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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Military Supplier Unveils Zombie Killer Knives

By David Campisi

Ka-Bar, a military supplier, has just released a new line of knives created for the sole purpose of fighting off the undead. The manufacturer says that the “ZK knives are designed to perform under the most rigorous, unexpected and apocalyptic situations.” Yep, the zombie movement has reached that level, now. The 5 knife “ZK” line ranges from the 16” machete style Pestilence Chopper Knife, to the stealthy 3” bladed Acheron Skeleton Knife. The knives are shown in bright green handles, but they come with black replacement handles in case you need to sneak up on … zombies?

Ka-Bar’s website doesn’t yet feature these bad boys, but it looks like the kind of website a military weapon supplier would run if it did its own coding.  For the moment, Amazon seems to be the best place to buy them. The knives each run around $40 to $50 but you can get the smaller Skeleton Knife for $8.91.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Custom-Made Millennium Falcon Bean Bag Chair Will Never End Up In A Galaxy, Or Living Room, Near You

Millennium Falcon Bean Bag Chair (Image courtesy Woouf!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I almost feel bad about posting this amazing Millennium Falcon bean bag chair because as far as I can tell it was a one-off custom design created for an Adidas’ pavilion at the 2010 Sónar Festival. Made by Woouf!, masters of the fine art of bean bagging (that’s what it’s called right?) this version of the Falcon measures over 8 1/2 feet long, and looks a lot more like the ‘real’ thing than this Falcon bed we brought you a few years ago.

The chair was created to tie-in to Adidas’ line of Star Wars themed sneakers they came out with a while ago, but sadly I see no indication that it’s available for sale to the public. Which is too bad because I suspect Woouf! could demand a hefty pile ot republic credits for them and still easily sell out.

[ Woouf! in Adidas Original Pro Area – Sónar 2010 ] VIA [ WeWasteTime ]

IPEVO Cushi iPad Stand – Because Your Tablet Deserves To Be Comfortable Too!

IPEVO Cushi iPad Stand (Image courtesy IPEVO)
By Andrew Liszewski

We don’t have to tell you that when it comes to finding a stand for your iPad, there are literally thousands and thousands of options on the market. But when you’re trying to decide on which one to go with, do you ever take your tablet’s feelings into consideration? Sure, a given stand might prop it up at the perfect angle, but will your iPad feel comfortable sitting in it? Sadly most people probably don’t even consider that, and so wouldn’t realize how comfortable the Cushi stand from IPEVO could be for their device.

It’s made from soft foam covered with 100% cotton denim which can be easily removed for washing. And it’s only available in one color which they refer to as “Steve’s Blue Jeans.” The generic design of the Cushi lets you use your tablet in either portrait or landscape mode, and an equally padded flap can be flipped around and used as a keyboard tray, complete with a padded wrist support. At $34.95 it’s not particularly cheap or expensive, and while it doesn’t look too convenient to travel with, it could probably double as a semi-usable pillow in a pinch.

[ IPEVO Cushi iPad Stand ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Star Wars Operation – R2-D2 Edition

Star Wars Operation - R2-D2 Edition (Image courtesy Chip Chick)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ever wonder what makes an astromech droid tick? The latest version of Hasbro’s classic Operation game has been given a Star Wars makeover, but instead of poking around inside an alien life form like Yoda or Chewbacca, you use your amateur surgeon skills on R2-D2. The game hasn’t popped up on any of the official Hasbro websites just yet, so details on exactly what maladies are plaguing Artoo are still unknown. But here’s to hoping you don’t actually have to deal with C-3PO as a nurse. Available in September for $26.99, but you can pre-order it now from Toywiz.

[ Star Wars Operation – R2-D2 Edition ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

HoodieBuddie Now Does T-Shirts, Despite Their Name

HoodieBuddie T-Shirts (Images courtesy HoodieBuddie)
By Andrew Liszewski

The last time we checked in with HoodieBuddie they were staying true to their name with a line of hoodies that featured headphones built into the drawstrings. It certainly helped deal with the often annoying headphone cable that’s become the bane of a lot of our existences, except when the temperatures outside get too warm to wear a hoodie. For those times the company now sells a line of t-shirts featuring a pair of earbuds sticking out of the collar.

