Sunday, May 31, 2009

Colossal find: the last Shadow of the Colossus art archive you'll ever need~

This is a heads up simply to point out that there exists a fantastic Picasa gallery that's collected all things Shadow of the Colossus (ico too), from the stupefyingly hi-res screenshots like the above, to scans of its artbook and viral campaign images, and, oddly, a fan-made collectible card game based on Fumito Ueda's second PS2 masterpiece~


via : offworld

Laser-cut Team Fortress mobile~

One of Valve's most renowned character design theories, evident in all recent multiplayer games from Team Fortress to Left 4 Dead, is in creating each figure as a shape so distinct that they're instantly recognizable from nearly any distance, in any light~

And, taking that idea to its logical extreme, Etsy seller SaltyandSweet has given life to the unofficial official Team Fortress 2 mobile, laser cut and "extremely lightweight [to stay] in motion with even the slightest breeze," and perfect for toddler-training tomorrow's jarate-tossing champs today~

via : boingboing

Blowing a "bubble" from a CD or DVD~

Simply heat an area on the disc with a flame, then blow~

via : youtube

Shijingshan Amusement Park, China~

If you thought the Chinese bootleg DVDs were a huge source of copyright infringement, just wait until you see the Shijingshan Amusement Park. Despite numerous copyright lawsuits from Disney, blatant knock offs of Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Donald Duck still roam the park grounds, along with their friend Hello Kitty~

via : neatorama

Balloon Dresses by Daisy~

Daisy is a worldly known balloon artist. She has won the world’s first ever balloon dress competition and countless awards forward. Along with her keen sense of fashion, she holds affectionate side when performing in front of the kids~

via : hitspaper

Growing Chair lets you get back to your roots~

Most kids like to climb trees, but as we grow older, the thought of scampering up 15 feet to find a comfy branch loses much of its appeal. So to let the rest of us get back to nature, Swiss designer Michel Bussein created the Growing Chair~

By planting four trees under the legs of a hollow plastic frame, they soon grow into a chair like form that get denser and stronger with time. Eventually you remove the plastic, and are left with a chair shaped tree chair that might support a weedy little Swiss guy, if not the average American~

via : treehugger

Saturday, May 30, 2009

In the future of France, cars won't have rear axles~

France. The Year is 2037. 70% of the country's population lives in dense urban zones. Cars don't have rear axles. Most of the French population will inhabit urban metropolises. That’s a whole ‘lotta people so one future automotive trend are vehicles that provide a sense of escapism; to find one’s zen by momentarily moving away from the hustle and bustle of city living. The Nervastella concept looks like it’s coming and going at the same time. Just you in the cockpit enjoying life with just enough space behind you for luggage~

via : yankodesign

100 Best Movie Lines in 200 Seconds~

100 Best Movie Lines in 200 Seconds is a grand Hollywood tour, with clips from comedy, sci-fi, drama and more; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson are limelight hogs.~

Resident Evil Hits PSN~

The original Resident Evil is the highlight of the week for the American PSN store but, as usual, it's joined by a whole host of other content, too. As reported, a Crash Commando demo is now available and the 2000AD LittleBigPlanet DLC packs are also ready to be downloaded. PSP fans have two demos to choose from, in addition to the grandaddy of the Survival Horror genre. Europeans will have to settle for Silent Hill instead but who knows, maybe some of you would prefer that~

via : joystiq

Alien reboot, a prequel, is confirmed!~

Producer Tony Scott confirmed to that he and brother Ridley Scott are developing a prequel film to Ridley's original Alien movie, with Carl Rinsch directing~

The news confirms the rumor first reported by Bloody Disgusting that an Alien remake was in the works for 20th Century Fox."Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien," Scott told Collider while promoting The Taking of Pelham 123. "He's one of our directors at our company."Tony Scott added: "I'm excited because Ridley created the original, and Carl Rinsch is one of the family."Scott said that he hopes to get the movie before cameras ""hopefully [by] the end of the year" for a summer 2011 release~

via : collider

Rescue Reel lets you exit buildings Batman-style~

When Batman needs to get out of a skyscraper, he doesn't take the stairs or the elevator. No, he rappels down the building. And now you too can leave your next board meeting like a superhero~

