Just to prove Lucas hasn’t made every possible product out of Star Wars, I give you the Hoth Shield Generator Surge Protector. Yes, the doomed station with 18 seconds of screen time. But here it looks very much at home guarding your electronics like it did protecting Rebels – albeit with more success against AC/DC currents than AT-AT walkers. Somewhere an electrician is shaking his/her head.
I try to implement geekiness into everyday products. When I look around my desk, I see potential even in the neglected surge protector. It’s a messy terminal of wires, so why not make it look like an intended mess? Plus the protective purpose of the Hoth Shield Generator would make a knowing geek nod in appreciation. Damn straight.
And yes I skipped thirteen. Not that I am overly superstitious, but would like some ideas to actually happen and become a reality.
Again this is one of those ‘no-brainer’ gadgets, so why doesn’t this exist? Is it the stigma of the Grand Theft Auto franchise? Or does Rockstar refuse to merchandise the brand? Either way, I think this is one of those ‘Art-imitates-life’ devices utilized for the sake of a video game, so why not revert GTA’s take on an everyday device back to the consumer?
Some must-haves: It has to give the User the ability to input the make and model of their vehicle, so every time you start the vehicle, you’d have that GTA moment. Sure it’s redundant, and may not be a helpful reminder that you’re kickin’ it with an 89′ Ford Festiva, but it’s one of those ‘authentic’ GTA touches.
Also, you should be able to input your friend’s initials and other landmarks onto the map, as though they were mission contacts. Lastly, it needs to display the radio station you listen to, and announce every neighborhood you are cruising through.
If you need to go the extra mile and incorporate a laser/radar detector (do people still use those?), that could alert the driver using GTA’s infamous ‘police star’ meter. 5 stars if you are really in trouble.
Wouldn’t you like to flatten a Goomba when you need to hit snooze? Of course you would. And this alarm clock design would give you just that opportunity.
Granted the Goomba feature would need to be durable to handle many snooze presses, so it might not be feasible. That said I feel the score UI from the bottom of Super Mario 3 would make for a neat alarm clock, so at the very minimum something that looks like a diorama with lights and sounds like above would do the trick.
Not all my ideas are epic or cool. This one is born of spite! I am #$%@ tired of stubbing my foot on this scale that is taking up valuable floor space in our small bathroom! Argh! >:[
I honestly thought this one existed already, apparently not. I think you could open and close this with your foot. If I did a quick re-design, I’d have the scale fold into the stand. The stand would be weighed down to keep it in place. Perhaps not infomercial worthy, but this should get made.
This design is a charger for your portable devices for when you’re low on juice. And an Energon Cube would look great as such a device. If I recall correctly, in the original cartoon these cubes were filled with a hose attached to the side, so a cord or two plugged into this charger would have that same appearance.
The cube would also have a few LED lights embedded, so it could function as a portable light too. Taking it a step further, the brightness of the cube could indicate how much power it is packing. Not shown: a plug that folds out from the bottom so you can charge it in an outlet.
Update: You could apply the same idea for the Tasseract Cube seen in The Avengers.
Update: I originally posted this a month after an April’s Fool prank (which I was not aware of) for a device called the iCade, which was an arcade cabinet for the iPad. That prank became an actual product a few months later. And then a year or two after that a version for the iPhone was released. Great minds think alike!
Wouldn’t it be neat to hear a familiar video game chime when you unlock your front door? Like the sound when opening a dungeon or treasure chest in a Zelda game. Suddenly the mundane task of entering or exiting your home would sound like an adventure.
I feel that creating a deadbolt with a speaker would be the best way to accomplish this. Another way is to incorporate a sound chip into the key itself, but that would be difficult to create an electronic key fob that will fit onto any key.
Special thanks to my friend Matt Rose for suggesting the latter idea (the chime built into the key).
UPDATE: You might have noticed that Zelda chime when the door rang at the beginning of the Scott Pilgrim movie! I think an accompanying door bell would be great too.