Author Archives: Abby McVay


Strapya creates cellphone cases from old tires

Strapya creates cellphone cases from old tires

I'm pretty sure it's been a little while since I've managed to write up anything from Strapya.  Who is known for their very odd cellphone accessories.

Well, at least this odd case is environmentally friendly.  It's actually made out of used tire tubes, for once they have created a case that isn't utterly terrifying or so beyond geeky that even I have an issue with it.  Which says a lot, because seriously, I like things made out of old circuit boards.

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Unplugging cellphone chargers improves environment, sort of

Unplugging cellphone chargers improves environment, sort of

We are all guilty of having our chargers lying about and typically they stay plugged into the outlet even when they're not in use.  That is unless you've already caught wind that it's actually bad to do that.

I sadly, actually caught wind that it was bad and still have stuck to my habits.  Mostly because I have a tendency to lose it otherwise.  Well it turns out that there is more proof that it could be best to unplug the charger.  That is according to a Natural Philosophy Professor, David J.C. MacKay at the University of Cambridge.

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The Cigarette Tin Boom Box

The Cigarette Tin Boom Box

Upon first glancing at this little mod, my initial thought was shock. They really still make tin cigarette boxes? I mean, I don't smoke but I did work in a gas station that sold a lot of cigarettes a very long time ago. I don't actually recall seeing a single tin of cigarettes.

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Tyrant Alarm makes unwanted phone calls

Tyrant Alarm makes unwanted phone calls

There have been several overly cruel alarm clocks pop up, the Sonic Boom alarm has been probably the worst, that is until now.  This clock appears perfectly innocent, but it actually uses a bit of negative reinforcement to get your rear out of bed.

Every three minutes after it goes off, if you don't shut it off, it will make random phone calls from your cellphone.  That's right, have a number you're hanging onto for sentimental reasons but would never call, it may get dialed.

Even worse is if you happen to wake up someone that wasn't ready to be awake yet.  I'm fairly sure that this would be extremely effective to have you bolting to shut it off in time.  This is still a concept design though, so the world is safe for the moment.  It was created by Alice Wang.

[via joshspear]

The Jot Dry-Erase Refrigerator

The Jot Dry-Erase Refrigerator

If you have issues with your kids drawing on the walls, you might pick up on of these Jot Dry-Erase refrigerators. Which allows for them to draw to their heart's content without doing any permanent damage.

About a year ago I wrote up a similar fridge, however, it was sadly only sold in Brazil. This one is actually available here in the US.

It is being sold for $549, just make sure the munchkins don't wander off and make all of your other appliances pretty colors. The best part is that if you look closely at the photo, the little girl is writing on the fridge “I will not write on the wall.”

[via gearfuse]

Nintendo NES Business Card Holders

Nintendo NES Business Card Holders

If you're feeling the need to express your love of retro gaming a bit more often, these business card holders are one way to do it. Although, from the picture I guessed it was either a DIY project or a mod posted on eBay. However, these are being sold by an actual company.

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PC mod made of old motherboards

PC mod made of old motherboards

Gadgets made out of motherboards are one of those things that I know are so incredibly beyond geeky with very little, if any chic thrown into the mix. Yet even knowing that I can't ever get enough of them, which means this PC is drool-worthy in my book.

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