(image credit: Dave Hakkens)
by now we are familiar with robot vacuum running the cleaning routine in our homes. how do you like it to roll around your house instead? that’s what designer Dave Hakkens‘ Dust Ball does. it rolls around collecting dust and dirts, and avoiding obstacles at the same time. when it is filled up, it just automatically heads back its starting point and glows. wonderful.
at the core of this weird looking ball of dust is a two-axis motor that moves the ball around. within this core, there is a dust containment container (much like the vacuum bags), a battery pack and other electronics circuitry that makes up the whole thing. check out the cool video which looks pretty convincing.
Dave Hakken got his inspiration for the Dust Ball from a hamsterball and the Dust Ball was designed to be strong, flexible and most importantly, would be able to get over any cables that gets in its way. apparently, Dave has Dust Ball for public places in mind. oh, and its completely kick-friendly.
it certainly looks cool, you know the design and concept, but i am not all that sure if its practical. rolling around with no bristles to scrub off more stubborn dirt? i don’t know. but it sure do looks like a nice lamp to me. i love the glowing part. really.
seriously, i didn’t think i would be writing about bottles. but it’s hard to give Alex Water Bottle a miss. Alex isn’t your ordinary bottle-next-door. its body can be separated (in the middle) to allow thorough cleaning of the bottle’s interior, ensuring every bit of grimes and bacterias be rid off. yea. that’s right. those who actually clean their bottles would understand how important this feature is.
another highlight of Alex is how its able to customize to your different need. need a bigger bottle? just swap out the bottom for a longer one and you have a bigger bottle. purchase a few Alex in different colors (currently, three colors are available) and you can even mix match Alex’s bodily parts to customize to your mood. white cap, stainless upper body and black lower body with pink band? done. grey cap, white upper body and black lower half with yellow band? done!
a little more about Alex. Alex is generally made of BPA free premium 304 stainless steel and coated with eco-friendly power paint (except for the Naked series – which is naked, of course. now guys, don’t get all too excited…). Alex comes equipped with Clean Seam Technology (CST) for sealing the water in. both caps and CST are of BPA free polypropylene and the strap are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles.
you know what? life just gets a little brighter with Alex and starting from $25.95 a pop, it doesn’t sound a bit ridiculous to have a piece of Alex. i am totally sold by the idea of breaking Alex up to clean its interior. at this point if you are still confused… Alex is a water bottle not a person. i just thought you should know.
footnote: ALEX is an acronym for “Always Live Extraordinarily”
with the recent consumer 3D development, the era of red/blue 3D glasses that we know of when watching Jaws 3D (Universal Pictures, 1983) has gone past. even then, 3D glasses remain awkward, bulky and uncomfortable to wear. granted, it is better than those paper – red/blue glasses. it will be just fine if you’re going to wear once in a while when hitting the big screens but what if you will be wearing at home whenever you want to? than i supposed the look and comfort of the 3D eyewear might matters to you or at least looks presentable when you have friends over for a home 3D movie screening marathon.
that’s what LG has in sight – to have users feeling and looking good wearing their 3D glasses. apparently LG figured that the current 3D eyewear is totally uninspiring (read: ugly) which turns off consumers. with that in mind, LG is partnering with Alain Mikli International, a French design firm with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing glasses, to introduce a line of premium 3D glasses (note: not just one lonesome pair). some of the features will include special nose pad to ensure snug fit, spring hinged arms with extended tips and most importantly, an optimal weight ratio. weight of the eyewear is really an issue often heard after a 3D movie screening.
the 3D glasses will be showcased in CES 2011 and due for launch there after. seriously, regardless what the fashion is, people just don’t fancy wearing glasses. there is a reason why there are contact lenses and Lasik. if 3D can be view without glasses, that would be perfect.
