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Monthly Archives: May 2013

This Smart Car Comes With Its Own Drive-In Theater

Ok, this is just a concept car for the moment, for the Smart Forstars has one kickass feature that we haven’t seen anywhere else. The hood has an integrated projector, which means that as long as you’re parked in front of a flat wall someplace, you got yourself a drive-in theatre. You connect your phone to the system wirelessly, and it gets the videos from there. Audio of course is pumped through the car’s sound system. There’s no details on the brightness or even resolution of this thing, but that’s beside the point. We can think of a number of scenarios where, uh, young couples would enjoy having this on their car. Smart move, Smart car.

It’s currently on display at the Paris Motor Show, and we’re not sure if it’s actually going to go into production. We give our seal of approval.

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Autographer Chronicles Your Day By Taking Snaps Automatically and Randomly

Autographer

Journals are hard to maintain, and you can’t exactly get a sense of what happened during your day outside of the office with just your planner. People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, you can capture enough snapshots worth several hundred thousand with the Autographer.

It was originally meant for people with dementia so that they could remember their day in pictures. But upon the suggestion of a lot of people, its maker OMG decided to release it for general consumers, too. The concept is simple: the Autographer, which is meant to be worn, will automatically take pictures throughout your day automatically, so you can just put it on and forget all about it–until it’s time to check out the pictures, that is. It’s equipped with five different sensors–a magnetometer, color sensor, infrared detector, accelerometer, and temperature sensor–so that the camera can detect any changes in the environment and take pictures when it does.

The Autographer will launch in the UK sometime this November for £399 (about $649), with succeeding launches planned in the United States and Japan afterward.

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Pet Peek Dog Window Satisfies Pooch’s Curiosity

The beauty of images is that the often do the talking for you. We don’t need to wax poetic about the above Pet Peek Dog Window; it’s pretty clear what it is. All we can do is add some details, like to inform you that it’s 9.5 inches in diameter and made from acrylic. And we can also point out to you that it’s likely your doggy will love it and spend hours staring at the neighbour’s fancy squirrel circus. What, your neighbour doesn’t?… Oh that’s sad, squirrel circuses are great.

See what happens when you try to fill some space with unnecessary words? So we’ll stop here.

It’s $35.

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This Steampunk Nintendo Case Mod Reminds Us That We Don’t Have Nice Things

That’s a sweet looking NES case mod, ain’t it? Well, you can’t have it. It was lovingly hand-made by redditor Andrew5785 for his cousin. It’s a one of a kind, and no one at OhGizmo knows anyone crafty enough to make a replica. Should I try, the likelihood of severing a digit is a non-negligible figure. But we can all look at pictures and wonder what it’s like to have an uncle that makes stuff like this.

These pictures, by the way, are after the break.

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Smart Socks Tracks Down the Life Cycle of Your Socks and More

Smart Socks

How many socks have you lost in your lifetime? If you’re like most other average human beings, then you’ve probably lost tons. Don’t even get me started on the times I’ve worn mismatched socks because I was in a hurry and couldn’t find the right pair (either that, or I was too sleepy to care.)

Apparently, this is a huge problem to some people who just can’t stand wearing mismatched socks. If you also have the need to know where certain pairs of your socks are, then you might be interested in the Smarter Socks system, which is comprised of RFID chips, a scanner, and an iPhone. Pretty complicated stuff just for socks, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

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The Anti-Theft Lunch Bags

Heard a pretty funny joke the other day.

“There’s this weird new trend at the office. People are naming their lunches. Today I had a sandwich named Kevin.”

It’s funny because it’s true; you leave your food in the fridge at your own risk. Bag your sandwiches in these anti-theft bags that make it look like your stuff is mouldy, and there’s a bigger chance the thieves will just skip over it.

It’s $8 for 25, but they’re currently sold-out.

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3D Printing Has Just Gone High-Res With The FORM 1

We talk a lot about 3D printing because it’s an exciting new field. For instance, it was just two days ago that we featured the MakerBot Replicator 2, a pretty decent upgrade on the original device. But it turns out that as cool as the Replicator 2 is with its new 100 micron resolution, it’s got nothing on the FORM 1 that you see above. This machine is able to print objects with layers 25 microns thin, allowing for a level of detail that is just not possible with the technology the Replicator uses. See, most printers on the market these days print by layering extruded plastic over and over in as precise a manner as possible. The “resolution” everyone talks about is how thin this extruded line of melted plastic is. But the FORM 1 uses a completely different method, instead relying on stereolithography, which involves shooting a laser at a resin, which instantly hardens at the focal point. This laser then builds the object up, creating virtually smooth objects of a complexity that’s impossible to achieve with other printers.

