Whilst those of us in the tech world love everything shiny, perfect and aesthetically pleasing, there’s something to be said about furnishings based on butt-ugly components from the recent past. Take these lamps handmade with galvanised iron, complete with authentic rust, dents from the tools used to create them and an angular retro charm.
We’ve just been dropped word of some new laptops from Asus, the U and UX series. I normally strip out press release fluff, but there’s an amazing bit here that I’ll quote to you:
“Each of them a masterpiece so immensely desirable, the U and UX Series takes modern day computing to the streets, bringing delight to the users’ senses and allowing them to work or play in style.”
Hilarious. That’s not the only ridiculous section, it’s all insane. Go read it here. If you’re more into hard specs, though, then here’s the skinny. Both models have backlit keyboards, and the U series has a 15.6″ display, Core 2 Duo processor, 500GB hard drive, 512MB of GeForce G105M graphics, illuminated trackpad and Altec Lansing speakers.
The UX, on the other hand, we don’t have any info about beyond the fact that it has a slot-in optical drive and a combination of matte and gloss finishes. Let’s hope we get a bit more info soon, as well as a video of that illuminated trackpad on the U series. Pricing and availability info TBC.
The quest for cheaper, more environmentally-friendly lighting has taken another leap forward with scientists’ new-found ability to produce much cheaper LEDs.
The New Scientist article goes into quite significant detail about how the process was achieved in order to avoid the LEDs cracking during the manufacturing process (due to the high heat required to grow them) so I won’t attempt to look clever here by regurgitating it.
Suffice it to say, the “new” LEDs can be produced for around a tenner per 150,000 units…
It’s been created by Instructables member Seamster, and although I’m a little too young to have owned a 2600 myself, I can appreciate the lamp’s best feature – the big red button will turn it on and off. Awe-inspiring. Now to craft a lampshade shaped liked a Pac-man ghost…
Giant Atari 2600 Joystick Lamp (via Kotaku)
If you want to be energy efficient, but – DAMN! – you just can’t get enough of the old-fashioned incandescent bulb’s style, then you just ran out of excuses. General Electric has crammed a compact-fluorescent tube into a normally-shaped incandescent bulb.
It means that you get all the environmental and power-saving benefits of the CFL, with none of the “But it looks so freaky!” drawbacks. Seriously though, is there anyone out there who’s so wedded to the shape of the incandescent that they’ve put off upgrading for this reason? If that’s you, then explain yourself in the comments, you strange person.
Video explaining the new bulb (via CrunchGear)
Okay, so this isn’t the most pleasant piece of art in the world, but it’s sorta cool. It’s a light-up hanging noose. Just the thing to go with your Joy Division albums. Odds are that it wouldn’t support the weight of a human, but it might electrocute you in the process, if you’re inclined to give it a try…
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a system which can not only show realistic images in three dimensions, but can also cast shadow and highlights depending upon the surrounding lighting…