Monthly archives: July 2011

The Keyboard Tie

Here is something that is bound to liven up a dreary meeting, it is something that will remind people who you are and what you are representing, so it is great for sales people as way in the door! The tie has eight sensors, one in each key so that with practice the wearer will be able to get to know a tune or two!

These are the features for the Musical Keyboard Tie;

Liven things up at your next meeting or party! Necktie has touch-sensitive keys to play 8 different notes! Fastens around neck with comfy cord. Includes an on/off switch. WARNING: Choking Hazard – small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Priced at $13.98 in the US and around £9 in the UK

Source [Coolest Gadgets]

 

The Expanding Toaster

I love this toaster, not just, because it can expand to cope with the growing family, or because it has a certain style, it is just because this is design that serves a real purpose, the growing family! You can see how this works, the single person has a single toaster, then someone moves in, therefore another module is needed and as the kids come another module can be added to meet demand. This is a real cool idea and so long as the toaster actually worked for a number of years so that the system can expand to meet demand.

According to the designer of the Modular Toaster, Hadar Gorelik, a design student from Israel;

Each member of the family has their own toaster, this way the toaster is as big as your family. While connected to one another, the toasters can work together and can work separately. By itself, the toaster looks like its missing something, looks incomplete. And when assembled together the next toaster closes the form and completes the look.

Source [Gajitz]

 

 

Microsoft Rolls Out Avatar Kinect

The software giant and games developer Microsoft has launched a new service called Avatar Kinect to its Xbox Live Service. What this does is track the features of the user face, such as the mouth and even eyebrows so that the player can have a real representation of how they wish to look online, this facial recognition feature is great for interacting online with other avatars as the Microsoft video shows.

These are some details found on the Avatar Kinect web pages;

See the power of Kinect in action as Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson interviews Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten. Announced at this year’s CES keynote, Avatar Kinect is coming soon and it will be free for all Xbox LIVE Gold members.

Source [Geeky Gadgets]

 

 

Harry Potter Anime Style

Everything has its fate, what if this and what if that sort of thing. So today’s what if event is! What if the creator of Harry Potter, J K Rowling, was Japanese? We would have ended up with a version of Harry Potter that would be more like the sort of thing that comes out of Japan, such as anime.

Check out this cool artwork that show the main Harry Potter characters in the style of anime, it’s cool!

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

Build your own Segway

A brand new Segway will set you back around £5,000 which is a lot of money to fork out on something that only carries one person, so what are the other options, well there is second hand or better still build your own, yes build your own!

You need to get hold of a couple of second hand electric scooters and to carefully follow the instructions of Petter Forsberg from Sweden, this way you will be able to build your own Segway for around £300, now that’s better.

According the builder website, this is the inspiration behind the build your own Segway;

The main reason that I wanted to build a Segway was simply because I wanted to see if it was possible. I also liked the idea of building something that strongly interacts with humans. I will now describe how I built this Segway.

As for the cost of the parts, it seems that this has managed right down to last penny or so;

The biggest cost was the motors wheels and batteries. I managed to reduce this cost pretty well by buying a second hand scooter, which was malfunctioning due to an electrical error, the parts I scavenged from it, makes up one setup of wheel motor and gears

So, if anyone has a go on this project, please let us know and might even feature it!

Source [Ubergizmo]

 

 

Man in a drain

What lengths would you go to in order to find your iPhone? Well this guy has followed his iPhone down the drain, which is fair enough; I suppose it is only natural to want to get your expensive iPhone back, especially if it is at the beginning of a new twenty four month contract!

The thing that I find amusing is the girl reporter who feels that she has to demonstrate exactly what happened and even sticks her head into the open drain; you do not see that every day on the BBC Breakfast News!

Source [Technabob]

 

Are Aliens Here

Where we hear talk of aliens and close encounters, we naturally think of Americans and the US, the for this is two fold; most science fiction is based in the US and produced by US filmmakers and secondly the US has a massive population and so sightings etc are going to be multiplied. However, it seems that this idea could be wrong, as alien sightings are now a global phenomenon, and even more worrying is the amount of people who believe that aliens are already here and living amongst us, well I could have told you that!

This graphic shows in great detail just how many people from around the world, believe in aliens and those who do not, some figures are quite surprising.

Source [Column Five Media]

 

How private is privacy

It seems that we take it for granted that all of our online actions are like walking down the road, nobody takes any notice until something happens. However, it is not like that online for every step that you take can be tracked in some form or another; in fact, Privacy International has commissioned this video to show exactly what sort of trail computer users are leaving as they move around the net.

According to a Privacy International spokesperson;

Privacy International – Data Trail from This is Real Art on Vimeo.

Europe is the world’s leader in privacy rights. However, with leadership like this, we worry about the future. The Directive on Data Protection has been implemented across EU member states and beyond, but inconsistencies remain. Surveillance harmonisation that was once threatened is now in disarray. Yet there are so many loopholes and exemptions that it is increasingly challenging to get a full understanding of the privacy situations in European countries. The cloak of ‘national security’ enshrouds many practices, minimises authorisation safeguards and prevents oversight.

So knowing this, what are you going to do about it?

Source [PSFK]

 

The Apple Store Challenge

It seems that you are able to do almost anything at the Apple Store these days, just take a quick search on YouTube and you will find all sorts of curious things going on. So that definitely sounds like a challenge doesn’t it?

Step in comedian and all time bad shopper, Mark Malkoff, he certainly knows to make the staff in the Apple Store lives a right misery and yet in some strange way it is so funny, especially as hardly anyone takes any notice at all.

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

Stormtrooper designer beats Lucas

The classic Stormtrooper costume in the original Star Wars films is iconic and were designed by the 62 year old, UK designer Andrew Ainsworth. However, years after film were made; these suits are still being made using the same moulds as the originals, because Ainsworth has a side line in replica Stormtrooper suits, which sell for around £1,500 each!

Anyway, as most people are aware anything to do with Star Wars is strongly defended by George Lucas and in actual fact, the producer actually successfully sued Ainsworth for $20 million in 2004, when the replicas were first sold. However, this ruling was overthrown by several courts and now in the most recent court case it has been thrown out for good.

Leading intellectual property lawyer Simon Bennett of Fox Williams LLP said;

“The judges concluded that the helmet could not be regarded as an artistic work because it was a mass produced item – remember how many storm troopers there were? – and has an utilitarian role,”

This is massive save for the designer, who naturally keep on producing and selling the outfits, in the UK anyway!

According to the Twickenham based designer, Andrew Ainsworth;

“This is a massive victory, a total victory; we’ve already got the champagne out, I am proud to report that in the English legal system David can prevail against Goliath if his cause is right. If there is a force, then it has been with me these past five years.”

Source [Guardian]