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R2-D2 Soy Sauce bottle: disturbance in the force

Posted in Robots,Sci-Fi,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2007

R2-D2 Soy Sauce bottle

We all love R2-D2, but this may be taking things to the extreme. For those who love the little droid too much and at the same time have an unhealthy obsession with Soy Sauce, the two have been combined. Just pour your soy sauce into R2(The liquid kind, not the sorta liquid kind), pop R2′s head back on and start pouring sauce from the little bot.

Seriously, did you ever think you would see the day when soy sauce pours forth from a droid head? I’m actually kinda disturbed, but I know some of you will find it cool. But wait, it gets better…

Eco Media Player: the green PMP

Posted in Media Players,Radio by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2007

the green PMP

Environmental groups have been all over the iPod due to it’s eco-unfriendliness to the environment. The Eco Media player may not be an iPod killer, but it should make the environmentalists a bit happier. The device is a video player, music player, fm radio, LED torch, photo viewer, hi-fi recorder, memo recorder, data storage device and a mobile phone charger. So how is this eco-friendly with all of these functions? Simple. It has no need for replacement batteries.

You wind it via a fold-out handle on the rear. (Or if you don’t care about baby seals and Polar bears, you can charge it via a USB cable to your computer). 40 minutes of audio play requires only one minute of self powering.

The Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2007

Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Music and robotics have had a strange relationship. I have seen bands with robot singers, robots playing instruments and more. Now Gibson is taking robotics and applying them to the guitar. Thanks to integrated electronics and motorized mechanics, this instrument can automatically tune itself in various configurations.

This is big news for performers. With something like this they only need to carry one guitar with them instead of several differently-tuned instruments. They plan a limited first run, only available in select stores.

DiXX Digital Putter for the high-tech golfer

Posted in Golf,PDAs by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2007

DiXX Digital Putter

Whether you need to improve your golf game or just plain learn the art, the DiXX Digital Putter will drastically improve your putting skills. That’s because it uses an onboard PDA-like computer to monitor your swing. The “inertial navigation system” keeps track of when and where the putter hits the ball, along with a “micro electrical mechanical system” that monitors the motion of your swing. With that information, the the putter can figure out how good your putt was, so it can provide feedback in 5 areas. DiXX tracks the swing path, impact position, face angle, swing tempo and speed balance.

You don’t even need to remove the computer from the putter to navigate the computer menu system. Just twist your wrist.

Time Machine Clock is beautiful & kinetic

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2007

Time Machine Clock

Before you get overly excited, this kinetic clock in all it’s beautifully designed goodness, will not send you back and forth in time. It will look great in your home and at the same time spice up the now boring art of telling time. Plus, you get the added benefit of hearing your friends tell you how cool it looks. If you are looking for that piece of unusual art to jazz up a room, this may be it.

It uses it’s many ball bearings to tell time by filling each of its marked scoops, minutes, then fives, and finally the hour. The ball bearing overflow drops to the next level. Simply count them and you have the time. Seconds are displayed on the dial on top.

Huffy Green Machine 2: the big wheel evolves

Posted in Outdoors,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2007

Huffy Green Machine 2

The Green Machine 2 looks like a Big Wheel on steroids. It sure doesn’t resemble that old Big Wheel that I rode around in as a kid. It’s got a sleek design and can be controlled with dual joysticks. It even has rear wheel steering and a 20″ front tire, along with a front wheel hand brake.

Of course just like it’s ancestors, this one is completely dependant on kid pedal power. I wish mine had been this cool. Mine certainly didn’t have a High tension steel frame, or a real rubber front tire. I guess as long as you can still peel out on these things it’s all good.

Robot watch transforms into a desk clock

Posted in Clocks,Robots,Watches by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Robot watch transforms into a desk clock

This great looking and versatile robot watch serves a double duty as both a watch and a desk clock. Just remove him from the wristband and stand him up. That’s not all he does. It can also be used as a keychain time piece and even a necklace pendant. That’s alot of uses for one little robot. The arms are fully posable as well as his headgear. I think the best part about him is that he looks cool with the clock on his chest.

How much would you pay for this much coolness in one robot? You can get it for a surprising $40. Comes in Silver and Gold tone as well as a pewter color. All look equally nice.

Wake up with the Natural Sleep Cycle watch

Posted in Health,Watches by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Natural Sleep Cycle watch

If you walk around feeling groggy and out of it all day, it may be because you are waking up right in the middle of your deepest sleep cycle. This also leads to grumpiness. It is far more ideal to wake up in one of your light sleep cycles, fully refreshed. That’s the idea behind the Natural Sleep Cycle watch.

