Animated Illustrations by Leland Foster

Leland Foster is an artist and designer out of Brooklyn who produces some seriously cool animated illustrations. Each unique piece features at least one animated element ranging from a smoking car exhaust and rain to flickering lights and a charging iPhone. They have a distinct style that seems like you could walk right into the scene while still feeling familiar thanks to a similarity to Drive or a Kavinsky music video. They’re not available for purchase, but you can check out his work here or on his site.

Posted in Art on January 31st 2017 comments


One of the best things about cycling is how widely varied the sport can be. Even on the same route and in the same conditions – one bike can give you a completely different kind of ride and feel than another. The kind of feel SpeedX wants to give you with their brand new Unicorn Smart road bike? An incredibly powerful one.

SpeedX looks to achieve just that by integrating their 870 gram carbon fiber frame with a proprietary integrated bike computer, Zipp wheels, and wireless SRAM eTap Hydro HC groupset. The result of a year of research and development, this frame is made up of 4 different types of carbon fiber that have been layered differently for each part of the bike. This allows for a ride this is both stiff, but flexible when you need it most. And thanks to the fact that the crank features a powered meter that lasts for up to 400 hours and delivers nearly perfectly accurate measurements right back up to the computer in the cockpit. All of this means that you can climb, sprint, and descend with both speed and control. this bike is expected to retail for $4,000.

Posted in Ride on January 31st 2017 comments

A Personal Cargo Robot

Walking and carrying several bags of groceries can be a bit of a chore, but sometimes this is necessary if you don’t have car, or you’re trying to save on gas, or you forgot your bus pass, and so on. However in the future that may no longer be necessary as Vespa’s owner, Piaggio Group, has unveiled a new robot called Gita.

Gita will actually be made by a newly formed company by Piaggio called Piaggio Fast Forward, which is a company focused on robots. Its first product is Gita which is a personal cargo robot and as you can see in the photo above, the idea is simple: Gita will be able to carry to belongings for you, thus freeing up your hands in the process.
The best part is that Gita is autonomous meaning that it can follow directions based on a map, or alternatively it can follow after you with a top speed of 22 mph. It also boasts a zero turning radius that will make it a cinch to navigate those turns and corners while it is moving, and has a maximum load of 40 pounds.
Gita is expected to make its debut in business-to-business test programs but Piaggio expects to eventually release a version that is more consumer-friendly. No word on pricing yet but the company is expected to make a grander announcement on the 2nd of February.

Posted in Gadgets on January 31st 2017 comments
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N-Strike Elite Accustrike Raptorstrike

The longest-named new blaster is also the most accurate. It features a pop-up sight, fully adjustable bi-pod and bolt-action, and serves as a worthy vessel for the recently released line of Accustrike darts, which the company claims is over 50 percent more precise than its predecessors.

At $50, it’s an upscale option for the Nerf aesthetes, and the name manages to squeeze the word “strike” in three times in short succession. Don’t worry, though. There’s plenty here for the brute force crowd as well.

Posted in Gadgets on January 30th 2017 comments

the Pants-Soiling ‘Rings’ Prank That Has 200 Million Views in 24 Hours

Viral marketing agency Thinkmodo has had plenty of experience, and success, in doing real-world pranks for horror movies. Think back to 2013’s hugely popular “Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise” for the movie Carrie, or the freaky “Beauty Shop Scare” that same year for The Last Exorcism Part II, with the contorted dead girl terrifying salon patrons.

But its latest prank, for the newest film in The Ring franchise, called simply Rings, has flown around the Internet at an unprecedented pace. It’s been viewed more than 200 million times on Facebook (and a million more on YouTube) since it was posted 24 hours ago. That’s a record for a Thinkmodo production.

The ad’s formula isn’t exactly novel. In fact, it’s very reminiscent of the earlier Thinkmodo videos mentioned above.



Inspired by the classic workbenches from the early 19th century, the Tempel Workbench combines vintage touches with modern components. Hidden within its ash, walnut, and brass facade lies a high-end computer with a liquid cooling system that’s visible inside a backlit reservoir and a 24-inch monitor that’s motorized to hide itself away when not in use. It also has a built-in soldering iron/electronics workstation, custom tools tailored to your needs, and custom brass controls. Made by hand, just like the pieces on which it’s based.

Posted in Design on January 30th 2017 comments

Finally: A Toaster For Bacon

Anyone that’s been reading OhGizmo! for any significant amount of time will know we have a healthy obsession with bacon. It’s not like we’re unique in this regard, but still worth mentioning our undying love of the smoked cured meat, because you’ll then understand our excitement at learning about the Bacon Express Bacon Grill. It’s like a toaster for bacon. It accommodates up to six slices of meaty heaven, and cooks them to perfection while simultaneously draining excess fat away, since it does it’s thing vertically. A slide-out drip tray and insulated door liners makes cleanup a breeze. It’s $40.

Posted in Gadgets on January 30th 2017 comments

‘Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism’

In a time of rampant consumerism, a new movement is preaching an alternative path — one that banishes all but the most fundamental and enriching consumer products from our lives. In Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki recounts his conversion from reckless hoarder to hyper-mindful consumer, and offers advice to those seeking the same simple happiness that he found in minimalism. $22

Posted in Style on January 30th 2017 comments

‘Petit Plaisir’

Presented in a cheerful and beautifully branded box, the chocolates ‘Petit Plaisir’ (‘a little treat’) are handmade candies covered with dark chocolate and prepared by Seventh Guest, a Russian pastry shop and confectioner. Designed by Loco Studio, each gift wrapping gets its own illustration corresponding to its gourmet filling. Continue reading

Posted in Design on January 27th 2017 comments

Coen Brothers Super Bowl Ad tribute to Easy Rider for Mercedes-Benz

Fans of the Coen Brothers can look out for their work during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Joel and Ethan Coen have directed their first Super Bowl ad, a 30-second spot for the Mercedes-AMG brand, a new point of differentiation from the luxury automaker.
“We are now switching from AMG as a proof point for Mercedes-Benz performance to AMG as its own brand,” explained Drew Slaven, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “It’s still part of the Mercedes-Benz family—it’s called Mercedes-AMG—what we’re really beginning to do is put the AMG piece of it front and center.”
The high-energy ad is a tribute to the 1969 film Easy Rider; the film’s star, Peter Fonda; and its famed soundtrack, Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” It will debut during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. Continue reading