Logitec Pro Master Series of Japan HDD | from ¥11,800 | www.pro.logitec.co.jp (image credit: Logitec Pro)
first of all, Logitec is a Japanese company that design and manufacture peripheral-devices, not to be confused with the the Swiss peripheral-device manufacturer Logitech. anyway, Logitec (the Japanese company, without the ‘h’) has just released a new USB 2.0 external hard drive targeted at professionals. from the photos, the device looks pretty sleek and minimalist, something which LaCie would have designed. Continue reading “Logitec Pro’s Master Series of Japan HDD released”
(screenshot from YouKu video)
this grouped of Chinese decided to take up a challenge: to convert a 9 meter square container into an intelligent home controllable by a mobile phone – in this case, its a Nokia N8. it took them three months to complete the project at a cost of RMB120,000 (approximately US$18,000). it was a great effort and showcased the potential of the Nokia N8.
though the whole project went on smoothly and everything seems to be in order, the reality still haunts us: what happen if your N8 or any other mobile that mastermind the intelligent home, conked out? wouldn’t that be a huge disaster? if this intelligent home were to become a reality, i am certain some form of fail-safe will be in place to prevent such failure. yes? no?
these days pets get everything to lead a chill, and comfortable life – now there is even a dedicated video camera for your pet. not that they will know how to operate the video camera but this camera, dubbed EYENIMAL, is small enough to be clipped on your pet’s existing collar and when activated (by you, of course), it records where they have been as seen from their level.
this miniature video camera features an autofocus CMOS sensor with automatic light adjustment, built-in microphone and is able to capture image of 640 x 480 resolution at 29 frames per second. the EYENIMAL comes with built-in 8GB of Flash Memory, and a 500mA Li-Ion battery which is good for two and had hours of continuous recording. an included USB cable lets you transfer the recorded footage to your PC or Mac, and charges the video camera.
the EYENIMAL is designed to be used in wet or humid conditions so you can sure that the video camera works whereever your pet goes. now you would know where you pet went, especially cats, when you are not around. luckily, your pet won’t be able to sue you for intrusion of its privacy.
calling out all Angry Birds fans. not sure if you’re a fan? here’s an indicative tell-tale sign: if you are crazy enough to get the Angry Birds costume for Halloween, then you’re a fan. nah… in any case, Gear4 rolls out the Angry Birds themed cases for both iPhone 4 and iPod Touch (4th Gen).
there are three designs for you to chose from, namely, the red bird, yellow bird and pig king. perhaps, Gear4 figured that the Angry Birds fan base is huge enough to justify for its own ‘brand’ of cover, and even if there wasn’t, these cute looking, brightly hued cases might even attract general non-fans.
the cases, made out of hard plastic, are touted to be “super slim design” and snaps on to your iPhone 4 and iPod Touch and as usual, you will have access to all the iPhone’s (and iPod Touch) ports and buttons. strange that an angry bird can be so adorable. angrily cute or cute anger?
MacLocks iPad Lock & Security Case Bundle | US$64.95 | www.maclocks.com (image credit: Mac Locks)
being portable, the iPad is subjected to prying eyes waiting for you to turn your attention away from the iPad for a second and unlike most laptops, iPad does not have Kensington lock built-in to secure it. then again, its far too thin to incorporate one (the Kensington lock) anyway. MacLocks is a specialist in locking up Apple products, so not surprisingly that they have one for iPad as well. Continue reading “lock down your iPad physically with MacLocks”
how many people can claim to have a Star Trek-style door in their home? while automatic glass sliding doors are common in malls, you don’t get to see a manually activated sliding in common household very often, not to mention one that’s air-actuated and comes complete with the ‘swoosh’ sound.
well, this was what electrical engineer, Marc DeVidts, did. he built an air-powered sliding door in his own home which opens with a press of a button and automatically closes after about 5 seconds (yes, we timed it!). we reckoned that would be ample time for a couple of people to enter. i guess if you have more people, then you’d be ready to go in batches or make a run for it. a sensor will be a nice touch to determine if there are people still getting in and out.
there’s a key (just under the open button) to hold the door close or open, an air vent to vent the air out after the door closes and a concealed control panel to disable the door and shut off the air supply. we were not that excited about the sliding door initially, until we heard the ‘swoosh’ sound when it opens. simply awesome. may we suggest some upgrades, such as silver colored door without any pattern or relief, and a matching door frame? perhaps, a trapezoid shape door?