The Best of Instructables Volume I

If your looking for a book to get someone for Christmas, the first volume of The Best of Instructables might be perfect. Over 300 pages of full color how tos selected from Instructables.com including instructions on how to build Magnetic Refrigerator Lights , a DIY Vacuum Former , a computer-controlled milling machine and a bunch of great stuff with LEDS. Available at Amazon and all other major book chains.

Incandescent-shaped CFL

The new 15-watt incandescent-shaped covered Energy Smart® CFL will appeal to people that want the energy savings and long-life performance of a GE Energy Smart® Spiral® CFL with the appearance, size and fit of a traditional incandescent bulb. The equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, the new 8,000-hour rated life CFL is guaranteed for 5 years based on 4 hours of daily use. The new covered GE Energy Smart® CFL bulb, available only from GE, debuts nationwide at Target on December 28, 2008 . Youtube video demonstration .

1986 On Sale For Christmas

Lasonic's ghetto blasters are 80's icons. The new Lasonic i931 is similar in design and size but with tape deck replaced with a more practical iPod docking bay. They've kept the equalizer, am/fm tuner with telescoping antenna and the abundant number of buttons but added a SD card reader and USB input for loading music. On sale now directly from Lasonic or read Gizmodo's review to see if its worth the nostalgia.

VIA Pico-ITX Storage Server

Via's Artigo A2000 barebones home server box is 5" wide, 4.5" tall, 10" deep and can house two 3.5" SATA-II hard drives. Using a 1.5GHz VIA C7®-D low power processor on a pico-ITX motherboard, a VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP chipset and one DDR2 SO-DIMM Socket the box is powerful enough to run Vista, XP or Linux so you can use this small quiet box for more than just a simple NAS. Comes with VIA Security Software Suite and is available for pre-order here ($299). VIA's page with full specs.

Cuckoo Loudspeaker

The above speaker is more like a speaker / cuckoo clock hybrid. Designed by French artist Stephane Vigny, the bottom speaker extends outward when the bass is loudest and retracts back into the cabinet when the sound softens. The two other speakers also extend and retract with the music all independent of each other. Translated description from Vigny .

Stock Ticking Mirror

If the idea of waking up to your rapidily sinking stocks seems like the perfect start to your day then the LED mirror by Suck UK is perfect. Housed behind the mirror is a large LED display that can be programmed to display messages at specific times. The LED shines through the mirror and can be fed information, through wireless, from your pc so you can scroll news, stocks or anything else available with RSS. Available now through various UK design stores like mylivingspace .

Inflatable Outdoor Projection Screen

The company Open Air makes inflatable surfaces for movie projection ranging in size from 9' to a massive 40'. The screen is made of a light weight material so the smaller sizes can fit into a large bag for traveling or camping trips where the wildlife isn't as entertaining as Die Hard. A 9' x 5' Open Air Home Screen cost $449.00 and is available from their website.

Denon Announces Blue-ray SACD Combo

Next month Denon Japan will release it's DVD-A1UD player. The ultra expensive ($5,860 us) unit is capable of playing Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-audio and SACD discs and features an SD / SDHC card slot, DivX support, HDMI 1.3, 1080p60 / 1080p24 output, internal decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD, 7.1-channel analog outputs, and Denon LINK tecnology. A European launch will follow in March 2009. Story Source and More Denon Announcements Here .

Robot Window Washer

Four MSU mechanical engineering students have designed a robot that clings to a window by vacuum suction and moves back and forth like the Roomba. Called the "Winboni", the robot cleans the window as it moves using tiny felt pads. Watch the youtube video for a demonstration.

Netgears New 1080p Streamer

Although not officially supposed to be announced until CES the specs for Netgears' new Digital Entertainer Elite look pretty good on paper. Dual Band Wireless N for fast streaming and a pretty comprehensive supported format list including the MKV Matroska Multimedia Container that's becoming more and more popular. No word on whether the unit will come with a service like Netflix. Also no word on pricing. Spec list . Follow the product on its AVSforum thread .

Media Streaming Through Coax

The ZeeVee's ZvBox is a small box that patches through your computers vga signal and then broadcasts the signal through your home's coax allowing it to be viewed on any local QAM-capable television. Using the supplied ZvRemote remote you can control your pc's desktop and content from any room. Unlike other streaming media solutions this little box adds no extra hardware to your television and its content is only restricted by what you have on your pc. Engadget overview and product webpage .

6 Year Lamp Life With Liquid Cooling

At this years Cedia a little known OEM supplier, Chilin Technology, announced the worlds first liquid cooled 1080p LED projector. Featuring a Luminus PhlatLight LED in place of a conventional UHP lamp and Texas Instrument's 1080p DMD technology and dissipates the heat directly by water. This technology truly enables the concept of "no lamp replacement" and Chilin expects to achieve up to 50,000 hours under its liquid cooling technology. Currently no info available about the cost or availabilty. Info on Luminus PhlatLight LED and AVS thread with additional info about the projector .

HP's 26" wall mounted touchscreen

HP is set to release its second generation of all in one touchscreen computers. The TouchSmart IQ804 and IQ816 features a 25.5 inch monitor with 1920×1200 native resolution touchscreen. TouchSmart-specific applications, a TV tuner with remote, integrated webcam, Bluetooth and optional blue-ray are included within its singular casing. The unit can be mounted to a wall with the included mounts. TouchSmart is best seen in motion for you to fully appreciate it.

Portable Mine Projectors Arrive

Several manufacturers are preparing to release miniture projectors of varying size and picture quality this year. Some will end up in the next generation of cell phones while others are slightly larger and capable of display good quality images at up to 100 inches. Oobject has a rundown of 18 of them. Oobject.

15,000 square-foot public workshop

San Fransisco has the first of its kind membership based 15,000 square-foot builders workshop. TechShop provides you with access to a wide variety of machinery and tools, including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and a CNC plasma cutter, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic and wood working equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, electronics design and fabrication facilities, Epilog laser cutters, tubing and metal bending machines, a Dimension SST 3-D printer, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything. Monthly fees are $125 and training classes for the various equipment are also available. Techshop website.

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