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November 14, 2016

1890 Birdsong Machine

From Atlas Obscura: "Before the tech age, hot new gadgets were wonders of mechanical ingenuity. The video above shows a mechanical singing bird from Paris circa 1890. It's not much larger than a fist but it reproduces the sound of birdsong almost exactly."

November 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Giant Alpine Cooler Speaker


What took so long?

Wrote Ashley Carman in The Verge:



Alpine Electronics just introduced its new 14-gallon cooler that doubles as a speaker.

It's called the Alpine ICE [In-Cooler Entertainment] System.

The thing is huge and Alpine suspiciously doesn't list its weight anywhere so I'm guessing it's heavy, too.

Apparently the speaker was designed to match the "lifestyle activities" of people who own Jeeps, full-size trucks, and SUVs.


The 180-watt speaker is powered by a 16-foot cable that plugs into a truck's 12-volt auxiliary power outlet.

The speaker must be waterproof — you don't want your beer spilling and frying it or electrocuting you.

You're probably not going to be hauling this thing out to a casual beach hang via the subway, but if you’re inclined to take it on the go, you're going to need a big external battery.

Good thing you own a truck and aren't a fool on public transit like me.



$1,500 (vehicle not included).

November 14, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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