Thanks to Netflix I recently revisited Justice League Unlimited, and finally got acquainted with Batman: The Brave And The Bold. Both series feature Booster Gold and his sidekick, a hovering robot named Skeets.
And Skeets being such a versatile robot, he struck me as something that would translate to many neat products, such as: a webcam, virtual keyboard projector, night light, USB Hub, desktop speaker, digital projector, and so on. For now I’m happy to use Skeets as a lamp, mostly because he’d look cool and would also serve as a life-size prop of sorts.
I’m a little surprised that there aren’t several Skeets products on the market already. In both shows he struck me as toy-like in his appearance, and his voice sounded like something emitted from a sound chip that are common in toys today. Lots of opportunity here in my opinion.
A few notes: the lamp could collapse to show Skeets in his normal form (above right), and his red eye could be used as a night light perhaps? The lamp would use a doughnut-shaped halogen or LED light. And yes it would be cool if it came with a number of phrases voiced by Billy West (the voice actor who voiced Skeets in both shows).
(Note: I posted this four years ago, but I am re-posting this today with new art and fancier words. I’m almost done with the cleanup)
I use a power bar for my computer and junk, and on a few occasions I have tripped its red switch with my foot, killing the power and my will to live. So I thought, why can’t that switch be tethered remotely? Something I can place on my desk within arm’s reach. And voila, this concept was born.
However my clumsiness prompted the addition of a protective cover for the switch, so I dreamed up this switch design that belonged inside a fighter jet. I feel it would look cool on your desk. Or would it look too cool? The temptation to press it might be overwhelming.
Not shown: the red light indicator would be embedded in the switch too, just like a normal power bar.
Power bar manufacturers: this design is not beholden to any intellectual property (e.g. Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters), so please run with it if you want.
You might recall that a few years ago I posted a mockup of a stereo that looked like Blaster, the popular cassette-playing Autobot (or Audiobot as I like to call him). It’s something that I always kind of wanted in real life, so I’ve kept an eye out for existing stereos that I could enlist for such a project.
Then a few months back I found an RCA stereo that could do the job. It had a midsection that extruded out just like Blaster’s yellow tape deck. The speakers were also ideal too (I’d flip them upside down if needed). So I placed an order for the stereo, and even ordered some Autobot stickers from Reprolabels. The plan was to meticulously disassemble and paint the stereo.
Alas my order was pushed back to June (even if I choose express shipping!), and all other reputable stores don’t have this in stock. I’ve decided to throw in the towel and cancel my order, clearly this 5 year old stereo model is no longer being made (attempts to contact RCA fell short too).
I thought it would be a fun surprise for the blog, instead I will just share the mockup and my aborted plans. I will continue to keep an eye out for a stereo system that will fit the bill, and I will also attempt to do more IRL projects going forward.
UPDATE: A couple of helpful folks on Twitter pointed me to a reputable retailer and I ordered one, will get it in a week…so things are a go now! (Here is the link – Canadian customers only)
UPDATE 2: Derailed again. The product is out of stock.
This is another instance of when I was shopping for a particular item only to discover it did not exist. Much to my surprise shark-themed laser pointers aren’t available. Now I only have one simple request; and that is to have laser pointers that look like sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!
To be clear this would be for a small handheld laser pointer used for highlighting stuff on the chalkboard or terrorizing your pet cat (and NOT for pointing at flying aircraft). This gadget would fit onto your keychain, and would be operated with a push button. To make it friendly for placing in your pocket I’d make all the fins (or the whole body) out of a flexible rubber.
Another way to go is to have a normal laser pointer that can attach to a plastic toy shark. It would be a decorative item for the desk.
Relevant scene for the youngsters who might not get the joke. Can you believe the film is 16 years old??
Here’s a fun look back at a bunch of Jurassic Park ideas. Stay tuned for more in the future!
1. Jurassic Park 3D Glasses. I was so sure this would be a thing I vowed to watch the Twilight films if it didn’t happen. A man of my word, I will… oh, they’re not on Netflix? Oh man what a bummer. But seriously I’d want a pair of these, 3D or no.
2. Jurassic Park Blu-Ray Case. This design put my blog on the map, so feel free to assign blame here. If I ever got rich I would 3D-print this sucker.
3. Jurassic Park Fence Bed. Featuring a doomed plush goat (like so many of my other posts)! I’m pretty sure there was an IKEA bed with a similar frame, but I can’t seem to find it anymore.
4. Jurassic Park Watch. I made this for my Watch This series, and I still love this design 2 years later. You’ll note as we go back in time, the pictures as smaller. For some reason I was cool with a blog width of 445 pixels back in the day.
5. Jurassic Park Hockey Jersey. This one migrated to my other blog, but it was a hit when I posted it here in the fall of 2011. The design was inspired by the gas-powered jeeps from the film.
The highly-anticipated Oculus Rift VR headset will be released this spring, allowing gamers to enjoy virtual reality – something that seemed around the corner in the early 90’s! With many developers pledging support for games old and new, and its attractive price point of $300, you’d be hard-pressed to find any fault with this device. Read the rest of this entry
The crystals in the Superman films had several functions: home construction, beacon, glow stick, ability to restore superpowers, and last but not least: data storage. Two of these things — data storage and the glow functionality — could easily translate to a USB flash drive. The end result is something that looks and behaves (to an extent) just like one of Superman’s crystals.
For this design a vanilla cap would cover the USB plug. Like the previous Ghostbusters design, there would be some LED lights built-in to indicate the device is in use. But one thing I’d like to see is an on-demand light, triggered by a button, allowing you to replicate the ‘glow stick’ feature of the crystal. The drive would need an on-board battery, preferably something that can be recharged (via USB, of course). There are so many keychain light and USB drive combos, so I feel this is an attainable design.
And as a lark it should come preloaded with a few documents about trees.