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Hector Serrano’s Superpattata light is super at almost everything

By admin on September 18th, 2007

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Hector Serrano is a Spanish conceptual designer based in London, who has recently come to light for his series of innovative, practical but aesthetically pleasing homeware. Hector manages to create gorgeous looking household goods that economise on space but maximise function, usually by combining the elements of two items into one object.

Take the Bin Step, which, as the name suggests, is both a trash can and pair of steps for reaching that last tin of Spaggetios at the back of the cupboard. I smacked myself in the head when I saw them – The design is so obvious that I, in my infinite genius, should have come up with it.

My favourite piece from Hector is the Superpattata (pictured) and it’s not just because of the name. These light-emitting forms act as nightlights, pillows and bed warmers and are designed to be stacked upon each other to create a tower of lights. I think they’re just perfect for chucking around the living room and creating a warming ambiance. Check out Hector’s website for the full story on his goods.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Triops camera takes snaps by being bashed against wall and doesn’t break. Allegedly.

By admin on September 17th, 2007

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I love the concept of this tri-lensed camera, but I love the design even more. The camera is activated by movement and sound and these features, along with the three fish-eye lenses, would indicate that it’s not made for the professional snapper.

The German designer of the Triops, Franziska Faoro, is also adamant that you can set off all three lens simultaneously by flinging the thing against the wall, giving you some crazy, 360 degree snaps. Once you’ve had your fun chucking it about, the camera can wirelessly transmit your shenanigans (or artistic expressions, if you like) to its docking stations, just ripe for uploading to Myspace.

The camera only exists as a design concept at the moment, so price it TBA. I’m guessing the warranty will come with a disclaimer though:

"Impacting this equipment against wall, floor or other hard surface will invalidate the warranty".

[Via Gizmodo]



Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Beckham in the buff once again, selling the Motorola Razr 2

By admin on September 17th, 2007

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What’s the deal with Beckham getting his kit off for every advert he does? I can understand him donning his birthday suit to avoid splodging Gillette shaving gel all over his L.A. Galaxy jersey, and you can’t promote undies without first whipping your trousers off. But does he really need to get nekkid to sell mobile phones?

I’m sure there is a demographic of those who make calls in the buff (weirdos), but it’s not par for the course is it? Motorola, however, seem to think it is, with their new campaign featuring Becks pushing the Razr 2, sans clothes.

Then again, I also need to address my blatant hypocrisy. Motorola are in the same camp as Samsung and LG, using mobile-brandishing, bikini-clad ladies to promote their product at trade shows and such. It’s not like I have anything to say about that. No, I’m usually too busy staring…



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Recycled peripherals Oscar and Lilli may save the world, but they won’t save you money

By admin on September 14th, 2007

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These two ‘lil critters are just too aesthetically pleasing to ignore… okay, I mean they’re too cute to ignore, but I hate anthropomorphizing inanimate objects. Although, if they were alive, I’d probably raise them as my own.

Lilli and Oscar are peripherals made from 100% recycled materials. Which materials, I’m not sure, but what I can tell you is that they’re manufactured in a sweat-shop free environment in Vietnam by fairly paid and dolphin friendly workers. One of them kicked a dog once, but it was an accident, apparently.

Lilli is the Octopus like 1.3MP camera, and Oscar is a USB hub, despite looking like a big, red, neutered Mario star. Despite (or in spite of, more like) their green credentials, the equipment is relatively expensive – Lilli is a whopping £30, while Oscar will cost you around £20. Eco-friendly, yes. Wallet friendly, no.

[Via Gizmodo]



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Drink of the week: A mojito a day keeps the winter blues away

By admin on September 14th, 2007

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With summer drawing to a close, the days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Off come the shorts and flip-flops and on go the trousers, boots, gloves, scarves, hats, jackets etc. etc. Winter’s coming, and there’s nowt we can do about it.

