That's because we simply must share this "Million Dollar Lure" just to purge it from our system, in a combination of awe and disgust. It's the ultimate creation of an outfit called MacDaddy's Fishing Lures ("We Put the Bling in Your String!"): The foot-long "lure" comprises 3 pounds of platinum and gold festooned with 4,… Read more
Stationing a waterproof TV outside has got to be the height of impracticality. Not only do you have to deal with the long-term effects of the elements, but you'd always need to reposition it (or yourself) to avoid the glare.
But a splashproof portable DVD player, now that's a different story. We're still not convinced of the need to watch video outdoors unless you have a private beach in Malibu or Maui, but at least you can take this player inside with you when it rains. The "DVD Zabady" also plays MP4 clips and MP3s … Read more
I wasn't able to finagle my way to Japan to cover it, but the 12th Robo-One bipedal robot competition recently wrapped up on the island of Shikoku.
In addition to the regularly scheduled robot festivities, Robots Dreams captured this footage of a pick-up robot fight breaking out in the cafeteria. In it, a Hawaiian-shirt-clad chicken robot lays the smackdown on a more traditional robot. Enjoy. It's hard not to.
Nothing of this ilk would happen during lunchtime of our ongoing battle of the nonviolent robots. The robots would just sit there, trade snacks, and talk about stuff.
If only William Carlos Williams had owned this toaster when he left his note about the plums.
The Toast Messenger from Sasha Tseng prints out whatever you write or draw on its board in toast.
Even if poetry is not your thing, you may soften the blow of eating the last bit of something by serving up your apology alongside some eggs.
Forget words, how about drawing polka dots or stripes or even a skull and cross-bones on your toast.
And yes, … Read more
We've seen all manner of exercise equipment but, if this one does anything near what it promises, it's worth every penny of its $14,615 price. The "4-Minute CrossTrainer" claims to live up to its name by packing a 45-minute treadmill workout into just 4 minutes.
Of course, you probably have to subject yourself to something short of medieval torture to accomplish that feat, but exercise is horrible in any form anyway. Range of Motion, which makes this machine, says it exercises 55 percent of the human body's muscles to burning 465 calories, according to … Read more
If the "HyperBike" ever had training wheels, they might look something like the "WheelSurf." Actually we should say training wheel, not wheels, because this contraption is just one giant ring big enough to fit a human being inside.
Hailing from the Netherlands, this $6,900 precarious-looking "mobile circle" runs on a gas-powered Honda engine that can reach more than 18 mph. The scariest-sounding thing of all is how you ride this thing: "The outer wheel revolves around propelling you forward while keeping the center level with the horizon. Steering is accomplished by moving … Read more
It's becoming harder for smokers to coexist with nonsmokers, what with all the nonsmoking in restaurants and bars. But if Crown7's smoke-free smoking devices catch on, a utopian society where smokers can "smoke" without pissing off everyone around them may yet exist.
The battery-powered devices use cartridges filled with nicotine, tobacco flavoring, water, and delicious propylene glycol to recreate the sensation of smoking. Instead of smoke, the "smoker" exhales a purportedly odorless vapor.
The device is available in three designs: cigar ($65), cigarette ($100), and pipe ($150).
According to the Crown7 site, each cartridge … Read more
The 6.5-inch tall, $300 i-Sobot has already been available in Japan for a while, and it's slated to hit U.S. stores in October.
The miniature robot uses three AAA batteries to power the 17 servo motors for its joints and limbs, three separate CPUs to control its voice and movement, and two gyroscopic sensors, which give it a pretty good sense of balance. The robot can perform such nimble actions as … Read more
This can safely be categorized as one of those only-in-California items because 1) it requires a hot tub, 2) there's a huge TV involved and 3) it's absolutely ridiculous. Making it even richer, there's competition between two appropriately named companies: CalSpas and Catalina Spas.
The first purveyor was featured awhile back with a 42-inch plasma that rises automatically from the side of the tub. But now we're treated to a competing four-seater from Catalina Spas that boasts--get this--a 61-inch LCD HDTV, according to BornRich. (Both of which dwarf the puny screens we've written about in … Read more
If you want a little splash of lemon or lime juice for your tea, you might be tempted to make do with one of those plastic facsimiles. But two Danish designers have come up with a more elegant solution: a stainless steel twist that you can screw directly into a fresh lemon or lime. Give the citrus a squeeze to coax a little juice from it. You can also leave the twist inside the lemon when you return it to the fridge, so fresh juice is always a squeeze away.