“Even the box has stage presence. Loud, like a rock star.
Practical, like a roadie. In just 48 hours, the Marshall Fridge box
garnered over 14 million impressions online. And a few weeks later,
a formal complaint from UPS because it was too appealing
Set for FOX’s Fall 2013 line-up, it stars Karl Urban as a
troubled cop who is forced to work with the department’s mandatory
new “synthetic” officers. From J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and
J.J. Abrams (What is he not involved in?)
It’s always nice to have a business card that stands out from
the crowd, but we’re giving extra points for creativity to this
Brazilian cheese shop for having their cards made up as tiny,
functional cheese graters.
It’s been a while since I did any serious circuit board hacking,
but back in the day I saw my share of electronic components. One of
my favorite parts was always the resistor – not because of its
rudimentary electrical properties – but because its value could
always be identified through a convenient color-coding scheme. In
fact, I think at some point I had actually memorized a resistor
color chart. Of course, now my mind is feeble, and I couldn’t tell
the difference between a 22 ohm and a 2200 ohm. While I don’t
personally wear bracelets, I’m still highly compelled by this nifty
bracelet made from colorful resistors.
Artist Megan Nissen of Techcycled
carefully selects resistors and assembles these nifty “ladder”
style bracelets which have a rainbow of resistor colors. While the
bracelets are definitely geeky, they’re also elegant, with sparkly
Swarovski crystals and finished with a nice silver toggle clasp to
hold it on your wrist.
The Rainbow Resistor Bracelet sells for $125(USD) over on
Etsy. While you’re over there, be sure to check
out Techcycled complete collection of jewelry fabricated from
recycled electronic components and wires.
UK readers, here’s a chance for you to learn some of the best
techniques for surviving in the outdoors, including a grueling
course in which participants are put to the test for 24 hours in the wild. Let’s hope it doesn’t involve
Google Glass made the world at large aware of the
existence and potential of augmented reality headsets and heads-up
displays. Surely we’ll see more and more similar devices appear. In
fact, one such device could launch before Glass. It’s called the
Jet, a nerdy accessory for jocks.
Instruments, the company behind the Recon Jet, clearly designed
the headset to augment sports and other outdoor-related activities.
It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and all the other sensors and
connectivity technology that Glass has. But instead of projecting
its monitor through a prism, the Recon Jet’s display is directly
situated at the front of the device. This makes it more visible
than the resulting transparent display on the Glass. Recon
Instruments placed the Recon Jet’s display below the user’s right
eye because according to the company’s research it was the least
Here’s Mashable’s interview with a spokesman from Recon
Without knowing the final specs of both devices, it’s hard to
say if the Glass can also do everything that the Recon Jet can.
It’s also equally important that Recon Instruments get the support
of app developers. One thing’s clear: there’s never been a better
time to make prescription contact lenses. Except for the time when
there weren’t any prescription contacts.
This flying robot seems pretty creepy. Not only can it fly
around, it can attach itself to walls like some sort of flying
lizard. It won’t be long until these things have tentacles and
attach themselves to our faces, while we thrash around suffocating.
Thanks, researchers, thanks.
developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, a branch of the
European École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
It is designed specifically to traverse cluttered environments,
like those in the aftermath of a disaster.
The big news here is that AirBurr now has the ability to fly
into a room and attach itself to a wall and act as a remote
monitoring outpost. While perched, the AirBurr also shuts its
engines down, preserving battery power. It uses an instant adhesive
pad to attach to smooth surfaces. The video doesn’t show it
detaching from the wall, so I’m guessing they haven’t worked that
part out yet, though we’ve already seen technology which can do that.
You already have a tasty
looking sleeping bag for when you’re outdoors, but what about
when you’re just chilling at home? Lazy Oaf’s got your back – and
butt – with this sleeping bag shaped like a slice. Just don’t spill
your real pizza on it.
We know that geeks can be really passionate about their
particular nerdery and we’ve found a perfect example of that mega
battle in the war between the Norwich Sci Fi Club and the Norwich
Star Wars Club.
It seems Norwich Sci Fi Club treasurer Jim Poole lined up for an
autograph from Doctor Who actor Graham Cole, but there was a
problem. The convention the Doctor Who actor was signing at was
hosted by the Norwich Star Wars Club and they didn’t take too
kindly to a rival fan group showing up.
Apparently, words were exchanged. In the word of the Metro
writer: “More than a dozen fans from the rival groups – including
several in fancy dress – were involved in bitter exchanges outside
In other words, geeks in cosplay got into a war of words with
other geeks in cosplay over turf.
::grin:: Gotta love it.
On the plus side, no one was hurt, everyone’s fine and will live
to fight another day.
If you watch movies and trailers fairly frequently, then no
doubt this shirt will look familiar to you. Its design is based on
the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) film rating
review system that informs viewers if what they’re watching is safe
for all audiences or not.
It doesn’t copy the entire notice, of course.
Rather, the designer behind it, New Zealand-based
artist Barn Bocock of How to
Carve Roast Unicorn, made a few choice changes to the text. The
layout remains almost entirely the same, though.
Barn calls the design ‘The Following T-Shirt’, which is pretty
apt for what it is.
The Following T-Shirt is available to purchase online
for $30, and as it says, it’s rated “T” for Teerrific.
Do you have access to multiple data connections or Internet
providers? Connectify’s Switchboard is a cloud service
subscription that lets you gang together multiple Internet
connections at once to speed up both downloads and uploads.
I’m not a fan of Warhammer 40,000 myself, but this Blood Angels
Space Marine costume looks so awesome, I want to check it out and
see what I have been missing. Youtuber Pilerud scratch
built this Warhammer 40K Space Marine Blood Angel Tactical
Sergeant, 7th company, 9th squad, costume himself.
He obviously loves Warhammer, having devoted 400 hours over 10
months to making this badass costume. The completed outfit weighs
25kg (~55 pounds) and stands about 215 cm tall (~7 feet). I am
about 183 cm without armor. He used foam and hot glue and as well
as other tricks to make it look more like the miniatures. Mech
sounds are provided by ThinkGeek’s awesome little Mega
Stomp Panic box. Check it out in action in the video below:
The cost? About €2500 (~$3206 USD) I love how everything moves
as he is walking around. It’s all very fluid. Nice job!
When it comes to high-end audio products, Bang &
Olufsen make some of the most elegant and expensive devices on
the market. Saying “entry-level” for these guys sort of like saying
entry-level Ferrari, in that you know just because it’s their
cheapest product, it’s still going to be very expensive. Bang &
Olufsen have announced a new home theater system called the
The company says that this speaker system uses its high-quality
acoustic engineering and components, and while it’s designed
specifically to complement Bang & Olufsen televisions, it will
work with other TVs as well. The satellite speakers have a
distinctive flat, round design, while the subwoofer looks like some
sort of fancy vase.
Each of the satellite speakers offers 140 W of power, and the
subwoofer has 280 W of dedicated power and an eight-inch downward
facing driver. The system can be connected to B&O televisions
with a built-in surround sound decoder, or you’ll need to have a
receiver that can do the decoding if you don’t have a B&O
You can also select from a variety of colors for the satellite
grille cloths, to complement your specific room decor.
Buyers can opt for a 4.1 solution at a price of $3995(USD) or a
full 5.1 solution at $4395. The BeoLab 14 will be available in
B&O stores around the world this June.
Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron. I’ve
been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I’ve had quite a few
soldering irons over the years. I’m currently using a Weller
soldering station that I’ve had over 20 years (still going strong),
so when I had a chance to try a new Weller soldering iron with built-in
LEDs, I jumped at the opportunity. I received the
25W Standard Duty soldering iron.
Billed as a high-performance soldering iron for hobbyists, the
new Weller soldering irons also received a red dot award for product design.
This is the model SP25NUS, a 25-watt soldering iron.
