U.S. Government Might Want to Censor Google Earth

U.S. Government Might Want to Censor Google Earth

We’ve already seen some countries get uncomfortable with Google Earth’s satellite images. You know, countries like Pakistan and North Korea. Well, it seems like a government closer to home might want Google to tone it down a bit: the U.S. government. Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence…

MTV and Cisco Really Want to be Hip with the Kids

MTV and Cisco Really Want to be Hip with the Kids

MTV and Cisco are doing a “Digital Incubators” program, a joint venture between mtvU and Cisco that offers $30,000 in seed money to college kids who come up with buzz-worthy convergence-stuffed project to connect with the kids. There’s even an extra opportunity for another $100,000 in funding if they come…

Propane Gauge Keeps You From Coming Up Short

Propane Gauge Keeps You From Coming Up Short

Grilling season is upon us, and this propane gauge from Gaslow has arrived to make our lives easier. Sure, a lot of grills have a makeshift lever-like device that weighs the propane and gives you an approximate idea of how much juice you have left, but those are crap—they’re not…

The End of the World is Nigh: Cellphone Bed

The End of the World is Nigh: Cellphone Bed

Do you ever worry that you have been overworking your cellphone? Yes, thought so. And since we’re not allowed to send them away on holiday (just think of the chaos an unaccompanied cellphone would provoke on a plane, I’m seeing the movie posters already, dang) then perhaps the least we…

HIA 07: Zula hammock seats, almost relaxing

HIA 07: Zula hammock seats, almost relaxing

These single ended hammock seats look pretty cool, but when you sit in it you can’t actually relax like you do in a hammock. The seat material is too tight, so it doesn’t envelop your body. Which leads to sitting their kind of worried about slipping off the side if…

HIA 07: Crazy toilets invade Australia

HIA 07: Crazy toilets invade Australia

We hear about lots of crazy toilets around here, but rarely do we get to see them in the flesh in Australia. But down at the HIA Home Show 2007 we found out the Royalet super seats is available to make your bum a more hygienic place! The seat installs…

Shark Bottle Opener: Dangerous For Other Reasons

Shark Bottle Opener: Dangerous For Other Reasons

“Uh ohhh honey! He’s gonna get you!” “Oh, that stupid bottle opener again?” “No! It’s a shark. And it wants-“ “It wants you to drink less.” The Shark Bottle Opener is made from ABS plastic and is sure to offer endless hours of fun…for one of you at least. Use…

News Brews: Turn Depressing World Affairs Into Coffee

News Brews: Turn Depressing World Affairs Into Coffee

I like coffee. I like RSS. So naturally, I dig Benjamin Brown’s News Brews project, which crawls through RSS feeds and takes “the relative frequency at which different coffee-growing regions are mentioned” to determine their respective bean proportion in the blend. In English, that means if Ethiopia is mentioned 30…

ClearSmile: Tooth Cleaning Machine

ClearSmile: Tooth Cleaning Machine

Here’s an entrant from the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge. He’s a dentist with an Idea: a machine that cleans your teeth called the ClearSmile. It works by pumping cleansing solution around your teeth for those times when mouthwash just won’t do. Even with as awkwardly as this gadget looks…

Harvard Casino Coffee Table

Harvard Casino Coffee Table

While gambling may be a sinful cause of families falling apart, coffee is a less frowned upon addiction. Enter the $298 Harvard Casino Coffee Table: the perfect balance between City of Sin sensibility and Middle America hypocrisy. While the conservative top layer is comprised of fine oak, the three secret…

KTM X-Bow – Wicked.

KTM X-Bow – Wicked.

If we showed you every cool car we came across on RSS, our name would be Jalopnik. But the KTM X-Bow looks like a ride worthy of the new Transformers movie, if only the Autobots were smart enough to become cooler cars than Fords. Borrowing the 220hp engine from Audi,…

The Nokia Choo Choo

The Nokia Choo Choo

In New Dehli, people think trains are just tops. That’s why Nokia will be renting rail time to promote their products in the area. While Pepsi has already tried the choo choo idea in a similar fashion, Nokia hopes to target rural customers with their lower-end products by parking their…

Solar Powered Lighter – Wait, What?

Solar Powered Lighter – Wait, What?

A Portugal-based company has reinvented the wheel and created fire from the sun, kind of. This solar-powered lighter doesn’t actually create an open flame, but it does create a series of sparks that should be capable of lighting a BBQ grill. So in all reality, it is the environment-friendly lazy…

HES 2007: Extra Big Ass Speaker Gallery

HES 2007: Extra Big Ass Speaker Gallery

We’ve been running up and down the stairs at the Grand Hyatt, at one point getting totally lost in some labyrinthine maintenance hall, a la Spinal Tap. The elevators are packed with the gentlemen we described in our first post talking about tube amplification, something called “ambiophonic sound” and the…

360 Degree Table Fan Looks Like Bird Torture

360 Degree Table Fan Looks Like Bird Torture

There are two reasons why we think this 360 degree tabletop fan is great. One is obvious: It’s a 360 degree table fan that can cool everyone in the room (just about) at the same time. The other reason is because it looks like something you could stick a bird…

Garmin Intros 520HCx and 530HCx GPS Communicators

Garmin Intros 520HCx and 530HCx GPS Communicators

Garmin just revved up its Rhino series of GPS-equipped two-way radios, today introducing the 520HCx and the 530HCx (pictured here) that bring a couple of new features to their already formidable feature set. The most welcome update is a faster processor that speeds up their map drawing and route calculations….

‘Laser’ Clock is Misnamed, Lame

‘Laser’ Clock is Misnamed, Lame

Here’s an LED-lit keychain device that lets you project an image of the time of day. Curiously named a Laser Clock, there aren’t really any lasers involved, according to a nice guy we talked to at the product’s distributor, Dynamism. In fact, there’s no laser inside this little device at…

Zenum Smartphone Slated to Debut This Month

Zenum Smartphone Slated to Debut This Month

The sexy Zenum Opus smartphone has been making its way around the Interwebs for quite some time, and today it’s finally getting a release date. According to the gang at Unwired (who checked in with Zenum), the smartphone will be out later this month. It’ll come with a 2-megapixel camera,…

Folding Tunes: Origami as Musical Instrument

Folding Tunes: Origami as Musical Instrument

Here’s some of the real origami, and it has nothing to do with ultramobile PCs, either. This resourceful student at NYU shows us her origami musical instrument for her graduation project for the interactive telecommunications program’s Spring Show 2007. Using origami folding to trigger musical samples of human voices, the…

Defamer grabs a comp: HipTop3 giveaway

Defamer grabs a comp: HipTop3 giveaway

OK, so we’ve mentioned a few times comps are on the way, but we haven’t quite finalised any just yet… yet… Well our sexy, scandalous, sister site, Defamer, has gone and trumped us with a comp — and they’re giving away a mobile every text monkey would love. If you…