How about this for an innovative use for an old musical instrument? As part of a recycling challenge for this week’s London Design Festival, one design firm took this junked out Torre acoustic guitar and turned it into a stereo with an iPod dock.
The Deptford Design Market Challenge encourages artists to re-purpose and recycle old found objects into new, functional items that you’d actually want to use.
The talented case-modders over at Computer Choppers have put their amazing Digg custom computer up for sale on eBay. The system is a glorious tribute to the popular social news website.
In addition to the over-the-top case design, the system is loaded up with a goodly amount of high-end components, including:
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU w/ Asus Silent Square HSF
Asus P5B-Deluxe Motherboard
3GB DDR2 Memory (2GB Gskill HZ DDR2-800 & 1GB (512×2) Kingston HyperX DDR2-1066)
3x500GB Western Digital WD5000YS Hard Drives
BFG 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum
18x Sata DVDRW w/ lightscribe
Hiper 580watt Power Supply
Noritake 3900 512×32 VFD
PCI fan controller & LPT port
It even includes a matching, custom painted 20-inch LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, and slick aluminum mouse pads to round out the system.
Just in time for that Halloween fog machine, this strange looking contraption will let you make as much dry ice as you want. Just add a canister of compressed liquid CO2, and it’ll do the rest.
The Portable Dry Ice Maker can crank out a one-pound block of dry ice in less than a minute.
I first told you about artist Daniel Rozin’s cool interactive mirrors about a year ago. He’s now showing off his latest creations at New York’s Bitforms gallery. Here are a couple of my favorites:
The Weave Mirror uses 768 individual strips which are woven together into a grid.
The funky-cool Reveal Watch by pioneering typographer/designer Daniel Will-Harris tells the time by gradually revealing the digits hidden behind a set of partially opaque discs.
As each minute and hour passes, the previous number gradually fades away, revealing the next number in the sequence.
In my travels, I’ve seen a few clocks made from old hard drives. They’re typically made by stripping out the guts of an old hard drive, slapping a cheap $2 clock mechanism through the platters, then call it a day.
I’ve certainly seen my share of stupid robot tricks in my day, but this is the first time I’ve seen one have a hysterical laughing fit.
Sure, the $3,000 Speecys SPC-101C programmable robot can walk and dance around, but more importantly, it’ll laugh at your bad jokes if you train it properly.
Check out this amazingly precise needlepoint inspired by Super Mario Brothers. Artist Lauren Yakiwchuk must have had the patience of a saint to pull off the detail in this scene from the Nintendo classic platformer.
It took Lauren about 30 hours to complete this 9″ x 11″ scene from SMB, handstitching the entire piece from scratch.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy mod to change the look of your Nintendo Wii, here’s a kit that lets you easily change the color of the LEDs in the console’s DVD loading slot.
The Talismoon DVD Gate is a simple kit that should take less than ten minutes to install, letting you quickly swap out those blue LEDs for red or green ones instead.
I saw this poster over on eBay earlier today, and I thought it was really funny.
Designed as a promotional piece to encourage arcades to carry the classic game Q*Bert, somebody in the marketing department at Gottlieb got the bright idea to replace pretty much every letter they could with the letter “Q”.
Already insanely popular with hipster-doofuses and the artsy-fartsy set around the globe, Domo-kun (aka “Domo”) is a strange little character that’s been seen on Japanese television screens for about ten years. Whether you think he’s cute, weird or disturbing, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the little brown guy.
Now it turns out that the wacky characters will be hitting U.S.
This delightfully minimal lighting fixture is the latest creation from Sam and Jude, the creative minds behind SUCK UK. The Little Lamp is literally just a lampshade strapped to an LED light source, strapped to a D-Cell battery.
While the whole concept is a wee bit reminiscent of Richard Lawson’s minimal 9-Volt LED lamps, it’s different enough that I’ll give Sam and Jude a break.
If you haven’t yet managed to snag one of Apple’s latest aluminum and glass iMacs, there’s now a way to give your older iMac a healthy dose of metal in its otherwise plastic diet.
These covers from ChroMac wrap around the outside of your white plastic iMac, giving it a dramatic new look.
Apple has finally revealed the details of how early iPhone purchasers can claim their $100 Apple Store credit. If you purchased your iPhone from Apple or AT&T prior to August 22nd, you just fill out an online form, go through a couple of simple validation steps, and you’ll have your credit in minutes.
So what do you suppose this strange contraption is? Could it be some kind of thought control device? Perhaps a new version of the Flowbee hair-vacuum? Maybe it’s an alien brain extraction system? Or is it just the latest fashion trend from the runways in Milan?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but this goofy looking helmet is a newfangled head massager.