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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Glass Of Milk LED Night Light

Milk Glass LED Night Light (Images courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s claimed that drinking a warm glass of milk will help you fall asleep at night, and now it can help keep the boogie man at bay while you sleep too! These acrylic glasses look like they’re filled with milk, but it’s actually opaque plastic that glows thanks to a white LED and a set of 3xAAA batteries. There’s a dedicated on/off switch on the bottom of the glass for killing the light altogether, but it can also be switched off by either turning it upside down or simply knocking it over. $11.50 each available from Amazon.

[ Milk Glass Cup LED Night Light Lamp ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

8 BIT XMAS 2009 NES Cart

8 BIT XMAS 2009 NES Cart (Images courtesy RetroZone)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s a little late to be talking about Christmas gift ideas for this year, but it’s never too early to start talking about gift ideas for next. So if you’ll need a present for someone who was a big fan of the NES, and still has a running console hooked up at home, this 8 BIT XMAS 2009 cart from RetroZone is beyond perfect. For starters, the cartridge itself looks like a Christmas decoration thanks to a translucent plastic housing and blinking lights on the inside that glow while the NES is powered up. (It looks better on a top loading NES of course.)

But it doesn’t stop there. The cart also includes the RetroZone Snowball Fight!!! game that allows up to 4 players to compete in a deadly game of compacted snow projectiles, recreated in stunningly realistic 8-bit graphics. The cartridge itself sells for $43, but you can make the gift extra special with a custom splash screen message for the giftee for an extra $5, which is totally worth it in our opinion.

[ 8 BIT XMAS 2009 NES Cart ] VIA [ GameSetWatch ]

Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge

Slauerhoffbrug 'Flying' Drawbridge (Images courtesy frozenly.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not only does this cantilevered drawbridge known as the Slauerhoffbrug in Leeuwarden, Netherlands look pretty amazing when it’s hoisting a section of the bridge into the air to let boats through, but I have to assume/desperately hope it doubles as a gigantic catapult when traffic is slow. Unfortunately something tells me that pesky ‘public safety’ issue would put a kibosh on those plans though.

[ frozenly.com - Flying Bridge ] VIA [ Neatorama ]

How Did Stanley Manage To Squeeze An LED Flashlight Onto Something As Small As A Watch?

Stanley LED Torch Watch (Image courtesy Brando)
By Andrew Liszewski

Oh, that’s how. By turning the watch into some monstrous contraption that no one would actually want to wear. Seriously though, they claim this thing offers hands-free convenience, but what good are free hands when one of your arms is tied up having to point this thing in all directions? It’s also got an alarm, a backlight and a timer FYI, and while it looks like it might be, I’m not actually sure if the flashlight portion is removable or not. $58 from Watch.Brando.com.

[ Stanley LED Torch Watch ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

24 Port USB Hub Is Just Not Enough

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By Evan Ackerman

24 USB 2.0 ports, you say? Some people might call that excessive. I am not one of those people, because 24 USB ports is not enough for me. I mean, after I’ve plugged in my volcano, Christmas tree, lunchbox, chameleon, missile launcher, microwave, light bulb, mouse wheel, chainsaw, ethernet hub, sunglasses, wireless HDMI adapter, cat ears, slouch meter, transfer cable, foot switch, spoonful of cereal, digital microscope, race car email notifier, am/fm radio, travel mug, micro display, shortwave radio, and Whack-A-Mole, that doesn’t leave any room for other things that may come in handy in for some specific tasks… Like, a mouse. Or a keyboard.

So obviously, it’s necessary to get more than one of these. How many, you ask? Well, if you go back to the early days when we were just a wee little blog (and for the record, at that point, I personally didn’t even know what a blog was), it turn out that OhGizmo has a total of 1,073 posts about USB stuff of varying degrees of usefulness.

Make that 1,074.

So if you want to plug all of the USB stuff that we’ve written about in at once, you’ll need 45 of these 24 port USB hubs. At $70 each, that’s $3,145. Better start saving; you can find them at USB Fever.

[ USB Fever ] VIA [ RFJ ]

HypnosEye Adds Projector Functionality To Your iPhone… Kinda

HypnosEye Projector and Screen Set (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Jealous of all those new-fangled cellphones that come with built-in projectors these days? Well the HypnosEye will level the playing field. It seems to work like an overhead projector, using a mirror and lens to magnify and project the display from your cellphone onto a wall, ceiling or other surface. There’s no light source of its own, so you’ll need to set the brightness on your phone’s display as high as it can go for best results, which also means it will probably work better with devices with large LCDs like the iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune etc. Unfortunately though the $117 price tag from the Japan Trend Shop pushes this well out of the novelty purchase price range, particularly when the results as seen in the video I’ve included after the jump aren’t great.

[ HypnosEye Projector and Screen Set ]

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Snofling Snowball Maker/Launcher

Snofling (Image courtesy Brain Child)
By Andrew Liszewski

Step-up your snowball fight game with the double-duty Snofling. Not only is making snowballs with it as easy as sticking the business end into a mound of fresh powder, but it also doubles as a convenient launcher which keeps your gloves or mitts from getting soaking wet in the heat of battle. While I don’t imagine that aiming accuracy is one of its strengths, it makes up for it with a quantity over quality approach which can sometimes be just as effective. $5.95 from Amazon.

[ Snofling ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Transparent Toaster Ensures Perfect Toastage

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By Evan Ackerman

This toaster is not nearly as cool as the transparent toaster that we posted about, um, two and a half years ago, but this is one that you can (reportedly) actually buy. From a company called Magimix comes “Le Toaster Vision,” a toaster with insulated glass walls that let you see just exactly how burnt to a crisp your toast is getting.

Despite its toaster moniker, Le Toaster Vision is really more of a vertical toaster oven, using two toaster elements per side that are positioned above and below the slices of bread. Reflectors behind the elements make sure that the bread gets toasted evenly while keeping the windowed sides (mostly) clear to see through. Transparent, yes, sort of… But it’s nowhere near as sexy as it could be without all of that other metal in the way.

I can’t find a way to order one of these, but it’s a real product from a real company so sooner or later it will probably show up somewhere. We hope.

[ Magimix ] VIA [ Moco Loco ]

Unichal Electronic Dictionary With Mini Document Camera

Unichal DIXAU DX3 (Images courtesy AVING USA)
By Andrew Liszewski

At first glance it might look like a pocket-sized overhead projector, but the DIXAU DX3 from Unichal is actually just another digital dictionary. Instead of entering text on the touchscreen display via a virtual keyboard though, the DX3 has a small pop-up digital camera that will snap a photo of the word in question and automatically provide a definition.

It can also speak the word in question so you know the proper pronunciation, and since no one wants to carry around a uni-tasking device these days, it’s got a microSD card slot and multimedia capabilities as well. The DIXAU DX3 was released in Korea on December 18, but there’s no word on whether or not it will ever officially be available outside that country.

[ AVING USA - Unichal to unveil its portable one-click electronic dictionary 'DIXAU DX3' ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]