Band made entirely of LEGO figures rocks out hard

Toys programmed to play various electronic instruments sounds good, looks great

LEGO rock band

Not sure if this is inspiring or if it instead speaks more so to the fact that Italian music producer Giuseppe Acito has too much time on his hands.

The one thing that is for sure is that the video accompanying this story is thoroughly entertaining.

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Chemist gets dumped, uses extra time to build laser-firing Iron Man glove

Scientist uses extra time, extra money towards building new gadgets

Patrick Priebe is a 29-year-old chemist out of Germany. He’s single. He’s smart. And he loves Iron Man. So much so that he used the extra time and money he had after getting dumped by his ex-girlfriend to build the “Iron Man Laser Gauntles”—a red and gold metal shell equipped with two 1.2-watt blue lasers and another two 4-milliwatt red lasers.

Iron Man gauntlet

Iron Man laser gauntlet glove

Once completed, Priebe took to YouTube to demonstrate the gadget (video below). He starts things out by doing a walk-through on how the glove works, before eventually using the red lasers to aim at some blue balloons, and the blue laser to obliterate them.

Shooting balloons with Iron Man gauntlet

Using Iron Man gauntlet

“I’m a huge fan,” Priebe said regarding the Iron Man movies in an interview with the Los Angeles Times via instant message. “There are weeks I watch the movies twice each day while working on stuff.”

Priebe said he has no intentions to build a full Iron Man suit, estimating that it would take close to four years to make.

The good news is that, while the glove cost roughly $650 and nearly 130 hours to build, he was actually able to sell the thing. After posting the video to YouTube, one of his frequent customers (he’s built other gadgets before and sold them online) contacted him about purchasing the device. After some back-and-forth, Priebe was able to sell it for a little more than $2,660.

After recently losing his job in September, he’s decided to make his hobby of building gadgets a full-time gig, even though he’s technically trained as a chemist. “In Tony Starks’ words: Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk,” he said to the Times.

From the makers of the best portable speaker in the world: Best of luck to you Priebes!

Video of the Iron Man gauntlet with lasers below:

Band creates record made of ice to promote new song from forthcoming album

Swedish band Shout Out Louds come up with “cool” concept to promote latest album

Shout Out Louds Ice Record

Swedish band, the Shout Out Louds, along with their label company, Bud Fox Recording, recently came up with an unbelievably cool concept that we, the makers of the best sounding portable speaker in the world, couldn’t pass up on covering.

The concept was based around the task of coming up with a new and different way to promote their latest album, “Optica”. What they decided to do is release the album’s first single, “Blue Ice” to a select group of media and fans, by way of sending these individuals a kit with instructions inside on how to create a record out of ice and how to play it on an actual record player.

Ice record making kit from Shout Out Louds

Crazy? More like crazy awesome. For me, you, and the rest of everyone who didn’t get a special ice-record kit, the group released an instructional video that explains how the mold inside is able to create a 3D LP out of nothing more than a little frozen water.

Music record made out of ice

Now, granted, the sound isn’t that great coming off the ice record. The group estimates that it’s actually somewhere around 30% of its original quality. Still — they’re playing music off frozen water. That’s some amazing stuff.

Check out the Shout Out Louds how to make a record out of ice video below:

Say Hello to the Boombotix Artists Series

 SketOne, Uberpup, and DGPH put a graphic assault on the Boombot speaker

Boombots

This winter we are excited to be launching a new incarnation of Boombots: the Artist Series. By teaming up with a group of designers from around the globe, the Artist Series has given a brand new look to ultraportable speakers. UberPup (London) incorporated graphic mayhem to her piece to exemplify her propensity towards mass chaos. DGPH (Argentina) rolled out an entire set of post-modern abstract work in three amazing palettes. Sket One (Los Angeles) delivered a pad print design called Mr. Grimey that completely put a new face on wireless audio. For a product that originated from urban vinyl toy design, the Artist Series salutes the design roots of the product.

The Artist Series Boombots come in Bluetooth enabled versions (UberPup and Sket One designs) and wired models.  Housed in ruggedized ABS shells and featuring an integrated clip, Boombots allow your music to be taken with you, anytime, anywhere.  Boombots include medical-grade rechargeable batteries, dynamic frequency response, and a no-matter-what one-year warranty.  The Bluetooth models retail for $79.99 and wired models for $54.99.  The Artist Series is available through boombotix.com and select retailers.

A portion of all sales will go towards the hungry artists.  Help us feed them.

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