At first glance, this appears to be just another Volkswagen toy, but it's actually a functional record player. That's right, the palm-sized "Record Runner" is officially licensed, and plays 12" or 7" vinyl records at 45 rpm. Two AAA batteries are good for approximately 90-minutes of play time, while the record needle can easily be replaced when worn out. Continue reading for another video and more information.
These look like normal steps at first, but when combined, it's actually a 230-foot sea-organ in Croatia, which harnesses the energy of the winds and waters of the Adriatic sea to create hypnotizing, yet harmonized notes. The device was made by the architect Nikola Basic as part of the project to redesign the new city coast (Nova riva), and the site was opened to the public on April 15, 2005. In addition, white marble steps leading down to the water were built later. Concealed under these steps, which both protect and invite, is a system of polyethylene tubes and a resonating cavity that turns the site into a large musical instrument, played by the wind and the sea. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Nicola Pavan, a stringed-instrument maker from Italy, has unveiled his latest creation: a LEGO guitar. Besides the neck, electronics and hardware, it's made entirely from LEGO parts, with only their own interlocking mechanisms to hold them together. "You might be thinking that under that layer of Lego there is some type of wood that forms the support, but you are wrong. The body is made entirely of Lego and without any kind of glue between the various blocks. Before arriving at the final model it was built a first prototype that allowed us to test the stability of Lego," said Pavan. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Marshall Fridge is finally available after years stuck in the drawing room, working out kinks and what not. It works just as you imagine, the front paneling opens up to reveal 4.4-cubic-feet of refrigerator space perfect for your snacks and beer. Or, use the freezer on the top shelf for ice cream on a hot day. Get one here now. Continue reading for another two videos showing it in-action.
Mpow's Bluetooth 4.0 HD Audio Adapter is perfect for anyone who wants to stream music wirelessly to non-Bluetooth devices, and you can pick one up today for $19.99 with coupon code: MNELUOKO, originally $69.99. Anyone can get their playlists streaming in a matter of moments by simply pairing your Bluetooth smartphone or tablet (supports 2 devices simultaneously) to the receiver, and you're ready to jam. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: MNELUOKO during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a more in-depth video review and demonstration.
Photographer Mierswa Kluska teamed up with designers Mona Sibai and Bjorn Ewers to come up with a creative print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, and what happened next is something you'd expect to see in a fantasy film. The team used macro photographs taken inside the cramped spaces of instruments - violin, cello, flute, and pipe organ - to make them appear as cavernous rooms that can be walked around in. So wonderfully done. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible 60-sided geodesic dome carved entirely from wood.
YouTube user "MrSolidSnake745" is known for his floppy drive renditions of popular songs, and for July 4th, he decided to upload a special version of "The Star Spangled Banner". For those who have no idea what floppy drives are, in the early 1980s, a number of manufacturers introduced smaller floppy drives and media in various formats. A consortium of 21 companies eventually settled on a 3.5-inch floppy disk (actually 90 mm wide) a.k.a. Micro diskette, Micro disk, or Micro floppy, similar to a Sony design, but improved to support both single-sided and double-sided media, with formatted capacities generally of 360 KB and 720 KB respectively. Single-sided drives shipped in 1983, and double sided in 1984. What became the most common format, the double-sided, high-density (HD) 1.44 MB disk drive, shipped in 1986. Continue reading for more.
Roy Harpaz, an industrial designer, has just released his latest invention, "Toc". Simply put, it's a vertical record player that's beeen given a modern makeover, complete with remote control functionality, LED touch buttons and a sensor that scans the record for different songs, enabling you to easily skip between tracks. There are special spherical bearings to let you play previously unplayable vinyl. Its front panel casing is made from CNC-cut walnut wood that seamlessly blends with the rest of your home entertainment system. Continue reading for more pictures.
Looking like something from a horror movie, Stratton's $2,999 Skull Violin is fully-functional and is perfect for concerts. According to Stratton, "The death's-head shape of this natural wood Stratton electric violin definitely makes a statement. That statement is backed up by a rich, focused tone from the Barbera Twin Hybrid transducer system, providing a strong output signal that's great for acoustic styles, but also exceptionally well-suited for use with high-gain effects in high-volume performances." Continue reading for a video and more information.
UK-based designer Tom Bingham is a diehard Star Wars fan who took Millennium Falcon toy and transformed it into a fully-functional guitar. That's not all, for his "Star Wars Spaceships Electric Guitars" line, he also crafted functional musical instruments from a B-Wing Fighter and Y-Wing Fighter. The 64-year-old spent countless hours over the span of 3-months to build out this awesome collection of guitars. Unfortunately, there's no Death Star version in the works...yet. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two baby bears caught fighting in the middle of the road in Yellowstone.