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Gadgets September 23, 2010 posted by Fritz

The WeTab: Not killing the iPad, or anything

Most desired by the publishing industry for promising to lock in content just as an old-timey sheet of paper would, the WeTab was met with utmost anticipation, and hailed “the german iPad-killer”, of sorts. True, there was a time when one in three nobel prizes went to Germany, and german engineering was all over the place. But this was close to a hundred years ago, and in the meantime this once leading science nation managed to behead itself, by putting…

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The WeTab: Not killing the iPad, or anything
cool tech August 20, 2010 posted by Fritz

Fujitsu Lifebook T 730, TH 700: Slatebooks, or Notetablets, you decide

So are you going for a plain old notebook, or rather a fancy slate /tablet /pad? Or both? Fortunately there’s Fujitsu, last remaining maker of personal computers on European soil, whose engineers (of former Siemens and Nixdorf fame) have continously been cranking out transformeresque computing devices for years now. Widely unnoticed by the public, which is a case of unneccessary negligence, as the recently introduced Lifebook T 730, and TH 700 notebooktablets feature some very nice specs – a 12.1…

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Fujitsu Lifebook T 730, TH 700: Slatebooks, or Notetablets, you decide
Awesome June 5, 2010 posted by Fritz

Automatenverlag buy a book, not a cigarette pack

Fact: Smoking cigarettes is not good for you. Next fact: Vending machines are geeky and wonderful. More facts: You should really read more books, and luckily all this will come to a good end. How is that? Entrepreneural Germans have put up a publishing house, re-using the beforementioned vending machines, but for selling words on paper. The Hamburger Automatenverlag is using old, trusted and refurbished cigarette vending wonders from the past (hand-forged molded recesses, electronics-free action) for offering books from…

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Automatenverlag  buy a book, not a cigarette pack
Awesome April 10, 2010 posted by Fritz

Fashion For Freedom

Upset about the Mandybill, righteous citizen, subject of Her Majesty the Queen? Feel betrayed by the rushed Digital Economy Bill, undebatedly voted for in what seasoned gamers would call a zerg attack? Now it’s yours to fight back and take the most saccharinous revenge at hand: buy into a fashion statement. Fight commerce by commerce. Be proud to eat cake. So what about wearing a good ol’ times pirate ship? ($18) Showing the threat of a copy-happy cassette tape monster?…

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Fashion For Freedom
Fun & Games April 1, 2010 posted by Fritz

Spicy Invaders – Galaga vs Galangal

From the someone-just-had-to-do-this-dept.: Brazil-born designer Anderson Horta seemingly enjoyed some higher education in arcade gaming. So he came up with the idea of bringing the immortal meme of space invaders to new life. On the kitchen shelf, that is. As Spicy Invaders they relentlessly will fire both salt and pepper on your dishes. Pew pew, and bon appetit, earth defenders! All we need to do now is convince Anderson to have those handy invaders put into production, so we can…

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Spicy Invaders – Galaga vs Galangal
heh heh! March 31, 2010 posted by Fritz

Scientific Doom Survival T-Shirt

As you all probably know, yesterday was not the end of the world. While this was feared by a few, the successful start of the worlds biggest particle accelerator, also known as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, Geneva, Switzerland, did not bring up anything worse than cheerful yelling in the scientific community and a few press releases. No black holes, no time-warp, no breaking apart of the known universe. So someone just had to make a memorial t-shirt to…

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Scientific Doom Survival T-Shirt
Awesome March 30, 2010 posted by Fritz

Mario and Luigi friendship rings

“To be or not to be”, “three quarks for Muster Mark”, “it’s me, Mario!” – great pieces of art inevitably find their way into daily life and pop culture. But while both Hamlet and Finnegan wouldn’t make for a perfect theme for everlasting friendship, Mario und Luigi certainly do. CharlieCarter from down south, Texas, manufactures friendship rings according to the two tiny potato-nosed, moustached jump-and-run heroes. Two in a set, so you can give one to your BFF. I believe…

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Mario and Luigi friendship rings
cool tech March 29, 2010 posted by Fritz

Tinywave – teeny robot fights for you, Sumo style

Stop arguing, pick up the robo-control and let the machines do the fighting for you, while you kick back and take a humanoid break, beverages included. Tinywave is a Japanese robot kit, fully assembled and developed for all sorts of robot bashing sports fun. At just 1.45 kilograms, it’s outweighed by the average household cat, and less picky at food: batteries included. And don’t worry about the Robocalypse (not just yet): Tinywave not only needs some motion programming done before…

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Tinywave – teeny robot fights for you, Sumo style
cool tech March 26, 2010 posted by Fritz

Burri Swiss Precision Waste Bin

Swiss Public Element Designers Burri know that waste is serious business. Built on expert knowledge accumulated in more than 100 years of craftsmanship, the Burri Public Bin waste management system is made from 3mm stainless steel and sheer human ingenuity. For removing the waste, unlock the can with a Swiss precision garbage key, so the weight of its contents will pull it forward, slowed by a gas cushioned cylinder. The can will stop tilting once it has reached its optimal…

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Burri Swiss Precision Waste Bin