Minor modifications aside, today’s Rubik’s Cube is very similar to the one that Ernő Rubik introduced to the world more than 30 years ago. But it was only a matter of time before the geeky puzzle cube got touched by technology.
For digital musicians who have longed for a performance controller for Ableton Live, you’ll be totally stoked to check out this cool new control pod that lets you interact with Ableton Live in real time.
Designed as a collaboration between Ableton and Novation, the new Launchpad is a dedicated controller that offers a 64-button grid of backlit buttons which can be used to create and display music sequences using the same sort of interactive interface you might find in a Monome or a Tenori-On.
The only thing more unnecessary than a name badge that says “Hello, my name is…” is one that blinks. Sorta like the old HTML <BLINK> tag that most of us had the good sense to stop using about a decade ago.
New from Japan – home of things too cute and strange to ever make it to American soil, comes TakaraTomy’s latest dose of sugary electronic goodness, the Panda Bank.
I’m not sure what these panda bears are doing with all of my Yen coins, but they appear to be quite happy, and they like to do all sorts of fun tricks on the LCD screen when fed money.
Nobody wants to get in a car crash. But if you have the misfortune of ending up in a fender-bender – or worse, wouldn’t you like to have a video documenting the entire thing for insurance or legal purposes?
It’s been a while since we featured a cool digital watch here on technabob. That’s not for lack of trying – I just haven’t seen anything particularly different in a while. So I was happy when I stumbled onto these funky new digital timepieces from Alessi.
Want to see what the guy in the apartment across the street is up to? This digital spy camera has a ridiculously long telescopic lens that lets you zoom in on the action from afar.
The Avatar digital camera has a 21x analog zoom lens which should make long-distance observation and photography a snap.
Designer Shay Shafranek’s concept for an electronic ruler manages to retain the familiar look of the analog instrument while making it easier to use.
Using the electronic ruler is as simple as using its analog ancestor.
Best Buy’s Insignia is the world’s first portable HD radio, allowing users to enjoy high quality digital FM radio on the go.
Meh. Who am I kidding? Best Buy is selling it for $50 (USD)! You can buy an mp3 player with a built-in FM tuner for that price.
Designer Vadim Kibardin has found a way to make the ever-useful clock be more versatile aesthetics-wise with his black & white clock concept. It consists of just four OLED digits – no case or box or other parts that might clash with the style in your house.
Who needs portability when you can have a good old-fashioned desk phone? This unusual phone lets you use your mobile phone SIM card to connect to wireless phone networks instead of landlines.
The CVFK-M14-US Business Phone looks like a regular desk phone, but is actually a dual-band (850Mhz/1900Mhz) GSM phone.
These modern digital watches don’t use LED or LCD screens. Instead, they use E-Ink screens to tell the time.
Phosphor’s E-Ink watches have a bold modern design, and feature highly readable electrostatic displays.
The Phosphor DH01, DH02 and DH03 all feature a display that combines a dramatic modern numeric display for minutes, along with a simulated analog dial for the current hour.
It took me a second to figure out what was going on when I first got a look at this table full of analog clocks. But once I stood back from my screen, I realized that none of the clocks have the correct time and the whole thing is a macro timepiece that tells the time using 24 individual clocks.
If you’ve put off getting ready for the final analog to digital television transition, and don’t want to bother with cable or satellite, your only choice is over-the-air digital TV. This sub-compact antenna is designed to help ease the transition without cluttering your tabletop with a giant antenna.
Designer Philippe Starck is known for creating goods with style, panache and a clean modern sensibility. Now the iconic designer has put his stamp on a home sound system designed specifically for iPod, iPhone and other digital audio sources .