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Archive for June 2007

Dining in the Sky: Hope You Wore Your Parachute

Dining in the Sky: Hope You Wore Your Parachute
This strange restaurant combines the delights of dining with a thrill of well, a thrill ride. You’ll travel about 150 feet into the sky before you chow down on a gourmet meal prepared mid-air. Dinner In The Sky uses a mobile crane to lift its entire 22-seat open-air dining room over city streets all over Europe.

Planetary Lights Float Around Your Room

Planetary Lights Float Around Your Room
Bring the solar system into your living room with these floating lights from Japan’s TakaraTomy. These Fuwarito lamps look like the earth and the moon, but are just simple helium-filled mylar balloons with an LED built into the bottom.
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iPhone Review: Initial Impressions

iPhone Review: Initial Impressions
Well, now that I’ve had about a day to try out my new iPhone, I’m ready to give you guys my initial impressions. First off, my purchasing experience was surprisingly painless. I arrived around 5:20pm on launch day at the AT&T store that’s by Harlem and Irving Park Avenues, just Northwest of Chicago.

IPhone is in the House

IPhone is in the House
Look what I just got my grubby little hands on… After a brief, uneventful visit to my local AT&T store (on the Northwest side of Chicago,) I managed to score one of the last couple of 8GB iPhones in stock.

IPod Speakers Made From Gourds

IPod Speakers Made From Gourds
When I think of gourds, I usually think of cheesy Fall harvest centerpieces on the cover of Family Circle. So it’s nice to see gourds put to some good use with these unique handcrafted speakers. Japan’s Bird Electron decided it would be nice to see some speakers made from natural materials, so they came up with the concept.

Computer Plays Youtube Videos With Ascii Text

Computer Plays Youtube Videos With Ascii Text
This cool hack takes videos from YouTube, converts each frame to ASCII text, then plays them back in all their alphanumeric glory. Warren Harding (Linux geek, not the 29th President) put together a script which uses the text-based Lynx web browser along with Mplayer to to render the video.

Tivo Finally Coming to Comcast

Tivo Finally Coming to Comcast
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Comcast has finally given the “green light” to TiVo’s software for release on their DVRs. The two companies reached an agreement way back in March 2005 to offer TiVo’s applications running on Comcast hardware.

IPhone Smudge Simulator

IPhone Smudge Simulator
Whether you’re holding off on that new iPhone purchase until version 2.0, or you’re already camping out, this fun online plaything should keep you occupied while you’re waiting. The wonderfully-named iSmudginator is a bit of interactive Flash that lets you simulate what will happen to your shiny new iPhone after you’ve put it through it’s paces.

Mini Robot Bugs From Japan

Mini Robot Bugs From Japan
I was checking out Bandai Japan’s website earlier today when I came across this new micro robot that they’re coming out with later this year. The Hex Bug series of miniature insect robots scurry along on six legs, just like real bugs.

Classic Mac Icons on Note Cards

Classic Mac Icons on Note Cards
Here’s a great little gift for any Mac fanatic. User interface designer Susan Kare makes these fun notecards that feature her original designs from the classic Apple Macintosh computer. All of your favorites are there: the smiling computer, the watch, the paint bucket and the dreaded bomb among others.

Blu-ray to to Give Away Free Movies

Blu-ray to to Give Away Free Movies
Much of the industry is already saying that Blu-ray is winning the high-def format wars, so it’s actually surprising to hear that the Blu-ray Disc Association is hedging their bets even more by giving away free discs with the purchase of their players.

Zmotion Space Presenter Controls Like a Wii-Mote

Zmotion Space Presenter Controls Like a Wii-Mote
This wireless presentation controller lets you remotely operate your Windows computer using a similar interaction to that of the Nintendo Wii-mote controller. The ZMotion Wireless Space Presenter looks like a super-slim remote control, but does a lot more than just flip pages in a PowerPoint deck.

Human CD Holder: Lifts 10x His Own Weight

Human CD Holder: Lifts 10x His Own Weight
This little fella is using every bit of his strength to keep your CD collection in order. The Human CD Holder is a clever design concept, featuring a pint-sized humanoid lifting up a “giant” box of CDs.

Vizio 52-Inch 1080p LCD Tv Revealed: Thanks Costco!

Vizio 52-Inch 1080p LCD Tv Revealed: Thanks Costco!
I was flipping through my latest Costco Member Passport book when I stumbled across something interesting. It looks like flat-panel display maker Vizio is about to launch a brand new 52-inch LCD set this Summer. The coupon reveals that the set will be available for purchase starting on August 20th, and it’s simply listed as a ‘Vizio 52″ 1080p LCD HDTV (Item 200552)’.

Electronic Dust Bin Makes Dustpans Obsolete

Electronic Dust Bin Makes Dustpans Obsolete
If you’re like me and live in a house with hardwood floors, keeping the place dust and dirt free can be a pain in the butt. That’s why I’m excited by this seemingly boring “why didn’t I think of that” invention.

Cool Your Hot Console With a Radiator

Cool Your Hot Console With a Radiator
For certain current-gen consoles (espectially those that start with an “X” and end with a “360”), overheating has been a recurring problem for many of us. I’ve seen all sorts of cooling fans that claim to help with the problem, and sometimes they do.
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