The Rescue Reel is designed to help people evacuate tall buildings during emergencies, but I don't see why it has to be emergency-only. You basically hop into the one-size-fits-all harness, attach the anchor and head out the window. The automatically controller centrifugal brake will keep you from going down too fast, and you'll land on the ground in style. Just like Batman~

via : slipperybrick

Friday, May 29, 2009

New concept art images from James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar~

The French HD Division Web site has scored what appear to be concept art images from James Cameron's upcoming top-secret sci-fi epic Avatar. Market Saw apparently confirmed with Fox that the art is genuine~

The one image shows the Power Suit (reminiscent of the Power Lifter from Cameron's Aliens) that is used on an alien world. The other is some kind of aircraft. It's not clear whether these images represent final concepts or early designs~

The 3-D Avatar centers on ex-marine Jake Sully (Terminator Salvation's Sam Worthington), who is torn between duty and honor when he finds himself caught in a battle between the heavily armed forces of Earth's most powerful star-faring consortium and an exotic, noble alien race whose entire world is threatened by the human invaders~

via : aintitcool

Super Mario World Papercraft as a board game~

Super Mario World Board Game by designer Ashley Buerkett.
"a paper city designed to be able to play as a build-it-yourself board game. it comes complete with a plexi-glass container along with the blueprints to the pieces so that the user can cut them out and assemble them. the rules of the game can also be located on the back of the 'controllers'~

via : ashleybuerkett

The 2009 Fornasari Buggy~

The 2009 Fornasari Buggy was designed with 2 levels of mechanical; one is more accessible and a little less performance, the other one uses the classic architecture of Fornasari with a tube chassis. The buggy is built out of special steel piping chassis in molybdenum-chrome with 450 pipes running across to maintain the stiffness and torsion, while weighing just 150kgs. Power comes from a GM sourced 6-liter V8 that generates 602hp and 552 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission. The car accelerates from zero to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds, and with a top speed of 174mph. The total weight of the car is 1850kg~

via : automoto

Futuristic garbage can keeps stench at bay with refrigeration and UV light~

The Minus Garbage Bin mounts a two-pronged attack against stinky garbage, first firing an antibacterial ultraviolet light at the odiferous detritus, and then keeping it frozen until it's time to eject its garbage tank. The porthole on top gives you a look at the status of the contents within, its ominous blue light reminding us of an underwater storage facility for nuclear rods~

One problem with this design concept: Using up lots of energy to freeze garbage just doesn't seem to be a particularly green idea. Although a compost heap might be a lot stinkier, it would be better for the planet. But this is a spiffy looking garbage can, and would be even cooler if it would automatically open when you get within a few inches~

via : tuvie

Thursday, May 28, 2009

That’s no snes controller: going old school for the xbox 360~

Would you sacrifice that second analog stick for an Xbox 360 controller infinitely cooler (probably) than the one you usually use? What if it gave you an advantage? What if it was an Advantage, as in an SNES Advantage? Oh yeah. I bet you’d trade up, too, just like Hifeno did from ben heck forums~

Ah, finally a use for all those buttons. Sometimes it’s good to live in the past… at least, it is if it leads you to cramming good controllers into even better joystick controllers! Hifeno managed to get an Xbox 360’s innards, along with the necessaries from a Play and Charge kit all into the Advantage shell. So while that second analog stick may be useful sometimes, you’ve gotta be willing to sacrifice for style~

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For Sale: Maltese Falcon : $$ 138 Million~

