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Archive for March 2008

Tetrad Flat Shelving = Tetris Fix

Tetrad Flat Shelving = Tetris Fix
I got a fever, and actually the only prescription is not more cowbell, but more Tetris. Lately I’ve been having a slight obsession with that beloved game of my young adulthood and I don’t know why.

Blythe Creates Plush Electronics

Blythe Creates Plush Electronics
Remember that oh-so-fun soft and squishy NES console? The talented crafter who made that great plush Nintendo is back with more plush gadgets, each sewn with amazing detail. Textile artist Blythe Church has just revealed a sneak preview of her latest creations which she’s preparing to show at her upcoming show “The Pitch of the Stitch”.
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Ipods and Iphones Get the Photoshop Treatment

Ipods and Iphones Get the Photoshop Treatment
What happens when the world’s most popular media players meet the art world? You get some awesomely great images mashing up some familiar scenes with iPhones and iPods. Photographer and digital artist Travis Hammond takes iconic photos and seamlessly integrates images of iPods and iPhones to create some really wonderful scenes.

Super Mario Bento Boxes Make Mouths Happy

Super Mario Bento Boxes Make Mouths Happy
A uniquely Japanese cultural phenomenon is Bento box lunches where the meal is dressed up with whimsical imagery so kids will be more inclined to eat their food. Check out this great example featuring the likeness of everyone’s favorite little Italian plumber, crafted entirely from edible items.

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys
If you thought that the 312-key Chromatone synthesizer had a few more keys than your everyday piano, just wait ’til you get a load of the Tonal Plexus and its even more plentiful keyboard design. The Tonal Plexus series of keyboards is a micro-tonal input device featuring rows and rows of buttons which generate tones with far more precision than an 88-key piano can handle.

Reactive Sparks: Interactive LED Art Responds to Traffic

Reactive Sparks: Interactive LED Art Responds to Traffic
This interactive art display takes data it collects on passing traffic and displays moving images which react to vehicles as they drive by. Designed by artist Markus Lerner for lighting company OSRAM, the installation samples traffic patterns and maps them onto seven colorful light towers side of the road, each containing over 110,000 individual LEDs.

Nintendo Memories Contest: Only 3 Days Left!

Nintendo Memories Contest: Only 3 Days Left!
Attention Nintendo addicts! Don’t forget to submit your entries to Technabob’s Fondest Nintendo Memories contest, which ends at the end of the day on Monday, March 31st. We’re looking for you to share the best, brightest, funniest, and generally most creative Nintendo-inspired memories.

Shade Pixel: Text You Can Feel

Shade Pixel: Text You Can Feel
Instead of using a traditional 2-dimensional display surface, Shade Pixel renders information using a deformable skin surface which provides a 3-dimensional texture to its output. Developed by researchers at the Design Media Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the device uses a dot-matrix array of solenoids attached to a flexible Spandex skin.

Humax Tv Mixes Modern Display, Retro Curves

Humax Tv Mixes Modern Display, Retro Curves
No matter how cool it is to hang a super-skinny flat panel on your wall, virtually every LCD or Plasma television is looking like the same, nondescript rectangular box. So it’s good to finally see that somebody out there is thinking a little outside of that box.

Donkey Kong Jungle Juice Doesn’t Taste Like Bananas

Donkey Kong Jungle Juice Doesn’t Taste Like Bananas
Not to be outdone by Mario and his Power Up Energy Drink, it looks like the plumber’s simian adversary just had to have his own peppy beverage. Recently sighted on the shelves over at New York’s Nintendo World Store, the Red Bull-esque energy drink comes in a skinny red can featuring the likeness of the big ape himself, DK necktie and all.

Pop ‘n Music be-Mouse: Weird Name, Odd Controller

Pop ‘n Music be-Mouse: Weird Name, Odd Controller
Here’s a gaming oddity from Japan. Falling somewhere between Tetris and Rock Band, Pop ‘N Music Be Mouse is a Windows PC game that comes with a colorful multi-button mouse for controlling the gameplay. To play Konami’s music pattern matching game, pop open the ladybug-like wings on the Be-Mouse controller to access the game’s nine buttons.

Pole Position Quilt: Prepare to Qualify

Pole Position Quilt: Prepare to Qualify
Back in the day, Pole Position was one of my all-time favorite arcade games. Not only was it the first full-color POV racing game, it had some of the most groundbreaking graphics in its time. With today’s photorealistic racing games like the Gran Turismo and PGR series, it’s amazing how far we’ve come.

My Touch Keys Adds Tactile Feedback to iPhone, Sorta.

My Touch Keys Adds Tactile Feedback to iPhone, Sorta.
Do you love the iPhone, but struggle with the smooth on-screen keyboard? Personally, I’ve found it pretty easy to use, but the touchscreen definitely doesn’t offer the touch-typing feedback that you get with physical keys. This new, low cost screen overlay for the iPhone claims to provide tactile cues to your fingertips to help them find their way.

Build Your Own Robot in 2 Hours or Less

Build Your Own Robot in 2 Hours or Less
Every day, I come across all sorts of cool homebrew robot projects, but never thought I had the skills or patience to make my own. Now, thanks to a generous member of the ‘bot building community, even the most novice builders can crank out their own little robots with ease.

Diesel OLED Watches Offer Dual-Color Text Display

Diesel OLED Watches Offer Dual-Color Text Display
A while back, I showed you guys a pretty cool looking OLED watch from the fashion house of Diesel. That model was especially difficult to come by, and featured a tiny little monochrome blue OLED screen .

Pop Art Prints for Retro Geeks

Pop Art Prints for Retro Geeks
Do you like tiny art with vintage robot and video game themes? If you do, please enjoy the pop arty, old-timey stylings of Singapore artist JoE, aka Etsy seller monstergallery. These fun prints measure a wee 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and are available in limited editions of 100 pieces.
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