I don’t know what possessed François Knorreck to create the Snaefell, a handcrafted motorcycle/sports car hybrid, but the results are like a terrible traffic accident gone right. The motorcycle part of the Snaefell is based on a Laverda, while the sidecar is a mashup of a Volkswagen GTI, an Audi 80 and a Citroen Xantia. Overall the creation cost about $21,000+ to build, but what’s more impressive is that it took François 10 years and over 10,000 hours to make it a reality! Congratulations?
Monday, June 29, 2009
Orange Solar Tent
Orange is really going for it with its Glastonbury sponsorship this year. As well as the power pump mobile charger, the GlastoNav mobile app and that spot the bull comp that’s ongoing, it’s unveiled the “tent of the future” concept design.
Using “cutting edge eco-energy technology”, the Orange Solar Concept Tent, created along with US company , would allow campers to power their essential camping gadgets and keep in touch.
Further to the similar concept canvas shown off in 2003, this model gets photovoltaic fabric in three “glides” that move throughout the day to capture the sun’s energy and use it to various techie ends.
The “glo-cation” feature would see the tent could be located in the dark, while at night a special groundsheet would provide glowing when the camper texts it or gets near to it (thanks to RFID), so the .
At the heart of the Concept Tent is a central wireless control hub with a touchscreen display that provides Wi-Fi, as well as offering a wireless charging pouch with magnetic induction.
Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan getting married in 727 at zero gravity
I am very fond of love. It makes people do silly things, giddy things, and, sometimes, very strange things indeed.
However, I am full of vicarious admiration for Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan, a Brooklyn couple who decided to do silly, strange, and giddy all together for their wedding on Saturday. Terrestrial weddings were far too mundane for their refined sci-fi tastes.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tekken 6 is still several months away—October 27 is circled on most fighting game fans’ calendars, I suspect—,but Namco just took the wraps off the joystick for the 360 and PS3 versions. It’ll run $150, about $50 less than the Fancy Pants version of the Street Fighter IV joystick from MadCatz. The joystick is wireless, yes.
In other Tekken 6 news, did you guys hear that that Cardboard Tube Samurai from Penny-Arcade will be in the game? Yeah, it’s a pre-order bonus at GameStop. Far out!
It's nice to see Motorola offering a new device with a purpose. The Motorola Karma QA1 phone is aimed at teenagers and others who need a device for messaging, social networking, and of course...Tweeting. The device has one-touch buttons for accessing Facebook and MySpace, and as you'll see in the video presentation below, the Karma QA1 has a compact design with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a high-resolution 2.5-inch QVGA screen. A 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and video recording, aGPS, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and microSD slot are also incorporated on the Karma Qa1. The phone is pre-loaded with JuiceCaster, a service that lets you connect with friends and share photos and video on AT&T's 3G network.
AT&T will be selling the Motorola Karma QA1 phone in AT&T stores and online beginning June 28 for $79.99 after mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement for wireless voice plans of $39.99 a month or higher and a $20 a month data or messaging plan.
Motorola Karma keeps the conversation going with multiple ways to stay connected on your terms. IM-style texting with an all-in-one view of messages and easy scroll navigation helps you keep track of conversations and stay organized. Take your social status to the next level by sending instant messages to multiple friends at once using popular services like
Users can also access AT&T Navigator, powered by Motorola Karma’s aGPS technology to help them find their way with turn-by-turn directions. AT&T Navigator is available for a free 30-day trial. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. AT&T customers can use Motorola Karma to make or receive a phone call in more than 215 countries and check e-mail, browse the Web or perform other data functions in more than 170 countries, including in more than 80 that have deployed 3G networks.
via | kjontherun
Jeff "Just Jeff" Gizmo, a DIY enthusiast with a sweet workshop that still makes me jealous, found that he often tossed his keyboard and mouse on a nearby shelf to make room for other projects. As that solution is neither techy nor elegant, he found himself drawn to another idea: installing magnets on the keyboard, mouse and in the wall to store the peripherals neatly.
