Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bizarre December 24, 2010 posted by

Kackel Dackel is the strange game where you pick up dog poo

We had some pretty weird games when I was a kid. From elaborate ways to trap a mouse to one where you tried to sneak around and not wake your dad. However, this Kackel Dackel may very well take the cake. It’s a children’s game that revolves around a Dachshund eating food, and pooping. You have to wonder who comes up with this sort of thing. I mean, I can’t ever remember a time where I enjoyed cleaning up after…

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Kackel Dackel is the strange game where you pick up dog poo
future tech December 24, 2010 posted by

Hexsound headphone concept transforms into a pair of speakers

I’m sure that everyone here owns a pair of headphones. You probably own a pair of speakers as well. How cool would it be if your headphones could actually transform into a pair of detachable speakers? That’s exactly what one designer was thinking when they came up with this Hexsound concept. Obviously just taking a regular pair of existing headphones and ripping the ear cups off will not produce the desired effect. After all, most headphones don’t have powerful enough…

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Hexsound headphone concept transforms into a pair of speakers
Free Software December 24, 2010 posted by

iFixitís iPad App is the ultimate repair guide

A wonderful present for this holiday season that you have to pay absolutely nothing for is the iFixit Repair Manual for the iPad. Though itís going to be a little hard to gift-wrap an application, this will walk you through fixing everything from your camera to your car. It provides step-by-step detailed information, and pictures to show you youíre on the right track to repairing whatever is broken. Donít you love an application that has both form and function? All…

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iFixitís iPad App is the ultimate repair guide
Awesome December 24, 2010 posted by

The Crayola Crayon Maker recycles old half-used crayons

Crayons provided an outlet for our childhood imaginations. One of the main problems with using crayons however is that they can be used down to their tiniest stub and are annoying to draw with after that. (Donít lie, you all know itís true and still want to draw with crayons) The allure of a brand new crayon always wins out over the five or six thumb-sized stubs of colored wax that you never want to see again. Now that positions…

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The Crayola Crayon Maker recycles old half-used crayons
but is it art? December 24, 2010 posted by

Artist creates a solar-powered rainbow maker

Rainbows are one of those little wonders in life that you can’t help but admire, and smile at. Perhaps it’s their rarity that contributes to this factor. Sure, you can produce small ones with the right conditions, but ones like you see after a rainstorm aren’t so easy. Well, at least for most people. Artist Michael Jones McKean, however, seems to have figured it out. He has been working for several years to create a machine that can not only…

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Artist creates a solar-powered rainbow maker
Bookmark This! December 23, 2010 posted by

Spy Camera T-Shirt – perfect for those candid street protest shots

This Spy Camera T-Shirt is a straight up wearable unisex T-Shirt with a color digital camera embedded in the chest area. You also get a remote control to activate the shutter, which indicates a successful shot by vibrating comfortingly in the hand. Next time you’re being confronted by a 7 foot brute of a riot cop at your local Hamster Pride protest day, just get him/her to pose nicely and grab the shots you need to demonstrate your innocence. The…

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Gadgets December 23, 2010 posted by

Octopus iPhone Battery

We all love portable chargers. This is a fact we have come to terms with in this fast paced world, as we donít always have a couple of hours to find an free outlet somewhere that you can plant yourself next to. If youíre on your iPhone a lot and need to charge at some point without being stuck in a coffee shop for a good while, then youíll want a good charger to keep you on the go. Sadly,…

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Octopus iPhone Battery
Awesome December 23, 2010 posted by

Free next-day shipping at Amazon until later today

Still trying to squeeze out the last of that holiday shopping? If you still haven’t finished buying gifts, you’ll probably be happy to hear that you can still order items from Amazon and have it arrive on your doorstep on Christmas Eve. What’s even better is that they’re going to ship it to your house for free. You have until 3:30pm PST today to take advantage of this offer. Also, bear in mind that it only applies to items in…

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Free next-day shipping at Amazon until later today
Eco Friendly December 23, 2010 posted by

Water Powered Micro Car teaches kids about alternative fuels

Remote controlled cars usually get their power from a rechargeable battery pack. Cheaper ones might use a set of AA’s, but those generally run out of juice pretty quick. Of course, these aren’t the only things you can use to get your R/C car moving. Heck, you could even use water! This Eco-Racers Water Powered Remote Control Micro Car is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tiny car that runs on water. If you’re imagining a stream of water…

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Water Powered Micro Car teaches kids about alternative fuels
Gadgets December 23, 2010 posted by

Fireplace Vacuum uses a HEPA filter to keep the air clean

Sometimes in the winter there is nothing better than curling up next to a fireplace with some hot chocolate. The biggest downside of doing this is the fact that you actually need to own and maintain a fireplace. I’ve dealt with these in the past, and they can be messy and annoying to clean. I mean, those ashes have to go somewhere, right? Disposing of them usually means scooping them out with a tiny shovel into a bucket. Then you…

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Fireplace Vacuum uses a HEPA filter to keep the air clean
Awesome December 23, 2010 posted by

LiteLocker lets you leave your Christmas lights up year-round

I’ve never messed with putting up Christmas lights on any of the places I’ve lived. This has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve mostly lived in apartments, and the fact that I can be really lazy. I’ll be honest, spending a couple of hours on a ladder in the freezing cold just so I can get a higher electric bill isn’t my idea of fun. Instead, I just admire other peoples’ handiwork. For those of you that…

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LiteLocker lets you leave your Christmas lights up year-round
Gadgets December 23, 2010 posted by

iKlip lets you add an iPad to your microphone stand

If you’re a musician who owns an iPad, you’ve probably discovered just how great of a tool it can be. I mean, you can have all of your sheet music at your fingertips, without having to carry around folders and binders of the stuff. A few taps and you can pull up the exact piece that you want to play. The only question is how you’re going to keep the device exactly where you need it. One option that is…

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iKlip lets you add an iPad to your microphone stand
Gadgets December 22, 2010 posted by

BETA Shells keep your fancy camera lenses safe from harm

If you’re a professional photographer (or even an enthusiast) you know that the lenses you carry around for your fancy DSLR can cost more than the body itself. So what happens when you accidentally drop that bag carrying $1000+ worth of lenses? You panic and pray, that’s what. On the other hand, if your lenses are sealed up in these BETA Shell cases, you probably don’t have much to worry about. These cases are designed to be completely water-tight and…

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BETA Shells keep your fancy camera lenses safe from harm
Gadgets December 22, 2010 posted by

Clip-it Drives are small, but hopefully won’t get lost

Flash drives are one of those interesting little pieces of technology. They’re mostly interesting because of their small size. They’re getting so small in fact, that companies almost have to add unnecessary bulk to them, just so they won’t be lost. Well Verbatim has decided to take a different approach with their Clip-it Flash Drives. These 4GB drives are pretty tiny, but they have one extra feature that most others don’t. They are shaped so that the drive itself can…

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Clip-it Drives are small, but hopefully won’t get lost
Gadgets December 22, 2010 posted by

Heart Spark necklace shows the beating of your heart

Here’s an interesting bit of jewelry. Yes, I know, jewelry doesn’t generally seem like something that belongs on here, but bear with me. This circuit board shaped like a heart does more than just look geeky. It also features a set of LEDs that will blink. What’s cool is that the blinking can be set to match the rhythm of your heartbeat. Then everyone around you can see the beating of your heart. The downside to this Heart Spark is…

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Heart Spark necklace shows the beating of your heart