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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Oppa Gangnam Style USB Drive Will Make You Go ‘Op, Op, Op..’

Gangnam Style USB Drive

PSY’s Gangnam Style has broken records in both the real world and in the virtual world. It’s currently the third most-watched video on YouTube and it has inspired countless video parodies, Halloween costumes, and art installations ever since it hit. It looks like the folks over at USB Geek are jumping on the PSY bandwagon as well with the release of the PSY Gangnam Style USB Drive.

The PSY-inspired flash drive comes in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities and is coated with a durable silicone casing. It’s USB 2.0 certified and functions just like any other flash drive out there in the market. Perfect for storing and sharing your own Oppa-tastic parody of PSY’s hit tune. My only beef with the design is that it doesn’t feature PSY posed in the signature dance move from Gangnam Style. Now that would’ve been way cooler.

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Snolo Stealth-X Brings Funky Carbon Fiber Design To Sleds

The wintertime is coming… it bears repeating it if only because it gives us a simple intro to segue onto the product above. It’s a sled called Snolo Stealth-X, and is ostensibly made from carbon fiber. That makes it light, probably very stiff and we assume pretty freaking awesome at getting you from the top to the bottom of a snow-covered hill. It’s so light apparently, that you can pack it up and carry it in a backpack.

We’re short of details, aside from being able to tell you that their full website will launch in 37 days, and the sled itself will reportedly cost around $3,000 when it does become available. What? You didn’t think it’d be affordable, did you? It’s also reportedly being made by a team in New Zealand after 6 years of testing and prototyping.

And while the above picture does look like a render, the ones after the jump, not so much.

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Would You Get In This Ball In Case Of Natural Disaster?

With Sandy having left a path of destruction in its wake, a lot of people are understandably thinking about what they can do to better protect themselves for when the next big one hits. Japan is no stranger to natural disasters, and a company there is marketing a crushproof, floating ball as their solution. Called the Life Armor, its spherical shape and materials allow it to withstand up to 9,3 tons of compressive pressure, and can take a plunge from 25m. Whether the four humans it’s able to carry inside will survive such a fall is a different matter. It does float, and the thought of having four people trapped inside a 1.2m diameter sphere floating about doesn’t exactly strike us as the best way to protect yourself from… well, anything. Still, if you fancy this particular solution, it does appear to sell for roughly $5,000.

[ Google Translated Product Page ] VIA [ Damn Geeky ]

The Hiccup Stick By Hicural

So uh… That looks like a pretty stupid product, and it probably is. It’s a plastic stick that you bite while swallowing some water, and it will somehow magically stop your hiccups. Something about throat muscles tensing, and somehow this connecting to the diaphragm and making the spasms go away. We… we’re not buying it. Not to mention that we’re not sure what’s so special about this particular stick over another plastic stick to justify its $20 price tag.

Any hiccup experts in the crowd able to tell us if it’s just as much malarkey as we think it is?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ RedFerret ]

Halloween Gaming: Now You Can Play Tetris on a Pumpkin with Pumpktris

Pumpktris

Oh, the things people come up with in the name of fun. Tetris was probably the most overplayed game on my old NES Famicom, so to see it resurrected and playable on an actual pumpkin is, well, kind of awesome.

But this is no ordinary pumpkin. Dubbed by its makers as the ‘Pumpktris’, this pumpkin has been embedded with over 128 LEDS and a board on the inside, which is basically the ‘brains’ of the game. The pumpkin’s stem serves as the joystick which lets you control where you want your Tetris pieces to be positioned. It’s good fun and definitely adds a spooky theme to a classic game.

Too bad it’s game over for good care of Mother Nature in a couple of days (or weeks, tops.) Hit the break for a video of some Pumpktris being played.

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The Shredder Cheese Grater Looks Like Fun

If you’re going to be playing the air guitar, why not be a little productive in the process? The Shredder Cheese Grater looks like a Flying-V but features a stainless steel grater. It’s quirky and fun. And it’ll likely make a mess of your entire kitchen if you use it the way we imagine someone would. We don’t care.

$10.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ HolyCool ]

$5 Nano-SIM Card Cutter

Those SIM cards… God are they annoying. They went from regular SIM cards, to Mini SIMs, to Micro SIMs, and to Nano SIMs, all in the name of ever smaller cellphones. Here’s the thing: most of the time, the smaller ones have the same metal contacts as the larger ones, just more plastic around them. So instead of getting a new card from your mobile company, why not cut your own down to size?

The Nano SIM Cutter takes any regular or micro size and trims the excess off to provide you a precision cut nano SIM. It’s simple, you insert your SIM card with the contacts facing downwards, push the SIM card all the way in, and push down on the lever. The cutter will provide you with a perfectly cut nano SIM card every time! These Nano SIM Cutters are built from hi-quality stainless steel to ensure high precision cutting.

It comes with “with Nano SIM to Micro SIM, Micro SIM to Standard SIM, and Nano SIM to Standard SIM adapters.” And yes, it’s $5 on special.

[ Product Page (at $5 pricepoint) ] AND [ Regular Retailer ]

Is A Ball-Dropping Ability Enough To Make This RC Heli-Drone Stand Out?

It looks like over the last couple of years the technology for self-stabilizing RC helicopters has reached a point of maturity. Or at the very least, a cost that makes it so that it starts appearing everywhere. The latest entrant in this field is hoping to stand out from the others by including the ability to drop a payload on your enemies. The iOS-controlled coaxial-rotor helicopter iStrike Shuttle features a compartment in its base that is able to lift a ping-pong ball and drop it at the touch of a button. Included gyro stabilizers mean that you should be able to bring it over a co-worker’s head fairly easily and “attack” them when the most suspect it (they’d have to be deaf not to hear the thing coming, after all…). Flight time is around 8 minutes on one charge and a little bit more if you remove the landing stabilizer and ping pong ball. Of course if you do that, you’re left with yet another RC heli drone.

At $85, is it worth it? We’re not sure, though it could make an interesting Holiday present. It’s on Kickstarter now, so it’s not even sure to take off, but if it does, delivery would be in December of this year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

The Prepara Herb Mini-Savor Keeps Things Fresh A Little Longer

We’ll be honest, the last time we bought some herbs for cooking, we ended up throwing most of them out after five days. Why? Well, watching cooking shows convinced us “fresh is best”, so instead of buying the easily kept dried herbs, we bought the live ones. Used them in the recipe once and then… just put them in the fridge. You can guess the rest. Had we bought the above Prepara Herb-Savor, it would have given us a three week window in which to think of another meal to make. The little herbs would have had their bases soaking in fresh water, all the while looking like we had some futuristic space pods in the fridge. And that’s a win for everyone.

Made from BPA-free plastic, the Prepara Herb-Savour is $15 for 1 and $30 for three.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]