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Monthly Archives: December 2011

MIAmobi SilentPocket Blocks All Signals In And Out Of Your Devices

By David Ponce

MIAmobi makes a line of pouches in varying sizes whose purpose it is to cut off your mobile devices from any radio communications. It is made for those who are concerned about being tracked through GPS or even those who worry about RFID based identity theft. We’re not entirely sure how the pouches accomplish this, though there is talk of a “silver lining”. In any case, it appears that when you drop your device in a pouch, it’s instantly cut off from any signals and goes off the grid. And while you could turn your phone off, apparently you can still be tracked when you do this.

There appears to be no price information on their website, though the items are available for purchase. You have to contact them and inquire.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Iconic Peugeot Swildens Desk Recreated

By David Ponce

Back in 1966, Peugeot (the European car maker) commissioned a particular looking desk from an artist named Ben Swildens. This was a time where a design trend called Bolidism was popular. “The Bolidism movement sprung from the Italian futurism, which enhanced speed and a boldness of design, with a belief in technique and an enthusiasm for whatever could be assaulted and grasped.” Swilden had been impressed by another designer’s creation of a one-footed chair, so his inspiration was to create a desk with no feet at all. Three of these desks were made and put to use in Peugeot’s headquarters in France. And now, some 45 years later, 8 more will be manufactured and made available for purchase.

Weighing 110 kgs (242lbs), the desk is carefully hand made from steel, aluminum and stainless steel. It must be affixed to a large metal plate to assure its stability with a special fastening system. “A lot of 3 units of this desk will be on sale from next year, with a price tag of $87,000 each, and the rest to be sold individually, later. If one manages to visit Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair around January 19, 2012, then one can get a chance to see it in person, and perhaps even take a shot at buying it. ”

[ Ben Swildens Desk ] VIA [ Born Rich ]

DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit

By David Ponce

This is a contraption whose sole purpose is to suspend a magnet cube in midair. But if you’re anything like us, you don’t need any more justification to start wanting this. Think of this item as a cross between a toy, a puzzle and a work of art. It’s a puzzle because you’ll be sure to have some fun assembling the 20 laser-cut pieces of MDF. It’s a toy because, let’s face it, it’s more fun than assembling IKEA furniture so the process itself… screw it, alright, it’s not a toy. But it is somewhat of a work of art in that if you like science at all, you can keep this on display to show the world just how much of a geek you are.

Place the cube magnet in between the specially-cast bismuth cones, and let the forces fight. See, gravity will be pulling the magnet cube down, but the super powerful magnet on top of the sculpture will be pulling the magnet cube up. Slowly turn the wheel of your DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit (which adjusts the powerful magnet’s distance from the cube). Once you get the forces balanced (so to speak), the magnet cube will hover in mid air!

It’s $50.

[ Product Page ]

Our Desk Beckons The CSYS LED Task Light

By David Ponce

Looking like a construction crane, the CSYS LED Task Light from designer Jake Dyson is an object of desire. At least as much as one can desire such an industrial looking object… which is a lot. Made from aluminum, copper and plastic…

[the] CSYS LED task light can be adjusted effortlessly in three axes to allow exact, stable positioning. Setting the LED head close to the working area allows focussed illumination, whilst raising it creates a wide, even pool of light. The mechanics are designed with precision to ensure a smooth accurate movement and positioning.

The heat pipe within the CSYS LED task light conducts heat away from the LEDs and distributes it evenly over the length of the heat sink. It uses no external pumps or extra energy to cool the LEDs and is instrumental in keeping the CSYS task light running brightly and efficiently for 37+ years.

As usual with objects that look decent, you can expect to pay a price premium. The CSYS Task Light is £550.00 (around $858 USD).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Kapsule Lightstand Makes Your Kindle Better

By David Ponce

e-Readers are booming in popularity and they now come in all manners of shapes, sizes and feature-sets. But the granddaddy of them all, the Kindle, does not include any form of backlighting, so if you want to read in the dark, you need a light. Today’s project, the Kapsule Lightstand, is made specifically for the Kindle Keyboard and adds a bunch of functionality. First off, one retractable and adjustable gooseneck serves as an LED; pull it out and it lights, push it back in to turn it off. Another retractable gooseneck at the bottom of the accessory serves as a kickstand, so you can prop your reader up for hands-free enjoyment. And finally, the shape of the Kapsule itself serves as an added hand grip.

Currently on Kickstarter, you can get yours starting at $40 with estimated delivery in February 2012, if the project is fully funded.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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Sony Is Releasing A Golden PS3

By David Ponce

With prices of gold near record highs, don’t expect this to be coated with anything other than paint. Not to mention, this PS3 is not a custom mod but rather a real product Sony is releasing in Japan on March 1st to mark the release of One Piece: Kaizoku Musou. As you can see, aside from being golden, there’s a stenciled Luffy from One Piece on the console. Amateurs of manga will likely drool, everyone else will wonder why anyone would want this gaudy thing.

“Priced at ¥38,170 (US$489) and comes with a copy of the game and a 320GB PS3.”

VIA [ Kotaku ]

Old Rotary Phone Hacked To Play Nice With Siri

By David Ponce

It’s kind of ironic that there seems to be a developing trend of using new technology to breathe new life into really old tech. Like that retro looking cordless handset we wrote about a little while back. And now we hear of a hack that pretty much resuscitates the operators of old. Maker and hacker Davis Remmel took an old rotary phone and made it play nice with Siri. He took a Bluetooth headset, relocated the speaker and microphones to their respective places in the dumbbell receiver and wired the board so that dialing “1” activated Siri. A sticker with the Siri logo in the center of the dial completed the effect. Watch the video, it’s very future-old-timey…

[ Step By Step Rotary Siri Hack ] VIA [ Wired’s Gadget Lab ]

This Lizard Plays Video Games Better Than Your Grandma

By David Ponce

Here’s a video of a lizard playing Ant Crusher. He’s pretty decent, for a lizard. We can’t help but feel sorry at his look of puzzlement every time he snatches an ant and fails to get full.

VIA [ The Chive ]

Take Your iPhone Deep Under The Sea With This Tough Housing

By David Ponce

Say for a minute that there’s something, anything, interesting under water. And that you’ve got some desire to go record a high definition video of whatever that is. We say “get a hobby!” But you’re stubborn. So you have a few options. You can spend $300 for a GoPRO Hero2 rugged HD camera and dive up to 60m (200ft) underwater. Then you get to futz about with the camera hoping to get anything cinematic looking. Or you can spend almost twice as much (not quite true if you pre-order) on this rugged FourPro mount and dive half as deep (100ft). Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, the FourPro has a few advantages. First are the Teak handles that allow you some kind of control over your phone/camera, making for a potentially more stable shot. And these handles have threaded holes to accommodate lighting equipment. Lights! Who would have thought things could get dim 100ft under water?

Right now it’s just a project on Kickstarter, and as of writing it appears to be a non-starter. They’ve raised $800 from the $20,000 they need. For $400 you get the whole kit, which is lots, sure, but less than their expected $699 retail if it ever sees an actual marketplace.

Hit the jump for links and a video that features a guy giving a very Troy McClure introduction: “You may know me from…”

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