Sonic The Hedgehog Bike Rack

Sonic The Hedgehog by Dave Delisle

Here is a bike rack design based on Sonic The Hedgehog losing a bunch of gold rings to injury. Sonic’s misfortune would be a great place to park your bicycle!

This rack would give the illusion that Sonic was running along the nearby sidewalk or pathway just prior to running into trouble here. Also a few Sonic games had levels set in a city environment, so this would be replicating a game level in real life somewhat.

All the rings are perfectly round, however they would be placed at an angle to look like their oval-shaped video game counterparts. Also they would be aligned in rows to help with accessibility.

Sonic The Hedgehog by Dave Delisle

This design features only ten rings, but you could easily scatter 2 or 3 dozen around our hero. As long as a few rings are raised off the ground (at varying heights) for a dynamic scene that is true to the video games. Sonic himself would be a standee, but if you want to get really fancy a statue could be used instead.

If no bikes are present this would function nicely as an art installation too, something that is becoming more and more commonplace.

James Bond Car Cigarette Lighter Covers

James Bond Seat Eject Car Lighter Cover Dave Delisle 2013

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.

James Bond Cigarette Lighter cover by Dave's Geeky Ideas

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).

Ghostbusters Nightlight

Ghostbusters night Light by Dave's Geeky Ideas

Earlier today Gizmodo featured these cool Avengers-themed nightlights. They look great, fully earning their “wall art” nickname. Better yet they run on batteries, so you can place them anywhere on the wall (instead of plugging into a power outlet, which is often the norm for a nightlight).

And that brings me to the design seen above. A nightlight based on the Ghostbusters sign seen in the films, in the exact same vein as those neat Avengers nightlights. This would be an affordable way for GB fans to procure an illuminated sign, I tell you whut.

Beware Of Chain Chomp Sign

Chain-Chomp-Mario-Sign-by-Daves-Geeky-Ideas

Once in a while I like to make things people can print, and today I am offering this geek version of a standard “Beware Of Dog” sign. Perfect for the office or home habitat, or anywhere you might feel jokingly territorial.

You can find a few sized for an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper after the jump.

Jurassic Park Wallpaper: Fences Are Failing

Jurassic Park Wallpaper Desktop Fence Security Unarmed Failure 2012 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas
Fullscreen 4:3 Wallpaper 1920 x 1440 Click To Enlarge

UPDATE: You can now buy a high-res poster of this image here.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Jurassic Park post, and even longer since I released a geeky wallpaper (not counting train maps), so this fits the bill nicely. This wallpaper recreates the desktop seen in the first film.

Request: If there are any video-savvy folks out there, I was hoping for some help in recreating the animation from the film for a looping YouTube video. I can provide this backdrop, and several overlays (for the alarms). You’d need to scoop the audio and compile the image sequence, and create a lengthy loop (something like this, but not necessarily 10 hours!). Email me if you are interested. I was just going to do a GIF but the alarm beep audio is crucial. UPDATE: Someone has volunteered! Hope to have a looping video for you all to enjoy soon. Also I was pointed to this video as well, check it out.

Above is the fullscreen 4:3 ratio, below is the widescreen 16:9 ratio.

Jurassic Park Wallpaper Desktop Fence Security Unarmed Failure 2012 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas
Widescreen 16: 9 Wallpaper 1680 x 1050 Click To Enlarge

I have to admire the design of this desktop and its usage in the film. So much information is present, which helped signify a lot was going wrong. You don’t get bogged-down in information overload at all. Genius.

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Traffic Light Idea Revisited

Animated Traffic Light

A few months ago I posted this traffic light idea which would grab the attention of all drivers and assist the colorblind. As it turns out, colorblind lights actually exist right here in Canada! The distinct shapes were put to use, and as you can see  it looks effective.

Colorblind traffic lights

I’d still like to use the octagon for the stop shape – such an established icon. But then again the shape may look circular at a distance, which is why I added the white outline. I also made the octagon significantly larger in the previous post – something I should have carried over here (oops).

Thought I’d take the concept a bit further and add animation to the light process. I feel a pulsing green conveys motion, and would perhaps grab the attention of drivers who would otherwise wait for someone behind them to honk to get going.

Also added a white outline blink at the start of the stop sequence, to add emphasis to stopping. It would be as though the light was exclaiming “HEY STOP!”. Originally I wanted the white outline to have a slow blink throughout the red light duration to convey a ‘please wait’ tone,  but I figured some drivers would mistake this for the red light ending and jump the gun as a result.

Obviously animations in traffic lights aren’t new, with turning or crosswalk lights blinking. This system would compliment the standard traffic light procedure,  which would help increase driver awareness.