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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.

New high end PC speakers from Sony

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

New high end PC speakers from SonySony introduces a new high-end PC speaker line-up with superior sound quality. The design is pretty interesting too. One of the high-end PC speakers is the SRS-DF30, which is a 2.1 Speaker for your PC with a built-in FM Radio Tuner. Other models include the SRS-D25, SRSZ50 and SRS-Z100.

The slim size Sony SRS-Z50 is a pair of speakers that feature a bass reflex duct, while the three-way SRS-Z100 speakers feature bass boost. The Sony SRS-D25 2.1 speaker system sports a subwoofer for strong bass.

iHome’s iLamp shines a light on your iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

iHome’s iLamp shines a light on your iPodiHome has done it again with their latest iPod dock and speakers. This time the dock is built into an accent lamp. This new luminescent design features 6W total speaker output, is compatible with iPod and all other auxiliary audio sources.

The iLamp comes in a variety of colors. It’s a great way to have your gadgets blend in with the design of your home, while your dock is a bit more functional. Apparently these lamps make pretty music notes swirl around it like a mini tornado.

Time Tuner Alarm Clock looks like analog

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Time Tuner Alarm Clock looks like analogHere’s a great design that can’t make up it’s mind as to whether it’s from the future or the past. We like it. The Time Tuner was created by Istanbul-based Antrepo Design Industry, who decided against the traditional digital clock face. It instead boasts an analog style that resembles a radio tuner.

It’s a lot like our favorite watches from Tokyoflash. The numbers along the length of the dial light-up to show you the hour. At the same time, an illuminated vertical red line moves across the dial for minutes. If you’re looking for a clock with style, look no further.

Climbing UP Suitcase eases your burden

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

Climbing UP Suitcase eases your burdenThough it’s just a concept for the moment, the Climbing UP suitcase designed by Woo Moonhyung makes dragging your suitcase around much easier. Especially on uneven surfaces or up stairs. Most suitcases use just a single set of wheels on the bottom, but not the Climbing UP suitcase. Instead, it has rubber belt tracks like a tank, along the length of it’s body.

It makes it much easier to pull your suitcase up stairs, and with the track along it’s entire length, it’s easier to handle from either side. It’s not motorized, but the design doesn’t add much weight. It just adds that extra little nudge to help you get a bit of a break.

Clamshell Mouse concept is no Arc Mouse

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2008

Clamshell Mouse concept is no Arc MouseWe’ve seen the Arc Mouse and until now it’s been one of a kind. Check out this design by Shaun haugh. This computer mouse is based on the Arc’s design, but manages to be different at the same time, in the final shape as well as finish.

This clamshell mouse has a steep arc which would make gripping it either harder or easier, I’m not sure which. The mouse is made of a silica gel like soft material and has metal supports for positioning, works on AA batteries with two steel buttons that lock and unlock the support rods.

Apple’s multitouch Mighty Mouse with aluminum finish

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2008

Apple’s multitouch Mighty Mouse with aluminum finishApple’s Mighty Mouse already offers a 360-degree scrolling capability with a multi-button interface. We really didn’t think there was much room for improvement. That’s because MacBlogz has done all of the thinking for us, creating this simple yet elegant prototype of how a multitouch Mighty Mouse might look.

It’s aluminum and its profile is kinda sexy. The scroll ball on the Mighty Mouse has been a problem for most users, so this design makes a lot of sense and should this concept mouse actually make it into production some day, users will be very happy campers.

All black iPhone 3G debuts

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2008

All black iPhone 3G debutsDiamond jewellers De Vere’s of London have unveiled the all black Apple iPhone 3G. The ‘Midnight’ iPhone 3G features a deep black bezel surrounding the front screen to match the rear case. The Midnight iPhone is exclusive to De Vere’s for £799 (USD$1199) or as a bezel fitted to an existing iPhone for £299 (USD$449).

The black Midnight iPhone was originally created by De Vere’s to show off the effect of diamonds set into its luxury De Vere Diamond iPhones. Then they realized how good the all black iPhone looked without the diamonds.

