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Category: Strange + Wonderful

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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Percussa Audiocubes Make Beautiful Music Together

Percussa Audiocubes Make Beautiful Music Together
You might play electronic music on synthesizers, drum machines, key-tars and guit-boards, but how many of you can claim you’ve jammed out with a set of cubes? AudioCubes are designed to be played in live performances,…
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Oshaberi Oumu Puts a Virtual Parrot Inside Your Nintendo Ds: Polly Wanna Silicon Cracker?

Oshaberi Oumu Puts a Virtual Parrot Inside Your Nintendo Ds: Polly Wanna Silicon Cracker?
There’s one thing you can always rely on Japanese game companies for, and that’s weird games. Lots and lots of weird games. Oshaberi Oumu for the Nintendo DS continues that tradition by putting the fate of…
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La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots

La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots
The Port of Yokohama in Japan is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate the opening of a port than with a couple of giant robot spiders from France? The theater…
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Next iPhone to have Built-in Magnetometer: Yay for Miners and Geologists. Yay.

Next iPhone to have Built-in Magnetometer: Yay for Miners and Geologists. Yay.
The folks at The Boy Genius Report have a couple of screens from an iPhone debugging menu, and their Apple insider is telling them that the evidence points to a built-in magnetometer for the next hardware…
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Atari Jaguar Gets New Game: is It Still April 1st?

Atari Jaguar Gets New Game: is It Still April 1st?
Developers Force Design recently announced that pre-orders are now available for their video game Mad Bodies, a game for the Atari Jaguar. That’s right, the very same Atari Jaguar that’s been out of production since 1996.…
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A Fading Melody Blurs the Line Between Games and Art [Xbox 360]

A Fading Melody Blurs the Line Between Games and Art [Xbox 360]
If you’re not paying attention to the Xbox Live Community games, you should be. These indie titles are so often a steal at minuscule prices, and if you’re into simple, beautiful experiences, you can find ‘em…
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Water Clock Tells Time Using Dishes, Magnets and H2o

Water Clock Tells Time Using Dishes, Magnets and H2o
This elegantly minimal clock lets you create your own custom time-telling device using a combination of plates, cups and liquid of your choice. Designed by Kouichi Okamoto with ceramicist Daniel Jo, the Water Clock consists of…
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Night Watch Concept: Killer Mosquito Robot or Mosquito Killing-Robot?

Night Watch Concept: Killer Mosquito Robot or Mosquito Killing-Robot?
Russian graphic designer iunewind cooked up this cool concept for a robot. Modeled after a mosquito, iunewind calls it Night Watch. His work is so detailed, I can almost believe that it’s a shot of an…
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Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles

Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles
Oh crap. I knew it. Those stupid robots at SparkFun’s race were publicized to lull us all into a false sense of security: “Wow it just went for a dive at the lake HAHA st00pid botz.”…
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Console X-Rays: How to Get Inside Your Video Game System Without Voiding the Warranty

Console X-Rays: How to Get Inside Your Video Game System Without Voiding the Warranty
If you’re a tinkerer like me, you’ve probably cracked the case open on at least a few of your electronic gadgets to see what they look like on the inside. But I bet you’ve never seen…
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