Neither Apple devotees nor iPhone users with other computing proclivities want dirty floors. How can all of those floors POSSIBLY stay clean and yet still let visitors know that this household strongly supports the telephonic ventures of Apple? The “Slide to Unlock” doormat. Made of washable rubber and available from the Meninos Store for $50, it’s a piece not-tech that will add some personality to your entry while keeping the rest of the house ship-shape.
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Ari Zagnoev’s Combimouse is a keyboard and mouse arranged in an odd sort of way. The right unit is the right side of a QWERTY board that can be moved around for comfort and operates in keyboard mode unless it is switched. The company calls the switch “effortless and intuitive.” We call it one more thing to fall off the desk, although they say it was tested by college students who found it convenient. By the way, they are also looking for investors if you think they have a hit on their hands.
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I like to think that in the future, the people of that time will come across relics from the 21st century and laugh at how hard our lives were. I can’t imagine what technological strides will have been made by then, but thanks to Christopher Locke we can have an idea of what kind of antiquities they’ll theoretically be finding. Locke’s Modern Fossils sculpture series renders our current (and some previous) technologies in a proprietary concrete mixture, giving them the look of actual fossils. Most of the pieces are for sale and range in price from $45 to $185.
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With all the hoopla over the new Kindle DX, we think it is nice that someone has come up with a Braille E-Book. Translation of a 500 page book can double the thickness of the tome, so designers Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo and Jin-Sun Park use EAP technology to change the surface pattern via electromagnetic signals. This is still a prototype but maybe Amazon can make it its next hot product.
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We dig that that there is plenty of hype around the new Star Trek movie, although we doubt the next generation can equal some of its predecessors. Still it has inspired lots of new accessories, including this iPhone case mod, which is actually an old Star Trek pin glued to the back. Hmm. We wonder if we attached our old tribble to the back of our phone, would it reproduce?
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After watching Niels Diffrient, creator of the Freedom Chair, talk about how he approached chair design from a whole new perspective, we had to share it. The talk was given in 2002 at TED, so it isn’t new by any means, but it’s very cool to hear the details of how Niels came to completely rethink the office chair, using the human body as his fundamental data set.
Star Trek fans that are not being frozen or hurled into space after their demise will surely appreciate Eternal Images products. The Casket is reminiscent of the photon torpedo that was seen in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Their Urn features a design inspired by the 24th century in what they say is the “style of the United Federation of Planets.” Although the company has been around for a couple of years and have received plenty of publicity, each container has yet to materialize. Both should be available soon and you can sign on to be notified of price and arrival date. However, we still want you to live long and prosper.
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MAINGEAR’s new laptop is certain outstanding in letting everyone know who owns it. The mX-L is 12.125 x 9.125 x 1.3- inches and weighs 4.45 lbs. It has a 1280x800 LED backlit display, a choice of two processors and DVD and Blu-ray optical drives. Also featured are 3 USB ports, VGA out, audio in/out and WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. Add to that an integrated webcam, mic, 4-cell 2.4Ah battery and a price starting at $1,099.99. Let them know what design you would like on the cover and they will laser it in.
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The Vertigo is a handy device that will self-heat your food and beverages and is eco-friendly at the same time. Designed by Nicolas Bernal, the outer shell is made from Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT), a material that can handle temperatures up to 150° C and is fire retardant. A sensor-triggered LED lets you know optimal temperature. Best of all, you hand crank it, so the prototype will work when you are lost in the woods, stuck in traffic, or need a caffeine fix.
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If you’ve always wanted to game while in the shower, this one is an interesting compromise. Digitalsoaps on Etsy has put together a ridonkulous Xbox 360 controller soap bar. The best part? It looks awesome. The bar of soap looks just like your typicaly chill-colored Xbox 360 controller, with rised buttons, analog sticks, and control pad. The bar of soap weighs in at seven ounces, and is scented with Mountain Dew fragrance oil - gotta keep it real. You can grab your own Xbox 360 controller soap bar for $12 on Etsy.
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