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Short Film: Dried Up

Short Film: Dried Up

Created by Kansas City Art Institute students for their thesis, Dried Up is a desolate, yet beautiful stop-motion story about a drought-stricken town and one man’s project to give hope.

Nikon D300S DSLR

Nikon D300S DSLR
$1,800  Buy Comment

Sounding like an iPhone 3GS, Nikon’s 12.3 MP D300S gets speed and video: HD 720p @ 24 fps recording with autofocus and faster 7fps continuous shooting are its chief improvements.

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Comic-Con 2009 Cosplay

Comic-Con 2009 Cosplay

The most important part of Comic-Con 2009 wasn’t the games, movies or even comics: it was the hordes of cosplayers; check out Maximum PC’s huge collection of 600 photos. Thanks, Jerry!

CTS Audio System

CTS Audio System
$250  Buy Comment

As slick as the A40 Audio System is, we’ve been hesitating until now: the Cardboard Tube Samurai Edition sports Penny Arcade tags and spearheads Astro Gaming’s Artist Series.

Full Bleed Series 9

Full Bleed Series 9
$17  Buy Comment

Rob Dobi has just released Series 9 of his popular Full Bleed t-shirt line; his quirky, yet thought-provoking silhouettes continue to please, with Curtain Call and Color Theory our top picks.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

The F430’s successor, Ferrari’s 458 Italia is an aluminum stunner with a 4.5L V8 good for 562 hp and 398 lb-ft; it also features a 7-speed dual clutch shifter and a 0-60 of 3.4s.

Firearms: Darkest of Days

Firearms: Darkest of Days
$40  Buy Comment

Sure, the gun training premise of this Firearms trailer for Darkest of Days is dorky, but you’d be missing the point: assault rifles vs Romans=best excuse ever for hedonistic anachronism.

Fly-Goodbye Gun

Fly-Goodbye Gun
$30  Buy Comment

Like the Wild West in reverse, the Fly-Goodbye Gun doesn’t shoot; it uses a vacuum to suck up flies into either a deadly glue cartridge or a more humane catch-and-release canister.

Leica Pinmaster

Leica Pinmaster

Leica lends its pricey and prestigious name to the Pinmaster, a laser rangefinder that can “pin”-point the distance to a pin; it’s good up to 820 yards with 7x magnification and auto-dimmer.

Personal Urn

Personal Urn
$2,600  Buy Comment

Morbidity has nothing on megalomania: the Personal Urn is a 3D reconstruction of your face that’ll hold all your ashes and remind your loved ones of your eternal awesomeness.

Lexon Black Watch

Lexon Black Watch
~$105  Buy Comment

Lexon hits the sweet spot for stylish austerity with its Black Watch (LM 102); it features an IP black steel case, Miyota movement, and phosphorescent white or orange indices.

Free: Music Catch

Free: Music Catch

Short but sweet, Music Catch is a free consumption-style game (think flOw) with a catch: it’s set to an utterly mesmerizing piano song which is cued to match the pace of the game.

Shirts Taste Good

Shirts Taste Good
$15-$18  Buy Comment

Pure genius, but also pure annoyance, too: Shirts Taste Good features t-shirts based on Internet memes, with classics like Rick Rollin’, the Aluminum Falcon and Don’t Tase Me, Bro.

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Star Wars Dioramas

Star Wars Dioramas

Intricately detailed, Ernesto Carrillo’s Lego Star Wars Dioramas pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the Imperial war machine, from a droid-run ER to an AT-ST factory floor.

Bushnell Spectator

Bushnell Spectator
$40-$70  Buy Comment

Just in time for football season, Bushnell’s new Spectator Binoculars sport wide-angle, multi-coated optics that reduce glare, while PermaFocus means no more adjusting for sharp images.

Time Lapse: Disneyland

Time Lapse: Disneyland

Think of it as a time travel ride to the Happiest Place on Earth when it was little more than dirt: this time lapse video of Disneyland was found by an employee on its way to deep storage.

Bowling Knights

Bowling Knights
$20  Buy Comment

Underneath King Arthur’s Court was also King Arthur’s lesser-known bowling alley: Bowling Knight tasks you with taking out the roundtable’s finest without knocking over the princess pin.

Zii EGG Plaszma

Zii EGG Plaszma
$399  Buy Comment

The Zii EGG Plaszma is a wish list come true: 3.5″, 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen, two cameras (one front-facing), 32 GB storage, Flash Lite, Wi-Fi, GPS and 1080p output.

Alien Big Chap Figure

Alien Big Chap Figure

Celebrating the Alien’s 30th anniversary, this Big Chap figure is based on H.R. Giger’s original design; it stands 16″ tall with 19 articulation points and an extendable set of inner jaws.

Jackie Chan x Kaspersky

Jackie Chan x Kaspersky

This Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 ad is so ridiculously bad that it’s guaranteed YouTube cult status; a Segway-riding Jackie Chan busts out a can of cheesy whoop ass on malware.

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Funny: Star Sports

Funny: Star Sports

Winner of Best Parody for the 2009 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge, Star Sports is an action-packed tale of blaster pistols and dodge ball; the overall winner, BTW, is Star Wars: Retold.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
$280  Buy Comment

Panasonic slims down its compacts with the 12.1 MP Lumix DMC-ZR1, which boasts the world’s first 0.3 mm aspherical lens; it also features 8x optical zoom and a 1.1 s start-up speed.

Smiley Factory T-shirt

Smiley Factory T-shirt
$18  Buy Comment

Literally turning frowns upside down, the Smiley Factory isn’t the happy place you’d imagine; if anything, this t-shirt is a surprisingly poignant (and eery) metaphor for life.

Jaguar E-Type Speedster

Jaguar E-Type Speedster

A remake of an old legend, Eagle’s Jaguar E-Type Speedster updates the tried and true lines of the original, along with a modern straight six 4.7L powerplant mated to a 5 speed gearbox.

DIY: Eyebrow Hat

DIY: Eyebrow Hat

Tom Jodd’s arduino-powered Eyebrow Hat is goofiness in the name of science: it’s run by an array of servos and potentiometers that adjust the pitch and height of the eyebrows.

The Man Wall

The Man Wall
$14,900  Buy Comment

The Man Wall has it all: 4 flat panel TVs, a 1000W sound system, iPod docking station, beer keg, 1000W microwave, wine rack, 2 cigar humidors, and giant 7′ sports ticker. Thanks, Charley!

MP: Modern Warfare 2

MP: Modern Warfare 2
$60  Buy Comment

Brief yet deadly, the teaser above is our first glimpse of Modern Warfare 2’s Multiplayer mode; it introduces the AC130 gunner mode, which you can unlock as a killstreak award.

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III
~$875  Buy Comment

It still has a 10 MP sensor, but Ricoh fans will be salivating over the GR Digital III’s new noise-reducing GR Engine III, a 28 mm/F1.9 lens, and a CCD with 2x sensitivity over the old model.

Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Oh, Italy, how far you’ve fallen: Rome gets redone as a giant Orc camp with this Warcraft 2-style map; it uses Cartagen, a mapping framework that can load GSS (geo style sheet) files.

Adidas Avinyo Watch

Adidas Avinyo Watch
$85  Buy Comment

Named after a trendy Barcelona street, Adidas’ Avinyo Watch gets a refresh with a silver on black colorway; it’s actually a polycarbonate case with perfed PU leather strap.

Trailer: No Impact Man

Trailer: No Impact Man

No soda, no elevators, no TV: No Impact Man is a documentary about an experiment by Colin Beavan and his family to minimize consumption while living in NYC; it’ll be in theaters 9/11.

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