As you can see pictured above, the result is nice and tidy. You can do it, too, as Jeff has a full walkthrough posted. He even cut the Logitech wireless receiver down to size, as he "didn't care for the way it was made."
Oh, and if you're curious about that quad-monitor setup: "Just in case you are wondering, the middle two monitors are Windows, the right is Ubuntu, the left OSX. I use Synergy to move between the machines with a single keyboard and mouse. Otherwise I'd have three keyboards and three mice stuck to my wall."
I like all-in-one computers, the compact designs that put everything inside the LCD of the PC make for less clutter on your desk. The only downside to an all-in-one is that they typically offer less power than a traditional desktop PC. Shuttle has an all-in-one PC called the X50 that it debuted a while back.
Shuttle has now debuted the X50 barebones PC that the buyer adds their own storage, RAM, and OS to. The machine comes with an Intel Atom 330 dual-core CPU tucked inside the 15.6-inch touchscreen chassis. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel webcam, memory card reader, gigabit LAN, stereo speakers, and a mic.
Power for the machine comes from an integrated 65W fanless power supply. The barebone rig lacks an optical drive so users will need a USB drive or external optical drive to install the OS. The X50 barebone will launch at the end of the month for EUR 361.
[ Shuttle ]
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Expressionisit Plus speaker set from Altec Lansing]gives you an actual standalone subwoofer this time, instead of being built-in like the previous Expressionist set. It's available this month for $100. [
If you ever wanted to see what the phase shifting of a body going through a Star Trek transporter looks like in real-life, you won't do much better than the recent exhibit by Makoto Tojiki.
The artist created this LED light sculpture called "The Man With No Shadow" and showed off his work at the recent Salone Satellite event in Italy. Tojiki reveals little about his technical methodology, but the futurist bent of the work speaks for itself. You can check out more stunning images of the LED man here.
Ferguson Hill’s transparent speakers
Check out Ferguson Hill’s transparent designed speakers. As you can plainly see, the FH001 is a horn speaker made of clear . Horns are among the oldest speaker designs because they are incredibly , and they also extend the low-frequency range of the driver. As a result, the FH001 boasts an efficiency of 100dB/W/m and needs only 3 to 50 watts of amp power amps so beloved by many audiophiles. And its frequency range is an astounding 150Hz-20kHz (±5dB) with no crossover. (Pics), making it ideal for tube-based
The shape of the FH001’s horn was designed to maintain a uniform expansion of the sound wavefront from the circular driver to the oval mouth while minimizing vibrational modes and making the low-frequency rolloff less steep than it would be with a circular mouth. But why acrylic? According to the company, this material exhibits great damping and toughness for its strength-to-weight ratio, and it can be readily formed into complex shapes with compound curves. And the fact that it’s clear is way cool!
The driver is a modified Lowther DX3 fitted with a precision-machined aluminum-alloy phase plug designed to produce the best frequency response with the shape of the horn. Lowther’s claim to fame is its rare-earth magnet technology that is said to dramatically increase acceleration and damping factors, resulting in exceptional transient response. In this case, the driver is open at the back, preventing the backwave interactions that occur in a cabinet.
Because the FH001’s lower limit is 150Hz, a separate bass speaker is required for full-range sound. Enter the FH002, an acrylic sphere 24 inches in with a 12-inch cone driver. The enclosure has six small holes behind the driver, which provide a resistive element to improve power handling without the resonant frequency of a normal port. The in-room measured response is -3dB at 40Hz and -6dB at 35Hz. (Obviously, this still doesn’t provide “full-range” sound, which requires another octave below 40Hz.)
To power a pair of FH002s, Ferguson Hill offers a dedicated bass amp dubbed-you guessed it-the FH003. This 2-channel, Class B, solid-state amp provides 100 watts per channel into 4Ω. Normally, the FH003 would be fed from a full-range preamp, and its active crossover rolls off above 150Hz at 12dB/octave.
