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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Luke, I Am Your… Tea Infuser?

Oh that’s a terrible headline, we know. But the Star Wars Death Star Tea Infuser definitely isn’t terrible. It’s a $20 expense that will make you the coolest dude at your next tea party. Because that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. Tea parties.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Uglify Your Car In The Name Of Aerodynamics With The Gaspods

Gas is expensive, ain’t it? Everyone except maybe the residents of Venezuela (who pay around $.15 per gallon) are suffering and manufacturers are doing everything they can to convince us they’re working on making cars more efficient. But are they? If progress on that front isn’t swift enough to your taste, you could always take matters into your own hands. Improving the aerodynamic coefficient of your car would increase its mileage, so Bob Evans, an American industrial designer, came up with the GasPods. These are aftermarket… “airfoils” that allegedly reduce drag by “expanding, organizing, and enhancing the airflow” coming off the back of the vehicle. A set of ten such airfoils placed on the rear of the roof of the car reduce drag by 5%, and adding a few more along the sides on the rear increases that efficiency to 6.7%. The wind-tunnel and PC-simulation tested pods feature rare earth magnets behind a rubber base, so they can be easily attached to your car and just as easily removed once you’ve had enough of people laughing at you.

But hey, if it saves you money in the long run, who cares how much people laugh? The product itself is cheap enough, with them being “$29.95 for a set of three adhesive-backed pods in a stock color, and up to $124.95 for a custom-painted set of nine magnetic pods.”

Hit the jump for pictures and links.

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Flying Down A Hill On A Bicycle With No Saddle, No Pedals

Locomoting about on wheels isn’t always about finding the most efficient method to do so. There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun in the process, and the Fliz contraption you see above seems to fit the bill. In one way it’s like a bicycle, only there’s no pedals and no saddle, only a harness and a large u-shape frame from which you suspend. You propel yourself forward by running, and then tuck your feet in for a few seconds, giving the rider a sort of floating, flying sensation. In that sense the Fliz is also like a skateboard. But there is a handlebar and brakes, so at least flying down a hill headfirst doesn’t have to result in immediate death.

It looks like fun, and we want one! But we don’t think there’s any way to buy it. There’s only a prototype, and it’s apparently been submitted as an entry in the James Dyson Award competition. Maybe if it wins and there’s enough interest, it could turn into a real product. In the meantime, you can hit the jump for a couple more pictures and a video of it in action.

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‘Move’ Tank Top Shocks You With an Electric Jolt When You Mess Up in Pilates

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Pilates has a lot of benefits, but it’s not the easiest discipline to learn. Practice makes perfect and eventually you will get the hang of it.

Most people learn the basics by going to class and having an instructor show them or help them through it. But what about those days when you’re running late or when you don’t find a suitable class schedule? Well, for those times, there’s the ‘Move’ tank top.

It’s a state-of-the-art top that’ll give you a mild electric shock whenever you make a mistake in Pilates. That’s the signal for you to go over it again. You’ll know you’ve done it right the second time around when you hear three buzzes. It also hooks up with an app, which you can run on your smartphone to check out your overall performance.

The design was presented at last month’s Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco, where its designer Jennifer Darmour explains: “It’s not meant to replace an instructor, but it can certainly help you understand the technique even when the instructor isn’t around.” She has big plans for it too, as she aims to have similar clothing “that zap golfers, baseball pitchers and yoga lovers whenever they make a wrong move.”

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Here’s A Security System That Does Absolutely No Securing

Most security systems/alarms do a very specific job: they detect forceful entry, sound an alarm, and contact the authorities. Yet, despite their existence, thieves are still plying their trade almost completely unhindered; it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time to smash a window, grab some things, and run. The LaserScan security system takes a different approach to the issue: deterrence. The system itself doesn’t do a thing. It doesn’t contact a security central, the cops or anyone. It doesn’t even detect unauthorized entry. All it does is look really menacing by projecting a set of moving laser beams all around the inside of your home. Seen from the outside, it looks to the robber like he’s not up against your run of the mill security system, but some kind of weird Hollywood-like setup. Will he be trapped inside? Gassed? Zapped? Who knows?! Better try the next house over. And a theft not attempted, is a theft not accomplished.

