That is a question mark in the title, because I honestly don’t know if this will work: using a Steadicam arm rig to hold a VR headset. The goal is not to create a stabilized image, but to reduce the weight of the VR headset to almost nothing, while allowing complete movement of the user (within arm’s reach, literally). At least that is my theory.
The gimbals are directly above the head. The arm is affixed to a heavy pillar, that acts like a Steadicam operator. A chin strap may be needed to keep the headset on the user’s noggin. This rig could allow for really heavy headsets with huge displays and speakers, the whole nine yards. But again, I’m not really sure. Makes you think though.
Here is another design using Heads-Up Display technology (more on that here), a personal assistant based on the mirror from Snow White. This was inspired by a recent episode of Black Mirror that featured an interactive toy with an emotive face. Why isn’t there a personal assistant with an animated face?
Continue reading ➞ Mirror Mirror Personal Assistant
This Futurama-themed electric scooter reminds me of Pee-Wee Herman’s bicycle, a testament to all that is colorful, retro, and zany. It screams fun to me, but I can see this being hideous to many other people.
Continue reading ➞ Planet Express Electric Scooter
I’m sure this is something a lot of gamers have wanted over the years: a disc changer for their game console. I haven’t given it much thought since multi-disc games like Final Fantasy VII were released long ago. Such a device would’ve been a pricey add-on years ago, but it should be a bargain now, right?
Continue reading ➞ Disc Changer For Game Consoles
Same deal as a Nest thermostat, with a silver dial encompassing a screen, but given a HAL 9000 makeover. This could also be given personal assistant (Alexa, Siri) abilities, thanks to the speaker placement. The speaker and screen also lend themselves to intercom and security cam functionality.
It would be a neat device to have, but speaking as a Dave I’m a little hesitant about wanting one.
I had no idea USB Volume Knobs were a thing until today! I’m grabbing one because I keep pushing my PC speaker away from me when I adjust the volume. Even better, this idea was born.
The Spinal Tap wordmark replaces the Marshall logo seen on the amplifier. I honestly believe Thinkgeek or any company could make these without the Spinal Tap or Marshall logo, as long as there is an 11 there for the gag. There’s no pointer on the dial, which spins infinitely, so the numbers are purely for decoration.
This could also be a desk (like this) or a conference table (obviously), but the sunken map makes for a good play area, which are common in gaming tables. The map can be a monitor as well, but I much prefer a light box setup.
Continue reading ➞ Virtucon Gaming Table