Kisai Tenmetsu Tokyoflash watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Kisai Tenmetsu Tokyoflash watchTenmetsu is the latest addition to the brand new line of Kisai timepieces from Japanese watch importer Tokyoflash. The idea behind this one is that with three LEDs positioned beneath each lens, you’ll get a transition between LED colors, creating an unusual look. And it does. As usual Tokyoflash comes up with a unique design.

This one is nice and light weight because it’s made from aluminum. You can get one in either silver or black. So how do you read the time on this one? The time and date are shown in sequence by color. Red LEDs indicate 15 units, amber LEDs indicate 5 units and green LEDs indicate 1 unit, a combination of which present hours, minutes, months and date. Still confused? Me too.

Knob Light sounds dirty, puts a light bulb on your door

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Knob Light sounds dirty, puts a light bulb on your doorHey, why not? Your door knob is already bulb shaped and that is where you enter a room from. Designer Jeong-Sun Park’s Knob Light has an internal generator that stores energy to light it up during emergencies.

Emergencies like waking up in the middle of the night and having to go pee-pee, apparently. I’m guessing that turning the knob will generate some power as kinetic energy, but I don’t see this as a great idea. Is it always on? If so, that’s a waste. If it simply stores power and has to be manually activated, that’s not going to help much in an emergency.

New Mac Mini concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2008

New Mac Mini conceptDesigner Sait Alanyali is a proud Mac Mini user. So proud that he designed his own. One of the problems he has with the current machine are the I/O ports. It’s a hassle to plug things in and take them out. Hence the “V” shape. It puts the ports within reach while keeping cables tidy. The shape also comes in handy by improving cooling as air moves freely through the heatsink.

Hard drives are hot swappable with a 2.5″ hd installed and an empty slot to use any way you like. It also features an HDMI port and does away with the power brick because this one has it built inside. Another new feature is the embedded logo display. It sports a sensor inside that detects it’s orientation, so that the logo is always facing up.

BMW uses Microsoft Surface

Posted in Surface Computing by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Microsoft’s Surface technology has many uses, but one interesting way to use it is how it is being used by BMW. Here is a video that shows you how rich slobs can explore BMW cars with just their delicate and un-calloused fingers

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” being optimized with “BMW Product Navigator”. The touch screen system lets snooty BMW buyers configure their new car in a whole new interactive way. The exteriors and the interiors can be reviewed even before the car is purchased. That includes the color of the car.

Tokyoflash releases some Fire

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

Tokyoflash releases some FireHere’s the latest from Tokyoflash, who aims to start a fire on your wrist. This one is designed vertically with Yellow LEDs that will tell you the hours, red LEDs indicate groups of 10 minutes and the green LEDs indicate single minutes. As always, hard to read for some, but very stylish and futuristic. It features an adjustable strap and they claim that it’s so comfortable you barely know it’s on your wrist. You can get yours for a limited time only launch price of about $130.

The Apple iPod Capsule

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

The Apple iPod CapsuleAs our devices get smaller and smaller, the idea of a capsule-sized gadget looks more and more likely. This capsule may be one of your next iPods one day soon. Though I’m not sure anyone will be able to use the buttons. Luckily, there’s only one button on it called ‘Home’ where users can touch it and browse the same way they do on the iPhone.

When the capsule is docked to the mini speaker cradle, data in the iPod capsule can be sent and received from the cradle at the same time. The speaker cradle also functions as iPod docking speakers and a charger. After this thing, the next step will be to swallow the player and somehow manipulate it using thought sent to your stomach acids.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s retro iPod Speakers

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

Jean-Michel Jarre’s retro iPod SpeakersThere are a million eye-catching iPod accessories, but this one manages to stand out nicely. This odd looking iPod dock/speaker combo is from designer Jean-Michel Jarre and resembles something you would charge your lightsaber in that also doubles as a heater. It’s called the AeroSystem, retro in name and design.

It’s currently available only in France, and costs about $580, complete with an iPod-inspired remote. Seems to me that it’s more of a suicide station for when your iPod hears about the state of the economy or that Apple has released a new model. Stationed high atop it’s high-rise, it is free to make the decision to jump or not jump.