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Tag: Russia

Rare Elektronika-7 Vacuum Tube Clock Shows Up on Ebay

Rare Elektronika-7 Vacuum Tube Clock Shows Up on Ebay
When I first spotted this dot-matrix numbers on this clock I thought it was a modern-day blue LED display. But lurking beneath the surface of this timepiece is something far more interesting. What we actually have here is a very rare Russian relic from the early 1980s.

Fire Extinguisher Speakers Are Hot, Hot, Hot

Fire Extinguisher Speakers Are Hot, Hot, Hot
These candy apple red cylinders started out life innocently enough as a couple of fire extinguishers. But after they ran out of foam, they got a second life as a pair of speakers. While it may seem like a simple idea, Russian modder Strannik put a tremendous amount of effort into the construction of these tower speakers, which required precision cutting, drilling and welding to pull off such a seamless look.

Steampunk Mouse Looks Like Something Out of Dune

Steampunk Mouse Looks Like Something Out of Dune
How’d you like a mouse like this connected to your PC? Looking like a mix between an electric shaver and some sort of mini tank, this Steampunk pointer definitely stands out from the pack (or more accurately in the case of mice, it’s actually known as a “mischief” – go figure).

Tetris + Ice Cubes = Icetris

Tetris + Ice Cubes = Icetris
What better way to keep your “on the rocks” cocktails chilled but with some whimsical Tetris block ice cubes? Given the heritage of Tetris, it’s only appropriate that these Icetris ice cube trays would come from Dima Komissarov of Russian design shop Mystake.

Geiger Counter Pc Casemod Can’T Play Half-Life

Geiger Counter Pc Casemod Can’T Play Half-Life
Before all you budding nuclear physicists attempt to correct me, I know this isn’t truly a Geiger Counter. It’s actually one of those Cold-War era Ion Chamber radiation detectors. But that’s not what most of us think, so I’ll stick with the more familiar Geiger name.

Art Lebedev’S Data Dolls Store Nothing but Themselves

Art Lebedev’S Data Dolls Store Nothing but Themselves
If you’re unfamiliar with the Russian craft of Matryoshka, they’re those little stacking wooden dolls that fit inside one-another, gradually getting smaller and smaller. Designer Art Lebedev has taken these traditional dolls and put a geeky spin on them, adding data storage measurements to each one.

Motorcycle Casemod Hits Top Speed

Motorcycle Casemod Hits Top Speed
If I saw this brightly glowing motorcycle coming down the street, I’d definitely have to stop and stare. Alas, it’ll never get out of the starting gate. This heavily modded, liquid-cooled PC is strictly for use while parked (unless you want to strap a monitor to your lap while riding, and connect a really long extension cord).

Tetris Blocks Fall on Oscilloscope Screen

Tetris Blocks Fall on Oscilloscope Screen
Here’s a cool hack which uses an old oscilloscope to play an accurate game of the arcade classic, Tetris. Engineer Lars Pontoppidan created Scopetris using an AtMega32 micro-controller to drive the beam of an oscilloscope to mimic the game play of the classic Soviet puzzle game.

It’s People. Tetris is Made Out of People!

It’s People. Tetris is Made Out of People!
Everyone’s favorite Soviet block video game has been brought to life using a roomful of people, taking on the roll of the various colored geometric shapes from the game. The stop-motion video by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond of NotSoNoisy creative agency is the latest in his series of video game inspired clips, which first gained popularity with Human Space Invaders and Human Pong, and more recently, Human Pole Position.

Art Lebedev’s Pultius Remote is Ridiculous

Art Lebedev’s Pultius Remote is Ridiculous
So what do you get when you put your remote control in the taffy-pulling machine from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? This crazy design from Russia’s Art Lebedev Studios was an attempt to include as many channels as possible on a single remote, without a need to press multiple buttons.

Never Put Your Money in This Bank

Never Put Your Money in This Bank
I’m always wondering about those suspicious looking automatic teller machines you see in every little bodega and convenience store these days. You know… Will my ATM card get eaten? Will they steal my PIN number? Will it wipe all the money out of my bank account?

Worst Computer Ever

Worst Computer Ever
Check out this rare DELTA-C vintage Soviet computer (if you can call 1991 “vintage”) that I found over on eBay. It’s apparently a clone of the classic Sinclair ZX personal computer, but it sure looks like something you’d find down in a Dharma station on LOST.

Lebedev Tells the Time in Words

Lebedev Tells the Time in Words
Russian industrial designer, Art Lebedev has introduced his latest creation, a clock that displays time using words rather than numbers or hands. Lebedev’s Verbarius clock spells out the time using phrases like “fifteen minutes to five.”

The $4000+ Mp3 Player

The $4000+ Mp3 Player
For about the price of fifty iPod Shuffles, you can own one of these exclusive MP3 players made from rare woods and precious metals. Made by Russian electronics maker Gresso, the Symphonia series of media players are handcrafted from rare 200 year-old African Blackwood and gold.

Art Lebedev Does Sound

Art Lebedev Does Sound
Industrial designer Art Lebedev is known mostly for his Optimus Mini Three OLED keyboard and his nifty cursor shaped mouse. Now his clean, minimal designs will be showing up in a new desktop speaker system. Art’s new Sonicum speaker system is a 2.1 system featuring two satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer.

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