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Author Archives: David Ponce

Mogo Portable Seat Is Great For Concerts

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With the snow melting, it’s definitely not too soon to start thinking about the music festivals ahead. As synonymous with summer as terraces and beach time, these festivals are awesome until you realize you’ve been standing on your feet for 8 hours. The Mogo by Focal Upright is a 2 lbs. collapsible seat that can be deployed in an instant, and will take weight off your feet so you can keep going a little longer. It easily stowes away in a backpack and can support up to 200 lbs.

And of course the uses aren’t limited to concerts. Anyone who spends long periods on their feet will want to consider this, even at the somewhat steep price of $95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

TAG Heuer Launches Phone With Infinite Power

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You wouldn’t have expected TAG Heuer, maker of watches, to get into the cell phone business, let alone to announce the launch of a phone with what they’re calling “Infinite Power”. Yet that’s exactly what the Meridiist Infinite is supposed to have. By inserting a transparent photovoltaic cell behind the screen, the phone is capable of remaining on standby indefinitely, so long as it’s receiving a specific type of light, whether natural or artificial. However if you’re actually using your phone, the “infinite power” thing doesn’t apply.

Like many luxury electronics, you’re going to be paying for the materials (sapphire, Titanium Grade 5, carbon, etc.), the brand name, but definitely not for the technology. The Meridiist Infinite is running Froyo, and even if it is being produced in limited quantities (1,911 units, to be exact), we’re not convinced it deserves the $7,000 asking price.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Only Thing Better Than Shooting With A GoPro Is Shooting With Two GoPros

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More is better, as they say, and this seems to apply to GoPros just as well as pretty much anything else. The Dual HERO System is a waterproof housing that lets you use two of the popular HD actioncams simultaneously. You can set one to record video while the other takes pictures, or have them both take video and convert it to 3D later on with some free software. The included sync cable means you only have to control one interface for both cameras, and the entire thing is waterproof up to 197 feet, or 60 meters. It’s $200.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

Beyond The Internet – Discover The World of Usenet

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Globus With the rise of the computer age, nerds and geeks have become increasingly popular. It has changed our perception of them, from young computer nerds working in garages turning into billionaires to one of today’s most popular TV show “The Big Bang Theory”: nerds are funny, nerds are successful and, ultimately, nerds are cool.

And let’s be honest: we all act a little geeky or nerdy sometimes. We post, share and like stuff on Facebook, follow Tweets or are registered in some kind of online forum. We connect. We network. How the world has changed!

Not.

Before there was something like the internet, three students from the University of North Carolina and Duke University connected two UNIX computers and therefore created an alternative to the Arpanet, which was controlled by the US military and various research facilities. Since then, the Usenet has been a trendsetter. Some examples?

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Big Bloom Vase For When Your Rose Is Just Too Small

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This has been around since 2009, but we just stumbled on it today. Talk about cutting edge! Anyway, the Big Bloom Vase is a creation of Charlie Guda and his work (though we’re not sure if that includes this vase) was featured at the Museum Of Modern Art as part of the exhibition called Design and the Elastic Mind. The Big Bloom Vase features a Fresnel lens placed in front of a test tube, both of which are connected by a rod. This allows you to magnify the appearance of the flower placed in the test tube, and simultaneously amplify the amount of love it is meant to represent. Because everyone knows bigger is better and only the biggest flowers represent true love. Or something. Right?

Yeah. I failed art class.

But you can own this for $40.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ HolyCool ]

$1 Folding Microscope With 2,000X Magnification And 800nm Resolution

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Peering into the abysmally small doesn’t always require fancy equipment. Or at the very least, it doesn’t seem to require expensive equipment since the Foldscope pictured above costs less than a dollar to make and can magnify objects up to 2,000X. Made by a research team at PrakashLab at Stanford University, Foldscope is ultimately meant to be used in developing nations where being able to accurately diagnose specific diseases greatly improves survival, and where traditional microscopes may be out of range.

Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than two nickels (8.8 g), is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 × 20 × 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person.

The team is currently looking for 10,000 Beta testers. To sign up you have to send them a proposal of what you’d do with yours, through the link available below.

[ Product Page ] AND [ Signup Page ] VIA [ Reddit ]

Smartphone Connected LED Bulb Also Streams Audio

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LED lightbulbs that can be controlled with your smartphone are nothing new. But the AirBULB adds one extra feature that could make a big difference when comparing similar products: it streams audio from your connected smartphone through its integrated speakers. This means you can have audio throughout your home without having to pass any cables anywhere. Granted you’re only getting a 3W output, but that should be sufficient for some background music.

The LED bulb’s colour can be adjusted through the app, and it can be set to flash when you get a call or notifications. An $89 pledge will get you yours, with shipping expected around May if the campaign reaches its funding goals.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ WalYou ]

Stunning Desk Clock Is Inspired By Deep Space Nine

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You’re looking at Starfleet Machine, a wonderful looking desk clock made by L’Épée, Switzerland’s last remaining specialized high-end clock manufacturer. With a design outsourced to MB&F, this clock was created in order to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary.

The prominently featured in-house movement carries a 40 day power reserve, as well as a series of five mainspring barrels. The clock showcases hours and minutes, double retrograde seconds and a power reserve indicator, but only in a way these two creative forces can execute.

“About two years ago I went to L’Epée with a gouache image,” explains MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser, who designed the Starfleet Machine with ECAL design graduate Xin Wang. “We basically cut out one of their movements that we found and created a design based on Deep Space Nine around it,” he says. The initial reaction from the craftsmen at L’Epée was of awe and they quickly jumped on the project.

Starfleet Machine will be limited to 175 units and will retail for 28,000 CHF, or roughly $31,725 USD.

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Hamster-Powered Monster Will Fascinate The Kids Young And Old Alike

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This is a Stranbeest powered by a hamster in a wheel. A straandbeest is a multi-legged contraption created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Normally on display on Holland’s beaches, it’s now transformed into a tabletop contraption that uses a hamster ball with the hamster inside as the locomotive power; the ball turns some gears, which in turn propel the mechanism forward. Its eerie gait is sure to fascinate your kids at the very least, and even you if you still have an impressionable spirit in your curmudgeonly old age.

For $35 you can get an assemble-at-home kit, although the hamster is not included.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]