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Monthly Archives: September 2012

1TB Hard Drive With $1MM Of Pirated Files Now Passes As Art

By David Ponce

I wish there really was much more to say than what’s in the title… but really there isn’t. This is what passes as art these days. You know what they say: all the talented artists are busy making money for one commercial interest or another (games, ads, etc.). What’s left are people with crappy ideas, too much money and stickers that say “Art”, begging to be put on whatever they think makes a statement. This particular exhibit is a 1TB hard drive that is on display at the Art 404 gallery, on a pedestal, with an accompanying PDF listing everything that’s in it. Books, “124GB of copyrighted music, fonts, Adobe software, various game system ROMs, and more.”

I’m not going to bother to point out that the value of what’s in most people’s hard drives probably exceeds that amount, but… well… you get my point.

[ "Product" page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

$400 Gets You An iPad Stand And Lamp That’s Barely There

Philippe Starck Flos Dock (Images courtesy Panik-Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

The problem with minimalist design aesthetics is that you often pay for what you don’t get. Case in point, this sleek iDevice dock/table lamp known as the Flos. Designed by Philippe Starck with Eugene Quitllet, just above a downward pointing array of LED lights is a dock connector and support that lets you both prop up and sync/charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. And the only thing more minimal than its design is its feature list. You can’t adjust the angle of your device, nor can you dock it in a landscape orientation. And you’ll pay ~$409 (£253) for the privilege of not being able to do so.

[ Flos - Philippe Starck - Net LED Table Light Docking Station for iPad and iPhone ] VIA [ Acquire ]

n•a•p Massaging Bed Rest – Just Go Sit In A Damn Chair

n•a•p Massaging Bed Rest (Image courtesy Brookstone)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not going to discount the joys of doing things in bed. Reading, writing and watching TV are all made more enjoyable when you’re sprawled out on a mattress. But for some activities you just have to draw the line and find the strength to get up. No matter what Brookstone is trying to tell/sell you. I mean look at this thing! The n•a•p is one of those cushions designed to help you sit up in bed, but all pimped out. In fact it looks like they presented a third grader with crayons and paper and asked them to design the ultimate back rest.

There’s a cup holder, pockets and compartments for books and TV remotes, an overhead adjustable LED lamp and even built-in massage functions. That’s right, this bad boy has to be plugged in. The only thing it’s missing is a chilled compartment for your prescription bed sore cream, and maybe a feeding tube because if you’re at the point of using one of these, odds are you can’t be bothered making your way to the kitchen for solid food. Brookstone also wants $99.95 for it, plus what looks like the majority of your bed’s real estate… If life was a board game, humanity would be moving two squares back now.

[ n•a•p Massaging Bed Rest ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Deal Of The Day: Up To $353 Off On Dell Inspiron 15R

By David Ponce

Today we look at the Dell Inspiron 15R.

Dell is offering its newest 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron 15R-2nd Gen with Switchable lids 2.1GHz Core i3-2310M “Sandy Bridge” Laptop starting at $499.99 with FREE shipping. Or get the Core i5 model with Blu-ray for $599.99 or Core i5 with 8GB RAM for $674.99

Base configuration includes 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB Hard Drive, Intel HD 3000 graphics, DVD+/-RW, 802.11n, Bluetooth, HD webcam, 15 months McAfee, 1yr service plan, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS and more.

You have until August 26th.

[ Up To $353 Off On Dell Inspiron 15R ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

From Concept To Reality: Self-Inflating Bicycle Tires

By David Ponce

With the advent of Kickstarter, a lot of previously unfeasible ideas(due to lack of capital) are now hitting the marketplace. Kickstarter is a distributed funding platform, and if a product gains enough momentum usually it can get reach its funding goals. Today we look at something that has only a rough prototype in the pipeline (call it a proof-of-concept device) but could have a lot of potential if funded: self-inflating bicycle tires made by a nascent company called Pumptire. This is my understanding of how they’d work. On the outer edge of the tire, there’s a hollow tube called a lumen. As you roll, this tube is compressed, like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube. Ahead of the point of contact with the ground, in the lumen, is compressed air which goes into the tire through a special valve. Behind the point of contact is a vacuum, which draws more air in through another part of this special valve. It is this valve which also senses when the correct inner pressure has been reached and stops drawing in more air. You’ll never need to “top-up” your tires with air again!

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The Looftlighter Could Be A Pyromaniac’s Dream

By David Ponce

Don’t go lighting fires. It’s not cool. Unless you’re trying to get a BBQ or fireplace going. Then you could use the Looftlighter. It’s kind of a heat gun, except it blows out air at 1,200+ degrees and can get pretty much any combustible material flaming in seconds. No need for lighter fluid. It’s relatively safe as it only works when you press the button and has a safety casing that will cool down in a few seconds.

This has been around for a while, it seems, but I can’t find too much coverage on it so it can’t hurt to let you guys know about it. And while BBQ season might be coming to an end for some, hot fireplace season is just around the corner, right? The Looftlighter is $80.

[ The Looftlighter ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Canada’s Aeryon Labs Has Been Providing Drones To Libya’s Rebels

By David Ponce

While the fighting has not completely subsided, it appears as though Gaddafi’s regime has all but crumbled and the revolution in Libya was successful. Initially described as a ragtag group of disorganized youths, Libya’s rebels managed to topple the Colonel’s 42 year rule with the help of NATO… but also from a Waterloo, Ontario company called Aeryon Labs. They’ve been providing the Transitional National Council with the Aeryon Scout, a small surveillance drone which the company describes thusly:

The Aeryon Scout is a small, easy-to-fly man-packable flying robotic reconnaissance system design for operation in real-world, harsh conditions. It weighs just 3 pounds, packs into a suitcase or a backpack and can be quickly and easily deployed and operated by soldiers in the field. Instead of using joysticks, the Scout uses a map-based, touch-screen interface that allows new users to pilot the system in just minutes. The Scout essentially flies itself allowing the operator to focus on acquiring imagery.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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Cardstick Decal Turns Your Plastic Into Rulers

Cardstick Decals (Images courtesy Cardstick)
By Andrew Liszewski

The only time I’ve had use for a measuring device since leaving school was to measure the size of a room. And doing that with these Cardstick decals, which adhere to the edge of your plastic credit or debit cards, would be tedious at best. Available in sets of 3 for just $3.99, you get a clear, white and yellow vinyl sticker that features inch markings on one side, and centimeters on the other. The decals are also thin enough to not block the card’s magnetic strip, which really shouldn’t be an issue though. You can also slap the stickers on just about any surface, like the back of your phone or the lid of your laptop. But I’m having a hard time thinking of a scenario where I’d find this handy.

[ The Cardstick ] VIA [ The Fancy ]

Goodbye Showering, Hello Fire Truck Baths

Fierce Fire Truck Design FunBath (Image courtesy American Standard)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m still a little upset I missed out on the whole ‘race car bed’ fad when I was growing up. But damned if I’m going to let the opportunity to bath in a fire truck pass me by! American Standard has created a series of ‘funbaths’ that easily install over regular bath tubs making them more… um… fun.

This version, the Fierce Fire Truck, features a built-in hand shower, a polished chrome handrail, self-leveling feet and a raised designed that makes it easier for parents to bathe their kids and harder for adults to use it while keeping some shred of dignity. Not something that’s gonna stop me though. But what will is the $2,199 price tag. There’s also a Pretty Princess Castle version that sells for the same price, and a customizable flat panel version that’s a bit cheaper at $1,799.

[ Fierce Fire Truck Design FunBath ] VIA [ Luxury Housing Trends ]