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Monthly Archives: July 2012

So This is a $50 Hello Kitty Melon…

Hello Kitty Melons

So Hello Kitty melons exist.

They’re basically fruit with rinds that have been etched with one of the world’s most popular kitties–and because of that etching, its price has multiplied several times over than that of regular melon. It’s being made and sold by gourmet food specialty shop Belluna and apparently, they’re extremely limited in nature as only 300 of these will be made available.

The Hello Kitty melons will be on sale until July 31st or until stocks last for 4,980 yen (or about $50) each.

What will Japan think of next?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Buzz Patrol ]

Display An Animation On Your Bike Wheel As You Cycle

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Whether you have an actual statement to make, or just think they look cool, there’s no denying that the Monkey Light Pro will attract attention.

The Monkey Light Pro has 4 bars of LEDs which are attached together inside your wheel. As your ride the system rotates, and using Persistence Of Visio, creates an image with its 256 full color LEDs. The Monkey Light Pro has sensors to track its speed, heads-up position and rotation direction. This allows the system to create stable, full-wheel images from 10 to 40 mph (15 to 65 km/h).

The images of course can be animated, and the system accepts files of several different formats, from GIFs to FLVs, by way of JPEGs or PNGs. There’s a 7000mAh Lithium Polymer which can give you from 3 to 8 hours of runtime at full brightness or up to 48 hours at reduced brightness (say you’re riding at night). When you order it, the Monkey Light Pro will come pre-loaded with 10 custom animations, but it’s relatively easy to load your own later on. The system will fit wheels of the following sizes: 26″, 27″, 28″, 29″, 700c.

It’s a Kickstarter project for now, and Early Backer prices are sold out. So the cheapest you can get one wheel is $695, and $1,390 for a pair. Yeah… that’s a lot of money to attract attention.

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Want To Be A Better Gamer? Give Yourself Electro Shocks

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That would seem to be what the foc.us device is proposing. To be fair, calling it an ‘electroshock’ has incorrect connotations. The company is instead proposing that in order to sharpen your skills, and fine tune your reflexes, you don the above headset and submit your cranium and brain to what’s called “transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a controversial practice that has seen a minor resurgence in recent years.” The theory is that by passing a low current through your pre-frontal cortex, which controls memory, vigilance and focus among other things, your brain will eventually become better at getting kill streaks on CoD. So does it work? It’s hard to tell.

Studies have shown the practice of tDCS could help in treating depression and certain brain injuries, but there’s only been one study that measured video game performance, and that was only used as a tool to gauge a soldier’s aptitude.

One study is hardly conclusive evidence of anything.

Critics have also questioned why the headset is built to stimulate the prefrontal cortex instead of the motor or visual cortices, which directly affect a person’s reaction time.

Indeed. Until more data is out, we’d suggest holding off on dropping $249 on the device. Then again, if you’re really desperate to try anything to show those kids who swear they’ve seen your mom in various stages of undress who’s boss, then what’s $250 if it might work? Know that if you do order, shipping is expected for July.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Yes, The New Kinect On The Xbox One Will Turn Off, So Stop Worrying

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Back when GMail was launched, there was an uproar over the implication that there’d be machines reading our mail, and tailoring commercials around our conversations. It was an understandably uncomfortable thought for some, but eventually we got over it. We suspect we’ll eventually get over a next-gen Kinect watching our every move, and listening to our every sound, even in the dark, should we wish to awaken the Xbox One while it’s on standby. But if you’re not quite ready to stomach that just yet and thought the new Xbox was the stupidest invention since HD Glasses, you can sleep tonight knowing that the Kinect will turn off, if you so wish. So will the entire machine, actually, if that’s what you’re into.

“Yes, you can turn the system completely off,” a Microsoft rep said. “This would use no power and turn everything off. We’ll share more details about how it all works later.”

So there you go, you can go to bed, unbunch your underwear, and look forward to the Xbox One hitting shelves this year, without having to worry about being unable to plot world domination from the comfort of your couch, should someone, somewhere be listening in on you.

VIA [ Kotaku ]

iBell Mini Wakes You Up Old School

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Whether it’s because metal bells are louder (are they?) or because it’s a thing among hipsters to try bring back old technologies and shoehorn them into new ones (check the USB Typewriter or the Walkie-Talkie for iPhone for reference), but the sight of the iBell Mini sort of tickles us. Let’s face it, it’s a little gimmicky, but if you’re hankering for an authentic wake-up to the sounds of yesteryear, it’s going to cost you all of $17 to make it happen. That’s fortunately not a lot of dollars, however we’re sad to say it only works with older generation phones, since it uses the 30-pin connector.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]

Awesome Chandelier Casts Creepy Forest Shadows All Over Your Room’s Walls

Forms-in-Nature The above chandelier is a “light sculpture” by designers Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, from the design firm HildenDiaz. When the light is switched on, it casts creepy, yet awesome shadows of vines or a forest all over your walls. It’s called Forms in Nature, and was “partly inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s (1834-1919) detailed plots from nature.” And although it currently only exists as a one-off unit, there are rumours that the pair is looking into launching a Kickstarter campaign after viral interest generated a large demand for the product. Until they do, however, we don’t know how much it could possibly cost or even when it might ever be available for purchase.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Wanna Take Closeup Shots With Google Glass? Prepare To Look Stupid

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One of the most popular features of Google Glass is its ability to take a picture at a moment’s notice. You never have to miss that perfect picture while you fumble for your phone and try to get the camera application started; just say the words “Glass, take a picture” (or even perhaps one day just wink) and it’s done. And that’s all fine and dandy of course as long as you’re taking shots from a reasonable distance. But if you’re in an artistic mood and decide you want to go in for the closeup shot, or the “creative angle” shot… you’re going to look pretty darn strange in the process. How strange? Just watch the hilarious video below for an idea.

VIA [ DVice ]

Tactical Apron Should Satisfy The Warrior Griller

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With BBQ season in full swing, we’ve had no shortage of BBQ-related items to report on lately. Add the above Tactical Apron to that list. Looking a lot like a long bullet-proof vest, it’s covered in a real MOLLE System, as used in the Army. This allows for the attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories, which in this case is going to be spatulas, tongs, and knives. It comes with 2 large pouches and 3 smaller pouches in which you can store salt and pepper shakers, or your phone. Whatever you need to do your job on the grill, you can store it on the Tactical Apron. It’s a pretty badass purchase, and at all of $35, is worth every penny.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Sandwichbike is an Assemble-It-Yourself Wooden Bike

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You put furniture together on a regular basis, so why not assemble your own bike together for a change? IKEA doesn’t have DIY bikes in stock on their shelves, but you can get one called the Sandwichbike delivered to your doorstep. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a wooden bike you’ll be putting together with this kit?

The Sandwichbike is basically a wooden bike that’s packed flat in a box in its component pieces. It won’t look like much of a bike when you open the box, as you’ll be greeted with its component parts that are just waiting for you to put them together.

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