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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Life Sized Master Chief on Ebay

Life Sized Master Chief on Ebay

If you’re looking for a serious conversation piece, check out this 7-foot tall statue of Halo’s Master Chief that someone has for sale over on eBay. I guess Microsoft made a very limited number of these…

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Vestax S-1 Turntable Lets Djs Roam the Stage

Vestax S-1 Turntable Lets Djs Roam the Stage

Until now, Live DJs have been relegated to standing behind their turntables when they want to spin some tracks. This funky-looking controller from Vestax changes all that. Looking more like an uber-modern electric guitar than a…

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Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech

Everyone remembers Atari for their famous video game consoles, arcade games and even home computers. Being a child of 1970s and 80s technology, I’m surprised that I don’t ever remember seeing this oddity. The Atari Video…

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Panasonic’s Electric Carpet Keeps Your Tootsies Warm

Panasonic’s Electric Carpet Keeps Your Tootsies Warm

We’ve all heard of electric blankets, right? Japanese electronics giant Panasonic decided to take the basic concept and embed it into a carpet. That way, when you step on the rug, your feet stay nice and…

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Gadget Reminds You to Stop Slouching

Gadget Reminds You to Stop Slouching

Do you tend to hunch over whenever you’re working at your computer? This oddity from Japan is designed to help correct this bad behavior by serving up an alert if you’re sitting (or standing?) improperly. All…

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Gakken Centipede Robot is One Creepy Crawler

Gakken Centipede Robot is One Creepy Crawler

There’s just something about anything with more than four legs crawling around that gives most people the willies. This centipede robot kit will have those folks heading for the hills. The Gakken Mechamo centipede robot measures…

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Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer: if Stephen Hawking Could Sing

Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer: if Stephen Hawking Could Sing

Text-to-speech software meets alternative music with this strangely compelling computer which has been programmed to sing. Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer sings covers of everything from Radiohead to Portishead to The Stone Roses in his computerized drone. In…

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Crank Up This Mp3 Player

Crank Up This Mp3 Player

This unique MP3 player never needs batteries. That’s because it runs on your own hand-cranked power. It may not be the prettiest media player ever made, but that’s because it needs room for the mechanical device…

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Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys

Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys

Here’s an interesting tidbit of recent history for any electronic musicians out there. A couple of years back, a strange little company called Chromatone thought it was time for an overhaul of the traditional 88 keys…

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USB Necktie Cools Hot Heads

USB Necktie Cools Hot Heads

It’s a necktie. No, it’s a fan. No, it’s a necktie. No, it’s a fan AND a necktie in one! Yep, leave it to the gadget wizards at Japan’s Thanko to come up with this bright…

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Painting With Light

Painting With Light

While they might be a bit “new-agey” for my taste, I think these LED light murals are still pretty cool. Perhaps better suited for nightclubs or restaurants than for your home, these Light Energy Paintings can…

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Strangest Speakers Ever?

Strangest Speakers Ever?

I’ve certainly seen some odd gadgets come across my desk, but these plush speakers from Korea have to be some of the weirdest I’ve ever seen. These “BooRu-BooRu” dolls look like some sort of bizarre Teletubbies…

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Life Recording Camera Never Lets You Forget

Life Recording Camera Never Lets You Forget

Got 700 Terabytes of storage to spare? That’s about how much memory you’ll need if you want to use this invention to record your entire life. Professor Yasuyuki Kono and a team of researchers from Japan’s…

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USB Eyeball Massager Seems Like a Really Bad Idea

USB Eyeball Massager Seems Like a Really Bad Idea

Here’s another strange USB device from the Far East. Designed to massage your cares away, these USB-powered eyeball massagers look like they’ll easily poke an eye out if you’re not careful. Available in wholesale lots from…

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Fake Bomb in a Box: Taking Things Too Far?

Fake Bomb in a Box: Taking Things Too Far?

This is really not a good idea, given the world we live in today. But leave it to the wacky gadget makers in Japan to release it anyway. The ridiculous President Briefcase is just a gag…

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Where Do Chuck E. Cheese Robots Go After They Die?

Where Do Chuck E. Cheese Robots Go After They Die?

Old robots never really go away — they just come back to life singing new tunes. The gang over at Boing Boing have introduced me to this strange new trend of taking the old animatronic animal…

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