It uses an accelerometer to keep track of small physiological changes that occur when you are experiencing light sleep. Then it wakes you when the moment is right. I hear you, you have a tight schedule and can’t be late for work. No worries. You can specify how long before your alarm it should start it’s calculations for the best time, from 10 to 90 minutes before.

The Stealth Surfer keeps surfing private

Posted in Networking,Security by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

The Stealth Surfer keeps surfing private

Sometimes you may want to keep your surfing on the down-low. There are any number of legitimate reasons for this. Maybe you think that it’s best if your co-workers don’t find out about your trips to the Barbie Doll website. Totally understandable.

Stealth Surfer is here to help. It plugs directly into your USB drive, armed with Tor Network Security, which has an IP masker. It also includes Firefox and Thunderbird, as well as Roboform. Plus a four-year subscription to Hushmail.

Stripping weather girl digital weather station

Posted in Home,Weather Stations by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Stripping weather girl digital weather station

You know those cable stations peppered around the globe where they have a stripping newswomen? Well, this is the digital weather version. A weather girl strips piece by piece to tell you the time, temperature and the humidity. Ok, she doesn’t really strip in the traditional sense. She changes her clothes depending on the weather. What a tease!(Both her and the manufacturer.)

If it’s hot enough, she’ll get down to just her bikini. No word on how she bundles up during the winter. The winter months would obviously be very un-stimulating for any guy that happens to be turned on by this digital diva.

USB Snowbot will assimilate your cold geek heart

Posted in Robots,Toys,USB by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

USB Snowbot will assimilate your cold geek heart

I’ve seen alot of cool robot toys and desk accessories over the years. I have to admit, I have never seen the combination of robot and snowman. It pleases me.

Not only is this robot bent on taking over the human race, it apparently has the winter season in mind for it’s objective. It’s got articulated arms and an eye scanner like a cylon from Battlestar Galactica, which can change color. You can also control the speed of the scanner with a knob. They say that it also has Authentic Snowbot Sound.

Yung Fu Technology’s heavy handled PMP

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Yung Fu Technology’s heavy handled PMP

This PMP is hard to handle…Mostly because of the awkward and ugly handle built into it. They wanted to help you lug around the 2-pound weight load. I guess the 7″ screen didn’t help. It also sports an integrated DVB-T mobile TV tuner and a built-in speaker.

Didn’t they talk to other manufacturers? Don’t they know that people are thinking smaller and lighter these days? Then again, maybe they wanted to stand out. Mission accomplished guys. There doesn’t seem to be any word on what kind of storage you can expect and no word on pricing.

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

Posted in Home,Internet Appliances,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

With the Cyber-Rain XCI, you can water your lawn the “Green” way. It will save you money and conserve water at the same time, by giving you control of your sprinkler system across eight zones. Through a wireless connection with your PC, it will make adjustments to it’s watering schedule, using weather data.

If it looks like it is going to rain, it will put a hold on it’s watering duties. It will even adapt it’s schedule as seasons change. Another bit of good news is that it is very affordable. You can add it to an existing irrigation system for only $295. At that price the system will pay for itself in no time. This is the kind of environment conscious technology we like to see. The Earth will thank you.

F1 lawn mower makes lawn care fun again

Posted in Home,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2007

F1 lawn mower

Lawnmowers are one of those manly tools that have not really undergone much change over the years. The reason for this is simple. Depending on how you dress it up, you can either look really cool mowing the lawn with your concept mower, or you can look like a total tool. I think they got it right here.

You have to keep it looking like a powerful object after all. The F1 is obviously inspired by the F1 racer. It’s a concept design from Kadeg Boucher. And it’s not just a shell put over the engine. They went all out. It features a full race suspension, rear view mirrors, vintage John Player Special-style livery and a steering wheel with an LCD gauge display. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see geeks racing these things in the near future.

Retro Pac-Man guitar for the arcade rocker

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Pac Man by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2007

Retro Pac-Man guitar

If you could get your hands on this sweet guitar, you could really jam out a great version of “Pac-Man Fever”. It was designed by Specimen Custom Guitars and it not only looks retro-cool, but it also has some cool features. Like the blinking headstock and a variable-speed knob located on the eyeball that can synchronize the blinker to the beat.

Sadly you or I will never EVER get to touch it as it is one of a kind, but it does make our inner geeks very happy in a dot-munching sort of way. Come to think of it, it looks more like a Pac-Banjo then a guitar, but I still want it.