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Category Archives: Unusual

Zygote, The Glowing Amusment Ball

By Ryan Nill

Zygote is the name of a giant rubber ball filled with helium and some sort of vague LED contraption. Hit it and it shifts through various color spectrums. Add drugs and party-people and you have yourself a heavily sedated crowd, all intently staring at a glowing beachball. Only hilarity can ensue. Created by Alex Beim (and numerous other people) of the Interactive Collective Tangible, the Zygote is being touted as a way to “transform the divorcement into a multi-sensorial, interactive playground, actively engaging the crowd.” Right. The touch sensitive LEDs on the inside of the helium-filled beachball can also be programed to synchronize with music, set to flicker through colors or a variety of other complex interactions.

The creator is looking for publicity and intends to join forces with musicians to bring these fabulous glowing beachballs to a concert near you.

[ Interactive Collective Tangible ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Hyper-Intelligent Coconuts Demand Quiet


By Evan Ackerman

MIT Media Lab researcher Tad Hirsh has designed electronic coconuts to be deployed as noise sensors in San Jose, California, an area which is subject to aircraft from San Jose International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport. The coconuts are hung from trees, and when they hear excessive noise from low-flying aircraft, they use integrated cellphones to leave messages at the San Jose airport complaint hotline on behalf of the people, animals and trees of San Jose.

Here’s a sample complaint:

“Uh… Hey. Um, yeah. So… Um, this is…. Yeah, no, like, I’m… Shut up, no, I’m talking. Okay, so, yeah. So, all these planes, man… It’s crazy. It’s like a roooaarrrrr. Dude, I need a pizza… Could you send me a pepperoni pizza? Dude, that would be great. Wait wait wait wait wait, put some mushrooms on that. Yeah, mushrooms. Sweet.”

Check out the original audio files on Tad’s website; they’re exactly how you’d think a hyper-intelligent (and maybe stoned) coconut would sound.

[ Tripwire ] VIA [ Guerrilla Innovation ]

Pneumatic Insect Vacuum (Also) Sucks

w_01.jpg By Ryan Nill

Insects are one of the foundations of our biosystem yet the poor suckers don’t get any respect. Of course being important doesn’t mean they’re not gross and we’d rather have them on the outside of our dwellings. Enter the Insect Vacuum. It’s a gun-like device that works with compressed air. Stick it next to the insect in need of eviction and pull the trigger. A sudden suction of air will propel the chitinous fella into a receptacle for later (humane?) disposal.

This is just the kind of thing you find on the streets of Akihabara, and will set you back a cool 2,389 Yen (or about $25). Not sure if the company delivers overseas, though you can try to figure it out through the comically translated product page below. Oh, and be sure to check out the video.

[ Netprice ] VIA [ Plastic Bamboo ]

This Is Cool

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By David Ponce

Yeah, we’re just geeks being geeks. But this picture kicks some ass.

VIA [ Digg ]

Man Trades Sex Life For Dragon Bag

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By David Ponce

If anything screams “I’m not getting laid tonight” louder than this bag, we’d love to hear it. Until then, we do happen to admire the amount of effort and craftsmanship required to create something like this. It’s a one of a kind leather dragon bag, created by a dude in Ukraine called Bob Basset. Strangely, the name doesn’t sound overly Ukrainian, but what do we know?

Aside from the fact that the bag is handmade from molded leather, we don’t know a whole lot more. So we’re going to leave you with two more pictures after the jump, as well as a couple links.

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HypoSurface: It’s Hyponotic


By Evan Ackerman

Walls. They’re so boring. And they’re everywhere. HypoSurface smashes through the, uh, fourth wall with a shape changing, interactive surface. Using interlocking flexible panels activated by compressed air from behind the wall, HypoSurface can create three dimensional waves, patterns, images, and even words by moving the flexible panels in sync. Software allows the wall to react to sound or movement, and… Well, just watch the video:

You can lease one of these; it comes with everything you need to get it up and running (including a technician). They don’t say how much it costs, but it would probably cheaper to just stare at a normal wall while you’re really, really drunk [Yes... drunk... -Ed.] (and listening to Pink Floyd).

[ HypoSurface ] VIA [ Designverb ]

Paper Engine Runs On Heat (Or Cold)

228stm_ani.gif By Ryan Nill

Astromedia, a German-based company that specializes in papercut crafts and toys, has created a papercut engine that runs on the heat from a cup of coffee. Or from the chill of packed ice; the Stirling engine isn’t picky.

It’s pretty cool, and works by having heated air push a piston back and forth, creating a wonderful little whirling engine. The Stirling engine is made from than punched cardboard and various other parts. It doesn’t actually run anything, per se (just sort of turns), but it’s a fun toy for children of any age.

It can run for hours (one person even managed over 12 hours!) and is available online for €21.90 (about 29$ US). No word about shipping or anything, but one must take into account that they are in Germany. Perhaps someone could homebrew one…?

[ Astromedia ] VIA [ Boingboing ]

Victorinox Unveils Absurdly Expensive Knife, We Suggest Second Mortgage

by Ryan Nill

Victorinox has unveiled its new Victoria series; 240 pimped out pocket knives, available only while supplies last. Half are covered in yellow gold 750, the other 120 have been smothered in pure platinum 950, with 430 flawless diamonds on every knife. Both are 74mm Executive-type Victorinox army knives and come with 2 blades, a nail file and cleaner, scissors, orange peeler, screwdriver, ring and pair of tweezers. Everything except the tweezers has been engraved and given another coating of bling. Also comes with matching precious metal chain, so that you can show off your lack of class.

Now the important part: cost. The gold knife will set you back $50,000 while the platinum one comes for an absurd $70,000. So if you have to chose between a new car and one of these knives, we here at OhGizmo! sincerely hope you’ll make the right choice.

[Go for the bling. Who the hell needs a house anyway? -Ed.]

[ Victorinox ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

USB-Powered Mr.Tengu Will Judge You Based On Musical Tastes

snipshot_e4iubuek5rt.jpg By Ryan Nill

Solid Alliance, a Japanese company, has unleashed their newest brainchild; the Tengu. Named after mythical bird-men who are easily angered and steal away small children, the USB powered Tengu does absolutely nothing. Yes, nothing. Well, nothing useful at least.

Once plugged into your computer, the Tengu displays an LED face that changes expressions by reacting to sound. Play some jazz, an the face looks at you quizzically, Rock music gets you angry faces, and classical makes it scold you about how you could do so much better than her and should have majored in something besides art.

No, not really! The Solid Alliance Tengu will be available in Japan at the end of August for 4480¥, or about 38$ US.

[ Product Page (Translated from Japanese) ] VIA [ newlaunches ]