Building houses from cards is a tough game to play, so designer Mauricio Arruda‘s coffee table that uses houses of cards as a base seems a feat almost impossible to achieve. But we’re pretty sure the designer was helped by using oversized cards made from 4mm steel and welded together. The table can handle 250kgs of weight and its unique design makes it quite a conversation starter.
We’re inclined to think that something that has its name sound like “chubby” wouldn’t exactly be tiny. The good people at Japan Trust Technology (JTT) obviously didn’t think of our super logic before naming their super-tiny camera the CHOBICAM1. The tiny camcorder has the looks of a DSLR and dimensions of 2.5×2.5×2.6cm. Weighing in at just 12grams, the camera has a built-in mono speaker, shoots AVI video at 640×480 and shoots pics at a resolution of 1600×1200. There’s room for microSD/SDHC cards, plus connectivity to Windows PCs via USB 2.0. CHOBICAM1 is priced at $120.
Artist Toby Fraley looks for vintage household and industrial castoffs, converting them into incredible upcycled robot hockey playing, guitar weilding, rocket riding robots. Toys in the Robot Series are 3-4 feet tall, and though they won’t exactly make ideal play toys for kids, we think the robots make great toys for grown-up kids like ourselves.
In its dark face accentuated by bright green lines, the Hublot probably hides a Tron-ific desire. Though it doesn’t quite need to because the watch is so sinfully attractive, that we’ll make its looks an excuse for not writing about its complex tourbillon movement.
People, things aren’t quite awesome with gazillions of tons of e-waste piling up, so we appreciate anything that promises to cut down on that mountain of garbage. Fujitsu M440 mouse claims to be the greenest in the world, having all its non-metal parts made from biologically sourced renewable compounds like lignin, starch, and natural resins. That clearly means there is no pesky plastic, in fact it appears manufacturing the mouse is also less CO2 intensive as compared to those made using plastic. The M440 looks quite like a win-win, especially with a price tag of $22.
Have a look at this solar death ray, and thoughts of the legendary Archimedes heat ray come to the mind. This death ray doesn’t really burn ships, but put an object in its focus and the ray will take care of it. Made from 5800 3/8-inch mirror tiles, the heat ray can melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. That’s quite an impressive resume.
This cool animation shows what the night sky would be like if we had other planets from the solar system orbit the Earth at the same distance as the moon. Earth and Mars themselves appear as just slightly larger, more colorful versions of the moon but the fun starts when Neptune comes along; and Jupiter almost looks like it’s coming for the kill. The big disappointment though, was the absence of Saturn.
These adorable rings are the work of Sofia, a Canadian artist living in Japan. Each of the cute delicacy rings (that aren’t edible) are made from plastic, glass, ceramic, and metal, and come with an adjustable band.
Pagani has unleashed the latest of its supercars, the aggressively styled Huayra. The gullwinged-supercar gets its dose of power from Mercedes-Benz AMG-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that sends off a humungous 700 horsepower to the rear wheels, coupled with 740 pound-feet of torque. Weighing under 3000 pounds, the supercar has a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and gets a top speed of 230mph. The low weight of course is owed to liberal use of carbon fiber and aluminum both in the exteriors and the interiors.
There is a certain “coolness” or loyalty factor associated with famed cigarette brands. London-based consultancy Build hopes to strike at this factor by debranding cigarette packets, and put them in an austere design with walls of warning text, you know, the thing every smoker ignores.