DIXON, Calif.--I am so vindicated.
Yesterday, I spent several hours deep in the middle of the world's-largest corn maze, a creation of brothers Matt and Mark Cooley in this little agricultural town about 70 miles northeast of San Francisco.
For much of my time inside the maze, I religiously followed the map that's provided, probably being a little too rigid about it, but deciding that I wanted to see if i could do the whole maze without getting lost.
I got to the middle of the maze using the map and spent some time on the bridge … Read more
As cyclists continue to assert their equal rights on the road, their gadgets are trying to keep up with car technology as well--whether they be MP3 players, GPS devices, phones, speakers, or even heart monitors. But until now, one crucial element has been missing: LED messages.
Japan's Digital Cowboy (we love that name) is about to remedy that, however, with something called "Lex" that attaches to the bicycle's spokes. Just download a message from the computer through a USB connection and, according to Everything USB, "as the bike wheel spins down the road, you are … Read more
The high-tech industry needs to take some lessons from iShoes about rolling out new versions. Crave wrote about the originals on Friday, and over the weekend the inventors apparently decided it was time for an upgrade.
What they've come up with is no minor tweak either: iShoes 2.0 barely resemble the first version, looking more like three-wheeled roller skates than mini-shopping carts with 4-inch wagon wheels. Despite the design overhaul they're still powered by electric motors controlled by a wired remote, but Gizmodo says new specs are on the way.
The most disappointing news, however, is the … Read more
DIXON, Calif.--I made it to the center.
It's true. After about an hour, sticking religiously to the map they gave me at the beginning, I found myself at the bridge in the middle of the world's largest corn maze, looking out at 40 acres of corn. I'm pretty proud of myself.
It was hard. But, by using the map, keeping careful track of where I was going, and looking ahead and being sure where I wanted to go, I made it.
Of course, once I got to the outer ring of the center, it got hard, … Read more
DIXON, Calif.--I'm sitting on a stairway in the middle of the world's-largest corn maze and blogging the experience. Literally.
I like to say I'm the first to do things, and of course, you never really know if it's true. But I have to say I think the odds that someone else has been blogging inside this maze, which comprises 40 acres of healthy cornfield in this small farming town near Sacramento, are pretty small. But you never know.
Could anything be more bizarre to the Western world than watching an Asian lady chew on chicken legs with relish in the reality TV show Survivor? How about a chicken foot USB drive? Like Whazatt? No, really, that's what the company calls itself. Call it a fowl sense of humor (groan). Though at a pricey $44.95 for 1GB of flash memory, this is far from chicken feed.
(Source: Crave Asia)
IXOS is one electronics maker that, from what we've seen so far, will always keep us guessing. It boggles the mind to imagine how a company that can produce something so elegant as its iPod speaker tube can also be responsible for the "Disco Cube."
But Tech Digest says the blinking phenom, which made its debut last holiday season, is back for another performance in models updated for the newest generation of media players. It must have something to do with the natural bond between iPods and '70s dance-floor lights.
While we're generally in favor of … Read more
We hope it's clear by now that Crave is dedicated to the use of alternative energy, especially if it means an alternative to expending our own. But we feel that too much green development has been focused on terrestrial pursuits and mundane commuter topics.
Here's an example of what we'd like to see more of: a hydrogen-fuel toy rocket. All it takes, according to GadgetGrid, is some ordinary tap water to be converted into clean-burning fuel for a projectile that can reach 200 feet.
Now that's what we call a useful green technology. If we can … Read more
Time's running out. The holidays are almost here, and you need ideas to get a rise out of your boring relatives, who will already be on the lookout for the RC tarantula you unleashed on the last family gathering. That 44-pound roach bot would be ideal, but it's not for sale.
Enter the "Roboscorpion." This beast's motions have been pattered after the poisonous desert dweller, according to Gizmowatch, with independently moving head, tail, and claws that look sharp enough to make it the robotic equivalent of Edward Scissorhands. It's the closest thing we've … Read more