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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Origami Suitcase Designed For Bizarro World Overhead Compartments

Orishiki Suitcase (Images courtesy Naoki Kawamoto)
By Andrew Liszewski

This origami-looking suitcase is actually called the ‘Orishiki’ by designer Naoki Kawamoto, and is a combination of the word origami, and the Japanese word furoshiki, which is used to describe a large piece of cloth that is folded to carry oddly shaped items. And that’s exactly how the Orishiki works. Inside it’s got straps and elastics to hold all of your items in place, but instead of unzipping it when you get to your travel destination, you basically just unfold it.

It’s also got a hidden set of retractable wheels in there somewhere, and above all will be particularly easy to spot on the luggage carousel. However, it doesn’t look like it’s that easy to wrestle into a plane’s overhead compartment, and as one commenter on designboom accurately puts it: “…it would appear to be an open space generator in aircraft holds as well as any other cargo storage area…”

[ Naoki Kawamoto – Orishiki Suitcase ] VIA [ designboom ]

Ben Heck’s Portal Costume

By Chris Scott Barr

Halloween is almost upon us, which means that you should really have a costume by now. After all, no one wants to show up to a party in something they threw together an hour before they left. If you want a good costume, you’re going to have to put some effort into it. Take Ben Heck for example, this guy knows how to do it right.

The rather talented modder decided he wanted a Portal-themed costume. Since dressing up like GlaDOS or a cake just didn’t seem like the right move, he decided to put a portal on his chest. Not just a picture of a portal, but one that you could actually see through.

Using an LCD and a rear-mounted camera, he effectively creates the illusion that there is a portal (or just a hole)  through his midsection. Suddenly my steampunk costume doesn’t seem quite as cool.

[ BenHeck ] VIA [ Gearfuse ]

Deal Of The Day: HP ENVY 17 3D 1080p Quad Core i7 Laptop For $1,549

By David Ponce

Those of you who know me are aware that I consider 3D technology gimmicky and not ready for mass market. Or rather, that we’re still busy transitioning to HDTV for most people to be ready to adopt 3DTV in the living room. There is a caveat to this: it doesn’t apply to gaming. 3D TV, not so much, but 3D gaming is great and should you decide to game, in 3D, on a laptop, there are very few competitors to the HP ENVY 17 Quad Core i7. And it’s now clearly 3D-enabled and bundled with a pair of 3D Active Shutter Glasses. Of course, this is still an early-adopter’s item and as such, the rebates aren’t phenomenal, but $50 off this $1,599 machine is still appreciated. At $1,549, you get:

Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz (TurboBoost up to 2.8GHz), 6GB DDR3, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850, 17.3″ 1080p 3D UltraBrightView Infinity LED LCD, Blu-ray, TruVision HD Webcam, Wireless-N, backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, Bundled 3D Active Shutter Glasses, Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit OS

[ HP ENVY 17 3D 1080p Quad Core i7 Laptop For $1,549 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

I Hope This Letto Zip Bed Wins Someone The Nobel Prize For Awesomest Invention Ever

Letto Zip Bed (Images courtesy Florida)
By Andrew Liszewski

I think we can all agree that no one on Earth likes making their bed. But even with that mutual understanding we all still feel the need to make it look tidy and presentable when friends come to visit. So it’s nice to see that there are designers out there applying their skills to resolving matters like this that really affect humanity.

From Italian-based furniture maker Florida comes this utterly brilliant Letto Zip bed which features a top cocoon-like cover that can be removed at night for sleeping, but easily zipped back on in the morning to hide the disheveled, unmade mess of sheets. Available in white, blue or gray, the bed’s rounded, padded frame definitely gives it a slick not-too-distant-future appearance, particularly when it’s all zipped up. And hopefully Florida will create a similar zip-top camouflage for other products like kitchen sinks, closets, and pretty much entire bathrooms.

