Last night Nintendo announced that sales for the Wii U are going to be well below expectations for fiscal year 2013, and despite the one year head-start it appears that it will fall behind newcomers PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2014 (in terms of units sold).
So why is the Wii U faltering? Is it the console’s price or lack of games? Is there brand confusion with the previous Wii console? Are the Wii U’s specs not powerful enough for the long haul? Depending on who you ask it could be one thing or all of the above. Regardless, the Wii U is selling about as well as the doomed Sega Dreamcast, which doesn’t bode well for its future.
Here are some suggestions to help Nintendo’s flagship console: Read the rest of this entry
Here are some ideas that would bring some personality to your home’s front door: a deadbolt and doorbell fashioned after the ones seen on the “magic teleportation door” from Howl’s Moving Castle. Now you can exit the house in style!
To make both of these items feasible for the real world there are some compromises: the doorbell would be static, because the rotational movement would be too hard to implement; and the deadbolt would only feature two colors instead of four, with red and green being used to show the door as locked and unlocked respectively.
Because the handle on the deadbolt is square-shaped, it would be hard to tell if the door is locked at a glance. Limiting the display to two colors to show locked/unlocked is ideal for this setup.
All that’s left is making sure the doorbell has that familiar chime heard in the film. To me it sounds more like a typewriter bell than your typical doorbell.
NOTES: I’m sure people much smarter than me could rig a 4-color deadbolt with a doorbell that can rotate (to match the deadbolt), but for everyday use and long-term durability the above setup would be more viable in my opinion.
Like just about everything else I post here these don’t exist, so your only option is the DIY route. The doorbell is easy, just a matter of painting an old bell and adding a pointer (installation might be a headache). As for the deadbolt there are similar items on the market but there are no indicators for the handle side of the door. As of this writing I could not find a custom deadbolt maker.
This is pretty simple: a car lighter cover (or replacement car lighter plug) that looks like a whimsical button you’d see in a James Bond car. The button would be labelled “Passenger Seat Eject” or “Missiles” or “Machine Guns” or what have you. Personally I would go with the Seat Eject one to intimidate passengers. It being plugged-in the cigarette lighter this could also illuminate (repeatedly blinking on and off) for a more authentic look.
Much like my Spy Hunter car stereo design, I always thought it would be fun to add a bunch of fake buttons to the console of your car for that “double-0 agent” feel. Maybe something can be done along the lines of a USB charger that plugs into the lighter (I might have to tackle that design one day).
In 2014 the CFL returns to Ottawa, boosting the league total to 9 teams. Fans like to dream up expansion scenarios, with Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Victoria BC being the oft-mentioned candidates. Realistically speaking it seems that the nine current franchises are about all this country can muster, and it looks to be that way for the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry
The big news in Canada this week is that Canada Post will be phasing out door-to-door delivery for all urban centres (thanks Obama). This means Canadians who currently get mail delivered right to their house will now have to head to their friendly neighborhood communal mailbox to retrieve their mail. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve already gone on record saying TV manufacturers should be more cavalier when it comes to the design of their TVs, and I’m sad to say not much has changed on that front! But what about plain-looking TVs that compliment other products?
And a PS4-themed TV would be a perfect example. This is just a TV with a couple of familiar PS4 design cues and a stand made with the console in mind. It would feature a couple of bells and whistles like additional front-facing USB ports and a perch on top for the PS4 camera.
The main screen echoes the touch screen on the Dualshock 4. The TV’s power indicator aligns with the one on the console. The stand is really basic in appearance, but I wanted to ensure the console can breathe okay.
Sony came close to this design on two occasions: they released a TV with a built-in PS2 console (in 2010 oddly enough); and a 3DTV for the PS3. Unfortunately both were on the small side (22 – 24″), and the PS3 one didn’t integrate its namesake console in any way.
What I am seeking is a large 40 – 50″ TV with a smart stand, a few extra USB ports, and a place to clip the PS4 camera; which is pretty basic in my opinion. And with TVs becoming cheaper than ever, I hope Sony can release something along these lines.
Notes: I also made another version with flip-out controller chargers but thought better of using moving parts (and I don’t have a model of a PS4 controller handy!). Heck, Sony could just issue a standalone stand that could plug into some of their existing TVs (I imagine they use many different stand designs), which is another approach.
This is one of those no-brainer ideas that I’m surprised doesn’t exist: you take the classic Mickey Mouse phone and use that as the basis for a cradle/dock for modern smartphones or tablets.
At a fraction the size of the original phone, this is essentially a figurine on a stand. The phone would be held in place by the base/dock, so Mickey wouldn’t have to do any heavy lifting. It would just appear that he is propping up the phone.
This cradle would be a great accessory for viewing or charging your device. I certainly would love one on my desk.
There are a few homages to the classic phone on the market currently, but nothing quite like this. Also I have to say I’m surprised that this didn’t already happen, mostly because Steve Jobs was heavily involved with Disney/Pixar in addition to overseeing Apple.
Here’s hoping this becomes a reality one day.