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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Han Solo Frozen In Cabonite Blanket

By Chris Scott Barr

When it comes to decorative Star Wars wall pieces, I think that having a Han Solo frozen in carbonite would be the pretty much the coolest thing money can buy. Unfortunately it would take a lot of money to buy a proper replica, money most of us don’t have. Thankfully we can make do with simpler things, such as this blanket from LucasFilm.

The Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Woven Throw is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. It’s a 52×68-inch soft cotton blend blanket depicting Han Solo as he hung on the wall in Jabba’s Palace. Yes, it’s a little short to be an exact replica, but it’s still perfect for hanging on your wall. (Because we know that’s exactly what you want to do with it.) $60 will get you one of these when they are released sometime this August.

[ StarWarsShop ] VIA [ Gearfuse ]

Nadia Digital Camera Lacks Live Preview, Instead Provides An Aesthetics Rating Of What You’ve Shot

NADIA Aesthetics Inference Camera (Images courtesy Andrew Kupresanin)
By Andrew Liszewski

Normally it’s not the camera that makes a good photograph, but the photographer. But the Nadia digital camera, created by Andrew Kupresanin, could turn anyone into an Ansel Adams. Instead of an LCD display showing what you’ve just shot, or even a viewfinder for that matter, the Nadia shows a judgment of the aesthetic qualities of your most recent photo as a percentage. The camera, which is actually a boxed up Nokia N73 communicating with a Mac over Bluetooth, uses the ACQUINE Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine to gauge the merit of your photography. And since Nadia is just a prototype, hopefully future versions will be able to provide real-time feedback so you’ll know the optimal time to snap a photo. Who says the Pulitzer Prize for photography should only be for professionals who know what they’re doing?

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BEARINGS GLOCKEN Musical Instrument – Does Anyone Remember Animusic?

BEARINGS GLOCKEN Musical Instrument (Images courtesy Talk System)
By Andrew Liszewski

Does anybody remember that Animusic animation that ATI used to demo their RADEON 9700 cards? Like way back in 2002? Well here’s an incredibly simple, though real-life version, that uses ball bearings to play a glockenspiel, or for all intents and purposes, a xylophone. The various ‘keys’ are arranged in a cascading staircase so that the ball bearings bounce from one to the next after they’re dropped. The music was specifically composed to complement the rhythm and limited playing capabilities of ball bearings and gravity, but the results, as you can see and hear in the video below, are still quite impressive.

[ BEARINGS GLOCKEN Musical Instrument ] VIA [ PSFK ]

Adidas’ TRON: Legacy Sneakers Revealed At Comic Con

Adidas' TRON: Legacy Sneakers (Image courtesy TOYSREVIL)
By Andrew Liszewski

Disney’s upcoming TRON: Legacy sequel is not scheduled to be released for almost 6 months, but it’s already looking like it’s going to give Lucasfilm a run for their money when it comes to marketing tie-ins. These sneakers from Adidas have already been mentioned in previous press releases, but Comic Con seems to be the first time they’ve been shown. Unfortunately as far as I can tell the shoes don’t actually glow (like they should!) but instead include glow-in-the-dark stitching and reflective TRON screenprint graphics so in the right light they look like you’ve just stepped out of Flynn’s arcade. A little disappointing yes, but hopefully there’s a cobbler out there with the electroluminescent skills to make these truly awesome.

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Review – Psyko Audio 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones

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Any professional gamer will tell you that having good audio equipment is almost as important as having a good video card. Ideally, you’d want a good 5.1 surround sound setup, as most headphones can’t achieve true 5.1 audio. Unfortunately most people can’t have a perfect surround sound system for their gaming. Usually there are other people in the house that really don’t want to hear you mercilessly slaughtering masses of people. Thus, many people do turn to headphones. When you still want the best audio possible, where do you turn? Psyko Audio thinks they’ve got exactly what you need.

The Psyko Audio 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones have been shown off at the international CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for the past two years, and even snagged one of their coveted CES Innovation Awards. Naturally, there’s a lot of hype around these headphones, and with a $300 price tag, one has to wonder if it’s worth it. The guys over at Psyko Audio were nice enough to send us over a pair to check out. Naturally, I’ve spent the last few weeks playing a lot of games to see if these live up to the hype.

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Win An IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger!

By Chris Scott Barr

In this world of gadgets and gizmos, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of chargers for everything. If this is a problem you’re all too familiar with, then you need to get your hands on an IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger. This allows you to charge up to three different devices at the same time, and is compatible with most gadgets including your iPod, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Blackberry phones and more. Since we know that you guys love your gadgets, we’re going to give you the chance to win one this week.

The usual rules apply here. If you’re in the US, just drop a comment below and I’ll select a winner at random this time next week. Good luck!


Announcing The Winner Of The Coloud NHL Headphones!

By Chris Scott Barr

Congratulations go out to reader Nikkita Croix, who was selected as the winner of the Coloud NHL Headphones. For those of you that didn’t win, stick around, we’ve got more contests on the way!

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Disappear From Your Videos Using This Green Screen Suit

By Chris Scott Barr

Turning invisible is one of those superpowers that would be really fun to have (yes, other than peeping in the girl’s shower room). But sadly this just isn’t something that’s humanly possible right now. Not without the help of a little Hollywood style magic and this Video Green Full Cover Suit.

The idea behind this bizarre suit is that you’ll record your scene, then use some sort of Chroma Key software to simply edit yourself out. For the would-be filmmaker, this could be a really cool thing to use. The $225 price does seem a bit high though. Surely you could make one for much cheaper.

[ TubeTape ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Projection Scale Also Has A 550lb Capacity

Taylor 550 Pound Projection Scale (Image courtesy 7Gadgets)

When I first saw a photo of this scale with a built-in projector I was going to joke that it was the perfect bathroom accessory for the morbidly obese who weren’t able to see the readout on a conventional scale. But with the ability to weigh someone up to 550lbs, it turns out that’s exactly what it’s designed for! In addition to the adjustable projected display the scale also has a large easy-to-read LCD display on the base for those not battling with extreme health issues, and it’s powered by just 3xAAA batteries. Most surprising though is that it’s available from Amazon for just $79.99, since a scale like this would normally cost considerably more when purchased through a medical supply store.

[ Taylor 550 Pound Projection Scale ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]