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Monthly Archives: August 2010

$10,700 Ciclotte Stationary Bike Will Improve How You AND Your Exercise Room Looks

Ciclotte Stationary Bike (Images courtesy Ciclotte)
By Andrew Liszewski

You can strike ‘poor aesthetics’ off the list of reasons why you won’t ride an exercise bike because the Ciclotte is quite literally a work of art. It turns out you can be a lot more creative with bike design when it doesn’t have to go anywhere, or when not limited by affordability.

The Ciclotte was designed by Luca Schieppati (based on an earlier concept bike he created) and is made from carbon fiber among other high-end ingredients. A “dual satellite epicycloid system” of four gears rotate an outer fly wheel four times for every rotation of the pedals, and additional resistance using magnets can be dialed in with a built-in touchscreen display. There’s no doubt it looks amazing, and they’ve got me pretty convinced you’ll get a good workout too. And to be quite honest the $10,700 price tag doesn’t have me that sticker shocked.

[ Ciclotte ] VIA [ Wired ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Aerobed Pakmat Crams An Inflatable Mattress Into An Airpump

Aerobed Pakmat (Image courtesy Aero Products)
By Andrew Liszewski

Inflatable air mattresses with a built-in pump aren’t uncommon, but the Aerobed Pakmat turns things inside out by sticking the air mattress inside the pump. Not only does it ensure you always have a pump on hand allowing you to easily inflate the mattress in about 60 seconds, but the rigid cylinder also serves to protect the mattress form punctures while it’s stored inside. And it just looks a heck of a lot easier to transport and store than most other air mattresses I’ve used that never seem to fold up right. Unfortunately though it’s $99.99 which is pretty steep if you’re not charging visiting friends and family who stay the night.

[ Aerobed Pakmat ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Peavey Releases AmpKit Apps For Your iPhone

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve ever played guitar in a band (or know someone who has) then you’ll understand that sometimes you need more than just your trusty six-string. Any number of mixer boards, effects pedals and amps are needed to get that exact sound you’re looking to achieve. Carrying around these things can be a hassle, not to mention buying them can be costly. Well Peavey Electronics has teamed up with Agile Partners to create an iPhone app that will bring all of those devices into one tiny gadget.

The AmpKit app features the Peavey ValveKing amp, two ValveKing cabinets (4×12 and 1×12), a pair of pedals, a pair of mics  and a built-in Noise & Feedback filter.  That will give you a free taste of what the app has to offer. If you upgrade to the $20 AmpKit+ they’ll throw in three more amps, four more cabinets and 8 extra pedals. You can even purchase additional amps, mics and pedals from within either of the apps to get the exact gear you’re looking for. Both apps also include the ability to record what you’re playing for later use.

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readySTEADY Camcorder Stabilizer

readySTEADY Camcorder Stabilizer (Image courtesy readySTEADY)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s still no word on when Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothee might be available, but it’s safe to assume that if and when it goes on sale, it’s not going to cost $29.99. The readySTEADY however costs exactly that, and is available now! Designed to keep compact camcorders like the Flip or Bloggie steady whether you’re moving or not, the readySTEADY is basically the same idea as attaching a string to a camera’s tripod mount, but it’s made of aluminum and generally looks a bit more professional. It also packs away relatively compactly, and with a little practice will probably serve to improve your low-budget cinematography.

[ readySTEADY Camcorder Stabilizer ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Samsung Zipel Oven Designed For Koreans But Perfect For Every Dorm Room Around The World

Samsung Zipel Oven (Image courtesy AVING USA)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it might be designed to “suit Koreans’ tastes” Samsung’s new Zipel combines a traditional oven, a microwave and a steamer into a single compact appliance that could revolutionize every dorm room around the world, and force the hot plate into extinction. But it doesn’t stop at being able to cook almost anything, including healthy dishes. The Zipel is also voice activated and includes a combination of 160 different cooking settings that covers pretty much anything you could think of, from popcorn to mac and cheese. It runs just under $600 for the full-on version, though there’s also a steamless model for just $250. Now if Samsung throws in a couple of milk crates to use as a stand, in no time it will have a monopoly on the college market.

[ AVING USA – Samsung Electronics, releases new product ‘Zipel oven’ to satisfy Koreans’ tastes ]

GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer

GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer (Image courtesy Gefen)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not the first TV volume stabilizer I’ve written about, but while this Audiovox model from a few years back was just $39.97, this latest model from Gefen is a touch pricier at $179. Why the price discrepancy? Well in addition to the use of Dolby Volume technology to detect and moderate sound levels in order to maintain a steady volume, it also happens to feature TOSLINK and S/PDIF digital audio inputs and outputs, as well as traditional 2-channel analog audio inputs and outputs. The aforementioned Audiovox only handles analog signals, so if you were hoping to use a device like this with modern gaming consoles or DVD & Blu-ray players, you’ll have to pony up for this more expensive, yet more capable, model.

[ GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer ]

WaterField Designs Cases Now Kindle 3 Compatible

WaterField Designs Kindle 3 Cases (Images courtesy WaterField Designs)
By Andrew Liszewski

I won’t say much more about WaterField Designs than what I’ve already said in past reviews, but if you’ve gone ahead and upgraded to the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle and are on the hunt for a case, you’ll definitely want to consider their offerings. The Slip Case and Suede Jacket pictured up top are my personal favorites (currently housing my iPad) because they strike a good balance between protection and minimal bulk. But if you’re in the need for something a little more substantial the SleeveCase will be more than adequate, and there’s even a version compatible with the Kindle leather cover.

Slip Case for the Kindle 3 – $29 (Black, silver, blue, green or red.)
Suede Jacket for the Kindle 3 – $19 (Black.)
Ultimate SleeveCase for the Kindle 3 – $49-$54 (Black with grey Indium or brown leather trim.)
EXO SleeveCase for the Kindle 3 – $45-$50 (Black with grey Indium or brown leather trim.)

[ WaterField Designs Kindle Cases ]

Turn Your Faucet Into A Water Fountain

By Chris Scott Barr

Sometimes the most interesting gadgets can be the simple ones. Take for instance this Tapi Tap Squeeze Drink Fountain. There are no fancy electronic components or mechanical parts to be found here. Just one piece of very specifically-crafted rubber.

This simple product turns almost any household faucet into a water fountain with just a squeeze. It fits snugly over your existing faucet (and comes in a variety of colors to suit your tastes) and allows water to flow freely as usual. However, when you want a drink, just give it a squeeze and a stream will shoot upwards, allowing you to reach the water without sticking your head in the sink. I can see this being great in bathrooms, for late-night drinks and rinsing your mouth out after brushing your teeth. You can pick these up for just $5 each.

[ DreamFarm ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]

Casio G-Shock GD-100 Is Easily The Brightest Kid In Its Class

Casio G-Shock GD-100 (Image courtesy Casio)
By Andrew Liszewski

Waaaay back in 1992 Timex introduced their first Ironman watch with electroluminescent Indiglo backlighting and the world of watch face illumination has never looked back. But even though it provides ample illumination for an LCD display (and perfectly stealthy illumination for use in a dark theater) I guess Casio figures there’s finally room for improvement. So their new G-Shock GD-100 models, which will be available at the end of September, feature a new LED backlighting system that’s 6 times brighter than your standard LED. Now I’m not sure who needs a watch that bright since the iPhone 4 has already taken over flashlight duties for a lot of us, but since the G-Shock line seems designed to handle any situation, I guess it’s nice to know it’s there.

[ Hypebeast – Casio G-Shock GD-100 ]