Like with the HoodieBuddie, the HBTees include a handy pocket, on the side this time, where you can connect and stash your MP3 player. And the shirts are just as machine washable as the company’s hoodies, headphones included. You’ll just need to hang dry them since the extremely hot temperatures of a dryer will presumably melt those electronicy bits. And at $20 a pop, available in 8 different styles and colors, they’re not terribly expensive either.

[ HoodieBuddie T-Shirts ] VIA [ Cool Material ]

Scribbly Touchscreen Stylus For You Whiteboard Fans

Scribbly Touchscreen Stylus (Image courtesy Scribbly)
By Andrew Liszewski

Their claim of it being the “the ultimate stylus for your iPad or iPhone” is a bit dubious and certainly up for debate. But the makers of the Scribbly clearly come from a background in brainstorming since their touchscreen friendly stylus looks and feels like a plump whiteboard marker. Even the tip, which is obviously made from conductive material, has the same chunky properties of a whiteboard marker. In fact the only thing missing is the small assortment of primary colors and that weird chemical smell that you know deep down just can’t be good for you in the long run. At the moment the Scribbly is still “Coming soon” but will eventually sell for ~$16 (£10).

[ Scribbly ] VIA [ PSFK ]

OhGizmo! Review – CleverWraps

CleverWraps (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

The real beauty of the iPhone and the iPad is that their simplicity allows them to be different devices for different users. The large touchscreen and endless assortment of applications means they can be far more than just tablets or phones. And an incredibly prolific third-party accessories market further enhances what each device can do. If you’re an artist, drawing and painting apps coupled with a stylus turns either device into a blank canvas. If you’re an automotive enthusiast, with dashboard mounts they can become navigation devices or even performance monitors. And if you’re a foodie, they can become a cookbook with an infinite number of recipes.

The only problem with that last application is that neither device goes too well with foodstuffs. In fact, we all know that Apple has hidden away moisture detectors in both the iPhone and iPad so that if they do get caught up in a spill, you’re completely out of luck when it comes to making a warranty claim. So keeping your iDevice in the kitchen while you work through a recipe is like playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with your investment. Unless you take precautions. But do you need to go as far as to buy custom plastic wraps for either device? We’ll do our best to determine if CleverWraps are worth the investment in our full review after the jump.

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Polara Self Correcting Golf Balls Reduce Slice And Hooks

Polara Golf Balls (Image courtesy Polara)
By Andrew Liszewski

Lets get this out of the way first and foremost. Polara’s self correcting golf balls, which promise to correct slices and hooks by up to 75%, are not approved for professional competition play. So if you think you’ve found a way to sneak into the PGA or LPGA, it isn’t going to happen. However, if you’re completely unable to play through a round of golf at your local course without constantly landing your ball off the fairway, and have very understanding friends, you might want to give them a shot.

I don’t completely understand the science of what keeps them on the straight and narrow, but it’s a combination of a deep, shallow and tiny dimple pattern on the outside of the ball. And what looks to be a specialized layer core which optimizes spin and increases distance. A set of 12 Polara balls will cost you $39.95, which I assume is more expensive than a regular set of balls. But since Polara’s balls will also reduce the number of snickers and laughter from your fellow players, I’m pretty sure it’s more than worth it for a lot of golfers.

[ Polara Self Correcting Golf Balls ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Branch Holder – Long Live Imagination

Branch Holder (Images courtesy Naama Agassi)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m a big advocate of toys that stimulate a child’s imagination. So Naama Agassi’s clever Branch Holder brought a smile to my face. It’s a simple piece of flexible moulded rubber with holes at either end so it can be slipped onto a tree branch, making it look more like a sword. It also serves as a functional fingerguard, which isn’t a bad idea given my scarred knuckles reflect the wounds from a childhood spent tree branch duelling. Sadly, I see no indication that the Branch Holder is actually available for sale anywhere.

[ Naama Agassi – Branch Holder ] VIA [ Fancy ]