Okay. There’s big speakers and there’s huge speakers, but I think Arcadian Audio’s Pnoe Horn deserves its own category (I had to publish this under “furniture” as well as “audio”, hah). After 10 years of development they’ve created a horn speaker designed to create “the smoothest, roundest path for the sound wave front, without any obstructions, so that there are no sources of standing waves and spurious reflections”. How about that now. It’s made out of shiny fibreglass (both in- and outside) with special damping materials and it uses the AER MD3B driver for “ultra detailed presentation and warm sound”.
There’s no word on pricing, but I think it’s safe to assume they’re crazy expensive.
No matter if you use NovelQuest’s Emperor Workstation to play Star Wars games, hack UN*X or control your evil forces in search for world domination it’ll just fit like a glove. Promise.
Besides looking huge and intimidating (as all computer workstations should) it comes packed with features like three TFT displays, air filter, light therapy, THX-sound and a uber-comfy seat. Not only that, whenever you want to get in or out of this thing it’ll lift the arm holding the displays by the press of a button.
It’ll launch in July this year, price to be announced.
NovelQuest: Emperor Workstation ($TBA)
Is it just me or does the Triple Timer kitchen timer resemble a certain MP3 player? Well, I can imagine two reasons to get this $20 timer:
1) You want people to think you’ve actually bought a second iPod just to keep track of your cooking times.
2) You’re the kind of guy who likes to give fake gifts to your nephew, just to watch him cry when he realizes that he’s been fooled. Again.
Anway, if you want one you better get it before Apple’s lawyers spot it. Even though the scroll-wheel is becoming somewhat obsolete these days they eat companies that produces stuff like this for breakfast.
Williams-Sonoma: Triple Timer ($19.95)
The Gun Mug is designed by the Hong-Kong based design studio ChillyChilly. It’s made in porcelain and available in white with a gold plated trigger and black with a platinum plated trigger.
To quote the website: “Go slow in life, kill time with a cup of coffee!”
Shopmodi.com: Gun Mug ($16.00)
Ah, the Midnight Cards, a pick-up technique that even Dwight K. Schrute might approve. The front simply says “This face leaves at midnight, be on it…”. The back features David Hasselhoff in a tux, sitting in his hi-tech 1985 Pontiac Trans Am.
If these two powerful ingredients doesn’t help you score I don’t know what will. Really.
Orange32.com: The Midnight Card (25 cards, $5)
If there’s one feature you should be looking for while picking a new remote controlled car it’s the ability to carry not just one, but two cans of beer (or other types of canned beverages) while cruising the floor. Good thing the R/C Beverage Buggy does exactly that.
Hammacher-Schlemmer: Remote-Controlled Beverage Buggy ($49.95)
If you’ve been looking for a glass table sporting a sumo wrestler in fighting stance, look no further. Here’s Basho (that’s Japanese for ‘tournament’) and this 38 lbs sumo guy seems to hold up the 27" glass top just fine.
Skymall.com: Basho The Sumo Wrestler Table ($225.00)
The Robotic Quadruped is a creepy little thing. It can run around on the floor like a crab completely autonomous using integrated sensors to scan for (and react to) moving objects. It sports three selectable levels of awareness, aggression and activity and its panning and tilting head is gifted with LEDs so it can operate in low-light conditions.
Anyway, with a sound sensor and everything this thing can run around guarding your house against intruders during the night. Just imagine huge Police-stamped versions of these running around on the streets…
Hammacher.com: Robotic Quadruped ($89.95)
(Via Red Ferret)
This weird device is called Yamaha TENORI-ON and I think Yamaha describes it best as a “16×16 LED button matrix performance instrument with a stunning visual display”. Basically it’s a touch screen allowing you to “draw” your music (with both MIDI and samples). It’s designed by Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai and will be available in the UK from September.
Just imagine the camp fires of the future where the always-present-guitar dude plays one of these instead.
Some USB hub designers aim at making their products as small and unobtrusive as possible, the people behind the Engine USB Hub obviously does not. The engine on this odd USB hub (“A one of a kind USB gadget straight from Japan!”) will rev up, vibrate and act like an engine in general every time you connect something to it.
AudioCubes.com: Cube Collection Engine USB HUB ($55.00)