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09.26.2006

Cable Jewelry

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With so many electronic devices in our homes these days, you had to figure somebody would try and spice things up for those simple unadorned essential items that keep the juice flowing to our laptops and ipods. Cable Jewelry by bless.de offers a whimsical look into what can happen when you let your power cord take on its own personality. With lacy trims, beads, and multicolor hoops, your cables can take on a whole new flair, ensuring that things never get boring when you fire up that DVD player with your remote.

Though bless.de seems to only make their jewlery for European power strips, their other cable offerings seem universal enough. Who would have thought you'd get preening little wires wanting to look pretty? As personal electronic devices continue to infiltrate our lives, you bet we'll see more creations like this, turning mass-produced ubiquitous objects into novelties with surpise and charm.

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09.26.2006

Sweet Spirit sugar dispenser

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I've always found sugar dispensers to be quite useless because it's far too hard to control the amount of sugar that comes out. It doesn't help that I find most of them to be rather boring, even ugly, in their design.

But Troika's Sweet Spirit sugar dispenser is one that I could quite happily use, I think. The dispenser is made of glass and aluminium; depressing the knob at the top releases sugar from the bottom of the globe. It looks like the sugar comes out in a sprinkle, which is nice if you're adding sugar to desserts. Refilling it could be a bit tricky because if the small opening (if you've ever refilled a one-handed pepper mill, you'd know what I mean), but Troika has thoughtfully provided a paper funnel for that purpose.

Contact your local Troika distributor for a stockist near you, or get it online at EFX.

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09.26.2006

The story behind the Mercedes Boxfish

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Bill Sharfman from The Scientist has a great subscription piece covering the design story behind last year's Mercedes-Benz Bionic concept car; and hopefully this reawakening of interest is a sign that we're going to see it on car lots in the upcoming year. Ten years ago, engineers from the Mercedes R&D department were searching for a natural shape that would make a good car. They toured a large fish collection at the Rosenstein Museum and discovered a cute little tropical fish that lives in coral reefs. The boxfish tuned out to be the perfect shape for a four seater compact car.

An anatomically correct model of a female boxfish has a drag coefficient of .06; the Bionic car prototype weighed in at 0.19. This may sound like a large loss of efficiency, but my Mercedes E320 has a drag coefficient of 0.29, and at the time was considered to be an amazing feat of engineering. To reduce drag, door handles were motorized to pop out of the door on demand, and the rear view mirrors were shaved off the side in favor of cameras and monitors. By starting from shapes in nature with good aerodynamics, the concept engineers were able to avoid reinventing the wheel and able to concentrate on fitting it with modern technology under the hood.

The goal of the Bionic concept was to produce an ultra aerodynamic car that would offer fuel efficiency and low emissions. The prototype ran at seventy miles per gallon for city driving, and eighty-four mpg on the highway. By maximizing the utility of the combustion process within the engine. the resulting emissions are actually more polluting than previous technology. Though, by treating the pollutants before they leave the tailpipe, the overall system is better for the environment. This Selective Catalytic Reduction system applies a liquid solution of urea from AdBlue to the emissions. Precise timing is used to spray small amounts of the reactant into the tailpipes to breakdown nasty nitrogen oxide into harmless water and nitrogen.

Good looks, neat techie features, fuel efficiency, and low emissions? Hey Mercedes, cowboy up and get the boxfish on the lot!

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09.26.2006

Powerisers jumping stilts

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Iím sorry, but these are just plain CRAZY! The images from the movie Aliens keeps coming up in my head. At the same time, it looks WAY cool. Just imagine, you now can leap up to almost 6 feet high and be able to run up to 20 miles an hour without having to grow wings.

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By using curved springs attached to the base, the weight that you push down creates a gravitational energy. The super-charged springs then push everything back. By harnessing this force, it gives you the power to run and leap, ultimately reaching tremendous height and speed.

