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Weather Station by Jacob Jensen

Posted in Weather Stations by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2009

Weather Station by Jacob JensenDesigned by Jacob Jensen, this weather station series has a great modern look. It consists of well-designed modular products that help you keep an eye on all things weather. The set consists of the following components: an indoor thermometer, outdoor thermometer, barometer, hygrometer, alarm clock, temperature station, table stand and wall mounting plate.

Each section has to be purchased separately of course. You’ll always know what the weather has in store for you and your desk will even look nicer. The Jacob Jensen weather station can be mounted on the wall or sit on the table.

The ultimate reading lamp

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

The ultimate reading lampSometimes an idea can be so simple that you wonder why you never thought of it yourself. This is one of those ideas. The Book-sensitive Reading Lamp was designed by French designers Jun Yasumoto, Alban Le Henry, Olivier Pigasse and Vincent Vandenbrouck.

You can figure out how to use it just by looking at it. The idea is that the lamp will turn itself off whenever you place a book on it, open to the page where you stopped reading. It will turn on again when you remove the book. This one is so good that it will likely become a reality.

Stackable iPod dock concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

Stackable iPod dock conceptHere’s an interesting concept that makes the iPod dock more practical. The idea is that you can stack as many of the modules as you like, which lets you have multiple speakers, lights, even air purifiers. Usually iPod docks are pretty boring, but this one opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Maybe they could add a messaging screen on the front and it could display your instant messages. Maybe one could be a USB hub, or have a hard drive. The possibilities are endless.

Dell launches Design Studio for Inspiron 15, new FastTrack delivery service

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Dell launches Design Studio for Inspiron 15You crazy kids today with your crazy custom artwork on your computer lids. When I was a kid our fancy spreadsheet boxes were plain black or white. And get the hell off my lawn. Dell has just brought the Inspiron 15 into the Design Studio fold, so you’ll be able to select graphics from a bunch of artists to dress up your system.

Most of the artwork is priced around $60, but that could vary. Dell’s also launching a new FastTrack next-day delivery service for pre-configured machines. The company says that it’s constantly tracking orders and will be able to keep the most popular models on hand.

Plate, spoon and glass in one hand

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Plate, spoon and glass in one handDinner parties are great and all, but you don’t often have a hand free if you’re drinking and devouring some hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. That’s where Mantara comes in. It’s a great solution for keeping one of your hands free.

It has a groove to hold your wine glass, a place to secure the spoon/fork and the dish holds the appropriate proportion of food. Keep it all in one hand so you have one free to point and laugh at those who do not have a hand free. It’s like the Go plate, but for snooty types.

Robot USB flash drives with personality

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Robot USB flash drives with personalityIf you’ve been reading the ‘Brick for awhile then you know that we dig robots. We really love robot flash drives. But as we’ve said before, it’s hard to find decent ones. Well, at last here are some that have true personality.

There are six different models in various shapes and colors, all cute,awesome and retro. They come with a 2 gigabyte storage capacity and their LED eyes even light up when you plug them in. There are the six different colors in all: yellow, black, blue, pink, red and white. These little guys are amazing. I’m gonna order one myself.

Folding design thins down the obese UK plug

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

I’ve never been to the UK myself, mostly because I don’t trust their large and obese outlet plugs. Yep, your plugs are enough to keep me away from your country. I mean, if you can’t figure out a small plug… Well, I don’t want any part of that. The large UK plugs may soon change however, thanks to one designer.

The video is slow side, but here’s a breakdown. Like us, the UK is filled with slim electronics, but those gadgets have actually become skinnier than the required 1.8-inch-thick power plug. This new design can collapse to just 1cm (or .4 inches) when not in use, allowing it to squeeze into small bags and pockets. And no more unnecessary pressure on the prongs when your bag is set down the wrong way.

