Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sledding is really fun, but any way to make it faster and probably more dangerous is something I can get behind. After all, if a regular sled is good, a souped-up sled designed to go twice as fast must be great, right?
The Slegoon is just such a souped-up sled. It puts you in a cage, which should improve safety over your standard plastic disc or inner tube, and it also acts as extra runners if you happen to flip over. The Slegoon is the winning entry in the UK IOM3 Design Innovation in Plastics competition, and I want one.
The first proper-performance, four-seated electric car from a major manufacturer is about to be launched on the UK market.The i-MiEV from Mitsubishi is a saloon car that will carry four adults. Before this launch of the electric car Indo-US manufacturer G-Wiz and the French-made Mega City are two-seated strictly limited in specification and performance.
Banksy is well known around the world in no small part due to his massive popularity online. Banksy art has made its way into all kinds of nooks and crannies on the internet but few collections are anything close to comprehensive (and in many cases are not even coherent). Most are difficult to navigate and devoid of context, featuring disparate works alongside one another without explanation.
The entire gallery.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Your dog is lazy and shiftless, not paying his way through life at all. It's time to make your dog work for his food by attaching him to a scooter, bike or skateboard.
Yes, now you can get your lazy ass carted around by your poor dog, attaching him and up to three other dogs to one of these crazy contraptions. The big selling point, apparently, is that by placing the dog behind the steering apparatus, you're able to have much more control over where you're headed. Because if the dog was placed in front of the steering apparatus, you'd always just head right to the butcher shop or milk bone factory.
Lyman-Morse, a well known name in the fields of marine industry that delivered many DC and AC power combinations and power units that are not dependent on the grid, is now looking to go green with its new project called “Powercube.” It’s a fiberglass box that is self contained and can generate power up to 600 watts when the sun is on its full glow. According to Lyman, these portable systems will cost $27,000 for the 600-watt unit and $37,000 for the larger version, but are advantageous as compared to other generators, as these systems provide easy mobility and the generator’s batteries can store a charge for up to three weeks and pull up to 3.5 kilowatts in short spurts in a shorter amount of time.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
What a sad sack I was in grade school. My Radio Flyer wagon had a busted wheel and rust. This concept, dubbed Cloud 9, has an MP3 player and more.
So all that means I'm feeling pretty inadequate right now. And why shouldn't I? As CNN notes in their report on the latest invention out of Radio Flyer's Chicago-based HQ, this thing has enough gadgets and gizmos to give the family mini-fan a serious case of penis envy.
First, there's the aforementioned MP3 player and speaker system, meaning this could very well be the first wagon that little Timmy and friends will use to ghost ride down a cul de sac.
And when he gets tired of that, he can strap himself in to one of the two bucket seats using a five-point racing harness. At his fingertips will be a digital display panel, complete with temperature readouts, odometer and speedometer. Got a Juicy Juice sippy cup handy? No worries. The Cloud 9 has cupholders too.
The rest with more photos.
While there is mountains and mountains of scientific research and literature on human beings’ impact on our planet, in terms of resource exhaustion, pollution, global warming, deforestation and habitat destruction, and animal cruelty and rights abuse, most people manage to largely ignore it. Creatively constructed print and television advertisements however, are more captivating and tend to affect a lot more people.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Apparently, it's better for your plants to water them in the evening, so the water doesn't evaporate quickly and they can soak up as much of it as they want. Unfortunately, that means you need to garden in the dark, which is a pain.
This garden hose nozzle has a light on it, letting you see exactly where you're spraying. It works well for nighttime gardening as well as nighttime hose fights, where you'll have an obvious advantage. Especially if you're the only one with a hose.
Technology has certainly made our lives easy, but powering all those electronic items is not as easy on the environment. To make things better for the environment, industrial and product designers have always shown their skills in designing products that we might become accustomed to in the near future. The Solar Plant is one such innovative way to power electronic items using nothing more than the green and renewable energy of the sun.