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Archive for February 2008

Gucci Men’s Watches Go Digital [Fancy Schmancy]

Gucci Men’s Watches Go Digital [Fancy Schmancy]
Firmly parked at the intersection of Geek Street and Park Avenue, Gucci has entered the digital age with these modern watches which let your friends know that you’ve truly arrived (or that you’re just independently wealthy).

Bandai Mirai Scope: the Digital Fortune Teller

Bandai Mirai Scope: the Digital Fortune Teller
Think of the latest contraption from Japan’s Bandai as a virtual soothsayer. The pocket-sized device uses a digital personality assessment, along with a dash hocus pocus and other less-than-scientific gibberish to predict your future. The Mirai Scope starts out by asking its owner about fifty personal questions, which help to assign you one of 236 unique personality types (you can try out the actual test here, if you’re up for a little Japanese).

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music
This unconventional design tool provides a unique way to create new typefaces. Working somewhat like an analog music synthesizer, knobs and button pushes influence the shape of your font characters. Designed by Rob Meek and Frank Müller, the Meek FM Typographic Synthesizer uses a custom controller device along with special software to allow manipulation of typography as you adjust the controls.

Atari 2600 Super Mario Brothers, Sorta.

Atari 2600 Super Mario Brothers, Sorta.
Ever wonder what a Mario game would have looked like if it came out on the Atari 2600 instead of the NES? The guys over at Geekstir dug up this great clip which shows off what that serious visual downgrade would have done for the game.

Ninja Gaiden 2 Release Date Announced [Xbox 360]

Ninja Gaiden 2 Release Date Announced [Xbox 360]
Prepare for a bloody good time. My favorite hack-and-slash game of all time is finally getting its due with a real next-gen update. Ninja Gaiden 2, long in the works from Tomonobu Itagaki and the video game artisans from Team Ninja finally has an official release date.

Wii-Mote Gets the USB Flash Drive Treatment

Wii-Mote Gets the USB Flash Drive Treatment
If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of Nintendo’s groundbreaking Wii-mote controller design. Now you can carry your files on a tiny Wii-mote inspired USB storage device. Created by SolarMemo, the petite Wedisk flash drive looks like a wee Wii-mote, but press the “A” button, and the USB connector pops out of the top of the controller for you to plug into your computer.

IPhone Coverflow for Other Applications

IPhone Coverflow for Other Applications
While a few of us are are patiently awaiting the release of Apple’s application SDK for the iPhone and iPod Touch, crafty (and impatient) developers have found ways to run plenty of their own applications on the popular media players.

Ferrari Nano Racers: Tiny, Remote Controlled Fun

Ferrari Nano Racers: Tiny, Remote Controlled Fun
Can’t afford to spend your next couple of paychecks on that Italian sports car you’ve been dreaming about? Why not live vicariously through these miniature motorized Ferarris that just hit the streets? These tiny 1/58th scale Ferraris measure just about 3-inches long and fit in the palm of your hand.

Myracer Portable Console Plays Flash Games

Myracer Portable Console Plays Flash Games
The latest pocket gaming system isn’t from Nintendo or Sony, but from an upstart little Korean outfit called MyRacer. Their new MF101 portable looks like another media player on the surface, but under the hood, it’s a pocket-sized arcade system.

Robots Controlled by Gestures

Robots Controlled by Gestures
Most robots are controlled using a joystick or other traditional input device, but this new system allows operators to issue commands to robots using simple hand and body gestures. Developed by engineer Tsuyoshi Horo at Tokyo University, the system uses a circular array of cameras to detect human movements in the room, then convey them to a robot as directional commands.

Handmade Wood iPod Touch Case (Gorgeous)

Handmade Wood iPod Touch Case (Gorgeous)
Interested in protecting your iPod touch in a stylish, natural way? Then check out these beautiful handcrafted cases from talented Massachusetts artist mjdinsmore. This collection is lovingly crafted from cedar and mahogany, and features nice details such as inlays, dovetails and mortised lids.

R2-D2 Cake Makes You Wonder What Droids Taste Like

R2-D2 Cake Makes You Wonder What Droids Taste Like
Star Wars fans looking for something tasty to serve at their next soiree should look no further than this awesomely great R2-D2 cake. Created by master pastry chef Mark Randazzo of Brooklyn’s Mark Joseph Cakes, this edible Artoo came complete with a domed lid and plenty of delicious blue and silver icing to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Windows Xp and 98 Make Beautiful Music Together

Windows Xp and 98 Make Beautiful Music Together
So what happens when you take the system sounds from Windows XP and Windows 98 and carefully arrange them in a music sequencer? Something pretty unexpected, I’d say. This is truly a case where the whole is definitely greater than the some of its parts.

Extra Normal Watch Isn’t So Normal After All

Extra Normal Watch Isn’t So Normal After All
These minimal analog watches have a little secret. Using some clever optical trickery, the current hour gradually appears and disappears from view. You see, that hour hand isn’t really a hand at all. It’s actually a cutout in a solid round disc covering the face of the watch.

Tetris Afghan Crochet Keeps You Toasty

Tetris Afghan Crochet Keeps You Toasty
What better way to keep the chill out during a round of Oscilloscope Tetris than to snuggle up under a matching Tetris Afghan throw? Crocheted by Flickr member SheriB626, the handmade throw is plenty big enough to cover up even the most die-hard couch potato.

IPhone + Piano = Iano

IPhone + Piano = Iano
I don’t know what’s in the water this week, but I seem to have a serious music theme going on here. Do you like to play piano? Got an iPhone? Well, if you happen to have jailbroken yours, you can now turn it into a musical instrument.

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