How often do you think to yourself, “Man, if only I could unlock the door to my house or business with a special knock then I could do away with these hard to use keys”? Well, Steve Hoefer must have thought that a lot. A WHOLE LOT because he created what you see above. Now don’t get me wrong…I admire his work, passion, and dedication to his project. Shoot, I even kinda want one. But man, if this EVER became a regular thing people have on their doors a lot of insurance claims are going to be filed.
It’s amazing what a guy can come up with when he has some PVC pipe, dead bolt lock, some shower suction cups, no job, and time on his hands from being an out of work Radio Shack employee. Anyway, enjoy this and if you feel so inclined you can pop on over to his website and take a gander.
(Yo Steve, the truth is I really like your SKDDL (Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock). I’m just poking fun because I didn’t think of it first. Good luck man….I honestly hope you can get some investors or someone to buy the patent. I know what it’s like to create something that a lot of people use.)

Published in: on November 5, 2009 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  

Need A Wedge Of Light?

I don’t know how many of you out there read at night, in bed, but my wife and I do. She can sleep with the light, tv, radio, and small explosions going on. I, on the other hand, cannot. Also, I still feel like I’m bothering her by having the light on when I read. What to do? Go in the other room? Maybe I should get one of those ridiculous little clip on lights to hook on my book or magazine? Naw, I’m not doing that. And neither should you because there is a solution for us.
Enter The LightWedge. Apparently, this thing has been on the market for a couple of years unbeknown to me. It comes in several different flavors and sizes. The Original does exactly as the video above shows. The Paperback gives you all of the functionality of The Original….just smaller. The Mini is very small and seems quite useless to me but I’m sure someone would like it. Then, for my military buddies, there is The LightWedge Night Vision. I wish I would have had one of those when I was in the Army. Trying to hold an IR Chemlight, in the middle of the jungle, while reading was awkward at best.
For more information you can click here and read more about it on the LightWedge website. Prices vary, but Amazon has some pretty good deals on them.

Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  

Siftables, the toy blocks that think.

Folks, this mess is crazy! I’m not kidding. My wife sent me an email this morning about Siftables and, I have to say, I’ve not been this excited about a new technology since Steve’s first Keynote on the iPhone. As I started watching this I thought, “Oh, that’s neat but it seems kind of useless.” Please, completely watch the video. You’ll start to imagine the endless possibilities this computing technology has. Sit back, relax, and let your mind discover new ways this technology could implemented. To say I’m impressed is an understatement. Man, I love technology!
Siftables main website.
A few videos, pictures, and brief technical description of Siftables.
Same video but at a slightly higher resolution over at ted.com.

Published in: on February 13, 2009 at 10:22 AM  Comments (1)