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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ozaki iCoat Finger Case Packs Tiny Stylus For Your iPhone

By David Ponce

Steve Jobs is rolling around in his grave, we’re sure. But the Ozaki iCoat Finger case for the iPhone 4/4S will certainly interest any of the millions of people now playing Draw Something. See, it packs a stylus, all the while protecting your precious mobile from damage. Some might argue that half the fun of the game is to see what kind of drawings you can achieve while limited by your finger’s awkwardness. Others however take the game pretty seriously and would consider it a boon to be able to produce anything more than barely recognizable squiggles.

The fact that the stylus docking area at the back protrudes like that does mean that you won’t be able to lay your phone flat on a surface anymore, although the tradeoff appears to be “better grip” while using the stylus. We’re unconvinced. But hey, screw Steve Jobs’ visions: a stylus on your iPhone!

It’s $41.

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Must Watch: $100k Camera Captures Wanton Destruction At 2,500 Fps

By David Ponce

The video below is geek pr0n, pure and simple. It’s called “Phantom Flex Highlights” and comes from the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt“. Shot using a Phantom Flex camera (hence the name) that can cost upwards of $100k, it features the kind of scenes that you could only ever really dream of seeing before; few people would ever spend the kind of money needed to puncture a waterbed filled with 4,000 litres of water just to see what it would look like in slow motion. Other highlights include putting a bottle of red wine in the microwave (holy crap!) and… well, just watch it. It’s awesome Friday fare.

VIA [ BoingBoing ]

The Mosser To Brighten Your Workspace

By David Ponce

Being the desk dwelling creatures most of us are, it’s refreshing to see a little bit of greenery from time to time. Plants are ubiquitous office decorations, but we kind of like the look of The Mosser. It’s essentially a little clump of moss in its own glass terrarium. It’s really easy to take care of, requiring not much more than the occasional spritz of water from the included mister bottle.

The company (a couple people in a NY apartment, basically) recently got an influx of orders, so there’s a 3 week lead time to get your own. And since this is moss, no two pieces are ever really alike, although the seller will make every effort “only provide the most aesthetically pleasing varieties similar to what is shown here.”

It’s $26.

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Deal Of The Day: $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV

By David Ponce

Laptops and desktops, that seems to be the bane of this column. So it’s pretty refreshing to see some new blood, even if that blood isn’t all that exciting. The Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50 is a 50 in. 3D plasma HDTV. Here are some specs:

The Panasonic Viera TCP50ST50 50″ Plasma HDTV features VIERA CAST, 1920×1080, Infinite Black 2 Panel, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready, 3 HDMI inputs, 3D-Ready, HD Tuner, and more.

Down to $1,178 from $1,399, it’s shipped to your door for free despite its probable heft.

[ $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

“De Facto Standard”, The Fragrance Of New Mac Smell

By David Ponce

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a company would create a fragrance meant to emulate the smell of unboxing a brand new Mac. After all, New Car Smell fresheners have been a popular item at gas stations all over for quite some time now. Created by the firm Air Aroma and Greatest Hits (Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn), the fragrance in question has been dubbed “De Facto Standard”. Here’s how they made it:

The scent created for Greatest Hits encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and of course the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory where it was assembled in China. How exactly do you reverse engineer the smell of an unboxing? In a lab, silly!

First, an unopened MacBook Pro was sent to Air Aroma’s fragrance lab in France for “testing.” Next specialists compared the scent that emitted from the unboxing with various fragrance samples of glue, plastic, rubber and paper. Once Greatest Hits was satisfied with the closest match, the scent was mixed, then bottled up and shipped back to Australia.

It’s not clear whether this scent will go on sale, as its going to be exhibited at Melbourne’s West Space from April 20 to May 12 first. Plans for commercialization have not been announced. The alternative, buying an Apple product, is unfortunately more expensive than the average cologne.

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For Better Recordings: iPhone Boom Mic

By David Ponce

It bears repeating once again that recording stuff with iDevices will not eclipse the kind of quality you can get with dedicated equipment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try and make things a little better through the use of attachments like the above boom microphone for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. It attaches to the headphone jack and secures to the rest of the device through adjustable clips; it’ll even hold on with the use of a case. The 4 inch long mic has two settings, for near or far recording, and will improve the quality and intensity of recorded sound severalfold. It works on 1 AAA battery.

It’s pretty cheap too, considering what it does: $40, with shipping starting April 23rd.

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This Case Lets You Etch-A-Sketch On Your iPhone, Just Don’t Call It That

By David Ponce

Well, we can’t say for sure that the above case is called iFoolish Magic Drawing Case because of trademark issues, but it sure as heck would make sense. Etch-A-Sketch is, after all, a registered trademark and their owners (presumably the Ohio Art Company, who manufacture the toys) would want to be compensated for every sale. So, the iFoolish case it is. What it does is pretty simple: you protect your iPhone from dings and scratches, and are able to casually draw things on the back.

For $25, there are far less useful cases on the market.

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Lighter Shaped Pepperspray Will Stay Incognito

By David Ponce

Using pepperspray is not as simple as you’d think. For one, when is the right time to take it out? Is that creepy guy walking behind you really after you, or is he just… walking behind you? Do you want to take your spray out right away and risk looking the fool if he then up and crosses the street? You wouldn’t feel so reluctant to take it out if it didn’t, you know, look like a self-defence tool. That’s why the above could be a good idea. It’s wearing a disguise, looking for all intents and purposes just like a lighter. But don’t go making the mistake of trying to light a cigarette with it.

Here’s where things get a little complicated. For one, it’s… $4. What kind of pepper spray are you buying for that price? And two, there happen to be a bunch of laws governing the purchase, import and ownership of something like this. All of which you’ll have to look into yourself before splurging on that.

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The Chalktrail Bike Attachment For Kids Is Sure To Pretty Up The Neighbourhood

By David Ponce

Depending on which side of the child love/hate fence you fall on, the above will either be seen as a brilliant idea or a nuisance to be avoided at all costs. The Chalktrail is a simple attachment for bicycles of all sizes (wheels from 12” up to 29”) that holds onto a street chalk at one end and the bike on the other, and lets kids draw on the street just by pedalling around. Its simple wishbone construction means that it can be fitted to pretty much any bike with no tools, so kids can use them without the help of parents.

It’s smart and simple, although we imagine the process of generating anything more than a bunch of illegible squibbles is a far more daunting task. Should you see this in your neighbourhood, there’s a decent likelihood your eyes will be sore a lot, unless you have yourself a little biking artist next door.

Which, let’s face it, is unlikely.

Anyway, it started out as a Kickstarter project, and got fully funded five days ago. Demand was high and it’s apparently sold out for now. But there are talks of distribution with a major toy chain, so you might see these in stores in time for the Holidays.

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