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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Wind Powered LED Car Fins


By Evan Ackerman

Is your car missing something? Of course it is, you just don’t know it. There’s no car on the planet that couldn’t be made that much more stupenderrific with the addition of one (or more!) plastic fins with blinking red, blue, and green LED tips. And before you freak out, the LEDs won’t be sapping a jot of your precious horsepower since they’ve got their very own WIND TURBINE. That’s right, all that fabulosomeness and eco-friendly to boot! Just stick them on with double sided tape and you’re good to go. $6, available in either I-wish-I-had-a-sporty-car red or I-can’t-afford-paint-at-all silver.

[ SourcingMap ] VIA [ RGS ]

Industrial Dice Rolling Machine

By Evan Ackerman

Here at OhGizmo, when we need some random numbers, we depend on things like atmospheric noise or radioactive decay. But such empirical randomness isn’t good enough for people who play certain online games… They need to know that actual, physical dice are being rolled somewhere. And that’s where this machine comes in:

The machine is capable of rolling a staggering 1.3 million dice every 24 hours. As much as I hate to admit it, as an old school GURPS/D&D nerd I kinda like the idea of having a physical die being rolled somewhere, although actually rolling them myself is part of the appeal of gaming. But maybe that’s just because I have lots of pretty dice.

Specifically, these dice are being rolled for games like Backgammon and clones of Risk and Axis & Allies (an old favorite of mine). You can play them over at GamesByEmail.

[ Dice-O-Matic ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Microsoft Teases With ZuneHD Details


By Chris Scott Barr

The internet can be a great and terrible thing. It’s great for people like you and I, but not so good for big companies trying to keep a secret. There have been a lot of rumors swirling around lately about a new Zune thanks to the speed at which information travels. Rather than spewing out “no comment,” Microsoft has spilled a few of the details on the upcoming device.

They were only willing to give up a few details, which is understandable since they’ll likely be talking more about it at E3. (Shameless Plug: We’ll be at the Microsoft Media Briefing next Monday, so tune in for coverage!) What we do know is that the ZuneHD is going to feature HD video output in 720p (thus the name), HD radio, web browser and a touchscreen. We also know that Microsoft will be replacing the Xbox Live Marketplace with the Zune video store.

Microsoft is also talking about “tuners.” Essentially a tuner is a device that connects you to the Zune music and video services. So far aside from the Zune itself, the Xbox will be the first of these tuners. We’ll definitely keep you posted when we find out more Monday.

VIA [ SeattleTimes ]

Jammin’ Johns Adds Some Class To Your Crapper


By Chris Scott Barr

They call the toilet the throne, yet they always look so boring. If I were a king, I wouldn’t want to sit on some boring white seat all day. No, I’d want something nice and fancy. Granted, these Jammin’ Johns Toilet Seats aren’t quite what I had in mind for a king. Unless maybe we’re talking about Elvis.

These rather unique toilet seats are fashioned to look like either a guitar or a grand piano. So if you need somewhere to sit and get musical inspiration while you’re doing your business, these might be for you. They might not actually help to inspire you, but at least people will know where you came up with that killer riff. $170 is a lot for a toilet seat, so you’d better write a few good songs and sell out to pay for it.

[ JamminJohns ] VIA [ FoolishGadgets ]

Tony Hawk Ride Gets Ship Date


By Shane McGlaun

I’ve played my share of skateboard games over the years, the most recent of which was Skate It on the Wii. The game was supposed to allow control of the skateboard via the Wii Fit balance board, but that was nearly impossible to do. I hope the new Tony Hawk Ride game has a better controller.

We have mentioned Ride before, the game will ship with a motion sensing skateboard controller that looks like a skateboard minus the wheels and trucks. The first time we will get a glimpse of the game in action is at E3 next month.

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Transforming Qosmio Netbook is a USB Hub


By Shane McGlaun

Transformers were some of my favorite toys when I was a kid. I had lots of them, though my brother tended to break them because he was a goober and couldn’t transform them correctly. With the new feature films, the latest of which is due out this summer, new Transformers toys are hitting the market.

The cool part is that several of the new transforming devices are actually functional. Take this Qosmio netbook transformer. The thing turns into the Decepticon Soundwave, which is a bad choice, he was like the bastard Transformer in my book. Turning into a tape player just isn’t cool.

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OhGizmo Review: Uniea Omniverse Laptop Case


By Evan Ackerman

As loyal readers who care about my safety, sanity, and well being might remember, my laptop was stolen about a month ago. Yeah, that sucked. It’s been replaced (I’m writing this review on it, can’t you tell?) but I needed to get myself a new case for it, so I thought I’d try out a new case/tote from Uniea called the Omniverse. I’ve got a review for you, after the jump.Continue Reading

Radar Tacho RDS II Claims To Be The Most Accurate Pedometer You Can Buy

Radar Tacho RDS II (Image courtesy Pro-Idee)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your jogging or running pedometer was a cereal premium, or came as part of a happy meal, there’s a good chance it may not be as accurate as the Radar Tacho RDS II. In fact, there’s a good chance that even the high-end models available at your local sporting goods store aren’t as accurate as the RDS II which uses radar just like your local meteorologists, cops and major league baseball scouts.

Made by Siemens and originally developed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the Radar Tacho emits microwaves and measures the echos bouncing back from every surface around you to gauge your current, maximum and average speeds as well as your daily mileage. And because it does rely on radar, the Pro-Idee website recommends against using it on mirrored or reflecting surfaces, like jogging across a lake. And I have to assume that running on top of an SR-71 or F-117 would also produce inaccurate results, which is unfortunate because with a price tag of about $205 you’d expect to be getting a pedometer that couldn’t be foiled by 30-40 year old stealth technologies.

[ Pro-Idee – Radar Tacho RDS II ]

USB Kitteh Earz


By Evan Ackerman

Psst, let me let you in on a little secret… Your cat’s ears? They’re actually USB drives. Go on, pull them off and see. If you’ve never used them before, you might have to tug pretty hard, but trust me, they’re in there. It’s one of the many perks of cat ownership. It works on cat tails, too. Actually, just one of them is a USB drive… The other one is a USB drive cleaner.


Pretty soon, we’re going to be able to put together an entire USB cat. And when that happens… Um, I have no idea what will happen when that happens, but it’ll be it will involve nuclear Armageddon and/or a rain of frogs. 2 gigs worth of ear is $44, and 8 gigs is $65.

[ Rakuten ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]