It's one thing for the novelty USB drives to commemorate games and anime characters, but the latest version is designed by New York artist Dino Alberto in the "Swirl" line of the Mimobot Core Series 2, according to GeekSugar. There's even a hoodie available for them, according to GeekSugar. But that's just wrong.
Toy cars that run on alternative energies are sometimes as impressive as their grown-up counterparts. Yet they often look like, well, toys (or even worse). But Corgi, in a partnership with Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, has come up with a futuristic design that could easily be sitting on a full-size show floor. The "H2GO" is a remote-controlled miniature car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that runs on water and solar energy, made of "lightweight, environmentally friendly, wheat-based plastics and boasts fully recyclable packaging," according to Pocket-lint. It even comes with its own refueling station. The … Read more
Now, here is an unnecessary, landfill-filling product. Perhaps you're a person who thinks a standard cell phone case is just too dull. Or perhaps you're a pink-loving person who collects Precious Moments memorabilia and squeals with delight every time you see a picture of a baby or a cutesy animal. If either of these descriptions apply, then a company called Fun Friends has something just for you.
Now you can protect your cell phone and give it some "attitude" (as the company says) with a animal cell phone cover. Available for candy bar and flip handsets, … Read more
Burning paper models for the dead is a religious tradition practiced by some Chinese. These can include houses, cars, and even Rolex watches. The belief is that the departed will receive them in the afterworld, making their lives (or rather, afterlives) more bearable. But what if the dead person is a geek who never fancied flashy cars or gold-plated timepieces? You burn him an Xbox 360, of course.
But then there's a softer side, or so we're supposed to believe. That's why TechLasers is marketing its "Power Pair Valentine's Special Gift Pack," which includes "two Infiniti 125mW green laser pointers, one Infiniti 15mW green laser pointer, two LaserShades, and two cap sets," according to BornRich. As far as the romance meter goes, it ranks right up there "My Clocky Valentine."
With Web 2.0 in full ascent and the widely accepted view that do-it-yourself, or DIY, is the way to get users or audiences engaged these days, we tend to forget that it's a relatively new phenomenon, at least from the corporate perspective.
For every Second Life or YouTube that exists today, that encourages users to create their own content and to potentially do so without spending any money on their corporate parents' products, there are endless examples of companies going out of their way in the past to make sure you do anything but that.
But way back … Read more
Here's one prediction for 2008 that we dearly hope does not come true: goth as the big tech fashion trend. We wish the recent spate of dark products were only Halloween novelties, but the fact that we're only in the first month of the year does not bode well.
In the last week alone, Akihabara News has highlighted a full desktop complement consisting of a macabre keyboard, mouse, and mousepad. That followed a cobra-wrapped Webcam and a pair of skull speakers that made their disturbing debut only a few days earlier.
In retrospect, the most telling sign of … Read more
If you happen to have seen my work in the past, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of all things Lego.
Over the years, I've covered two national master Lego model builder competitions, visited Microsoft headquarters for a demonstration of Lego robots, written about the communities behind Lego robotics, and much more. Oh, and played with the bricks a lot myself, though certainly not nearly as much as some of the people I've met while writing about this wonderful toy.
I even have a friend whose car is covered in the colored bricks.
So … Read more
Who says creativity is dead? Sanity, maybe, but not creativity. Just hours after learning of a concept that lets you use your laptop while walking, we came across another invention that does it one better: a chair that does the walking for you.
The ingeniously named "Walking-Chair" is the brainchild of a couple of mad-scientist designers in Austria, for what purpose we have no idea. The eight-legged beast is made of steel tubes, plastic, and an "electronic heart," according to Gizmowatch.
The price might be a bit on the high side for the office budget, however: … Read more
Even though most of us have converted to tiny MP3 players by now, you can still relive the good old days with this boombox, and it's even environmentally friendly. Why? It's made mostly out of cardboard.
The iPod Boombox comes flat-packed from Firebox at $30 a set. Batteries are included, but you'll have to provide your own iPod--and bell-bottoms.
(Source: Crave Asia)