Tag Archives | Class

…You can build your own Microsoft Surface?

DIY Surface

If Microsoft’s Surface PC has you dreaming about the future of computing, but the $12,000 price tag has brought you back to reality, then check out Maximum PC’s build of a multitouch surface computer that uses just $350 in parts and a bit of creative hacking.

The whole thing achieves the Surface like interface through the use of some infrared LEDs, a PS3 Eye camera, a projector, and some acrylic, and the wood cabinet gives it some class, though that would be purely optional if you wanted to keep it geek-tastic.

The computer itself is just a common Core 2 Duo, 2 gig RAM machine, and the software is all open source, so you could technically build one of your own if you were so inclined.

Just don’t let on to the price when your friends wonder where the spare Clevelands came from.

[Maximum PC – DIY Microsoft Surface]

[Gizmodo]

…It’s Things Thursday: PAPPA*PHONE?

PAPPA*PHONE

Hulger’s PAPPA*PHONE brings a touch of class to the VoIP telephone.

Cut from a single solid piece of American walnut (so that the grain of the wood flows from the handset to the base), each PAPPA*PHONE is handmade by Furni, and also incorporates a piece of solid hand-polished brass into the design, as well as laser etched details.

Since it works with all VoIP services (Skype, iChat, GoogleTalk, Vonage, Yahoo, etc.) and is plug-and-play compatible with both the Mac and PC, it’s as easy to use as it is beautiful.

Maybe this VoIP thing has a chance after all…

[Hulger – PAPPA*PHONE]

…Maison Martin Margiela says “Cheers”?

CheersThough I don’t usually agree with a lot of man jewelry, I think I could make an exception for this Cheers ring from Maison Martin Margiela.

With an antique brass look, it doesn’t scream “shiny thing, look at me”, and with a built in bottle opener, it adds a lot of function with just a little bit of form. Plus, the “Cheers” that is engraved in script on the top adds a nice little touch of class to an already classy ring.

Beer rings? I’ll take ’em.

[Maison Martin Margiela]

[Via: Acquire]

…You can make your own swan ice sculpture?

Swan Ice Sculpture

When I think of a fancy party table, I think of a fancy ice sculpture centerpiece, which is why this DIY Swan Ice Sculpture Kit is the perfect way to class up any party.

Simply fill it with water, toss it in the freezer, and wait.

In a few hours, you’ll have a centerpiece that is sure to impress any guest; though it’s going to be tough to explain how you carved the small details with a chainsaw.

Tip: To make the ice clear, just boil the water a few times:

[Fred Flare – DIY Swan Ice Sculpture Kit]

[Via: Trend Hunter]

…It’s Website Wednesday: The Stray Shopping Cart Project?

Stray Shopping Cart ProjectThe Stray Shopping Cart Project is “dedicated to developing a system of classification that allows stray shopping carts to be identified based on the situations in which they are found”.

The system consists of two classes (false and true strays) and thirty-three subtypes that can be used singly or in combination to describe and thereby “identify” any found cart.

The goal is to use this system of formalized language to help people “think critically about stray shopping carts”.

Finally!

[The Stray Shopping Cart Project]

[Via: The Presurfer]