It's almost the weekend, which means only one thing: a desperate race to find an all-consuming project lest one be found for you by your nearest-and-dearest. You could do a lot worse than put together a Shopping Cart Go-Cart, the entertaining end-result of MAKE's shopping cart chair tutorial.
Video demo after the cut
As multifunctional furniture goes, designer Michiel van de Kley's intent with Globus - to create a swivel chair and desk when open, and something that "evokes curiosity" when closed - certainly isn't in keeping with the must-do-everything convergence ethos. However we'll forgive it because it's so darned lovely. A moulded plastic globe with a cast aluminum base on casters, the portable workstation automatically locks its wheels when opened, revealing a swivel chair and height-adjustable desk.
In an effort to prevent everyone from leaving their products back in the 90’s, Sonic Chair has added a 20-inch “touchscreen” iMac to their popular Sonic Chair. The Sonic Chair Touch features the same built-in speakers and input jacks that we have grown accustom to with the addition of a computer that is quickly growing in popularity.
If your kids aren't interested in a Wii but you'd still like them to get some exercise benefit out of their console, the GAMEROX gaming chair might be the solution. Resembling a couple of mudflaps, the GAMEROX chair moves in all three axis and, by making the child support themselves rather than slump, trains core stability, tones muscle and improves posture.
Video demo of the GAMEROX gaming chair after the cut
If you live in constant fear of coming across a gang of youths listening to tinny music from their cellphones and staring moodily at passers-by, good news! Now they'll be able to play their music with far more bass and mid-range, courtesy of German designer Michael Schoner of NL Architects. His Boom Bench connects via Bluetooth A2DP and is positively riddled with speakers and subwoofers.
Claustrophobics look away now. Measuring 6 x 4 x 4 feet, the PodWombats Mark III Gaming Cockpit is billed as the best thing for gamers looking to eliminate all distractions during play. Constructed from particle-board and with a sliding canopy section, inside there's an adjustable racing seat, mounting points for joysticks and other controllers, and ventilation to stop you - and your PC or console - from overheating.
Being on the forefront of new technology is always exciting. And since Stuff Live, the biggest gadget show in Britain, is set to happen this weekend in London, we're always excited to get a sneak peek at what's to come. Like this lounge chair that hovers, for instance. Now this is something I'd like to see.
With economies around the globe sliding sourly down the pan, it seems an unusual time to announce a $1,600 chair. Still, if people are going to be sitting glumly, contemplating their sinking shares, they may as well have something ergonomically sound to do it on: enter Herman-Miller and their latest uber-chair, the Embody. Follow-up to the iconic Aeron, the Embody takes that fourteen year old design and adds even more flexibility and support.
Heckler Design have announced a cheaper version of their original OneLessDesk design, with a powdercoated steel body meaning it costs half that of the first model. Consisting of two arcs, which nest together, the OneLessDesk design is intended to take advantage of today's super-slim flatscreen monitors, iMac-style all-in-one computers, and tendency for people to rely on laptops rather than traditional desktop PCs.
Take 4096 LEDs, 64 RGB microcontrollers and four Atari joysticks, throw them (with some degree of accuracy) at a coffee table, and you might get this: a four-way Pong table. The whole top surface of the table has been turned into an LED array, the result of a two-year project by SparkFun Electronics.
Check out the video of the LED Pong coffee table after the cut
If those silly cheap gaming chairs with built in speakers aren’t quite hardcore enough for you, this full-motion game chair should be. It is meant for you to become able to be fully immersed in your game.