The Mouser is sure to turn heads

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As common as a computer mouse is, there are few that could ever be considered artistic.  Some are shiny with LED lights or small crystals, yet they have a certain mass produced look to them.  This mouse designed by Andrey Chirkov is one of the few I would call artistic.  Surprisingly it’s not steampunk either, that usually is the only way gadgets get a little bit of a creative twist to them.  Instead this has a minimalist modern look, while still being pretty.

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Rescue Reel: Saving Lives One Dangler at a Time

rescue-reel_h4sum_54When I first saw this guy using the Rescue Reel, I couldn’t help but think that he was some sort of Daredevil. That, or the photographer used that same effect from the old Batman show where they turn the camera on the side and Adam West and Burt Ward climb up the building without straining their arms and legs.

The Rescue Reel is designed for the user to hook the Rescue Reel in a secure place, put on the harness, and they lower themselves down with automatically controlled centrifugal braking. I would imagine that the experience would be like repelling down a mountain cliff, except it probably won’t be fun if you ever really had to use it.

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Samsung Bendable OLED prototype

samsung-amoled-bendy-thumb-550x433-18510We are all looking forward to the days when our computer screens will be as thin as a piece of paper, and it would appear that Samsung’s new ultra-thin flexible AMOLED screen is about ready to herald in that era.

Sure, this 6.5 inch flexible OLED that you see here is just a prototype, but you can at least see how flexible it is. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could spindle it. That is, roll it up like a kid who plays “telescope” with an ordinary piece of paper.

I can think of one application for this technology that I saw in a movie. In Red Mars, Val Kilmer has a mobile computer that must have a very flexible AMOLED screen. This screen took up a minimal amount of space, as he was able to retract it into its tiny case like a window blind.

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The WTF Lamp seems suitably named

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Imagine absentmindedly grabbing for a lamp in someone’s home and flipping the switch.  Then presto, instead of it turning on like a normal lamp, they’ve switched things up on you.  Suddenly, the base is shining brightly instead of the bulb from beneath the shade.  Yes, it’s time to find a new friend, because friends don’t let friends buy confusing lamps.  It’s just not nice.  Sure, some might call it being creative, but you know secretly they’re just showing off how much more brilliant they are than you.

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Q-SOUND Solar-powered Headphones

q-soundOf course, this isn’t the first time that we have reported on solar-powered devices that are designed for Digital Audio Players (DAPs), but the Q-SOUND, a concept device that is part headphones and part headband, definitely makes the most of days when the sun is beating down on your head.

As you can see, solar cells are placed directly on the user’s crown, absorbing valuable rays for power. Some of you might wonder how these solar cells can be curved when most are generally flat and stiff, but these cells are constructed of flexible plastic that uses silicon solar cells.

The Q-SOUND incorporates Bluetooth, which allows the user to sync their Bluetooth enabled mobile device for some wireless sound action. Not only can the user listen to their music, but he or she can also take phone calls from a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. In case Bluetooth isn’t available on the mobile device in use, a wired connection is also possible with the included 3.5 mm jack.

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ACE: The robot who needs directions

acerbt2323232-thumb-550x338-18035Since I am male, I have this thing about not wanting to ask for directions. It would appear that a German research group known as the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering has created a robot that asks directions for them.

In fact, the Autonomous City Explorer, or ACE, is completely dependent on directions to get to where it needed to go. This robot was recently let loose off campus from a University in Munich, and it was programmed to get to a landmark 1.5 kilometers away. Check out the video after this jump.

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The Dynamic Lamp is spin powered

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I’ve seen numerous lights that utilize the winding of a handle in order to give the light power.  They work, but they aren’t in the least bit creative, it’s been done time and time again.  This globe shaped light will shine on your work and books all night long, just as long as you keep it charged.  To do that, you just spin the globe round and round just as if you would a normal globe.

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Robotic Taxi Service

robot-taxi-by-kubik-petr-thumb-550x375-17976I’m sure all of you remember the movie Total Recall, where Arnold Schwarzenegger rides in a cab that drives itself. It would appear that someone has taken inspiration from science fiction with this Robotic Taxi Service.

It looks a lot like the “Slimos” that we reported on a week ago. Designer Kubik Peter’s automated transport is electrically powered, and can seat about two. That may not sound like much room, but there is a trunk in the back for some luggage.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering: how does the passenger tell the robo-cabbie where to go? I believe the user just makes a selection of cross-streets on a touchscreen controller. I would imagine that the touchscreen would have internet access, so maybe the passenger can watch a little YouTube video while he or she is waiting to get from Point A to Point B.

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