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Tree talks to the world using Facebook and Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

The Flemish. If anyone can get a tree to talk to the world, it’s them. This talking tree was found in Brussels. This collaboration between EOS Magazine and Happiness Brussels has a 100 year old tree outfitted with a dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weather station, webcam and microphone. They all report back to Twitter, Flickr, Soundlcoud, and Facebook, as well as talking-tree.com.

This is convenient because the last time a tree talked to you it involved psychoactive drugs and purple bunnies. This has got to be better, right? Video below.

Concept car turns carbon dioxide into oxygen

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2010

The “YeZ” takes solar-powered car design one step further, by acting like a tree. Just like a tree, it sucks in carbon dioxide and releases it as oxygen. Plus there’s the whole tree design to really drive it home. The canopy over the driver and passenger looks like a big leaf.

The energy created by this process, small wind turbines fixed to the wheels and solar panels on the vehicle’s canopy are what will keep it rolling. Right now it’s just a concept, but who knows, you may be riding in one soon.

Tweettree changes color with your tweets

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

Your Christmas tree may have all of the coolest ornaments on it, tinsel, and flashing lights, but does it do Twitter? This one does. The Tweettree will change its color based on your tweets.

Just tweet @tweet_tree with the colors of your choice. hat’s when the magic happens. The Tweettree is perfect for the Twitter addict this Christmas. It even comes complete with a small embedded server inside that connects it to Twitter. Pretty tweet. I mean sweet.

The iPhone Christmas Tree

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

The iPhone Christmas TreeLet’s say you are really into your iPhone. Let’s say you you worship Steve Jobs. In that case it’s totally understandable to toss out all of the conventional Christmas gear in favor of Apple products. You’ve ditched the nativity in favor of a Macworld diaroma complete with baby Stevus. You hang Apple packaging by the chimney with glee, instead of stockings. You’ve even attached Reindeer antlers to dolls of the Jobs man, pulling a sleigh.

All that’s left is to decorate the tree. Take a cue from the folks over at iPhone Savior, who have decided to decorate their Christmas tree with iPhone decorations and Steve Jobs magazine covers. We suppose you are waiting on the Apple tablet to top the the whole thing off.

Crazy Dalek Christmas tree exterminates holiday cheer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Crazy Dalek Christmas tree exterminates holiday cheerThis Dalek Christmas tree is scary. Scary because it’s a Dalek and scary because it’s so silly and bizarre that my brain has no idea how to process it. It was created by Minnesotan Lindsey Testolin and features a lot of flashing lights, no sense of style or attitude, some bulb ornaments on the base, and I hope they have a spare laundry basket or he’s gonna lose his neck.

If Doctor Who was a DIY production, this would be an actual screen cap of the Christmas special. Regardless of it’s ragtag DIY look, it warms our cold geek hearts. Video below.

Yoda Christmas lights to rock your geek tree

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Yoda Christmas lights to rock your geek treeThese Yoda Christmas Lights are awesome. Hang them on your tree, in your cubicle, over your bed, on your patio, hell decorate your fake lightsaber. This string of Jedi Master Christmas lights is available just in time for the holidays. Only $29.95 for 10 light-up Yodas on a 10-foot UL listed cord.

The only way it gets better is if they talked. “Naughty or nice be you?” “Judge me by my Christmas lights do you?” Your tree will suddenly be filled with ancient Jedi wisdom. And just like the movies, none of these 10 light up Yodas will tell you that Leia is your sister until you’ve already kissed her. Wise, but useless.

USB Musical Christmas Tree for your office desk

Posted in Holiday by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

USB Musical Christmas Tree for your office deskIt’s that time of year again and how do you plan on celebrating Christmas aka Festivus in your office space? One option is this musical usb Christmas tree. It’s like this one, but with music. It features 12 built in Christmas songs, as well as LED lights that change color. If you get it now, you’ll be good and sick of holiday music by the big day but at least you’ll have a small color changing tree to keep you company while you work. It will only cost you $15.

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Charge your gadgets with a tree

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

Charge your gadgets by tree
At NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring 2008 show, graduate students were exhibiting some interesting and unusual projects. Like Oscar G. Torres’s Helios Power Tree, for instance. The leaves are constructed from thin solar cells that are all connected to a battery at the tree’s base from the branches and trunk. The battery uses solar power to charge and powers blue lights around the tree. There are USB outlets on the base.

The idea is that the tree would sit in a public space so that people can use the solar energy that it collects to charge any of their USB-powered gadgets. Money may not grow on trees, same with gadgets, but it turns out that juice to power those gadgets can grow on trees.