Kid Proof Headphones

Posted in Headphones,Kids by Tam Yue on May 28th, 2014

Head FoamsGot kids? If you answered yes, we can probably guess that most of your headphones are a broken, tangled mess in the backseat of your car.

If that’s the case, then MarBlue has a solution for you. Presenting HeadFoams, the kid-proof headphones. These things are virtually indestructible. They are made from a non-toxic, BPA free, EVA foam. They have been approved in the US and internationally as meeting all the child-safety standards and also have a reduced audio output. They have ensured that the head phones will not go above 8.5 decibles to help protect developing ears.

Now, these headphones are not going to make a fashion statement, so most teenagers will probably look at you funny if you try to give them a pair. But for your little one, the one that is in the back seat of the car …

One Man Star Wars Band

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on May 28th, 2014

Anders FlanderzYou know how we are nuts about all things Star Wars. Well this guy plays the Star Wars theme song by himself and it’s not half bad. Any guy that can carry all these musical instruments around and play them at the same time deserves a post on the ‘Brick.

This guy has got to be the top busker in Sweden. His name is Anders Flanders and from what we can tell from his website, he’s enjoying life to it’s fullest. Rock on, Anders. Check out the video after the jump:

KEEO Carbon Smart Keyholder

Posted in Bluetooth,Home by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

KEEO KeyholderThe guys at Neuland Innovation Ltd. have a nifty new product looking for backing on Kickstarter called the KEEO Carbon. After a number of iterations the team landed on a this design for a innovative way to keep your keys with you, along with some handy features.

The KEEO carbon can hold up to three house-type keys internally, and has a loop to keep others tethered. It also features a USB stick, bottle opener and a light possibly down the road all designed for one-handed use. Probably one of the most impressive features however is the Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your smartphone, alerting you when the device and your phone become too far apart.

A $77 USD pledge can get you into the Basic model, but you might want to be quick as they have already exceeded their …

OutRunner Robot Runs Up to 20 MPH

Posted in Robots by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

OutRunner RobotThis is definitely not something we’d want to see running at us, because unless you’re Usain Bolt this thing is likely going to catch you. OutRunner is a robot being developed by Robotics Unlimited, boasting it as the world’s fastest remotely controlled running robot.

This legged robot can clock up to 20 mph on a flat terrain with up to 2 hours of battery life. Robotics Unlimited has a Kickstarter project running to manufacture and sell OutRunner to the public. For a pledge of $249 you can get the unassembled base model that has an hour of battery life and can move up to 10 mph. They’ll assemble it and ship for another $50. For $799 you can get the top-of-the-line model. What’s also cool is that the base model is upgradeable, allowing you to get in cheap and add components over time like a camera, faster motor, bigger battery or whatever else they come up with in the future.

Germany’s Telekom to Release iPhone 6 in September

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Mockup PhotoAccording to Apfelpage, Germany’s Deutche Telekom is rumored to launch Apple’s latest update to the iPhone, the iPhone 6 on September 19th of this year. As with all of Apple’s releases, its highly secretive and rumors abound before the launch. Some rumors are close to fact and sometimes not so much. This one we are not so sure about, but September seems like a safe guess if someone was going to start a rumor. Above is a mockup photo of the iPhone 6 that’s been floating around the net recently.

Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner

Posted in Health by Tam Yue on May 27th, 2014

Scio Molecular ScannerHow would you like your very own mass spectrometer that is small enough to fit in your pocket? Or, maybe the question we should ask is; who wouldn’t like their very own mass spectrometer?

Bring on Scio, made by the guys over at Consumer Physics, this is the first molecular scanner that can fit in the palm of your hand. Scio is a device that can scan physical objects and tell you their chemical make up. You want to know what exactly is in that medication your Dr prescribed to you, this little device can tell you just by scanning one of the pills.

Scio could also revolutionize the way we eat. It is not another fad dieting technique, it can analyze the number of calories, fat, carbohydrates, and proteins based on the estimated weight of a food you are …

SpinChill: Cold Beer in 60 Seconds

Posted in Coolers by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

SpinChillTake two really smart Mechanical Engineers from the University of Florida, give them a luke warm beer and they come up with a brilliant idea. They used their knowledge of engineering, heat transfer and their love of cold beer to come up with the SpinChill.

They found that cooling a container of liquid in a tub of ice took much longer than if that container was constantly spinning. The reason for this has to do with heat transfer. If the container is just sitting in the ice the outside layer of the liquid cools and it insulates the inner liquid which slows down the overall cooling process. By spinning the container it allows the warm liquid in the center to reach the outer edge where it can be cooled instantly.

Are Phone Booths Coming Back?