So it’s with one final, weary and sombre salute that we should all toast the summer with a drink that is the true embodiment of the season. A drink that evokes the spirits of countries where the sun shines all year round ,and will help keep the thoughts of the British winter at bay: Yes, it’s the mojito. Get one in while it’s still marginally appropriate as it won’t be long before it’s time for brandy Schnapps and Advocaat.

You will need: Large tumbler, a pestle, couple of handfuls of mint leaves, Havana Club rum, unrefined sugar, Limes

- First, make up a simple syrup by boiling a cup of unrefined sugar with a cup of water until the sugar dissolves, then cool in the fridge.
- Half fill the tumbler with ice, add a handful of mint leaves and crush together with the pestle
- Add 1-2 shots of the rum (I’d go with two personally)
- Squeeze in one lime
- Top with more ice and pour on the simple syrup until the glass is just full
- Stir, then top off with a sprig of mint

Finally, drink enough of them until you forget that winter is a-coming.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

London’s Twenty Four Club has cool, interactive interior, but this article is about as interative as you’re going to get

By admin on September 14th, 2007

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Now that smoking has been banned in drinking establishments across Britain, people are looking for other ways to fill the time between slurping Mojitos and offsetting long, awkward silences with blind dates. I’d always advocate drinking more, perhaps alternating between two different beverages, but it appears that London’s Twenty Four bar has a slightly more sober solution: Staring at the walls.

The bar’s walls, ceilings and tables are made up of panels with projectors behind them, beaming different colours and images across the interior. It doesn’t sound particularly innovative, does it? But apparently the whole bar is "interactive". Put your glass on a table, and light will dance around its base actually sensing and reacting to your drink and touching the bar will shoot a beam of light upwards, signaling/annoying the barman. You can even select your own images to be displayed on the bar’s surfaces.

Sounds really great until you realise you’ll probably never get to set foot in the establishment. You have to be a member and numbers are extremely limited, which basically means "You’re not rich and/or you’re not a celeb. You’re not getting in". Shame.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Male chastity belt is wrong for all the reasons you can think of

By admin on September 13th, 2007

Chastity If I encountered this… this… this instrument without the accompanying explanation, I probably think "cool armour". The fact is, just looking at it gives me the shivers.

This, my esteemed readers, is a chastity belt. A male chastity belt, in that it is a chastity belt accustomed to the male form. An object certifying the virginity of a fair maiden of medieval lore it is not.

On to practicalities, the Latowski CB has an "Organ Chamber" for your frank n’ beans to sit in, allowing you to relieve your bladder. The organ chamber is cleaned by aid of saline and syringes. In addition there’s another hole at the rear… Actually, I can’t go on. Just check out the website for further details while I go and scrub myself with carbolic soap.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Armani jump on fashion phone bandwagon with Samsung P520

By admin on September 13th, 2007

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After Levis, Prada and about half a dozen other clothing companies I can’t be bothered to mention, Armani have jumped on the fashion/mobile collaboration with their new iPhone lite-style touch screen effort.

The Armani-dressed Samsung P520 has all the basics of a mobile phone, packing a 3MP camera, a microSD slot, 50MB of onboard memory, a GSM/Edge connection and Wi-Fi. Despite being quite sleek and slightly sexy, the touch screen is a paltry 2.6 inches and, though cheaper than Bill Gates’s baby when it was first released, the pimps at Samsung still want £300 for their tart of a phone.

[Via Gizmodo]

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Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets

UK Graffiti artist Skores with Adidas trainer collaboration

By admin on September 13th, 2007

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The End To End Project has been running since early this year, but the initiative continues to produce some outstanding street wear. Taking seven of the world’s most renowned grafitti artists, Adidas have pressed and squeezed them into creating trainers and hoodies inspired by art from the street. I suppose it stops the little scamps from tagging up busses all the time.