Three LED lights for limited application
Round Co-molded soft grip handle design for easy tip
Triangular handle area for maximum tip
Stainless steel barrel and heater
UL listed – cUL version available
Excellent quality consumer iron 8 1/4″ (210mm)
Light duty iron, (25watts) for joining 16 AWG wire or
Use on small electrical/electronic assemblies, appliance
IMPORTANT: Use only Weller® tips
Inside the packaging you’ll find the soldering iron, a little
user’s guide, and an iron stand to keep the hot tip off your work
Made in Mexico, if you’re curious.
Here’s the iron resting on the stand.
This soldering iron features a rubberized grip and a three-sided
shape in the middle.
Here you can see the three white LEDs that light up your work
area. Pretty neat! There’s no on-off switch, which is
just fine. Bonus: When the lights are on, the iron is
also on! Yes, I’ve burned myself brushing my hand against a
You’ll also notice the triangular shape a little better here.
This really helps prevent the iron from rolling away at
the worst possible time. Fantastic!
I found the new Weller SP25NUS LED-lit soldering iron
comfortable and practical. Sure, the included stand is a
little light-weight, but at a price of $14.99 to $27.99 (about
$16.99 as shown) for the soldering iron, you can afford to get a
decent soldering iron stand. I won’t be giving up my
veteran Weller soldering station, but this will be my go-to second
The latest trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim gives more sneak peeks at the
monsters and giant robots that will go head-to-head in the movie.
Check out the movie’s website for sweet images of the
“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me
because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t
necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make
things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that
will make things easier.”
As to who may or may not be returning, there’s been talk that
Robert Downey Jr. has been playing hardball with Marvel now that
his contract with them is up for negotiation. Couple that with how
things were left in Iron Man 3 and it might lead people to question
whether Tony Stark will be back.
IRON MAN 3 SPOILERS AHEAD:
On that note, Joss had this to say:
“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve
changed’ — he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody
thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The
Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is,
Some artists use
paint, while others choose charcoal. Some paintings take years, and
others take hours. Some hang on gallery walls, while others simply
lie forgotten on easels. Kseniya Simonova's art is different...
it's made entirely of sand, she can create some of them in mere
minutes, and when they are finished, she simply blows them away to
start something new.
"The Happiest Place on
Earth" is what the Disney franchise has been called for multiple
decades. Unfortunately, the long wait times can drasticaly reduce
the enjoyment that visitors take from the day. Those waiting for
hours can often be heard making statements like "are we there
yet?", "why isn't this line moving?", "I'm hungry or have to pee"
and "my feet hurt." Some travel agencies are getting fancy and are
taking measures to skirt the system so that their clients do not
have to wait in such long lineups.
Have you ever craved something so badly, that you Googled for
the nearest restaurant that had that dish and ordered it – only to
realize later on that it was the worst thing that you’ve ever
tasted? This has happened to me loads of times, especially when I’m
traveling and can’t get my usual fix at my favorite
restaurant. This is a first-world problem that the Dish.fm app
aims to fix for you.
All you have to do is key in the the food that you want to eat
and the app will parse through thousands of reviews and ratings on
sites like Yelp and Foursquare. After it sorts through all that
data, Dish.fm will then tell you where you can find the best
version of that food in the city that you’re in.
Dish.fm started out in New York and San Francisco and will
slowly work their way through the US and through various cities in
Europe. The best part? iOS users can get the Dish.fm app for free.
Looking to take that FPS (First Person Shooter) experience to the
next level? Are you tired of dropping the enemy like every other
gamer out there? Do you want to have the baddest @ssed looking game
controller in cyberspace? The the Delta Six game controller may be
what you need to add to your gaming arsenal. The Delta Six is a FPS game controller built to
look and feel like a real weapon. The Delta Six has the ability to
know when you lift the controller to aim or move it to melee, it
uses motion control as well as other technologies to achieve this
level of sophistication. The Delta Six is built on the Arduino
platform and is open source so developers can interface with it.
The Delta Six is a Kickstarter project by David Kotkin and is
seeking funding until June 7, 2013 with an estimated delivery in
Dec 2013. This controller is compatible with the PC, XBOX and PS3
and will be upgradeable to the next generation systems via a
downloadable patch. Funding options start at $1 and run to $500
with $159 getting you a Delta Six game controller.
now this is something that you would want to check out considering
how bras are extremely delicate and expensive items to own, so
keeping them bras in good condition is a prerequisite. Enter the
Ricasol Bra Dryer, where this unique home appliance would be able
to dry your bras without damaging them. It will take anywhere from
20 to 30 minutes to get your bras dried, where it will make use of
an infrared light which will gently warm up your bra, while
evaporating the moisture that is located in the bra padding and
With the Ricasol Bra Dryer, you can kiss goodbye to drying your
bras on a line, or hanging them up on a shower bar or door knob, or
to take the long hard route of using a hair dryer. Bras with
underwires especially will need to be treated with special care, as
the delicate components within are easily damaged using
conventional drying methods. In a nutshell, the Ricasol Bra Dryer
is a snap to use and stash away thanks to its relatively small form
A city bus was being driven along its route on Goucher Street in
Johnstown, Pennsylvania when an unexpected passenger climbed in. From up
front. A spokesman for the bus company claims no one was
Microsoft is promoting the Windows 8 operating system in China
with “Training Camp”, an online advertising campaign of three
videos designed to create buzz. Watermelon, Makeup and Piano show
extraordinary stunts performed in the Windows 8 cause.
The Training Camp campaign was developed at JWT Beijing, China,
by chief creative officer Polly Chu, creative directors Devin Zhao
and Nicky Zhang, assistant creative director Gary Wang, copywriters
Popeye Li, Nicolas Tian and Bernard Chan, art directors Christine
Klemmt and Liang Zhou, head of digital account team Wednesday Chi,
agency producers Amber Yu and Tetsu Bi, planner Ratan Malli,
account service team Ruston Spurlock, Chiara Capitanio, Sabrina
Zheng, Fay Xie and Vivienne Huang.
Filming was shot director Jinjing Zhu via JQK Production with
producer Raymond Johnsen Lucas.
Father’s Day is around the corner (all right, so it is sometime in
June, but it never hurts to be prepared in advance) and you are
sick and tired of thinking of the perfect gift as dad already has
numerous ties, shoes, vests, cufflinks, belts, and leather wallets.
Is there nothing out of the ordinary that you can give dad to bring
a smile to his face? A luxury watch might be a good idea, but it is
not unique. Enter the $2,700 Self Balancing Electric Unicycle, where
you might have visions of grandeur of Tony Stark’s briefcase suit,
as this is a briefcase-sized electric unicycle which allows one to
be perfectly balanced at all times thanks to the help of gyroscopic
The Self Balancing Electric Unicycle is suited for both urban
commuting as well as suburban recreation, where all you need to do
is just to stand on its two folding feet pads. The integrated
gyroscopic sensors will be able to detect a rider’s subtle feet
movements, all the while taking into consideration a shoulder-slung
backpack or bag for its center-of-mass calculations. All you need
to do is grip the handlebar and lean forward, resulting in a steady
acceleration without jolting, and if you want to slow down or stop,
just lean backward.
Turning is a snap, where you control it with side-to-side
balance and turn around with subtle leaning. The unicycle will be
powered by a 500-watt electric motor that can propel a 160-lb.
rider up to 13 mph for two hours, and it will take a three-hour
charge to juice up its integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery.
It certainly seems like a dream ride to have, and I do wonder about
the requirements to ride this in public. Urban commuters would
definitely find this to be a boon, especially when your destination
is just a few blocks down the road.
American author David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, has
become one of the latest Youtube viral success stories. His May
2005 commencement address delivered to the graduating class at
Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, was published as a book in 2009
under the title, “This Is Water”. Portions of audio recording of
his speech have been edited together and visualised in a short film
of the same name, viewed by over five million times since its
launch on May 6.
