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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Flux Flat Folding Chairs

Flux Flat Folding Chairs (Images courtesy Flux)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not only are they easier to stack and store, but these flat folding chairs from Flux also look about 1000X more comfortable than the traditional stacking office chair. And since they’re made from polypropylene plastic, they’re easier to clean so you won’t end up with that one chair in the meeting room with that mysterious stain.

[ Flux Chair ] VIA [ I New Idea Homepage ]

Fisher-Price & ESPN Better Batter Baseball

ESPN Better Batter Baseball (Image courtesy Fisher-Price)
By Andrew Liszewski

So it turns out, according to Fisher-Price’s marketing team at least, that learning to play baseball with a tee isn’t the best way since kids tend to keep their eye on the tee instead of the ball. But what’s a parent with dreams of their children eventually making the big leagues to do?! Well thankfully Fisher-Price has come to the rescue with the ESPN Better Batter Baseball setup. Instead of a tee, the ball dangles from a flexible arm making it easier for kids to keep their eyes on the prize when swinging, and loading the next ball is all done automagically when you step on a button on the plate. $50 from Fisher-Price.

For your older players, you can shop bats to find the right fit for your future pro player.

[ ESPN Better Batter Baseball ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Eko Stoplight With Countdown Timer

Eko Stoplight (Image courtesy Damjan Stankovi?)
By Andrew Liszewski

A good idea is a good idea, even if it’s just a concept, and if you’ve ever frustratingly sat at a red light wondering when on Earth it was going to go green, you’ll like this idea. The Eko Stoplight features a countdown timer around the red light itself, showing exactly just how long you’ll be sitting in your car, and designer Damjan Stankovi? even claims it’s eco-friendly since if you know you’ll be sitting there a while, you can turn your engine off during the wait.

[ Yanko Design – A Better Understanding of Stoplights ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Use Conductive Thread To Make Your Gloves Touchscreen Friendly

Conductive Glove

By Chris Scott Barr

There are a number of phones out there with touchscreens, which under normal circumstances are great. However, once the weather turns cold and the gloves come on, these wonderful pieces of technology are rendered all but useless. If you wish to check your email, send texts or do anything other than stare at the screen you’ll need to have at least one finger exposed to the elements. That, or you simply need to be a crafty individual.

Since most phone touchscreens require a conductive material (such as your skin) to work, your gloves aren’t going to register when you touch it. However, if have a conductive material that can touch both your skin and the screen at the same time it will work. Armed with this knowledge, you can sew a bit of conductive thread (yes, apparently they make conductive thread) in the tip of your glove’s index finger. You’ll then be able to go about your business as usual, with all fingers safely inside the confines of a glove.

[ Instructables ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]

Inside An Emirates A380

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By Evan Ackerman

When the gigantihugenormous Airbus A380 was still in the prototype and demonstration phase, there were all kinds of wild ideas about what manifestations opulence would get stuffed inside its belly. The interior of the production A380 has been toned down a bit, of course, but that hasn’t stopped Emirates Airlines from including sleeper berths, showers, lounge areas, and wet bars (I say “bars” because there are two on the plane). More pics from some lucky sod who probably spent more money on that flight than I’ve made in, uh, ever, after the jump.Continue Reading

Today Only: Eye-Fi Card For $40


By Evan Ackerman

We’re all big fans of Eye-Fi cards, and rightly so: these SD cards include a wireless antenna that automatically sends pictures you take to your computer and to any number of photo sharing sites over your wireless network (read our reviews here and here). Our biggest quibble with the Eye-Fi cards is that they’re really freakin’ expensive compared to other SD cards, but today Sellout.Woot has a 2 gig Eye-Fi Explore for $45 shipped. The Explore version is an upgrade that includes a kinda crappy but still functional geotagging service plus one year of hotspot uploads. Yeah, 2 gigs isn’t that much storage, but remember that the whole point of this thing is that it’s uploading pictures for you, letting you free up space on your card while backing up your pics and the same time. Awesome gadget, good price.

[ Sellout.Woot ]

Appstand iPhone Picture Frame

Appstand (Images courtesy Koyono)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m proud to say I’ve never bought a digital photo frame as a gift for someone, even though they’re a particularly popular item around the holidays. But I would consider gifting the Appstand, which is nothing more than a cleverly designed picture frame for the iPhone. Using the slideshow option it instantly turns either a 3G or 3GS into a digital photo frame, and thanks to a built-in stand it also makes other apps like alarm clocks even more useful.

When mounted in the frame you still have easy access to all the buttons and ports on the iPhone, and thanks to a price tag of just $16.99 the Appstand comfortably rides the line between novelty gag gift and slightly useful accessory.

[ Appstand ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Wind-Up Salt & Pepper Shaker ‘Bots Come To You

Salt & Pepper Bots (Image courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

I know, it’s about four days too late for these handy wind-up walking salt and pepper shakers to make Thanksgiving dinner more entertaining, but there’s always Christmas dinner less than a month away. Available soon from SUCK UK (for about $33) and designed by Marc Owens, these robots are yet another sign that automatons are slowly but steadily taking over all of mankind’s most menial tasks. And I for one welcome our mashed potato seasoning overlords.

[ Salt & Pepper Wind-Up Robots ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Pro-View Wireless Remote Display For SLRs

Pro-View Wireless Remote Display (Images courtesy Pro-View)
By Andrew Liszewski

The recent addition of live view LCD displays to DSRLs has made capturing photos at odd angles considerably easier, and you can think of the Pro-View as taking that idea one step further. It consists of a camera-equipped transmitter which is placed over the eyepiece of your SLR that sends a live video feed to a remote wireless display up to 500 feet away. The display has a 3.5-inch LCD running at a resolution of 640×480, though that can be split into 4 sub-views for monitoring up to 4 cameras at one time.

Now even though the remote does have a 4-way controller on it for adjusting tilt, pan and zoom, that functionality is useless if your camera isn’t setup in a proper rig allowing you to control that remotely, not to mention you’ll also need a remote for triggering the shutter. And it’s those limitations that make the $395 price tag a bit hard to swallow for amateur photogs. On the other hand, if photos of notoriously rare and shy animals in the wild pay your salary, this could be an instant must-have accessory.

[ Pro-View Wireless Remote Live-View Display ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]