A complete 2-channel system with two FH001s, two FH002s, and one FH003 carries a price tag of just over $26,000 at the exchange rate from British as of this writing. But the coolness factor alone is easily worth that much!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
With summer in full swing, the pollen count is sure to be high as is dander from shedding pets.Keep your air fresh and breathable with the stylish Coway AP-1008 Air Purifiers. Slim and sleek, the Conway is a showpiece and useful gadget combined.
The purifiers are Energy Star products so you won't have to worry about high energy bills. Ten minutes after the air in the room has been cleaned, the purifier shuts off all functions except air pollution detection. The high performance devices have three stages of filtering including the pre-filter that removes larger debris like pet dander, dust,and human hair. The HEPA filter, the final stage of the filtering process removes smaller particles including smoke and mold spores.
In case you were wondering, the hole in the device is more than a design statement. It actually serves as an air pollution indicator and a mood lamp.Equipped with five-speeds the Conway purifiers can purify the air in the room up to 300 square feet.
Action, Lights and Location
After selecting the location which you feel will enable you to capture a great picture, evaluate the amount of light available in the area. If this is for an important picture, make the effort to consider the effects of light at different times over the course of 24 hours and decide during which part of the day the light will be most beneficial.
Once you have done this, you can then determine which features or additional components added to your camera foreground will help to produce a more enhanced effect and depth for the picture. Don't discount the possibility of using other nearby areas as well for an even better shot. Sometimes the greatest landscape backgrounds are available in locations you might not ordinarily consider. You might also try taking pictures from different angles to weigh their impact on the snapshots, positive or negative.
To avoid any shadows or darkness appearing over the picture as you take the shot, it is best to capture a view early in the morning or in the latter portion of the afternoon.
Once you have determined the time of the day to shoot, set up your camera using a tripod. After all, you don't want a shaking hand to diminish the beauty you are attempting to capture. Also, use a light meter to gauge the amount of light, and adjust the aperture and shutter speed accordingly.
Using Natural Effects
You can always add parts of nature in your pictures to help produce a very different, though natural, effect on your picture. For example, sunset moments can be best captured when the sun is touching the horizon. Take the picture about five minutes after this point. It is also advisable to take the picture from as high a position as you can find. And you can also make use of a polarizing filter to highlight sky color and tone. Making use of these techniques can produce an effect similar to a postcard.
Equip Yourself with Necessary Supplies
Normally, to capture a landscape view a photographer will likely need to travel out of the confines of city life. However, any time you travel some distance to take photos, bring extra personal and photography supplies, such as a water bottle, flash light, additional rolls of film, etc. You definitely do not want to migrate several miles from home only to discover you have neglected to bring a sufficient supply of anything you will need!
Finally, determining which lens is best suited for snapping a particular view is really a matter of experience, skill, and taste. Mastering landscape photography is not a difficult task but requires practice, interest, and skill development. Locating that jaw-dropping view and then capturing the right shot takes both persistence and patience - traits of which many frustrated photographers fall short. If you are not able to capture that stunning landscape photograph the first or second time, don't give up. The landscape isn't going anywhere.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The article has some quotes from the game's director Morten Iversen who used to work at Io Interactive. Iverson stated that Antichrist's director, Lars Von Trier, "been extremely fond of video games for ages." However even Iversen admits that making a game based on the subject matter of Antichrist will be hard, saying, "It will be a very controversial game, and it'll be a game that doesn't really compare with anything else.""
While Eden is still in its early stages (it's not scheduled for release until 2010) one interesting aspect of the game is that it will ask you what your phobias are and depending on your answer "certain themes will be loaded into the game to challenge you on those phobias." Our big phobia is about sexy bikini models; they scare us a lot.
"Barney wanted a tiny waterproof computer for his million-dollar playboy lifestyle submersible, and he wanted it for under $2,000. We told him, 'you find it, you keep it.'"
Apple can't say that in their I'm a Mac ads, can they? But Microsoft can, now thatcontends users could throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at their PC and it'd come out unscathed. Actually, throw the thing in the sink and it'd be fine too, because it's 100% waterproof.
