BatteryBot Kickstarter Funded
Congratulations to Mimoco, who have successfully funded their BatteryBot project via Kickstarter. They’ve even unlocked their first stretch goal of licensing Adventure Time designs. There are three days left to unlock the next stretch goal and another set of licensed BatteryBots, so head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out.
Kickstart This Shizz:
Mimoco, creators of the Mimobot, a USB drive / platform toy hybrid featuring artists like tokidoki, friendswithyou, Gary Baseman, and more, have just launched a Kickstarter for a battery backup device called the BatteryBot. Just like the Mimobot, the BatteryBot is a designer toy at heart.
Hit the link for photos and incentive details, or visit the Kickstarter page.
Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.
Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers
It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.
Sony “SmartShot” Digital Lenses for iOS & Android Cameras
Sony is about to turn your your smartphone into a photo-snapping beast with their new line of snap-on lenses for iOS and Android devices.
Meet theQ - The World’s First Social Camera
What happens when you aren’t a fan of the point-and-shoot digital cameras currently on the market? You design your own, obviously! At least, that’s what Scandinavian based friends Joe, Brandon, and Andrea did.
Stone Whiskey Dispensers - I’m Replacing All The Sinks In My House With These!
Okay, so technically they’re Stone Drink Dispensers which means you can fill them with whatever sort of beverage you like, but let’s be real: if you’re not using these for scotch, bourbon, or whiskey, you’re doing it wrong. Crafted in New Hampshire, each handmade piece is totally unique and is the perfect mix of Fred Flintstone and Don Draper.
Resin DJ Turntable iPhone Dock
Although it doesn’t function as an actual turntable, this iPhone/iPod speaker dock from SKU Style is impressive nonetheless. Sculpted in resin and painted white to give it a porcelain look, this dock classy and edgy at the same time without taking itself too seriously. Scoop it from Etsy for $400.
Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer
Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.
Kickstart This Shizz: Lomography Petzval Lens
Sure it looks utilitarian, but this EF and F mount compatible lens from Lomography pulls in some amazing images. The subject stays sharply in focus when in the center of the composition, but trippy bokeh and swirls fill up the sides and background. Lomography are taking this nearly 200-year-old design and are updating it to be compatible with today’s digital and analog SLR cameras. A lot of the pledges that get you the lens at a discounted price are already taken up, and the Kickstarter project has already surpassed its goals tenfold, but the lens should be available for $500 when it’s publicly released in the Spring of 2014.
iPhone 6 Wrap-Around Screen Concept Is Gorgeous, But Would Probably Make You Drop Your Phone A Lot
Beautiful wrap-around display designs by Michael Shanks, Ali Rahmoun and Sebastian Scheer. Totally reminds us of the flexible OLED display Samsung showed off at CES back in January.
We can already envision all the cracked screens dropped by users while fumbling to read side-displayed notifications. Pretty, though!
Projecteo: The Itsy Bitsy Instagram Projector
Sick and tired of looking at your Instagram pictures on the sleek screen of your mobile phone? Projecteo is an adorable little projector that hearkens back to the glory days of photo sharing. Each Projecteo projector is just $34.99 and comes with a slide wheel that can fit up to nine of your favorite Instagram pics. The projector on its own is $25.99 and extra wheels are $8.99. Get it at GetProjecteo.com.
Se it in action below.
Who Wants A Free Oculus Rift?
We may not get hover boards any time soon, but we could get free virtual reality headsets, at least if Oculus Rift has anything to do with it.
Here’s what Oculus Rift CEO Brendan Iribe told Edge:
“The lower the price point, the wider the audience,” he said. “We have all kinds of fantasy ideas. We’d love it to be free one day, so how do we get it as close to free as possible? Obviously it won’t be that in the beginning. We’re targeting the $300 price point right now but there’s the potential that it could get much less expensive with a few different relationships and strategies.”
“You can imagine if Microsoft and Sony can go out and subsidise consoles because there’s enough money to be made on software and other areas, then there’s the potential that this, in partnership, could get subsidised,” continued Iribe. “Let’s say there was some game you played in VR that everybody loved and everybody played and we made $100 a month – or even $10 a month – at some point the hardware’s cheap enough and we’re making enough that we could be giving away the headset.”
“We’re not there yet, but we’re sitting there thinking all the time, how can we make this free? You want everybody to play it and the cheaper it is, the more people are going to go out and buy it. Today it’s a $300 dev kit but we’re thinking about how to get it out to as many people as possible.”
Ladies and gentlemen, looks like we just got one step closer to Total Recall.
Camp Like A Boss With The swissRoomBox Easy Tech
Dig camping, but don’t own a camper and hate leaving behind all the conveniences of the indoors? The swissRoomBox Easy Tech modular camping system has you covered with a sink, stove, dining table, and even a shower. It takes about 10 minutes to install, 2-5 minutes to set up, and doesn’t require any tools. Just one question: where do the TV and PS3 go?
Adobe’s Project Mighty & Project Napoleon in Action
I’ve got mixed feelings about Adobe’s pen and ruler projects. On one hand, they’re undeniably cool. On the other hand, it’s still easier to do this stuff on a Wacom tablet, especially a Cintiq. I really don’t think iPads will be replacing desktops anytime soon.
Check it: Adobe Makes it Rain