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Video Game controller turns hot and cold

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Our controllers already vibrate, have six axises and can be swung around and thrown into our TVs, but what we are lacking is hot and cold sensations. Imagine yourself in an arctic level in a game and your controller gets cold. Or maybe it heats up while you travel a desert level. Temperature could really put you more in the game.

An experimental new video game controller was just revealed at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference that includes a pair of thermoelectric panels on each side of the controller. Those surfaces heat or cool rapidly in reaction to what’s happening in the game.

Chilipad: One side is warm, one side is cold

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

What do you do when your spouse is hot and you are cold? Turning the heat up or down unfortunately affects you both. The Chilipad is like an electric blanket capable of both hot and cold. It works by pumping water through a series of tubes and can keep everyone happy.

The manufacturers claim that it runs under 20dBa, which should keep things quiet. You can pick up the dual-zone pad, which allows you to adjust the temperature of both sides independently as mentioned. It’s not cheap, but its better than hearing your wife complain right?

90 Second Beer Chiller

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

90 Second Beer ChillerSo you want a nice cold beer, but all you have is warm. Well, there’s no need to pop them in the fridge and wait forever for them to get cold. The solution? A simple box with some ice in it that rotates your beer,getting it ice cold quick. Just 90 seconds apparently.

Sure, it’s work, but isn’t a cold beer worth it? It will cost you $15. And don’t think that you can just stick your beer in a bucket of ice and get the same result. Obviously the magic here is in the rotating. This is beer science. Don’t question it.

Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personal

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personalScrew a bigger boat, I think we’re gonna need a bigger cup. This is one of the more clever ice cube molds that we’ve seen since Gin and Titonic. You can feel the tension. Hear the famous shark music as you sip, always wondering if your next sip will be the one that upsets the shark in your glass.

At first glance they look like they would topple over when you put them in your drink, but if you look at the pic, you’ll see that under the fin is a sturdy base of ice that will keep everything fin-up. This may be the coolest ice cube tray thing yet.

Shifter faucet lets you change gears

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Shifter faucet lets you change gears from hot to coldIs your faucet a stick or an automatic? Well, now you can have a stick shift on your sink thanks to this classy-looking design. That’s right, you can now change gears on your faucet. It’s pretty stylish and will leave other faucets in the dust.

The idea is that it would allow you to shift up the amount of water coming out of the faucet. Or down. Which is great for people looking to conserve water by staying in lower “gears,” but we can’t see how the temperature is controlled so this may be a big bust. Sure, it looks awesome, but that doesn’t count for anything if all you get is cold water.

Dots gloves let you text in the cold

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

Dots gloves let you text in the coldWinter is on it’s way and text addicts will want to be prepared. When it gets cold, you’ll either have to pull your gloves off just to tap out a text message, or you can use Dots gloves and remain warm while texting away. Dots gloves are gloves with…dots on the fingers. The manufacturer says they won’t scratch your touchscreen. You can get a pair, with a choice of several colors for $10. No matter how could it gets you’ll be living up to your full human potential with all of your usual deep philosophical banter of rotf’s, lol’s, omg’s and omfg’s.

Talking tissue box mocks you

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2008

Talking tissue box mocks you
When you have a nasty cold and are sneezing, the last thing you need is some joker mocking you. That’s exactly what this talking tissue box does. Instead of being neutral and silent while you cough and retch and sneeze, this little jackass mocks you by either coughing or sneezing each time you reach out for a tissue.

Cute? No F-in way. You’ll want to punch it in it’s face and wonder why you bought it for $19.99 in the first place. It takes 2 AA batteries to perform it’s feats of annoying.