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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Magnetic Batman Money Clip

By David Ponce

It’s a Batman money clip. It’s die cast with a magnetic locking mechanism. 4 inches open winged.

$25 on sale right now.

What are you waiting for?

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LED Glove For Cyclists Lets Everyone Know What You’re About To Do

By David Ponce

The idea is pretty simple: wear these gloves cycling, and when you close your fist the conductive yarn they’re made of will complete a circuit which will then light up the LEDs embedded on the back. You’re then able to signal your turning intention to motorists behind you, greatly reducing the chances of being converted into gross road pancake. Of course some of you will point out that there’s already a system in place for doing the same thing, one that doesn’t require LEDs at all, and that’s true… But come on, this has a geek factor to it that can’t be denied.

There’s no word on price or availability, although Irene Posch (their creator) does mention her desire to make them available for purchase. And she apparently sold one on Etsy, but we can’t figure out for how much. But really… how hard can it be to Mcguyver this?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BonjourLife ]

Harley Davidson Hearse Will Give You A Rocking Last Ride

By David Ponce

So the thing about dying is that it’s not fun. What with all the not being alive and stuff, you’d think less people would sign up. And yet here we are, all bound to have to take that sad last trip to the cemetery. Joerg Grossmann from Germany likes Harley-Davidsons, and has seen it fit to develop the bitchin’ hearse you see pictured above. If you like to live the rock and roll lifestyle, this here hearse is the way to go. Joerg has made a business of renting out his original hearse (at $1,600 a ride), but the interest is so high that he’s now taken 10 orders to deliver them to eager customers. At $78,000, it’s not exactly something that you’d by for personal use. It is, after all, a hearse. So as an investment for an… alternative kind of funeral home, it’s not that bad an idea.

VIA [ Huffington Post ] AND [ Jalopnik ]

Robotic Galileo iPhone Dock Lets You Pan And Tilt At Will

By David Ponce

So, doing the FaceTime thing is not fun. At least, not for us basement and darkness dwellers, seldom exposed to the light that might make us more presentable to a remote audience. But as it turns out many of you do enjoy it and would probably benefit from the purchase of this here Galileo iPhone dock. It secures your phone in place and lets you rotate 360 degrees (and up and down) from a remote iOS device. It’s as simple and intuitive as swiping your finger; the camera is able to rotate through 200 degrees a second so it should be able to keep up with even the most elusive target. Also the company is in talk with third party developers who will be able to access its SDK and code applications for the Galileo. Time-lapse and panoramic photography have been discussed.

It’s available for pre-order from the fully funded Kickstarter project for $85 right now. It’s going to go up to $129 after that. Delivery? Sometime in June of this year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Soundlazer Focuses Sound, Much Like A Laser Focuses Light

By David Ponce

Parametric speakers are speakers that are very good at focusing sound, so that its beam is narrow and can be aimed at a particular target. The technology has been around for quite a while, but not until recently has any effort been made to construct them out of modern electronic components. The Soundlazer is, well, just that. It’s a small set made up of 39 piezo ultrasonic transducers, an Analog Devices ADAU1701 Digital Signal Processor and lots of other surface mount parts. And it does just one thing: focus a beam of sound so that only your target can hear it and no one else.

What’s this good for? Let’s see: pranks! You just plug it into your music player and make them hear things only they can hear. You know that’s absolutely worth the $175 (without the red aluminum case) or $250 (with).


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SmartPet From Bandai Could Look Cute If It Didn’t Look So Creepy

By David Ponce

The SmartPet is being released by Bandai, the same company that made the Tamagotchi. So we know there’s likely going to be an element of long term care and nurturing to this little creation. It uses your iPhone as its brain (and face) and the (free) associated application allows for a variety of interactions. It can make over 100 faces, and uses the front facing camera to try and recognize gestures. As it gets more emotionally attached to you it’ll be able to learn more and more gestures. It can even interact, sing, and dance with other dogs through Bluetooth.

The application will be released March 31st, but you’ll have to wait until April 24th, in Japan, to be able to buy one for $78. In the meantime you can entertain yourself sans dog, but retain some of the dignity you will inevitably lose if you’re anywhere over the age of 12 and in possession of this somewhat creepy toy.

[ Press Release (Japanese PDF) ] VIA [ The Verge ]

Israeli Army Develops MedEvac Backpack

By David Ponce

The Israeli army knows a thing or two about urban warfare. They’ve been at it, for better or for worse, for the last 60 years or so. And one of the many difficulties in that environment is that when a soldier is down, evacuation can be tricky. Usually it involves another soldier using his arms to carry the downed troop, but that also means that he can’t use his weapon. That’s bad. The Injured Personnel Carrier (IPC), developed by Agilite, is a specially designed harness/backpack that can allow a single person to carry another on his back while keeping the use of his arms. It’s easily deployed in a few seconds and folds into a tiny, easy to carry package.

The best part is that it’s not limited to the military. Perfect for hiking trips or any sort of situation that might require you to carry someone who is injured or incapacitated. And at $80, it’s almost wrong not to bring along with you.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

TrekPak Insert Does Away With Velcro, Could Be Gearhead’s Best Friend

By David Ponce

If you’ve got a solid collection of lenses, flashes, filters, and equipment, then you’ve probably given some thought about how to transport it all. Current solutions involve replaceable dividers that are stuck with velcro. And that’s fine except there are better, more elegant systems out there and the TrekPak looks like it fits that bill. Instead of the velcro, the dividers are held in place with U-shaped pins. The dividers themselves are perforated with holes that makes it possible to place the pins pretty much anywhere and configure the insert any way you like. The pictures above should give you an idea of the flexibility of this system. The inserts are water resistant and scratch resistant; we suspect treated polyester but what do we know.

Currently on Kickstarter and not fully funded, you can buy into the system for as little as $23. For this you have to already own a Pelican case, and wish to buy the insert system. Prices go up from there, with the customization options seemingly endless.

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Your Closet Can Get Rid Of Odours By Releasing Ions

By David Ponce

Sharp has a patented technology called Plasmacluster. And now Daiwa of Japan is selling a system that uses this tech to freshen up the clothes in your closet. Here’s how it works:

When airborne, these positive and negative ions, fasten to the surfaces of suspended microbes, forming highly oxidising hydroxide (OH) radicals and instantly removing the hydrogen (H) from the surface proteins. This results in the physical breakdown of the surface membrane of the microbe, rendering it inactive.

As we know, it’s the microbes that stink the most, although the company claims you can get rid of other smells, like tobacco. It’s not cheap though, as the system will set you back $480. Fortunately it doesn’t rack up your energy bill much, since it consumes just 3.8W of power.

[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]