Now, what companies say and what their products actually do in the hands of consumers are often dubious stretches of reality at best (see also: laptop battery life claims), but in Stealth's defense they do advertise this thing by dumping water on it.
But enough Saturday morning infomercial crap—what about specs? There's few to be had, unfortunately, but we do know the WPC-500F is tiny, like netbook tiny (almost), and is powered appropriately by an Intel Atom processor. There's Windows Vista/XP support, and for you penguin heads thinking about bolting this thing to your Torvalds-branded power boat, there's Linux support too.
The WPC-500F is billed as shock-proof to begin with, but Stealth says there's an SSD hard drive option if you're being extra careful. Base model starts at $1,995. [Stealth Computer via Coolest Gadgets]
Perfect for backyard bashes, the Go Plate ($48/42-pack) assures you'll never lose your drink again. The reusable and recycled clear plastic food tray fits over bottles, cups or cans for one-handed action. They can be thrown in the dishwasher for multiple parties.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Apparently the gamer who masterminded this hedonistic joyride was Steve Fatone, brother of *NSYNC's Joey and music video director for luminaries like, um, the Jonas Brothers. So maybe his taste in music is suspect, but we think we just might get along with him anyway, after this indulgence.
This conceptual image shows how Spaceport America is expected to look at completion in 2010
The tantalising prospect of escaping the Earth’s atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness has been in the pipeline for two years. And now it’s officially arrived.
Workers in New Mexico have broken ground in the construction of a terminal and hanger facility for the world’s first rocket spaceport for sending wealthy customers to the edge of space.
Members of the general are being tempted with the ‘most incredible experience of their lives’ for $200,000 (£122,000) from as early as 2010.
Called Spaceport America, the $200million (£122million) taxpayer-funded project will launch spacecraft off the 10,000-foot runway attached to an aeroplane.
A conceptual image shows Spaceport America up and running with dozens of space tourists waiting for ‘the most incredible experience of their lives’
The spacecraft will then break free and rocket 62 miles (100 kilometers) into space for a total of two hours including five minutes of weightlessness before coming back down to Earth.
Suborbital tourism firm Virgin Galactic, owned by Richard , added its weight to the project in January when it signed a lease with the southern state to be the spaceport’s anchor tenant.
Spaceport’s Steve Landeene said: ‘It’s real! You’re not talking about things drawn on paper anymore.’
Operating like an airport, the spaceport will offer a location where aerospace companies can lease building and hangar space.
On its website, Virgin Galactic promises travellers an intense experience, ‘approaching sensory overload.’ It says: ‘Our goal is to provide you with the most incredible experience of your life.’
Its competitors, such as XCOR Aerospace and Armadillo Aerospace, are developing spacecraft for $95,000 flights. And as flights become more routine, costs should drop.
A conceptual image shows Spaceport America with a pair of aeroplanes on the adjacent runway in New Mexico
Similar spaceport ventures are proposed in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and elsewhere. Besides New Mexico, Virgin Galactic also hopes to ferry tourists to space from northern Sweden.
According to Mr Landeene, Spaceport America is about more than just space tourism. The facility will also tap other business ventures such as medical research and communication projects, he said.
State officials say the site will provide 500 construction jobs over the next four years and spark , education and tourism for generations.
‘It will bring jobs, give our students the opportunity to have careers in math and science here in New Mexico and create tourism and other long-term economic activity,’ Landeene said.
Virgin Galactic is building the spaceship that will blast passengers to the edges of the atmosphere with American aerospace designer Burt Rutan.
In 2004, Rutan’s SpaceShipOne became the first privately built manned craft to reach space.
A sign points towards the site of New Mexico’s spaceport, which begins construction June 20, 2009
SpaceShipTwo, under development at Rutan’s facility in California, will be carried aloft by a mothership called Two, unveiled last summer. The smaller craft will separate and rocket into space.
Spaceport America’s runway is slated for completion next summer. The terminal and hangar should be ready for tenants in December 2010, when Virgin Galactic hopes to begin hurtling the general public aloft.
