April Fools’ Day is gone as fast as it comes. we are not going to talk about the pranks that people have came up with. instead, we thought this prank by Google was really cool – it is called GMAIL Motion where user uses motion to do just about everything when working with their email. the idea is cool but our favorite ‘motion’ is the “lick a stamp and place it down” to send a message. it’s hilarious. check out the video after the jump. we are pretty sure you will enjoy the video as much as we do. that’s if you haven’t watch it yet.
how do like luxury lifestyle to be delivered through your gadgets? if yes, then you are in luck. iVIP does exactly that. call it the 21st century luxe club or whatever. it is a luxury lifestyle club delivered through its range of iPhone apps. yes, not just one but five apps and they are the Black ‘The Millionaire’s App’, Blue, Red, iVIP London and iVIP New York apps. the top ranging app is of course, the Black which cost a whopping $999.99 for an app and is available on the Apple AppStore. the app gives member access to exclusive privileges from a host of luxury partners including Virgin Limited Edition (Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island and The Lodge Verbier), Firmdale Hotels, among the many other premium brands, venues and services around the globe. Continue reading iVIP debuts iVIP iPhones and App for the millionaires→
there are two types of pet lover: the straight-face, no nonsense animal lovers and then there are those who are humorous and easy-going type. if you belong to the former type, you can stop reading here. nah! i’m just messing with you. huh? not funny? that’s a shame. anyway, for those with sense of humor, would you walk your dog with a gun pointing at its head? of course you wouldn’t. but for novelty sake, you probably can do just that with the Povodokus, a pistol shaped retractable dog leash designed by Art Lebedev Studio. plus, the red leash makes it looks like a red laser pointing at your beloved dog’s neck. nasty. guarantee to cause a panic in your neighborhood in an instant.
if you love your pet dearly, you would probably be monitoring its weight obsessively. our common bathroom scale should do the job pretty well but some of our four legged friends are way to big for our bathroom scale to handle. unless, of course, your pet is a chihuahua. any bigger animal like a terrier would requires a rather trying effort to weight on a scale with an average surface area of just 140 square inch. here’s a dedicated scale, dubbed The Pet Scale, that should do the job perfectly.
if the above image does look familiar to you, you are right. the scale is modeled after the ones that you would see in most veterinarian’s offices. this scale is capable of taking up to 130 lbs of weight and displaying the readout in a tethered LCD that can be mounted to the wall. the scale also features a hold buttons to lock in the reading until it is pressed again. the scale measures 2 1/2 (H) x 16 1/2 (D) x 21 (L) inches which gives a generous 347 square inch of real estate suitable for small to medium size pets.
at $169.95, The Pet Scale doesn’t comes cheap but your love for your pet shouldn’t be measured by dollars. isn’t it? The Pet Scale can be powered by either the included AC adapter or four AA batteries (not included).
(credit: via thinkgeek) PLAYMOBIL Apple Store Playset | US$179.99 | www.playmobil.com
so you are an Apple fan? so i hear you have every new shiny gadgets from the fruit-logo company? perhaps not, until you own the PLAYMOBIL Apple Store Playset. well, PLAYMOBIL playsets may be made for kids but this miniature representation of the store that sells you those irresistible shiny gadgets, is a whole different story. not until you realize that it is an Apple Store structured with a customer service area, a kids area, a sales floor complete with MacBooks, iPads and iMacs and there’s even Keynote theater on the top level with Jobs on the stage. Continue reading Apple fans, meet the PLAYMOBIL Apple Store Playset→
iPhone 4 embodies many quality but it is a shame that 3D isn’t one of them, until now. instead of shelling out top dollars for a Nintendo 3DS, perhaps you could turn your iPhone 4 into 3D gaming device. sounds far-fetch? well, not so if you have the Super 3DBoy iPhone Game System. with the iPhone 4 slotted on the back of this gadget, you will be enjoying high resolution 3D gaming (with compatible games, of course) on your iPhone 4. the downside is, you will have the whole contraption stuck to your head and manipulate your game by tilting your head (if it’s an accelerometer-based game). Continue reading 3D gaming a reality for iPhone 4 with Super 3DBoy→
Japanese auto makers have been quite low-key in the sports car segment (with the exception of LF-A). as far as Toyota is concerned, we have not seen one (sports car) that has the ‘wow’ factor since the last Toyota Supra Mark IV. unveiled earlier last month at the Geneva Motor Show, was exactly what the auto industry need: the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, a sports car that will have any boy racer’s hearts flutter with excitement. what the public has seen was sort of a ‘preview’ of the new rear-wheel driven sports car that’s “due to enter production in 2012.” Continue reading Toyota FT-86 II Concept get some serious glam studio shots→
cycling as a means of transport is doing the environment a huge favor. now, you can take your cycling a notch up on the green scale with Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike. yeah, you heard it right – it’s a functional bicycle made entirely out of cardboard. this revolutionary self-assembled bike features egg crate as the seat, colorful paper bicycle chain and reinforced corrugated cardboard wheels. seriously, does thing really work? apparently so, as it is said to be able to take a rider weight of up to 50 kg. the Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike cost £14.99 or $24 a pop and is available on Firebox. this is one bike you won’t want to put through any elements at all. the upside is, disposing of the bike will be as easy as crumpling it up and dumping it into the nearest waste bin or a recycling bin (to upkeep your green initiatives). Continue reading take cycling a notch up the green scale with Re-Cycle→
long charging duration for electric vehicles is the stumbling block to its adoption. unless you can swap out your battery like you would with a mobile phone. well, Better Place in Israel does exactly that – swapping the low juice battery of the EV for a fresh one, so you can get on with your journey in a snap. the downer is, it is in Israel and it only serves Renault Fluence Z.E. the process is simple: the driver uses a RFID card to access this car wash-looking station, align their car like they would for any auto car wash and the machine will lead the car to the battery swapping spot. the floor underneath car opens up to a pit and the robot below will proceed to swap your juiced out battery for a fresh one – all these are done while you go “hum-ba-dum” as you tap on your steering wheel for about three minutes. not the best solution but it is an intermediary for now before super capacitors or super long lasting battery become a reality. check out the video of the Better Place (with an emotionally-charged soundtrack) in action below. Continue reading Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins→
i am enjoying a cup of coffee as i am posting this. i have an ‘issue’ (regarding coffee) that has been bugging me for a while now. that is, keeping the temperature of the coffee just right. sometimes, coffee fresh out the machine can be pretty burning, so what we do? (no we don’t put ice in them!) we let it sit there and cool off a bit. however, sometimes it get ‘over-cooled’ and the coffee turned cold – like now. damn. that’s not good. isn’t it? looks like i might have find my solution by the way of Coffee Joulies as invented by Dave and Dave. that’s not a typo, but it’s really a dude called Dave and another, also Dave.
basically, these oversized metal coffee beans are “miniature thermodynamic heat storage devices.” when popped into your pipping hot beverage, they cool the hot coffee by absorbing the excess heat. these thermal energy is then stored inside the Joulies. when the coffee reaches the optimum temperature, the Joulies will ‘return’ the heat energy to the coffee, hence keeping the coffee at the right temperature. i’m totally sold. it solves the problem that has been bugging me like forever. that said, i just took the last sip of the cold coffee. that sucks.
(credit: Dave & Dave)
Dave & Dave are asking for support for their invention over at Kickstarter and you get your Coffee Joulies by pledging $40 or more. $40 gets you five metal beans. small price to pay for a cup of ideal temperature coffee. no?