People love their pets. Oftentimes, they even treat them better than themselves or their own children, pampering them with toys, treats, clothing and even furniture of their own. Take, for example, the Cat Tunnel sofa.
I like taking naps in private, but even I think that these Podtime Sleeping Pods are borderline ridiculous. While it seems like a pretty neat concept, it’s priced way too high (at £1,375 or about $2,148 USD) for mass enjoyment.
Minneapolis artist Charlie Bucket (not the kid from Willy Wonka) knit himself a dress. But this thing isn’t just any old garment. The dress is made from 600 feet of knitted plastic tubing, filled with luminescent fluid.
The whole dress is then connected to a pumping backpack which precisely times the movement of the fluids – resulting in an amazing lightshow.
This has got to by my favorite Nixie tube creation in a very long time – a fully-playable Soduku board.
Trashbear Labs built this Nixie Soduku board using 81 individual tubes, arranged into a grid, and controlled by a couple of dials and a keypad.
While this thing certainly looks like some sort high-end audiophile device, it’s actually a cheap desktop speaker for your computer that’s just masquerading as a schmancy tube amp.
Created by Japan’s Hanwha, the tube look-a-like speaker plugs into the USB port and audio jack on your computer, and lights up in a cool blue when powered on.
There are certainly a ton of different ways to tell time, but this retro-modern digital clock is definitely one of the cooler designs I’ve seen in a while.
The Ice Tube clock ($70 USD) gets its brilliant blue display thanks to an old-school Russian-issued VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) tube.
Brando’s got a portable sound card for you, and it’s packaged in a cute, totally not senseless, vacuum tube-style case. All you need to do is plug it in to your computer via it’s mini USB-to-USB adapter, plug in your headphones and/or mic, and you’re good to go.
Areaware’s 2B Radio lets you enjoy the “big, warm, radiant sound” that can only be produced by vacuum tubes, along with a Braun-inspired minimalist design.
Aside from an AM & FM internal antenna, the 2B Radio also has an aux input and a recording output, so you can pair it with modern audio devices.
I’m not sure if this clock design qualifies as “steampunk” or simply anachronistic, but it sure looks different than just about any timepiece I’ve ever seen.
Combining retro Nixie tubes with a baroque antique bronze enclosure, it’s definitely different.
I don’t know what it is, but I’m a real sucker for Nixie tube clocks. There’s something about the soothing orange glow tubes that offer a simple, yet elegant way to display any numeric information. I hadn’t seen a design that really caught my eye in a while, when I stumbled onto this wooden beauty.
The clock features a set of dramatic surface-mounted Nixie tubes which peek through the front of the warm reddish African Sapele wood case.
The only thing keeping me from putting one of these clocks on my mantle is the fact that it’s only sold as a kit.
Look at these cool led lights, designed by Jörg Schieber for German company chameledeon. Minimal and elegant, they work with a remote switch and cycle through 16 different colors, so you can set the mood in your living room without having to get up from the couch.
Besides the colored series, a single color white version is available too.
Looking for some compact speakers that don’t look like all the others? Then check out this funky aluminum audio system from Gais.
The Gais Lisire Series 020 is a complete 2.1 channel sound system featuring distinct cylindrical styling.
This wouldn’t be the first Nixie tube clock I’ve ever seen, but it sure offers some different display options than the typical numeric display they usually feature. Raymond Weisling’s GeekKlok not only can display time using traditional digits, it offers custom “fonts” which can tell time using special characters.
The GeekKlok comes in kit form, and can display 50 different character sets including everything from Roman numerals to Arabic to Chinese, Japanese and even Klingon.
Designed by Japan’s M+K Design, these slick lamps use modern lighting technology to offer a cool, otherworldly glow. To me, they look like something taken right off the set of Blade Runner or Minority Report.
Designers Maiko Watanabe and Koichi Tanaka’s Sweet Icicle Lamps encase a bright cold cathode tube in a block of crystal clear acrylic to add drama to any room.
For some reason, clock makers keep trying to bring back the magic of Nixie tubes without using any of the actual tubes. First, we had the LED “Nixie” Clock, and now we get this cheapo version that uses LCDs instead.
About the only thing the Marksman LCD “Nixie-Style” Alarm Clock has in common with a real Nixie clock is that it has clear tubular containers for each of the digits.