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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Space-saving Wall Hung Toilet Says ‘Screw You!’ To Ergonomics

Roca Element Wall Hung Toilet (Image courtesy WD Bathrooms) By Andrew Liszewski

Now don’t get me wrong here, I like the idea of these space-saving toilets that appear to just hang on your bathroom wall since the tank and other plumbing are hidden behind the drywall between the studs. But at what point did aesthetics outrank comfort?

I don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to bathroom ergonomics, but the square design of this particular toilet doesn’t exactly scream comfort to me. And while I’m not advocating that one should spend hours on end sitting here, let’s face it, in most family households the bathroom is the only place you can get some real privacy.

This particular model is from a company called Roca and is available from WD Bathrooms for about $580. (£399.00) But if this is your first wall hung toilet, you’ll also need to budget for the renovations needed to your bathroom.

[ Roca Element Wall Hung Toilet ] VIA [ Home Improvement Ideas ]

Climbing UP Suitcase Uses Tank-like Treads

Climbing UP Suitcase (Images courtesy Woo Moonhyung)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s obviously just a concept at this time (and will probably forever remain that way) the Climbing UP suitcase designed by Woo Moonhyung tackles the issue of dragging your heavy luggage across uneven surfaces and even up stairs. Instead of using a single set of wheels or casters on the bottom, the Climbing UP suitcase features a set of free-wheeling rubber belt tracks that cover the entire body of the suitcase. The design not only allows you to easily pull a suitcase up a flight of stairs, but the continuous track means you can also pull the suitcase from the front or back. And since it’s not a motorized system, there’s minimal added weight or size. It’s a pretty clever idea which actually won Woo Moonhyung the 2008 red dot design concept award. So maybe the idea might actually become a reality some day.

[ red dot design award – Climbing UP Suitcase ] VIA [ I New Idea Homepage ]

New Screenshots And Concept Art For The Old Republic

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Being the huge Star Wars fan that I am, I’m really looking forward to The Old Republic. I used to play Galaxies back when it first came out, but left shortly after the NGE. I’ve gone back and started playing recently, and after playing WoW for so long, Galaxies just doesn’t stack up. Thankfully we have The Old Republic to satisfy our Star Wars MMO needs. All we have to do is wait. Thankfully Bioware has treated us to a new set of screenshots and concept art for their upcoming title. Feel free to head over to their site and drool over the new art.

[ SWTOR ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

Slegoon Is The Ultimate Sled

By Luke Anderson

I always enjoyed sledding as a kid, but as an adult you tend to lose interest in it quickly. Sure, those few seconds you’re going down the giant hill are fun and all, but lets face it, it’s not as good as you remember it. So how do you put the fun back in sledding? You get yourself a new sled.

This Slegoon is designed to go twice as fast as a normal sled, which sounds pretty fun to me. Twice as fast means twice as dangerous, so they’ve added in some roll bars to protect you. Those bars to more than prevent you from landing head-first into the snow too. If you take a nasty turn too fast and flip, they’ll act as extra runners so you can keep going. Now all you need to do is find a big enough hill, that and find someone to actually make one of these for you.

[ DesignBlog ] VIA [ Dvice ]

United Keys OLED Keyboard Is No Optimus Maximus, But Still Looks Awesome

By Luke Anderson

I’ll admit that I’ve been drooling over the Optimus Maximus keyboard for years now. Sure, they’re actually for sale now, but I still haven’t managed to find $1,500 that could be justifiably spent on a keyboard. Thankfully United Keys has decided to make a cheaper alternative. Cheaper means less features, but it’s still worth a look.

The United Keys OLED Keyboard has 9 programmable buttons, each with a monochrome OLED screen which displays at a resolution of 64×64 pix. The keyboard comes with software to design custom icons for each key, and even allows you to have it load different keys for specific software. The full keyboard with 9 OLED keys will run you $259, or you can just get the 9 key pad for $199.

[ UnitedKeys ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Eraser Flash Drive Will Eventually Reveal Its Guts

Eraser USB Memories Stick (Image courtesy Studioroom906)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since everyone started using that fancy ‘delete key’ the lowly eraser just isn’t in as much demand as it used to be. But the surefire way to make any product more useful these days is to somehow integrate it with a USB flash drive. And that’s exactly what Studioroom906 has done with their Eraser USB Memories Stick. Besides helping you correct paper-based mistakes and protecting the flash drive if it’s dropped, the eraser housing also provides a continually changing design and form factor for the drive as it’s worn away over time.

[ Studioroom906 – Eraser USB Memories Stick ] VIA [ ALBOTAS ]

Magnetic Mount iPhone Lenses

iPhone Magnetic Wide Angle Lens (Image courtesy USBfever)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s no secret that the iPhone’s built-in digital camera isn’t its strongest selling point. And while using some sort of lens attachment might make it a bit more useful, they usually require an extra housing for mounting the lens, which adds bulk to the phone. But USBfever is now selling a trio of add-on lenses for the iPhone (or any compact camera-equipped device like the DSi) that attach with a simple magnetic ring. Of course you have to be willing to attach the magnetic mounting ring to your iPhone with the included self-adhesive ring, but when you’re not using the lenses it means your phone is as sleek as the day you took it out of the box.

The magnetic mount lens kits are available from USBfever for just $16.99, and come with either a wide-angle lens, a 2X telephoto lens or a fish-eye lens which are all made from actual glass and aluminum.

[ Magnetic / Detachable Wide Angle Lens for iPhone / Cellphone / NDS ] VIA [ Gear Diary ]

Vent-Miser Programmable Energy Saving Vents

Vent-Miser 10 by 6 (Image courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Central heating or cooling systems are the easiest way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but they can also waste quite a bit of energy when they’re pumping warm or cool air into rooms you rarely use. You can always just seal that room’s entrance with cinder blocks, drywall over the doorway and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore, or try these considerably easier to install Vent-Miser programmable vents instead.

They’re designed to easily replace the vent covers found around your home, and can be programmed to automatically open or close at set intervals for different days of the week. They don’t actually tie-in to your home’s heating or cooling system and don’t feature a thermostat, but if that guest bedroom stays unoccupied for a good part of the year, it seems like an easy way to save a few dollars on your power bill.

The Vent-Misers are available from Amazon in different sizes and colors ranging in price from $22.49 up to $27.00.

[ Vent-Miser ] VIA [ Home Improvement Ideas ]

Domo-Kun Painted Xbox 360

360 Domo Kun (Images courtesy Ricepuppet)
By Andrew Liszewski

So maybe Domo-Kun’s lost a little bit of his appeal now that he’s become more mainstream here in North America, but how can you resist that bizarre brown block of razor-sharp teeth? Clearly deviantART user ‘Ricepuppet’ couldn’t, and so created this custom Domo-Kun themed 360 for their sister-in-law. They even went as far as to customize the 360’s controller to match the console’s brown and red paint scheme. Now I don’t know if ‘Ricepuppet’ does this type of thing for a living, but I suspect they’ll be getting a mountain of requests for this particular paint scheme.

[ deviantART – 360 Domo Kun ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]