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Kirlian Images: Electricity Meets Photography

Kirlian Images: Electricity Meets Photography
No, these striking images weren’t made using Photoshop trickery. They were actually taken using a unique process which involves placing photographic paper onto an object, placing them both on a high-voltage plate, then cranking up the juice. Referred to as Kirlian photography, the technique dates back to a 1939 discovery (by a man named Kirlian, of course) that when an object is placed on an electrified plate, tiny coronas around the item can cause photo paper to expose in unusual and beautiful ways.

Rfl Robot: Programmable Football ‘Bot on a Budget

Rfl Robot: Programmable Football ‘Bot on a Budget
If you’re gonna have a robot, why not have one that can play sports? This low-cost robot is designed specifically for playing robotic football tournaments. The RFL (Robotic Football League) Robot was created for playing football in tournaments with other robot enhusiasts.
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Glofab: Fiber Optic Lights That Don’t Suck

Glofab: Fiber Optic Lights That Don’t Suck
When I think of fiber optic lighting, all that comes to mind are those awful 1970s starburst lamps. So I was so thrilled when I came across these beautiful organic designs which use the same basic lighting technology that begat such ugliness in the first place. Created by Torbjörn Lundell of Sweden’s GloFab, these unusual fixtures radiate an ethereal glow as light courses through their fibrous veins. I like to think of GloFab like an illuminated textile.

Space Invaders Land on Your Ears and Neck

Space Invaders Land on Your Ears and Neck
Sometimes I wonder if there’s just too much Space Invaders craft out there. But can there ever be too much of a good thing? You be the judge, but I happen to think these Invaders accessories are just perfect for that girl gamer in your life. Created by Melbourne, Australia crafter contributor Pardalote, these hand-beaded earrings and necklaces feature the likeness of your favorite pixelated aliens from yesteryear. Whether you’re a fan of the original Taito arcade classic or the Atari 2600 version, they’ve got you covered. Prices for the pieces range from $15 for a simple pair of earrings up to $45 for a multi-part necklace.

The Best Way to Navigate Your Comic Collection

The Best Way to Navigate Your Comic Collection
Why dig through stacks and stacks of individual comic books when you can quickly find the exact one you’re looking for using a wall-sized über-cool Minority Report-like user interface? A project developed by Daniel Stødle and a team of PhD students from Norway’s University of Tromsø, this huge display wall can detect gestures to navigate through a catalog of over 3 years worth of comic strips, quickly jumping to any individual strip in seconds.

Halo Energy Sword Gets Real

Halo Energy Sword Gets Real
If you’re a Halo fan, at some point you’ve probably wished you could have an actual energy sword to take out your frustrations with. While no such real-world weapon currently exists, here’s the next best thing. Currently up for auction over on eBay, this life-size replica Halo sword isn’t made from an unknown energy source, but it still looks intimidating.

Space Invaders and Frogger Hit the Desktop

Space Invaders and Frogger Hit the Desktop
These mini tabletop versions of classic retro arcade games are perfect for getting a quick fix of your favorite childhood gaming memories. Excalibur’s Desktop Arcade games come in both Space Invaders and Frogger models, and have a tiny little arcade style cabinet, joystick and a small backlit LCD color screen.

Every Wii Accessory You’ll Ever Need

Every Wii Accessory You’ll Ever Need
Why settle for the sheer elegance of your Wii-mote controller when you can crap it up with a bunch of extraneous add-ons? Now you can grab virtually every accessory you could ever want (or not) for your Wii in one single box. This 18-in-1 Wii Sports accessory kit comes with a pair of tennis rackets, a steering wheel, pool cue, golf club, baseball bat, a joypad holster and myriad other add-ons for your console.

IPod Earbuds for Giants [Speakers]

IPod Earbuds for Giants [Speakers]
You’ve gotta love these speakers that look like giant iPod earbuds. Unless your last name Bunyon or your first name is Green, these jumbo earphones will have to sit on your desktop instead of in your ears. Part of the new lineup of whimsical products from Fred & Friends, these gargantuan earbud speakers are sure to draw looks sitting there alongside your laptop.

Turn Your Tv Into a Huge Mood Light

Turn Your Tv Into a Huge Mood Light
Sure, you could drop over a grand on a Philips Ambilight television if you want your TV to set a mood, or you can also turn any television into a giant glowing ambient light for just the cost of a single DVD. Created by Japan’s Kyouei Design, this minimal DVD contains a rainbow of soothing colors that you can display on your TV screen.

Handheld Nintendo Emulator Goes Solar

Handheld Nintendo Emulator Goes Solar
This portable gaming beast not only plays games from three classic Nintendo systems, it runs on the power of the sun. Out of the box, the player can handle NES/Famicom, Gameboy and Gameboy Color titles, as long as you can get the ROMs transfered to an SD card.

The Real Gaming Medal of Honor

The Real Gaming Medal of Honor
Say you’ve got an Xbox 360 and you want to show off your gaming prowess. You’ve got an online scoreboard to show off your achievements. Sony is working on a similar skill tracking system for the PS3.

White PS3 Coming to America?

White PS3 Coming to America?
Looks like the Ceramic White color PlayStation 3 (model CECHH01) might be headed to U.S. shores afterall. Originally revealed back in October for release in Asia, updated documents and pictures surfaced on the us FCC website which could indicate that it’s on its way to North America now. Especially telling are the North American (US/FR/ES) user manuals on the site. The new PS3 model features a glossy white shell that’ll put your Xbox 360 and Wii to shame.

Pac-Man Cupcakes Make Mouths Happy

Pac-Man Cupcakes Make Mouths Happy
Damn. These Pac-Man cupcakes sure look tasty. Too bad I just ate dinner, and too bad that they’re only a picture of cupcakes instead of ones that I can actually pop in my mouth and chow down on. I wonder if the cherries really taste like cherries? I spotted these delicious looking Pac-Man cakes created by baker hello naomi today, perfectly iced, and arranged to look just like the game screen.

Moonlight Speakers Project Sound and Light

Moonlight Speakers Project Sound and Light
At first glance, you’d look at these pictures and think that these were some pretty cool lighting fixtures. You’d be right. But in addition to casting a warm glow, these illuminated orbs are actually speakers. Moonlight’s light globes conceal speakers which can handle from 120 to 200 watts of amplification — more than enough to pack some serious punch.

Duck Hunt Leaves Me in Stitches

Duck Hunt Leaves Me in Stitches
Remember the 1980s Nintendo 8-bit classic light gun shooter, Duck Hunt? Now you can have the dog and duck from the retro game immortalized on your wall, thanks to this clever cross-stitch that recently turned up on Etsy. Created by master of thread johloh, the canine and avian duke it out using hundreds of pixel-perfect stitches.
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