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Monthly Archives: September 2012

iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case

iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case (Images courtesy iPWN!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking to give your iPhone 4 the retro Game Boy look there are countless companies selling vinyl stickers that simply adhere to its smooth glass back. But not everyone is so great at applying decals, and even the tiniest of bubbles can wreck the effect. So as an alternative you might want to consider this snap-on iPhone 4 case from iPWN!. At no point do they refer to it as being an homage to Nintendo’s Game Boy, probably to keep their lawyers at bay, but it’s pretty hard to mistake the look they’re going for.

The thin, plastic case is made using IML or ‘in mold labeling’ technology so that the graphics are protected by 3 different layers preventing them from fading or being damaged by moisture. And they’re just $16.99 each, though at the moment you’ll have to settle for a pre-order as apparently the cases are so popular they’re currently on back order.

[ iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Jurassic Park Themed Jeep Wrangler

Jurassic Park Themed Jeep Wrangler (Images courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

When most people set out to build a replica of a vehicle seen in a movie they usually set their sites on something like the Batmobile, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters or the time traveling DeLorean from Back To The Future. Not eBay seller brandon9445. He turned a 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara into one of the support vehicles seen in Jurassic Park. More specifically, the jeep that actor Wayne Knight gets lost in, before being eaten by a dilophosaurus.

The jeep has 118,000 miles on it, probably not from being driven around a giant tropical island science experiment, and the owner has gone to great lengths to make it as screen accurate as possible. Most of the graphics are painted on instead of being vinyl stickers so they’ll last longer, the stock interior has been replaced to match the colors seen in the film, and they’ve even added the light bar that allows each of the four lights to be individually controlled using a set of joysticks on the dashboard. Sadly the eBay auction has ended, with the winning bidder scoring the Jeep for a mere $9,000. Reports of them being a genetic engineering billionaire are unconfirmed.

[ eBay – 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara ] VIA [ Autoblog ]

ZIGSTAND Foam Smartphone Stand

ZIGSTAND Foam Smartphone Stand (Images courtesy Geek Stuff 4 U)
By Andrew Liszewski

As far as smartphone stands go the ZIGSTAND doesn’t stand out for what it does, but more for what it is. It’s able to hold your smartphone at a 60-degree angle allowing you to sit it on your desk while still easily being able to see and use the touchscreen. But spin it around and the ZIGSTAND will instead hold it at a 30-degree angle allowing you to plug in a charging cable.

It also works in landscape mode for both orientations of course, but what’s most interesting here is that the ZIGSTAND is made of lightweight polyurethane foam that’s been strategically laser cut so that both sides fit together like a puzzle (including the cross-brace pieces) to form a rounded rectangle that’s easy to transport. In fact it’s roughly the same dimensions as the iPhone 4 though twice as thick, but probably far, far lighter. Get it from Geek Stuff 4 U in 6 different colors for ~$26 (¥2,109). (Some assembly is required.)

[ Geek Stuff 4 U – ZIGSTAND For Smartphones ]

Proteus Folding Motorcycle Helmet

Proteus Folding Motorcycle Helmet (Images courtesy James Dyson Award)
By Andrew Liszewski

The entries for the 2011 James Dyson Award are starting to appear on their website, and one of the more interesting and practical ideas is this folding motorcycle helmet. It was actually developed by an Australian student named Jessica Dunn who spent 5 months riding a motorcycle in Indonesia and decided there needed to be a better way to haul a helmet around when not riding. Of course the most important reason for using a helmet in the first place is to thoroughly protect your noggin in the event of a crash, so the design had to ensure it didn’t compromise safety for convenience.

The Proteus, as the helmet’s currently known, obviously doesn’t fold down to something you can slip in a shirt pocket. But its collapsing design does make it easier to stash inside a backpack, bag, or even locked away in a larger bike’s storage compartment. To keep riders safe the Proteus features an outer polycarbonate resin shell protecting against abrasion and punctures, while a second layer is made from impact-absorbing polystyrene foam. There’s also a third layer that uses another shock-absorbing material that remains pliable until impact when it hardens, providing extra protection. Even the visor sliding mechanism was redesigned to accomodate the folding nature of the Proteus, and if you’re wondering if it will actually pass crash tests, keep in mind the Australian safety standards for motorcycle helmets even helped inform their design and development decisions.

[ James Dyson Award – Proteus Folding Motorcycle Helmet ] VIA [ Autoblog ]

Iris Business Card Perfect For Photographers, Aperture Science Employees

Iris Business Card (Images courtesy Cardnetics)
By Andrew Liszewski

The business card is in desperate need of a digital makeover (as long as Flash and/or animations aren’t part of it) but until then the art of paper 3 1/2 x 2-inch cards with contact details printed on them will continue to evolve. And if you’re a photographer, or a developer of portal technology, you might want to consider these clever functional iris cards from Cardnetics. Using a lever on the side you can open and close the 3-blade mechanical iris, revealing a 1-inch hole on the inside.

