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Archive for September 2008

Encoder Rings Hide Binary Secrets

Encoder Rings Hide Binary Secrets
These Encoder Rings are decorated with holes that represent a 64-character code rendered in binary. This is your big chance to wear sensitive data on your finger, since only geeks with great eyesight would ever have a chance of figuring out what was on there. The rings are a concept piece designed by Jonathan Ben-Tovim.

Robot Lamp Says: Light My Shiny Metal Ass

Robot Lamp Says: Light My Shiny Metal Ass
Affirmative. Yes, affirmative. I must have a pair of these metallic robot lamps flanking the sides of my bed. With a retro style reminiscent of a 1950s robot movie (or Jemaine and Bret dressed in tin foil wrapped cardboard boxes depending on your point of view), these nifty bedside lamps are actually made out of ceramic with a metallic silver coating.
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Storm Ambition LED Watch: Where Did the Time Go?

Storm Ambition LED Watch: Where Did the Time Go?
In the market for a modern digital watch that’s looks cool, but is still easy to read? Storm’s Ambition watches might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring a stealthy face design that looks like some sort of bar code when the watch is dormant, you’d never know the time was hiding beneath its unassuming surface.

Do Stormtroopers Eat Bologna on Wonder Bread?

Do Stormtroopers Eat Bologna on Wonder Bread?
Ah, another ho-hum day on the job. You know, you get up, you put on your white battle armor, load up your E-11 battle rifle, and head out to work. But before you run out the door, don’t forget your lunchbox! Whether you’re performing services for the Republic or Imperial Army, you need to be sure to eat well every day.

Tokyoflash Negative LCD/LED Watch is Positively Cool

Tokyoflash Negative LCD/LED Watch is Positively Cool
Hot off the presses comes the latest über-cool modern watch from the guys over at Tokyoflash. Their latest creation features a reverse LCD display which lets you view the time without the need for pressing any pesky buttons. The Tokyoflash Negative watch gets its name from its “always-on” inverse LCD display which uses oversize black dot-matrix pixels to reveal the time, day or date. The watch features a multi-color LED backlight, which lets you quickly flip between one of seven different colors.

Train Tracks + Vinyl Tracks = Sound Chaser

Train Tracks + Vinyl Tracks = Sound Chaser
This cool interactive art piece gives new life to old vinyl records. Created by designer/musician Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with mechanical engineer Yaroslav Tenzer, the Sound Chaser uses chopped up curved slices of vinyl records and turns them into a custom musical track for a set of miniature trains to follow. Participants connect the vinyl record slivers into any configuration they’d like, and the trains follow along the track, creating user-generated music mash-ups. Now I have no idea how they managed to get such perfect slices out of these records, but they somehow figure out a way to do it accurately enough to keep the tiny trains from derailing. Each train car has its own independent guidance system, needle, speaker and amplification, so they’re completely self-contained.

Bandai Luminodot: Like a Lite-Brite on Steroids

Bandai Luminodot: Like a Lite-Brite on Steroids
The Lite-Brite is one of my fondest childhood toy memories. Maybe it was the fact that it was THE original way to make pixel art. Or maybe it was the “living on the edge” thrill that any minute I could choke on one of the of hundreds of tiny candy-like pegs.

Lightsabers for the Eco-Conscious Jedi

Lightsabers for the Eco-Conscious Jedi
Just because your primary weapon is a lightsaber, young Jedi, doesn’t mean that you have to be an energy hog when you’re fighting back throngs of Stoormtroopers. This amusing t-shirt from Ruby Red Design envisions an EnergyStar compliant galaxy far, far away.

Dream Car 123: Electric Car Gets Pyramid Power

Dream Car 123: Electric Car Gets Pyramid Power
While this pyramid-shaped car might look pretty goofy, it’s actually an energy-efficient electric vehicle which laughs in the face of today’s gas guzzlers. And with gasoline costing upwards of $4 bucks a gallon these days, anything that runs on alternative energy seems like a welcome change. Created by Sugar Grove, Illinois inventor Greg Zanis, the Dream Car 123 tools down the street at up to 40 mph.

Tetris Tiles Bring Gaming Goodness to Your Backsplash

Tetris Tiles Bring Gaming Goodness to Your Backsplash
Now that you’re wearing your new Tetris t-shirt, why not complete the look by outfitting your kitchen or bathroom with some Tetris ceramic tiles? Tetris Tiles come in a variety of shapes inspired by the classic arcade puzzler, and let you create unique patterns on any wall or floor.

Do Androids Dream of (Radioactive USB) Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of (Radioactive USB) Electric Sheep?
Here’s a desktop toy that’s sure to draw stares from your office-mates. What could say “I fly my geek flag, and I’m proud of it” more than a glowing radioactive, goggle-sporting USB sheep for your cubicle? Not much, I say.

Clear More Rows With the Tetris T-Shirt

Clear More Rows With the Tetris T-Shirt
We’ve seen Tetris waffles, Tetris ice cubes, and so much more. Now we have this t-shirt to complete your fully actualized Tetris-fied lifestyle. While this looks pretty cool, I would like to express a few concerns I have about this design.

LEGO Skateboard for Some Bricktacular Shredding

LEGO Skateboard for Some Bricktacular Shredding
LEGO artist extraordinaire Nathan Sawaya’s recent project is this super sweet LEGO skateboard. It’s actual size, and based on the close-up picture of the wheels I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s not actually ride-able. According to the artist, his inspiration came about thusly: “My friend recently bought a new deck and it only took me a few seconds of staring at it before I realized what my next project would be.

Ninja Bunnies Keep Your Headphone Cords in Check

Ninja Bunnies Keep Your Headphone Cords in Check
Ever get your headset wires snagged on your clothes or your bag while you’re on the move? Here’s a fun way to keep your cord from getting tangled as you saunter down the street to the sounds of your iPod. This wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve seen a cord wrap for headphone wires, but this little guy is definitely my favorite. There’s just something about these ninja bunny rabbit dudes that makes me smile every time I look at them. These pint-sized, cable holding guys come to us courtesy of Korea’s J’Story (also featured this morning for their wonderful, whimsical organizer tabs). Unfortunately, these cable manager ninja bunnies are only available in Korea at this point.

Star Wars Sheets and Pillows for Lucky Kids (and Adults?)

Star Wars Sheets and Pillows for Lucky Kids (and Adults?)
I spotted this awesome Star Wars bedding for kids recently and thought, why do kids always get the fun stuff? Why am I stuck with some boring monochrome Calvin Klein crap when kids get to sleep on Leia and Chewie and the gang?

Getting Organized was Never This Much Fun

Getting Organized was Never This Much Fun
I was surfing around the recesses of the Interweb today, digging under rocks to bring you fun new stuff from around the globe, when I stumbled upon something that just jumped out and beat me over the head.
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