This Is Water was produced at The
Glossary by director Matthew Freidell, producers Allison
Freidell, Whitney Willison and Jeremy Dunning, photographer
Do you have an idea for a great whiskey? Want your own custom
whiskey for your bar or restaurant? You and some buddies want your
own label for the hunting camp? Want an amazing one-of-a-kind
Father's Day, holiday, graduation or wedding gift? Here’s your
Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, Iowa will
custom make a 30 gallon barrel of whiskey for you. You pick the
grain bill, the yeast, the barrel, the age and the proof. You even
get to name it. When it’s done, you get all the whiskey in the
barrel and the empty barrel to display proudly.
above: Mississippi River Distilling Company Owner Ryan Burchett
Their inaugural “My Whiskey” program is a unique experience that
will have your fingerprints on it from beginning to end. Below
tells you, in their words, how they help you craft your unique
So how does this all work? First of all, you must understand that
we are responsible for following the very stringent federal and
state laws regarding the manufacture and sale of distilled spirits.
So while some of this may seem a bit convoluted, there is a strict
system in place that your spirits will travel through between our
distillery and your door.
First step is establishing the recipe. We have four grains at our
disposal: corn, wheat, rye and barley. These grains are purchased
directly from the local farmers who grew them. When your bottle is
complete, we will be able to tell you the names of the farmers who
grew every grain that went into your bottle.
THE MASH BILL
We will work with you to establish a mash bill appropriate to the
flavor you are trying to achieve. Corn is rich and sweet. Wheat
provides a light sweetness and fruity flavor. Rye is peppery and
spicy. Barley is mild and takes on a significant portion of its
flavor from the yeast.
If you wish to make a bourbon whiskey, you will use predominantly
corn. By law it must be at least 50% corn. Typically, bourbon is
70%-80% corn. For a secondary grain, you can choose wheat or rye.
Most bourbons use rye for the secondary grain. However, we use
wheat in our Cody Road Bourbon which provides a sweeter flavor. The
secondary grain usually accounts for 10%-15% of the mash bill.
Finally, bourbon typically includes 5%-15% barley. But as long as
you have 51% corn, you can call it bourbon and mix out any other
combination of grains for the second 49%.
To be a rye whiskey, the mash bill must be at least 51% rye. Mash
bills vary greatly from rye to rye. Some have as little as 55% rye.
Others like Cody Road go all the way to 100% rye. We can do
anything in between to suit your tastes.
MALT WHISKEY STYLE
Scotch and Irish Whisky is made from malted barley. The roasting or
smoking of the barley accounts for much of the flavor in scotch. We
do not have malted barley at our disposal from local farmers. So we
use an unmalted barley. We do have a malt whiskey yeast that
creates a very nice flavor similar to an Irish Whisky. But this
would still be a unique American take on it.
MIX AND MATCH
Want to come up with a mash bill that is all yours? Feel free. You
can mix and match the grains and yeasts in any way you choose.
Next we need to select your yeast. The yeast has a significant role
to play in the flavor of your whiskey. We can help you choose an
appropriate yeast for your project. Here are the three choices.
GRAIN WHISKEY YEAST
This yeast is designed for bourbon and rye whiskey production. It
imparts a robust flavor of the grain and will leave rich aromas and
flavors from the grains. Expect the spice notes of the grains to be
a bit stronger and the sweetness to be somewhat subdued compared to
the sweet whiskey yeast.
MALT WHISKEY YEAST
This yeast is designed for a Scotch or Irish Whisky style. Expect
the mild barley to be light and smooth with this yeast. Might be an
interesting yeast to experiment with non-traditional mash
SWEET WHISKEY YEAST
This is a very vigorous and flavorful yeast. We use this yeast in
both Cody Road Rye and Cody Road Bourbon. Expect the sweet and
fruity notes from the grain. Delicious for lighter whiskies and
shorter aged whiskies.
AGING & PROOF
How you barrel the whiskey and for how long will have a great
impact on your final product.
Your whiskey will be age in a new 30 gallon charred oak barrel.
These barrels are roughly half the size of a traditional whiskey
barrel. That gives the whiskey more wood to interact with so it
will grab the oak flavor faster than a traditional barrel. We
suggest a minimum of 9-12 months in one of these barrels. You may
want your whiskey to attain a much longer age. We suggest checking
on your barrel periodically. While longer aged whiskey is always
fun, in a smaller barrel the oak can take over. Whiskey has life
cycles in the barrel. At first it may taste bitter and charred. In
a few months, the sweetness can blossom. A few months later, the
oak tannins start to increase. Also, the longer the whiskey is in
the barrel, the more you will lose to the “Angels Share” which is
what we call the whiskey that evaporates or soaks into the wood.
You can expect to lose 2%-3% of the volume of your alcohol per year
to the Angels Share. So before you automatically decide on aging
your whiskey for eternity, understand that it might be a better
whiskey at a younger age than you think. Our whiskies all age 1
year in these barrels. There are 5 char levels that we can put your
barrel in. We have tried different char levels and find that a
medium char (char level 3) seem to impart the most balanced oak
flavor for these smaller barrels. We recommend going with a char 3
barrel, but will be happy to order a different char from the
cooperage should you so choose.
The proof at which you barrel and bottle your whiskey will dictate
how many bottles you have at the end. If you bottle your whiskey at
80 proof, you can expect about 160 bottles. If you raise the proof,
that will give you more alcohol in each bottle and will reduce the
number of bottles that come out of your barrel. As a rule of thumb,
for each 10 proof you increase the bottling, you’ll have about 20
fewer bottles. We recommend barreling your whiskey about 20 proof
higher than you plan to bottle it with a maximum barreling proof of
about 120 proof.
MAKING THE WHISKEY
Once you have your recipe all nailed down, you will contract the
production with us. We will charge $3,000 for the production of
your whiskey. This charge is simply for the manufacturing of the
whiskey. For legal reasons, the whiskey remains in our possession
for the duration of the aging. You will purchase the whiskey from a
licensed retailer once it is finished aging and bottled. But during
the aging, it is still owned by us and stored on our licensed
premises at the distillery.
We will plan to put your whiskey into production within six weeks
of your payment. You will receive notice of the mashing and
distilling. We will send you pictures and updates of the production
via e-mail. Once in aging, we will be able to allow you to
periodically taste the whiskey to see if it is ready for bottling.
We will need at least 48 hours notice if you want to come check on
your barrel so we can pull it out of storage. Remember that the
more you check on it, the less you’ll have at the end.
NAMING YOUR WHISKEY
All formulas and labels for spirits sold in America must be
approved by the federal government. So while this is your whiskey,
it will have to go into a bottle and label that has been
pre-approved by the government. We will handle all of that
paperwork and filing when the whiskey is produced. This process
takes several months. So we will need to know what you want to call
your whiskey when we produce it so the label approval can proceed
while your whiskey is aging. It will go into a custom labeled
bottle that will say, “Mississippi River Distilling Company
presents: Joe’s Awesome Whiskey” or whatever you decide to call it.
The bottles will have the legal government warning, barcode and
batch notes included on each bottle detailing the grain used, the
date distilled and who it was commissioned by. They will be hand
signed by the distillers.
FINISHING AND RECEIVING YOUR WHISKEY
Once you determine that you would like to pull your whiskey from
the barrel and have it bottled, we will schedule a blending and
bottling. Your whiskey will all be bottled at the specified proof
all at one time. We will not be able to accommodate multiple
bottling from the same barrel.
Once the whiskey is bottled, it will be shipped to a licensed
distributor who will then deliver it to a licensed retailer. We
will set all of this up for your pickup. We prefer to have you pick
up the whiskey in the Quad Cities. We do have retailers who would
be able to ship your whiskey, but it will be a significant cost to
To pick up your whiskey, you will be charged $3,000. That will be
payable to the retailer, not to the distillery. You will receive
your empty barrel along with your cases of whiskey. At this point
the whiskey is your to do what you choose with.
