*notcot - 05.10.05 , 02:41 - 7 Notes

Kigurumania

kigiruman61.gifMUST WATCH VIDEOS… dancing 2” little toys that stick on bottle caps and react to noise. From the flash: Kigurumix are very cute dancers. Please watch their dance when you are depressed or hard. You will surely very happy feeling

While that quote says it so well, you really need to watch the three videos below too fully appreciate the joy these little guys can bring. ShadeElaine just got the blue chick from GRSF and made a little video for me to watch, and the addiction has begun… i think i might need the skull one who has a coin operated panda (see the many images after jump)
ShadeElaine’s Vid

Two Dancing
Skull Dancing

Here are the main links to check out: Even if you don’t know japanese, explore like crazy… each page is worthwhile, and filled with amusement.
Tomy Kigurumix (animals) + Tomy Kigurumiman (people) + CollectionDX

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*notcot - 05.04.05 , 18:24 - 0 Notes

Hammer Bank

gmail.jpgToronto store “UP TO YOU” pointed me towards this great “piggy bank” they carry… that is coins+piggy+hammer minus the piggy

Yea basically is a hammer shaped coin bank, where when you need to retrieve/spend/empty your account, instead of taking a hammer to it, you simply grasp the wooden handle and break accordingly.

Looks like fun. I don’t know if i could resist the temptation to break it long enough to save up to even buy another hammer bank! Great gift idea?

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*notcot - 04.20.05 , 03:26 - 3 Notes

Strobe LED Night Toys

nighthack.jpgStarted with a hunt for an led-fiberoptic frisbee i saw in a store… ended with STROBE LED FOOTBAGS! and FRISBEES! Well those and the Jugglo Atom Ball which just made for a mesmerizing picture. There isn’t much more to say about them that the imagination can’t fathom on it’s own. The possibilities are endless. In the dark. All the colors. Flashing. (your choice fast or slow) and you can Throw it, Kick it, Bounce it. FUN. NightHACK for insomniacs like me.

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*notcot - 04.06.05 , 16:49 - 0 Notes

Face Crushing

16036.CBA343DF.jpgThere are stress balls, and then there are Cao Maru Stress Balls by Makiko Yoshida. Sometimes you just need to smoosh something, or someone you know who overworks and programs far too long needs to. And some of these little faces are sure to aggravate you to want to make you squish it more (good hand strengthening, help fight the effects of typing too much?)…

made of an extremely pliable polyurethane resin, these soft-heads can be squeezed, squashed, squished and squushed for stress relief throughout your busy day. the packaging claims:”it is safe if throw it in a quarrel by husband and wife because it is very soft (but, we cannot recommended to do so)”

*notcot - 04.03.05 , 04:13 - 0 Notes

UberORBS!

magnetoids.jpgpos_small.jpgUberORBS. The name says it all. “Mysterious Toy, Obvious Attraction”.

They chirp. They whirrr. They are mysteriously irresistible! Magnetoids seem simple enough - two finely polished, high powered, oval shaped magnets. Each is about 2.5 inches long. But pull them apart, toss them in the air, bring them next to each other - and they enthusiastically come to life!
Driven by powerful magnetic attraction and repulsion, these space age looking ellipsoids continually strive to stay in perfect balance with each other. This magnetic balancing act results in a wide variety of mysterious chirping noises that are at once both unnerving and mesmerizing.
Whether they’re being used as a desk toy, stress reliever, science experiment, or magnetic oddity, you’ll find that humans are as attracted to the Magnetoid ellipsoids as they are to each other. Magnetoids are set to become the hottest new stress relieving gizmo - sure to find their way to a desk near you.

Additionally, these things make fun sounds as well as crazy “tricks” which you can view in many little videos. Also, heed the ThinkGeek warning. (see after jump). UberORBS

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*notcot - 03.29.05 , 19:17 - 0 Notes

Designer Vibrations

sextoys.jpgThese are not new, but i felt somewhat ridiculous when i finally discovered who designed them. In AZ Central

The Bone, a 9-inch wedge of resin shaped like a hipbone, made by Tom Dixon, the British design guru, was in fact a vibrator. As remote in appearance from the “marital aids” hawked at pornography shops as an Eames chair is from a straw stool, it was displayed under glass. There is the Mojo, a breast-shaped massager by Marc Newson, the designer of the Lever House restaurant; and the rechargeable Pebble by Mari-Ruth Oda, a stone-shaped plastic vibrator ergonomically contoured to fit in the palm of one’s hand.

Fascinating, designer goods for all one’s needs… and beautifully shaped enough to look like a centerpiece, or sculpture to leave out. Thanks DesignBoomers for helping me realize who designed these.

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Out of Context

3fe60d85.gifThey are slightly twisted, somewhat amusing, and a great use of old imagery and clipart. A pity they’ve stopped making more daily, but the archive just amused me. And my apologies for not finding much the last few days, life got, well busy for a little bit there. So here, have a laugh, indulge your slightly darker side, then back to the real world. With_Gusto

*notcot - 03.25.05 , 00:13 - 3 Notes

Ferrofluid

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Ok I need this. This and an ingenious way to keep it safe in the form of a nice looking coffeetable piece people can play with… It’s ferrofluid… here’s the science side:

A ferrofluid is a stable colloidal suspension of sub-domain magnetic particles in a liquid carrier. The particles are about 100 Angstroms in size, and are coated with a surfactant to keep the particles from clumping together (even when a magnetic field is applied). By volume, a ferrofluid is about 5% magnetic solids, 10% surfactant, and 85% carrier. When no external magnetic field is present, the magnetic moments of the particles are random, and the fluid is not magnetic. When an external magnetic field is applied, the magnetic moments of the particles orient themselves almost instantly to the magnetic field lines of the external source. When the magnetic field is removed, the particles go back to random alignment very quickly.

