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Tag: Germany

Play Pong While You Wait for the Traffic Light to Turn Green

Play Pong While You Wait for the Traffic Light to Turn Green
Some walk lights have buttons you can press to let the system know that there are pedestrians waiting to cross, while some others have a Pong game unit instead. Too bad you can only find the latter in Germany.

Guy Builds Bridge out of LEGO (Sorta)

Guy Builds Bridge out of LEGO (Sorta)
We’re always talking about stuff made out of LEGO around here, and while I’ve even seen furniture and vehicles made from LEGO bricks, I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve seen a load-bearing bridge that uses LEGO.
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Friedrich Kühl Air Conditioner Offers iPhone Control

Friedrich Kühl Air Conditioner Offers iPhone Control
I definitely like the fact that more and more appliances are becoming Wi-Fi-enabled, meaning that expensive home automation that was only available for the rich, or incredibly handy is trickling down to us ordinary folk. The air conditioning company Friedrich has just released a Wi-Fi dongle that will allow you to control their air conditioners from anywhere.

Best Star Wars Lego Diorama Ever Even Plays the Theme Music

Best Star Wars Lego Diorama Ever Even Plays the Theme Music
How does Germany celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D? With the world’s most awesome Star Wars diorama of course. Rene Hoffmeister and Lorenz Lnggrtnr built this super complex diorama featuring sets from Star Wars completely built out of LEGO.

Ultrasone Signature PRO Headphones: Big Sound, Big Money

Ultrasone Signature PRO Headphones: Big Sound, Big Money
Every time I upgrade my headphones, I rediscover parts of my large music collection. Since I can’t get any big speakers because of where I live, I’ve resigned myself to exploring the realm of audiophile headphones.

Radioactive Ghost Suit Installation: No, the Aliens Have Not Arrived

Radioactive Ghost Suit Installation: No, the Aliens Have Not Arrived
No, these aren’t aliens or anything like that, but this art installation by Luzinterruptus is pretty spooky. The anonymous artist group put together this haunting installation for the Hamburg Dockville Festival. It’s supposed to remind us of the dangers of nuclear power.

Breakfast-Making Robots: Short Circuit Cooks

Breakfast-Making Robots: Short Circuit Cooks
If you’re like me, you’d love some robot to prepare your breakfast, kind of like those crazy machines from Back to the Future. While today’s robots are certainly smarter than Doc Brown’s jury-rigged breakfast maker, you might wonder how good the robot breakfast will be.

Diminished Reality: Now You See It and You Also Don’T

Diminished Reality: Now You See It and You Also Don’T
A couple of students at the Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany are developing the video equivalent of the Content-Aware Fill feature in Photoshop CS5. In other words, their software can make objects invisible, and it does this in real-time.

Myon Humanoid Robot Looks Cute, but Only has One Eyeball

Myon Humanoid Robot Looks Cute, but Only has One Eyeball
It looks like another company is working on a cute humanoid robot. This time, the ‘bot comes from Germany, and he’s some kind of walking cyclops. The Myon robot is about 50 inches tall and weighs 33lbs.

Mercedez-Benz Creates Artificial Tornado

Mercedez-Benz Creates Artificial Tornado
This is one thing that you’ve definitely got to see. In Germany, in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, they can repurpose the building’s internal ventilation system to create an artificial tornado – indoors! This twister takes about 7 minutes to form and is powered by 144 jets and 28 tons of air.

The Airplane Hangar Gets Extremely Literal

The Airplane Hangar Gets Extremely Literal
I always wondered why they called it an airplane hangar. This clever wall hook system is definitely a clever play on the airplane hang(e)r concept. Created by Kolja Clemens of Germany’s MOM, these cool aluminum airplanes are just the right size and shape for hanging up your leather bomber jacket or flak jacket.

Incense Smoking Robots: Huh, Wha?

Incense Smoking Robots: Huh, Wha?
Normally, if I told you your robot was smoking, you’d have to send it in to a technician to have it looked at. I’m not quite sure why anyone came up with this idea, but they did.

The Xphone Will Destroy the iPhone… if It was a Real Product

The Xphone Will Destroy the iPhone… if It was a Real Product
We’ve yet to see a gadget really compete against the iPhone, to the extent that subscribers in the U.S. are willing to endure the sometimes horrible service of AT&T so that they can keep using Apple’s revolutionary product.

Toys for Big Boys: iPhone Remote Controls Honda Civic, Blackberry Remote Controls F1 Car

Toys for Big Boys: iPhone Remote Controls Honda Civic, Blackberry Remote Controls F1 Car
Man, these are smartphones indeed. The wise – and probably bored – folks at the University of Berlin made a one-of-a-kind iPhone app which they called iDriver, which allows them to control a Honda Civic via Wi-Fi.

Talking Piano Speaks in English: Says It’S Mad as Hell About the Environment, and is Not Going to Take It Anymore

Talking Piano Speaks in English: Says It’S Mad as Hell About the Environment, and is Not Going to Take It Anymore
File this under “weirdest use for a piano. ever.”. This amazing bit of programming and mechanical engineering has created what is probably the first and only classical piano that can speak in English.

Microsia Makes Molecular Music

Microsia Makes Molecular Music
Here’s a cool little PC program for creating ambient electronic music. And it sure looks purty while it’s doing it. The setting for Andreas Illiger’s Microsia is inside of a virtual “plant cell” of a leaf.
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