Have questions that they haven’t answered here? Drop them a line.
They’d be happy to discuss your vision for your very own whiskey.
You can call the distillery at 563-484-4342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan & Garrett Burchett Owners & Distillers
River Distilling CompanyMississippi River Distilling Company
“This entrepreneur launched his business offering
high-quality shoelaces; when it came time to expand his line, he
needed unique packaging to showcase the newest addition: colored
coins for penny loafers.The matchbooks aligned with the client’s
aesthetic and eye for color, showcasing his newest offering while
upholding the story of Benjo’s brand.”
“Hudson Made’s line of handmade, small batch Beard &
Shave Soaps is designed for the bearded man and his clean-shaven
brother. These multi-purpose 3.5 oz. discs generate a lather that
acts as both a gentle beard shampoo and an exceptional shaving
The Beard & Shave Soap is available in three
varieties—Original White, Cedar Clove, and Citron Neroli—each with
a distinctive aroma. The personality of these three distinct soaps
is conveyed through rich color. Unifying the packaging for the line
is bold typography, which strikes a balance between contemporary
simplicity and the heritage implied by nineteenth-century
The boxes were produced using traditional printing and
letterpress typography on sustainable paper. Hudson Made’s
packaging is manufactured locally and meticulously selected for a
truly regional product.”
The bad news is,
Thanko's new USB Neck Cooler makes you look like a sci-fi mecha
robot's grabbed you by the throat. The good news is, you'll feel a
lot less hot under the collar this summer if you're wearing one.
Oh HTC. You’ve produced one of the finest Android
smartphones ever (seriously, just look at all these reviews),
but you’ve faced more than your share of challenges when it came to
actually pumping your top-tier One smartphone. As it happens, that
may all soon change.
reported earlier today that HTC is preparing to pump out more of
its wonderful Ones in short order — Jack Tong, the company’s North
Asia president, noted that this month’s production capacity for the
flagship device is twice that of April, and that surge will only
continue into June.
For what it’s worth, HTC hasn’t disclosed how many Ones it’s
shipped since it launched earlier this year. Meanwhile, rival
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has become the Korean electronics giant’s
fastest moving smartphone — Samsung
shipped 6 million units in just over two weeks, and it hopes to
cross the 10 million unit threshold by the end of this month. Oh,
and let’s not forget the fact that
Google’s Hugo Barra showed off a version of the S4 at the company’s
I/O developer conference that runs a version of Android that’s
unfettered by the software bloat that many a reviewer took umbrage
at. Company representatives were careful not to call it a Nexus —
even though it seems to harbor many of the advantages inherent to
the Nexus line like a clean Android build and access to frequent
As I noted towards the end of my HTC One review, the wireless
industry isn’t a meritocracy — the well-executed device doesn’t
always wind up saving the day. Hopefully now that some of these
production woes have been ironed out we’ll see HTC live to fight
another day, but that’s still far from a given.
Hot Wheels gathers eight Biomen
drivers and makes them race and perform stunts along various
terrain. It’s a live-action version of the scenarios kids make up
while playing with their toy cars… down to the script.
I would be hesitant to put a plane engine inside of a car, let
alone mounting one on a motorcycle. That’s just crazy. I just let
others do the work and enjoy their success from afar. Like German
DIYer Frank Ohle, who actually outfitted his motorcycle with a
150hp Rotec Radical R3600 nine cylinder aircraft engine.
Frank calls his bike the Red Baron and it took him around 18
months to build this insane chopper. It took a custom built chassis
to do it, but the end result looks damn good. I love the little
propeller behind the front wheel – nice touch. He upgraded the
suspension and overhauled all of the electronics too.
The video says it all. Awesome bike. Plane.
I was finally able to kick my daily 20 oz Diet Coke habit
several months ago by using a 24 oz.
Bubba Brands Hero insulated steel bottle. I fill with 5 ice
cubes from home and when I get to work, I fill it with cold water
and 2 Twinings Cold Brew iced tea bags. By noon I have perfect ice
cold iced tea. That works great for lunch time, but I’ve been
looking for an alternative to hot tea or plain water for the rest
of the day. I think I have found what might be the perfect gadget
solution with Zing
Anything Aqua Zinger water bottles. The Aqua Zinger features a
double walled stainless steel bottle with a BPA free plastic cap
and special grinder section that screws to the bottom where you
place pieces of fruit, mint, etc. When you twist that
section, it grinds the pieces into pulp and allows the
extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen to
infuse the water. This results in a flavorful water, without
sugar or chemical additives. Zing Anything offers 3 other Zingers
including one made specifically for use with citrus and one for
making salad dressings. Prices range from $16.99 – $25.99. They
have sent me a few samples, so look for a review soon.
(NSFW: Language) The red band trailer for The
Hangover Part III looks back at the Wolf Pack’s history
before flashing forward to their final chapter. No one’s getting
married, but everyone’s going to get in big trouble.
As a child of the 80s, I spent plenty of time in the arcade
playing video games and continued that practice as long as there
were arcades in the mall. One of the things that used to irritate
me more than anything was when my favorite fighting game had a
damaged joystick. There’s nothing worse than a junky joystick when
you’re playing a fighting game. I miss the days of brawny joysticks
for gaming, and if you do too, Razer has got your back with its
Razer has unveiled the Atrox arcade stick – made specifically for the Xbox
360 console. This is a big and beefy controller with an actual
Sanwa Denshi arcade-quality joystick, along with 10 Sanwa arcade
buttons. The coolest part about the controller is that Razer has
designed it to support the modding community.
Razer offers a template to allow you to print out your own
custom artwork for the lid, and the top opens to reveal a storage
compartment underneath. Inside that compartment the controls is an
interchangeable bat-shaped handle for the joystick, a screwdriver,
and a storage compartment for its detachable 13-foot-long USB
You can also mod the controller and it has a special honeycomb
system inside designed to make it easy to screw in additional
hardware or accessories. The Atrox controller will ship worldwide
this June for $199.99(USD).
Extend the life of your gadgets and make the most of your
purchases with iFixit’s toolkit. It has a variety of bits, tweezers
and other tools that will help you disassemble and fix most laptops
and mobile phones.
The new Sideshow Harley Quinn Premium Format Figure stands 21
inches tall, weighs 9 pounds, and exudes maniacal sass.
Interchangeable heads let you switch from masked glee to an
unmasked, bratty, stuck out tongue. In either case, you get all of
the things that make Harley Quinn so…Harley.
Google’s major developer conference,
Google I/O, went down this week. Was it a bit of a letdown?
Probably. Did cool stuff still come out of the event? Eh? Maybe? We
discuss these topics and more this week on the TC Gadgets podcast.
In fact, we even had Frederic Lardinois join as a guest, along with
John Biggs, Matt Burns, Jordan Crook (that’s me!), Romain Dillet,
and Darrell Etherington as Bob McKenzie.
We invite you to enjoy our weekly podcasts
every Friday at 3pm Eastern and noon Pacific.
Two dudes have their abs electrocuted to simulate labor pains.
Though they didn’t do the part where a tiny person comes out of
their privates. Also they should have been kicked in the family
jewels afterwards. For
These incredible mash-ups feature superheroes who’ve been given
’80s rock star makeovers for their comic book covers. The designs
are the work of
Butcher Billy who has incorporated some iconic 80′s images into
the covers. There’s Plastic Man/The Cure, a fierce Aquaman/Billy
Idol and check out the Big 80′s hair on the Wonder Woman/Siouxsie
and the Banshees cover!
If you are what you eat, then these adorable Jabba The Hutt
cookies will make you look just like Jabba if you eat enough. But
who cares? It’s not as if you can control yourself when faced with
a Star Wars cookie. You see a Star Wars cookie, you eat it! End of
story. End of cookie.