Posted in Telephones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Phone BoothNeed a place to have a private conversation on your cell phone at work? Or maybe you need to change into your super suit? The Finnish company Framery designed a sound proof “phone booth” for you to do either.

Many people at work are subjected to an open floor plan with seemingly square miles of cubicles where you can hear everyone and don’t get a second of private time. Framery goes into great lengths to discuss the importance of the sound insulation for privacy, the acoustics inside, and the design of these booths.

Rumors of Tango Tablet from Google

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 23rd, 2014

ATAP Project Tango from GoogleSources in the know have reports that Google is planning to release a 7″ Tang-enabled table in the next couple of months. This tablet would be a larger scale version of the Tango released back in February, equipped to identify and track objects as three dimensional objects in your environment.

Project Tango is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group and is creating the devices to bring our real 3D world to our mobile devices instead of the device only understanding the limits of its screen. The possibilities might seem a little narrow at first but it will be interesting to see what it opens. Google provides some example uses such as immediately finding the product you are looking for when you enter a store, helping someone who is visually impaired or having a more interactive game with your real, dynamic environment.

Collectible Tyrion Lannister Figurine

Posted in Game of Thrones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Tyrion Lannister figurineApparently HBO’s Game of Thrones has reached a new level of geek-dom from adoring fans; enough so that people are selling and purchasing collectibles from the hit TV show.

If you’re a fan and would like to join in, this Tyrion Lannister figurine is a good place to start. It stands about 8.5 inches tall and actually comes with two pairs of exchangeable hands, a goblet, and a book. (We would have though Jaimie would be the one with an exchangeable hand.) The facial features are as realistic as they can get. It is just proof that the guys at Threezero are really good at what they do.

Osmo Will Bring Your Kids Back to the Real World

Posted in Games,Kids by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Osmo for iPadThis is for all you parents out there that need to get your kids from staring at their iPads. The Osmo digital toy for iPad will help do just that, bring them back to the real world.

This new device will come with three games, all of which will make your kids want to play and interact with their friends. The games are Tangram, Words and Newton. In Tangram you match puzzle pieces to complete a shape on the screen. While playing Words you can play against another team to spell out a word that matches the picture on the screen. Newton features a ball that falls down the screen through a maze that you choose to draw on the piece of paper in front of the device, or you can lay anything in front of the iPad and it …

Yelp Adds Video to Their Reviews

Posted in Yelp by Tam Yue on May 22nd, 2014

Yelp to add videoYelp announced today that people who wish to post reviews on their site will be able to add up to 12 seconds of video. They have allowed users to post pictures with their reviews but the addition of video will allow the reader to experience the atmosphere of the business.

Yelp already has a plan to make sure that all the videos are screened prior to them being added to the site. This screening process will make sure that no unsuitable videos are posted and it will allow the most useful videos to move to the top of the review.

This new feature is expected to roll out in early June to their “elite users” prior to it becoming available to everyone else a little later in the year. They have over 23,000 pictures uploaded to the site every day, …

Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens

Posted in iPad,iPad accessories by Tam Yue on May 21st, 2014

Olloclip for iPadOlloclip for iPad and iPad mini is now available for pre-order. This versatile lens is made to slip on and off your mobile device in a just a few seconds.

The lens holder slips over the corner of your iPad and will bring four new lenses to your device. For lenses you will have a fish-eye with a 180-degree field-of-view, a wide-angle that doubles the field of the iPad’s camera, a 10x macro with 18mm focus length and 15X macro with 12mm focus length.

Print Your Favorite Photos on Your Sneakers

Posted in Adidas by Tam Yue on May 21st, 2014

Adidas ZX Flux sneakersAdidas announced via their Instagram account that they will be rolling out a new app for iPhone and Android users called #zxflux in August 2014.  This app will allow you to print any photos taken with your phone onto a pair of Adidas ZX Flux sneakers. Imagine showing off your favorite photo on your shoes! This definitely takes social media to a new level.

That picture of the perfect sunset you took can be with you all the time, all you have to do is look down. Or maybe you took a great picture of your pet, or your spouse, or the burger you at for lunch yesterday……

Sada Bike Folds into Size of an Umbrella

Posted in Biking by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

Folding Sada BikeWe’ve seen quite a few folding bikes over the years but none quite like the Sada Bike. The unique part of the design here is that the wheels are hubless, having no center sprocket and no spokes. The bike folds with one motion and the wheels come away from the frame completely.

Anyone that has done some bike riding might question the loss of leverage through gears on a center sprocket, and anyone that is a little bit of a heavier rider might also quickly note that the wheels without spokes might not hold a person. But, Sada really seems to be targeting more of a compact city bike that won’t be setting speed records or taking on any significant air. The bike (without the wheels) folds roughly into the size of any umbrella and can be packed into a …