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Circular walking bookshelf for literary human hamsters

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Reading is awesome. It will expand your horizons, take you on amazing adventures etc. But sitting down to read isn’t helping you stay slim. These circular walking bookshelves can help you workout your body along with your brain.

Artist David Garcia has built a prototype. However this should be marketed for holding video games, not books. That’s where we need the exercise. You’ll need a large room for this thing, but it will keep you fit.

Roboplant, the walking robot plant team

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2010

Roboplant also known as the Nomadic Plant is a working art project by Gilberto Esparza. It’s powered by microbial energy and it’s sole goal in life is to supply its microbes with nutrients, while at the same time cleaning up the environment. It’s a win for the Bot and a win for the environment.

A plant is riding along and getting some extra nutrients for itself. So when Roboplant finds polluted water and takes a drink and top off its microbial fuel cells, the plant eats too.

Nintendo Personal Trainer: Walking headed for U.S.

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Nintendo Personal Trainer: Walking headed for U.S.Fitness-oriented games continue to hit Nintendo’s systems and it doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon. Now Nintendo is launching their Personal Trainer: Walking game in the U.S. soon for both the DS and the DSi.

The game comes with two pedometers that automatically sync with your gaming system wirelessly. The game can keep track of all the steps you take, no matter where you are. So you can play the game, even when you don’t have the game near you.

Personal Trainer: Walking for Nintendo DSi

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009

Personal Trainer: Walking for Nintendo DSiThe Nintendo DSi just launched and already we can show you some hardware to buy for the new handheld. The folks over at Joystiq sat down with David Young, the assistant PR manager for Nintendo of America. Mr. Young said that DSi interaction with the Wii was “certainly a possibility,” but he didn’t say anything else on the matter.

He did let one thing out of the bag though. That the DSi will soon be interacting with some new peripherals in the form of a pair of pedometers that will ship with the Personal Trainer: Walking title. Apparently the devices connect wirelessly with the console. The game will be the first title where you can import a Mii character from the Wii. You can even attach one of the pedometers to your dog if you like, to gauge it’s exercise habits/needs.

Build your own walking CNC robot router

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

We would all like to have our own robot. And hey, it’s a bonus if that robot doubles as a cool CNC router. We’ll here’s your opportunity to build your own six legged robot with an attached CNC router for a head. Check out this awesome demo video that shows off the robots mobility while it carves a super detailed 3d human face.

I think this solves the mystery of that huge face on Mars. Somewhere out there, some alien is controlling a gigantic robo-router for their own amusement. The awesome thing is that you can build your own version. The site is selling kits with everything you need. Soon you too can make detailed human heads of your very own.

Taxi Walker Pedometer shows you how much you save by walking

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

Taxi Walker Pedometer shows you how much you save by walkingThe Taxi Walker Pedometer from Japan gives you the usual calorie and distance measurements of a standard pedometer, but what’s interesting is that it integrates a meter displaying how much money you are saving by walking rather then taking a taxi the same distance. A good gadget to have in this economic climate.

Apparently, it’s fully programmable, and will calculate cab fares depending on your geographic location. You can even set it to make sound effects whenever a cab fare increases. The device is available in yellow, orange, white, or black for $29.00. Yeah, but will it yell at you in a foreign accent and honk an imaginary horn?

Walking iPhone robot commits suicide

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Sometimes you don’t have your phone handy and you miss an important call. Maybe from Bill Gates himself. This guy found a solution. Well, not so much a solution as a work in progress. He wanted a way for his iPhone to come to him when he got a phone call. (Apparently he’s on the toilet alot) He gets points for ingenuity, putting robot legs on an iPhone, but the concept obviously needs some fine tuning. We really don’t want our iPhone to spring to life and hurl itself off the edge of the table as seen here. Well, as long as it’s not our iPhone.


Seiko Slimstick is like a tiny Richard Simmons

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2008

Seiko Slimstick is like a tiny Richard SimmonsPedometers are nothing new. They count the number of steps you take. Problem is, they don’t translate that figure into what’s needed to burn off all that junk food you cram down your pie-hole. Seiko has the answer in the form of it’s Slimstick. It’s like a tiny Richard Simmons in that it won’t let you cheat, no matter how hard you try and it is an exercise know-it-all. It won’t wear short shorts, talk all lispy and get into a fight with Dave Letterman…I hope.

It measures all of the work you do as you go about your day. It doesn’t just measure the number of steps you take, it uses sophisticated dual-axis accelerometers to measure the actual amount of work that is being done. With that information it calculates the number of calories burned. It will also store information about your routine, so that it can show you how you are progressing over time. It’s only the size of a pack of gum, so it won’t get in your way. The Slimstick is available in a variety of designer colors and finishes for around $60-70. But only in Japan.

Honda develops walking assist device for the elderly

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2008

Honda develops walking assist device for the elderly
Honda is known for it’s cars and motorcycles, but the company’s sights reach into other areas as well. Now that they have their robot, Asimo walking on his own, Honda is using robotics technology for some other things. Like an experimental walking assist device for disabled or elderly individuals.

Honda will be showcasing the device at the International Trade Fair on Barrier Free Equipments & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & the Disabled. The device is available in three sizes and uses brushless DC motors powered by lithium ion batteries that will provide up to two hours of walking assistance per charge. The assimilation of our elderly will soon be underway. Soon after they will be flying around in giant Borg cubes and harassing the Enterprise.

Dr. Seuss called, he wants his bike back

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Dr. Seuss called, he wants his bike back
Ok. This one is pretty self-evident. It’s a bike that has had it’s wheels replaced with shoes. Yeah…Ok…See, this is what happens during a night of drugs and bike building. I like it, but at the same time, I really want this guy to turn the bike upside down, crank the pedals, and start kicking his own ass. Video below.

Walking chair: It’s alive!

Posted in Furniture,Robots by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2008

It’s alive!
When designer, Karl Emilio Pircher and Fidel Peugeot pooled their resources, something amazing was bound to happen. But who could have imagined that their creative offspring would be a(horrified B-movie gasp) a walking chair.

It used to be that when you sat in a chair, your butt was in control. No more. Surely, THIS is how robots will seize control, carrying us where they will, never to be seen again. Humans being lazy, will no doubt not attempt to get up and thus be carried off to our fate.(Especially if they add a TV in front. That will make their takeover easy) Thankfully, that day has not yet arrived, but watch these chairs closely. They are fabricated from chrome plated steel tubes, plastic, and they even house an electronic heart. It’s pretty expensive at the moment at EUR 15, 000, but once they come down in price, no butt will be safe.