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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cheetahs Filmed In Super Slow Motion

Phantom makes a pretty awesome line of high-speed cameras. The details these reveal about movements that are usually too quick for the eye to see are just incredible, and when the subjects are creatures as majestic as cheetahs, the resulting footage is simply jaw dropping. National Geographic recently went to the Cincinnati Zoo to capture the feline doing what it does best: run. The production ended up being one of the most sophisticated the crew had worked on, including several cameras rolling on a track-mounted dolly capable of reaching 60mph. A rotating cast of 5 cats were coaxed into short sprints by what looks like a ball of yarn on s string. Cute. They were shooting at 1,200 frames per second, and the video, included below, is simply a masterpiece. Totally worth checking out.

If you’re curious about how it was done, hit the jump for a video of that.

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This House Does a Christmassy Version of the Gangnam Style–With Lights!

Gangnam Style

It all started with PSY and now it seems like everyone’s doing it. The Gangnam Style, I mean. I’m not exaggerating, because the phenomenon has spread and it seems like it’s not beneath anyone (or anything) to do the horsey dance these days, from prison inmates and mother-and-child tandems to U.S. Navy robots and houses. Yes, you read that right: houses.

How? Well, certainly not by moving its foundations and fluttering its doors and windows open and close. Instead, this house ‘performs’ the Gangnam Style with Christmas lights. It’s a pretty good light show overall and injects a holiday theme into Psy’s viral hit. And in a strange and funny kind of way, it actually works.

Hit the break to check out the light show.

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TokyoFlash Launches Polygon Watch

Our love for Tokyoflash watches hasn’t necessarily waned, but we have to recognize that not all are created equal, which is why we don’t cover every single launch. But we like the Kisai Polygon above. It harkens back to the company’s obtuse time-telling schemes, though once you’ve figured out how it works, it’s actually really simple.

Twelve polygons around the outside of the display show hours, in the same position as hours on a clock.

Six larger triangles inside act as the minute hand, pointing to 00, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes past the hour. Single minutes are displayed by a hexagonal digit in the centre of the display. Easy once you know how.

Yeah, we realize that that particular explanation (or even our attempt) may not be enough to get you to see it right away. But really, it’s like those stereograms that pop out of page once you look at them right. Which is the beauty of the Kisai Polygon in our opinion. Still, hit the jump for a graphic that could help clear things up a bit.

It’s $99.

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AWESOME: Man Sings Chris Brown’s Look At Me Now While Impersonating Family Guy Characters

Holy jumping Mexican beans, this video is great! No, it’s got not a single thing to do with tech, other than hey, it’s on the Interwebs. But we think our fellow geeks will appreciate Paul Vlahos’ talents. He’s able to do spot-on impersonations of Cleveland, Peter Griffin, Herbert the Pervert, Stewie and a few others. But that’s not all. He has them singing Chris Brown’s ‘Look At Me Now’. It’s freaking sweet, as Peter would say.

No really, it is. Watch this vid.

I lost it at Joe’s part.

VIA [ The Awesomer ]

This $4.2 Million Gold Tree is All Blinged Up for Christmas

Christmas Tree Bling

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s officially less than a month before Christmas, so hang up the mistletoe and pin your stockings by the fire if you haven’t already.

Now that we’ve gotten the obligatory holiday reminders out of the way, let’s play another round of ‘What Would You Do if You Had $4 Million?’ Would you buy a fancy sports car or move to a bigger apartment? Would you donate a chunk of it to charity or buy a jewel-encrusted watch for yourself? Or would you rather blow all that money on a revolving tree that was molded by ten craftsmen using 40 kilograms of pure gold?

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Revolights Bring TRON-Like Safety To Your Bicycle

Sharing the road with cars, as a cyclist, is always a risky proposition. Especially at night. There are many products out there meant to increase your visibility, but none quite as cool as the Revolights. They’re a set of LED lights arranged around a hoop that attaches to the front and back wheels of your bike. Sensors detect the speed at which you’re traveling and the LEDs blink on only when they’re passing through a specific arc in the front and back. This creates a static “bar” of light that not only lights the path in front of you, but makes you extremely visible. There are 8 LEDs at 35 lumens, per wheel. That’s a lot, as can be seen in the video below.

The power for the Revolights come from a bracket-mounted Li-Ion battery pack that you attach to each wheel hub. You’re adding 12.3 oz. in heft per wheel, which could be seen as quite a bit by competitive cyclists, but isn’t really that much to the average person. Those batteries will keep the lights on for about 4 hours, which is more than your average bike ride.

The Revolights started out as a Kickstarter project a year ago, which was funded many times over. The company is now selling them at full retail price, which is $250. If you order now, you can still get yours before Christmas.

Revolights™. Now landed. from revolights on Vimeo.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Bookends No More With This Angled Shelf

We like functional design. That’s a design that looks cool, but does more than just look cool, like the Lean Bookshelf above. Featuring a modular set of stackable segments, the bookshelf requires no bookends since the books it holds are stacked at an angle; gravity takes care of keeping them upright, albeit not quite vertical. It’s a quirky design, one that we wouldn’t mind seeing in our living spaces. That’s of course because we still own dead tree books. You know the ones: they require no batteries! Yeah… those.

We don’t have pricing information on account of this being a South Korea design studio, Monocomplex, whose website appears to be down at the moment.

[ Manufacturer's Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Nintendo To Release Wii Mini In Canada For $99, Loses Some Features

A few days ago Nintendo released the Wii U, and already the company announced sales of 400,000 units in the first week. Good on Nintendo, considering how late the other console makers are in releasing a new generation device. But like make gadgets, when a new one comes out, the old ones get a price drop. In this case, lucky Canadians will be able to purchase a much smaller version of the Wii, called the Wii Mini, which comes in matte black and red for $99. It is fully compatible with all 1,400+ titles, all the accessories like the WiiFit Balance Board and comes packaged with a red Wiimote and nunchuck. However, it features a manual top-loading disc tray, making it impossible to place on its side. But that’s not the missing feature. The problem is that the console loses all Internet connectivity and compatibility with Gamecube titles. Granted the Wii was never really known for its online features, but the Wii Mini really does just become a $99 Wii disc reader. Still, if you’re ok with barebones and like the new price, Best Buy Canada is already taking pre-orders for its December 7 launch. No word on whether this will be available elsewhere.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Is A Brandy Pipe

A drinking post. Again. It’s the Holidays, innit? That’s enough of an excuse to justify talking about alkeehol, at least it is to me. So what you have here is a Brandy Pipe. Fancy, right?

To help you fully experience and appreciate the flavours of your favourite liqueur, the Brandy Pipe offers a long sipping stem that is gently warmed by your hand as you hold this delicate glass to help release hidden aromas and flavours. Presented in a foam lined gift box, this unique liqueur glass makes an ideal gift for anyone that appreciates a stronger drink. Based on the original sipper glasses from the 17th century, the Brandy Pipe follows traditional glass making techniques to help drinkers get the most from their drink and experience new flavours that were previously hidden.

I like it. I like it because I’ve started to suspect the part of my brain that deals with detecting flavours is slowly dying. It’s hard to know for sure, but anything that “brings flavours out” is A-ok by me. And at £12 (~$20), it makes a pretty easy gift.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]