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Mr. Clock tells time, only when you look at it

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We are no stranger to very cool clocks here on Coolest Gadgets. We just covered the Alessi Blank Wall Clock yesterday.

This clock is just as personal, but not in the sense that you can draw on it. As you can see in the video, the clock will only show the time when people are looking at it.

Granted, I have no idea how it knows whether or not anyone is looking at it, but it will give the correct time. If you aren’t looking at it, you will see nothing but some incongruous lines.

Mr. Clock is designed by Hye-Yeon Park, and it is supposed to be an art project. I suppose it asks the question of whether or not time happens when we are not looking at clocks. I suppose this is why we look at a clock, because without them, it is all lines.

Of course, if art asked a distinct question, and then gave the answer, would it still be art? Well, I will leave that one up to you.

Perhaps Hye-Yeon Park’s next project should be a television set that shows random patterns when you aren’t watching it. Unless you think the stuff that they show on television is random enough.

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Electroluminescent Mountain Bike

Every now and then I’ll spot someone riding a bike in the middle of the night and most of the time it’s almost impossible to see them.  Part of the problem in my area of the world is that it’s usually on a very dark back road and the reflector is so small it’s easily mistaken as nothing more than a mailbox with a reflector on it.  If you want to do a little something extra to make your bike stand out this is one tutorial you should check out.

Before you do put these on your bike you might make sure that it’s not illegal.  The whole thing is a 10 step process that might take you a little bit of time.  In addition to that it’ll probably cost you around $130 for all of the necessary parts, at least that’s what it cost the person that did this particular bike.  The guide is a little complex, so if you’re not experienced with wiring you may want to enlist some help.  You can read up on the project by going here.


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Blow-Up GoCrib

The first thing you have to learn to do as a parent is to blow up random objects.  Actually, you might want to start practicing before you have kids to work those lungs out a little.  You can’t afford to not be prepared for these sorts of things.  Those of you that had blow-up chairs in high school will have a small amount of an edge.  The rest of you though need to really get to working on this sort of thing.  Of course for this particular blow-up crib they were nice enough to include a pump.  Don’t let that make you think you can get lazy though, there will come a day when you’re stuck blowing up a whole assembly line of pool toys.

If you’re a parent that prefers to take your baby into the great outdoors then you know sometimes it gets challenging.  One way to make sure your baby stays right where they should be is to pick up this GoCrib.  It’s a mesh crib that’ll let them play outside without you worrying about any sticks or leaves getting jammed into their mouth.  The whole thing will fit directly into a handy little book bag.  Once your child has gotten older, the mesh sides unzip to give them a little fort to play within.  To purchase the Guava Family GoCrib it’ll cost you $249 through Amazon.

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Alessi Blank Wall Clock

If you’re a serious doodler, then you need all sorts of surfaces to perfect your art on.  Thankfully there are those committed to making strange clocks that allow for you to scribble all over to your heart’s content.  One of which is this Alessi clock that even comes with its very own magic marker.  Life just wouldn’t be the same without a full set of magic markers.  If you’re feeling particularly wild, you could even go out and purchase some multi-colored markers.

The whole clock is completely blank and even the hands feature a bright white design.  On the clock you can doodle your numbers however you choose.  Be it roman numerals, spelling it out or just using a tally chart.  Either way you’ll have plenty of options on drawing it out.  Unfortunately though, the clock will actually cost you a whole lot of cash.  To pick one up it’ll cost you $155 through Alessi.

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Evatran Plugless Power Station for Wireless Electric Car Charging

Considering that there will probably be an increase of electric vehicles on the road in the next few years, it’s nice to see that the Evatran Plugless Power Station is already thinking of ways to improve the charging process for these electric cars.

It works with the user installing a shoebox-sized adapter in the car, which works as a wireless power receiver. The car with this apparatus gets near this power station’s parking block, and the charging takes place.

When I say “gets near”, I mean that the car probably has to park directly over this parking block. Only a distance of two inches is allowed, which is dangerously close when dealing with under-the-car devices like this. At least it is better than the in-touch charging devices like the Powermat.

Another bug in this particular process is that the Plugless Power Station only operates at eighty percent capacity, but hopes to achieve ninety at launch.

Clearly, what is going to sell this product is the time it will take to charge an electrical car wirelessly vs. the time it will take to do this with a plug-in wire. If Evatran can do it even ten percent faster, it will be worth the investment from electric car drivers.

The company hopes to launch this by April 2011, with a $800 pricetag.

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Float Table uses magnets to make magic hovering effect

This is the Float Table, and it combines some of the best technology from the seventies and the eighties, along with yet-to-be-invented hover technology.

As you can see, the Float Table has that brown wood look that was so prevalent in the disco decade. The rotary phone is also a nice touch. As for the eighties, it certainly has that Rubik’s Cube thing going on.

According to my Source, those cubes are held together by the power of magnets. These attracting and rebelling forces somehow work together to appear like blocks floating in air, but still stable.

