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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Colorful Mobile Phone Headphone Adapters

Mobile Phone Plug Adapter (Images courtesy Dreams)
By Andrew Liszewski

One of the current trends in cellphones that I particularly hate is the lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. (And I know I’m not alone.) Almost every phone on the market now has some degree of music playback capabilities yet for the most part to use your own headphones (as opposed to the crappy bundled ones) you also need to use some inconvenient adapter. Even my iPhone which is supposed to be the pinnacle of an MP3-capable phone requires a short adapter to deal with the sunken 3.5mm jack.

So enough of my rant and onto a possible solution. These mobile phone plug adapters connect to a phone’s data port and provide a standard 3.5mm jack for plugging in any pair of headphones. And when not in use the adapters can be used as colorful phone charms ensuring they’re always with your phone whenever you want to use them. Unfortunately though I can’t figure out if the adapters are available in multiple versions for different types of phones/data ports or if they simply connect to any mini-USB port.

Either way they’re currently available from Dreams for just over $7.

[ Mobile Phone Plug Adpaters ] VIA [ Shiny Shiny ]

Airwash Cleans Clothes With Nothing But Air


By Evan Ackerman

Last month we showed you the Haier WasH2O, a washing machine which eschews detergent for regular water. Airwash does one better by skipping the water altogether, using ionized compressed air to clean clothing. Not only does it save water (obviously), but you don’t have to dry your clothes since they don’t get wet in the first place, saving energy as well. I guess that would make it… Drycleaning? Anyway, it’s won a bunch of conceptual awards, and they’ve just come out with a working prototype. No word on how clean it manages to get things (and I question its ability to remove stains), but as long as I can get one of these installed in the floor of my room, I’ll be happy.

[ Electrolux Design Lab Award ] VIA [ TreeHugger ]

Ugly Jewelry Makes Eyes Water (Using Pepper Spray)

silverring.jpgBy Ryan Nill

This piece of gaudy jewelry is actually a hidden pepper spray spritzer. Aside from scaring your assailant away by being monstrously hideous, when activated the ring emits a single shot of highly concentrated pepper spray. It contains enough gas for 2-3 one second bursts and has an effective range of 12 inches. It uses the strongest pepper spray available on the market, and a three-use canister will ding your wallet for $8. The ring itself is called “The Pepper Spray Stunning Ring”, costs about 30$ and is available now.

[ Protect Yourself Direct ] VIA [ ubergizmo ]

R2D2 Is Now A Remote Control, Wireless Webcam

The R2-D2 Wireless Web Camera (Images courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s passed off as commemorating the 30th anniversary of Star Wars we all know this nifty R2D2 webcam is just one of an infinite number of tie-ins from the Lucasfilm marketing machine, but you won’t hear me complaining. And while the 628×528 pixel resolution of the webcam is nothing great it’s the other features that make this mini R2D2 very tempting.

First of all it’s wireless which means it doesn’t need to be tethered to your PC with a USB cable. This is particularly important since R2D2 can also be controlled remotely with either an included lightsaber-shaped remote or from a web-enabled PC anywhere in the world. So if the droid is not giving you the angle you’re looking for you can steer him around your desk and if you get too close to the edge a sensor located on the underside of the front leg will stop R2D2 from falling off. On top of that the lightsaber remote also functions as a Skype handset for those times when you need to place an important call for help to Obi-Wan.

At $349.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer you can probably find a higher quality webcam for a lot cheaper elsewhere but if you’re a Star Wars fan you’ve probably already got your credit card out.

[ The R2-D2 Wireless Web Camera ]

ALNO Liberty Island Concept – A Compact, Fold-Away Cooktop

ALNO Liberty Island (Images courtesy ALNO)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s another kitchen-related concept designed specifically for people living in smaller apartments or condos. Instead of having a cooktop with burners that takes up valuable counter space this mobile cooking unit can instead be attached to a table or island and unfolded only when it’s needed.

