For many, vinyl records are prized possessions. But then there’s always a risk that these may get scratches. Denon’s time-traveling turn table offers to take care of that part by converting the vinyls to mp3s. You just need to put the 7in or 12in, 45 or 33.33rpm record onto the spindle and the turntable will digitize the collection and store it to a flash drive. The automated turntable looks for silent spaces between tracks and uses them to split the tracks, that’s the only where the $220 turntable could be a problem.
The What On Earth animated film was made in 1967 by the National Film Board of Canada. The cool animation goes on with cars, showing the world in a way Martian observers would see. According to the video, cars would appear as the natural inhabitants of Earth, while humans driving them would seem like parasites to the alien observers.
I guess it’s just genius at work when a 16 year old boy builds the world’s largest and longest piano, and that without any formal training. New Zealand’s Adrian Mann built the piano entirely by hand. It took him four years, but perseverance has paid well.
Brando has created a cute-little robot, the Robo Q. It’s got six direction controls, three speed levels, and an “AI mode” where it can scoot around obstacles, or even trace objects. The robot can trace the controller and move to it, Controller unit can function as a charger and a storage unit. Prices start at $40.
The land of wacky DIY has a brand new citizen: a rubber chicken USB drive. DIYs don’t get simpler than this, and it’s sort of funny too. All you need to do is to stick a USB drive in a rubber chicken’s hind, and you’re good to go. It’s weird but it can give you a few moments of laughter.
Bumptop sounds like a great program that will turn your monotonous desktop into a 3D space with some beautiful options to go for. The screen shows 3D walls where you can drag and pin your pictures and files; you can arrange your files and folders, or simply stack them as you would on a real desk. It can work with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, just make sure you have 1GB of RAM and 1.8 Gigahertz processor. A simpler version is free, and the more powerful version costs $29. Download it here.
And by “screen” I mean it’s something very similar to your computer monitor. MOY’s body is built with “outer and inner polycarbonate layers, with layers of liquid crystals, LED diodes and electro chromic foil (film) in between.” The body allows this electric car to take on any color you like, similar to creating a wallpaper for your screen, or just download it from the net. It also allows you to play videos on the move. Cool!
The car designed by Elvis Tomljenovic is a winner of the auto(r) automotive design conference in Zagreb, Croatia.
Secret message carrying cufflinks take the strange obsession with mystery a step further, or perhaps mimic the awesomeness of spies. The stainless steel cufflinks can be unscrewed, giving access to tiny scrolls of paper. Fill ’em with secret messages, or spare yourself all the trouble, and just burn 50 bucks.
They say music is the universal language, and nothing demonstrates it better than this mp3 player for the unborn. Some designer created this totally weird player, for music to the unborn, basing it on the idea that classical music can increase intelligence. Oh, it also has a mic so the to-be mother can sing and record a lullaby for the child. Insane.
Microsoft’s Surface multitouch PC may be great, but it comes with a hefty price tag of $12000. Maximum’s PC costs just $350, and they built it using infrared LEDs, PS3 eye camera, and an old PC powered by Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of RAM. Quite cost effective, and a cool DIY thing.