Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recycle old gadgets (and make a buck or two) with eBay Instant Sale

Recycle old gadgets (and make a buck or two) with eBay Instant Sale: "

You might already hawk your valuable old gadgets on eBay, but the auction house wants to broker your smaller transactions too -- that's why it launched eBay Instant Sale this last week. If you've got a (moderately recent) gizmo you want to get rid of right away, it looks as easy as can be -- answer the two questions above and get an instant offer, plus a free shipping label to mail it out. From the looks of a few sample queries, you won't get much for older items like the Dell Inspiron 8200 above, but we found a used Palm Pixi in good condition was worth a respectable $57, and even if your old featurephones aren't worth a cent, eBay's partners will recycle them for you and pay your shipping fees. Sure, you could donate the lot and write them off your taxes, but this sounds like it might be a worthy alternative to us.

Fake TV for fooling burglars

Fake TV for fooling burglars: "

'FakeTV is a new burglar deterrent that makes it look like someone is home watching television. FakeTV does this by recreating exactly the sort of light produced by a real HDTV. Viewed from outside the home after dusk, it looks like somebody must be watching television.'

I want one, not as a burglar deterrent, but as a comfort device.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Skim Milk: Hybrid Tube Amplifier by Case-Real

I have an old tube radio from my parents. I envision doing something like this with it. Maybe not quite this cool =)

Skim Milk: Hybrid Tube Amplifier by Case-Real:

I want to start this article off with a quote from one of the most well-known designers in history: Charles Eames. He once said that “The details are not details — they make the product. It is, in the end, these details that give the product its life.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement, and its profoundly precise representation of minimalism and good design.Hybrid Tube Amplifier, designed by Koichi Futatsumata of Case-Real for Elikit, is a product that would not exist without its details."

Monday, October 4, 2010

iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand on Kickstarter

iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand on Kickstarter:

For $20 you can fund a Kickstarter project and get a Glif iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand. The video at Kickstarter has information about the designers / makers of the Glif, as well as examples of how to use the versatile gadget.
The Glif will be manufactured with a Santoprene (grade 101-87) hard rubber. This material feels great to the touch, and holds the phone securely. It is also recyclable.
Glif is the labor of love of just two individuals: Thomas Gerhardt and Dan Provost. We put a lot of thought and energy into this thing, and we hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed making it. Additional information can be found at www.theglif.com.
Glif - iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand