The theremin may well be our favorite musical instrument here at Crave. We know that's certainly the case with Tim Moynihan, anyway. So in honor of him and his robot musicians, today we offer this rather bizarre variation called the "Matryomin," named after the Russian Matryoska dolls by Japanese "master thereminist" Masami Takeuchi. Gizmowatch says the instrument made by Mandarin Electron--which is basically a theremin stuffed inside one of the dolls--yields "both electric and eclectic sounds" and lends the impression that the wooden toy is "singing to the touch of the player.&… Read more
Because it isn't disruptive enough when a bunch of cacophonous ringtones sound off in the office at once, we present you with the Ferris Wheel Phone Stand.
Place your phone in this holder and there'll be no mistaking it when you get a call. The wheel spins, the red and green LEDs flash, and a not-so-soothing round of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" fills the air. (And your co-workers may just want to have you sacked.)
Scion is primarily known for two things: its young, trendy customer base and the customizability of its cars. Now the automaker is taking those two ideas forward in a novel way by partnering with Ridemakerz, a specialty retailer that allows its customers to build personalized scale models of production cars. Scion made the announcement of the partnership at the SEMA show here in Las Vegas, where Ridemakerz had set up version of one of its interactive stores. We wasted no time in rolling up our sleeves and getting to work building our own Scion xB model. Check out our gallery … Read more
DIXON, Calif.--I am so vindicated.
Yesterday, I spent several hours deep in the middle of the world's-largest corn maze, a creation of brothers Matt and Mark Cooley in this little agricultural town about 70 miles northeast of San Francisco.
For much of my time inside the maze, I religiously followed the map that's provided, probably being a little too rigid about it, but deciding that I wanted to see if i could do the whole maze without getting lost.
I got to the middle of the maze using the map and spent some time on the bridge … Read more
As cyclists continue to assert their equal rights on the road, their gadgets are trying to keep up with car technology as well--whether they be MP3 players, GPS devices, phones, speakers, or even heart monitors. But until now, one crucial element has been missing: LED messages.
Japan's Digital Cowboy (we love that name) is about to remedy that, however, with something called "Lex" that attaches to the bicycle's spokes. Just download a message from the computer through a USB connection and, according to Everything USB, "as the bike wheel spins down the road, you are … Read more
The high-tech industry needs to take some lessons from iShoes about rolling out new versions. Crave wrote about the originals on Friday, and over the weekend the inventors apparently decided it was time for an upgrade.
What they've come up with is no minor tweak either: iShoes 2.0 barely resemble the first version, looking more like three-wheeled roller skates than mini-shopping carts with 4-inch wagon wheels. Despite the design overhaul they're still powered by electric motors controlled by a wired remote, but Gizmodo says new specs are on the way.
The most disappointing news, however, is the … Read more
DIXON, Calif.--I made it to the center.
It's true. After about an hour, sticking religiously to the map they gave me at the beginning, I found myself at the bridge in the middle of the world's largest corn maze, looking out at 40 acres of corn. I'm pretty proud of myself.
It was hard. But, by using the map, keeping careful track of where I was going, and looking ahead and being sure where I wanted to go, I made it.
Of course, once I got to the outer ring of the center, it got hard, … Read more
DIXON, Calif.--I'm sitting on a stairway in the middle of the world's-largest corn maze and blogging the experience. Literally.
I like to say I'm the first to do things, and of course, you never really know if it's true. But I have to say I think the odds that someone else has been blogging inside this maze, which comprises 40 acres of healthy cornfield in this small farming town near Sacramento, are pretty small. But you never know.
Could anything be more bizarre to the Western world than watching an Asian lady chew on chicken legs with relish in the reality TV show Survivor? How about a chicken foot USB drive? Like Whazatt? No, really, that's what the company calls itself. Call it a fowl sense of humor (groan). Though at a pricey $44.95 for 1GB of flash memory, this is far from chicken feed.
(Source: Crave Asia)