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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Scosche flipSYNC Now Available

By Chris Scott Barr

Back at CES we showed you an awesome little keychain that doubles as an iPod connector. We weren’t exactly sure on a street price or date, but now we are. The flipSYNC comes in two flavors, one that caters to the iPhone/iPod user, and the other features Mini and MicroUSB connectors.

Both of these models are now available for $20. They’re the same size as your average key fob for your car, so it’ll fit nicely on your keychain. If you’re someone that is always in need of a charging cable, then it’ll definitely be worth it.

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Videos Of An RC Battleship Dropping Tiny Working Depth Charges On An RC Submarine – Need I Say More?

Sorry for the double videos in this post, but they’re both integral to getting the idea across as to how awesome this RC battleship really is. Both clips were apparently shot at the Model Submarine Regatta in Canberra, Australia in 2008, and they show a scale model remote control battleship dropping working depth charges, as in actually exploding underwater, onto a remote control submarine traveling just a few feet below it. The video below appears to be the same run but from an underwater perspective, and if the cameraman’s startled reaction is any indication, those mini charges really pack a punch.

The videos also confirm my theory that if another world war breaks out using only remote controlled scale model warships, the Australians have already won.

[ Urlesque – Remote Control Toys With Real Missiles ] VIA [ Neatorama ]

Generator Racing Is Another Self-Powered Slot Car Alternative

Generator Racing (Image courtesy BoysStuff)

I still prefer this version we brought you last October which folds up into a briefcase-sized kit, but if you’re looking for a more elaborate self-powered slot car setup, this Generator Racing is the way to go. Like the “Race In A Case” the cars in this set are powered by a couple of hand-cranked generators, allowing you to control their speed based on how intensely you crank the handles. But this version comes with 30 pieces of track allowing you to setup your own course, and like with old-timey slot cars I assume multiple sets can be combined into one larger, epic course, allowing you to race your friends for the Champion of the Universe title. Available from BoysStuff for about $57. (£39.95)

[ Generator Racing ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Flat Light Poster Now Available

Flat Light Poster (Image courtesy moss)
By Andrew Liszewski

Designed for those living in incredibly cramped quarters or who just like novel crap on their walls, the Flat Light Poster, created by Finn Magee, is basically just that. A poster with an image of a desk lamp that actually plugs in and lights up. It’s one of those rare pieces of art that manages to be practical too, which is partly what inspired Finn to create it in the first place.

“Flat Light was the result of borrowing an Anglepoise task light from college. In 2007, I set up the lamp on my desk at home and was amazed at how it lent an atmosphere of productivity and efficiency to the room… I wondered if just an image of an ordinary task light would be enough to create this atmosphere. This led to Flat Light, which has been exhibited at the Royal College of Art Summer show in 2007 and as part of Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, London”

The Flat Light Poster, which uses LEDs that don’t heat up and cause a fire hazard, is available from moss for $195 in a limited run of just 50 pieces.

[ Flat Light Poster ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

iDeck iPod Car Cassette Adapter And Dock

iDeck Integrated Car Cassette Adapter for iPod (Image courtesy Cyanics)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s been an odd resurgence of cassette tape related gadgetry recently, but the one place where they definitely still have a strong presence is in older model cars. FM transmitters seem to be one of the more popular solutions to using your iPod with an older car stereo, but dealing with interference and finding an open frequency can be a pain. Not to mention those FM radio waves can’t be used as a dock for your iPod either, an advantage that clearly goes to this iDeck cassette adapter accessory.

When the cassette end of the adapter is inserted into your car’s stereo it provides enough support to hold nearly all of the more recent versions of the iPod Classic, the Nano and the Touch (no iPhone support is mentioned anywhere) and while an included cigarette lighter adapter is included, it’s not needed if your iPod has enough juice to last the trip. The adapter also has a jack allowing you to connect any audio source via a 3.5mm audio cable, and the only caveat I can find is that the cassette doesn’t rotate to accommodate the more common horizontal tape slots. $37.99 from NewEggMall.

[ iDeck Integrated Car Cassette Adapter for iPod ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

Bow TIE Tuxedo Shirt

Bow TIE Tuxedo Shirt (Image courtesy the StarWarsShop)
By Andrew Liszewski

My mind can barely comprehend the awesomeness that is this Star Wars/tuxedo shirt mashup created by artist Reece Ward. Not only can you embarrass your family and/or significant others at a formal black-tie event by only wearing jeans and a tee, instead of a shirt and tails, but you can also proclaim your unabashed love for Star Wars at the same time. The design features a TIE fighter heading down one of the Death Star trenches, which from a distance looks like you’re wearing a fancy vest and bow tie. And it’s just $21.99 which is far cheaper than even the tackiest of thrift store tuxes you could find.

[ Bow TIE Tuxedo Shirt ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Pitfall Crocodile And Scorpion Pixelated Doormats

Pitfall Crocodile And Scorpion Pixelated Doormats (Images courtesy Meninos Store)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the pixelated pond shape of the Pitfall-inspired crocodile doormat easily makes it the more desirable of the two, if your jungle explorations were constantly brought to an end by the sting of a scorpion, you might have a soft spot for that design instead. Both are made of rubber so it’s easy to hose off any pixelated corpses, and they’re also both available from the Meninos Store for $49.99 each.

[ Pitfall Crocodile & Scorpion Doormats ] VIA [ CraziestGadgets ]

Canopi System Keeps Your Bed Cool At Night

By Chris Scott Barr

The worst part about the hot summer days is trying to get to sleep at night. I don’t mind being a little warmer during the day (and thus not having to blast the A/C all the time), but when I climb into bed, I like to be nice and cool. A fan in the window does the trick on some nights, but others it is still too hot and muggy outside. This Canopi system is supposed to be a solution for this very problem.

The Canopi takes air from under your bed, cools it (via a wall-mounted air conditioner) and gently distributes the air over your bed. Since you’re only trying to keep a small area cooled, you shouldn’t need to use nearly as much power as you would by turning down the thermostat. The only downfall is that the unit costs over $4,500. If you’re looking to save money, this isn’t a quick way to do it. I’m sure you’d eventually start making back your investment, but you’ll take a long time to break even.

[ Evening Breeze ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Just5 CP11 Phone Gets A Pop-up Screen – Instantly Becomes Too Hard To Use For Its Target Demographic

Just5 CP11 Cellphone (Images courtesy Just5)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re not already familiar with the ‘Just 5’ cellphone, it’s a stripped down handset with large buttons and an easy-to-read display designed to be used by the older set who may otherwise have trouble operating or even seeing a more complex model. It also comes with an emergency SOS button on the back that will call up to 4 preset numbers when pressed in the event of an emergency, in addition to audibly alerting those near the user.

But the CP11 pictured here, which is the successor to the Just 5, totally complicates things with a pop-up LCD display that will surely have your parents or grandparents using the emergency SOS button when they can’t figure out how to get the screen to extend or retract. Now I can understand the logic behind the new display, since the larger 2.2 inch LCD allows the on-screen characters to be larger and even easier to read, but I do think it’s actually over-complicating the original model’s simple and nearly perfect design.

[ Just5 ] VIA [ SlashGear ]