(image credit: Desk Pets) Desk Pets TankBot | US$20.00 | www.mydeskpets.com
autonomous is no longer restricted to military use. it has now come to your desktop in the form of the Desk Pets TankBot, a completely autonomous (and adorable) vehicle on rubber tracks. the TankBot uses infrared sensors to ‘see’ and avoid obstacles, thus allowing it to autonomously navigate around. all you have to do is not let it fall off the desk. it can also be controlled with iPhone via its accompanying free app. the TankBot has a built-in rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery which provides a good 15 minutes of play on a single 30-minute full charge. charging is via USB port with the integrated USB flip out connector on TankBot.
the Desk Pets TankBot comes in four different colors and is slated for release this June with a MSRP of $20.
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(image: Arcade Tables) Arcade Table STEALTH | from US$3,000.00 | arcadetables.com.au
remember those days of Space Invaders and 1942? you can relish the old-school gaming experience right at your home with Arcade Tables. Arcade Tables, an Australian firm that specializes in creating coffee-table sized arcade tables since 2001 has a new kid on the block, dubbed the Stealth. the Stealth presents a more minimalist approach with its clean, contemporary lines as compared to Arcade Tables previous offerings. Continue reading Arcade Tables injects 80s gaming with a contemporary look
(image credit: LEGO) LEGO Creationary | US$34.99 | www.lego.com
if you love LEGO like i do and love Pictionary, you will love Creationary. as the name suggests, players create things for others to guess, instead of fiddling with play-doh or doodling with pencil and paper. hmmm, wouldn’t that take quite a longer time? players will have the opportunity to build from four categories: vehicles, buildings, nature and things. designed for three to eight players, LEGO Creationary comes completed with one buildable LEGO dice, 1 LEGO minifigure (affectionately known as minifig), 1 LEGO microfigure (micro???), 96 cards and 1 rule book.
excellent for an hour of fun with family and friends. i hope Death Star isn’t part of the to-build list though. sounds like whole lot of fun to me. the LEGO Creationary retails for $34.99 and is available at the LEGO web store. i hate to sound like i’m a ambassador for Creationary, but it is a fact that i am so wanting this.
via Oh Gizmo!
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Hublot isn’t the only non-sports related firm to exhibit a beautiful snow-related equipment in the recent World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Audi has a pair of beautiful crafted skis to show off, and skiers will get a chance to try out these prototypes skis too. dubbed the Audi Carbon Ski concept, the skis are designed and developed by Audi Concept Design in collaboration with ski manufacturing specialist, Head and the German Ski Association.
beyond its carbon fiber exterior lies a wooden core, surrounded by layers of aluminum and titanium and the result is a pair of ultra light weight skis that weighs just 960 grams per ski. with this design, the skis will flex on moguls, achieving maximum grip but not twisting on icy patches. this enables the skis’ steel edges to maintain constant contact with the icy surface throughout its entire length. the ultra light weight is also said to result in a highly maneuverable skis.
this pair of concept could be a reality by next winter, though there’s no indication on its pricing but we suspect it will be beyond the reach of many. from the look of the skis, we all know it will goes straight into the luxury goods category (read: pricey). however, if it becomes a reality and you eventually get yourself a pair – then you can proudly proclaim your Audi is 100% zero emission (but it’s not a car, duh!)
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they say, money can’t buy you love. however, in case you choose to ‘pop the golden question’ to your sweetie via the Minus5 Ice Bar, then you better be rich enough to be able to fork out $10,000 for the whole pop-the-question affair. so what do you get for $10k? you will get a glass of the Monica Martini with the Jewel of Russia Ultra Vodka martini and instead of cherry, Monica will be topped with a diamond ring. all you have to do is give Minus5 Ice Bar a 48 hours notice, and they will get the Aaron Lelah Jewelers ring of your choosing embedded into a martini glass crafted out from pure New Zealand artesian water. Continue reading luxury style: pop the golden question at a cost of $10,000
(image credit: Hasbro) Hasbro Thor Lightning Hammer | US$19.99 | www.hasbrotoyshop.com
ahead of Thor – the movie release this May, Hasbro wants you to wield this mighty Thor Lightning Hammer and calls upon the rain, wind and lightning. well, i’m just kidding, i made that up but the part about the hammer is real. however, you will not be able to call upon the power of the nature with this hammer, except if you consider the flashing lights and thundering sound effect as ‘lightning’. while you may not have the supernatural power of the godly son, you can have his hammer, ermmm, albeit being a toy version but with the additional capability of launching a miniature missile at your enemy. launching a projectile is not an extraordinary feat but hey, Thor’s Mjoinir hammer can’t do that, isn’t it?
the Hasbro Thor Lightning Hammer cost $19.99 a pop and is available for pre-order at Hasbro Toy Shop.
(image credit: Steven Alan) Nike x Steven Alan Lava | US$155.00 | www.stevenalan.com
the collaboration between sportswear giant, Nike and menswear maestro Steven Alan gives the old Nike designs a new lease of life. unusually dubbed as the Air Zoom Lava Dome, this pair of sneakers feature exclusive colorways, fabrication, and modern tooling as touched by Steven Alan. the Lava, however, does not oozes with lava or anything that’s remotely hot but it is a 100% suede shoes accented with nylons. looks rather retro-lish to me but i like. i want, i want, i want! Continue reading Nike x Steven Alan Air Zoom Lava Dome sports shoes
(image credit: Adidas) Adidas Jeremy Scott Flames Shoes | US$200.00 | www.shopadidas.com
remember the Adidas Jeremy Scott Wings shoes that makes you look like a Greek God of Messenger? if playing God is too huge a responsibility for you, then try this new hot-rod look limited edition Adidas Jeremy Scott Flames Shoes. this pair of flaming shoes feature a full grain leather upper flame graphic that looks kind of angrily fast. sadly, running faster still requires real training (and talent, to some extent) and not from a pair of shoes but hey, image is everything, isn’t it? nevertheless, it still looks cool.. er.. i mean hot. i hope the wings are detachable like the original wings shoes. no words on how limited is the ‘limited edition’ but if you have $200 to spare, then head on to Adidas web store and grab yourself one.
(credit: Shoot A Brew, edited by mike) Shoot A Brew Cooler | US$295.00 (pre-order) | www.shootabrew.com
throughout the history of beer consumption, mankind has tried every possible way to make life more of a party than a chore (when it comes to booze, that is). beer aficionados has conceived the possibility of mobile beer party with the Beer Bike, then there is an attempt to reduce the foaming-up by filling the beer from the bottoms up, and among other inventions which we probably have yet to discover. now these guys wants your cooler to toss the beer to you, literally. Continue reading Shoot A Brew will catapult cans of beer to you, literally
whoever pitched the idea of a banana case must unspoken love for bananas and possessed a deep understanding of how the tender body of this yellow fruit will easily bruise at the slightest bump. designed by David Dos Stantos for REMORK DesignStudio, the (Chiquita’s) ChiquiSafe is a dedicated container protecting your beloved banana, before its journey ends in your stomach. we love this as much as we love the Donghnut To-Go cos’ we love donuts and we love bananas. we gotta have one. Continue reading ChiquiSafe gives your banana an armor to prevent bruises