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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore

Big Minecraft fan? If you wish you could build in real life any of the things you’ve assembled in the game, but are sad that you can’t, you can always buy little things like the above Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore to cheer yourself up. It’s a simple touch-based night light that has three settings, low, medium and high. Internal LEDs will provide the photons, while 2 AA batteries the power. It’s made by ThinkGeek and at $25, is a simple gift for any Minecraft aficionado out there.

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Give Your Bicycle A Galloping Horse Sound

There are those products you write about because you’re just thinking “wtf is this, and why does it exist, and crap it’s actually pretty cool although it’s rather useless.” The Trotify is one of those products. It’s a wooden device that sits on your front wheel and makes your bike clop like a horse. That… is it. It consists of a number of separate parts that come flat packed and are to be assembled at home. The clopping sound itself is generated by two halves of a coconut shell hitting one another. Yes, that’s apparently a Monty Python reference, and yes it appears as though the product’s entire raison d’etre is to add a bit of whimsy to your otherwise banal bike ride. It does look like a fun project to put together and have sitting on your front wheel, if only for ten minutes.

The company needs 1,000 pre-orders before they can hit production, and they’re sitting at 135 at the moment. It’s $32, which won’t break the bank. If you know only one hard core hipster with a sense of humor, there’s your Christmas present for him/her.

We’ve included a couple of videos of the device in action after the break. Well… two are of the device in action (the first two), the other is sort of a brain melting commercial that cannot be unseen. You’ve been warned. So hit the jump for that and links.

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MechBass Is A Robot That Plays The Bass

Back in 2011, the British rock band Muse was honoured to have one of its tracks, Hysteria, named as MusicRadar’s Best Bassline Of All Time. It’s a fantastic bassline, to be sure, and Christopher Wolstenholme is a wonderful bass player. But it’s even more impressive when it’s being played by MechBass, a robotic contraption by New Zealand-based engineering student James McVay. The elaborate device is MIDI-controlled, and “consists of four string units on an aluminum frame with sliding pitch shifters that alter the pitch of the strings, which are then struck by rotating pick wheels.” It’s a little convoluted to explain, so feel free to just watch the video below, or hit the jump for a much more detailed account of what went into MechBass’ construction.

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Devices and the Modern Home

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Today’s technology is all about being small, discrete and compact. This allows for many practical devices, especially when you’re out.

Whilst many of these devices are great when you’re out and about in public, you also need to consider their uses when at home. After all, even the busiest of people spend a lot of time at home; it seems only right that your gadgets have an important role here.

Connectivity

First of all, let’s not forget that gadgets like the smart phone and tablet thrive on an internet connection. Even some of the most modern cameras are finding uses for an internet connection.

In short, you want a decent internet connection, making use of any broadband deals available. Additionally, a wireless router will allow all your devices to connect, ensuring you can use them efficiently wherever you are.

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It Takes Five People Coming Together to Form Voltron, the Defender of the Universe

Voltron Costume

All hail the mighty Voltron! I literally grew up watching reruns of the series on television when I was a kid, so he’s pretty much my favorite robot of all time. He’s got a huge following, too, so it’s uncommon to see people dress up as Voltron during cons.

Voltron is larger than life, so it makes sense that one person is not enough to portray this character. A dude who goes by the handle of Crazy Ray agrees, which is why he spent over two months painstakingly cutting, gluing, and putting together five costumes that come together to form a single giant Voltron Force figure.

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TARDIS Mini Fridge Has Unlimited Space for a Lifetime’s Supply of Fish Fingers and Custard

TARDIS Mini Fridge

Doctor Who is the only doctor who never really ever dies. That’s because whenever he’s on the verge of death (and eventually dies), he regenerates and comes back to Earth with a new face, a new personality, and a whole new set of odd quirks and weird preferences. He’ll still have his trusty sonic screwdriver and TARDIS, of course, but aside from that, everything changes.

Including his favorite food. If you follow the show closely, then you’ll know that the eleventh reincarnation (that’s the present Doctor Who) loves chomping down fish fingers and custard. Knowing him, he’ll probably want to hoard a lifetime’s supply of his favorite grub in his trusty fridge. And since he’s the Doctor, there’s only one refrigerator that can meet his needs: the TARDIS Mini Fridge.

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Leatherman Raptor For Medics

There are multi-tools for a variety of purposes; the Leatherman Raptor was created with medics in mind. Constructed around a pair of 420HC stainless steel medical shears, the Raptor also features a carbine glass breaker, a ring cutter, a ruler, an oxygen tank wrench and strap cutters that can be deployed one-handed. If other Leatherman tools are any indication, the Raptor will be built with materials and craftsmanship of the utmost quality. Expect to see it hit the market in May 2013, although no price has been announced yet.

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Fresh Paper Keeps Your Produce From Spoiling For Longer

It’s estimated that up to a quarter of the world’s produce is lost to spoilage. That’s awful. But there are many products on the market designed to help delay the inevitable decomposition to set in. Of these, FreshPaper is one of the more interesting ones. It’s a piece of paper infused with edible organic ingredients that, when placed underneath fruit or veggies, is said to help slow down decay by up to two to four times the regular period. These ingredients “inhibit bacterial and fungal growth, as well as enzymes that cause over-ripening.” There is no zeolite, no sodium permanganate, no charcoal, and absolutely no plastic, unlike other products on the market. One of the ingredients, fenugreek, imparts the FreshPaper with a Maple-like scent, which is also indicative that the paper is still effective. When it doesn’t smell anymore, toss it out and use a new one. Each sheet is 5″ x 5″ and is enough to keep a bowl of produce fresh.

The Holiday Crate pictured above contains 10 packs of 8 sheets, and costs $65. If you can do without the decorative crate, the same amount of FreshPaper costs $43. With the Holiday feasts just around the corner, this might make a pretty decent stocking stuffer.

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Oru Kayak Folds Up Origami-Style

Kayaking is fun; it’s a good exercise and you get to be outdoors and on the water. That’s about as radical as it gets in relation to the daily grind here at OhGizmo. But kayaks are bulky and we generally resort to renting one wherever the opportunity arises, which somewhat limits our chances to practice the sport. The Oru Kayak on the other hand is super light (25 lbs.) and ultra portable since it folds up into a 33″ X 29″ X 10″ case whenever you’re not using it.

Each Oru Kayak is engineered of a single sheet of double-layered plastic. The single seam is sealed with a watertight rubber gasket. Solid ribs offer strength and rigidity.The corrugated plastic skin is extremely tough and durable.

It’s not a toy boat either; it has a sturdy coaming (cockpit rim) that fits spray skirts and easily-adjustable footrests, as well as a comfortable foam seat and backband. Bill Vonnegut, a professional kayak guide/instructor says “It accelerates like a rocket, and carves a turn like a dream.” Sure, that might be a paid endorsement, but then again this might be a truly innovative product. The Kickstarter campaign has achieved its goal almost threefold, so the marketplace interest is there. An $800 pledge would get you yours by May 2013, and you’d be able to decide for yourself.

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