running around the base. Well, by a lot of people I mostly mean those working in the Lionel marketing department but their campaign seems to be working because I know quite a few people who make sure they have a miniature locomotive circling the tree every year.

To further drive home their point Lionel has released a special Christmas themed train that brings all the tackiness of the holidays down to the ‘G’ scale. At 10-inches tall Santa’s Express is definitely on the larger side but that allows it to accommodate a whole list of extra features including Christmas lights, chugging sound effects with a steam whistle and a small army of animated elves doing everything from packing presents to loading coal into a gift bag for those naughty kids. The fat man himself can also be found hanging off the back of the caboose waving to those who wonder what happened to all those reindeer?

Santa’s Express is available from the Herrington Catalog for $249.95.

[ Lionel Santa’s Express ]


DIY POV Tree (Images courtesy Don Stratton)
By Andrew Liszewski

OGCC Day 21 (Image property of OhGizmo)Don Stratton claims to have originally come up with the idea to make a miniature LED POV (persistence of vision) Christmas tree but before he could bring his idea to fruition somebody else beat him to it. Not to be dismayed Don felt his own concept would produce a better final result so he went ahead and built it.

His tree is powered by two seperate 9-volt batteries with one being used to run the motor while the other is used to power the 12 spinning LED lights. While he would have preferred to power the whole thing with a single battery it would have meant making his own contact brush system like a DC motor uses to get power to the spinning section. Since that would have been more trouble than it was worth he decided to just give the LEDs their own 9-volt which in the end worked out well since the battery also serves as a counterbalance to the spinning rig.

While Don does detail the construction process of the tree on his site it’s not exactly a step-by-step breakdown. However the concepts and photos he provides are probably more than enough for any one who’s electronically-inclined to cook up their own.

(On a side note I think I just set the record for the most acronyms ever used in a single OhGizmo post title. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Academy… and my parents… and…)

[ POV Christmas Tree ] VIA [ MAKE: Blog ]

RC Diving Nemo Submarine

Diving Fish Nemo RTR RC Toy Submarine (Image courtesy Hobbytron)By Andrew Liszewski

It should be pretty clear to most adults that you’re not looking at an officially licensed Disney/Pixar product here but I’m sure any kids enamored with the Finding Nemo film won’t notice or care. While the sub is clearly modelled after the Nemo character it takes a bit of creative licensing with the addition of LED eyes and propeller equipped fins.

Shane McGlaun from I4U News recently reviewed the Nemo sub and walked away pretty impressed given what the toy actually costs. The remote is powered by 6 AA batteries and like with a lot of knock-off RC toys these days is also used to recharge the sub. 2 minutes of charging yields about 15 minutes of play time. Not too shabby. To overcome the problems of making a watertight on/off switch the sub instead uses a plastic covered jumper like you’d find in a PC. Just attach the jumper to the underside of the sub, make sure Nemo’s eyes glow blue indicating he’s charged and then hold it under water for a few seconds so it can fill with water and stabilize. After that just hit the throttle and terrorize the local residents of your aquarium.

The Nemo-esque RC sub is currently available from Hobbytron for a measly $9.97 making it probably more disposable than the fish in your aquarium are.

[ Diving Fish Nemo RTR RC Toy Submarine ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Clocky Alarm Design Finalized & Available For Sale

nanda Clocky Alarm (Image courtesy nanda llc.)By Andrew Liszewski

When the Clocky was first revealed it had a lot more in common with a furry rodent than the sleek plastic design of the final version does. Thankfully it managed to shed its fur coat in favor of a more shiny iPod-esque finish and after 11 months or so it’s finally available for sale.

For those unfamiliar with the Clocky it’s basically an alarm clock with a pair of rubber tires on each end. Of course instead of just beeping when it’s time to wake up the Clocky will actually race off your nightstand and scurry around the room in random directions while blaring its alarm basically forcing you to climb out of bed to silence it. In order to roam around freely the Clocky couldn’t be tethered to a power cord so instead it uses 4 AAA batteries which will apparently keep it performing its annoying duties for about 6-8 months.

The Clocky is currently available for order on the nanda website for $49.99 and comes in white, aqua (greenish) or mint (differently greenish) colors. And if for some reason you really miss Clocky’s fur coat the company plans to eventually release various fabric and fur coverings for it.

[ nanda Clocky ] VIA [ Uber-Review ]

OGCC Day 20 – Gift-Wrapped Tree Reservoir

Disguised Christmas Tree Reservoir (Image courtesy the Herrington Catalog)By Andrew Liszewski

OGCC Day 20 (Image property of OhGizmo)If you’re a fan of celebrating the holidays by going out into the woods, cutting down a defenseless pine tree and then displaying the corpse in your living room then you’re already aware of the fact that as the tree decays it starts to shed pine needles that seem to end up in every single corner of your home.

Ok, to be honest I do really enjoy the pine smell that comes with a live Christmas tree but the needle thing is a huge downside. The only real way to combat the problem, or at least to delay it is to keep the tree well watered. This usually requires a daily regiment of climbing underneath all those branches with a watering can and let me tell you I far prefer being pricked by artificial pine needles than the razor sharp real ones. So here’s a clever solution to the problem. This attractively wrapped gift box actually holds up to 2 gallons of water and includes a plastic hose that runs to the included tree stand. Once filled the system should keep your tree well watered for at least a few days at which time all you need to do is remove and refill the gift box which is easily accessible. Of course if you’re not the type who stores wrapped presents under the tree the reservoir might seem out of place, but at least it looks better than a plastic jug under there.

The Gift-Wrapped Tree Reservoir is available from the Herrington Catalog for $22.95.

[ Christmas Tree Reservoir ]