By the way, there are steel cables attached to the blocks to keep this structure from completely falling apart. I guess that you can’t see the cables in this picture. I’m also told that this is so you can shape the Float Table into whatever you want. I really wish that I had some pictures of that, as I would have attached them to this post.

I wonder if it is possible to shift this Float Table into something that looks more like an actual table with legs. I also wonder how much weight the table can hold.

Well, this is a concept piece of furniture as of now, but you never know. I don’t even know if this thing actually works, or if this is some complicated mock-up.

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Nimble Noggin Dexterity Challenge

Since our brain is a muscle, it goes without saying that giving it adequate exercise is important to have it chugging along nicely. The Nimble Noggin Dexterity Challenge from Hammacher offers you just that, where this game of skill will challenge little ones to maintain a steady hand over a robotic corkscrew course. All they need to do is to turn the crank to power up the robot’s internal dynamo, followed by passing a metal wand over the twists of the antenna. Should the metal surfaces make contact, they will automatically complete an electronic circuit, letting the android buzz while flashing his lights crazily in robotic reproof, giving your child all the necessary motivation to start again and over again. Good to know that this $34.95 “toy” will not cost you much more down the road in terms of batteries, since it doesn’t require any and won’t need to be hooked up to an external power supply, with no parts getting lost adding to its appeal.


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Samsung HMX-E10 is a full HD camcorder for beginners

Love capturing most of your precious moments in a digital format? While pictures are great at conveying a visual story at that moment in time, videos also have their place in the entire hierarchy. The Samsung HMX-E10 plays its role well, being a full HD camcorder that is small and portable enough to be slipped into your pocket without much problem at all. This is a point-and-shoot device, boasting a versatile, 270-degree swiveling lens which will enhance your creativity while allowing you to record your very own unique views in each video through various angles. With its swiveling lens, you can also have a new sense of fun when recording video, as it allows you to be part of the video itself without straining your arm too much (or making a guesswork at where the lens is pointed at).

All recorded video can be transferred over to a computer using the innovative built-in USB port function, which is a similar to what Cisco’s line of Flip camcorders have. It also frees up your luggage space, since there is no USB cable to bring around. When plugged in via USB, you can also charge the battery, killing two birds with one stone. Not only that, the HMX-E10 will come loaded with Samsung’s play-edit-sharing program known as intelli-studio, where this intuitive program will offer you the ability to edit and play your video from any computer without having to install supporting software. Perfect when you’re traveling and do not have a personal computer or notebook to fiddle with.

With an interactive and onscreen “upload” button, the HMX-E10 makes short work of uploading footage to the Web. It drastically reduces the number of steps needed to successfully upload and share video on various sites such as YouTube. Other hardware specifications include a large, high-performance 1/3.2 inch CMOS sensor which can capture video in full HD resolution as well as 8-megapixel stills, a 2.7″ wide touchscreen LCD display, the mentioned swivel lens, and Smart Filters to produce unique lens and color effects. Available in ivory or black colors, the Samsung HMX-E10 will hit the market this September for $199.99 a pop.

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FedEX CEO envisions a future of robot planes

I’m sure that most of you have seen all the Fed Ex airplanes at the “Hub” in the film Cast Away. Yes, they really do need all those planes to get all of our stuff to the proper place, and FedEX CEO Fred Smith sees a better way.

His vision is simple: robot planes. Yes, I know, there are many safety concerns with these. What Fred Smith envisions are not these autonomous planes that fly on their own to select locations, but rather an idea where one plane with a real human pilot leads a fleet of robotic planes around the world and makes certain they land properly at their proper destination. In other words, robot planes that fly in V formation like geese, with a human plane in the lead.

Yes, this sounds like something like science fiction, but you know that there are several UAV robot drones that work for the military. However, you should also know that UAVs are not supposed to fly over residential areas. Therefore, FedEx is going to have to get a lot of clearance to pull off something like this.

In a related story, some researchers at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base want to build some robots that can load and unload planes. I suppose that we’re on our way to completely removing the human from the shipping equation. This might not be a good thing in the longrun.

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Use the face for Nintendo DSi game

We all know that Microsoft is turning the whole body into a controller with the Kinect. Nintendo didn’t have anything like that for the Wii at E3 last month, because I guess they thought the 3DS was enough.

There is a game for the DSiWare that does use your body as a controller, even though it is just your face. The game is called “Kao Glider”, which translates into “Face Glider”.

Kao Glider is played by the user moving his or her face around. I presume that the DSi uses the camera to capture where the face is. So if you move your face up, the glider goes up. Move it down, the glider goes down, and so on.

Now here is the real question. Do you really want to look like an idiot playing Kao Glider on a bus, train, airplane, or any other place where you are seen in public? I suppose you would if you want to humiliate yourself, but it is a way to get attention.

I wonder what other type of “face games” you can create. I’m not just talking about games for the DSi Ware. After all, that iPhone 4 has that awesome front-facing camera. Surely there will be an App made for a face-moving game on the iPhone.

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