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Nokia Gun cell phone

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2008

Nokia Gun cell phoneThe above picture is just a concept for the moment. Seems like it would be a great redneck device for those creeping around in the backwoods of some southern state. “Hey Cletus. I just shot something.” “Dag nabbit! What’d ya shoot? Did you tie it to a tree and make it squeal like a pig yet?”. Thankfully it doesn’t exist, so that conversation will never be uttered into it.

However, this gun-inspired Nokia phone concept may come in handy for military and law enforcement. Unless it leads to accidental shootings while talking, which it surely would. I would hope the display shows a remaining bullet count as well as phone info.

Paint like Jackson Pollock with a Wiimote

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Paint like Jackson Pollock with a WiimoteEver wish you could paint like Jackson Pollock after he’d had a few too many beers? Now you can, and you won’t need to drip and splatter with a paintbrush. You can use your Wiimote instead, thanks to the DraWiing Jackson Pollock project.

It uses an IR detector, a projector on the floor and a Wiimote to recreate the drip-and-splatter artwork of the famous hard-drinking abstract painter. It looks pretty fun. ITP students Si Heun Cho and Ruxy Staicut created the set-up. It takes IR and accelerometer data from a wiimote to plot a point in relation to your canvas on the floor, projecting a nice paint splatter trail. Just like Pollock.

Star Wars Nintendo Wii Case Mod

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Star Wars Nintendo Wii Case ModIt’s been awhile since we saw a really cool Wii case mod, though we did bring you 14 neat mods some time ago. This custom Star Wars case mod is pretty awesome and you can learn to make one too. Just be warned that the creator invested over 100 hours of work.

It includes lots of LEDs and fiber optics to give it some nice glowing effects. If you’d rather buy one and not put in the time, you can find this gem on ebay for $499.99. It features stars that fade in and out, custom Red Light Bar, and a hand Painted Death Star, X-Wing and Darth Vader’s Tie-Fighter. Pretty sweet.

Retro Pin Art clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Retro Pin Art clockCheck out this retro Pin Art Clock. 3000 pins will tell you the time. It’s like you have Pinhead from Hellraiser trapped in a box and he’s forced to rear his head to tell you what time it is.

“Inspired by the popular Pin Art toy that uses moving pins to form the impression of one’s hand, this creation makes watching the clock a mesmerizing experience. The minutes click ahead with a sound that evokes the classic flip of the numbers at airports or train stations, combining aural ambience with visual style.”

Han Solo in Carbonite USB Flash Drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2008

Han Solo in Carbonite USB Flash DriveCelebrate Han’s not so eternal Carbonite nap with this USB flash drive. Although I don’t remember Han’s legs looking all frog-like. I also don’t remember Leia looking like a Hobbit. Still, it’s fairly adorable in a Star Wars Babies kind of way. We hope that this drive will hold your data better and longer then it held Han. 1 full GB of data/carbonite for $25.

Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 and 12 get the art treatment

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2008

Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 and 12 get the art treatmentLately Dell has gone a little artist crazy with new colors and art for many of their models, so it’s not very shocking to see the Inspiron Mini 9 and 12 get into the action. There are five patterns by artist Tristan Eaton, with the same stuff you are familiar with under the hood. These painted Minis will run you an extra $50 over the base price of the regular models, $349 for the Mini 9 and $549 for the Mini 12. I’m sure you can’t contain your excitement.

When your mouse evolves

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

When your mouse evolvesIs this the next step in mouse evolution. It is if you’re Jose E. Rivera and this is your mouse. It’s a highly evolved USB mouse, that can unfold its wings and just look creepy. The next step in it’s evolution is to take flight, attack and lay eggs in you somewhere. That’s when an organic USB port will appear on your abdomen. Once you plug in, the warmth generated VIA USB will incubate it’s eggs, until baby flying scarab-demons burst from your chest. But you don’t have to worry about that…Unless you’re Jose E. Rivera.

Datamancer’s ergonomic Steampunk keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

Datamancer’s ergonomic Steampunk keyboardDatamancer has done it again and this one looks like it would be pretty comfortable to use. It’s got the usual brass, wood and classic typewriter keys, along with some other really super details. Like some violet LEDs, an acanthus-leaf pattern etched into the brass, and a soft burgundy wrist pad that is removable for cleaning. It began life as a very rare but plain IBM Model M-15 split ergonomic keyboard, but as you can see, it looks much better now.

