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How Ford measures space in the new Ford Escape using ping pong balls

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Transportation

Ford Escape Ping Pong Balls

This week Ford unveiled its unique approach to measuring the interior space of its new Escape vehicle. The company didn't do away with the more conventional methods, as the ping pong measurement accompanied high-tech laser-scanned CAD renderings as well.

So, why ping pong balls? As vehicle interiors have become more modern, there are a lot more curves and swooping areas in a vehicle. Umbrella holders tucked away in the door, for example, make it more difficult to use the traditional tape measure. So the Vehicle Architecture team headed by Eric Jackson came up with the unorthodox approach.

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Things we need: Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine

Posted by Sparky Categories: Design, Household

Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine

Looking like a mix between an old school water mine and a sports implement from a science fiction movie, the Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine leaves both coffee lovers and industrial designers alike weak at the knees. Constructed of polished aluminum this glorious gadget provides a caffeine-slinging presencein your kitchen that few appliances can. While this product is not yet showing up on Saeco’s website expect it soon, followed by a virtual mob of buyers looking to scoop up their own copy of this truly unique piece of functional art.

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The Zip Code Puzzle Hits Close to Home

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Internet, Toys

Zip Code Jigsaw Puzzle

If you or someone you know loves jigsaw puzzles, Firebox has a unique one for you. It’s the Zip Code Puzzle…a jigsaw of the neighborhood map of your choice! Just send in the house number, street name and zip code you desire, and voila! Firebox will create a one-of-a-kind, highly personalized jigsaw—a VERY detailed map featuring the chosen address. The coolest part? The centerpiece is your home address,  shaped like a house (see above).  The puzzle contains 400 pieces of “high quality millboard,” and measures 12.25 x 18.5”. Since each map is based on the U.S. Geological Survey, it will even contain water landmarks, buildings, main roads and more. Plus, each jigsaw comes with a gift label that can be personalized for the recipient. A great, one-of-a-kind gift. Available for $35 USD.

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Vaja iVolution Top SP Flip Holster for the iPhone reviewed

Surrounding the release of ‘s there was a flurry excitement surrounding various cases to protect and showcase a consumer’s shiny new obsession. A number of cases including simple cloth slipcovers, protective rubber enclosures, and elaborate leather constructions flooded onto the market, each with different plusses and minuses.

Gear Live has previously reviewed several of the high-end leather cases by Argentinean case manufacturer , and given our extremely positive experiences in the past, we jumped at the opportunity to check out their new iVolution line of iPhone cases. The iVolution line has a number of different styles of cases and holsters, and we selected the fully-enclosed protection offered by the iVolution Top SP Holster. Click through the jump for the full in-depth review.

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Unboxing Live 012: Ergodex DX1 Input System

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, PC, Peripherals, Videocasts

We show off the Ergodex DX1 Input System in this episode of Unboxing Live. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an insanely cool keyboard that allows you to move it’s individual keys all over it’s smooth surface, creating your own customized keyboard.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


The Ten Legged Rocking Chair

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Household

Contraforma ChairSince the term is all the rage, maybe we can christen this as Rocking Chair 2.0? I mean, this is certainly not something we would expect grandma to be sitting in while she’s getting her knit on. This unique piece is designed by Contraforma in such a way that you should be able to rock comfortable in it, despite the lack of what we like to call a “rocking crest.” Definitely a conversation piece, and we all need one of those in our homes, don’t we not? How else do we curb that whole “awkward silence” thing?

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Bleeding Edge Byte 033: Nintendo DS Electroplankton Review

While many a gamer has been enjoying the Nintendo DS for gaming purposes - just check how nicely it’s working out for Nintendo - others have found that it can be used for more creative means. Sparky has been hooked to Electroplankton, something that is more of a “program” than a “game” for the Nintendo DS. Electroplankton allows you to make all sorts of creative beats and melodies using…creatures. This one is a lot easier explained visually rather than in text, so just watch the video…


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