These cookies from Semi Sweet Designs make even Jabba look super
cute. The baker has even created a template and written very
specific instructions so you can make these Jabba cookies on your
You’ll need sugar cookie dough, icing, and a desire to eat them
as they come out of the oven, leaving none for the rest of your
family and friends.
A new record was
broken recently by a robot. In addition to being able to beat the
worlds champions in chess it turns out that robots may be better at
distance driving, at least in the endless void of space. The 1972,
human set, record for the most distance driven in space was broken
by a 2004 launced rover.
I’ve often wished that I could combine the speed of my cable
Internet connection with my phone’s data connection to form one
supercharged slightly above average connection. If
you’ve been wishing for the same thing my wish buddy, take a look
at Switchboard. It’s a subscription-based cloud
service that will let you tap into multiple Internet connections at
The Switchboard service is currently being developed by a
company called Connectify. The company claims that its servers can
spread the packets that you upload or download across
multiple Internet connections. All you have to do is link your
computer to these connections; the Switchboard software and
Connectify’s servers will do the rest.
Switchboard is actually similar to one of Connectify’s other
apps called Dispatch. Dispatch can also send data to and from your
computer through multiple Internet connections. The upside to
Dispatch is that it doesn’t need to pass through a server. That
means you only pay once – just for the client software. But
Connectify says that Dispatch is only good for applications or
processes that use multiple sockets at once, such as web browsing or peer-to-peer
connections. Programs that use single sockets like Netflix and Hulu
will gain nothing from Dispatch. Also Dispatch doesn’t have a Mac
client, whereas Switchboard will have one.
Pledge at least $60 (USD) on Kickstarter to be one of the first to try out
Switchboard. But with great speed comes great
expense. Not only is Switchboard a subscription service, its
plans also have data caps. The limits range from 10GB to 2TB per
month depending on your plan. I’m not saying that’s unreasonable,
but now I have another wish: I wish that future computers had this
functionality baked in.
Do you have about $600,000 burning a hole in your bank account?
If you do, leave it there but just imagine that it could buy you a
single gold anime statue – if it were for sale.
The Sagittarius statue is only about 15cm high, but it’s made
from pure gold and weighs around 4lbs. It’s being released by
Bandai to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its popular Saint
Seiya line. The toys have included almost all the characters
in the universe and are beloved by fans. This statue is not for
sale – it’s just commemorative – but is estimated to be worth 60
million Yen. That’s about $586,000. Yes, they must really love
(NSFW: Language) From the warped
mind behind Bill & Ted comes a raunchy and
ridiculous comedy about the apocalypse. Out 6/7 in theaters and
VOD. That makes two Craig Robinson end-of-the-world
comedies in a week.
You know how there are those artists that make intricate pieces
of artwork using stuff like
old garbage or
coffee beans instead of paint? Well this is kind of like the
digital version of that. 73-year-old Japanese artist Tatsuo
Horiuchi creatures beautiful, detailed works of art using nothing
other than Microsoft Excel, rather than a traditional graphics
program like Illustrator or Sketchbook Pro. According to Horiuchi
graphic programs are too expensive, but Excel came with his
computer. After seeing some of his colleagues use the program to
create graphs he realized he could draw with it as well. He uses
its “Autoshape” feature to create the shapes, which may sound
exceedingly tedious, but then again, so is using the pen tool in
Shaving just got a whole lot more fun and better smelling because
now there’s Bacon Shaving Cream. What could be more manly than lathering up
with the scent of meat while you scrape a razor blade across your
own face? Despite the novelty scent, it’s actually a quality
shaving cream with moisturizers and essential oils to leave your
face clean and smelling great (and a bit like bacon). Makes a great
gift for the man who has (almost) everything too.
I always held true to the old adage that tells us it’s the
thought that counts, but that being said, I’ve had a lot of great
thoughts… but they’re not at all better than getting some
extravagant present. However, when I cant afford extravagance I
like to go for something so unique or bizarre that the recipient
exclaims “where did you find that!?” Hence my family has some
pretty weird stuff.
My daughter must have my genes because for my birthday I got a
Wish Pearl, sounds simple enough, if it werent for the fact that
you make your own pearl necklace from a pearl you harvest yourself,
out of a mullousk-in-a-can. Yes its true, with no guarantees as to
pearl color or size, you simply make a wish, then dig your pearl
from the long dead (however well preserved in alcohol) oyster ,and
the can warns you not to eat the oyster or drink the liquid it
comes in. Thank goodness for that, as I had my cocktail sauce at
After following the instructions I was able to retrieve my pearl
from its animal home and learn what meaning its color revealed by
the information on the box. Also included in the kit is a
beautiful 18K white Gold tone plated Flower shape “cage” to
house your pearl with an 18k white gold tone plated necklace thats
about 18″ long. Simply pop in your newly harvested pearl and voila!
a beautiful necklace.
So I love my little pearl necklace and I love that my daughter
took the time to find something fun and interesting to get me, and
its going to last a whole lot longer, and cause a lot less pain
than the 5 pound box of chocolates she got me last year! There are
several different kits to choose from, all for under 20 bucks
stickers for Whovians in the dark. Looking for something to
distract you from that crack in your bedroom wall? Or that Silent
that you forgot was standing in your closet? Maybe some
glow-in-the-dark stickers will help! 24 sticker set, including
Daleks and Weeping Angels. $14.99
Leo Burnett Colombia created “Cancer Tweets” for the Colombia’s
League against Cancer to raise awareness about the importance of
addressing the signs our bodies give us. The prevention campaign
created awareness on Twitter so people could feel the silent way in
which cancer acts and how easy it is to ignore it.
Seven accounts for the most lethal cancer types (breast, colon,
prostate, cervical, lung and stomach) were opened on Twitter. The
virtual cancers followed thousands of common people and sent subtle
messages that were initially ignored, but as time passed, the
cancer grew stronger and got tougher. Those who detected the
messages early were able to control it and the virtual cancer
stopped following them. But those who ignored the messages received
final awareness advisories about how ignoring the symptoms could
result in the progression towards terminal stages of cancer.
The act reached millions of people and got the entire country
talking about cancer awareness. More than 9,733 social media users
and even political leaders like Barack Obama suffered a virtual
Using the #CancerTweets hashtag, the campaign raised awareness
about the importance of early detection because the best way to
control cancer is to stop ignoring it.
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Bogota, Colombia
Global Chief Creative Officer: Mark Tutssel
Executive Creative Director: Fernando Hernández, Mauricio
Creative Director: Carlos Oviedo, Alexis Ospina, Rafael Reina
Managing Director: Fernando Hernández, Mauricio Sarmiento
Account Director: Natalia Valencia
Art Director: Rafael Reina, Andres Lopez
Copywriter: Andrés Salamanca, Alexis Ospina
The politics of Game of Thrones play out between the
great houses of Westeros. Stark, Lannister, Targaryen – you’ve come
to know the names. Shutterstock has imagined the familiar houses as
modern day brands. You know they would all be as cutthroat as
executives running businesses.
Shutterstock used images from their site to create companies for
each house. The Targaryens get an airline, the Lannisters get an
investment group, and the Starks are outdoor outfitters. They cover
a couple of other houses too, and the branding by Mondayne is extremely creative.
Archos has been making Android tablets for almost
as long as Android has been around. The company has unveiled a new
tablet called the Archos 80 Xenon that promises some nice features
in a very portable form factor.
Archos says the $200 tablet was specifically designed for
on-the-go access and experience and offers integrated Wi-Fi and 3G
mobile network support. The tablet is designed to accept any 3G SIM
card with no provider restrictions. That should mean you can pop
your SIM card out of your existing device and plug it right into
this tablet to get online while traveling.
