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Monthly Archives: June 2012

ViewMaster-Like Device Lets You Watch Youtube Vids In 3D

By David Ponce

To say that it “lets you watch” YouTube videos in 3D might be an overexageration, since it won’t actually convert regular videos to 3D. What the above device by Sanwa does is make it easier to watch YT videos that are already in 3D. What, you didn’t know such a thing existed? Well yes, there’s been 3D vids on there since 2009 and several devices exist to enable you to see them. This is another one of those, albeit one that yields a brighter and larger viewing area than some of the other options out there. You simply insert your iPhone in the slot and you’re good to go; each eye only sees the image its meant to see, resulting in the 3D effect. It’s 1,980 yen or roughly $25 in today’s money.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

This Is A Floating Mug

By David Ponce

You could get a simple mug with your name on it. Or something tacky with a work logo on it. You can even get a bug shaped like a clown. Heck, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there and to be honest, we’ve seen most of them. What we haven’t come across yet is something like the above floating mug. There’s no magic obviously, just a clever design that uses the handle to join both the base and the rest of it. We like it. It’s currently on Kickstarter and a $40 pledge will get you yours.

Yes, $40 for a mug is ridiculous. But hey, when you want something…

[ Project Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

This Rifle Fits Inside Its Own Stock, Is Waterproof

By David Ponce

You never know when you’re going to be on a burning plane, careening down towards an alligator infested lake. It’s just one of those things. Provided you survive the crash and are given enough time to get your bearings however, having the above Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle in your backpack could help you wade your way through the gators and to some kind of safety. At just (just 3.5 lbs) and 16 ½” long when stowed, you’ll barely even know it’s there. Several layers of Teflon coating help with the waterproofing, even in harsh saltwater environments. It uses .22 LR ammunition, which is lightweight and fairly easy to carry in large numbers. It’s available in camo or black finishes and surprisingly doesn’t cost very much: $339 in camo and $275 in black.

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Bicycle Rearview Camera Seems Like It Could Come In Handy

By David Ponce

Life is already pretty miserable for cyclists everywhere. Latte sipping motorists in needlessly large cars are way too busy texting to pay any attention to anything on the road. So any piece of technology that makes a cyclists’ life easier is fine by us. The above Bicycle Rearview Camera sends a live feed of whatever is behind you so that you can keep focused on what’s in front and to the sides. The camera connects to the TFT screen via a 78 3/4″ zip-tied cable that accommodates any frame geometry and the battery in the monitor should last 10 hours on a 2 hour charge. There’s a quick-release mechanism so you don’t have to fiddle around when it’s time to take it in with you and a circular pattern of red LEDs flash when the camera’s built-in sensor detects low-light conditions for visibility to traffic. Finally, yes, it’s weatherproof so you can even take it out in the rain.

It’s $179.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Eco Amp Is A Very Green iPhone “Amplifier”

By David Ponce

We’re putting the word amplifier between quotation marks because what you see above isn’t technically an amplifier but more like a horn. Although we do suppose it amplifies the sounds coming from the phone, so we’re just being a little pedantic. Whichever way you feel about the use of the word, one thing is certain: the Eco Amp is green. It’s completely made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper. You simply fold along some creases and in no time you have a little horn that fits right over the mouth of your phone and boosts sounds levels up by about 30dB. Unlike other iPhone amplifiers we’ve written about before, this one is very portable, very eco conscious and maybe even more importantly, very cheap: $8.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Why Make A Simple Light Switch When You Can Make A Complicated One?

By David Ponce

Because it’s pretty, that’s why. And like many one-off pretty things, this one sold quickly. We’re not even sure for how much. What we can tell you is that it was made by a seller on Etsy, looks kind of steampunk-esque (we’re starting to hate on that word…) but most importantly, featured a Rube Goldberg like mechanism that took a convoluted pathway to simply indicate if the light switch was on the “on” or “off” position. This is all the more redundant of course since you can probably see with your own eyes if the light is on or not. But hey, it’s not supposed to be entirely functional, just nice to look at. There’s no word on whether more will be made although we’d be surprised if the seller were to turn down opportunities to make more money, especially if thrown at them forcefully. So hit up that link below and start pleading.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Miss That Dead Tree Smell? There’s A Perfume For That

By David Ponce

Stringing words together in intelligible sentences is an art that goes way back. But for almost as long as it’s been around, the preferred medium for this has been paper; caves are not so easily transported. But as the years tick past the new millennium, a new publishing landscape is emerging that will almost surely relegate dead tree books to museums and rare object collections. Case in point is the emergent trend of eBooks. Boy are they popular! But the sentimentalists hate them. Maybe they can be mollified with the above Paper Passion fragrance by Geza Schoen and Gerhard Steidl. Yes, it’s an actual fragrance that is supposed to smell like “a freshly printed book”, and it comes packaged in a hollowed-out book of its own. You could buy it and sprinkle it liberally on your Nook, or your Kindle or even your iPad, and revel in one of the languishing vestiges of a world that 20 years from now will seem as silly as cassette tapes seem to us today.

It’s $98.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Nixie Tube Chess Board Looks Old-Timey, Super Awesome

By David Ponce

The nice thing about doing things yourself is that you’re not constrained by the ROI considerations of the mass market channels. You can create anything you want and with a bit of talent you can end up with something like the above. It’s a Nixie tube chess set created by one “Tony” and features 80’s Soviet-era tubes with scientific symbols displayed on them. What’s especially nice about it is that it’s all induction-based, meaning the tubes light up when deposited on the board, but there’s no wires anywhere on the tubes, making them true chess pieces. Well of course aside from the fact that you’re going to have to learn which symbol represents which piece, but that’s trivial to the amount of effort you’ll have to put in if you decide to build your own. Turns out Tony is preparing a DIY kit, though he warns that “This is not a project for beginners – it makes extensive use of surface mount components. Expect to spend up to a week of your spare time on it depending on experience and patience.” There’s no mention of price or availability anywhere but you can keep track of things at the link below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Verge ]

XWave Sport Can Tell You What Your Brain Should Already Know

By David Ponce

What you have here is a sports headband with an integrated brain wave sensor. This feeds into a smartphone for analysis. Why? We’re not sure since, while commercially available, the product is in fairly early development. Our understanding is that your “relaxation, focus and other parameters” can be analyzed while you work out to inform you of your own brain status. Are you pushing yourself to the max, or are you just feeling lazy? Now that you’ve been jogging for 4 hours straight, is it your body that’s about to fail, or is it your brain? Are these the sort of questions it seeks to answer? We don’t really know. The company is touting the availability of SDKs for outside developers to create the kind of software that could give the XWave Sport the sort of functionality we hope it can have. For now it’s a sweat-proof, washable headband that can read some brain activity parameters. It’s $99 and available now for Android devices, and not iOS just yet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmologia ]