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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Furry Keyboard and Flash Drives Are Perfect for the Crazy Cat Lady Who has Everything

Furry Keyboard and Flash Drives Are Perfect for the Crazy Cat Lady Who has Everything
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with yet another just plain weird accessory for you to put on your desktop next to your computer. Unlike your boring, everyday keyboard, this keyboard is bordered by…
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Gundam Statue Being Erected in Tokyo: Why Can’T Stuff Like This Happen Where I Live?

Gundam Statue Being Erected in Tokyo: Why Can’T Stuff Like This Happen Where I Live?
A 1:1 scale Gundam statue is being built in Tokyo as part of the Japanese government’s quest to acquire a monopoly of geeks to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the world famous anime series. The Mainichi…
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Storm Synth Watch has Nine Hands, Still Somehow Manages to Tell the Time

Storm Synth Watch has Nine Hands, Still Somehow Manages to Tell the Time
You’ll have to rely on your keen powers of observation to figure out the current time on this new watch from Storm. The limited-edition Storm Synth conceals the current time by taking standard hour hand, minute…
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Transducer Network of Silence: Mit Engineers Working on Sound Masking Tech

Transducer Network of Silence: Mit Engineers Working on Sound Masking Tech
MIT engineers Joe Paradiso and Yasuhiro Ono want to patent what they’re calling “Distributed Acoustic Conversation Shielding”. Yup, it’s like Get Smart’s Cone of Silence, except that it actually works. I hope. Paradiso and Ono’s acoustic…
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Repurpose That Junk Into a Smokin’ Hot Raygun

Repurpose That Junk Into a Smokin’ Hot Raygun
If you know how to turn old camera and radio parts into a real raygun, please let me know. Until that day comes (and I’m hopeful that it will!), we’ll have to settle for checking out…
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16-Port USB Hub: That Enough for You?

16-Port USB Hub: That Enough for You?
If the Mac Mini’s 5 USB ports are still somehow not enough for your needs (and you don’t have one of these), then get one of these bad boys. As you can see, you can connect…
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World’S Biggest and Best Tetris Game is Also Sadly Fake

World’S Biggest and Best Tetris Game is Also Sadly Fake
Swedish artist Erik Johansson has both delighted and disappointed me today. His digital art and image manipulation is top notch, and anything influenced by Tetris is of course awesome. But as great as this piece is,…
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Wii Dart Controller – Don’T Throw Your Wiimote at the Tv!

Wii Dart Controller – Don’T Throw Your Wiimote at the Tv!
This new add-on kit from PEGA turns your stock Wiimote controller into a giant dart. Designed specifically for games like PDC World Championship Darts, this kit adds a soft arrow tip and feather-shaped tail to your…
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Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday
As much as I dig my iPhone and HP Touchsmart touchscreens, there’s something that I still miss about actually feeling buttons under my fingertips. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at typing without even looking at…
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Ace the Robot Does What Male Drivers Won’T: Ask for Directions

Ace the Robot Does What Male Drivers Won’T: Ask for Directions
Martin Buss and his team at the Technical University of Munich created a robot that relies on help from humans to get to its destination. The robot is called Autonomous City Explorer or ACE, and while…
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Cat Cat Watermelon, a Game About Stacking Cats (and Watermelons)

Cat Cat Watermelon, a Game About Stacking Cats (and Watermelons)
Sometimes the most obvious ideas make great titles. Such is the case with Cat Cat Watermelon, a browser game about simple cats, and also watermelons. Oh, and stacking, but Cat Cat Watermelon has a slight edge…
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Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating
Researchers at North Carolina State University have invented a machine that can keep an animal heart functional even after it has been removed from its body. Freaky. Andrew Richards, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, designed…
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The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae

The Great Insect War: Ants Versus Phoridae
Freaky news from Texas: apparently, fire ants are becoming a problem in the Lone Star State, so they’re importing phorid flies to deal with the problem. Pshaw, what can puny flies do against ants, you must…
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Rise V3 Pole Climbing Robot Scales Vertical Surfaces With Tiny, Sharp Claws – Just Like My Cat Climbs My Leg

Rise V3 Pole Climbing Robot Scales Vertical Surfaces With Tiny, Sharp Claws – Just Like My Cat Climbs My Leg
This amazing bit of mechanical technology not only can run on the ground, it can ascend difficult to scale surfaces like trees and telephone poles. Designed by Boston Dynamics, working with researchers from The University of…
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Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival

Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival
Panasonic demoed their own robot floor cleaner at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibition in Milan. It’s called the “fukitorimushi” (wipe-up bug), although if you ask me “Creepy Pillow” would be a better name for it. The…
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Rock Out With Your Gadgets Out

Rock Out With Your Gadgets Out
Ah, the sweet sounds of music produced with your favorite multi-use electronic devices! There’s always something amazing about the lengths people will go to in order to squeeze the most out of their gadgetry, and it…
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