odd gadgets

ZBoard is a Segway for skateboards

ZBoard is a Segway for skateboards

With a range of 5 to 10 miles, 17 miles per hour top speed, and a lovely minimalistic design, the ZBoard is the coolest little summer personal vehicle project on the block here at the front end of 2012. Having been jump-started with Kickstarter, the folks at ZBoard now have two models up for pre-order, both of them under the awesome claim of Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard. How could a concrete surfer like yourself resist?

Continue Reading

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up.  Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing.  There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.

chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.

Continue Reading

BlueBerry, about as blatant a rip-off as you’ll ever find

BlueBerry, about as blatant a rip-off as you’ll ever find

A quick glance at this device and you might think, "Hey, no big deal.  That's a BlackBerry Bold." Upon closer inspection, you'll discover that this is not at all a Research In Motion built phone, but instead, a convincing rip-off.  Behold - the BlueBerry.

Continue Reading

Scare off burglars with a TV simulator

Scare off burglars with a TV simulator

Looking for a home security device but don't want to spend a bundle on an alarm system, cameras or guards?  The Home Security Television Simulator might be just what you need to secure your home on the cheap.

Continue Reading

Sonic Nausea gadget makes people queasy

Sonic Nausea gadget makes people queasy

Pardon my ignorance, but I'm just not seeing the practical purpose of this gizmo. The Sonic Nausea device is an electronic gadget that can actually make people around it feel sick to their stomachs out of the blue.

The device is meant to be placed in a specific location and then it will send out high-frequency signals of all sorts, which can apparently make people that get within range feel nauseous. All of the varied soundwaves this thing outputs makes it difficult for a person to process directional source information, resulting in sweating, nausea, vomiting, headaches and irritability. Well, that's just lovely. I mean, is it supposed to be a gag (pardon the pun) device, or what?

We're thinking crowd control or something like that. Perhaps a Tazer alternative? Regardless of this thing's purpose, the Sonic Nausea device will cost $29 and runs on a single 9-volt battery.

[via The Red Ferret Journal]

Bottle Cap Tripod is McGuiver-ish solution to shaky pictures

Bottle Cap Tripod is McGuiver-ish solution to shaky pictures

I think just about everyone has found themselves out and about somewhere looking to take a picture, only to realize that they need a tripod. But since most of us don't tote around tripods, we end up with shaky, out of focus and generally crappy pictures. But the Bottle Cap Tripod makes the best of a bad situation.

Continue Reading

Bioshock Big Daddy costume is perfect for Halloween

Bioshock Big Daddy costume is perfect for Halloween

Oh, there's nothing like what's produced when people have too much time on their hands. Take this Big Daddy costume based on the bulky characters from the Bioshock video game. On the one hand, it's nerdy but on the other, completely awesome! 

Continue Reading

Laser Light Finger Beams make for cool shutter lag photos

Laser Light Finger Beams make for cool shutter lag photos

I'm well aware that having light shoot out of your fingertips is pretty much useless, but it's cool, nevertheless. That's why when I set eyes on these Laser Finger Beams, they immediately went on my wish list.

Continue Reading

Garden Zombie protects your flowers from small children

When you walk by most peoples’ gardens, you’ll see some kind of cute statue, maybe of a gnome, or a deer. Those are nice and all, but what if you want something a little bit scary for your garden? I don’t know about you, but I love this Garden Zombie.

(more…)

Camouflage for your satellite dish

It’s been a little while since I had a satellite dish last, but I remember all too well how grand it looked mounted to the front of the house I was renting. It was a tiny house too, so even being a small satellite dish it seemed to eat the entire front of the place.

(more…)

Glowing Doorknob grips are cheap, slightly pointless

This is officially the doorknob that will end all of those strange black eyes. No longer will women be running into doors and achieving black eyes. Alright so domestic abuse might not be all that funny, but I’ve always found that excuse incredibly comical. Me being one of the clumsiest people I know, if I can’t manage to get huge facial bruises from doors, then no one can.

(more…)

The hangman table lamp

I have over time gotten a bit bored of my bedside lamp. Yes, it shines on my nightly read, but it’s just so normal. It doesn’t move, do tricks or even have a geeky flare. However, I think my search is over, this hang man is perfect for my bedroom.

Yes, it might creep out anyone who spots it, especially in the bedroom, but it’s just too morbidly fascinating to pass up. The table lamp called Colgao was handmade by en Pieza! studio.

The materials used were electric wire and iron which was treated to prevent corrosion. It was created sometime in 2007 but the site does not state how to get a hold of the product or when it might be released.

[via cribcandy]