Topo 3D Ceiling Transforms Ordinary Room to Cloud 9

Topo 3D Ceiling Transforms Ordinary Room to Cloud 9

We’re armchair architects, and that’s why these Topo 3D ceiling tiles from USG caught our enthusiastic attention. By simply hanging these molded panels from their suspension system attached to the ceiling, they give you a special Frank Gehry look that gives any room an undulating cloud-like atmosphere. The panels are…

Projector with an Integrated DVD Player

Projector with an Integrated DVD Player

It may be a bit of an oxymoron, but home theater junkies can be lazy as hell too. Sure, they will dump thousands of dollars into a system, but who wants to actually set it up? That is where this projector steps in. This red rocket has an DVD player…

Nokia N95 Firmware Update

Nokia’s flagship N95 gets a firmware update, numbered 11.0.0.26, that improves speed, imaging, and more: Symbian Freak has the details, including wildly improved photographs, while Mobile Mentalism boils the improvements down to a easy to read list. Improvements include: # Video stabilization improvements # Exposure improved # Video sharpness and…

Joost Struggling Under Load of New Beta Users

Joost Struggling Under Load of New Beta Users

Joost recently opened itself up to an unlimited beta, and its since been inundated with new users as websites hand out stacks upon stacks of invites. The video streaming service is based on a peer-to-peer bandwidth sharing structure, so in theory it should be able to scale to however many…

Dell and Microsoft Are Lovin’ the Linux

Dell and Microsoft Are Lovin’ the Linux

All of this recent Linux news sounds like a Telemundo soap opera. Last November, Microsoft pledged support—if not undying amor—for Novell’s Suse Linux platform. A week ago, Dell responded to pressure from its customers, and decided to get with Ubuntu (“la cervatilla exhuberante”) for desktop and laptop systems designed for…

Sub-Zero Wolf Refrigerated Drawers Ideal for the Bedroom

Sub-Zero Wolf Refrigerated Drawers Ideal for the Bedroom

“… Stretching sinuously, her back forming an arc that would make a viaduct engineer blush, Lisandra mewled like a kitten. ‘Oh Hef,’ she breathed, opening one feline eye, ‘You were staggering.’ The Hef smiled wolfishly and removed the pipe from where it shouldn’t have been*. “I know,” he said, leaning…

PMA 07: Kodak stand: camera bags with style

PMA 07: Kodak stand: camera bags with style

Some nice camera bag / purses for the ladies were at the show, adding a little style to what is usually nothing more than fat, dumpy and nylon. These go beyond the functional cool from Crumpler, into some genuine fashion edge so your little camera bag looks more like a…

PMA 07: Digiframe — best frames in show

PMA 07: Digiframe — best frames in show

Of all the digital frames I saw in my rounds of the small vendors, the folks at Digiframe had the ones I’d most care to have sitting on my desk. Their ‘Sovereign Series’ and ‘Designer Series’ frames were the real winners. 10.4-inch LCDs at 640×480, what stood out is that…

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the weekend

Breakfast Wrap: Best of the weekend

If you were out pretending you have a life over the weekend—and you’re only fooling yourself—then here is a quick recap of some of the stories you missed. An outhouse doing over 100km/h, curry flames in its wake. A spare jet engine, and idle hands, can be a dangerous thing….

One Trillion Pixel Image, And It’s A Boob

One Trillion Pixel Image, And It’s A Boob

Aperio Technologies has made “the world’s first terapixel image”. However, it actually consists of one picture copied 225 times—that of cancerous breast tissue. As a digital pathology imaging company, one could interpret the image as Aperio flexing their digital muscle while raising awareness for an (obviously) important issue. The picture…

Automoblox: Blocks That Don’t Suck

Automoblox: Blocks That Don’t Suck

There is a reason that you have such fond memories of playing with blocks as a youth: positive memory bias. Or, as bastardized/made up for our purposes here, what you completely forgot was all the times you cried while playing with blocks. And that Stonehenge is only impressive due to…

Aduki Ni Bean Lamps

Aduki Ni Bean Lamps

The Aduki Ni (is Ni plural?) is a lamp shaped like a bean. Other than its similarity to certain components of chili, why are we so excited? 1. The bean is metallic. (metallic is cool.) 2. The bean is weatherproof. (perfect for cocktail parties we never throw but always intend…

Banpresto Aquapict Jellyfish Aquarium

Banpresto Aquapict Jellyfish Aquarium

FACT: Every bedroom needs multicolored mood lighting. Why not let the Aquapict Jellyfish Aquarium take care of that for you? Three silicon jellyfish float randomly, their soft flesh illuminated by LED bulb. One of 12 colors will tantalize the senses eyes as you go Deep…Sea Mode blue. After two hours…

New Player?: Zune Announcement This Monday

New Player?: Zune Announcement This Monday

iLounge, of all people, has heard that Microsoft’s holding an event on Monday to announce (or preview) a new Zune. It’s a bit early for Zune 2.0 or Zune Phone, so we’re thinking this should be the flash-based Zune. It’s likely they want to get that one out before the…

World’s First Video: Booster Blades: They Work!