They come in silver, blue, red or yellow, and are adjustable to fit. Priced at £199 each, itís not exactly cheap, but sure looks like a lot of fun. You can take a look at these video clips from YouTube.com and see how other crazy folks try to do it. Don't forget to wear protection, people!

Available at Gizoo.com.uk

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09.26.2006

Glowing wearables from philips

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Philips recently presented two prototypes from their SKIN project. "Frison" contains LEDs which responds to breath and air movement upon the body. "Bubelle" senses emotive information, and reacts differently to each individual. The concept behind these experimental garments is to research the expression of emotion and personality through reactive wearable technology, using Philips expertise in lighting innovations.

Via we-make-money-not-art.

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09.26.2006

MoPods

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We've blinged out our iPods, put jewelry on our phones, but this is the latest in must-have mobile accessories -- the MoPods. They spin and flash in a crazed manner when your mobile receives a call or text message, even in silent mode.

You can pick from 6 characters including a penguin, kitten, monster and devil. Once you get one you're going to want to collect them all. I started with the penguin.

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Available for $9.30 from the UK site Firebox.

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09.25.2006

Classy emoticon jewelry by Sweet Tooth

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It's a contradiction in terms, but someone has actually made geek jewelry that is also nice by non-geek jewelry standards. The bangles, charms, key rings, and necklaces in Sweet Tooth's Smiley collection sport various silver and gold emoticons familiar to anyone who uses email and instant messaging. At the same time, there's a retro appeal for those of us who lived through the original one-note smiley faces of the 70s, the basis for the whole silly emoticon phenomenon. Prices in the Smiley collection range from $35 to $80 (these are pieces of jewelry, not throw-away trinkets). I don't even use emoticons in my IM messages, but I'd wear these pieces.

This Smiley jewelry isn't made by a gadget maker. The company's founder, Laurie Chapman, is a true jewelry designer, and most of her collections have nothing to do wth smiley faces or computers. But they're just as whimsical, with names like "Triple Dip," "Soda Pop," "Sprinkles," "Iced Martini," and "Linzer Tart." It's like elegant Sanrio jewelry for grownups. I originally went to the site to buy these dreamy earrings fom the designer's Triple Dip collection (no more fuddy duddy lawyer jewelry for me).

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Posted by Hoyun    Category: accessories | wearables
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09.25.2006

Pong Clock

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Instead of 15-30, itís 7:30!

A tribute to the first home video game, this clock not only tells the time, but provides hours of enjoyment by showing an endless random game of lo-res tennis.

The Pong Clock, brainchild of Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijgers, can actually switch to a game play mode that allows you to play against the clock, making a multi-functional device.

Developed as a limited edition, the final handful of available clocks has been reserved to be auctioned on e-bay.

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09.25.2006

Now stare the onion in the eye with Onion Goggles

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Put on a pair of Onion Goggles and everything you look at will turn into an onion. Nah, just kidding! But who knows...rapid technology advancement might even make this possible some day (and then I hope to use the technology on a pesky neighbor of mine)

Well really, all that the Onion Goggles are going to help you with is to prevent tears when you are cutting onions. No rocket science here Ė the goggles have foam seal around the edges that keep out the tear-causing fumes while you are chopping onions. The advantage of these goggles is that they are worn like normal spectacles and do not have an elastic band holding them in place.

Be prepared for some ridicule while using them because they look quite like the glasses worn by college kids in the 70s. The goggles are available for around $20 a pair at Broadway Panhandler.

Via Slashfood.

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09.25.2006

Solid gold: precious underwear

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So ladies, here's a bra for one of those "special" occasions. Launched by Koreaís Golden Zone at a fashion show in Seoul, this brassiere costs more than a million (1.89 million to be precise) but you may end up paying a lot more in comfort (and style!). Decorated with encrusted diamonds and loops of liquid gold, not only is this garment unattractive, but I imagine wearing it must hurt. After all, if you think underwire cups dig in, imagine what metal must feel like - ouch! Not exactly the type of thing you want to wear for a full day of work, unless of course it's related to your profession. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Via Gizmodo.

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