The Android 4.1-based tablet features a 1.2GHz quad-core
Snapdragon CPU and and 1GB system memory. Its eight-inch multitouch
IPS screen has a resolution of 1024 x 768. The tablet also comes
preloaded with media center applications and can run most of the
popular Android applications out there. Internal storage is 4 GB
and a MicroSD memory card slot is available for expansion up to
64GB. The tablet also has integrated GPS/A-GPS capability with full
support for Google Maps.
Putting your wallet and phone in your shoe at the beach or pool
isn’t fooling anyone! Keep your valuables safe while you go in the
water this Summer with the Alarm Sounding Beach Safe. This
portable safe has a steel cable that you lock around a fixed object
(bench, chair, umbrella, etc). If the line is cut, a 110db alarm
sounds, alerting you and scaring off any would-be thieves.
A flashing light lets you know it’s locked and secure. It’s sliding
drawer is big enough to hold an iPad along with jewelry, cameras,
wallets, phones, and other valuables.
Every gamer in the group of friends who gets dragged into a
sports bar always ends up on the topic of, “Wouldn’t it be cool if
this were a thing, but for video games?” Well if that friend lives
near Vancouver, Canada he can finally drag his sports friends to
EXP, a video game themed restaurant and bar. They’ve got big screen
TVs that show gameplay footage, and menu items like the Triforce
Burger, and the Chocobo Chicken Burger. Woah, wait a minute? Is
THAT what happens to all the reject Chocobos you breed after you
get the golden Chocobo? OMG, what have I done?
Buzzfeed continues their series of short
video infographics with an informative clip about all of the
things the human body will do in the next 30 seconds. Great job on
those red blood cells! Keep up the good work!
These perplexing time apps were created for the much-raved about
I’m Watch smartwatch, and transform the basic resting face of the
device into the time-telling puzzle of your choice. No ticking
hands, no big numbers… hit the jump to see if you can figure out
each without reading how to decipher them!
Tritime – uses twelve color triangles to represent hours and
twelve smaller triangles to represent 5 minute sections.
Timenine – hours are shown in big color numbers while minutes
are displayed in 6 groups of 9 dots, each dot representing a single
minute — after 10 minutes the group transforms into a single square
— after 30 minutes a long rectangle is formed.
Timegrid – surprisingly fast, simple time reading is made
possible by graphing hours in a rectangle that grows as time goes
by — minutes are shown in the middle of the board grid
The internet has everyone trapped in its world wide web. We’re
so busy trying to connect with our online acquaintances, that we’re
disconnecting with those who matter: our family. Our online voice
is getting louder and louder. So much so, it beginning to replace
our real voice. As a brand that has always supported bonding
between families, Vicks finds a new-age insight to tackle the good
ol’ product benefit of bringing voice back.
Advertising Agency: Publicis, Singapore
International Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
ECD: Ajay Thrivikraman
Copywriter: Nikhil Panjwani, Sonal Chharjerh
Art Director: Tam Ivy San
Producer: Annie Ang,Jasmine Ho
Photographer: Jeremy Wong (nemesis pictures)
Account Team: Ambba Kuthiala, Rakesh Hinduja
If Google Glass takes off, I think that it’s going to be a
status symbol miles above any (current) gadget. The reason is
obvious: the damned thing sits on your face, fully visible for
everyone to see/want/hate. If you want to get on the hype train
early – or if you want to try and build your own wearable computer
– you can 3D print this unofficial 3D model of Google Glass’ frame.
The 3D model was made by Sunny Gao, shown above wearing the resulting 3D
Gao uploaded the template as a Google
SketchUp file; you can download it from his Baidu account if you wish. Now practice
saying, “Okay Glass… damn it’s out of battery”, and
you’re good to go.
You might not know The Doctor, but just in case a blue box
arrives in your yard someday, you can learn to write his language
so you’re prepared. Loren Sherman
created this chart that shows how you can write her version of
Gallifreyan in just nine “easy” steps. If you’re looking for a an
official translation, well, that could be a bit trickier since
there isn’t one—but who cares? Being able to write Gallifreyan is
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The guys at TechRadar envision a world in which Microsoft and Sony
put aside their differences to collaborate on the ultimate gaming
console. One which not only plays next-gen games, but games from
This is The Skywhale. It’s a hot air balloon created by Artist
Patricia Piccinini. For the most part the thing looks like a whale.
You know, save for the fact that it’s in the air and that it’s got
ten giant sloppy jallopies hanging off the sides. Huh? Look, I’m
not saying I don’t like it, I’m just saying I don’t get
it. That said, I’m also not saying I do like it. I don’t
know how to feel anymore! It’s art, I hear you. But it’s hard for
me to squint and rub my chin, pondering the meaning and intensity
of a work when I’ve got ten giant-ass mammaries staring back at me.
Sorry, people! Some things just can’t be done.
I don’t know how it can be possible not to want to see this
movie. The world is being attacked by giant monsters called Kaiju
who’ve suddenly appeared from deep in the Pacific. What do we do?
We build giant butt-kicking mechs to take them out. Let the
Want to look like a tough guy on your bike? Maybe like Skeletor?
Or better yet, Ghost Rider? Looking dead always makes you look
tougher. Because if you are dead, but still riding a bike, well,
that’s pretty badass.
This undead/dead biker wearing a skull helmet was
spotted at the 5th annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian
Dao Lake, China. The only thing stopping him from becoming Ghost
Rider is a pact with the devil and some lit gasoline.
When you are dead you don’t really care how many flies go into
your mouth. You probably don’t care about going 200 mph either or
leaving a bunch of crashed vehicles in your wake. Yeah, it’s pretty
badass being a dead biker from hell.
Now that Defense
Distributed is on the defensive, it’s time to think a bit
harder about what 3D printing really means. To that end,
Michigan Tech is sponsoring a Printers For Peace contest that
is encouraging designers and engineers to make amazing stuff using
a 3D printer that can change the world for the better.
“Unfortunately, the only thing many people know about 3D printing
is that it can be used to make guns,” writes Dr. Joshua Pearce,
founder of the project.
“This is an open-ended contest, but if you’d like some ideas,
ask yourself what Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, or Gandhi
would make if they’d had access to 3D printing.”
The deadline for the contest is September 1st and they’ll
announce winners on the 4th. They are looking for designers to
build things that will help, not harm, people.
low-cost medical devices
tools to help pull people out of poverty
designs that can reduce racial conflict
objects to improve energy efficiency or renewable energy sources to
reduce wars over oil
tools that would reduce military conflict and spending while making
us all safer and more secure
things that boost sustainable economic development (e.g. designs
for appropriate technology in the developing world to reduce
With all the press attention on 3D printing is the gateway to
firearms anarchy, it’s refreshing to see someone take a different
path. By backing 3D printing engineers into a corner, DefDist and
the government are simply using fear to achieve competing goals.
The results will be both needlessly draconian legislation and a
variant of the Streisand Effect that will spread these
arguably faulty plans far and wide. When the government
decryption code you could buy a T-shirt with the code printed
on it. The same will happen in this case, although this code, when
run, could take off fingers and give legislators more ammunition
for a full crackdown on home 3D printing.
Let us know if you enter and good luck. We need more weapons
against poverty and fewer weapons against each other.
The classic game
of Clue, now with a massive dose of D&D. Clue is great game
because accusing people is fun. Plus, it always came with little
metal weapons (except for the rope). Well, time to send the classic
game through a magic portal; time to beef it up with D&D!
Historically, Nintendo has been one of the strongest companies
in all of the gaming realm. Back in the 80s, the Nintendo game
consoles were the most popular out there and even only a few years
ago the company did exceedingly well in both the mobile and console
markets. Things have begun to change significantly for Nintendo and
its profits are plummeting as a result.
Nintendo took another hit this week after EA, one of the biggest
game developers out there, announced that it had no new games for
the Wii U in development at this time.
