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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wondering What To Do With That 200 Linear Meters Of Electroluminescent Wire You Have Lying Around? Make A Disco Chair!

Disco Chair (Images courtesy KIWI&POM)
By Andrew Liszewski

That’s exactly what London design studio KIWI&POM did, though their creation was actually commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine. Now I’m not sure if you can actually sit in the chair, since I don’t know what the structural integrity of electroluminescent wire is like, but I do know the chair comes complete with a pulse setting causing it flash on and off making it the center of attention in any room.

[ KIWI&POM – Disco Chair ] VIA [ Freshome ]

LimbGear iHood Provides Slightly Easier Access To iPod Controls

LimbGear iHood Interactive Hoodie (Images courtesy LimbGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

If there were ever two companies that should consider a merger, it would be the makers of these LimbGear iHood hoodies which incorporate iPod playback controls into the sleeve, and the makers of the HoodieBuddie we brought you last week, which replaced the hood’s drawstring with a functional pair of earbuds. The result would be the ultimate iPod-friendly hoodie, though probably quite expensive. The HoodieBuddie sold for $44 which isn’t that bad, but the LimbGear hoodie is $69. And in order for it to actually work you also have to buy the company’s PANiQ controller which is an additional $24.95. It’s kind of odd that it’s not included with the iHood since the gimmick is unusable without it, so I’m assuming it’s just a lame attempt to lessen the sticker shock, which brings the hoodie’s price tag to almost $100.

[ LimbGear iHood Interactive Hoodie ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

ICON Mini Wiimote And Nunchuck – You Know, For Kids

ICON Mini Wiimote And Nunchuck (Images courtesy ICON)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess the Wiimote and Nunchuck controllers aren’t the most kid-friendly designs, particularly for the younger set with smaller hands. Which is probably why accessory maker ICON has come out with these third-party Wiimote and Nunchucks specifically designed for kids. Besides the bright color scheme, the controllers are drastically smaller with over-sized buttons in a redesigned layout to accommodate stubby little fingers. I also like that the sync button has been moved to the front of the Wiimote, since I actually find it quite annoying that Nintendo has hidden it underneath the battery door, particularly if you’re using the rubber safety sleeves. And ICON has even priced these right since you can get the whole set for just $34.99 which is cheaper than Nintendo’s official Wiimote by itself.

[ ICON Mini Wiimote And Nunchuck ] VIA [ GoNintendo ]

QBell Electronic Bike Bell

QBell Electronic Bike Bell (Image courtesy KJ Global)
By Andrew Liszewski

Because I’m sure everyone loves adding yet another item to the list of things they have to buy batteries for, KJ Global is selling this electronic bike bell which runs on 2xAAs. To be honest I’ve no idea how it’s an improvement over the bell you’ve been ringing since your tricycle days, maybe it’s a bit louder? Maybe a bit more annoying so pedestrians or vehicles don’t ignore it? I’m not sure. It is waterproof though, so you don’t have to cover it up should you get caught in the rain, and it runs about $26 (£17.63) from the aforementioned KJ Global.

[ QBell Electronic Bike Bell ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Diet Scale Suggests What You Should Eat Instead Of Telling You What You Weigh

Diet Scale (Image courtesy Ji Lee)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Diet Scale was designed by Ji Lee a few years ago while he was a student, and the idea is pretty simple. Instead of showing you your weight, it makes a suggestion on what you should eat depending on what the results are. Now I assume the scale has to be calibrated to what you consider to be your ideal weight for it to make a useful suggestion that will help you reach that target, though I can’t imagine seeing ‘one piece of lettuce’ every morning would be that encouraging for someone trying to shed a few pounds.

Ji Lee now works as a Creative Director at Google Creative Lab, but since interest in the Diet Scale has been building again in the past few months, he’s started looking for a manufacturer who’s willing to turn it into a sellable product.

[ Diet Scale ] VIA [ PSFK ]

iBox Sound Enhancing iPad Stand

iBox Sound Enhancing iPad Stand (Images courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

If there ever was a reason to learn how to use power tools and/or visit your local Home Depot, here it is. Now I’m not saying the $25 that Etsy seller ‘madebycosmo‘ is asking for what is essentially an unfinished box is outrageous or anything, but I’m pretty sure you could whip one up yourself for a lot cheaper than that.

In fact, the iBox is made from reclaimed wood (read: free) found in and around Minneapolis, so you could do the same and not even have to spend money on raw materials! Other features of the design, which I’m sure were discovered after it was built, include a convenient place to store the charging cables and the fact that the addition of the side board “amplifies sound to maximize listening experience.” Hmm, what other features can we see here? Can be re-purposed as fire starting materials in an emergency I guess. Oh and it doesn’t look that portable, so it will always be easy to find in the last place you used it!

[ iBox Sound Enhancing iPad Stand ] VIA [ Make ]

B100 Retro Case For Your Blackberry

Blackberry B100 Case (Image courtesy Freedom of Creation)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cellphone design has come a long way in the past 25+ years, but if we forget those past models, we’re doomed to repeat them. Now I have no idea if that’s what Peter Hermans had in mind when he designed this Blackberry Bold 9700 case for a competition by Freedom Of Creation and accessories maker Freshfiber, but the results were good enough to be selected as one of the four finalists that “will be further developed for commercialization.” And yes, the plastic antenna does retract, but no, it’s not functional, it’s simply there for retro charm.

[ Freedom Of Creation – Preview of Blackberry Case Designs by Talents ] VIA [ MoCo Loco ]

Lexar’s New Multi-Card 24-In-1 USB Reader Also Works With The iPad’s Camera Connection Kit

Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader (Image courtesy Lexar)
By Andrew Liszewski

Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit lets you directly connect a digital camera, or an SD memory card, to your magical device, saving you the hassle of having to sync to iTunes to view your photos on its large display. But what if your camera doesn’t use SD cards? And what if its USB cable went missing eons ago? Well in that case Lexar’s got your back since their new Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB card reader works with the iPad’s USB adapter. So instead of just SD cards, you can now access photos from a wide variety of memory card formats* directly from the iPad. It of course also works on a PC and has an ‘innovative’ pop-up design to protect the card slots when not in use. All that for just $29.99, though if you do intend to use it with your iPad, you’ll also have to shell out another $29 for the aforementioned Apple Connection Kit.

And if for some reason you don’t believe that such technological sorcery is even possible, I’ve included a video after the jump of Jeff Cable (Lexar’s Director of Marketing) demoing the reader with an iPad on location at a photoshoot.

*Supported flash card formats: CompactFlash® Type I and Type II, SD™, SDHC™, miniSD™, miniSDHC™, MMC™, MMCplus™, RS-MMC™, microSD™, microSDHC™, M2™, Memory Stick™, Memory Stick (with MagicGate™), Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick Duo (with MagicGate), Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo “HX”, xD-Picture Card™, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H.

[ Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

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Announcing The Winner Of The CoolIT ECO ALC!

By Chris Scott Barr

It’s friday, which not only means that the weekend is here, but we’ve also got a liquid cooling system to give away! After consulting the Magic 8 Ball, Ouija Board and a random number generator, it has been decided that msisaac should receive the CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling System.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and to CoolIT for providing the free gear to pass along. Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time, we’ve always got more contests and giveaways in the works!

[ CoolIT ]