Not the eponymous MacGuffin from the movie, but the $138 million uber-yacht: the Maltese Falcon is up for sale and is the world’s largest and fastest personal sailboat at 289 feet~

via : jameslist

Electronic Rubik’s cube - A modern mokeover~

The retro, cumbersome Rubik’s cube just got a modern makeover. No more twisting it around here and there, this one has a series of buttons that automatically move one [or more] illuminated colour[s] in the direction selected~

via : 7gadgets

Silly kids, remote-controlled Halo warthogs are for adults~

Based on the hit video game! One vehicle in the Halo video game series is truly iconic - the Warthog. This armored weapons platform with a mounted machine gun is Master Chief's vehicle of choice in his battle with the Covenant, and now you can take on any terrain with the Radio-Controlled Warthog! Based on Bungie Software's original CGI models, this vehicle features a Chief figure and a spartan, ready for the fight~

via : bigbadtoystore

New Tomb Raider to be a prequel film?~

Producer Dan Lin told reporters that the proposed Tomb Raider reboot movie will, in fact, be a prequel. "It's a great origin story that we're going to tell," Lin said in a video interview at "Very character-oriented, I would say, more realistic than the past Lara Croft movies.~

Lin added that casting for the role has yet to begin, but that the filmmakers are definitely looking for someone a little younger than Angelina Jolie, who played the role in the previous installments~

via : cinematical

Ghost in the Shell's creator targets fans in The Sky Crawlers~

The Sky Crawlers is yet another entry in the pantheon of great anime films on Blu-ray. I should also point out its fine cast; the Japanese version features notables like Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and the Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), but even the English version is quite respectable, with uncredited portrayals by Stephanie Sheh (Bleach) and Michael Sinterniklaas (The Venture Bros.). Visually, The Sky Crawlers is unequivocally excellent. Thematically, it's a little harder to pin down. Director Oshii does not shy away from the chance to make his viewers think; here, he theorizes that war itself is a critical element of the human condition and cannot be faked. I think perhaps Oshii was being sarcastic when he said last year that The Sky Crawlers is his most mainstream-friendly film, but nevertheless, it's a film that anyone who enjoys great science fiction animation should see~

via : amazon

Shiny, gold 'Buddha phone' comes with a customizable animated altar~

The Odin 99, also known as the "Buddha phone" for pretty obvious reasons, is an altar-away-from-altar for more material Buddhists. The flashy gold-colored phone features a lotus-leaf emblazoned button that, once pressed, will load the phone's customizable, animated Buddhist altar. We're talking a full-service shrine, where you can burn some digital incense (smell not included), put down offerings or play some soothing tunes to help you meditate. Really, if they rebranded this thing a relaxation phone, maybe it'd find a larger market than China, where the Odin 99 is currently available.

The entire package furthers those Buddhist "feel good" vibes, too. It includes an engraved metal charm — which would be much cooler if it was the battery — and a second battery as a gift. So for China, there's the Odin 99. For the rest of us, there's a slew of buddha approved iphone apps~

via: crave

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Anchorman 2 Coming Your Way?~

The Germans discovered it in 1904, and they called it ‘San Diego’, which in German means ‘whale’s vagina’~

Here’s a sequel I’d love to see, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. There are so many quotable lines and ridiculous scenarios that stick out from that movie. The 2004 cult classic starred Will Ferrell as Burgundy, a sexist, self-centered, and not too bright news anchor who leads the number one news team in the San Francisco Bay area. For years there have been rumblings of a possible sequel, but now according to some of its stars, things are beginning to look a lot more serious~

via : screencrave

Polaroid PoGo 5MP Instant Digital Camera available June 2009~

Polaroid PoGo is available June 2009. Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera is a 5 megapixel digital camera(no optical zoom) packed a built-in printer, featuring a 3.0" color LCD, SD compatible for expanded memory, 60 seconds per print. It prints pictures on a 2x3 heat-activated photo paper called Zink(Zero Ink). Zink paper is smudge-proof, water-resistant, fade-resistant and tear-proof and environment-friendly as well~

via : amazon

Avery Labels In Cahoots With Tyler Durden?

This is a real package of Avery shipping labels and, as you can see, they've been sending packages to Tyler Durden. It's not photoshopped either because you can see another picture at their official product site. So, apparently somebody at Avery has a sense of humor. Or is going to help bomb a bunch of credit card companies. Quick, somebody call the FBI! *checking credit card balance* Cancel that -- let's see how this plays out~

via : geekologie

Coin Bank makes saving money an artform~

Most change banks just sit on your desk or dresser looking unattractive. They certainly don't stan on their own as unique pieces of furniture. This Coin Bank does, however.

