rare gold plated Luger pistol to go under the hammer

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(credit: Rock Island Auction Company)

i am not so much of a fan for gold plated stuff (yes, i said that many times) but this rare gold plated Luger pistol with intricate engraving and carved ivory presentation grips caught my eyes in an instant. made by Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co., the pistol will go under the hammer at the upcoming Premier Collector’s Firearms Auction (May 20-22) organized by auction house, Rock Island Auction Company (RIA). it is said that this rare firearm still has 98 percent of its original gold-plated finish and has an estimated price tag of between $50,000 to $100,000. check out a few more images of this stunning work of art after the break. Continue reading rare gold plated Luger pistol to go under the hammer

finally, Acer and Samsung Chromebooks to debut this June

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i wouldn’t say i am all keen about Google’s Chrome OS-based laptops but it is definitely something worth looking out for as long it will give Mac OS and Windows a run for their money. recently Google unveiled details on a couple of laptops that is set run on the much awaited Chrome OS and these laptops are lovingly dubbed as the ‘Chromebook’. i must admit, it does sound a little cool. Continue reading finally, Acer and Samsung Chromebooks to debut this June

Firebird: an unmanned aircraft, yet can be flew by a pilot

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(credit: Northrop Grumman)

UAV or unmanned aerial vehicles are greatly used by defense forces around the world. it has proven itself in the field of reconnaissance and have provided invaluable information that are critical for winning a conflict. it does all this while keep our soldiers free from harm, miles and miles away. however, there are times when you do need a human pilot to be there to exercise sound judgement and collect the data that only the wonder of human mind can do. Continue reading Firebird: an unmanned aircraft, yet can be flew by a pilot

Sharp unveiled new glasses-free 3D AQUOS smartphone

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(credit: Sharp Japan) Sharp SH-12C AQUOS Phone | ¥tbc | www.sharp.co.jp

if you are a 3D fanatics, then you will be pleased that Sharp has unveiled it latest 3D phone under its AQUOS brand name. dubbed the Sharp AQUOS SH-12C, this Android 2.3 powered smartphone sports two 8-megapixels CMOS cameras that enables it to capture still images and video in 3D. the phone is capable of 3D content playback that’s viewable without the need for 3D glasses. Continue reading Sharp unveiled new glasses-free 3D AQUOS smartphone

Tajima e-runner scooter features removable battery

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(credit: Tajima Motor Corporation) Tajima e-runner electric vehicle | ¥207,900.00 | www.naturalenergy.jp

Japanese firm Tajima Motor Corporation is serious about the EV business. it has just launched a new compact electric vehicle dubbed the e-runner. e-runner is essentially a compact, light and affordable electric scooter that is meant for everyday short distance commute. currently, four models will be made available with the base-model e-runner features a 10 Ah battery pack that is Continue reading Tajima e-runner scooter features removable battery

MB&F HM3 Frog ZR has Zirconium and 22k Purple Gold

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(credit: MB&F) MB&F HM3 Frog ZR | US$92,000.00 | www.mbandf.com

new from luxury time piece extraordinaire, MB&F, is the Horological Machine N3 Frog ZR or simply known as the HM3 Frog ZR wristwatch derived from MB&F’s HM3 Frog. as the model name has hinted, the Zr indicates that this particular model is set in high end black PVD-coated zirconium and along with it, the clock face features a brightly-colored purple 22k gold battle-axe winding rotor. Continue reading MB&F HM3 Frog ZR has Zirconium and 22k Purple Gold

Touch Wood brings a whole new meaning to knocking on doors

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(credit: Gordon Cormack Kedslie)

i am not sure if designer Gordon Cormack Kedslie did named his novel door bell ‘Touch Wood‘ with a sense of humor or what. whatever it is, Gordon definitely gives a whole new sound to knocking on one’s door. instead of pressing a button or banging on the door, visitors can lightly knock on any of the three wooden pads to trigger the door bell and if you feel like, you could knock on all three pads Continue reading Touch Wood brings a whole new meaning to knocking on doors

new old vintage: Rolleiflex Twin-lens Reflex Digital Camera

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(credit: Rollie) Rolleiflex 24611 Mini Digi AF 5.0 Camera | from US$279.00 | www.amazon.com

digital cameras are a dime of a dozen, so how do you stand out from the sea of offerings? just take a piece of yesteryear camera and make it go digital. case in point: the Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 digital camera. it is a full-fledge digital camera designed to look just like the original Rolleiflex 2.8F 6x6cm twin lens reflex camera of the 1920s, albeit being a whole lot smaller physically. Continue reading new old vintage: Rolleiflex Twin-lens Reflex Digital Camera

Luna Robot: personal robot coming soon to you [photos]

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(credit: RoboDynamics / SchultzeWORKS) RoboDynamics Luna Robot | US$tbc | robodynamics.com

Luna may not be the robot that will sprint back home to get an inhaler for his asthmatic master but it is one step closer to owning a personal robot. developed by SchultzeWORKS for RoboDynamics, Luna is mobile in multiple directions and has special ‘hands’ that can be positioned for various activities including the mandatory tray holding position and holding a leash to walk your dog. for the latter, i certainly hope the lower part of Luna is pee-proof cos’ the dog may just pee on her to take ownership. Continue reading Luna Robot: personal robot coming soon to you [photos]

FUJITSU design award 2011 shortlisted entry: Flexbook

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(credit: Hao-Chun Huang via Design Boom)

folding computer concepts aren’t new. in fact, we thought some of the concepts look rather ridiculous that we had to give them a miss but not this concept device designed by Taiwan-based designer Hao-Chun Huang. dubbed the ‘Flexbook’, this concept was a shortlisted entry in the recent designboom competition ‘A life with future computing’, supported by FUJITSU. Continue reading FUJITSU design award 2011 shortlisted entry: Flexbook

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