Considering the struggles Nintendo was having getting customers
to purchase the Wii U already, knowing that some the biggest game
franchises on the market such as Madden and FIFA will no longer be
available is a significant blow.
In fact, back in the late 90s when EA decided not to produce its
incredibly popular sports games for the Sega Dreamcast, Sega never
produced another console. Could EA’s decision to develop no more
games for the Nintendo Wii U be the end of the console? Without
high quality and popular games the console is certainly on life
Perhaps Nintendo should start to think like SEGA, and reinvent
itself as a software company. Can you imagine playing Mario
Bros. or Metroid or Zelda on your iPad
Who doesn’t love sloths? They’re basically the unofficial
slackers’ mascot. (And the only reason they’re the unofficial
mascot is because we’re too lazy to file the necessary paperwork to
make them official.) All they do is lay around all day being cute
and awesome and let’s face it—that’s all we’’re good for too. If
you want to show off your sloth pride, pick up one (or 10) of these
adorable sloth rings. You can waste hours watching the tiny sloths
snooze on your fingers while you contemplate getting off of your
butt and then think better of it.
Optimus It's evident that the displacement and asymmetry of the
Decepticon reflects the disproportioning of temperament and drive
to rule Cybertron. Balance and beauty of the Autobot body leads to
equal balance of strength and compassion. $19.99 - $20.99
I once saw a TV show where a woman was walking down a busy
sidewalk, not doing anything in particular, not even bumping into
the people she passed. She seemed innocent, but she had a RF
reader in her bag that was scanning the RFID-enabled cards inside
the wallets of everyone she passed, and she was able to use the
information she gleaned walking down the street to make purchases
against other people’s cards. Who knows what information
about you is floating around out there just because you have one of
those easy-pay credit cards or keychain fobs or because you are
carrying your passport. I’ve written a lot of news posts
about various RFID-blocking wallets, but most of those seem to be
designed for men. This
Card Case from StewartStand is in their Women’s
line, and it, like their other accessories, incorporates stainless
steel in the design to protect your information from RFID readers
when you don’t want it read. How well does it work?
All images can be clicked for an enlarged view.
The Card Case is available in Black,
Cobalt, Red, and Tan. Although these card cases are shown in
the Women’s line, I think they would appeal to men, especially in
the black and tan colors. StewartStand says these cases are
made of Italian leather and their stainless steel woven fabric.
The stitching is straight and even with no loose threads.
The leather on this side of the case is stamped with the
The case measures 3.8″ X 2.6″ X 0.2″ and weighs 0.95 ounces on
my digital kitchen scale.
You can see quite a bit of the stainless steel fabric in this
view. I would think that a metal fabric would be rough and
scratchy and likely to snag clothing, but the fabric used in this
card case is as smooth as silk. It doesn’t catch on my
clothing, even when I tried rubbing it over a knit fabric.
The metal fabric is cooler to the touch than the leather is.
It is a medium-light gray color with a reflective sheen, but
it’s not shiny – you won’t be signaling planes with this or
checking your reflection before going to a meeting.
This side of the wallet has one outside pocket.
This side of the wallet has two
pockets. You can fit a card behind the leather panel, and
another card behind the slip of metal fabric, too.
The stainless steel fabric and the
leather piece are all lined with a light tan twill fabric.
You can also see the interior of the middle pocket in this
picture. The full length of both sides of this pocket is made
of the metal fabric. The black tag is stamped “Genuine
Leather” and “Made in India”.
This is a compact case, and I was only
able to fit four cards in, with two in the center pocket and one
each in the outside pockets. I might have been able to
squeeze another one in, but I didn’t want to make it too difficult
to remove them. Not all of your cards are going to be RFID
cards anyway, so you can store only those that need to be shielded
in this case.
I don’t have an RFID card, and my state doesn’t have driver’s
licenses with that functionality, either. My husband has an
ID card key for work, and I thought I’d try it with this case.
The card could be read in the case, and my husband confirmed
that the security system doesn’t use RFID. Luckily, they do
use RFID technology for other things where he works, and he asked a
coworker if he could test the case with some of their in-house
equipment. The coworker had checked other RFID-shielding wallets in
the past, and he didn’t seem to have a lot of hope that this thin
little leather case would work any better than the metal wallets
He placed a few RFID tags inside the wallet’s center compartment
and used the scanner to read them. He got nothing, despite
trying several scans from different angles. He pulled an RFID
tag out of the wallet, and it read immediately. He pressed on
the ends of the case to cause the center pocket to open a bit to
see if he could read the tags that way, but he still couldn’t get a
reading. He then tried putting some tags inside each of the
outside metal pockets, and once again, he couldn’t read them while
they were inside the Card Case. He was only able to read a
tag when it was pulled partially out of the case. The
StewartStand case worked perfectly to prevent reading any tags
stored inside the metal-fabric pockets.
The StewartStand Card Case is a simple, compact little case that
does just what it promises – shields your RFID-readable cards from
unauthorized access. It’s attractive and well-made, and it’s
small enough that you could perhaps fit it inside a larger wallet
to hold just those cards that need to be shielded.
StewartStand has other card cases that they include in their
Mens’ line, but I think this case would work just as well for a man
as for a woman, especially in the black and tan colors. They
have many other styles of wallets and card cases in both their
Women’s and Mens’ lines. Some cases are more utilitarian and
compact and others are bigger and more decorative, but they all
incorporate the stainless steel fabric that protects against RFID
skimming. I’ve seen similarly-sized card cases for less, but
they don’t shield against anything. Consider it a $49.50
insurance policy to protect your information.
how Pierce Brosnan, in his role as 007 in Tomorrow Never Dies,
where he drove a BMW 750iL with a Sony Ericsson handset? Well, you
might not be as suave and debonair as the dashing super spy, but
you too, can live out your fantasy of driving your dream car with a
phone, too. I am referring to the $129.95 iPhone Controlled Musical Mercedes SLS
here, but there is one major difference between your Mercedes SLS
compared to Bond’s BMW 750iL. The latter’s ride is the real deal,
and can actually ferry you (and three other lovely ladies around),
while the iPhone Controlled Musical Mercedes SLS is pretty much a
toy. Still, I guess this is where you exercise the power of your
imagination to get the job done.
The iPhone Controlled Musical Mercedes SLS will also enable a
smartphone’s personal soundtrack to accompany luxury grand tours,
where a free app enables you to send the Mercedes SLS all over the
floor (within range, that is) as music continues to play via the
iPhone. Whenever the tiny ride stops, its gull wing doors will pop
open and music will then be streamed to the car’s onboard speakers,
how cool is that? The Mercedes SLS will also be able to move and
flash its lights in tempo with the music in order to deliver a
fully synchronized joyride. Motion-sensing accelerometers in the
iPhone would enable one to accelerate forward or backward, while
turning the car is as simple as tilting and panning your
smartphone. Other interactive capabilities include the ability to
illuminate the car’s turn signals, brake lights, headlamps, and
Some pet owners love to humanize their pets by dressing them up
in human clothes and accessories. From dogs to cats to rodents to
reptiles – whatever pet you’ve got, someone out there has probably
made clothes for them.
The latest animal to get the couture treatment is the guinea
Fashion is a store created by Japanese
Yamada. As the name clearly implies, it’s a shop that’s
dedicated to providing guinea pig owners with fashionable wares for
their fuzzy pets. In stock are ninja costumes, tank tops, kimonos,
and frilly dresses.
You can even hold your own guinea pig wedding since Maki’s store
has tiny wedding dresses and tuxes.
Can’t handle the fact that The Officeis over?
Let YouTuber Ingensson ease the pain. He’s uploaded all of
the blooper reels from Seasons 2 to 8 of the show. It’s almost 2
hours worth of hilarity. Say goodbye to your day.
In a new color!