Word Clock tells time, with words

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Word Clock tells time, with wordsMost clocks use numbers obviously. But if you want to be different, in a snooty, “I’m better than you and more literate”, kind of way, this is the clock for you. So wordy, it should have been built into the Kindle. It’s shaped like a baton with a clear acrylic tube, and spells out the time using fancy word-tech.

Nice design that offers more casual timekeeping. It was created by designers Hans Muller and Hans van Dongen. Since it’s 24-inches long, it can therefore be used as a weapon should someone break into your home. At which time you would stand over the bloodied attacker and say something cool like, “It’s half past me breaking your ass and a quarter to your balls.” This is a must have time-piece.

Q-Sound Solar Bluetooth headphones are from the future

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Q-Sound Solar Bluetooth headphones are from the futureThis pair of headphones is clearly from the future. No doubt sent here to protect young John Connor’s ears and keep him listening to his tunes in style, so that he can one day be a kick-ass leader. At least, that’s what I’m guessing judging by how awesome they look. This is the Q-Sound headphone concept from Shepeleff Stephen and the design is simply amazing.

It looks great and also uses solar technology. That’s a solar panel running across the headband, where it will always catch the sun. The Q-Sound, being a concept, would also take calls or plug into a 3.5mm jack if you need it to.

Indian students design an air-powered motorcycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

The air-powered bike you see in the video above was designed by a team of engineering students from India. To help combat the ever-increasing pollution levels in the atmosphere, they designed themselves a working model that runs on air rather than gasoline.

Sure, it will only cover 18km/h. But at least this bike isn’t dirtying the air. It only emits Oxygen. This bike runs on air and emits air. That’s an eco-win all around. Now if they can just figure out how to get more out of it…

Radio Valerie has sleek curves, smokes an antenna

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Radio Valerie has sleek curves, smokes an an antennaRadio Valerie, designed by Valentin Vodev, is a radio concept that is at the same time sultry and silly. Sultry thanks to it’s curves, silly because I swear it looks like this thing is smoking an antenna or has an antenna thermometer.

You can fully control the radio without having using buttons or switches, since the antenna acts as your control stick to find stations, and a speaker up top can be turned to control the volume. I don’t know, it looks like a dancing cigarette butt.

This Pizza is saving our future

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

So, how do you upgrade the old pizza order and make the whole process greener? US Patent 7,051,919 has the answer. The Pizza Box is perforated and tears, converting itself into plates. It’s the future of pizza and would help save water as you don’t have to wash the plates.

A simple yet effective idea. It’s called the Green Box. The bottom is also perforated so you can fold it into a new box that conveniently fits in your refrigerator. That’s damn convenient.

NES gamepad mouse is amazingly awesome

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

NES gamepad mouse amazingly awesomeLook at it. Just sitting there ominous like the monolith in 2001. Watching mankind since the dawn of man. Waiting. Waiting for a mouse manufacturer to run with this design.

Because right now, this beautiful work of art is just a foam mock-up. The first company to build this will have my money. I don’t care how much. I’ll just hand you my wallet. I don’t even mind that the D-pad is on the side.

Stickers spice up your boring microwave

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2009

Stickers spice up your boring microwaveMicrowaves are boring. They all look alike. They’re just plain, boring boxes that magically heat your food. There is no iPhone of microwaves. But if you want to spice up that bland food box, help has now arrived in the form of Microwave Stickers.

They come in a variety of patterns and make it seem like you have a cool new appliance. When you get sick of it, just put a fresh sticker on top of the old one. I for one want nothing more in life than to have some fish swimming on my microwave.

Motherboard Mirror / nerd reflector

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Motherboard Mirror nerd reflectorCheck out this mirror inspired by circuit boards. It looks pretty cool and retro in an 80s kind of way. Sadly this mirror will only ever know nerd faces on it’s shining surface. Non nerds show up distorted like some carnival funhouse mirror.

But the coolest aspect of this mirror is what they won’t tell you when you order. If you are the one true nerd, you will have no reflection at all. Like a vampire. That is how you will know that you are the chosen one. All that will be left to do is step through into another world…