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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nothing Quite Says “Screw You, Boss” Like The Inflatable Pillow Tie

By David Ponce

Oh you hippie, you… why’d you have to get all corporate and find yourself a job working for the Man? Doesn’t matter, a day will come when you’ve had enough of never ending meetings and will want to commit career suicide. Do it in style with the inflatable Pillow Tie. As the website says: “Most functions that require a tie deserve to be slept through.” This particular tie has an inflatable bladder and can be turned into a pillow in seconds. It’s roughly $20.

We realize this wonderful novelty item may not be new, but it is new to us so it may be to some of you.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

“Little Printer” Spews Ticker-Style Strip Of Digital Feeds

By David Ponce

We can’t help but feel a little sad about the dead tree business, well, dying. While it’s of course for the best, there’s something comfortable about holding a little piece of paper in your hands. “Paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend.” And in fact, it’s still more useful when you want to complete puzzles, like Sudoku. So a company called BERG is launching the Little Printer. It’s a web connected box that prints on a roll of thermographic paper, like store receipts. You set up what feeds it reads through an iPhone or Android app, and right on time the Little Printer will have your little ticker of info. Launch partners are Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike, with more on the way.

There’s no price at the moment, but the Little Printer should be available in 2012.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

8-Bit Holiday Wreath Announces Your Gaming Affiliations Proudly

By David Ponce

Now that trampling season is over (aka, Black Friday and alternatively, pepperspray season), it’s time to fully turn our attention to the Holidays. Some would argue that this has been the case since Halloween ended, but who’s really counting? The important thing is that it’s now time to spend lots of cash while remembering Santa’s birthday or something. And in true spirit fashion, it’s time to put the wreaths out. Gamers at heart should check this out:

Crafted of durable EVA foam, the 8-Bit Wreath features shiny gold coins with blinking yellow LEDs, cherries, a controller, a pair of cherries, and a certain green mushroom in a Santa hat, among other goodies.

It’s only $15 but it’s currently out of stock. Should be back on the virtual shelves soon enough though, around December 1st.

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Miniature Crime Scene Tape For When You’re Bored At Work

By David Ponce

It’s a known fact that much of you are at work right now, reading this site, when you should be working. Good job! But we realize that we don’t write that many articles, so what are you to do once you’re done reading us? Not actually work, right? May we suggest getting into recreating miniature crime scenes on your desk to impress all your coworkers. Here’s some mini crime scene tape to help with the realism. All you’ll need aside from this are a few dolls action figures, some fake blood, little guns, some sugar (meth deal gone bad…) and you’re set. A Breaking Bad murder on your desk.

The tape is $8 a roll. For the rest of the stuff, you’re on your own.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: $866 Off On Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s

By David Ponce

This $866 rebate represents a 51% deal on the original $1,699 price tag. So you’re looking at a half price Lenovo ultra-slim notebook. This one is called the E220s, and the 12.5 inch machine comes with a 128GB SSD and a Core i5 processor.

[ $866 Off On Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s ] VIA [ Logicbuy ]

BGH Quick Chef Microwave Plays Music When Food Is Ready

By David Ponce

If you believe the above video, a traditional conversation between a microwave manufacturer and its advertising agency led to the creation of a new product. Or if not en entirely new product, then at least to the addition of one cool feature to the same old product. The BGH Quick Chef features a USB port that allows you to upload any song you like and use that as the chime that alerts you to your food being ready.

It’s cool.

And while there aren’t any pricing details, the video claims the Quick Chefs will be produced in 2012. As this is an Argentinian company, we’re not too sure about stateside availability. Heck, all we know is what you can see in the video for yourselves.

VIA [ Technabob ]

Self-Folding Origami Stroller No Doubt Carried Baby Optimus Prime

By David Ponce

You have to watch the video above to understand the elegance and beauty of the Origami stroller. At the touch of a button it goes from full size to ready-to-toss-in-trunk small, and it does the same in reverse also at the touch of a button. But it’s more than the folding action that’s impressive; this is one feature packed stroller!

It’s also the world’s first cell phone-charging, mileage-counting, LCD-sporting stroller, with generators in the rear wheels that charge the stroller as you walk. Plus, the Origami has daytime running lights, pathway lights for low-light conditions, and sensors that detect when a child’s in the seat (so it’ll never fold by accident). From power folding to cell phone charging, it’s everything a stroller should be.

Of course the Rolls-Royce of strollers comes at a chunky price: $849. But we know there are those out there who are willing to sell kidneys to get the best of the best. If that’s you, know that the Origami will be available starting January 6th, 2012. You can pre-order now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TechCrunch Gadgets ]

Multitouch Tempered Glass Keyboard And Mouse On Kickstarter, Could Become Real

By David Ponce

Sometimes… well, heck, no… most of the time we end up wanting gadgets just because they look cool, and today is no exception. A concept from Jason Giddings, an aerospace engineer and CEO of Giddings Product Development, this awesome looking multitouch sensitive keyboard and mouse combo is made from a special curved piece of tempered glass, and a couple of cameras in the base. Here’s how they work:

The design is based on a touch screen technology known as FTIR or Frustrated Total Internal Reflection. There are basically infrared LEDs placed at the edge of the glass. In this case, they are hidden inside holes where the glass is mounted to the metal base. Because of the low angle at which the light impacts the internal glass surface, it is bounced around inside the glass, much like looking through a tube to see the reflections on the inside walls. When the glass is touched it frustrates the reflection and the IR light is diffused downward, out of the glass, allowing the camera to see it. Software then determines the location and sends the appropriate information to your computer.

Jason is trying to raise $50,000 through Kickstarter and he’s off to a good start since he’s already at $24,415 right now. There appears to be no working prototype at the moment, although Jason’s experience in the field of product design (having successfully brought several products to market) should smooth over fears that this is vaporware.

If you want to go ahead and pre-order, it’s $150 for the mouse, $250 for the keyboard, or $350 for both. Not cheap. But look at them.

[ Kickstarter Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

JetMan Yves Rossy Does Aerobatics With Actual Fighter Jets

By David Ponce

Yves Rossy is the world’s only flying man. He attaches himself to a custom-built wing and 4 turbojets, and simply takes to the skies (dropping from a helicopter for now), tilting his body to control his flight path. He’s been making headlines for a while, especially when he first crossed the English channel with his wing, back in 2008. And now he can add another feather to his cap: he’s flown in formation with two L-39C Albatros planes from the Breitling Jet Team, flying at their minimum speed. You can see what it looked like in the video below.

A little on the wing itself. It has a wingspan of 2m and weighs 55kg (121lbs) fully fueled and with smoke solution, 30kg (66lbs) dry. It’s propelled by 4 Jet-Cat P200 turbojet engines, with 22 kilograms thrust each. It has an average speed of 200 km/h (120mph) and a top speed (in descent mode) of 300 km/h (180mph). Finally, the amount of fuel on board lets Yves fly autonomously for 10 minutes. After that, it’s parachute time.

VIA [ TechEBlog ]