Five miles from the terminal is a launching pad for 20-foot (6-meter) rockets used mostly for . It’s been operational for the past two years.
Describing the experience on its website, says: ‘You are instantly pinned back into your seat, overwhelmed but enthralled by the howl of the rocket motor and the eye-watering acceleration which, as you watch the read-out, has you travelling in a matter of seconds, at almost 2500mph, over 3 times the speed of sound.
Via Daily Mail
There was one predominant feeling as soon as I saw this chocolate-y brown watch (first in the image above) that I just couldn't ignore - hunger (physical), and given the fact that I had just had a satisfying lunch, accompanying fear (mental) that my carefully thought-out diet plan for the week was about to be tossed out into the wind pretty soon.
Well seriously, this series of digital watches from ODM are inspired by the sinful delicacy called chocolate, and though only one of them truly looks close to being one, all of them have been designed to give the effect of a bar of (foldable?) chocolate being wrapped around your wrist. Looks cool, is water resistant and is pretty reasonably priced too, at around $20. I only think that its funkiness can be carried off only by teenagers, though. Atleast, you can relax knowing that your kids are buying the healthiest chocolate that they can.
Via Design Milk.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Indeed, "Red" would undoubtedly approve of this 360 mod by Frank Gonzales. Designed to look like the Right Hand of Doom, this crusty case looks like it could deliver a serious beatdown.
As a fan of the comics and the movies, I definitely dig Gonzales' work. Speaking of that, his Gears of War mod wasn't half bad either.
One of the worst things about adding ice to a whisky is its ability to water-down the flavor. So chill your next drink down with Whisky Stones ($20). Milled in Vermont by some of the oldest soapstone workshops in the US, these stones chill quickly in the freezer, and won't impart any flavor to your favorite blend.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Get DVD-level video playback and recording in the Samsung Omnia II ($TBA). Packing a 3.7-inch, AMOLED resistive touchscreen with WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, this powerhouse smartphone offers a 5 megapixel camera, 720x480 video recording and playback, between 2GB and 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD storage slot, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS, the TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, and more.
Drinking alcohol goes to your head fast
For the first time, researchers have proved the rapid changes that drinking alcohol causes in human .
Previous tests on how alcohol affects have only been done on animals. Scientists set out to test the well-known saying that just one drink can quickly go to your head.
Only six minutes after consuming an amount of alcohol equivalent to three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine, leading to a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.06 percent, changes had already taken place in brain cells.
The researchers from Heidelberg in Germany said it is known the brain reacts quickly to alcohol, but wanted to find out how rapid the effect was.
Eight male and seven female volunteers took part in an experiment where they drank a specified amount of alcohol through a 90cm-long straw while lying in a MRI brain scanner.
The goal was to reach a blood alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.06 percent - a level that impairs ability to drive, but does not induce severe intoxication.
The scanner allowed the scientists to examine the tiny changes in brain cell tissue structure caused by the alcohol.
Dr Armin Biller, a at the hospital, said chemical substances which normally protect brain cells are reduced as the concentration of alcohol increases.
Other components of brain cells were also cut as more alcohol was consumed.
Perhaps surprisingly, the study found that men’s and women’s brains reacted to alcohol consumption the same way.
The team found the harmful effects of alcohol on the brain may be shortlived, but over time cells took longer to repair themselves.
Dr Biller said: “Our follow-ups on the next day showed that the shifts in brain metabolites after moderate consumption of alcohol by healthy persons are completely reversible.
“However, we assume that the brain’s ability to recover from the effect of alcohol decreases or is eliminated as the consumption of alcohol increases.
“The acute effects demonstrated in our study could possibly form the basis for the permanent brain damage that is known to occur in alcoholics. This should be clarified in future studies.”