World’s First Video: Booster Blades: They Work!

After having some fun at the Booster Blades’ expense a few weeks back, the inventors daughter, Candice Rawlings, wrote us an email. She called out our photo for being out of date, but graciously offered to send us new media of the skates in use (under operation without the rider…

YouTube Pay for Play Could Trigger Revolution

YouTube Pay for Play Could Trigger Revolution

YouTube will start paying some “select” uploaders, doling out wads of hard cash to video makers with ongoing series that have proven to be popular with viewers. YouTube’s mentioned this idea before, and is still not saying when the largess of its parent company Google will start billowing out, but…

Wii Zelda Shield and Sword Accessory

Wii Zelda Shield and Sword Accessory

Although we finished the Zelda Twilight Princess game for the Wii back in November, we’re kind of regretting the fact that we didn’t wait until this Zelda Sword & Shield accessory was out before playing. By slipping the Wiimote into the sword and Nunchuck into the shield, the realism level…

One Day Every Gadget Will Be A Unique Snowflake

One Day Every Gadget Will Be A Unique Snowflake

RCA began selling the Gem line of MP3 players, including the Opal. Creative introduced its Zen Stone. And today Acer brings us the Gemstone. Earthly naming conventions are nothing new, from the PEBL to the i-Stones, gadget makers have long tried to portray their wares as organic, natural forms instead…

OS X Leopard’s Multiple Dashboard Features

OS X Leopard’s Multiple Dashboard Features

Although this new patent by Apple may not make it into Leopard, it probably means we’re going to get some new Dashboard features sometime in the near future. If you can remember back to last year’s WWDC, where the multi-desktop “Spaces” feature was demoed, you won’t be that surprised when…

Warm Sewage Keeps Bottoms Toasty on Concrete Bench

Warm Sewage Keeps Bottoms Toasty on Concrete Bench

Unlike the Turd Twister and Bathroom Louie, this fecal idea is pretty useful. A Quebec design student has created a concrete bench that heats by pumping water heated by warm sewage through the bench. In Montreal the sewer temperature stays at a toasty 60 degrees Fahrenheit most of the year….

Funny Tivo Ads Feature Antenna as Phallus

Funny Tivo Ads Feature Antenna as Phallus

The new “TiVo Gets Me” ads, part of their $15 million dollar campaign, are good. They’d be smug and impotent as any squeeky clean gadget ad, if it weren’t for the slip of college humor into each of these two clips. First, Mr. Baseball, a TiVo fan as visually distinguished…

Night Vision Webcam is Asking for Trouble

Night Vision Webcam is Asking for Trouble

I’m sure there’s a non-perverted reason to own a night-vision webcam, but I have no idea what it is. Anyone? No? That’s what I thought. So if your girlfriend said no when you asked if she’d be into taping your pale, awkward lovemaking, just get one of these and do…

Microsoft Touchscreen DigiDesk: All Work, No Play

Microsoft Touchscreen DigiDesk: All Work, No Play

It’ll be a long time before anything like this makes it into the mainstream, but Microsoft’s DigiDesk concept is a geek’s dream come true. It’s basically a giant laptop with two touch-sensitive panes. You can re-size windows, scan documents and even perform voice searches with just a few taps of…

Finally, An iPod Dock in a Piano

Finally, An iPod Dock in a Piano

I’ve been waiting to buy a piano for years, but something’s always been missing. Sure, they’re timeless, classy instruments, but I require some tacky fad to be attached to anything I own. Something like an… iPod dock? Perfect! The horribly named iQ is a piano with an iPod dock that…

Microsoft and Yahoo Shopping for Rings (Again)

Microsoft and Yahoo Shopping for Rings (Again)

The Wall Street Journal says that Microsoft and Yahoo are back to talking about a merger, after a serious flirtation a year ago. Seems the Goog has grown stronger of late (something to do with utter dominance of online advertising, coupled with new and promising consumer software apps) and one…