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Archive for February 2008

Atari 2600 Joystick Cake for Tasty Retro Gaming

Atari 2600 Joystick Cake for Tasty Retro Gaming
I was buzzing about over on Flickr earlier today when I came across this excellent Atari 2600 inspired pastry. While I normally wouldn’t eat a cake with black icing on it, this one looks too good to pass up.

Blu-ray Makeup: I Couldn’t Make This Sh*T Up

Blu-ray Makeup: I Couldn’t Make This Sh*T Up
In what could be the final death-blow to the floundering HD DVD format, Hollywood actors can now cover up all their nasty facial flaws with this new makeup line, specifically designed for hiding imperfections on high definition video shoots. Despite its name, Cargo’s Blu-ray makeup isn’t what the Blue Man Group puts on before a show.
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Super LEGO Mario Brothers

Super LEGO Mario Brothers
Mario meets LEGO in these fun stop-motion clips hand animated by Nintendo fan Michael Hickox. Michael painstakingly shot thousands of individual frames to recreate the first two levels of the classic Super Mario Brothers game. The levels are surprisingly accurate reproductions of the game.

Mp3 Alarm Clock Lets You Record Custom Ringers

Mp3 Alarm Clock Lets You Record Custom Ringers
This old-fashioned looking alarm clock has a digital secret beneath its cover. It lets you take a custom audio clip and use it as your wake-up sound. Just hook the battery-operated clock up to your PC via a USB cable, install the included software, and copy sounds directly to the clock to customize your alarm to your own preferences. The programmable MP3 alarm clock comes with 30 pre-selected sounds including everything from frogs croaking to chirping birds to a roaring motorcycle.

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles
Why print on boring old paper, when you can get your message across on some nice bouncy ping pong balls? The appropriately named PingPongPrinter can print dot-matrix messages directly onto the spherical surface of ping pong balls. Builders Vern Graner and Rick Abbott of The Robot Group used a Parallax inkjet print head kit and the EFX-TEK Prop-2 controller board to bring their wondrous creation to life.

Mario Floor Coverings for Fun Under Foot

Mario Floor Coverings for Fun Under Foot
Tired of the same old bare floors? Why not cover them up with a little Mario magic? These plush mats lay down on your floor and feature icons from the classic Super Mario Brothers series. Each squishy floor tile measures 40cm x 40cm (15.74

Wall Charger Keeps Gadgets Organized

Wall Charger Keeps Gadgets Organized
If your household is anything like mine, you probably have scads of electronic gizmos which need to be kept charged all the time. But who really wants all those unsightly cords and chargers lying around their countertop?

PS3 Rainbow Six Vegas Casemod

PS3 Rainbow Six Vegas Casemod
I don’t know what it is about the PlayStation 3, but there are very few people out there who’ve dared to attempt any sort of casemodding for the shiny black console. So I was tickled when I came across this PS3 mod which cleverly integrates the curvaceous lines of Sony’s latest gaming system. Inspired by the game Rainbow Six Vegas, the console is disguised as a casino tower in the midst of the Vegas Strip.

Super Mario Toys for Your Mushroom Kingdom

Super Mario Toys for Your Mushroom Kingdom
Are you a Mario fanatic? Here’s a couple of new desktop toys which are a must for any serious Super Mario collector. These excellent Super Mario Sofubi (soft vinyl) figures stand 9.5-inches tall and look great in your cubicle, living room, standing on top of your horizontal Wii, or even glued to your car’s hood as an ornament.

Navisurfer Ii: a Complete Pc in Your Car’s Dashboard

Navisurfer Ii: a Complete Pc in Your Car’s Dashboard
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a computer designed to fit inside your car, but it’s definitely the first one I’ve seen which can fit entirely in the space of your old car stereo. The Navisurfer II occupies a single DIN slot in your car’s dashboard, and manages to cram in an entire PC with a flip-out touchscreen 7-inch color display.

Space Ace Gets the High Def Treatment

Space Ace Gets the High Def Treatment
While I’m not a huge fan of many of those old full-motion-video (FMV) games, I have to keep a place in my heart for Space Ace, a surprisingly entertaining FMV laserdisc-based game created by some of the industry’s most respected animators. While the game has been resurrected numerous times on everything from CD-ROM to DVD to PC, this is the first time it’s making its way to true high-definition disc formats. Bucking the recent industry trend of Blu-ray only releases, the classic title will be hitting both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, and will support widescreen Full HD (1080p) resolution.

Build Your Own Lightsaber

Build Your Own Lightsaber
Were those lightsaber laser pointers just too tiny to satisfy your man-sized Star Wars hunger? Then wrap your hands around one of these full-sized lightsaber replicas which you can actually customize to your own liking. The Force FX Lightsaber Contstruction Kit gives you everything you need to create your own blade.

Seemingly Random Lights Aren’t Random at All

Seemingly Random Lights Aren’t Random at All
This might look like a curtain of randomly assorted lighting fixtures. But it’s actually an interactive video display that can detect movements of passersby and mimic them using light. Entitled Space Invaders 2008, the light installation uses a grid of 176 unique lighting fixtures to work its magic.

8-Bit Video Game Art by Jimi Benedict

8-Bit Video Game Art by Jimi Benedict
You may think you know Mario and Zelda, but you’ve never seen them like this. Artist Jimi Benedict (a.k.a. “Jimiyo”) created these 8-bit game inspired images which combine the pixel-blocky forms of the game’s original characters with a surreal mix of natural textures and literal illustration styles. Not into video game art?

Keynetik Motion Tech Enables One-Handed Interfaces

Keynetik Motion Tech Enables One-Handed Interfaces
Sure, there are lots of devices which are starting to embed motion sensors or touch screens to power new user interface paradigms. But this is the first time I’ve seen a motion-sensitive device which is designed to be operated entirely with one hand. KEYnetik’s motion interface system uses multiple accelerometers to detect not just the direction of movement, but to triangulate where force originates from.

Alienware HD Media Server: Heavy Metal Home Theater

Alienware HD Media Server: Heavy Metal Home Theater
Alienware is showing off their latest high-end server, designed for use in home theaters and media rooms. The system contains everything you need for controlling your digital media in one slick aluminum box. The Alienware HD Media Server (HDMS) comes in a dramatic brushed aluminum, rack-mountable enclosure, and provides a powerful HTPC under the hood.
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