Thursday, June 18, 2009
A blurry little bird told us a few weeks back that the Dash 3G was incoming, probably for a July 1 release date. Everything in this fresh-out-of-the-oven press release seems to confirm that, so let’s all get together and have a tall glass of Dash this Independence Day. Here’s what T-Mo has to say about the device:
The T-Mobile Dash 3G, designed by HTC and powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile® 6.1, is available in a glossy-black finish with red accents, features a full-QWERTY keyboard, easy-to-use trackball and vibrant display. This latest version of the T-Mobile Dash delivers easy ways to stay connected and organized with voice calling, messaging, support for personal and business e-mail, GPS for location-based services, and synchronization with Microsoft Outlook®. Whether staying organized while traveling or simply staying connected with friends and family, the T-Mobile Dash 3G provides access to the life tools customers need in a small, sleek package.
We’ll be reviewing it soon; we liked the original Dash and maybe this has the same magic. If someone you know isn’t quite ready to jump into something nutty like the Omnia 2, maybe you should point them in this thing’s direction (although I recommend the G1).
If I move to Tokyo, I’m definitely getting one of these little sets, even though I doubt I’ll be having guests and I’ll probably eat every day at ramen stands. Moving on from my sad fantasy, the Offi Paket is a nicely-designed little modular system that folds and unfolds to accommodate up to four people at a little dining table, yet takes up no more space than… a little dining table. The chairs (stools with duck-butts, really) fold up and go right under there. Tiny genius!
Unfortunately, they know it’s awesome, so they’re charging $500 for the table and $250 per pair of chairs. I think I’ll wait for the Ikea knockoff.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Mega yacht ”Eclipse”
Roman Abramovich’s most-awaited mega yacht, has finally made a preliminary launch at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany where it was built secretly for more than two years. The 170-meter yacht ( “Eclipse,” touted as the world’s biggest .6 feet) will feature 2 heli-pads, 20 water jets, a pool with large bars surrounding it, a cinema, library, restaurant, private garden, 5,000-square-feet master suite, a private submarine boarding from the bottom of the yacht for a secret escape, and a missile-detection system to deflect pirate attacks safely. The 9-deck megayacht has at least five possible exits, which literally makes it the safest yacht ever built.
This 557-foot Eclipse has literally eclipsed all other vessels, including the 525-foot vessel “Platinum 525″ owned by the Crown Prince of Dubai, earlier known as world’s biggest yacht. The $350 million mega yacht will undergo further construction and will be delivered to her owner in 2010.
This Russian oligarch has lost more than half his fortune in the past year, which made him slip down to #51 spot on the prestigious Forbes World’s Billionaires 2009 list. Forbes reports that the loss in his wealth was mainly due to disastrous performance of Russia’s second biggest steel company, Evraz, in which he has a large stake. In fact, the Russian government had to loan Evraz money so it could pay a tax bill in the fourth quarter of 2008; but none of it had any effect on this billionaire’s ostentatious lifestyle. Recently, the tycoon was spotted at preview of Art Basel. Though we believe if you earn your money legally, you are entitled to spend it however you want, considering it’s the taxpayer’s money that bailed him out, this much-awaited launch comes at the wrong time, when most of the American people have lost their retirement funds due to the recession.
It might seem strange to quaff your brewskis from a pouch like this, but its maker says it'll taste a whole lot better. The CarboPouch by the Beverage Pouch Group is designed for artisan beermakers, letting them fill you up a six pack to go on-site, making it so the smaller brewers don't need to buy any cumbersome beer-filling assembly line contraptions to ply their hand-made wares.
The best part is the "organoleptic film structure" that doesn't change the taste of the beer at all. The slightly flexible pouch gives the beer room to fizz, and it's easy to fill with the cap on the bottom. Don't expect beer from the majors to sell like this, but this could be a big plus for local beer craftsmen.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano of Selgascano have designed an office for their own practice, located in the woods near Madrid in Spain. (Pics)
A 20mm thick, curved window made of transparent acrylic forms the north-facing wall of the tunnel-like space.
The opaque, south-facing aspect is constructed from a 110mm thick, insulated, fiber-glass and polyester sandwich, offering shade from direct sunlight.
A hinged opening attached to a weighted mechanism at one end of the building allows varying degrees of natural ventilation.