No, this is not a harp. Yes, it is a radiator. Really.

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Radiators are ugly. Harps are pretty. If you want to make a radiator that’s pretty, make it look like a harp. That must have been the inspiration behind the Adagio radiator. (Either that or the person who designed it must really like harps.) And of course what good would a harp-looking radiator be without a remote control to help you use it? None. So let’s throw that in and we’re done. No, wait, that’s not enough. What else does it need? Oh, right, color changing LED lights. Because you want your gold plated, stainless steel harp to be pimped out with lights.

Carisa via Trendir

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Troja Arc Lamp Is Sexier Than Most Women

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The Troja Arc Lamp is so gorgeous it’s practically edible. The huge, arcing lamp is designed by Germany’s hansandfranz studio and uses hundreds of individual LEDs in an adjustable aluminum frame to create a soft, unobtrusive glow. There is no information yet as to whether the Troja Arc will be available anytime soon (or at all); the only thing that’s known is that it’s a must-have if you’re a brooding, warehouse-living artist with obscene amounts of space and a flair for the dramatic.

[HansandFranz via TechnaBob]

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Sleeping pod lets you take napping way too seriously

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With science having recently determined the health value of midday siestas, no self-respecting power-napping exec will want to be without the Transport from architect Alberto Frias, an elliptical pod equipped with speakers, subwoofers and a bevy of LEDs that pulsate to whatever sleep-inducing music a tired soul chooses.

On his overly minimalist website, Frias declares the cocoon-like transport to be a “personal light, sound and space environment,” which makes it sound more like a setting for a private rave than a nap, but hey, nothing a few Ambien can’t cure. The Transport isn’t the first sleeping pod on the market — a company called MetroNaps offers pods for installation in public places such as universities, gyms and offices, but minus the light and music show.

The Transport’s $10,000 price tag notwithstanding, its mere existence is good news for the nap nuts of the world, who are busily trying to raise awareness of the value of a few Zs. You may be saddened to learn the Transport doesn’t ship with the long-legged beauty pictured here. That would be too much of a distraction from the task at hand anyway, though she’d certainly be a welcome sight upon waking up.

The New York Times, via Gizmodo

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Synchronized LED Light Show For Audio Players

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Vivify your Saturday night recreational drug use parties with LEDs and (pirated) MP3s. Once connected to an external audio source, Hammacher Schlemmer’s Dancing Light MP3 Synchronizer puts on a light show rivaled only by Gatecrasher. The cylinder spins ’round and ’round, beaming onto a nearby wall or ceiling spectacular patterns and colors, all in sync with whatever music you choose to groove to. Glowsticks and sugar cubes not included.


Dancing Light MP3 Synchronizer
[Hammacher Schlemmer via I4U News]

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Hitachi phone sports highest mobile screen res anywhere

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Hitachi is releasing their new W51H phone in Japan, and it features a display that puts the iPhone’s high-res screen to shame. While Apple’s buzz-generator sports a nice 320×480 3.5-inch screen, the W51H has a whopping 480×800 resolution on a 2.9-inch screen. Yep, it’s smaller, but it’s a whole lot sharper. It’s not a touchscreen of course, but what do you expect?

Other nifty features include a fingerprint scanner for security, a 2-megapixel cameraphone, and a LED flash for making those low-light shots look their best. You also get 30MB of onboard memory and voice-activated GPS, allowing you to bark directions at your phone without looking at it. It comes in three colors; red, white, and black, and predictably is only being sold in Japan. Sigh.

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RC X UFO

The X UFO the RC flying toy. It incorporates the latest miniature technology and it comes with a unique electronic control system. It uses powerful electric motors with two pairs of counter-rotating propellers and an innovative gyro for stability. This UFO is made of ultra lightweight carbon fiber and EPP foam and can fly on the air up to 300 feet. There one red and three blue Flashing LED to make it look more like a real UFO especially in the dark. With the Digital 4 CH Radio you can control all aspects of flight, throttle, pitch, roll and yaw. It is available for $129 with free shipping (limited stock). Video demonstration is available at the product page.

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Get the LED Out

A high-tech way to liven up your next dinner party

December 21, 2006—It’s never a good sign when a gaming device is the most stylish thing in a room, though Moritz Waldemeyer’s new LED game tables just might be an exception to the rule. Packed with thousands of tiny lights and touch-sensitive pads, each doubles as a high-tech gaming surface and a sleek piece of modernist furniture. For Atari nostalgists, there’s a long, rectangular Pong table, but our favorite is the roulette model, above, which lights up to reveal a number board, then flashes randomly until a single number remains illuminated. According to Waldemeyer, a former engineer at Philips and one of the wizards behind Hussein Chalayan’s recent tech-driven Spring collection, the pieces grew out of earlier experiments with kitchen design. “I wanted to hide lights and touch-sensitive technologies inside countertops so that you could control all your appliances through a single interface,” he explains. When the market for that work never materialized, Waldemeyer looked for a new way to “show off the technology—and games seemed to be the best way to do that.” Games more fun than kitchen appliances? He may be onto something.

Moritz Waldemeyer LED game tables, from $8,600, available exclusively by order at Rabih Hage Gallery London, 69–71 Sloane Ave., London, (011) 44-207-823-8288, www.rabih-hage.com.