25 Awesome Geek cakes

Posted in Lists by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2008

Optimus PrimeThere’s always room for dessert and nothing beats a fresh and cleverly made geek cake. In recent years “Geek cakes” have become an art form, hopefully not your pet name used by your significant other. One thing is certain, if geeks love a thing, chances are it will become a cake. So, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite geek desserts and celebrate the clever bakers and icing artists that make geek birthdays and weddings just a bit more fun. Click through for cake and prepare to get hungry.

Origami Star Trek & Star Wars spaceships made from dollars

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2008

Origami Star Trek & Star Wars spaceships made from dollarsNowadays you probably don’t have much to do with your extra dollars, so here’s a good option. Make origami spaceships, like those from Star Trek and Star Wars, made entirely from folded dollar bills. The Millenium Falcon is a bit more expensive as it takes three dollar bills to get all that detail. It’s the work of Hawaii resident Won Park, whose next project is apparently Firefly’s Serenity. Awesome stuff.

Fujitsu LifeBook A1110 laptop has interchangable lid

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Fujitsu LifeBook A1110 laptop has swappable lidAnd thank god, cuz that one is fugly. Makes me queasy just looking at it. Fujitsu recently intro’d the new LifeBook A1110 15.4-inch consumer- oriented notebook with a swappable lid. That way you can show your style with a green mod labyrinth, bright pink with butterflies, or a cool blue Victorian print. The green mod labyrinth pis making me dizzy.

Fujitsu’s LifeBook A1110 is powered by an Intel Centrino 2 and comes with the Core 2 Duo P7350 or T5800 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner. Some other features are a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11n wireless module, Ethernet LAN port, 56K modem, Bluetooth, three USB ports, ExpressCard and SD Card slots, and a VGA output. It only weighs 6.3 pounds and runs on Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The LifeBook A1110 retails for $799.

The Traffic Tree is one confusing stop-light

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2008

The Traffic Tree is one confusing stop-lightThis bit of public art blends nature with traffic in one confusing sculture. It’s Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree. A giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights in London. For some reason it’s parked next to a roundabout near Canary Wharf.

It was created by the Public Art Commissions Agency and it’s sure to confuse tourists, since roundabouts are confusing all by themselves. Remember the Griswolds in that Vacation movie? The light cycles of the Tree/Traffic Light mimic the action of Canary Wharf, imitating the landscape, while the light patterns match the rhythm of the domestic, financial and commercial goings on. Pretty strange, but neat.

The Church Tank is ready to rumble

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

The Church Tank is ready to rumbleIs it a comment on church and state not being that separate? Or is Ned Flanders just really pissed off? Could be that there’s a holy war brewing and the weapons of mass religion are on the move. It’s art. Who knows what art means. The Church Tank by artist Chris Kuksi is pretty awesome.

Kind of like a war-time mullet, but instead of business in the front and party in the back, it’s: Religion up top and party on the bottom. The artist’s solo show opens November 22, 2008 at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. Hell of a way to conduct a war. Blow stuff up, then confess your sins all from the same vehicle.

Beware the pink tank: It shoots hot dogs

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

pink tank: It shoots hot dogs30 year-old Philadelphia guy Vin Marshall and nine of his friends built this 2,000-pound replica tank from junkyard parts, complete with a functioning pneumatic cannon that fires hot dogs. Believe it or not it moves using pedal power. It has enough room to fit hardware for six peddlers and yield about 1.5 horsepower.

Problem is that’s not enough to move tank treads, so they decided to use wheels instead. Then they gave it bicycle-like gearing to get more power from less exertion. When parade day arrived it all worked out and they were able to move along at 15 mph with a full load. It cost about $3000 to build. Why pink? I have no idea. Maybe because it fits the whole hot dog theme. I didn’t see any specs on how many dogs per minute it fires, but just the fact that it does it is impressive. Check out a video below.

Jules Verne called, he wants his watch back

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Jules Verne called, he wants his watch backIf you love Steampunk, then you’ll love Haruo Suekichi’s creations. He’s has lost count on just how many pieces he has created, but an estimate is around 6000-7000. They are made primarily with brass and leather and each is unique. They go well with bowler hats and canes, handlebar mustaches, and frilly shirts. If Haruo Suekichi lived during Jules Verne’s time, he would have made watches for him. Haruo Suekichi has been at it for 13 years and now he’s showing an interest in creating antique fountain pens to go with the rest of your Victorian theme.