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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Trackball PC Game Controller Combines Best Of Both Worlds

By David Ponce

The battle between PC and console gamers rages on with PC gamers claiming superior computing power as well as faster and more accurate controlling devices. Console gamers on the other hand… have nothing. Can you guess which side we’re on? All (bad) joking aside, there’s the ubiquity of console gaming to contend with as well as the potentially understandable ergonomic advantage to a console controller versus a keyboard + mouse combination, both of which could give the other side something to be smug about. The above Trackball PC Game Controller is a kind of hybrid of both worlds. On the one hand it’s shaped like a console controller (a PS2 in the case of the prototype), but features a trackball that sits right under the right thumb. This gives much more precision and speed to FPS games like MW3, while allowing your hands to grip things in a way that’s become familiar to millions of gamers worldwide. Should you get tired of waiting for the next generation consoles to hit the market and want to upgrade to better graphics right now, this controller could help you along. It’ll let you keep that console feeling while not letting yourself be completely outgunned by traditional keyboard + mouse specialists.

It’s on Kickstarter right now and needs $125,000 to take off. That’s a tall order, which is sitting at $6,800 right now. The early-bird models go for $55, but there’s few left. After that there’s a batch of 500 at $77, and everything else is $88.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Have A Monster In The Closet That Needs Feeding? There Is Salt Made From Tears Of Sorrow, Just For Him

By David Ponce

We’re not quite sure what to make of the range of salts being sold by this London outfit. Called The hoxton Street Monster Supplies, they bill themselves as ” being London’s, and quite possibly the world’s, only purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind.” These quality goods include the aforementioned salts, which the company claim are harvested from human tears. There are Salts Made From Tears of Anger, Chopping Onions, Sneezing, Laughter, and Sorrow.

Salt Made From Tears combines centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallisation tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine. Experience the full range of these flavours in this exclusive collection.

Our guess is that is just sea salt that’s being cleverly marketed; they’d run into a bunch of hygiene and health regulation hurdles otherwise. But what do we know? It might be the real deal. It is £30.00, although they deliver only in the UK for now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BuzzFeed ]

Video: How Accelerometers Know Up From Down

By David Ponce

The above video features Bill Hammack, The Engineer Guy, talking about one fascinating piece of circuitry that we’ve all pretty much started to take for granted: the accelerometer. It’s ubiquitous in our cellphones and mobile devices, and it’s what allows them to know up from down, and to detect even the most minute movement you make. But how do they work? How to they get the system to fit within a chip as big as a couple of grains of rice? Bill has the answer in the video, of course, and it makes for a fun viewing. At least for those geeks that are into understanding how everything around them works. Which we hope is most of you.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

The Bobber Keeps Your GoPro Floatin’

By David Ponce

Whenever a GoPro camera is involved you’ll see dudes flinging themselves down slopes on wheeled contraptions, face-first, for everyone’s recording enjoyment. Or underwater, scuba-free, wrestling a manatee. Fun as these are to watch, it’s possible that something happens to the protagonist. Or perhaps even more dramatically, to the GoPro. Should you for instance accidentally let go of it underwater, the little camera will plunge to some irretrievable depth, and you’ll likely cry. But if you’ve equipped it with the Bobber beforehand, it’ll just float back up to the surface where you can easily spot it and fetch it. It’s a buoyant handle that not only gives you a grip with which to hold the camera, but has enough floating power to take care of the weight of GoPro’s 3D system, or of cameras using the optional LCD or Battery BacPacs.

It’s $29.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Panasonic Releases Remote Shutter Application For LUMIX DMC-FX90

By David Ponce

The DMC-FX90 is a decent point-and-shoot camera from Panasonic that happens to have WiFi functionality. This has allowed the company to release an application that lets you control the camera remotely. So not only can you trigger it through the application, you can also see a live view of what the camera is seeing as well as checking the zoom levels and setting up a self-portrait. It seems like you’ll have to do a firmware update on the camera to get things to work properly, but the application is available both in the app store and the Android Market, now called Google Play. And although it’s only available on the FX90 right now, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this being rolled out to other cameras in the near future.

OF course, it’s free.

[ App Store Link ] AND [ Google Play Page ] VIA [ CultOfAndroid ]

GoGirl Female Urination Device Improves On An Old Concept

By David Ponce

The deal was that women would get multiple orgasms, and we’d get to pee standing up. Seemed fair, no? So we’re a little unhappy at the treachery that is a female urination device. They’ve been around for years in all kinds of shapes, and in case you’ve never seen one, they are pretty much what you think they are: a funnel for a female’s, uh, crotch, so that she may pee standing up. The GoGirl pictured above improves on that older design in a few ways. Being made from flexible medical-grade silicone, it’s easy to store once you’ve used it: just fold it or roll it up. Of course you’re expected to wash it before storing it and if that grosses you out, you can just toss it. The uniquely shaped tip makes it easier to aim while the flexibility of the material aids in keeping a tight seal; both of these reduce the chance of spillage. At $13 a pop, they’re cheap enough that even if you throw out every single one, you won’t get bankrupted by the occasional use.

[ Product Page ]

Gemballa Releases Car Paint Made With Diamond Dust

By David Ponce

There are many ways to enhance the finish of a paint, from including metal flakes for that metallic look, to pearl powder for the pearly look, natch. But it’s not everyday that you hear about diamonds being included into the mix. Gemballa, a German aftermarket Porsche tuner has recently announced that they’ve done just that. They ground up diamonds to the right size so that the resulting mixture could still be applied like regular paint. The result looks a lot like glitter paint, to be honest, although that glitter is now diamonds.

There’s of course no mention of price, although we expect rappers worldwide to start lining up at the company’s headquarters anytime now.

[ Company Website (With no mention of the paint) ] VIA [ BornRich ]

Clear Paint Makes Any Surface Into Dry-Erase Board

By David Ponce

Dry erase boards are pretty useful, especially in business settings. But they always involve one thing: a board. The CLEAR paint from company IdeaPaint is a special formula that can turn pretty much any surface into a writeable, and perhaps more importantly, erasable one. This means you can coat a wooden door with it, and use that at your next meeting. Or the backs of the office chairs, though we’re not sure what that’ll accomplish. It’s a supposedly almost doorless application, requires just one coat and no primer. It is pretty darn expensive however: a 50 sq. ft. “kit” will cost you $225. The kit comes with the paint, recommended roller, stir stick, can opener and wet paint sign.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Future In-Game Advertising Could Use Interrupting Adverts

By David Ponce

We’re all more or less getting used to the idea that product placement in video games is not going anywhere soon, but how would we react if the method outlined in the above patent from Sony is ever implemented? Recently unearthed by an intrepid user of the NeoGaf forum, the patent filed on Jul 22, 2011 would have the game actually be interrupted (stopped) by an advertisement, and then resume. Gameplay would slow down in anticipation of the ad being shown, and then rewind slightly after the ad is presented. There’s no word on whether this will ever actually make it into a game, although it’s not unlikely, at the very least for free-to-play titles. Paid titles on the other hand should steer clear of this… At least, we hope so.

[ Patent Page ] VIA [ G4TV ]