And when it’s unfolded it’s still fairly compact being only about 32 inches wide and 16 inches deep but it still provides a four zone electric induction cooktop and even has a glass backsplash to prevent grease or other food items from splattering onto your table.

But like the title of this post says the Liberty Island is only a concept at this time so if you’ve already started dragging the oven out of your kitchen you’re probably going to want to put it back.

[ ALNO Liberty Island ] VIA [ Home Improvement Ideas ]

Pac Man Rug Perfect for 30 Year Old Kids

Pac Man Carpet (Image courtesy Our Childrens Gorilla)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s kind of weird to think that a video game I played over 20 years ago would not only be used as a design inspiration for a rug, but that rug would actually be something I’d consider buying for my home. This hand-woven Pac Man themed carpet (as the website refers to it) was made in Portugal from 100% wool and is actually one of only two in existence.

And even though it’s apparently such a rare item it’s actually available for sale from Our Childrens Gorilla for about $1,800 which is not that bad given it could almost be considered a piece of art. And it makes me wonder if in another 20 years I’d find a BioShock themed rug just as appealing. (Probably not.)

[ Pac Man Carpet ] VIA [ Daddy Types ]

SportsCast Wireless NFL & MLB Scoreboards

SportsCast Wireless NFL & MLB Scoreboards (Images courtesy Brookstone)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you fancy yourself a pretty dedicated sports fan but at the same time don’t have access to radio, TV, the internet or even a telephone to keep up on what’s happening with your favorite teams don’t worry, there’s still another way. The SportsCast Scoreboards come in either NFL or MLB versions and wirelessly download updated scores, schedules and standings via a satellite signal without the need for a monthly subscription.

Unfortunately those free updates actually only arrive every 15 minutes so if you were hoping for a real-time, play-by-play break down of the game you might want to spend a few dollars on a radio instead. (NHL & NBA fans will also need to look elsewhere it seems.) But if you eat, live and breath sports having one of these in every room of your house will ensure you’re always on top of what’s happening. (Give or take 15 minutes that is.)

The SportsCast MLB & NFL Wireless Scoreboards are both available from Brookstone for $99 each.

[ SportsCast Wireless Scoreboards ] VIA [ Crave ]

Crayola Total Tools Audio Ruler

Crayola Total Tools Audio Ruler (Image courtesy bookofjoe)By Andrew Liszewski

When I read the name ‘Audio Ruler’ I thought this was another lame attempt to cram MP3 playback functionality into a device that really had no need for it. But it turns out Crayola has created something that’s actually kind of neat. You just slide the device along whatever it is you need to measure and it will announce the distance in quarter inch measurements up to a foot.

And while you’re sliding the Audio Ruler along it actually leaves a trail of disappearing ink so you can make sure the measurement was made exactly where you wanted it. Now while the one foot limitation makes it pretty much useless for carpenter types there’s no doubt it will go over quite well with the younger set. Particularly if the talking function drives their teachers crazy.

The Crayola Total Tools Audio Ruler is available on their website for only $7.99.

[ Crayola Audio Ruler ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Brian The Brain Will Educate, Horrify And Maybe Even Take Over The World

Brian The Brain (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)By Andrew Liszewski

For everything Brian The Brain is capable of I think his creators should have spent a bit more time coming up with a friendlier design than a disembodied see-through brain. You see besides incorporating the concise Encyclopedia Britannica, a dictionary, a world history timeline and a wide conversational vocabulary Brian also uses speech recognition technology to answer any questions you ask him. (Or you can also use a small keyboard.)

Brian can even store a database of phone numbers and when connected to a phone line he’ll automatically dial your friends just by asking. He’s also chock full of other functions like trivia games, calendars and even an MP3 player when you get tired of learning stuff. I have to admit I was all for this crazy gadget until I read the ‘connects to a phone line’ part which will in theory allow your Brian to talk to other Brians all over the world and plot their inevitable overthrow of mankind.

So if you want to be part of the destruction of human civilization then by all means get your own Brian The Brain from Hammacher Schlemmer for $119.95.

[ Brian The Brain ] VIA [ Digital Drops ]