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Apple patent reveals unused iPad design with two USB slots

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

During an earnings conference call last year, Steve Jobs hinted that Apple had tested several designs for the iPad during its development process. One of these possible designs may have surfaced in a patent application recently approved by the USPTO and now we get to see what might have been.

This patent shows off a Wi-Fi+3G iPad with an extra USB slot for landscape connectivity. The auxiliary USB slot would let you place the iPad in a dedicated landscape dock and dock it in portrait mode while syncing using both slots. Apple holds a patent for the design, but we will likely never see this in an upcoming iPad model. Still, it always nice to see how things might have been.

Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving scratches on the screen?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Looks like Nintendo 3DS owners are complaining of another problem now. A design flaw that scratches the upper display when doing nothing more than carrying the console around. According to posts on Nintendo’s support forums, the console design leaves the raised edges of the touchscreen rubbing against the top display.

The marks it leaves will rub off for the most part, but some owners have permanent scratches left there. 3Ds owners have also noticed D-pad cracks, where the top section has been squeezed down onto the controls. Speculation is that the rubbers stoppers are to blame and that Nintendo didn’t use a tough enough version.

EX Vehicle is powered by two screwdrivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

No this is not a vehicle that will whisk your ex away and out of your life forever, but it’s pretty amazing. Screwdrivers are it’s source of power. No, really. It was designed by Nick Ferbis. The EX Vehicle is a three-wheeled machine that can travel at speeds of up to 18 mph.

This contraption uses 2 twin 18-volt electronic screwdrivers as batteries and has modified bike parts. How safe it is, is debatable. Thankfully it only goes at slow speeds. Any mishaps should not be too bad. Pretty cool.

iPhone 5 may get aluminum back and new antenna design

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2011

A new rumor suggests that the iPhone 5 will have an aluminum back to replace the iPhone 4′s glass back. Along with the new chassis, there will also be a redesigned antenna that does away with the external design in the iPhone 4. You might remember that this issue led to Antennagate.

The new antenna will put the iPhone’s antennas back into the Apple logo, similar to the way the Wi-Fi iPad housed its antennas. There was even a patent that turned up recently that suggested Apple was working with Apple logo antennas for the iPhone, so this makes sense. I guess we will find out soon enough.

Zipz Shoes let you zip your shoes on and off

Posted in Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

Zips shoes make more sense than regular shoes. They are the world’s first and only interchangeable shoe system! They have the ability to interchange shoe components any way you want. The line has an impressive collection of patterns and styles for both the covers and the souls and you can change it all up with ease. Have shoes your way.

Heck, you could turn one pair of shoes into as many as you like. Just zip on and zip off different tops and bottoms to create the shoe you want to wear. Designwise you have a much better selection than with typical shoes. You’ll have to email about pricing but you can check out their catalog to see the entire line-up. They look pretty fun.

Haptica Braille watch for the blind

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2011

Blind people need better watches to read the time. They have analog watches that require them to feel the bumps around the watch, but that is time consuming and inaccurate. Digital watches that read the time out loud are accurate, but not when there is noise around you.

Well, David Chavez created a Braille “digital” watch. The watch has a display for 4 different digits, allowing users to feel the bumps on the watch to get the time quickly and accurately. Thing is, David doesn’t have the funds to kick start the watch into production, so he is crowdsourcing the start up funds on Kickstarter.com. If you think the watch deserves the funding it needs, go to the Kickstarter website for more details and to make a donation.

HIDE laptop design concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

We love Apple’s MacBook Pro because of the sleek design, but this HIDE laptop concept design might just do a tad better. This laptop design has slim panels on the side of the display, which cover up the sides of the laptop and the ports, when the lid is closed.

And so it appears to be one solid piece of aluminum when closed. As a bonus, it also protects the peripheral ports from damage. This HIDE laptop concept would be easy to incorporate into today’s laptops and it makes good sense.

Car almost run you over? Throw these cards at reckless drivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sometimes when you are on a bike, cars don’t seem to care about your safety. Well, you could get mad about it or you could throw one of these magnets at the offending vehicle. It lets them know that they’ve acted like a jerk and calls them out on their behavior.

The card is designed by Peter Miller for cyclists. Just hurl it at the offending car and it will stick, without causing an accident. Later, the driver will feel bad. Rightfully so.

Neon Gen phone concept with twistable display

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

The Neon Gen concept phone has a slim and sexy design. It also features a rotating display. The phone consists of two parts and can easily be slid open from the side, then you twist the top half to reveal the display.

The display supports touchscreen input and uses clips instead of screws to make assembly easy and presumably cheaper. The slim design makes it easy to carry with you in any situation. It might not be long until we see this sort of design being offered by manufacturers.

Samsung Jot concept with old-fashioned rotary dial

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

While we mostly look forward, some tech designers look to the past for inspiration. This “Jot” concept phone design for Samsung incorporates a rotary dial, along with a capacitive OLED display and a removable stylus.

It’s allows users to make phone calls using the rotary dial while the stylus is used for writing messages. We love the retro look, but who is seriously going to dial using that rotary dial? And it isn’t exactly pocket friendly either.

Is this the new Verizon iPhone 4?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Gizmodo received the image above from a source who claims that it is the iPhone 4 for Verizon. Whether it is real or not, it looks damn good.

There have been credible reports of Apple engineering being aware of back glass problems that make the iPhone 4 design too fragile. So an aluminum back makes a lot of sense. There’s just no way to know if it is real or not just yet.

Twitter unveils new website

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2010

Twitter fans will love this one. Twitter is trending twitter tonight. Here’s a glimpse at the updated Twitter user interface. It draws heavily from the iPad version of Twitter, giving you a two-column design and making navigation easier. That’s not all. Photo hosting sites like Flickr, TwitPic, Yfrog, and video hosts like Ustream and YouTube will now be able to have their content embedded in a format that’s friendly to both computers and tablets.

An infinite scroll feature will load older updates on the fly instead of having to manually click for them. The updated page is going live tonight as part of a limited preview, so not everyone will see it. Everyone should be able to access the updated site over the next few weeks though.

Dyson Air Multiplier bladeless fan copied

Posted in Dyson by Shane McGlaun on September 6th, 2010

The first time I laid eyes on that crazy looking Dyson Air Multiplier fan, I thought it looked pretty darn cool. I could certainly see that thing sitting on my desk keeping me cool during the hot Texas summer. I can’t see paying the $299 price for it though.

A company from Asia called Abiko has created its own knock-off of that Dyson fan and it looks so much like the Dyson version that the company even strapped the thing with a similar price. The Abiko knock-off will sell for $223 at MSRP.

Liquid Wood could replace everything plastic

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

We use a ton of oil to create plastics for everything from watches to bicycle helmets. It hasn’t been easy to find a replacement material that can be just as tough, versatile and easy to produce, but German inventors have developed a new material that has a lot of promise. It could replace everything plastic using something as natural as wood.

It looks like wood and feels like wood. The material is called Arboform and is produced after combining lignin, a discarded element of regular wood with natural resins, flax and fiber. Arboform is ideal since it can be molded into any object form which is normally made using petroleum products.

Bear Sleeping Bag

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

There are sleeping bags and then there are sleeping bags. When in the wilderness, you might as well try to blend in. And this bear sleeping bag will definitely help you blend in. It looks just like a bear. It was designed by Eiko Ishizawa from Amsterdam.

The bear sleeping bag will keep you warm, scare your friends, and make sure that real bears try to have their way with you, when hunters are not trying to shoot you.