Beats by Gaddafi

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Artist Petro Wodkins’ Sound-of-Power series consists of handmade porcelain speakers made to resemble busts of infamous political leaders from around the globe. While the selection of figures is surprisingly limited and random (where’s Sadaam? no Bush?), buying into this idea will give you some type of ability to “Smash The State.”

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Hot Tub Party To Go

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The Original Nomad Collapsible Tub sets up in 20 minutes and reaches a water temperature of 100º in about an hour. Just enough time to get a little groovy and ready for relaxing in the wild.

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For Taking Notes The Old-Fashioned Way

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The Writer’s Block is a classy desk accessory that holds a pen and a notebook. Designed by the folks behind Word. and machined in Philadelphia, it’s a good-looking way to show off your dedication to the dying art of handwriting.

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Rugged and Rubberized

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The Polaroid Cute Cube is a tiny little camera built to handle all of the elements. Priced at $100 and equipped with a 124° wide angle lens capable of capturing HD video and still images, the mountable, waterproof Cube is an extremely affordable option to the Go-Pro.

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Sony PS-F9

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Known as the “Flamingo” in Japan, the Sony PS-F9 was a battery operated direct drive turntable that featured linear tracking. Including two headphone outlets, the PS-F9 went on sale in 1982 and was the closest Sony ever got to making a “Walkman” for records.

Violating the Law of Conservation of Momentum

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Fueled by the ability to convert electric power into thrust by bouncing microwaves around in a closed container, the “impossible” EmDrive has the opportunity to change space travel forever.

Work It Out

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The Foldaway Exercise Bicycle Desk

Lunchtime Laughter

“The Kindle Flare’s repetitive shouting will appeal to fans of print, who miss the ability to display a book’s cover to strangers.”

For the Internet Addict On Vacation with Three Friends at a Lake House with No Wifi and Patchy Cellular Service*

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Query, the board game based on Google search autocomplete.

*Probably a case of wine, too.

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Virtual Shame Feels a Lot Better

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Fans who cannot bear to attend games of the Korea Baseball Organization’s last place team, the Hanwha Eagles, can have a robot with their own avatar stand in for them to cheer on the losing team. Called “Fanbots,” these mechanical motivators are used to start rallys and get the real live attendees to do the wave, or as it’s apparently known outside of North America, the “Mexican Wave.”

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Wait Until the Fiends Get a Hold of This One

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The Soto Pocket Torch turns your basic disposable lighter into a torch capable of producing a windproof flame as hot as 2,300 °F

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Creating Technophemera: An Interview with Leon Reid IV

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This fall, artists Leon Reid IV and Ryan Seslow are planning a technology inspired installation called “Technophemera” on the campus of LIU Post in Long Island. Here, we speak with Leon about the upcoming project and future of technology in our consumer-based society.
 
What is Technophemera, and where did the idea for this collaboration come from?

Good Question! Technophemera is a time capsule that preserves our technology. The concept came from a 2 year conversation with my partner Ryan Seslow; he was already casting hardware in concrete and reached out to me for a collaboration. I was amazed by the level of detail captured in the casts -especially with concrete- so I brought my installation background to the table. I decided that these objects needed a strong conceptual reason for being reproduced and felt that the time capsule model best fit Ryan’s casts.
 
Is there a commentary on landfills here, or is that a stretch?

Well, it’s really the speed at which technology advances -and becomes useless. That’s the point we’re trying to make here. Rather, that’s what we’re trying to reflect here. I wouldn’t say we’re making commentary but reflecting a truth.
 
How did you select the digital devices that will be included in the installation? Is there a specific time period you’re pulling from?

We were thinking of casting strictly 20th century items -like Apple III, floppy discs etc.-  but I think we’re gonna do the whole shebang up to cell phones and tablets -as they too will evolve and change in appearance as time goes on.
 
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Was there a reason why you chose poured concrete over other castable materials?

Another good one! Concrete is a cheap and durable material and the whole process can be done at my Greenpoint studio. Casting in bronze, and so on, would cost a fortune and we just wanted to keep the project within a reasonable scope.
 
What will be the final size of Technophemera, and how deep will it be buried?

Well, we’d like to bury Technophemera below the ‘frost line’ -this is the topmost part in the soil where moisture in the ground freezes. We need to bury it below that because continuous melting and freezing of water over time will probably harm the casts and potentially push them out of the ground. I’d estimate between 5-6 feet deep and hopefully 10ft x 10ft length and width. It depends on what we’re allowed to do on the campus of LIU Post [where it is planned for installation].
 
Once filled with earth, will there be any markers left behind to signify the artifacts beneath?

You know, we hadn’t thought about that, but maybe it’s a good idea! Yeah I mean how would people know? But at the same time I like the idea of making future archaeologists very happy by allowing them to discover Technophemera without help.
 
Since you’re immortalizing the past technology, where do you see it heading in the future?

I see technology advancing more toward software than hardware. A new app is born every day but hardware has to go through a slower process -manufacturing and that kind of thing. Devices are becoming smaller and closer to our bodies. In the future, maybe the human body will be the hardware, and our apps will be created simply by thinking? Don’t quote me on that though!!
 
 
As of 7/24, there are 7 days left to help make Technophemera a reality, and there are lots of great rewards if you do choose support the project.

Be All Kinds of Chill at the Beach

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The IcyBreeze is both a cooler and portable air conditioner.
 
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The NYPD owns two pairs of Google glasses, neither have ever been used

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Inside the NYPD’s 21st Century Arsenal

Get Wet, Go Fast


 

The Carpool DeVille and the quest to set the world record for the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub.”
 

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Can’t Make Design Decisions on Your Own?

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Miss having a superior in your worklife? With one roll of the 20-sided die, the Pocket Art Director will give you that constructive criticism you’ve been yearning for. Only $16! Try it here

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Future Collector

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Electric Objects is high definition screen with an integrated computer that is set in a traditional picture frame. The goal of this “computer for art” is to utilize the vast archive of the internet to bring digital versions of artwork into your home, collecting your most favored images.
 
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A Car for Fish

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Designed by Studio diip, Fish on Wheels is a mobile aquarium that uses a camera and computer vision software to guide the tank in whatever direction the fish is swimming.
 
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The $79 Road to Perfect Posture

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UpRight is a little device you wear on your lower back that monitors your vertebrae and gently vibrates when you’ve fallen out of good form. Apparently it only takes around a month to improve your posture, so in no time at all your slouching ass will be perked up and ready to take on the world.

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