A lot more amazing pictures after the jump… only 25$ for a 50mL bottle from WonderMagnet (but do pay attention to the hazards, such as to clothing and skin exposure) If anyone else was at Siggraph in SD a few years ago, i think there was an example of something similar to this in the innovative technologies section on a much larger scale, it was the booth that was always crammed with people completely mesmerized.

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*notcot - , 00:00 - 1 Notes

WetNoz

stand.jpgIt’s things like this that make me wish i had a puppy at times… And the name of this company is adorable WetNoz (wet-nose), just captures the essence of their fun filled products. I’m not sure how well this little pup booster and mat work, but i suppose it helps keep the mess easy to clean, and has a nice aesthetic, but just out of curiosity, aren’t the BIG pups the ones who need a higher dish? since the real puppies are closer to the ground?

*notcot - 03.23.05 , 21:30 - 0 Notes

Tooshyman

tooshyman2.jpgTooshyman! “the good mood guy”. I am positive you’re smiling. He’s hilarious. French creation…

You look at him, he smiles, You touch him, squeeze him, crush him in your hands, and he bounces back. He has a blankie/cape that is made from felt, in matching colors, black or white for the white Tooshyman. He comes with his blankie (and instruction booklet) in a tubular transparent drawstring bag that protects him from drafts and sunburn.

Designed by Aviva, a Philly born painter/photographer who fell in love with Paris, and lives in Toulouse. [great illustration after]

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*notcot - , 20:29 - 0 Notes

Micro Maps

micromap-rw.jpgThis seems like an interesting solution to the larger not so purse/pocket sized maps when travelling. Found at Rocketworld this playing card sized deck, creates a whole new way of approaching, or pocketing information. While its an idea that seems to be going towards a Sidekick utilizing Google Maps, i suppose this is a handy backup for battery or signal death?

*notcot - 03.22.05 , 23:14 - 0 Notes

Plasticly Adorable

bunny-slug.jpgNot all things posted are new, but simply things i hadn’t had a chance to share with friends earlier. Take these bunnies and slugs… been around for a while, and this adorable french bunny radio just couldn’t be forgotten. Or the Candeloo slug capacitive charging nightlights (with bellybuttons! or mouths!). Perfect for kids and playful adults alike. Find them at Plastica.

*notcot - 03.21.05 , 16:48 - 11 Notes

Knirps: My X1

main.jpgREVIEW* Yes, this one’s personal, the storms that came literally ripped my previous umbrella apart, well that and possibly my super human strength as my friend claims. (it bent, completely, yes the staff/frame part) So the hunt was on.

KNIRPS: das original. The inventors of the folding umbrella. German quality at its finest now revamped with some nice design. (and thanks to mocoloco posting this a few months ago, it stuck in my head). The external case that is purse exterior friendly, and the sheer size, not to mention design quality makes it a must.

It took a bit of work to research all the options of how to get one of these (more on this after the jump). So go see European-umbrellas They are some of the nicest people, and by the time you take off VAT (tax of nearly 20%) and add some airmail shipping, your price is about the same as if you had flown out and purchased one there yourself. They also provide some great video footage of a German man teaching you how to care-for/use your umbrella.

LOTS of imagery to follow, from historical to the umbrella’s themselves. Definitely worth a look-see.

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*notcot - , 16:35 - 0 Notes

Tray6 Rain Gear

tray62.jpgIt’s been raining again here. To the point where umbrella’s are becoming a neccessary accessory to people’s every day, and the attempt to find the best quality and least mundane (with a sense of class and edgy twist) is not a simple matter.

Tray6 claims to be “giving makeovers to objects who have lost their oomph”… and focusing on “breathing life into forgotten objects”. Yes, basically a design group who is making umbrella’s fashionable and outfit matching. The refreshing greens, pinks, blues, and browns available are a breath of fresh air in a dark greyish world of rain.

So here’s the one that matches notcot’s background. A few more colorful images post jump. Also, ‘luckymag’ at checkout will get you a nice 30% discount.

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*notcot - 03.15.05 , 14:32 - 0 Notes

“Adventure” Gear

parachute.jpg The materials of this bag have extreme adventures before even getting the chance to hold your goods. Made from 2004 Soyuz Space Parachutes, America’s Cup Sails, and even Mt. Everest Tents… the durability, design, and concept behind these bags is not only recyling the materials, but the adventure as well. Everquest Designs will even let you design your own…

We also make personalized bags with your own piece of adventure. We have made bags with pieces of banner from Rolling Stones concerts and laptop bags with a tarp from a car rally in Northern Africa!. We believe perception of a famous event is purely a matter of opinion. We like to think of famous events as a ‚Äúsignificant slice of time actually lived by our customers”. The “beat up” tent from a memorable trekking expedition in Nepal or that piece of windbreaker that survived a 200 mile hike through the Appalachian Trail really do define what a relic is all about : A piece of YOUR famous adventures. We can turn them into full-featured City or Laptop bags.
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