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iTables are giant iPod tables

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

Looking for something a little different to jazz up your living room? iTables ought to do just that. These iPod-shaped tables are designed by Italian artist Mirko Ginepro for Milan Design Week. iTables are all custom made to order.

Just like a real iPod there is even storage inside for books, magazines, whatever. Your guests will think you are making a real art statement if you lay out all of your Apple gear on the table.

USB powered mini speaker is retro-modern

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Check out this portable speaker from Japan, the UMAZONe. This USB 2.0 powered speaker will deliver 0.35W × 2ch output though a 38mm diameter speaker unit on the bottom. It’s designed as a vacuum tube amplifier with LED flashing lights for a classic and at the same time modern look.

It’s compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7. The UMAZONe speaker is priced at about $25 and comes in Silver and Black. We’ve seen far worse looking little speakers and you can never go wrong with vacuum tubes.

Gavari violin is a modern take on an old classic

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2009

Gavari violin is a modern take on an old classicThe typical violin is based on designs created over 300 years ago. It’s worked well and has given us some beautiful music, but it’s time for an upgrade. Modern design techniques and 21st century materials can surely improve it.

That’s the idea behind the Gavari Semiacoustic Violin from Austrian designer Gerda Hopfgartner. Hopfgartner was inspired by modern yachts and “feminine curves and sundry corset outlines of the Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier ages”. We have no idea what she’s talking about, but we love the results.

Digital Scarecrows aren’t very scary

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Digital Scarecrows aren't very scaryThe scarecrows of yesterday were designed to be scary. As the name implies, they were there to guard crops and keep crows away. It could do with an update however. These days crows and other animals are smarter.

This conceptual scarecrow is armed with an infrared sensor eye that can detect animals within a 16,000 square meter range. When an animal is near, it will go into in an Ultrasonic Wave Generation mode. The device would be equipped with solar panel wings, making them completely self-sufficient. Any varmint that gets too close will suffer a small jolt to scare them away.

The all-white Apple keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

The all-white Apple keyboardIt may come as a shock to some Apple fanboys, but not everyone likes the look of the Apple keyboard. Some people may prefer something a bit more minimalist. Like plain white. That’s what Essell likes and so he decided to spray it white. Which, surprisingly looks pretty awesome.

If Apple keyboards went to heaven, this is what they would look like for sure. They would probably be floating like clouds and land under your fingertips when needed. I think I might have problems typing on this though. This guy is obviously a far better typer than I am.

Tokyoflash launches the Ni

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

Tokyoflash launches the NiTokyoflash, those wild and crazy watch makers just never take a breather. Which is great for us, because if it wasn’t for Tokyoflash, watches would be boring. They’re back, having never left, with their latest wristwatch known as the Ni.

This design is at once stylish and minimal. The Ni is made entirely from stainless steel and features a polished finish, with horizontal grooves on the face and strap that give it a great look. The time progresses in one direction. Touch the upper button for an animation before the time is displayed. Each LED on the bottom line indicates two hours, the line above indicates a single hour, a combination presenting the current hour. Groups of 10 minutes are presented on the center row and single minutes on the upper two lines.

Space Age Bar fit for George Jetson

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Space Age Bar fit for George JetsonIf you’re looking for a bar in your home, but want something with a space age flair, this is right up your alley. It simultaneously ups your geek cred and makes your home look more like a 24th century dwelling. It will also give the aliens a place to mingle after you’ve been abducted and safely put back in your bed.

It’s the work of architect Zaha Hadid, who designed this masterpiece. I don’t think it has a single straight line on it’s metallic surface. It was designed for a showcase involving Lacoste footwear for some reason. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it suddenly lifted off the ground and entered hyperspace.

Old meets new: Rolleiflex digital camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2008

Old meets new: Rolleiflex Digital Camera
Some of us love antiques and at the same time appreciate modern gadgets. With this one, you get the best of both worlds. It’s designed to look like the Rolleriflex 2.8F, but it’s really modern technology. With this kind of camera, you hold it at about your chest and look down into the lens and take the picture. It’s all automatic, except the crank which is used to ready the camera for the next shot.

It’s only 3″ tall and the viewfinder is a 1.1 inch TFT. It will take miniSD cards as well. Sadly, it’s only 3mp, so it’s not the best quality camera (They probably should have given it at least 8mp). Regardless of the quality, it will surely get some conversation started. It will cost you $400. It certainly has looks.