If you’re handy with a hobby knife or have access to a laser cutter you can download the patterns for the card from Thingiverse and make your own. But Cardnetics also offers a full color printing service if you order the cards pre-made from them, but they start at $6.50 a piece (2-sided color printing) with a sliding price scale the more you buy.

[ Cardnetics – Small Iris Business Card ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Knock-Off Dyson Air Multiplier Fan Improves On The Original With Love

Knock-Off Dyson Air Multiplier Fan (Image courtesy USB.Brando.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dyson might be a master of stylish and innovate product design, but there’s one thing their vacuums and fans are totally lacking- Love. So leave it to a foreign manufacturer to step up to the plate and fill that hole with this heart shaped knock-off of their Air Multiplier fans. Besides keeping you cool it also has a built-in aromatherapy reservoir, can light up in a rainbow of different colors thanks to a built-in set of LEDs and is powered by a USB connection. Oh, did I also mention it’s just over 9 inches tall? That’s probably why you can pick one up for just $22 from USB.Brando.com, instead of the $299.99 that Dyson wants for their smallest model.

[ USB Heart Aromatic Electric Fan ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Cydle i30 iPhone TV Tuner

Cydle i30 iPhone TV Tuner (Images courtesy Cydle)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tired of streaming TV eating up most of your iPhone’s limited monthly data plan? Don’t forget there’s still a world of first-run broadcast TV that streaming services still can’t compete with when it comes to new content. And with Cydle’s new i30 cradle you’ll be able to tune in new shows. It supports the ATSC-M/H standard in the US which is specifically designed to allow devices on the move to be able to tune in broadcast content, though you’ll have to be ready to accept a small antenna sticking up out of your device.

The Cydle i30 does pack its own 1100mA rechargeable battery so it won’t completely drain your smartphone when watching broadcasts, and I’m going to assume it’s going to rely on an accompanying downloadable app when it’s finally available for sale in the US. At the moment though it’s currently making its way through the FCC, so actual availability is unknown.

[ Cydle i30 ] VIA [ Mobiledia ]

ASUS Unveils Their Padfone, A Tablet That Gobbles Up A Smartphone

ASUS Padfone (Images courtesy ASUS)
By Andrew Liszewski

Most hardware manufacturers will happily sell you separate tablet and smartphone hardware, but ASUS has decided to merge the two with their new Padfone which was just unveiled at the Computex 2011 show currently taking place in Taipei, Taiwan. While technically the smartphone and tablet are separate hardware, the Padfone phone has to be placed inside the tablet for it to work. It’s not unlike the ill-fated Palm Foleo, or the Motorola ATRIX 4G. The Padfone runs Android not surprisingly, and on the tablet side it’s got a 10.1-inch 1280×800 resolution display that seamlessly increases and displays whatever it is you were doing on the smartphone before you docked it. So if you were viewing a mobile-friendly version of a website, it would automagically switch to the full version to take advantage of the larger display.

The tablet also has its own built-in rechargeable battery, which will top off the smartphone when it’s docked, and like the phone it sports its own front-facing camera for making video calls. It doesn’t have a camera on the back, but instead relies on the phone’s 5MP snapper which can still be used thanks to a strategic hole on the back for the lens. The wifi and 3G communications hardware on the phone are of course still accessible when using it as a tablet, which is nice since it doesn’t require a separate data plan. And as far as I can tell you’re limited to the storage available on the phone which means that you don’t end up with different media or photos on each device. ASUS says there’s a chance the Padfone could ship sometime this year, but given it’s almost June and its hardware specs aren’t officially finalized yet, I’m not going to hold my breath. (Because I’ll die.)

[ ASUS Padfone ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

PrintBrush 4×6 Handheld Printer And Digital Camera In One

PrintBrush 4x6 (Image courtesy designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

It screams concept design, but apparently the PrintBrush 4×6, which incorporates a digital camera into a handheld printer that you manually swipe across any flat surface like paper, wood and fabrics to print an image, could be hitting the market as early as 2011/2012. The idea for the PrintBrush was originally cooked up way back in the year 2000, with early prototypes being shown in 2003. But it took 10+ years to perfect the design, which included replacing its LED-based optical sensors with infrared lasers for more accuracy.

As the PrintBrush is swiped across a flat surface, the scattering of the reflected laser beams and its power fluctuations are measured by the sensors, which are then able to track the device’s motion and position. That data is then used to calculate what color of ink droplets, one of 16 million shades, should be laid down depending on where the PrintBrush is on a surface, allowing you to swipe it in any direction to get a printed image.

Its built-in digital camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels, and the PrintBrush printhead is capable of producing a 4×6-inch full color image at 600dpi. When it is finally available, it will sell for a remarkable $149. Though I suspect that cost to increase once it actually goes into production. And let’s not forget, there’s still the cost of replacement ink carts.

[ PrintBrush 4×6 ] VIA [ designboom ]