Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers [video]

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remember the awe-inspiring (and noisy) kinetic sculpture that involves over a thousands die-cast cars that we featured back in November 2010? after seven months and presumably lots of sweat and blood (and dough), it has been transformed into a colorful metropolis complete with skyscrapers. i am sure it is all worth it as this magnificent sculpture was reportedly sold for “millions of dollars.” if you ask me, i thought the metropolis II, as it is called, looks like a city jumped out of a comic book. Continue reading Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers

HomeStar R2-D2 planetarium show you where the Death Star is

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(credit: via CrunchGear) Sega Toys HomeStar R2-D2 | US$85.00 | www.segatoys.co.jp

ever wonder where the Death Star was? i have no idea but the HomeStar R2-D2 Planetarium will be able to show you its location – on your ceiling, of course. unveiled by Sega Toys at last week’s Tokyo Toy Show, this fully functional planetarium is in the guise of iconic R2-D2, and beside seeing tenth of thousand of stars, you will get to see where the Death Star is. a perfect item for any Star Wars and astronomy fans. the Sega Toys HomeStar R2-D2 will cost around $85 and is slated for release this September. yes, unfortunately, it is yet another Japan-only item. Continue reading HomeStar R2-D2 planetarium show you where the Death Star is

GAEMS G155 turns your console into a mobile gaming machine

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(credit: GAEMS) GAEMS G155 | US$299.00 | www.projectgaems.com

to be able to bring along your gaming console along when you hit the road is (almost) every gamers’ dream. you can make your dream come true by slicing and dicing up you console and turning it into a console laptop like what Ben Heck did or you could go for an easier path with the GAEMS (acronym for Gaming and Entertainment Mobile Systems) G155. G155 is essentially a carry case with an integrated with a 15-inch 720p LED monitor that fits the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Slim. a pair of small built-in stereo speakers and two 3.5-mm headphone jacks complete the package for on-the-go gaming. well, almost. though, you will need to hunt down at least two power outlets. Continue reading GAEMS G155 turns your console into a mobile gaming machine

Focal Bird speakers, compact and design Hifi system

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(credit: Focal) Focal Bird 2.1 Speaker System | US$tba | www.focal.com

French audio specialist Focal kicks off its venture into the audio lifestyle market with its Bird 2.1 speaker systems. it has announced not one but three Bird speaker systems that promise to offer hi-fidelity sound reproduction in a neat compact package. common to all three system is the Power Bird, an amplifier system with integrated 6.5-inch paper cone subwoofer and the ‘Kleer’ wireless HD receiver that allows wireless streaming from your iOS devices or computer via an optional transmitter. with its small 105 x 430 x 349 mm footprint, it is no coincidence that the Power Bird also boast the world’s flattest woofer design. Continue reading Focal Bird speakers, compact and design Hifi system

Cart Bike: tailor-made for your daily grocery shopping trip

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reducing your carbon footprint is easy – you can start by riding a bicycle for your daily grocery shopping routine but there is just one problem: you can’t carry very much on a two wheeler, hence Instructables member Ryan McFarland aka Zieak came up with a brilliant idea by mashing a disused shopping cart with a bicycle. the result is what Zieak dubbed as Cart Bike. with this bicycle-shopping cart hybrid, you can not only acquire a whole cart worth of groceries enough to feed a platoon but you will be going to turn heads too, though it will not be such a good corner turner according to Zieak. hey, you are not in for a grocery bike Grand Prix so why worry? besides, with the shopping cart’s four wheels, it’s definitely going to be way more stable then your traditional two wheeler. pretty neat, huh? want one? well, you can’t grab one off the shelf but you can get your hands dirty by following Zieak’s instructions as laid out on Instructables. Continue reading Cart Bike: tailor-made for your daily grocery shopping trip

news: Internet body approves new web suffixes today

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Internet surfer, be prepared to be assault by a variety web suffixes come next year when the system kicks off. the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted in favor to replace ‘.com’ with private companies own brand (example sports.nike) in a landmark meeting in Singapore today. it is touted as the “biggest change to domain names since the creation of ‘.com’ 26 years ago.” after more than two decades of ‘.com’, ‘.org, ‘.net’ and among the lesser known suffixes, i wonder how we, surfer, will take the changes and will we be confused to some extend? Continue reading news: Internet body approves new web suffixes today

LEGO announced 3152 pieces Super Star Destroyer Executor

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(credit: LEGO) LEGO Super Star Destroyer Executor | US$400.00 | www.lego.com

from September on, a new Star Wars vehicle will join LEGO’s extensive collection of Star Wars models. what makes it exciting is that it is not just any vehicle but it will be the dark lord, Darth Vader’s own personal ship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor. beside being the iconic evil henchman’s personal ride, it will also be the longest Star Wars LEGO model at 50-inches (1.27-meters), surpassing the LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer UCS edition by a good 14-inches, and weighs in at a hefty 8-lbs (3.6-kilograms). this 3,152 pieces model features a command bridge that has a removable section, where there is a space that’s good for several Star Wars mini-figures. of course, Lord Vader has to be there along with a handful of fiends. Continue reading LEGO announced 3152 pieces Super Star Destroyer Executor

new 2.1 Bluetooth Speakers from Logitec not Logitech

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(credit: Logitec) Logitec LBT-MPSP200SV | ¥80,000.00 | www.logitec.co.jp

Logitec Japan (not to be confused with Logitech, the peripherals maker) recently announced a pretty sleek-looking 2.1 Bluetooth wireless speaker, LBT-MPSP200SV. strangely, Japanese products tends to have such a long model number, well, i’m just saying… anyway, it is compatible with any audio player and mobile devices that supports A2DP profile. some of the highlight includes a pair of 7.5 watts drivers, a built-in USB that can be used to charge mobile devices that runs off USB power (such as your Android handset or iPhone) and it also supports AVRCP for simple play/pause, skipping of tracks via the front control panel. the Logitec LBT-MPSP200SV Bluetooth Speakers will be available end of this month for around ¥80,000 (about US$997). Continue reading new 2.1 Bluetooth Speakers from Logitec not Logitech

ElliptiGO fills the gap between running and cycling

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(credit: ElliptiGO) ElliptiGO | from US$1,799.00 | elliptigo.com

if you are one of those who are can’t take the harsh impact of running, and cycling at length is not an alternative due to its associated discomfort, you could get yourself a stationary exercise bike and miss out on the wonderful sceneries awaiting for you out there, or you could get yourself the ElliptiGO. instead of sitting down to pedal, you stand and move your feet like you are walking or running. this walking or running action is translated into an elliptic motion that powers the ElliptiGO. Continue reading ElliptiGO fills the gap between running and cycling

Bob Marley legacy: The House of Marley Headphone Collection

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(credit: The House of Marley) The House of Marley Headphone Collection | from US$59.99 | www.thehouseofmarley.com

in today’s context, not only do we want our personal music gear to sound good but looks equally cool. we want to be seen and heard, and for the former, you can grab yourself a pair cans like those from the The House of Marley and at the same time, have a piece of Bob Marley’s legacy. no, you don’t need to be a reggae aficionado to use one of these cans cos’ they are perfectly up to the task for any form of music genre and the cans range from entry level Jammin’ Collection to mid-range Freedom Collection to range topping Destiny Collection – all of which are still way more affordable than any Beat by Dre items. highlights include eco-friendly recycled packaging, FSC-certified wood as well as recyclable aluminum and plastic. Continue reading Bob Marley legacy: The House of Marley Headphone Collection

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