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Archive for March 2008

Strange Speakers Look Like Little Dead Guy

Strange Speakers Look Like Little Dead Guy
It’s been a while since I’ve seen speakers that looked quite this strange. Designed to be your “little dead desktop buddy”, they look like something that your neighborhood dominatrix might have sitting next to her computer. The oddly-named Dutch Dead Bbudd speaker system looks like some sort of naugahyde-wrapped dude with his eyes X’d out.

Silver PS3 Available for Order

Silver PS3 Available for Order
Drooling over the forthcoming satin silver Playstation 3? Thought you had to live in Japan to enjoy its non-thumbprinty matte finish? Well not if reseller Play-Asia has anything to say about it. The video game importer is now taking orders for the luscious silver PS3, and the price isn’t much higher than you’d pay for a standard model.
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Super Mario is Super Shadowbox Art

Super Mario is Super Shadowbox Art
I think some of us in the world would be likely to 1) get frustrated and/or 2) discard a broken handheld electronic game pretty quickly if we couldn’t fix it. Or is it just me? Whatever the answer is, I know the resourceful Josh Burker would bust a different move.

Video Game Buttons: Plenty of Flair to Wear

Video Game Buttons: Plenty of Flair to Wear
Next time you head to your job over at Chotchkie’s, your boss won’t have anything to complain about since you’ll have tons of these awesome video game badges pinned all over your suspenders. Created by Alexander Pfaender of Augenbluten/ITF, these fun 1-inch round buttons offer whimsical renditions of classic gaming systems and controllers from 1977 through 2006. Featuring bold icons for classic gaming systems from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Wii, the series of 22 video game buttons offers something for everyone.

USB Boxer Doles Out the Punches

USB Boxer Doles Out the Punches
Seems like a day doesn’t go by when some new bit of USB wackiness finds its way to my computer. Today’s find: this desktop boxer that connects to your USB port. The pint-sized prizefighter is more sophisticated than your average USB gizmo, letting you throw punches using your computer keyboard.

Microsoft Mysong Generates Music From Vocals

Microsoft Mysong Generates Music From Vocals
Up until now, singers needed to either play an instrument or the help of a professional accompanist to help them realize their musical ideas. With this new technology coming out of Microsoft Research, vocalists need only sing their ideas into a microphone to automatically generate musical accompaniment. MySong “listens” to any sampled vocal melody, then automatically selects the best chords to go along with the song.

Super Mario Hidden Quilt Level Scores Extra Points

Super Mario Hidden Quilt Level Scores Extra Points
If you’ve got a serious Mario addiction, you might just have to break open your piggy bank for this. This fun quilt features the likenesses of Mario and his foes in the context of the NES platformer that really put the little Italian plumber on the map. It looks like Mario just hopped out of his green drain pipe, only to have to face a tough decision.

Apple Floppy Drive Reborn as an Amplifier [Casemod]

Apple Floppy Drive Reborn as an Amplifier [Casemod]
Have some old computer gear lying around? Why not do what this guy did, and turn it into something useful once more. By taking an old Apple 5-1/4″ floppy drive he found at a thrift store, then working some electronics wizardry on the interior, modder Jeff Kobi took this old piece of tech junk and gave it new life as a retro-styled amplifier. At the heart of the revamped drive is the hacker’s favorite Sonic Impact 5066 T-amp, capable of cranking out amazing clarity and boldness with just 15-watts per channel.
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