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Archive for September 2007

Activision Swallows Bizarre Creations

Activision Swallows Bizarre Creations
In what could be a serious blow to Microsoft’s exclusivity on the popular Project Gotham Racing franchise, developer Bizarre Creations is no longer an independent player. The UK development studio was gobbled up by Activision today. Plans are to keep the Liverpool, England studio completely intact, along with its 160 staff members.

Directv New HD Channels Begin to Roll Out

Directv New HD Channels Begin to Roll Out
Good news for DirecTV subscribers. The satellite provider today launched 21 new high definition channels for your viewing enjoyment. The channels are the first wave of programming for DirecTV’s 100 HD channel promise. The initial 21 channels are available immediately if you’re signed up for the HD package and have the SD version of the channel in your current programming plan.
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Diesel Watches Go OLED

Diesel Watches Go OLED
These dramatic new watches from fashion house Diesel are a couple of only a handful of watches to embrace OLED display technology. The watches feature a bold case design that provides a welcome home for the clean, minimal OLED screen. Like old school LED watches, the time and date are concealed behind a mirrored crystal until you press a button on the side of the watch. While I’m not sure how accurate this promotional photo is, it looks like the display is more of a cool blue-green color than the grey shown in the first images.

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank
(Sub)urban warfare has a new face, and it goes by the name of Paintball Panzer. The pint-sized tank has a turret-mounted paintball gun which lets you fire rounds of paint ammo while keeping you safe and sound from the tomatoes and eggs which may be thrown at you in return. The Funtrak Mini Paintball Tank is a scaled down version of a real tank, featuring a motorized drive system, and a tread drive that lets you maneuver through the roughest backyard obstacles.

Thummer: This Synthesizer is All About Expression

Thummer: This Synthesizer is All About Expression
If that 312-key keyboard I told you about recently was a little too complex for you to wrap your head around, here’s another electronic musical instrument that I came across, and this one only has 114 buttons.

What the iPhone Could have Looked Like

What the iPhone Could have Looked Like
Leave it to the cheap Chinese knock-off makers to produce this red headed stepchild of an iPod and a mobile phone. While it sort of looks like an iPod Classic, it slides open to reveal a phone.

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano
Remember all those quarters you dumped into classic 80s arcade game Dig Dug? Apparently, you’re not the only one. A talented piano player going by the name arix001 has recorded a pretty darned accurate rendition of the frenetic music from the game.

R2-D2 Grinds Out Fresh-a Pepp-a

R2-D2 Grinds Out Fresh-a Pepp-a
Star Wars may be over 30 years old, but that hasn’t stopped those LucasFilm merchandising folks from cranking out fresh ideas. That’s why I’m absolutely loving these R2 unit pepper mills. Imagine having the boss over for dinner, asking if he’d like some pepper on his salad, then whipping out one of these little droids.

Wooden Speakers Put a Hex on Your iPod

Wooden Speakers Put a Hex on Your iPod
Tired of the same old speaker designs? Here’s some compact speakers with a decidedly different look. These Microbon speakers are have a hexagonal case design which is certainly unusual. Instead of a typical cheap plastic case, these speakers have cheap wooden cases.

Pac-Man Inky Ghost Bag: Booyah!

Pac-Man Inky Ghost Bag: Booyah!
I came across this funky Pac-Man inspired bag over on Etsy earlier today. Handmade by Melissa and Zach of New York’s hobocampcrafts, the bag features the likeness of one of the dot-gobbler’s ghostly nemeses, Inky. Using a bunch of carefully selected buttons, the artists stitched together the blue ghost from the classic 80s arcade game.

Xbox Gets Crammed Inside an NES

Xbox Gets Crammed Inside an NES
Ah, the good old Nintendo Entertainment System. Like a hermit crab’s shell, its been modded to hold everything from DVD players to complete PC systems. Now an enterprising young modder going by the name of xmod4u has managed to stuff an original Xbox inside the case of the classic 8-bit NES console. The system is filled with a modified Xbox console, upgraded with an 80GB hard drive and an X2Lite Modchip, so it can run homebrew games, media players and emulators.

LEGO Block as iPod Dock

LEGO Block as iPod Dock
These colorful plastic pieces may look a lot like a LEGO blocks, but they’re actually tiny iPod docks. Each block even has some scrawny little speakers built in, making it completely self-contained. Since the speakers don’t even require external power, don’t expect much volume, but what do you expect from something this small? The strange thing for me is why you’d want a single solitary block that doesn’t snap together with any others.

Fusion Dt1 Digital Watch: Surprisingly Easy to Read

Fusion Dt1 Digital Watch: Surprisingly Easy to Read
I’ve written about so many modern digital watches that sacrifice ease of use for cool design (I’m talking to you, TokyoFlash). So it’s a breath of fresh air to see a modern digital that manages to balance looks with ease-of-use.

Mac Laptops Get Wood and Fabric Skins

Mac Laptops Get Wood and Fabric Skins
Tired of the old plain plastic shell on your Mac laptop? Here’s a nifty way spruce up its outsides without a lot of time or money. These adhesive-backed layers stick on to the shell of your portable computer and give it a bit more style. Available in a variety of wood veneer and textile finishes, iamhuman’s laptop covers trump cheap vinyl skins, giving the exterior of your computer some real texture and depth.

Ratchet and Clank Future: Blistering Behemoth

Ratchet and Clank Future: Blistering Behemoth
Good news for those of you anxiously awaiting the new Ratchet and Clank game for the PlayStation 3. Insomniac Games has confirmed that the game will run at a full 60 frame per second speed, in both 720p and 1080i resolutions. Regardless of any controversy surrounding the PS3’s ability to crank out fast frame rates, Insomniac seems to be on top of it, saying that all their upcoming PS3 titles will run at a full 60 fps.

Electroluminescent Butterfly: Sixties Band or Light Fixture?

Electroluminescent Butterfly: Sixties Band or Light Fixture?
Stare at these trippy blue light-up butterflies for too long, and you won’t be able to get Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida out of you head either. Designers Soner Ozenc and John Wischhusen created these electroluminescent butterflies called GloWings. Each see-through winged critter is loaded with blue electroluminescent wire to produce a soft blue-green glow.
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