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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The World’s Widest Fisheye Lens Cost $160,000

By David Ponce

This is by no means a new item, but it’s pretty darn cool: it’s the world’s widest fisheye lens ever produced, the Nikon 6mm f/2.8.

The lens was credited as the world’s most extreme wideangle lens to cover the 24x36mm image area when it was unveiled at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany in 1970.

It weighs a whopping 5.2kg, is 171mm long and has a diameter of 236mm. The 12-elements-in-9-goups optic delivers a picture angle of 220º.

One Gray Levett, co-founder of Nikon dealer Grays of Westminster found it while going on a trip overseas. He believes it’s one of only a few hundred ever produced, and he has placed it on sale for the tidy sum of £100,000 or around $160,000.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Update: Potential sample picture below.

Deal Of The Day: $300 Off On 55 Inch Panasonic VIERA HDTV

By David Ponce

We’ve said it several times, and here goes again: prices on flat screens keep dropping. Today you’re looking at Pananonic’s highly rated TC-P55ST50 VIERA, a 55 inch plasma TV with 3D and “Infinite Black 2 Panel, VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready, VIERA Image Viewer with 3D Playback, Fast Switching Phosphors, 600 Hz Sub-field Drive, 1080p Full HD Resolution, Skype Video Calling, DNLA, VIERA Link, and more. ” Usually selling for a chunky $1,699, it’s not a more svelte $1,399 after a $300 rebate.

[ $300 Off On 55 Inch Panasonic VIERA HDTV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

LEGO Darth Vader Lamp

By David Ponce

It’s kind of hard not to like this lamp. It combines so many of the things we like into one 7.5 inch tall object. LEGO, for one. And Star Wars, for two. And lightsabers for three. It’s powered through AAA batteries, or through USB. And it launches in May for $50.

That’s a fair price.

What’s not so nice is the fact that they used an annoying pre-pubescent boy to “narrate” the promotional video.

Really guys?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NerdApproved ]

Talisman Cherry Chomper Chomps Cherries, Poops Pits

By David Ponce

It’s a cherry pitter. It’s $8. It has a little face on it, which we suppose is kind of cute. Looks like it’s all excited to be pitting all them cherries. Someone has to, because we hate cherries.

Don’t be making no cherry jokes now, folks…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheFancy ]

LawnBott SpyderEvo Is A Roomba For Your Yard

By David Ponce

Robots for the home are coming of age, though they’re still a far cry from the tea making, back rubbing, bed tucking electro-lackeys we all figured we’d have by now. Still, we can’t complain when you realize that there are robots to vacuum your rugs, scrub your linoleum, squeegee your windows and mow your lawn. The LawnBott SpyderEvo is obviously a member of that last group, and the $1,700 machine can take care of yards up to 10,000 sq. ft. all on its own. It uses a perimeter wire as well as a set of sensors to be fully autonomous, even going back to its own options recharge station to be ready for another day’s work without any human intervention. Its internal battery will keep it cutting for up to 3.5 hours, while its rugged wheels and AWD let it tackle hills up to 27 degrees.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Magnifi Case Lets You Use Your iPhone With Almost Any Optical Instrument

By David Ponce

We’re not going to launch into a sales pitch about the iPhone’s camera. It’s nice, ok, but whatever. It’s nice enough to carry around in your pocket and happens to have a smartphone attached to it. So it stands to reason that you’re going to start looking for ways to use it in more situations than it was originally intended for. The Magnifi case lets you position your phone right over the eyepiece of almost any optical instrument, and lock it in place for easy photographing/recording. It has a detachable eyepiece adapter that locks onto the rest of the case through a “bayonet mount”, meaning a twist-to-lock mechanism that not only secures it in place, but makes it simple to upgrade later to different types of adapters should you need to. It’s not a full case in the sense that you won’t be toting your phone around in it; it’s more of a slide-in affair, with a safety latch to prevent the iPhone from sliding out.

Magnifi was designed to work with eyepieces that are 1in – 1.5in in diameter (25mm – 38mm). If your eyepiece has large eye seals, they must be removable. In order to align you phone’s camera with the eyepiece, Magnifi must be able to slide down over the eyepiece at least 1in (25mm) without obstruction.

Currently a fully funded project on Kickstarter, Magnifi is $60 with an eventual retail price of $80.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Wired ]

Ductpan Is Smart, Can’t Be Bought


By David Ponce

It’s sad that very often the best ideas just end up as concepts or prototypes and can’t be bought. At least, it looks that way for the Ductpan (a dustpan with a duct…) from designer Kawamura Ganjavian. The concept has been floating around the interwebs for some time and we think it’s time that someone actually make this a reality. With social funding sites like Kickstarter, it shouldn’t be so hard.

[ Concept Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Optical Illusion Friday: Supposedly The Year’s Best

By David Ponce

Whenever awards are given from criteria that aren’t quantitative, it’s pretty easy to question their validity. The above illusion won the Best Illusion of The Year 2007 as sponsored by the Neural Correlate Society, and while it’s interesting, perhaps 2007 was just a slow year. Still, this is what was said:

These images of the Leaning Tower are actually identical, but the tower on the right looks more lopsided because the human visual system treats the two images as one scene. Our brains have learned that two tall objects in our view will usually rise at the same angle but converge toward the top—think of standing at the base of neighboring skyscrapers. Because these towers are parallel, they do not converge, so the visual system thinks they must be rising at different angles.

Plug Power Dongle Frees Up Some Power Bar Space

By David Ponce

Bulky transformers are bad power bar neighbours. They’re bulky because physics dictates that they must be so, despite manufacturer’s best efforts to trim them down and shape them in ways that are more accommodating to other simpler transformer-less plugs. The Plug Power dongle you see above tries to alleviate the issue. It’s essentially a mini extension cord that lets you plug in your bulky transformer away from the main power bar. When not in use, you simply plug it into itself to make it compact and easy to transport.

It’s in the Quirky production pipeline and is expected to sell for $5. Yet another one of those essential road warrior accessories.

[ Product Page ]