This little dining table, which I read about at Treehugger, might either be the grossest or the coolest eco-tech idea I've heard in a while. Or maybe both. The cone-shaped thing under the table is a fabric bag that's home to a functioning ecosystem full of creepy crawlies like worms and sowbugs, which break down your leftover food and turn it into compost that your house plants or garden will find very yummy. The compost then sprinkles out the bottom of the bag when it's ready. Plus, there's an LCD screen that's hooked up to … Read more
Just think. You can hide this slim, inconspicuous device from ThinkGeek somewhere in one of your co-workers' cubes, and unbeknownst to them, it starts making annoying noises. Sure, they're hardly noticeable at first, but after a few hours of regular beeps--every 2 to 8 minutes, depending on how you configure it--this thing will drive your colleagues absolutely nuts. And the Annoy-a-Tron's teensy size will make it really difficult for them to figure out where it is. What a great idea!
ThinkGeek provides a list of guidelines for Annoy-a-Tron use, including the fact that you probably shouldn't hide … Read more
Those of us who talk to our plants are used to one-way conversations. Now, thanks to the Communication Flower from Japan's E-Revolution, the human-horticulture rapport is about to get more reciprocal.
The gizmo is a small box with a speaker and 200 words and phrases in its memory. Touch the flora and a little guy sitting atop the cube spouts the preprogrammed sentiments randomly. We're having a little trouble extracting the nature of the phrases from translated Japanese promotional materials, but one blurb explains that you can expect to hear "the word which gives vigor to you, … Read more
NOTE: From now through December, every few days a different Crave expert will be posting his or her top 10 gadget picks for the holidays. See what we crave, and maybe you'll get some ideas! Here's our seventh installment.
Erica Ogg is an unapologetic Dodgers fan living in San Francisco, has found herself hopelessly addicted to Starbucks chai lattes (with 2 percent milk), and readily admits to being a history geek. And no, she has nothing to do with Ogg Vorbis.
Here's a bright idea that we found on The Gadgets Weblog: if people can't figure out how to conserve energy, maybe showing pictures of cute animals conserving energy would help them get the idea. Indeed, it's being implemented in an ad campaign by a French electricity company--see, the penguin is turning off a computer, and the meerkats are installing solar panels on the roof! As you may know already, I have a thing for penguins, so of course I think this is a cool idea. And seriously, how cute are those meerkats? (Bigger versions of all the … Read more
LicketyShip, a.k.a. Kozmo 2.0, is offering its service for free today. LicketyShip combines the best of online gadget shopping (easy browsing from your office while you appear to be working), with the one good thing about physical retail: You get the product right away. Today and tomorrow, LicketyShip is free. Use the code LSFREE at checkout.
When you buy something on LicketyShip, the service gets the product for you at a retailer it has a relationship with and delivers it into your hands by courier within four hours. At the moment, the service is in beta and … Read more
The dual phenomena of video games and the Internet have spawned all kinds of odd subcultures. There are the obvious ones, like the l337 haxx0r bunch, or "Final Fantasy" cosplayers; and the not-so-obvious ones, like Vox bloggers with Blythe doll infatuations. (Apparently it's really big over there.)
And then there are Indie Ninjas, which Notcot recently devoted some attention to. We all know at least one or two of them. They're too geeky to be hipsters, a little too off-center to be straight-up geeks, and they have some weird interests. Maybe they're really into Homestar … Read more
We're beginning to think that some avant-garde watchmakers are pulling our legs. In just the last few weeks we've seen watches with fake radiation meters, weird LED scopes, pimped-out displays and systems that tell time backwards.
Now the latest model from AudioCubes, called the "Eleeno Graphic 9Blocks," is about as easy to understand as its name. In fact, its "time reading instructions" don't even include any text--just pictures. We think the joke's on us.
The next frontier in technology may be your lawn. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but we're definitely seeing more products aimed at helping modern suburbanites be the envy of the Joneses and everyone else in the 'hood.
Just a few days ago we wrote of the "Droplet Electric Mower/Mulcher"--which, despite its painfully utilitarian name, sports a beautiful design created by Australian artist Ashley Marsh-Croft. Now, according to EcoGeek, a U.K. company named Flymo has created a line of hovering lawnmowers.
With plasma screens getting bigger all the time, it might be time to start a new trend and go in the opposite direction (and save a few thousand bucks at the same time). Try the "Pocket Plasma" on for size. At 3 inches in diameter, it may not be as small as phone, camera or media player LCDs, but this mini-screen can do something that the others definitely can't: You can wear it on your clothes. As Red Ferret notes, the $45 "sound-sensitive" Pocket Plasma will light up io voices and music. For more discreet … Read more