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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thirsty? Eat This: Ooho Water Blobs

Ooho Water Blob

Water bottles add to the bulk of trash that’s already overflowing in most landfills. Thing is, people still need their hydration on the go and some just can’t be bothered with water jugs. The alternative? These edible blobs filled with water created up by three London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche.

It’s called the Ooho and it’s a membrane made up of a compound formed from brown algae and calcium chloride. The gel-like substance is able to hold water and eliminates the need for non-biodegradable containers because, as mentioned earlier, it’s edible.

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You Lazy Bum: iFetch Is An Automatic Ball Launcher For Dogs

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You get a dog, you’re supposed to do a few things. Give it exercise, for instance. If you’re too lazy to go jog with it, it’s still acceptable to go outside and just stand around playing fetch with him. But if even that’s too much effort, you’ll be delighted to find out about iFetch. It’s a simple to use automatic ball launcher that can be set to 10, 20, or 30 feet. You simply teach your pup to bring the included miniature tennis balls to the wide opening, and it’ll toss the ball for him to fetch with no interaction needed on your part. It’s $100 and comes with two balls, while a set of 5 more is $10.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

This RC Car Does 188mph, And No, Not To Scale

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The little vehicle you see in the picture has reached the record speed of 188.87mph. It’s called the R/C Bullet and that’s the actual speed it reached, not its scaled equivalent. We don’t have much by way of details though, aside from being able to tell you that it’s made by one Nic Case, who appears to have been in the business of making record-breaking RC cars for some time now. Back in 2008 he had the record for fastest RC car in the world with the Schumacher Mi3, which you can actually purchase, unlike the Bullet.

[ Source ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Hue Bulbs Finally Get A Switch

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In case you haven’t seen them, Philips makes a popular set of LED lightbulbs called Hue, that wirelessly connect to your network and allow you to control them via your smartphone. You can change their colour, intensity, etc. at the touch of a button from just about anywhere. Well, now they’re getting an actual physical switch called the Tap, and that’s a good thing. Think about it, smartphone connectivity is cool and gee-whiz and all that, but when you enter a room you want to turn the lights on immediately. You don’t want to futz around in your pockets, take your phone out, unlock the screen, find the app, and press a button. Tap is a puck-shaped device that sticks to any surface and charges through kinetic action; this means that every time you press a button you’re also charging the battery, effectively requiring no other external input of power. It’s due to come out after this summer, for $60.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Your iPhone Case, Now With 100% More Folding Knife

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There’s nothing quite like the thrill of placing a phone call with a sharp blade perilously close to your ear. At least we’re assuming that Mike Warren’s thought process went something like that in the creation of the above iPhone case, lovingly called iStab. Mike’s a DIY kind of guy, and he 3D printed this thing by downloading some vanilla case designs from Thingiverse and working on them with “Meshmixer, a 3D design editor. He then used an Objet500 Connex to print the case.”

There’s no real use for it, and frankly we’re not sure why we’re writing about it, other than maybe because it’s a little absurd. And Van Gogh. So, no, you can’t buy it but if Mike was able to make it, so can you, no the least of which because the step-by-step instructions are below.

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[ Instructables Link ] VIA [ NeatoRama ]

I Think I’ll Pass: Zombie Booze Brewed With Actual Brains

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As much as I love the Walking Dead and everything else inspired and associated with it, I’m not too keen on Dock Street Brewing’s Walker beer. It’s an American pale stout that was made in honor of the show’s season finale, and in keeping with the comic book-turned-television show’s theme, it’s brewed with smoked goat brains.

Dock Street Walker gets its blood red hue thanks to organic cranberries and not the brains, so that should set your mind at ease–even just a little bit. The beer is 7.2% alcohol by volume and will be released at Dock Street Brewing Co. on March 30. You might want to drop by if you happen to be in the area.

VIA [ Food Beast ]

Rockin’ Bricks: 20 Famous Bands Recreated In LEGO

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What you can make with LEGO bricks is limitless, especially if you’re creative and have the ability to envision while you put them together, brick by brick. These are qualities that LEGO builder extraordinaire Adly Syairi Ramly doesn’t have a shortage of, which his latest work clearly shows.

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Small Mic, Big Voice: Micro Karaoke Player

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You’re no Bruno Mars but you’re no William Hung either. But like the two, you have a passion for music and love to sing. If you can’t wait until you get home before belting out a few choice lines from your favorite song, then here’s something you’ll no doubt enjoy having: the Micro Karaoke Player. As the name suggests, it’s a handy karaoke player that’s small enough to fit into your bag or pocket.

Okay, so it’s essentially just a mini microphone that comes with echo features, but it’s the closest to on-the-go karaoke that you can get. The Micro Karaoke Player is meant to be connected to your music player and you can hook up earphones or speakers for the output.

From the earphones attached to the “mini karaoke”, you can hear a combination of the music from the music player and your own voice complete with echo through the microphone. It is as if you are singing the song you love at your favorite karaoke bar. 

Just make sure you have the songs pre-loaded onto your mobile device or music player. The Micro Karaoke Player is available for $38.90.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Red Ferret ]

Make It Real: Doctor Who LEGO Set

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It’s surprising how something–or rather, someone–as popular as Doctor Who still doesn’t have a LEGO set to call his own. That might soon change if the set created by Andrew Clark gets enough votes on the LEGO Cuuso website. It’s currently has about 8,600 supporters, which is short of the 10,000 required before LEGO reviews the design and gives the decision on whether or not they’ll make the set into a reality.

Andrew’s Doctor Who set features all the well-known elements from the hit show, including the Doctor (of course!), his sonic screwdriver, and TARDIS.

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