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Log Radio is what it sounds like

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2009

Log Radio is what it sounds likeLooking for a radio that both Ewoks and hippies can endorse? Here it is. The Log Radio. A wooden wonder device that looks like the escape pod that R2-D2 and C-3PO took to Tatooine. It’s from designers Solène Le Goff and Christophe Gouache.

The radio is powered by solar or wind-up. It should work for a good long time until Squirrels start living inside or your senile dad chops it in half for the fireplace.

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insect

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insectThis Sega Saturn joystick has two identities. One is a mild mannered joystick, the other is a killer Insecticon. It also goes by “Robo-Space-Bug,” according to its creator, James Ian Killinger. Apparently Killinger didn’t have to completely re-engineer the joystick to make it transform.

It has all of the original components and three extra screws. That’s it, just three extra screws. One wonders what he could do with four extra screws. Or five. The man is clearly a genius and it’s clear that we have been taking screws for granted.

Lisse Q10 PMP sports a retro design

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

Lisse Q10 PMP sports a retro designWe don’t see very many portable media players that feature unique retro designs, but this one sure does. The Lisse Q10 features a 3-inch WQVGA display with a resolution of 400 x 240, memory card support up to 32GB, FM radio, TV out and a voice recorder.

The Lisse Q10 PMP is compatible with the all of the popular file formats including WMV, AVI, ASF, RM, RMVB, MPEG, VOB, MP4, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC and MP3. Aside from retro good looks, the built-in battery will give you up to 20-hours of audio playback and up to 8-hours of video playback.

Alessi Laser Shot watch

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2009

Alessi Laser Shot watchWho needs old fashioned hands that go around a dial, when you can have lasers? That’s the thinking behind the latest concept watch from Alessi. Supposedly, the Laser Shot watch won’t burn your hand as it pew pew pews the time on your wrist using a laser beam.

So it’s totally safe. Unless you wake up one day to find the time permanently tattooed on your skin and glowing. In which case, it’s time to get a new watch. But hey, that’s the price you pay for having cool things.

Work out some aggression with the Punch Camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2009

Work out some aggression with the Punch CameraLike to take pictures? Like to punch things? Then this is the camera for you. This camera will make you like Mr T, meaning that when you punch things, you get results. Sucka. The Punch camera takes regular digital images, but allows its users to punch a rasterized image of their photo.

The punched image also has information which can connect its users to the digital gallery. According to the creator, “This is a camera which was inspired by the loss of tangible memories. It is meant to connect both physical and digital while minimizing excess materials and the hardships in sharing images.”

StressWatch will calm you with colors

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2009

StressWatch will calm you with colorsWe live in stressful times. Traffic is stressful, so are long lines at the grocery store. So is your job, since your boss is always on your case. Oh and all of those bills. It’s enough to make you scream. Serenity now! The StressWatch can help. Maybe.

It’s a design concept that reads heart rate and body temperature data and then interprets them as levels of stress on the trippy screen. The black bar at the bottom is the stress line. And if the cool colors on the watch turn into hot pink, red or orange, man you are stressed. The idea is that it will help you know when you need to calm down.

Power Bridge turns the power strip upside down

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Power Bridge turns the power strip upside downPower strips are convenient. Sadly, they are also ugly, putting all of your plugs in a row, with cords trailing everywhere. The Power Bridge is one of the best solutions we’ve seen, flipping the power strip over to keep your cords neatly tucked away.

It’s from designer Hyuk Jae Chang and it’s neat enough to even have on your desk. All of the wires come out in one spot, which you can turn to face any direction and a pivoting multi-directional power cord on the Bridge itself makes sure that all wires line up.

Awesome PS4 console design

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

Awesome PS4 console designThe PS4 may be a long way off yet, but designer Tai Chiem already has all of the details worked out and it looks awesome. If only the PlayStation 4 could be like this. It sports a high end touch screen instead of the glossy body that the current generation has. And he’s even incorporated that touchscreen design into the controller, which is really cool.