The Coin Bank consists of two pieces of glass pressed together with lots of little pegs between. To use it, simply drop your change in through the slot in the top. It'll bounce its way all the way to the bottom, where it'll stay until you unlock and empty it. It looks cool and would be fun to use as well, as long as you can justify the serious amount of coin this thing will probably set you back.

via : revoldesign

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

that’s how she rolls: girl builds custom katamari controller~

Hackster Queen (of All Cosmos, naturally) Kellbot has created what may become the ultimate Katamari Damacy experience: a spherical controller, so you can roll while you roll. It’s enough to make me want to learn how to wire things together. With a metal ball, an optical mouse, bits of PS2 controllers, and a little help from Arduino, Kellbot put together the roll-a-riffic controller of all Katamari lover’s dreams. Now if only we could get that in, say, a giant beach ball form~

Kellbot calls the controller “a hella fun way” to experience Katamari Damacy, and the video footage makes me want to agree. It also looks hella accurate, while we’re throwing qualifiers around~

via : crunchgear

Highly Questionable: Retro Star Trek Undies~

It's not dreaming about Spock staring at you in your undies with a quizzical smirk that bothers me, it's the fact that somebody might actually pay $75 for 34-year old USED underwaear. What is this, Japan? Kidding -- you know I love you Japan!~

via geekologie

Air Trekkers Jumping Stilts~

Your jumping stilts! The Air Trekkers are 3-foot long jumping stilts with an aluminum frame & carbon-fiber springs. Just put them on, and, as they say, the world is your trampoline. Priced from $270. It features if you wear it, you can jump up to 10 feet high and run up to 20 miles per hour~

via : gadgetclub

Disney is rebooting Flight of the Navigator~

Disney is remaking the 1986 sci-fi movie Flight of the Navigator, with Brad Copeland writing the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The remake is being produced by Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman~

The original movie told the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family~

The movie grossed only $17 million when it was released but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit~

via : empireonline

2010 Olympic torch might allude to substances athletes aren't allowed near~

The next Olympics are coming up next year in Vancouver, and they've just unveiled the new Olympic torch. It's composed of stainless steel, aluminum and sheet moulding and was designed to evoke snow, ice, skiing and skating. But a lot of locals think it looks like something else entirely~

Yep, it kind of looks like a joint. And with Vancouver being a famously marijuana-friendly city, why not, right? The residents of the city seem to be mostly amused by the likeness, a chilled-out reaction that may or may not confirm the design choice. But intentional or no, it certainly is a distinctive look for the torch, and I guess that's all that really matters~

via :notcot

Monday, May 25, 2009

gigantic final fantasy characters storm los angeles~

While this story would automatically be ten billion times more awesome if giant Final Fantasy characters (in the flesh) took over LA using Bahamut and the combined power of zippers and hair gel, I’ve gotta say that the big posters are pretty cool in their own right~

The gaming industry’s big show, E3, is about to descend upon Los Angeles, and it looks like Square Enix is pulling no punches in pushing Final Fantasy XIII. These characters are going to have thousands of hungry gamer eyes all over them for days. Looks like we really are going to see the return of the E3 that was all about showmanship (and scantily clad ladies). "YES~

via : joystiq

Battery Salt and Pepper Cell Shaker: Now Alkaline Free!~

These whimsical salt and pepper shakers get their inspiration from a couple of good old D-cell batteries. The guys over at Antrepo Design Industry created these prototype battery-sized Salt & Pepper Cells out of stainless steel and glass. You can even tell how much salt and pepper you have remaining thanks to a see through “power indicator” window. As Antrepo is still looking for a manufacturer for these, there’s no word on when and where you’ll be able to buy these yet, but you can check for the latest over at the Antrepo Design website. I’d like some 9-volts filled with sugar to go with these~

via : technabob

Museum 2 bests Terminator 4, which debuts disappointingly~

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian sold an estimated $53.5 million worth of tickets during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which began Friday, far exceeding the $30.4 million debut of its 2006 predecessor for the top spot, defeating Terminator Salvation, the Reuters news service reported.The fourth Terminator Salvation took in a disappointing $43.0 million, short of the $44 million start for the previous entry in the series, 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines~

