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Audio records made from glacier ice

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

Audio records made from glacier iceRemember that James Bond movie with the Ice hotel? The entire hotel was sculpted out of Ice and it’s for real too. Everything in the hotel is completely usable. Similarly, artist Katie Paterson taken the idea and made recordings of 3 glaciers (the Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull and Solheimajökull) of Iceland.

She pressed them into three records that were cast and frozen with the melt water from each of the glaciers. When the time came, the records were played on three separate turntables non-stop until they melted. The process took only 2 hours.

Snobootz offer a better grip on ice

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2009

Snobootz offer a better grip on iceSnobootz work like a jacket that you wrap around your tires. They have metal cleats that can dig into ice, and the maker claims that they are easier to put on and remove than chains. The doughnut-shaped casing of laminated fabrics is smoother and lighter than chains, so once fitted, the rubber composite design is safe on your tires.

You’ll pay for the design though. They are available for $200 to $250 each. Then again if they keep you from freezing your butt off, they are well worth it.

This just in: Ice Invaders attack drinks

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

This just in: Ice Invaders attack drinksYou’re a geek and so are we. So we understand. Sometimes you just can’t keep all that love for Space Invaders to yourself. You have to slip it in her drink like a nerd roofie, hoping that it will pique her interest. Maybe she’ll ask what it is. You can explain and in the process make her a nerd too. Maybe you’ll play the classic game together.

Not very likely. She’ll probably just tell you to keep your dork ice in that Shirley Temple you’re sipping. Hey, you tried. Ice Invaders is a silicone tray that will make Space Invaders ice or let you bake your own aliens. It will be available this spring. Pretend your going pew pew pew as they melt in your girlly drink.

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a time

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2009

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a timeSometimes you come across an idea that’s so simple, you wonder why you never thought of it. Or why no one else has until now. This one is a great and simple idea. An ice cube tray that dispenses one ice cube at a time. It’s called the Quicksnap and we’re not the only ones who think it’s a good idea.

It’s a finalist in the Royal College of the Arts design contest, and will be available later this year for single cube action at all your parties. A simple push of the green button and the cube just pops out. So, if you absolutely need to water down those drinks, but want a single cube so as not to water it down too much, you have an easy way to do it.

Mobinnova launches ICE

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

Mobinnova launches ICEMobinnova has finally launched its feature-packed flagship handset named ICE. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-powered smartphone will be equipped with some of the following features: 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201ATM chipset, 3” WQVGA flat TFT LCD touch-sensitive screen, GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA/HSPA 900/1900/2100MHz, HSDPA 7.2Mbps & HSUPA 2 Mbps, 3 megapixel autofocus camera, Secondary video camera for video calls, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, microSDHC memory card slot, Wi-Fi, Integrated FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity and Built-in GPS.

Yes, the outside looks ho-hum, but the specs out it as a nice feature packed phone. We hope it has a decent battery to keep up with all that functionality. No word on pricing or availability just yet.

Kahtoola MICROspikes are tire chains for your shoes

Posted in Apparel,Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2008

Kahtoola MICROspikes are tire chains for your shoesIf you find yourself slipping and sliding in the winter months, why not make like your car tires and get some chains on your sneakers? This is an absolutely brilliant idea. And they go nicely with the Tire tread iPhone case.

For $59, you can throw fashion out the window and make sure that your sneakers always have a firm grip in snow and ice. They feature “strategically placed stainless steel spikes connected to a dynamic flex-chain with a tough elastomer shoe harness”. And they don’t require any special buckles or straps.

Ice Meister Slicer, the all-season sled

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2008

Ice Meister Slicer, the all-season sledDo you have an un-natural and un-healthy desire to sled down a hill in the middle of summer? Apparently, you aren’t the only one. Here’s your ticket, right here. The Ice Meister Slicer lets you race down the big hills all year long. It works like an ordinary sled when there’s plenty of snow, but in the summer, you bring the ice to the hill, mounted on the bottom of the sled. Pretty simple solution huh?

But why the hell can’t you live without sledding for a few months? Here’s how it works. There are two molds, called Icers, that you remove from the sled, fill with water and then freeze. Then you attach the two slabs of ice to the bottom of the sled for summer sledding fun.

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical info

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical infoThe U-Tag ICE Digital Dog Tag is similar to the traditional dog tag. It was originally designed for motorcyclists, making it easy to identify a crash victim and containing emergency information. In the event of an accident, the victim can be easily identified and emergency services would have all of the important medical information that they need. The U-Tag also includes your picture, blood type, and emergency contact details inside. And of course, it’s durable, constructed with a tough aluminum alloy weatherproof enclosure.

Hey, it’s morbid, but if you find yourself in a disaster or an accident, you’ll be glad the doctors have the info that you can’t communicate. Not in love with the dog tag aspect? There’s also a card version of the U-Tag that fits in ID holders, wallets and purses. It retails for $49.99 and the U-Tag Personal ICE system card retails for $39.99.

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice cool

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice coolHarmon-Kardon offers the latest in the speakers that look like ice trend. At last Superman has many speaker options to choose from, for his Fortress of Solitude. Wonder Woman is pretty happy too, because these match her invisible plane.

I like the angles on these. They look vaguely alien. Harmon Kardon unveiled the GLA-55 see-through speakers at IFA 2008. They offer a 100-watt bi-amplified digital amplifier coupled with DSP equalization along with proprietary tech like the Atlas AL drivers and woofers and a CMMD tweeter, plus optimization for digital sound. They sport touch sensitive controls and they do stand out. They should be available in autumn 2008 worldwide. No word on pricing.

Lotus concept Ice Vehicle perfect for Bond villains

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2008

Lotus concept Ice Vehicle perfect for Bond villainsThis concept ice vehicle from Lotus would be perfect for some Bond villain from one of the old movies. But it wasn’t developed by a madman wanting to take over the world, it was developed for Antarctica on the Moon Regan TransAntarctic Expedition. It can run on snow and ice, sitting on three skis like a snow mobile.

The vehicle gets it’s power from biofuel, but is propeller-driven and even sports an ice penetrating radar that is capable of detecting potentially dangerous crevasses. It was tested in Sweden so that it can withstand the harsh polar elements. I don’t care what they built it for, it would be hard not to beat up on this thing joyriding across the arctic.

Doctor Who Tardis ice bucket keeps drinks cold

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008

Doctor Who Tardis ice bucket helps keep drinks cold
I’m pretty sure this item was created when the Tardis was whisked away to an alternate universe. The doctor tried to course correct by hitting the main console with a hammer, which had the strange effect of reversing the Tardis’ inside with the Tardis’ outside. So what you were left with was the icy cold and blackness of space inside the tardis, while the universe outside was now the Tardis interior.

Weird. I forget how they got out of that one, but what I can tell you is that this Tardis Ice Bucket is perfect to have on hand while serving ice cold drinks and trying to get Rose Tyler drunk. It only costs £17.99. Brilliant!

GIN & TITONIC: Maritime disaster in your glass

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2008

GIN & TITONIC: Maritime disaster in your glass
Iceberg dead ahead! Duh. The Titanic will always hit the iceberg when they share the same glass. You won’t need Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet to relive the adventure when you tie one on. You get 4 ocean liners and 4 icebergs. Just add gin and you’ve got the lowest priced blockbuster ever filmed. The best part? No Celine Dion, just a crackling, sinking and rapidly melting ship.