OOOMS is selling wooden USB memory sticks.
From the product page:
The sticks are picked from the woods and are manually selected on their natural beauty, professionally handmade into unique and personal USB memory sticks.
OOOMS wooden USB memory sticks – don’t they look lovely?
They would go well with these wooden computers.
You can order them (PayPal, worldwide delivery @ 7 EUR) starting at 45 EUR for 256 MB, up to 80 EUR for a 2 GB model.
It’s funny how the product description has the dimensions at approx. 2 x 2 x 10 cm. I guess it depends on which piece of wood you get!
Link via Gizmodo
This Breathe Air helmet looks like it came straight from a Star Wars movie.
According to 22-year-old Brunel University industrial design and technology student Luke Pannell it’s not just a cool looking helmet.
From the Lancashire Evening Post:
The helmet was created to filter out particles which irritate hay fever and asthma sufferers. It covers the cyclist’s nose and mouth with a shield behind which the filtered air circulates. Used air is expelled via a plastic tube when the cyclist exhales.
Stephen Green, lecturer at Brunel University’s school of engineering and design, said: “Combining a helmet with effective filtering will provide considerably more reassurance to people whilst cycling.”
Luke is looking for a manufacturer to produce Breathe Air helmet, which is expected to retail for around 100 pounds.
These crop circles don’t look like they usually do. It’s complex enough but seems to lack geometry.
Crop circle, or not?
It may look like the latest aliens to land on our planet have been drinking and driving, but these bizarre patterns, discovered in a corn field in Holland, have a much more mundane explanation.
They were made by a drug (cocaine) user who was attempting to escape from police in his father’s car… Poor farmer.
WeirdConverter is a converter with a twist.
The site is simple: it is like a currency converter, but for completely unrelated items. Play around, and suggest other stuff you want to see – we will make it happen.
Good to know a Baby Grand Piano weighs only about half a Right Whale’s testicle
Currently you can convert things in weight and in length/height.
Link via Kottke
Every year mastering engineer, recording engineer, producer, composer, graphic designer and web page designer Barry Wood (The Other Room) reports on oddities found at the yearly NAMM show.
It seems that every year I spent more of my NAMM cruising time checking out the various small companies that all get stashed off in some side room. Many of the products from these companies are never seen the by the mainstream either because their potential market is too small, or most people simply can’t figure out what the hell to do with it.
That isn’t to say that these products are ill-conceived or poorly executed, it’s just that sometimes they’re, well, a little odd. This situation made me think that there ought to be a place for people to come marvel and wonder at all of these products, thus, the NAMM Oddities was born.
Barry’s report is full of wonderfully odd instruments, geek toys and “you figure it out” things.
Resonator Neuronium: Apparently nobody knows what this thing does…
Go check out all of the 2007 NAMM Oddities at Barry’s website, and if you’ve never visited before make sure to check the archives of previous NAMM shows as well.