[ Letto Zip Bed ] VIA [ Trendir ]

Funko Star Wars Retractable Earbuds

Funko Star Wars Retractable Earbuds (Images courtesy Treasure Seekers Webkinz, Toys & Gifts)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a regular price of $24.95, though currently on sale for just $16.95, you won’t need an audiophile to figure out these probably aren’t the most amazing sounding headphones in the galaxy. But what they lack in audio fidelity, they more than make up for in novelty. Each of the figures, including Vader, Yoda and a Stormtrooper, feature color-coordinated retractable earbuds as miniature arms, making them appeal to organized types, Star Wars fans and whatever demographic keeps figures with oversized heads in demand.

[ Funko Star Wars Retractable Earbuds ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Deal Of The Day: LG 47LX6500 47″ 3D TV For $1,599

By David Ponce

I better not get started on 3D TVs. Suffice it to say, the cheaper they are, the happier I am. It’s not because I think the concept it gimmicky at all. No. Not at all.

That being said, I’m happy to report that you can now purchase a 47-inch 3D LED HDTV from LG, affectionately called the 47LX6500, for all of $1,599. That’s after a $701 discount. For this price you get four (4) 3D LG glasses, one HDMI cable and an LG BX580 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player. Additional features include LED Plus w/Local Dimming, NetCast Entertainment Access, Wireless 1080p Ready, TruMotion 240Hz, 8M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 4 HDMI V.1.3 w/Deep Color, and more.

[ LG 47LX6500 47″ 3D TV For $1,599 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Grace Digital Audio Releases Tabletop Pandora Radio

By Chris Scott Barr

Buying a radio to put somewhere in your house just isn’t something that seems like a great idea these days. With all of the different technologies that can bring music into your house, and radio pulling down FM waves just doesn’t have the appeal it used to. Thankfully not all radios were created equally. Grace Digital has just announced one of the most versatile tabletop radios that I’ve seen.

One of the biggest features about this device is its ability to stream music directly from your Pandora stations. It’s not the first device to do so, but it packs in more features than you’ll find elsewhere. You’ll be able to use the Thumbs up/down, bookmarking, play and pause features from the front panel, or the remote. If you’re feeling extra fancy and have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can even use it as a remote, so that you’re not limited by the IR remote.

If Pandora doesn’t quite have what you want, you’ve also got access to over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts, and on-demand content including NPR on-demand, FOX News, CNN, BBC and Sirius Premium Internet radio. Still can’t find what you want to hear? Then just sync it up with your iTunes library via WiFi. $170 might be a bit salty for a radio, but you have to admit that it does pack in some great features.

[ Grace Digital ]

Fallout: New Vegas – Review

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Fallout 3 was easily one of my favorite games from 2008, with it’s open sandbox style of gameplay and post-apocalyptic goodness. I’m going to guess that if you’re reading this review of Fallout: New Vegas, you’ve probably played Fallout 3. If you haven’t, and you’re even considering the newer title, you need to go back and pick that one up. Sure, you can play New Vegas and have a great time, but you’ll appreciate this one much better by playing them in order.

With that said, it’s hard to classify Fallout: New Vegas as a direct sequel. Aside from being set in the same post-apocalyptic time period, the stories really have nothing to do with each other. The game is also built on the same engine as the last, so the graphics and gameplay mechanics are very similar. Now is that such a bad thing? If you enjoyed Fallout 3, then I’d definitely say no.

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Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer

Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer (Images courtesy Salubrion)
By Andrew Liszewski

The standalone timer is yet another gadget made almost obsolete by app-capable smartphones, but the Enso Pearl from Salubrion manages to make a strong case as to why you’d still want to keep one around. The most obvious reason is the timer’s stylish circular design (enso is a Japanese word meaning circle after all) and the ring which is drawn onto the LCD display as the timer counts down, providing a more graphical way to visualize how much time is left.

The Enso Pearl seems particularly targeted at those who like to meditate or do yoga since it can be programmed with up to 50 interval timers right after another for taking you through a meditative sequence. But it also serves as a compact and relaxing travel alarm since it plays the chimes of Tibetan or Japanese singing bowls instead of some incredibly annoying electronic screetch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if all that’s worth $99, or if you’ll just stick with the basic timer in the iPhone’s clock app.

[ Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]