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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Optical Illusion Friday: Here’s Another Seizure

By David Ponce

Well the above is pretty self explanatory, just look at it and you should see it pulsating somewhat. Click on it for a larger version and stronger effect.

We’re not sure what’s causing the illusion, but suspect it has something to do with your eyes’ microsaccades, the small, jerk-like, involuntary eye movements we all experience but usually don’t notice.

The Annihilator Wrecking Tool Could Work Just As Well On Zombie Horde

By David Ponce

We like to justify murderous looking tools’ existence by appealing to their usefulness in a zombie apocalypse. But please, let’s face it, this is a cop out. Zombies? Why do we need zombies to find something like the above acceptable? Its awesome just because it’s awesome, and yeah you could crack a skull or two with it, but you won’t because you’re a civilized individual. It’s called The Annihilator, has been around for a long time, but we don’t care. It’s technically a wrecking tool, which means in this case that it’s a nail puller, board straightener, demolition axe, chisel, and hammer all rolled into one. Oh, and a bottle opener as well.

It comes in 14 inch and 18 inch versions, and cost $35 and $40 respectively.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Shi**er Prints A Twitter Feed Onto A Roll Of Toilet Paper

By David Ponce

Say you think really highly of someone. And by highly, we mean you’d like to wipe your behind with their words. You can do that now, thanks to a new service called Shi**er. It’s not actually called that, at least not with the asterisks, but we don’t want to have some overzealous firewall decide to block us, so we’re putting those where the letter “t” would normally be. But of course you knew that, we just wanted to point out how stupid we think firewalls can be.

Anyway, you either give the company your own feed, or someone else’s feed or even a list you create and they will ship out to you a 4-pack of regular toilet paper, with the feed nicely printed on it, for $35. Whether or not you use it to wipe your behind after paying that princely sum is entirely up to you.

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The Berlin Boombox Ia Made Of Cardboard, Is Eco-Friendly

By David Ponce

We read somewhere that the consumer electronic device with the highest rate of acceptance in American households was the boombox. It was accepted faster than the CD player (came in 2nd) or even the VCR (4th). And despite it falling out of fashion in the mid 90’s or so, like so many trends, it seems to be making a comeback these days. So that’s why we’re not surprised to hear of the Berlin Boombox, a cardboard boombox that you assemble yourself. It comes with all the electronic parts, including an amplifier, and assembly just takes minutes and requires no specific knowledge. It features a phone dock, but with a 3.5mm jack so you can use almost any music player and not just an iPhone or iPod.

It’s currently under funding on Kickstarter, and it costs $50 to pre-order with delivery in June. Not a bad price considering just how unique a product you’re getting. Plus, when you’re done with it you can just put it in the recycle bin.

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This Is An iPhone Money Clip

By David Ponce

It’s perhaps a sign of the times that so much effort is being invested in finding the optimal way to carry things in your pockets. George Costanza-style wallets are definitely out of favour, although the alternatives are as numerous as they are disappointing. Perhaps something as minimal as the iPhone money clip pictured above could be worth a shot; you’d be able to carry a bit of plastic and a bit of paper and… what else do you really need? This particular clip does require a tiny bit of assembly time, although it’s nothing you can’t handle. You unscrew the iPhone’s two bottom screws with the provided tool, place the clip and replace the screws with longer ones provided. It’s so easy a caveman could do it.

And don’t worry too much about demagnetizing; it’s very unlikely the iPhone could affect your plastic in any way. You might however invest in a thin protector film for the back of the phone if you’re concerned about scratches.

It’s $33.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Finger Frame Cameras Being Developed

By David Ponce

You’ve probably seen the TV types framing shots with their fingers, doing an L square with their hands. You might have done it yourself. Well what if we told you that there’s a chance you might one day be able to take pictures, or even film by doing just that. It turns out researchers at Japan’s Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences are working on just such project. And while they’re still very far from any sort of commercial product, they have made some interesting progress. The device you see pictured above is dubbed the Ubi-Camera and it fits over an index finger. On one side there’s a camera lens and sensor, while on the other is an IR range finder. You simply move the focal point around by moving your fingers away or towards your face: nearer to your face for wide-angle shots or further away for close-ups. Press a button and the shot is snapped.

There are some pretty major hurdles at the moment, like the range finder getting out of whack by lighting conditions. Also there’s no zoom; zoom is entirely done in post processing. Still, considering the tech being developed here, it’s not a stretch to think that in a couple years we may be buying finger mounted cameras that we frame with our hands.

VIA [ Engadget ]

DoubleTap .45 Caliber Pistol Is World’s Smallest

By David Ponce

Usually when you think of a .45 caliber pistol, you think of something meaty and large, like a Glock or the classic Colt .45. But Heizer Defense’s DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol does away with big, opting instead for an almost cute 5/8 of an inch wide, 12 ounce double action gun. Double action meaning that one pull of the 10lbs trigger will eject both rounds simultaneously. Unfortunately, there’s no traditional magazine, so you’re stuck having to reload manually, although the butt contains two more rounds that are held together by a speed strip “so you can do a tactical reload.” It’s still only 4 rounds on the gun itself which may be a deal breaker for some. But considering the kind of firepower you’re looking at, and especially given that it’s two bullets being fired at once… you should be just fine, as long as you can hit a target. The DoubleTap also features interchangeable barrels so that you can use 9mm rounds as well.

The aluminum version is $500 and for $750, you can get a titanium DoubleTap.

Hit the jump for another picture and a demo video (no shooting, unfortunately).

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Tokyoflash Releases Kisai On Air Acetate

By David Ponce

Another week, another design by Tokyoflash. This time it’s the fourth user-submitted concept to be made into a full watch. It’s called Kisai On Air Acetate and features a clean and minimal design that is somewhat a departure from the company’s flashier offerings. The way in which the time is read however is still somewhat novel, with the minutes and hours represented on the same “hand”; the position of the hand gives you the hour while the hand itself is made up of the minutes. The time on the picture above is 3:45.

Kisai On Air Acetate features touch screen technology and displays the time and date. It also has an alarm mode and animation.

The touch screen display has four hot-zones (top, bottom, left, right) which you can simply touch with your finger to change mode; time, date, alarm, light up.

Holding your finger in place for a few seconds allows you to customise; hold your finger over the alarm zone to set the alarm, hold it over the time zone to set the time. It’s intuitive, simple and fun to operate.

For the next 43 hours, shipping is free and the watch is $139, after which it’ll go back up to $159.

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JLab B-Flex X-Bass Laptop Speaker Reviewed. Verdict: Surprisingly Good

On-board audio quality on notebooks and most all-in-one computers leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes the audio quality is so bad users can barely hear anything without resorting to headphones or a bulky set of external speakers. Something that notebook or netbook users wanting improved sound may want to check out is the JLab B-Flex X-Bass Laptop Speaker reviewed at Everything USB. This rather unique one-piece speaker connects to computers via a USB port and is on a rigid flexible arm which means no excess cable on your desk and allows you to place the speaker for the best use of available space.

The B-Flex X-Bass integrates a tiny passive sub-woofer, which is great for improving bass – something that is typically very lacking in on-board audio. The reviewer is also pleased with the surprising amount of sound it pumps out. The crisp highs and solid lows are equally impressive, considering the driver size. The X-Bass does have a few caveats such as lacking mid-range sound, minimal stereo separation due to the speaker’s design and it lacks an analog input for MP3 players. The little speaker sells for about $40, and is worth checking out.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]