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]
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
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]
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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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.