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Like a rolling stone

A kid’s play such as rolling down a hill has turned into a extreme sport. It’s called Zorbing and originated in New Zealand

<i>Zorbing</i> (inside the big ball there’s a person)
Zorbing (inside the big ball there’s a person)
  Do you remember when you were a kid and used to like rolling down a hill or slope? Someone thought about turning that into an extreme sport and/or anti-stress therapy, to suit each one’s fancies and mood. They name it Zorbing and it’s all the rage!

You need a Zorb, that is, a huge inflatable bubble, and a hill. Harness yourself safely inside and let someone else push a little to kick you off and start rolling.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Unusual gifts

Flashbang; the growing usb memory stick

Being always aware how full your USB memory stick is, becomes quite useful. A Russian designer is proposing an usb flash drive which fattens as data is stored

The Flashbang USB allows you to know when your flash memory drive is full
The Flashbang USB allows you to know when your flash memory drive is full
  It surely happened to you more than once that at the very precise moment when you needed it most, your USB flash memory stick is full. You didn’t remember to download and empty it and you actually need all the data stored there. That annoying situation could be easily avoided if only our usb sticks were able to tell us, with no need to plug them in to the computer, how much free memory capacity is left to keep storing up.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Unusual gifts

Vintage Robot Mania

Tinplate robots enjoyed their golden days back in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. Japan was one of the main producers

Atomic Robotman. Japan. 1949. One of the oldest
Atomic Robotman. Japan. 1949. One of the oldest
  The toy robots were all the rage back in the fifties and sixties. They became the most wanted toy for children. Today, they’re the most searched-for pieces for toy robot collectors.

It’s amazing to learn the many private collections of tinplate robots that you can find out there. Experts say that, once you get hold of one, it’s hard to put a stop to collecting them.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Japanese Culture

More strange 'beach creatures' by Theo Jansen

The last generation of Theo Jansen’s beach creatures –Strandbeest– are capable of moving even in windless conditions

<i>Animaris Ventosa</i>, one of The Jansen’s beach creatures
Animaris Ventosa, one of The Jansen’s beach creatures
  Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor, who creates sculptures that become alive and are able to walk on the beach sand using the wind. That’s what his "Strandbeest" or beach creatures are. He’s been over 15 years exclusively dedicated to this task, which explains the reason why his creatures have evolved that much. He’s just finished working on the last generation of them, which according to Jansen, are able to move even when there’s no wind blowing at all.

Jansen has created this last generation of his creatures together with the students of the Summer courses at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander, Spain.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Art, design and architecture

From Box To Box

A box is not just a box. In the right hands, it can adopt different conformations and become art

Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
  It’s all about boxes. That’s probably what the two German artists, Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Horbelt, might have thought when devising this building?, sculpture? Actually, what they have done is fit together one of top of the other a few hundreds of plastic crates, the ones used to carry bottled drinks to pubs and bars. Then they placed the whole crate sculpture on top of two metal containers and the result has become the city landmark.

You can visit it in Castleford, a town in West Yorkshire, England.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Art, design and architecture

Cheap Laptops For Third World Hungry Minds

Negroponte and the MIT insist on producing low cost quality computers. Now they’re decided to achieve it at just 12 dollars per PC

Prototype for a low cost computer for the Third World
Prototype for a low cost computer for the Third World
  At this stage, we clearly understand that those who have access to information and technology enjoy great advantages. For instance, according to the experts, in most underdeveloped or developing countries, knowing how to operate a computer can really change their life: it could mean the difference between earning one dollar per hour wages or getting that dollar for a whole day’s work.

That’s the reason of the existence of some institutions working on the manufacturing of portable computers at very low cost.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities

EazzzY; minimalist digital “analog” camera

You miss photo developing but you praise digital charm? Eazzzy is just the camera 4 you!

Strange looking USB flash memory? No, it’s a minimalist camera with USB connection
Strange looking USB flash memory? No, it’s a minimalist camera with USB connection
  Digital cameras sport many advantages that we don’t need to list here. But there’s an inconvenience too, a very important one for analogue photography lovers: with digital cameras all that excitement about how they will look when developed, is lost. Also, what about the old ritual and thrill of taking the film to develop, running to go and get them when developed looking forward to showing them to your family?

The solution seems clear and simple, though no one seemed to thought of it up to now.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes

Pop a bubble every day with the Bubble Calendar

Marking the passing of time is less depressing with a Wall Calendar That Goes Pop!

Bubble Calendar
Bubble Calendar
  Time flies (the Romans said it better in Latin Tempus fugit) and you end up feeling depressed turning the pages in the calendar so fast. This is a boring unavoidable chore, but why not try and make it fun?

And fun is what the Bubble Calendar provides, combining fun and functionality this calendar has one bubble for every day of the year, the bubbles that you love to pop.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Unusual gifts

Those Wonderful Clicks

Which ones do you prefer, those old Clicks with hands which couldn’t move and a groove on the trunk, or you rather go for more contemporary ones with hands that can rotate?

Indians, knights and building-site, first Playmobil toys circa 1974
Indians, knights and building-site, first Playmobil toys circa 1974
  In 1974 Playmobil gave birth to the Clicks and there is a new way of measuring the time ever since: BC (Before Clicks) and AC (After Clicks). So now you know, re-calculate you D.O.B.

The first Clicks coming out boasted the same features for which they are still that popular today: an irresistible smiley little mouth and big head and eyes -no nose, no ears!, had you noticed that?-, relatively stiff motion, ideal size to take them in your pocket (7.5cm = 3”) and a whole lot of accessories, animals, buildings, plants...

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities

Welcome Back (Again) To The Click World

When you were little, Clicks were just a bunch of toys to play with. Now that you are older, they can offer you a whole lot of possibilities. Playing Clicks is just one of them.

Amazing naval battle. 5th Collectors Fair in Madrid (May 2008)
Amazing naval battle. 5th Collectors Fair in Madrid (May 2008)
  One day, some click-addict (although he/she still doesn’t know she/he is one of them) goes into a toy store to purchase a gift for a little nephew or her/his own child. That’s how he/she discovers that the old Playmobil boxes have not changed at all. What about the inside?, will they still be the same? I’m hooked!

You climb up to the cobwebbed attic and start opening junk boxes in the search for those old Clicks, hoping no one has thrown them away.

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 on 2 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities
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