It’s $200 and we quite frankly believe it a better option that traditional systems out there. Until word gets out and the thieving community catches on. So, the ideal would be a combination of both: a deterring laser system that actually works. There’s a hole in the market here, folks…

Video and links, as always, after the jump.

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Personal Energy Orb Makes You Cycle Before You Can Use Your PC

Spending ungodly amounts of time in sitting in front of a PC is bad for you. Mkay? But yeah, you’re lazy, we get it, so as always technology comes to the rescue. Developed by two students at the University of Munich for a physical computing course, the Personal Energy Orb is an Arduino-based device that keeps track of how much you’ve cycled, and rewards your efforts by letting you use your computer properly. An LED-filled orb is attached to your handlebars, while a revolution counter keeps track of distance traveled. The more you pedal, the more the orb shifts to green. Come back home with a fully green orb and you can use your PC normally. A red orb on the other hand means that Windows will set the mouse sensitivity to its lowest setting, annoying the heck out of you until you decide to either throw the whole thing in the garbage, or actually go outside for some activity.

Considering it’s a school project, the two students were happy to see that it did in fact work, though it wasn’t without its occasional hiccups, mostly battery related. As for commercialization, there doesn’t seem to be any clears plans for that.

PEO – Personal Energy Orb from Janko Hofmann on Vimeo.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Super Mario Bros. Question Mark Ring

It’s made from sterling silver, costs $49 and takes 12 to 15 business days to make. Yes, it’s made to order and yes, it’s pretty badass.

And if uh… you want other punctuation mark rings, the same guys can make you some. But… what would be the point?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

The WeeRoll Is A Transforming 7 Toys In 1

Having a kid is likely the most important decision you’ll ever take. The things that change in your life are so numerous, we can’t even begin to talk about them here. That’s a big reason I’m never getting one. Or at least… not for a while. But for those who’ve either recently taken the plunge or are about to, you might want to look into the WeeRoll. “[It] is a modern, re-configurable, customizable, natural, active toy platform designed to grow with your child as they develop.” Made from renewable birch laminate, BPA free thermoplastic rubber treads, Water based finishes and ultra-low formaldehyde adhesives, the WeeRoll starts out as a walker/stroller for your baby and eventually develops into a wheelbarrow or train. In between those two forms you can make a riding toy, a rocking horse, and a “shopping” cart, all simply by re-organising the different parts into alternate configurations, with minimal effort and with the use of no tools. It looks like it’s pretty solid and should last the little tyke quite a few years, and even be handed down to the next kin without too much trouble.

Currently on pre-order on Kickstarter, the WeeRoll starts out at $84 and starts shipping in November, hopefully in time for the Holidays.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pictures and a couple videos that should make a better case for why this product is pretty cool.

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These Limited Edition Pac-Man Watches Are Only for Rich Gamers

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Pac-Man has been around for decades. He’s one of those characters that people of all ages and generations can recognize, right off the bat. So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pac-Man himself and the four villainous Ghosts who were always after him have now been immortalized in Romain Jerome’s special collection of limited edition space watches.

And we do mean a ‘space’ watch in the literal sense, because these timepieces are forged using steel that has been fused with fragments of the Apollo 11. You know, the spacecraft that took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.

Romain has kept the design playful but pretty classy at the same time, which is obviously something that’s not easy to achieve. The only downside is that this watch is crazy expensive at $17,800. That’s the price of several Rolex watches and then some.

They’ll be available at Colette in Paris from September 3rd to September 8th, in case you can actually afford it. In that case, lucky you.

VIA [ Born Rich ]