Vacuum Tube Chess Set Makes Tesla Proud

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Vacuum Tubes may have been a cornerstone in developing electronics, but for our purposes here, they make a sweet chess board. The “Chess Set For Tesla,” by Paul Fryer, uses 32 vacuum tubes and 64 plugs to ensure that those pieces don’t tip over during play. And of course, they light up, sohwing the type of piece on top. As some Dvice commenters noted, this is probably an impractical board, as the tubes would likely get too hot to handle unless you’re playing in the northern reaches of Russia. That doesn’t make it any less awesome from afar. [Make Blog via Dvice]

Transformer Cufflinks, Just in Time for the Show

 

On your way to see the most transcendant movie of modern times? Arrive in style with a pair of Transformer cufflinks. Each set includes one Autobot logo and one Decepticon emblem, and they’re both crafted with silver plating, measuring 0.78 inches by 0.59 inches. A black, PVC-covered cufflink box is also included. Not a bad deal at $20 bucks plus shipping, but there’s a problem. Like any Etsy offering that hits the blogosphere, Finkstudio couldn’t keep up with demand, so these awesome ‘links are sold out. Care to show up at Transformers: Rise of the Fallen with Batman cufflinks instead? [Wired]

The Football Carpet: Don’t Call it Soccer

At 31 inches by 62 inches, the Football carpet isn’t fit for staging any actual matches, but think of all the happy feelings you’ll get when walking through the door, if you’re a Soccer fan, that is. Designer Karin Mannerstål has created an approximation of a footie field with 100 percent, hand-tufted wool. Admittedly, we’re not familiar with the benefits of hand-tufting, but hopefully stepping on this carpet feels something like running around on fresh grass, fielding a header into the net and filling out your sails with the delighted screams of fans. It’s available in one color — green, of course — and sells for $190.43. Angry hooligans on the sidelines not included. [ScandinavianDesignCenter via Cool Material]

On-Time Clock Always Runs Fast

Finally, confirmation that other people set clocks ahead to avoid running late. The trick is to fool yourself into perpetual confusion, never quite knowing what time it really is. Fabrica’s Tak Cheung has designed a clock whose minute hand is always bent forward by a few minutes. One problem though: surf to On-Time’s product page and you’ll learn right away that the clock runs exactly three minutes fast, ruining the mystery. But what happens if you set this clock ahead by an additional amount? Total chaos, followed by a tear in the fabric of the space-time continuum. Maybe that’s why there’s no word on pricing or availability. [Fabrica via The Awesomer]

On-Time Clock Always Runs Fast

Finally, confirmation that other people set clocks ahead to avoid running late. The trick is to fool yourself into perpetual confusion, never quite knowing what time it really is. Fabrica’s Tak Cheung has designed a clock whose minute hand is always bent forward by a few minutes. One problem though: surf to On-Time’s product page and you’ll learn right away that the clock runs exactly three minutes fast, ruining the mystery. But what happens if you set this clock ahead by an additional amount? Total chaos, followed by a tear in the fabric of the space-time continuum. Maybe that’s why there’s no word on pricing or availability. [Fabrica via The Awesomer]

Find Fresh Food with FarmFresh NYC iPhone App

Shopping for produce and other fresh foods, especially in New York City, can be a crapshoot, but Thinkenhaus removes some of the guesswork with the FarmFresh NYC iPhone App. The guide points professional and amateur cooks to local farmers markets selling in-season fruit, vegetables, fish and shellfish. There are 90 products in all and 50 participating farmers markets. Updates are automatic, and you can even create a grocery list or track the seasonality of individual items. That sounds a lot more appetizing than wading through piles of mushy tomatoes at the local bodega. FarmFresh NYC is available from the App Store now for $3, and versions for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans are on the way. [via Thinkenhaus]

Wooden iPod Mini, Retro in More Ways Than One

The iPod Mini is an outdated model, so it’s only fitting that Jozaeh’s MP3 player is encased in the wood of a stately old Australian red cedar tree. Camphor Laurel comprises the click wheel, and brass plates and screws hold everything together. Says the creator: “I was given a new iPod Mini for Christmas and I just couldn’t leave my trusty old mini to sit unused somewhere.” Sounds like it was his first stab at a wooden iPod mod, and we say he did an admirable job. Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before the battery kicks the bucket and this wooden iPod becomes a true antique. [Flickr via BB Gadgets]

Skullcandy releases wood-grain earbuds

 

For some reason the electronics world loves covering things in wood. Wooden televisions, wooden VCRs, wooden iPhone covers….now Skullcandy has created wooden earbuds. The wood grain earphones cost a whopping $99 (pretty steep for a pair of Skullcandy’s…BUT despite their typical small price these are some fantastic earphones). The phones work with all your favorite music apparatuses. Since Skullcandy’s typically go for around $20, you’re looking at a four or five times markup for the grain exterior however….that’s pretty astronomical, even though they look pretty cool. What electronics do you own that’s wood grain? Do you think the trend is going to continue? [via BoingBoing]

Baumraum Modern Treehouses

While it may not be the Swiss who bring the Baumraum treehouses, we can thank the Swiss Robinson family for birthing the treehouse living concept in our own minds.  Baumraum is a German tree house developer who focuses on modern design and natural living, putting together the best of modern architecture with the classic family retreat of the tree house.  There is no better escape from the daily urban struggle than a getaway to a Baumraum treehouse, where nature is at your fingertips and modern living is at your back.  We salute Baumraum and their modern designs, and we love the idea of living peacefully amongst nature thanks to smart, contemporary design.

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