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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Geeks Vs. Hipsters

By David Ponce

Below is a highly informative graphic. Some might call it an infographic, as it were.

We fall squarely in the “Geek” column. We suspect none of you will fess up to being a Hipster, what with that being Hipster Rule #1.

Still, fun to read. Click it for a larger version.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

M-27 Case Gives iPhone Wide-Angle Lens, Handgrips

By David Ponce

We posted about an iPhone case with handgrips back in December, but that thing was ugly and looked cheap and guess what, it didn’t meet its Kickstarter funding goals. But today there’s something similar, only this one’s a real product and you can buy it now. It’s called the M-27 from iSteady Shot, and is a solid aluminum case with an detachable “crystal clear” 37mm wide angle/macro lens which gives you a 130 degree view. The handgrips let you steady your shot somewhat, and there’s also a standard camera mount for true stabilization. This is for iPhone 4/4S only.

And you can actually purchase this now for $99. Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures and links.

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These Gears Will Make Your Head Spin

By David Ponce

A few years ago we posted about a special drill bit that made square holes. People’s minds were understandably blown. We feel much the same way about the below gears. They’re called Paradoxical Gears and a patent exists for them since 1988. What’s impressive about these is that unlike traditional gears that will alternate rotational direction from one to the next… these all turn in the same direction! And better yet, with the recent rise in popularity of 3D printing machines for the home (like the MakerBot Replicator), you no longer are confined to gawking at their nerdy beauty from afar. You can make your own. Matter of fact, below is a link to a set of files at Thingiverse, the marketplace for the Replicator, so you can print your very own set of paradoxical gears.

[ Paradoxical Gears On Thingiverse ] VIA [ Core77 ]

DIY Airsoft Project Gets Two Upgrades: $4 Version And “Flamethrower” Version

By David Ponce

A week ago we featured a homemade Airsoft gun project that chewed through pellets like Eric Cartman gets through Cheezy Poofs. It looked like a fun, cheap ($15) project but a new video shows us how to make it even better. In one case, YouTube user Nighthawinlight details how to drop the overall cost to $4 and to make the device completely handheld. This involves manually squeezing a soda bottle to create the pressure to expel the pellets; the results are a lot more impressive than you’d imagine.

In the other case, he ramps things up by hooking the original “gun” to a portable source of air pressure which does away with a compressor altogether. It involves pressure-rated PVC pipes and a backpack, and you end up looking like you’re wearing a flamethrower outfit. Only instead of deadly flames turning your enemies to dust, you get a fearsome stream of pellets that… well, that are still going to get you in a heap of trouble if you point them at anyone.

Check out the video to learn how to make your own.

VIA [ Technabob ]

The shUVee Shoe Deodorizer Zaps The Bacteria Feasting On Your Feet, Now Living In Your Shoes

By David Ponce

Right up there with other cultural faux-pas like loudly belching at dinner with friends, passing gas in a restaurant and spitting a fat loogie on a first date, is taking your shoes off and inducing nausea in your hosts. Of course cleaning your feet and regularly changing socks goes a long way to preventing that, but if you show up with your running shoes for some reason, there’s a chance they’ve become a microbial condo. A bacterial retirement home, as it were, harbouring microscopic malodorants of various kinds. Take care of things with the shUVee Shoe Deodorizer. It uses the power of ultraviolet light to kill as much as 95% of the eco-system inside your shoes. Just hang ‘em up there for a good hour, and you should be good to go.

For $99, it beats getting a new pair of kicks.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ RedFerret ]

Promise.tv DVR Records Entire Week Of Television So You Never Miss A Show Again

By David Ponce

If you live in the UK and enjoy free-to-air Freeview TV, there’s some news for you. A company called Promise.tv has announced the availability of a very special DVR. See, the Promise Seven records a rolling 7 days of every single Freeview channel; every show, every radio broadcast, simultaneously. You don’t have to program your DVR since anything you might have hoped to watch over an entire one week period is right there. That’s over 10,000 programs. The oldest programs get deleted automatically to make room for the new ones, unless you tell the device to store something for longer.

Now, fascinating as this all sounds, there are some negatives. For one, the price: the Promise Seven is a hefty £1,998 inc VAT. A smaller 3-day version is £1,200, though that’s still a lot of cash. Also… they look sort of funny. Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, and yeah, we did make a case for the rise of the use of wood in consumer electronics but this DVR just looks bad. Maybe it’s the way the photo is taken. And that remote? What is this, the 80’s? Well, in any case, if it performs as advertised, all of that shouldn’t matter. It’s available in the London area now and will roll out to the rest of the UK during the year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Tokyoflash Releases Kisai Stencil Watch

By David Ponce

Another week, another watch from the fine folks at TokyoFlash. The Kisai Stencil is the 5th watch to hit production that was submitted by a fan to their design blog and became reality (one we covered is Optical Illusion watch). Telling the time in this one is fairly easy, especially once you’ve realized that it’s simply displayed, digitally. The only thing is, the digits are somewhat distorted, one per quadrant. Looking at the above picture should clear things up. The strap and casing come in black or white while the LCD background has 5 colour options. Currently (and for the next 45 hours, it’s $99. After that it goes up to $139.

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Proview’s iPad… Was An iMac Clone

By David Ponce

So you might have heard of the ongoing legal battle Apple is facing in China. A quick refresher if you haven’t: a company called Proview owns the trademark to the name iPad. And they’re being pretty successful at shaking down Apple to use it, to the tune of $2billion. But the irony in this case is that the product over which Proview owns the name, the iPad… is a pretty blatant clone of the early iMac design, as you can see above. It was supposed to stand for Internet Personal Access Device. And according to representatives of the company, they did sell about 20,000 of these between 1998 and 2009.

The more detailed version of what’s happening is that Proview is bankrupt. And the 8 banks that have now seized their assets have realized that capitalizing on the name iPad might be the only way for them to see any of the money that is owed to them. So despite Apple having secured the rights to the name back in 2010 for $35,000, the banks have now decided to just ignore that and put the squeeze on cash-flush Apple. And despite a Hong Kong court siding with Cupertino last year, a recent mainland verdict could make it harder for the iPad to remain on the market in China… at least until Apple pays up.

VIA [ MICGadgets ]

This Incredible Looking Bike Frame Weighs Less Than A MacBook Air

By David Ponce

Weighing in at an astonishing 2.74lbs, the Delta 7 Arantix Mountain Bike just looks awesome. “Featuring the patented IsoTruss carbon fiber and Kevlar spider web-like open lattice tube design,” you’ll be hard pressed to find a sturdier and lighter bike frame… anywhere. It is a hard tail (no rear suspension) and it’s handcrafted in the USA. Only 200 will be made and can be ordered frame-only, or decked out with SRAM or Shimano bike components. Of course with a design straight out of a sic-fi movie, no price is actually mentioned anywhere. We suspect low 5 digits, but who knows… For the cool factor alone, we say it’s worth it.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]