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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Blink Now – You Know I Actually Think This Is A Real Product

Blink Now (Image courtesy Devellion Limited)
By Andrew Liszewski

At first I maybe thought this was a well-Photoshopped prank by someone who doesn’t really understand the statute of limitations regarding April Fool’s Day. Then I thought it was maybe something The Onion had cooked up. But by jove I do believe it is a real product. Designed to combat CVS, or computer vision syndrome, which can result from extended computer use, the Blink Now is a small LCD display that sits perched atop your monitor showing a creepy single eye that blinks at random intervals. The idea I guess is to subliminally remind yourself to blink while working on a computer to avoid eye strain.

Alternately, you can simply head over to the BLAZE website and check out the ~$79 (£49.99) pre-order price for this contraption (available mid-November) at which point your eyes should get a healthy Tex Avery-style workout as they pop out of your skull.

Alternately, alternately, just order a pair of these hi-larious novelty electronic blinking eyeballs and laugh yourself free of CVS. (Note: Laughter may or may not cure CVS. Note note: CVS may not actually exist.)

[ Blink Now ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Well This Game Looks Like Fun – Enjoy An 8 Minute Video Of An A-10C Warthog Just Being Started In This Simulator

If you like your flight simulators to be as excruciatingly realistic as possible, you might want to check out Eagle Dynamics DCS: A-10C Warthog which will have you spending almost a quarter of an hour just getting the aircraft ready to taxi. The 8 minute video I’ve included above shows the steps needed just to power up an A-10C Warthog in the simulator. There’s still another 7 minutes of video here showing how to set up the flight and navigation systems before you’re even ready to start taxiing the plane to the runway for takeoff.

Now it is mentioned that you have the option to skip all this technical stuff if you’re like 99.99% of the people who will buy this and have never had the chance of piloting the real thing, but I’m sure all this attention to detail will appeal to at least a few office chair combat veterans.

[ Digital Combat Simulator A-10C Warthog ]

Siren Equipped Padlock Will Make You Anxious About Unlocking It

US Patrol Siren Padlock Alarm (Image courtesy Northern Tool + Equipment)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s not mentioned in any of the tech specs, I’m hoping this U.S. Patrol padlock, which features a built-in 110dB motion-triggered alarm, has a small delay before it starts blaring. It’s designed to basically scream bloody murder whenever it’s disturbed to scare off would be tamperers, but hopefully it gives someone with a key enough time to open and disengage the alarm before they’re deafened.

The padlock appears to be powered by 6 x LR44 button type batteries and it can be locked without activating the alarm for use on trailers, gates, bikes, toolboxes or anything that will probably be frequently moved. $19.99 from Northern Tool + Equipment.

[ US Patrol Siren Padlock ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Opera Three Watch Plays Tchaikovsky And Mozart

Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Opera Three Watch (Images courtesy Girard-Perregaux)
By Andrew Liszewski

A watch capable of playing music these days is far from newsworthy, but one that does it via purely mechanical means? Well now that’s interesting. This is the Opera Three musical watch from Girard-Perregaux which features an extremely tiny music box inside composed of a ‘keyboard’ with 20 blades that’s played by a spinning drum featuring 150 hand-mounted pins. So instead of some annoying digital beep at the top of the hour, you can enjoy Tchaikovsky or Mozart. The watch, with its platinum case and alligator skin strap, was actually released way back in 2002 and is on the brink of becoming a collector’s item with prices going up as a result. But lucky bargain hunters might still be able to find one for under $500,000. Seriously.

[ Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Opera Three Watch ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Boobs And Goombass Pt 2 – The Review

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque has been playing in Chicago for the past few weeks. This show was going to run until the end of October, but has been so popular that it has been extended into December because of it’s popularity.

Why am I writing about this you may ask? If it hasn’t hit you yet, an extraordinary opportunity came up and I did in fact, get to to witness this outstanding performance this past weekend.

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Excalibur Billed As The World’s Tallest Climbing Wall

Bjoeks Excalibur Climbing Wall (Images courtesy Eric Kieboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Towering over 121 feet in the air (37 meters) and with an overhang of 36 feet (11 meters) the Excalibur at the Klimcentrum Bjoeks (Bjoeks Climb Center) in the town of Groningen, The Netherlands, is considered to be the tallest climbing wall in the world. As long as you don’t take into consideration mountains, cliffs or other man-made structures not specifically designed for climbing. The curved design results in sections that are easy for beginners to tackle, as well as some extremely difficult parts where experienced climbers will literally find themselves hanging.

And the photos of the Excalibur I’ve included were all taken by Flickr user Eric Kieboom who actually used a Canon IXUS 850IS suspended from a kite to grab these most impressive aerial images of the wall.

[ Klimcentrum Bjoeks' Excalibur Climbing Wall ] VIA [ Damn Cool Pics & Eric Kieboom ]

Hands-On With The LED Light Up Shoelaces

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Getting the chance to play with the latest high-tech gear is definitely one of the perks of the job when you write about gadgets for a living. But it’s no secret that here at OhGizmo! we have a soft spot for some of the weirder and wackier gizmos out there, and that’s probably what brings a lot of you back to our site every day.

A few weeks ago we brought you a set of unique light up shoelaces that harnessed the power of LEDs and fiber optics to make your boring old shoes seem like they came from the not-so-distant future. And besides fulfilling a few of your TRON fantasies, they also seemed like an easy and unique Halloween costume idea, so we figured we’d try ‘em out and see how well they actually worked before the 31st rolls around. And it turns out they work surprisingly well! More after the jump…

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Deal Of The Day: VIZIO M550NV 55-inch RazorLED For $1,349

By David Ponce

To start the week, we’re looking at a behemoth 55-inch LED television from VISIO. It’s the M550NV RazorLED and after a $400 rebate, you can go home with 55 inches of super flat LED TV for $1,349. Other features are: “full 1080p resolution, VIZIO Internet Apps, Built-in WiFi 802.11n, Razor LEDTM backlighting with Smart Dimming, 120Hz refresh rate, 1,000,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, includes Bluetooth universal remote, four HDMI ports and more.”

Act quick though as it appears the deal ends, well, today, the 25th.

[ VIZIO M550NV 55-inch RazorLED For $1,349 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

The World’s Largest Gummy Worm

By Chris Scott Barr

Gummy worms are great. I mean, what’s not to like about them? They’re gummy, and they look like worms. Don’t give me any of that “gummy bears are way better” crap either, as we both know who would win in a fight. The only complaint I have about these chewy creatures is their size. I mean, wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a gigantic gummy worm? Yeah, it would.

Well guess what, you can. You can buy The World’s Largest Gummy Worm, which is 128 times the size of a regular one. That’s roughly three pounds of chewy goodness. I’m not even sure that it’s possible to consume that entire thing in one sitting. Of course that wouldn’t stop me from trying. Either way, it would be $28 well spent.

[ Vat19 ] VIA [ Gearfuse ]