The design would come in black or white. Hopefully that touchscreen material is scratch-resistant, otherwise your PS4 is going to look nasty in no time. Just to be clear, this is a concept, not an actual product. But we can dream.

FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 Black Swirl design

Posted in Fujifilm by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 Black Swirl designBest Buy has an exclusive Black Swirl version of the popular Z30. This white version of the camera features all the same features as the rest of the line but instead of boring white, it features fancy swirly floral designs in black.

It features a 10MP resolution, 3x optical/5.7x digital zoom, 2.7 color LCD, 1600 ISO, Antiblur, face detection 50MB of internal memory and more. It’s on sale for $129.99 and I’m sure you ladies can figure out if it matches your handbag or will clash with your skirts.

Tangle-free headphones zip together like a ziplock

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009


Necessity is the mother of invention. This one was sorely needed. How many times have you had to deal with tangled headphones? I hear ya, too many. Lee Washington was sick of tangled headphone wires, so he did something about it.

He created a way for the two wires to stick to each other when not in use, sort of like how a ziplock bag works. When the headphones are not in use, you can just zip them together. It’s the little things like this that make our lives so much easier.

Justin Timberlake’s “Play” cologne looks like an MP3 Player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Justin Timberlake's "Play" cologne looks like an MP3 PlayerI have no idea why you would want to smell like Justine Timberlake thinks you should smell, but his “Play” cologne for Givenchy tries to take advantage of your love for gadgets by mimicking am MP3 player. The bottle was designed by Serge Mansau, who has created bottles for other Givenchy fragrances.

It features Play/Rewind/Forward touch buttons, but it’s all a fake. Rest assured that you will repel girls with your pop star smell and the poorly designed bottle is not even worth bragging about to your friends, who will dwindle in numbers as they each seek to escape the scented cloud of funk that is you.

Alien Hanging Lamp is not in good taste

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Alien Hanging Lamp is not in good tasteThis Alien hanging lamp is pretty creepy. Is it an alien disguised as sperm, or sperm disguised as an alien. Either way, it isn’t a clever disguise. Who wants to sit at a table under sperm suspended from the ceiling? No one wants a sperm attack when eating a little dinner or just chillin’ with friends.

The lamp is described like so. It’s “organic shape is reminiscent of a strange, otherworldly creature sliding down a rope, gently and almost weightlessly radiating a warm and graceful light”. Whatevs. Call it what you want. This is dinner by spermlight. If you dig the design, these will cost you a totally reasonable $529.

Star Trek Enterprise Record Player

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Star Trek Enterprise Record PlayerThis Star Trek Enterprise record player was designed from the NCC-1701 version from the new Star Trek movie and uses the saucer section as the turntable, sending your music where no man has gone before. Sadly it’s not real and was just designed to make us all drool, along with 24 other funky looking Enterprises.

There’s an Enterprise on roller skates, a creepy insect Enterprise and more. You’ll never look at the ship in the same way again. Look, I’m a dork and I really want this Enterprise record player. So somebody create it already.

Rocking chair to armchair in just 20 seconds

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Rocking chair to armchair in just 20 secondsRocking chairs are great for just kicking back and relaxing, but I don’t own one because I wouldn’t use it very often. I would just use it a bit, then go back to my armchair. Now if I could convert that rocker into an armchair, that would be perfect. “Fotel” by designer Peter Vardai does just that, and in only 20 seconds.

Optimus Prime ain’t jack if you can’t sit on him. Eat it Optimus. This design concept features a carbon fiber frame with springy and comfortable elastic bands on the seating surfaces. It looks pretty sweet and modern too.

Cassette tape lamps

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2009

Cassette tape lampWe all have a special place in our hearts for the Cassette tape, despite the fact that we would never EVER go back to using them. Remember what a pain it was to rewind and fast forward? Bottom line: Cassette tapes make better lamps.

And these lamps pump me so full of nostalgia that they have fast forwarded my heart, ejected it from my chest, flipped it over to the B side and made it start beating again. We want one real bad.