Did ya’ll realize that there are still magazines in print? Surprise, my ninjas! It’s true. Lucky for us, TIME hasn’t been totally banished to the nether realm yet.
I was watching a true vestige of the past, CNN, earlier today and I saw this list of 2009’s fifty best inventions. They have all sorts of marginally cool inventions, the most of which is an electronic eye to restore partial eyesight to the blind. They even have vertical farming on there, which you already know we’re excited about. I’d advocate checking out the list if you’re able to tear yourself away from us for a bit. The image above is a visualization from one of their listees, Planetary Skin, which combines formerly isolated environmental data into a scalable, fully integrated model for measuring specific environmental impacts.
Along with the top fifty list TIME also has a list of the worst inventions of 2009. I’m not going to go too far into it except to say that I strongly disagree with its contents. For instance, they thoroughly hate on Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies (a reinterpretation mashup of some Jane Austen book I’ve never heard of, read, or cried through), which I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended to everybody just based on concept. In fact you can just click the image and buy it right now.
Similarly, the gas mask bra (below), which seems like a hella good idea to most any ninja, got the same sort of treatment. One man’s trash my friend, one man’s trash.
This is just absolutely RIDICULOUS. I mean, my ninjas PLEASE - at this year’s Japan Fashion Week [9th annual], this was actually some kind of show/presentation.
Really, this should probably count as our Japanese Video of the Week.
Over on Kickstarter there’s a project called MakerBeam to make an open-source building kit. Something like Meccano, but open-source, and based on a T-slot aluminum profile. They promise us it will be good for robots. Open-source fire-breathing robot spiders? We can only hope.
On the Kickstarter project site you can view in an informative video of the kit.
As they say, "We’ve never seen a hammer company go broke because hammers aren’t patented; we think we’ll do okay."
They aim to go public with kits at Maker Faire 2010.
Check it out.
::all text and images courtesy of Sam Putman at Makerbeam
Posted: October 8th, 2009
at 12:46pm by Koookiecrumbles
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Some custom sneaks found on abduzeedo
There is one section of Ninja life that is normally neglected in books, and that is a Ninja’s home life. You think they just hang up all their weapons in the closet? Heck no - those are a Ninja’s tools, for life. The Ninja uses his Katana to do everything from butter his bread to separate his laundry (lights from darks). He uses his hand claws to hold corn and peel potatoes. And, he uses his throwing stars for coat hooks. Until you spend your life training in the Ninja arts, we recommend picking up a Ninja Star Coat Hook or two. It’s just safer.
…but once they hammer out those kinks, boyyy, let me tell you…
::[ check out the Engadget writeup ]::
So I really want this clock - I mean, look at how ridiculously sick it is. With a touch sensitive interface, the clock is set and applied to a wall - no frame, no case, just the four simple digital displays that will produce the numbers. During the day, the clock numbers show as black - and then this color inverts, becoming white for night time visibility. Too too ill.
Digital clock: only figures, no case, only the necessary a€" only accurate time. Each figure has self-contained power supply and independent control, it can be fixed to any surface autonomously. A light sensor will switch the clock to an invert mode: the figures are white in the dark time of day and black at daytime.
~ Kibardin Design
Unfortunately, Kibardin has yet to find a manufacturer for the clock - but when they do, we’ll be sure to let you know.
This is the most impressive business car I’ve ever seen - it’s mine. It took me 25 years to design this.
My ninjas, please. Dude needs take a deep breath or something.
White on white on white. Pretty dope.
[also in black on black on black - and various other colors]