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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Touchscreen Camden Watch From Storm London

Camden Watch (Image courtesy Storm London) By Andrew Liszewski

I wish I could say this touchscreen watch from Storm London was chock full of amazing features that put even LG’s new watchphone to shame, but I’m afraid it’s just a case of style over substance.

It does indeed have a touchscreen, but tapping on the screen is only used for switching the monochrome dot-matrix display between the current time, date, alarm settings or a custom message up to 10 letters or characters in length. It does have a world-time function though, so if you’re a jet-setter you’ll be able to easily switch the watch to one of the 27 pre-programmed cities around the globe.

It’s currently available on the Storm London website in a silver finish for ~$227, a gold finish for ~$276 or a slate (black) finish for ~$292.

[ Camden Watch ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

BucketVAC

BucketVAC (Images courtesy SpeedClean)
By Andrew Liszewski

It may not be as fancy or high-tech looking as a Dyson, but I like the idea behind this BucketVAC. The vacuum itself is basically a self-contained lid (weighing in at 7lbs) that attaches to any 5 gallon bucket, turning it into an easy-to-empty receptacle for either wet or dry waste. But who says you even have to empty it? What I like best is that once you’re done cleaning up a mess you can simply put a lid on the bucket and label it ‘5 gallons of gummy worms’ or ‘5 gallons of ice cream’ and I suspect someone else will happen along and get rid of the bucket for you. Genius!

The BucketVAC isn’t available for sale just yet, but it’s expected to be released sometime in the 4th quarter of this year.

[ BucketVAC ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Hubless Clock

Hubless Clock (Image courtesy Petter Knudsen)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ooh! Another minimalist clock design. This time it’s by Petter Knudsen who has a design studio in Bergen, Norway. While it doesn’t appear to be available for sale, his Hubless Clock features a set of inner and outer tabs that rotate around the circumference of the clock’s ‘face’ instead of hands. Unfortunately his website’s a bit vague when it comes to the mechanics of how the clock actually works, or if it even does work, but it’s still a nice piece of eye candy nevertheless.

[ Hubless Clock ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Review – Logitech Performance MX Mouse

Performance MX3

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net
In my free time when I’m not gaming I’m generally programming, working on my own hit game. This involves a lot of traversing through source code, generally many lines of it. In the past this act would get very cumbersome, that all changed the day the Logitech Performance MX landed on my desk. The Hyper-fast scrolling feature allows me to reach from one end of my code to the other with a single flick of the wheel.

The Logitech Performance MX mouse also comes equipped with Darkfield Laser Tracking technology that allows it to work on just about any surface. Having a glass desk I found this most intriguing and was surprised at just how well Logitech delivers on this feature. Having spent time using it in both a work environment and gaming sessions I can’t tell a difference when using it on a mouse pad or the glass surface directly.

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Brunton’s New Camping-Friendly Flip-N-Drip Percolator

Brunton Flip-N-Drip Coffee Maker (Images courtesy Brunton)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s no shame in bringing a few amenities from home when you go camping, and if you happen to enjoy a fresh cup of brew every morning then the Brunton Flip-N-Drip will save you from having to use the instant stuff. It’s about the size of a standard thermos, but works a bit differently.

To make a fresh cup of coffee you first boil some water in the Flip-N-Drip’s base, then you attach the “brew chamber” filled with your grounds of choice and then just flip the whole thing over to start the percolation process which takes about 10-12 minutes. When it’s done, you just remove the 16 oz. double-walled insulated mug and enjoy! While it’s not listed on the Brunton website just yet, the Flip-N-Drip should be available soon for about $45.

[ PR - Brunton Unveils New Flip-N-Drip Coffee Maker ] VIA [ Acquire ]

Keep Cold Jägermeister On Tap Anywhere You Go

jagermeister-cooler

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re the guy who likes to be the life of the party, then this cooler is probably for you. Imagine rolling up to a tailgate party, barbecue, or just about any other get-together with a cooler full of Jägermeister. Sure, that’ll make you pretty popular, but what if that cooler had your Jäger on tap? Now suddenly you’ve just cranked things up to 11.

The cooler holds 6 bottles of your drink, with two of them hooked into the built-in dispenser. There’s plenty of room for other drinks (ie. Red Bull) so as to keep things interesting. If you really love Jägermeister, then $120 (drinks not included) will get you this branded cooler.

[ Jägermeister ] VIA [ UberReview ]

Have Your Palm Pre Automatically Twitter Your Current Location

By Chris Scott Barr

I think I must be in a programming mood or something, since this is my second post involving minor amounts of code. Anywho, if you’re one of those people who thinks their friends actually care where you are at any given time, then here’s a little something that you might be interested.

You’ll need SSH access and dynamic DNS on your Palm Pre (yes, this hack is for Pre owners only) for this to work. Then you’ll add a few lines of code into a new php file (along with a few other steps) and you’ll be automatically tweeting your location every hour (or whatever interval you choose).

Bear in mind, the simple act of using this hack will probably result in a loss of followers (and real-life friends if you have any). Why? Because not only are you constantly updating people with the pointless crap you do throughout the day (see example 1) now you’re sending out your exact location throughout the day. Trust me, if you actually want people to know where you are that bad, you’re not important enough for them to care.

[ PalmPreHacks ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Retro TV Alarm Clock

Television Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Thumbs Up (UK))
By Andrew Liszewski

If you miss your old CRT TV this retro-looking alarm clock might help fill the massive void left in your entertainment center, and possibly your heart. It’s designed to look like an old-school ‘portable’ CRT set with its overly rounded display and carrying handle, but the only show you’ll be watching is the 12/24 hour clock that of course includes an alarm function. As you can see it even comes with a mock remote that is used to turn off the alarm tones or activate an LED backlight that doubles as a handy nightlight. ~$33 from Thumbs Up (UK) though it appears you’ll need to order at least 6 of them.

[ Television Alarm Clock ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

8 Lines Of Code + 1 CD-ROM = Auto Baby Rocker

By Chris Scott Barr

I can do some pretty awesome stuff with my computer, however, I rarely use it to interact with other physical objects in my office. Generally, if you want to use your PC to move other physical objects, you need some fancy hardware and/or a good bit of programming knowledge. Of course, if you’ve got mad MacGuyver skills, you can use nothing more than an optical drive and 8 lines of code to rock your baby to sleep.

Alright, so it doesn’t provide the most smooth rocking experience, but it’s good enough to put the baby in the video to sleep. I’m not necessarily going to recommend this hardware hack for two reasons. First, if anyone else sees this, you probably won’t live it down. Second, you might damage your cup holder.

[ YouTube ] VIA [ Technabob ]