The UK’s effort comes courtesy of Skore, once a major artist on the UK graffiti scene, who has produced these dubbed up Stan Smiths made from brown suede and feature his tag on the heel and soles. In addition to the trainers, the street scribe has vandalised a t-shirt and windbreaker which, along with the kicks, are both available through Footlocker as of the 29th of October.

Keep reading after the jump for the world’s top five graffiti heroes.

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Ironkey thumb drive thwarts thieves Mission: Impossible style

By admin on September 7th, 2007

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Thumb drives: A hassle-free, inconspicuous way of transporting your computer files for both you… and data thieves. Until now, that is.

The Ironkey thumb drive offers military-grade security that prevents any unauthorised persons from accessing your sensitive data. If that doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence (it is the US military we’re talking about after all), the Ironkey has a secondary security feature that disables the drive by means of destroying itself Mission: Impossible sty-lee. How cool is that? Available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities, the drive retails for between £40 and £80.

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Apple unveil latest versions of iPod touch and iPod Nano

By admin on September 6th, 2007

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So, last night Apple, with Steve Jobs via a sat-link from California, unveiled the new iPod Touch, along with the freshly refitted iPod Nano. Despite being ugly as sin, the new Nano still has a place in the world where small(er) memory is required along with video capability.

But I’ve got a bit of a problem with the iPod touch. Of all the tech blogs and news articles that I’ve had the pleasure of trawling through, the writers are invariably "salivating", "coveting" or "foaming at the mouth" in regards to Apple’s new baby. And rightly so – it looks like a lovely bit of kit.

But one thing that not one commentator has brought up it that essentially it’s the iPhone without a phone. In fact, Apple should just go ahead and release and integrated iPhone/iPod touch. Methinks Apple saved a bomb on research and design costs with their newest music machine…

For all your Apple related news, check out our sister site, techdigest.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Suck UK key bottle opener

By Isabelle on September 4th, 2007

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Is there any end to Suck UK’s genius? This key bottle opener is just the thing for those last few impromptu outdoor drinking sessions before autumn. Unobtrusively hanging from your key chain most of the time you can whip it out during moments of need and be the saviour of all your friends. It can be yours for £7.50 which, depending on where you live is about the price of two pints and a bag of nuts. Much classier than faffing about with a clipper lighter!



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Take potshots with the slingshot pencil

By Isabelle on September 3rd, 2007

Slingshot_pencil_2I’m seeing all the adverts for ‘Back to School’ and I’m already mourning for the loss of my schooldays. No more September shopping for rubbers, protractors and 4-colour biros. If you want to inject some schoolboy fun into your life check out this slingshot pencil ($8) from the Curiosity Shoppe. We’re definitely advocates of workplace bullying, so bring it into the office and use it to take sly potshots at your cubicle buddies. I say it’s the new Facebook!



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Samsung’s touch-screen looks better than iPhone

By admin on August 30th, 2007

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Samsung’s Ezon has more elegance and style than all the next-gen mobile phones put together. The only difference is that the Ezon isn’t actually a phone at all, but an electronic locking system with touch-screen capabilities. The iPhone doesn’t have too much to worry about then.

Still, the polished aluminium alloy, tempered glass and soft-glow LED light make the Ezon the most stylish way to lock up your shed and keep your lawnmower away from grasping hands.

[Via NotCot]



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Find yourself with the Trackstick II tracking device

By admin on August 28th, 2007

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Get all Big Brother on yourself by carrying around the Trackstick II, a tracking device that logs your location at regular intervals using GPS. Once you’re safely home, whack it into your USB and it’ll show your day’s worth of meanderings on a Google Earth map.

Best for hiding it in a shady-acting friend’s car and then retrieving to see what they’ve been up to, or keep hold of it on a Friday night out to discover exactly where you got to when you’ve forgotten. The Trackstick runs on two AAA batteries which should keep it going for about a month or so. Get it from NAO Online for about £200.

[Via Shiny Shiny]




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