Ripple Faucet

February 29, 2008

Ripple Faucet draw inspiration from surface ripples. On top of the frosted ripple surface sits a metal ball. An array of electromagnetic sensors detects that ball’s position. Moving the ball in or out from the center controls water pressure. Moving it around controls temperature. The surface glows red or blue to denote how hot or cold it is. The two separate channels combine the hot and cold water to get the perfect mix.

Extract from Yanko Design

TOPlay Earphones

February 28, 2008

Attached to the ear lobe by a magnetic clip, the TOPlay goes easy on your hearing. Nothing is inserted into the auditory canal and the audio pressure is reduced 30 fold. And you can hear important environmental sounds: Announcements at the airport and railway station, warning signals on the road, … and you can talk even while you’re listening to music. And just like In-Ear-phones, fellow travellers are not inconvenienced. Perfect when driving a car or riding a bike, in the train or on an airplane.

Extract from Pro-Idee

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

February 27, 2008

The front-engined rear-wheel drive flagship Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is the only two-door four-seater in the line. 

The 612 is available with Ferrari’s SuperFast gearbox that allows a driver to shift the paddle shifters located on the steering column in an astonishing 100 milliseconds. While shifting away, the V12 is capable of reaching top speed of 200 mph. 

The new model comes complete with an electrochromic panoramic roof that covers the length of the top of the cabin. With a turn of a knob, the entire ceiling changes from opaque to translucent, instantly adjusting the level of sunlight that may penetrate the interior.

Extract from Ferrari World

MagPul FMG-9 prototype folding 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm NATO ) mini / micro-submachine gun utilizes a Glock 17 slide and any factory Glock 9mm magazine, including 30-33-round Glock 18 mags. In it’s closed position, MagPul FMG-9 is designed to look something like a portable radio, and incorporates a detachable tactical white light.

Extract from Defense Review

Random pic of the week

February 25, 2008

Peruvian anti-riot police officers participate in a military parade to celebrate Peru’s Independence Day in Lima.
Look like a scene in some sci-fi fantasy movie… I wander if they are really functional…

Extract from She muses

One Laptop Per Child

February 24, 2008

One Laptop Per Child, a computer initiative by Nicholas Negroponte is a unique machine with features created specifically for children of the emerging world. This is a very distinctive machine; rugged, durable, and child-friendly, inside and out.
XO is about the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox.
Its NiMH batteries contain no toxic heavy metals and has extended recharge-cycle lifetime. It will also tolerate alternate power-charging sources, such as car batteries. The XO can be solar or foot powered. It will come with at least two of three options: a crank, a pedal, or a pull-cord. It is also possible that children could have a second battery for group charging at school while they are using their laptop in class.
XO has no hard drive and only two internal cables. For added robustness, the machine’s plastic walls are 2mm thick. Its mesh network antennas double as external covers for the USB ports, which are protected internally as well. The display is also cushioned by internal “bumpers.”
It has a clock speed of 433 Mhz, Integrated Graphics controller, 256 MiB dynamic RAM, 1024 MiB SLC NAND flash, 7.5” Dual-mode TFT display, WiFi, 640×480 resolution integrated color vision camera.

Extract from OLPC

HTC Advantage X7510

February 23, 2008

HTC, the new mobile phone giant the world should watch out for. It has not lose steam since it started selling design to big mobile phone names rather than just manufacture them in the early 2000… Today, its a force to be looked up to. No more dopod, no more O2, now just HTC.
Equipped with 16GB flash memory, the new Advantage features TouchFLO, Opera Mobile 9, and Google Maps, as well as GPS, 5-inch VGA display, 624MHz processor, ATI video acceleration, 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM, tri-band HSDPA, quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE, magnetic QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a “future version of Windows Mobile” (whatever that is).
Oh, by the way, it’s a mobile phone.

Extract from pocketables

Charcoal Starter

February 22, 2008

Charcoal Starter can ignite charcoal in 60 seconds without lighter fluid using air that is heated to 1,290° F. Simply plug the device into a standard wall outlet, place the metal tip into the charcoal and hold down the button. When the charcoal sparks, remove the tip from the coals, but continue to point the unit at the charcoal for sixty seconds.

Extract from Hammacher Schlemmer

Dulux PaintPod

February 21, 2008

Dulux PaintPod is a device that pumps paint directly to a roller attachment. Hit a button and the PaintPod loads its roller with the correct amount of paint. And it even cleans itself up when you’ve finished decorating, taking ten minutes to rinse all the paint out of its system. It does require its own 5-litre paint packs, as they’re formulated to just the right consistency to work with the pumping system.

Extract from T3

R2D2 Beanie

February 21, 2008

Learn to make a beanie your baby and him or her look like R2D2. Check out all the instructions at the links below.

Extract from Carissa Knits and Excessively Diverted