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These are the voyages of the Submarine Enterprise…

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2009

Since you can’t actually fly the Enterprise through space, this is the next best thing. A submarine version of the Enterprise that can explore the deepest depths of your swimming pool, by Japanese model maker Starfleet Yokosuka.

It’s a 1/350 scale model. Of course all of the life that you encounter will be marine life, but at least you won’t run into any Klingons. Don’t worry, Kirk can still find a mermaid or two to shag.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin have joined forces to create a new and expensive love-child in the form of the AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT. It was inspired by the Koenigsegg CCR sports car and features an open dial that gives you a clear view of everything that’s going on.

It’s a beautiful watch. More for showing off than actually knowing the time. Only three hundred of these watches will be available for purchase. Probably only 300 of you can actually afford one.

Christmas tree made from 1000 Heineken bottles

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

It’s really more of a pyramid and less of a tree, but I guess that’s what you can expect from all that drinking. Frankly I’m surprised there isn’t a guy passed out in the center. Or maybe there is. Maybe a few guys.

It actually comes from Shanghai, where someone went through the trouble of clearing these bottles from their backyard to make this Christmas tree. It’s outside the Nanjing mall and if you listen very closely you can hear the guys underneath scream for help between belches. The tree took hours to make and 1000 beer bottles.

Tweettree changes color with your tweets

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Your Christmas tree may have all of the coolest ornaments on it, tinsel, and flashing lights, but does it do Twitter? This one does. The Tweettree will change its color based on your tweets.

Just tweet @tweet_tree with the colors of your choice. hat’s when the magic happens. The Tweettree is perfect for the Twitter addict this Christmas. It even comes complete with a small embedded server inside that connects it to Twitter. Pretty tweet. I mean sweet.

Daily Life Clock is depressing, repetitive

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Admittedly, most clocks are not very uplifting, but this clock is a downright bummer, reminding you of your own mortality and the repetitiveness of your everyday. If ever there was a clock to slit your wrist by, this has got to be it.

The Daily Life Clock makes me sad just looking at its dark face. It has a grandmother, grandchild and dog as the hour, minute and second hands. They all rotate around the globe and pass through various scenery. Then it repeats again and again, reminding us of all we have failed to accomplish.

Trash Know dustbin knows best

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Taking out the trash is hard work. You have to lift it out of the bin, carry it elsewhere, then tear off another bag, shake it out and insert it inside. Whew! If only we could eliminate a few steps.

The Trash Know dustbin is a more practical trash can that makes it easier by incorporating disposable bags into itself. At the bottom of the bin is a dispenser that holds the bags. Just pull one to line the bin whenever you take the trash out, and when the bag is full, just tear away the bag.

Two new Android app stores on the way?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Apparently Motorola isn’t going to be the only one offering an alternative Android store. Looks like Sony Ericsson and General Mobile are also planning their own Android stores. Sony Ericsson has already announced that they will be accepting submissions for apps and games for Android devices.

Meanwhile General Mobile is already working on Storeoid, its own Android app store. How this will affect the Android Market and Apple’s AppStore, we don’t know. But competition is good right? 2010 is looking very interesting.

Panasonic Lithium storage battery can power your home for a week

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Well, Panasonic has officially taken over Sanyo and they aren’t wasting any time with a joint venture to develop a lithium-ion storage battery that can store enough juice to power an average home for a week. Sounds pretty impressive huh? We are talking Japanese homes here.

The battery will have a system that allows users to monitor their electricity usage through their TVs. The technology won’t be available until sometime in 2011, but we are eager to see how this powers American homes.

San Jose Police will soon record all interaction with civilians

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

We’ve all heard and seen the stories of police brutality. They sure are taser-happy these days. Well, officers in San Jose, CA are being outfitted with head-mounted cameras. They hope this will help stop such situations. The kit includes a camera, a control piece and a computer for their belt. Every time an officer interacts with a civilian, they are supposed to activate the AXON camera.

Afterward, the officer can put the camera on a “buffer” mode that records limited video, or turn it off. At the end of a shift, the video is downloaded to a central server. The problem here is that the officer can turn it off at all. Obviously if you are going to give somebody a beatdown, why would you turn it on.

Apple tablet could have Jan 2010 debut

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Previously it was looking as if the Apple Tablet could be launched in March 2010, but now word on the street is that the device could be officially announced in January 2010.

An article from the Financial Times states “Apple is preparing an announcement next month that many anticipate will be the official unveiling of its tablet, but the company has so far declined to confirm the existence of the device,”.

FN Herstal Black Box for weapons

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Weapons manufacturer FN Herstal has just released a “Black Box” for weapons. The device can detect and track all kinds of information about the weapon that it’s attached to. Stuff like how many shots are fired, burst rate and burst length, firing sequences and even ID and location data. Everything you need to know about your weapon.

The device has a battery with a service life of 10-years and it will record up to 100,000 rounds. The device should keep weapons functioning in top shape, which will theoretically save the military money and casualties.

Nexus One interface on Video

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

What have we here? A 5-minute video of the Nexus One’s UI has surfaced on YouTube and it has detailed looks at plenty of the features. The most interesting things are the enhanced graphical features and animated menus and the speed.

Judging by the video, there is almost no lag at all. 2010 is looking very promising for the Android platform. It just might be Android’s year if what we’ve seen so far is any indication.

Office Mini Tool: A Swiss Army Knife for the office

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Do you need a survival tool for your cubicle? This one may be for you. Instead of knives, what you get is a calculator, a stapler, scissors and measuring tape.

Having all of this stuff in one place should help you free up some desk space. It’s pretty ridiculous and you may get laughed at, but this thing will make you king of all cubicles. Use your power wisely. Don’t stab yourself.

Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Nothing passes the time like a deck of cards. But geeks don’t understand games like poker or Black Jack, though War and Go Fish are no problem. What geeks do understand is Star Wars. The ladies of Star Wars that is.

You’ll be so distracted by the images on these cards that you won’t care if you win or lose. The deck has 55 unique images with Leia in her famous slave outfit as the Queen of Hearts to Amidala. The Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards are only $4.99 at ThinkGeek.

Samsung announces M5650 Lindy

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Samsung has announced the sporty looking M6560, otherwise known as the ‘Lindy’. The phone has several nice features that users should dig.

Features like 3G, video calling, Wi-fi, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and a nice curvy body and glossy back. The Samsung M5650 Lindy is available right now in Portugal for $221. It should show up in other countries pretty soon.