Normally this type of 3D printing involves machines that cost six figures, but “a group of recent grads from the MIT Media Lab have managed to replicate the process for a fraction of the cost.” The FORM 1 is currently on pre-order on Kickstarter for the relatively decent sum of $2,500. And yes, they’ve reached their funding goal of $100k… five times over. On launch day.

Hit the jump for some sample pictures and links.

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What Do Y’All Think Of A New Tagline: When Deciding On A New Editorial Focus Gets Complicated As Hell

Guys, this post is going to be a little lengthy, but I think super important. I’d like to seek your opinion on something really important. The gist of it is that I’m thinking (after 8 years, 13,000+ posts, and around 50 million views) of officially cementing a new editorial direction for the site. And with that, creating a new tagline. I’m thinking of “The Alternative Gadget Blog.” And I want to explain why.

I got the inspiration for the name OhGizmo! back in December of 2004 by looking at a OhHenry! bar. I know, right? Anyway, I knew I wanted to start a gadget blog, and was looking for a name and I thought “Hey, why not OhGizmo! Like, you know, OhHenry?! And let’s make the tagline Deliciously Geeky!! Because, well, chocolate is delicious and stuff…” So that was it. And for those of you who don’t know it yet, that’s been the tagline since then, although you could be forgiven for not having noticed since it’s buried in our heading only (check the browser bar at the top). But when you think about it, what does this tagline mean? What does it say about what this website is about? Come to think of it, what is this site about?

I think it’s a really important question to answer. It’s branding. It’s what people think of when they think of us, and it’s what they remember us by. “Oh yeah, dude, you should check out this site, OhGizmo, it’s about…” For the longest time, I’ve thought of the site as a gadget blog. In a sense, it is. But we’re not Engadget, Gizmodo, or even The Verge, nor could we be, and at this point even really… want to be. In the last few months we’ve been getting more and more interest in our quirkier articles. Some of our old timers would argue that this has been our strongpoint all along, but I’ve always tried to steer things back somewhat along a more mainstream consumer electronics angle out of a feeling that we should stick to “what we’re about.” My original angle, aside from the generic “gadget blog” was to focus on design and innovation… but still within the realm of mainstream consumer electronics. But it’s getting increasingly difficult to justify that position considering that, for one, we can’t compete with Engadget/Gizmodo/The Verge in terms of coverage, and two, there seems to be a thriving demand for just the kind of stuff that we’ve been covering more heavily of late.

So… what do you guys think? What do you think of the tagline “The Alternative Gadget Blog”? Or even “The Alternative Gadget Lifestyle”? And how do you feel about making this website specifically about that: the kind of gadgets that are, you know… off? Stuff that’s either weird, wtf-worthy, or really innovative in a way that isn’t just incremental, marginal. And how do you feel about including geek and Internet culture, and pretty much anything that I feel would interest our core audience? A place where the guys who are already reading everything about every single new fancy gadget can come to and get a taste of the… odder places of the tech universe, while at the same time keeping a finger in the CE pie when the product is really worthy of it. A place a little bit like BoingBoing but with less of the policital/activist stuff.

No decisions have been made, but I’d really like to hear what any of you has to say about this. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, the spam filter is working overtime and your comment will eventually be green flagged by me, so please don’t fret.

And, as always, thanks for reading!

iExpander Upgrades Your iPhone in More Ways than One

iExpander

Need to make a call, only to look at your phone and discover that you’re running on your last five minutes of power? Want to capture a gorgeous sunset as it happens, only to take a couple of shots using your iPhone and realize that the light’s too low to produce any good images? Transferring a couple gigabytes’ worth of your favorite shows so you can watch them on the plane, only to discover that you’ve run out of space? These are three of the most common problems that iPhone users experience, and also the three commonest problems that the folks behind the iExpander have chosen to take on.

The iExpander is a case of sorts that will provide extra power and additional storage space for your iPhone so it won’t let you down, especially during the times when you need it the most. It also improves the camera by adding LEDs and extending the length of the flash which work to improve the quality of shots drastically.

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