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Monthly Archives: May 2013

TV Poltergeist Helps With Your April Fool’s Pranks

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By Chris Scott Barr

April 1st is closing in vast, which means you need to work on your pranking schemes. While putting saran wrap over the toilet bowl is great and all, why not go a little more high-tech this year? There’s nothing more frustrating than a piece of electronics that is going nuts for no apparent reason. Naturally, this makes screwing with someone’s TV even more appealing for your April Fool’s gag.

We’ve all seen the TV-B-Gone, which can be funny for a minute or two. However, it requires user input, which will no doubt get you caught. This year might I suggest trying the TV Poltergeist. Hide this little guy anywhere in the living room (just make sure the LED can be pointed at the TV) and turn it on. Every 5 to 20 minutes the TV will be turned on or off. It will continue to do this until either the batteries die or it is manually turned off. If you can hide it well enough, this prank can last for days! Sounds like $13 well spent to me.

[ ThinkGeek ] VIA [ RedFerret ]

Downloading From Usenet Goes Mainstream

By Binverse Staff

[ The following article is a paid advertisement, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of OhGizmo.com or its staff. Ed. ]

Usenet’s unparalleled download speeds and massive selection of user uploads has long made it the favorite download network for uber geeks. New software from Binverse is bringing the power of Usenet to the masses by combining an easy to use interface with private and secure access to the Usenet network.

What Makes Usenet So Popular With Geeks

· Blazing Fast Speed – The most striking difference of Usenet compared to other technologies is its blazing fast download speeds. With Usenet instead of downloading from peers you download from enterprise servers over multi gigabyte connections. Because of this, you can literally max out your internet connection, downloading files in minutes that would normally take hours.

· Massive Selection – The amount of user uploads available on Usenet is simply massive. At over 800 terabytes available and increasing daily it is difficult to even visualize the possibilities. The Library of Congress (the largest library in the world) is estimated to only contain 20 Terabytes of data. The massive amount of content available on Usenet ensures that your options are virtually endless.

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WARDROM Turns Your Dirty Clothing Pile Into Art

WARDROM (Image courtesy PAULA)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s a clever art installation that could easily become a permanent fixture in your bedroom after a quick trip to your local home improvement store. The WARDROM is like a vertical wardrobe that hangs on your wall, but instead of organizing your clothing using hangers, a grid of spikes (all slightly angled upwards of course) lets you randomly toss your clothes at the wall, where they’ll hang on display for everyone to um… enjoy.

The concept is pretty simple, but in case you neat freaks are having a hard time wrapping your head around the idea, here’s a video showing the WARDROM in action.

[ WARDROM ] VIA [ 9GAG ]

Corsair’s New Flash Voyager Mini Drives

Flash Voyager Mini (Images courtesy Corsair)
By Andrew Liszewski

Corsair’s Flash Voyager drives have always been on the cutting edge of flash drive technology whether it comes to capacity or read & write speeds, but their new Voyager Mini drives are less about performance, and more about being tiny. Like their bigger brothers, the Voyager Minis have an ergonomic rubberized housing making them easy to grip and connect/disconnect from your PC, and instead of an easy-to-lose cap, the drives feature a retractable connector. At the moment the Voyager Minis are available in capacities ranging from 4GB (~$15) to 16GB (~$50) with a 32GB model also on the way.

[ Corsair Flash Voyager Mini ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

AT&T Begins Selling 3G MicroCells Nationwide

By Chris Scott Barr

Finally, over a year after they first announced them, AT&T has put their 3G MicroCells up for sale to anyone in the US. If you’ll recall, they rolled them out in Charlotte, NC last September. Now anyone with an AT&T mobile phone will be able to pick up one of these. The only caveat is that you’ll still need to be in an area where AT&T offers service. They check this via GPS when you complete the initial setup.

So what does the 3G MicroCell get you? Essentially you’ll hook the device into your home internet connection and be provided with 3G service for up to 5,000 square feet. You’ll still be using your own cell minutes when talking on the phone, unfortunately. The only way around this is to have your internet provided by AT&T, or to pay them $20 a month for unlimited talk time. Otherwise, you’ll only need to pay the initial $150 for the device.

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Taurus Concept Starts With The Segway And Adds Cool

Taurus Concept (Images courtesy AtCrux)
By Andrew Liszewski

Let’s be frank here, Erik Lanuza’s Taurus concept, an electric-powered self-balancing motorcycle with a slightly different wheel configuration, is basically a modified Segway. But since you straddle the Taurus like you would a racing bike, instead of awkwardly standing and leaning, he’s managed to make riding the Taurus look about 1,000 times cooler than riding a Segway. And even though it’s just a concept design, I can’t imagine it would be that difficult to modify the Segway to operate like this. So instead of an awkward personal transporter, they’d have the slick Vespa for the 21st century on their hands.

[ AtCrux – Taurus – Safe and zero emission urban transportation concept ] VIA [ Jalopnik ]

Whoa! Did You Feel That? – Awesome ‘Ninja! Heads Will Roll!’ T-Shirt

Ninja! Heads Will Roll! T-Shirt (Image courtesy Threadless)
By Andrew Liszewski

Thanks to Marco Angeles, you can now wear your morbid fascination with ninjas and katana swords with this clever tee that says “look everyone! I’ve just been beheaded!” Heads will turn, heads will roll, you get the idea. $20 from Threadless in guys and girls styles, cause ninjas don’t discriminate.

[ Ninja! Heads Will Roll! T-Shirt ] VIA [ The UberReview ]

GRETA Portable GSM Fax & Printer Combines The Old With The New

GRETA Portable GSM Fax & Printer (Image courtesy Possio)
By Andrew Liszewski

Through some miracle, and possibly a well-funded lobbyist group in Washington, the fax machine has managed to avoid extinction in offices across the land. And now it’s even managed to break free of the office confines with the GRETA portable fax machine, printer and scanner. Thanks to a GSM slot (in the US it operates on T-Mobile’s network) the GRETA can send and receive faxes pretty much anywhere your cellphone gets a signal.

It also doubles as a printer and scanner when connected to a laptop or PC, or as a standalone copier, and while the use of thermal paper does mean you don’t have to worry about ink cartridges, it also means you can’t just use regular copier paper if you run out. Since it has its own mobile number you can even use it as a cellphone in a pinch by connecting a headset, or have it automatically print any SMS messages sent its way. Now I’m not entirely sure if you have to pay T-Mobile every month if you buy and use the printer, but I’m suspecting/hoping those costs are rolled into the GRETA’s steep $793.99 price tag.

[ GRETA Portable GSM Fax & Printer ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Twist Alarm Clock Will Put Your Early Morning Math Skills To The Test

Twist Alarm Clock (Images courtesy D-Forme)
By Andrew Liszewski

The gadget world is inundated with all manner of novelty alarm clocks designed to discourage you from just hitting the snooze button in the morning, and now there’s one more! Besides a unique twisting body which I assume allows you to change the clock’s modes and easily set the time or the alarm, the Twist Alarm Clock will also challenge you with math problems once it’s time to wake up. The alarm won’t stop until you properly solve a basic math equation, and as you can see in the product shot, since 5 minus 4 doesn’t equal 2, the poor chap who tried to solve this one won’t be seeing any peace and quiet anytime soon.

For the time being it’s only available in Japan for about $30, unless you can find someone who will import it, and I wouldn’t actually worry about it becoming too annoying since I’m sure it will work with that age old equation; alarm clock + wall = silence.

[ Twist Alarm Clock ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]