Although not as versatile as a Kokiri Tunic, this Crest of Hyrule
t-shirt will camouflage you better if you enter the Twilight Realm,
although it's not guaranteed to fit if you turn into a wolf. $17.99
La première rétrospective internationale de l’extraordinaire
carrière de David Bowie. Rien que ça.
Forcément, l’événement a fait courir le tout Londres au
Victoria and Albert Museum, qui a du coup enregistré la vente
d’entrées la plus rapide de son histoire : 50 000 billets
achetés avant même l’ouverture ! On y était.
Baptisée « David Bowie is », cette
exposition retrace donc les 50 ans de carrière de l’icône
britannique aux 140 millions d’albums.
Plus qu’un artiste, David Bowie a véritablement révolutionné son
époque en la marquant d’une éternelle empreinte avant-gardiste, et
cette odyssée le montre bien.
Pour mener celle-ci a bien, le Victoria and Albert
Museum a profité d’un accès exceptionnel aux archives du
chanteur, qui par bonheur n’a jamais rien jeté au cours de sa
carrière. Résultat, une sélection minutieuse de plus de 300
objets, rassemblés pour la toute première fois.
Textes manuscrits, instruments, costumes originaux,
illustrations, vidéos musicales, disques mythiques, paroles
célèbres griffonnées… On se penche ici sur l’intégralité du
processus créatif de David Bowie sur cinq décennies.
Parmi plus de soixante costumes de scène exposés, le manteau aux
couleurs du drapeau du Royaume-Uni créé par Bowie et
Alexander McQueen pour la couverture de l’album
Earthling, les créations que de Kansai Yamamoto
pour la tournée d’Aladin Sane… Edifiant !
Guidés par les plus grands titres du chanteur ainsi que par ses
propres commentaires, nous évoluons parmi ces archives, qui mettent
en perspective aussi bien les différentes collaborations de
l’artiste que sa vie personnelle.
Les fans constateront d’ailleurs qu’on découvre certaines pièces
pour la toute première fois, comme la mythique combinaison
multicolore inspirée par le film Orange Mecanique de Stanley
Kubrick, et utilisée pour l’album Ziggy
On entre également plus dans l’intimité du chanteur avec textes
de chansons manuscrits, des dessins, des partitions, des
story-boards inédits et autres annotations, qui témoignent des
multiples identités de l’artiste connu pour son sens de la
métamorphose (tout comme le titre la rétrospective, David Bowie is,
qui invite au jeu des réponses).
Clou de l’exposition, cette dernière salle plongée dans le noir,
dans laquelle on découvre de nouveaux costumes, des dessins et des
maquettes de scène, mis en perspective par un immense écran
projetant des extraits de concert. De quoi s’imprégner
véritablement de l’univers polymorphe de David Bowie.
Heureux hasard ou malice du chanteur, celui-ci a fait son grand
retour en mars dernier, après plus de dix ans d’absence. Son album
intitulé The Next Day fait déjà carton plein en
David Bowie Is
Du 23 mars au 11 août 2013
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road South Kensington
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After making fun of Google Glass on Weekend
Update, comedian Fred Armisen gives the “Explorer Edition” of
the tech a test drive with Engadget – revealing the quirks,
impracticalities (and potential) for the futuristic eyeglasses.
It seems like every time I do my pet product research (yes,
that’s on the monthly agenda), there’s another device that takes
the owner out of pet-owner play time. Sad face! Ah, but any
exercise and play is better than none at all, I suppose. The Solar
Powered Cat Tantalizer is just the latest. It mounts to your window
(or glass door) with a pair of industrial grade suction cups. When
the sun hits the window-facing solar panel the motor moves the
plastic ball and bright feathers back and forth in an unpredictable
motion that captures cats’ attention and has them swiping and
USB hubs created equal? The correct answer would be, “No”, and a
resounding one at that, too. After all, hardcore Dr Who fans might
even start to fantasize that the £22.95 Dr Who Tardis USB 4 Port Hub which they
see here is able to send them into a time warp, but even if to
their great disappointment that it does not, at least you have a
quartet of USB ports available for you to plug in a plethora of
other devices into your PC or Mac, as and when required.
If you do not want to start off the work week on a dull note,
then the Dr Who Tardis USB 4 Port Hub is your cup of tea (or
coffee), as each time you plug it in, the lantern at the top will
flash, alongside the classic time travelling sound effects.
Needless to say, just in case the rest of your colleagues get
jealous of the latest toy at the office, you can always turn off
the special sound effect to annoy them less. Definitely more than
capable of brightening up any work space for sure.
If you like to use fresh herbs in your cooking but you’re tired
of how quickly those expensive packets from the grocery store wilt,
you need the Herb Savor
The Herb Savor has been proven to keep herbs fresh for up to
three weeks. You just place the herbs in the basket with
stems pointing down, rinse them, stand the basket in the base
that’s been filled with fresh water, and place everything in the
refrigerator. The Herb Savor also works to keep asparagus
fresh. It’s available from Prepara (at the above link) for
$29.99 or from
Amazon for $27.89 (and eligible for Prime shipping).
Airport chairs aren’t made with long-term comfort in mind.
That’s probably because they really weren’t made for that purpose.
Unfortunately, canceled and delayed flights are becoming a more
common occurrence and that usually means a few uncomfortable hours
or even a night spent waiting at the airport.
The oblong GoSleep pods are lined up off to one side so you’ll
be in the company of other sleepy, weary travelers. Each one is
equipped with a chair that converts into a flat bed and comes with
a roller blind that can be pulled down to guarantee some privacy.
The pods will eventually offer electronic gadget charging and
internet access to occupants as well.
These aren’t the first sleeping compartments that have been
installed in transportation hubs, although they definitely are one
of the more compact and comfortable looking designs out there.
Use of the GoSleep pods will run you approximately $12 an
The science fiction genre is littered with beloved spaceships.
The Millennium Falcon, the Enterprise, the TARDIS, and the list
goes on. Everybody has a favorite, and that means there are always
friendly arguments about which ship would win in a race. Sometimes
the discussions get heated.
Chris Kirk decided to pit popular ships against each other in a
spaceoff. He points out that there isn’t a set system of speed so
it’s hard to measure ships against each other. He still tries to do
it. He breaks down the characters of each vessel and the facts we
know. For example, how long did it take characters to get from
point A to point B in the ship?
Using this method, the TARDIS seems to be the fastest way to
travel. See for yourself though! Read more at the below link and
play with the spiffy interactive chart.
Jash, you need to know what the YouTube Channel Initiative
is all about. Funded by Google with the specific goal of bringing
innovative content to YouTube, it's a 100 million dollar program
that kickstarted Google TV's entree into original programming.
Land Rover’s Curtain print advertising campaign, developed at
Y&R Germany, recently won Bronze at the Clio Awards. Three
curtains open on to tundra, arctic and desert scenes, symbolizing
the capacity the vehicle has to transport the driver to exotic
The Curtains campaign was developed at Y&R
Germany by chief creative officer Jan Leube, executive creative
directors Esben Ehrenreich, Markus Rieser, art director Bernd
Claussen, with post production done at PX1 Berlin.
NEC has announced that it is added a new high-end LCD display to
its desktop display line. The screen measures 23-inches and is
model number EA234WMi.
The display is LED backlit and promises a slimmer profile and
lighter weight along with increased power savings compared to older
The Western Digital My Passport Ultra is a USB 3.0 portable drive with an
easy to use backup software, fast transfer speeds and a durable
enclosure that’s just 0.5″ thick. Comes in 500GB & 1TB, with a
2TB model coming soon.
When it comes to the electric vehicle market, Tesla pretty much
rules the roost when it comes to technology. Tesla makes not only
one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, it’s also
one of the most expensive, and one of the most technologically
advanced. Tesla’s Model S will go over 200 miles per charge under
normal operating conditions and has all sorts of technology