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The Australian Minister Who Wants You Not To Download 'The LEGO Movie' Has Already Seen It In Australia
The LEGO Movie is awesome! Or at least, we think so. Everyone in the world will see it before one of the world’s most notorious pirate-happy nations (Australia, for those playing at home), which may very well lead to The LEGO Movie being the most downloaded film of the year. Attorney-General George Brandis wants you to stop downloading stuff, and plans to re-introduce three-strike laws to do it. Think he can empathise with you, the people, that Australia gets film and TV releases last? Don’t: turns out he’s already seen it.
Most coffee you get on the road tastes like creek mud, so take along this $140 Handpresso, your own portable manual espresso maker that’ll press out some skull-popping brew in no time flat. Let’s see a video of the thing in action:
Okay SK8rZ, save up your mum’s pennies, because here comes the Photo Light Skateboard, lighting up sidewalks and metal stair railings with enough LEDs to illuminate that Christmas tree sitting on the curb. Between 29 and 54 LEDs draw attention to you, but it’ll cost you $US110 – 200 for the privilege of riding atop all the falderal. [BeSportier]
The words Tata Nano have nothing to do with tiny music players, but the car going by that name’s price and size are still nearly small enough to dance on the head of a pin. Introduced in India for $US2500, another feature of the car worthy of the word “nano” is probably going to be the amount of time until it needs to go back to the shop, and ultimately the junkyard. But what do you expect from a car with a name that sounds to our ears like a pair of tiny tittles? [Jalopnik]
The Matrix M6001 watch reminds us of a perfectly restored 1960 Ford we were riding around in at CES this week, with its shiny dashboard and retro speedometer numerals. Unlike most gimmicky watches from the East, this $US74 one’s easy to decipher. Bonus pic on the next page:
We’re all way beyond figuring out how to do this, but certainly some of our readers can do much, much better. Send your most creative iPhone window shot to Tips and the best one gets on the Giz front page next week. Extra consideration given for craziness, originality and the risqué. (Thanks, Trevor!)
Garmin’s trying to catch some of the Apple buzz for the upcoming Macworld next week, code-naming its latest software project “Bobcat” and being all secretive about it and stuff. There’s no indication of what the software will do, but all guesses are welcome. We’ll go first: How about some GPS action for the iPhone? No, that was more of a wish, because the Garmin guy mentions “Mac compatible” software on the official Garmin blog. But wait. Isn’t that OS X running on the iPhone? [Garmin]
Wandering around the CES show floor, you have to laugh when the elaborate multi-million dollar structures designed to convince you of a company’s credibility are called “booths.” Of all we saw here this week, step through the most exquisite, best-designed and overall most awe-inspiring of them all in this top ten gallery of the Best Booths of CES. And yeah, we called them booths, but some might even be elevated to gadget status.
1. Intel’s booth (pictured above), our favourite, spins lappies into a double helix that kicked our asses all the way into the middle of next week.
Meet Aaron Broder, the 14-year-old reporter and member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. He’s covering CES from start to finish. Chaperoned by his mum, the resourceful young man convinced the CES suits to bend the “no one under 16, no exceptions” rule to grant him a press pass. Good move, because after all, there are millions of people his age who are tech experts (and who read Gizmodo), and it’s about time they got some press representation.
newVideoPlayer("starrynightgirl_gizmodo.flv", 475, 326,"gizmodo_ces_2008.png"); Come along on a bed tour, where this Starry Night Sleep Technology Bed by Leggett & Platt can run as high as $55,000, depending on how you configure it. Plug in your iPod (it’s not quite ready for the iPhone, even though it will fit), trick it out with 2K watts of subwoofer/fanny-rattling power, or team it up with electronic trickery that even senses when you’re snoring too much or trigger the lights and raises the blinds when you rise in the morning. Also on this video montage of robotic beddom, don’t miss the LCD screen that slides out from under the bed. This one you see here is $20K, perfect for that upwardly mobile bachelor who seems to get laid all the time. We want that mounted under our Starry Night crib, racking up a $US68,000 bed. Or we could just get a big honkin’ Hummer and sleep in that every night.
newVideoPlayer("floortv_gizmodo.flv", 475, 326,"gizmodo_ces_2008.png"); Good lord, look at this Elite Portable Floor-Rising Screen that’s motorised. Carry it around with you, make it rise with its magic motors, and impress all those superficial suits on your next presentation road trip. Or, keep it right at home, take off that easily-removed handle, and it looks like it’s a permanent installation. Available by June, your choice of either an 84″ or a 100″ diagonal screen will set you back $US2000. Screen sizes up to 150″ are planned.