Time Warner-owned Warner said Terminator was likely more affected by competition for older men from the National Basketball Association playoffs, which hurt business in cities such as Los Angeles.The Night at the Museum opening set a new live-action record for Stiller. The film also opened in most international markets, earning $50.5 million~

Last weekend's North American champion, Angels & Demons, slipped to fourth place with $21.4 million, taking the 10-day total for Columbia Pictures' Tom Hanks religious thriller to $81.5 million, BoxOfficeMojo reported. Star Trek came in third place, with an estimated $21.9 million, for a total so far of $183.6 million~

via : sfnews

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wal-Mart launching video game trade-in kiosks~

If you’re sick of trading in your used games at gamestop or Amazon, Wal-mart would like to get your old games. Wal-Mart is currently testing an automated video game trade-in kiosk at 77-stores throughout the Northeastern United States. Gamers can redeem “the trade-in value back to a credit card, which takes 2-3 days, according to the instructions on the company’s website.” Just scan the bar code on the game box in order to receive a quote. Once you accept the quote, insert the game discs (We aren’t sure if the discs are checked for damage before being accepted). The rest of the process is unclear. i guess It’s nice to have another option, assuming their trade in values are competitive~

via : kotaku

Transformer Laptop USB Hub~

The new Transformers movie isn’t even out yet and already I’m getting sick of the tie-ins. HOWEVER, this one is pretty freakin’ cool. It transforms from robot into a little tiny laptop computer that sits on top of a working 4 port USB hub. When in the robot form it can store (and play?) a cassette tape store in it’s chest. Talk about old school. Cassette tape? I think it’s a micro-cassette to be exact. Like those old answering machines used to use. This one won’t be released until September~

via : amiami

Inhalt : The multicellular caravan~

Inhalt is the multicellular caravan by Mehrzelle. "Using the online Configurator, every user sets up a design that is unique, their own layout that they can identify with. The configuration is generated by a computer using the customer��s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects to yield an attractive and practicable result. The caravans are produced using the principles of ��mass customization��: this allows both the individual wishes of the customer to be accommodated while producing the caravan with series methods. "~

via : likecool

Retro Adapter hooks NES, SNES and N64 controllers up to the Wii~

One of the Nintendo Wii's best features is the Virtual Console, a feature that allows you to play loads of old games from previous systems on the Wii. Unfortunately, playing old games with a new control doesn't feel quite right. When you grew up with a certain controller in your hand, it's tough to make the switch. The Komodo Retro Adapter solves that problem~

For $20, you'll be able to plug in old NES, SNES and N64 controllers to play the games the way the developers originally intended. It may finally be that excuse you need to toss your old consoles out. After all, with the Virtual Console there's no need to waste space with old cartridges anymore. Awesome~

via : cnet

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rotundus GroundBot~

The Rotundus Groundbot may be a security robot, but its ability to go offroad in snow, mud, sand and even water ensures that future human rebels will have nowhere to hide~


via : axcesstechnologyinc

Ultraviolet Tattoo~

Well if you haven't seen one yet, then now you have. This is the latest trend in tattoo technology: Ultraviolet, glow-in-the-blacklight ink. Its only visible under a blacklight and apparently they are very poopular with the rave crowd~

via : the contaminated

Virtual White House Tour~

Here’s a site that can keep you busy for a long time! This virtual tour of the White House has current floor plans of each floor and section of the building as well as ground layouts -PLUS historical floor plans from various eras in its history. Click on the rooms to see photos of what’s inside, and how the room looked in the past. Each page has more information, such as which president and First Lady slept in twin beds or separate rooms. I learned about the “bachelor suite” used by young men who courted Woodrow Wilson’s daughters, and how Zachary Taylor’s slaves had to climb a ladder to get to their attic rooms~


via : the presurfer