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Car Visor Plays Dvds, Video Games, Mp3s, Mp4s

Car Visor Plays Dvds, Video Games, Mp3s, Mp4s
Do we really need any more distractions we need while we drive down the road? This over-the-top replacement sun visor for your vehicle manages to cram in just about everything but the kitchen sink. Not only can the visor play DVDs, audio and video files, it can play retro video games on its 7-inch LCD 16×9 widescreen display.

Xbox 360 Gator Casemod Rises From the Swamp

Xbox 360 Gator Casemod Rises From the Swamp
Here’s an amazing Xbox 360 that looks like it just crawled its way out of the Everglades. The alligator-themed 360 is covered with a lizard-textured skin, and even has an realistic alligator eyeball in place of its power switch. Rest assured, no actual alligators were harmed in the making of this console.
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Modular Seating Looks Like Pixel Blocks

Modular Seating Looks Like Pixel Blocks
This new modular furniture system lets you create custom seating areas by rearranging pixel-like blocks into your own unique layouts. Created by Joe Doucet, founder of the new design collective Bond., the Scape Modular Seating system lets you transform your living space on a whim, thanks to its moveable seating towers.

Your Plants Can Talk (via Twitter)

Your Plants Can Talk (via Twitter)
Now we’ve all heard the myth that talking to your plants help them to thrive, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a way to find out what they’re saying back to us. This gadget lets you keep tabs on your house plants via the Internet, letting them reach out to the world using the popular micro-blogging website Twitter. Adafruit’s Botanicalls Twitter Kit lets your plants communicate over the web, letting you know when they need water, or if they’re feeling happy that they’ve been recently cared for.

Classic iMac + Vhs Deck = Ivhs [Casemod]

Classic iMac + Vhs Deck = Ivhs [Casemod]
Back in its day, the design of the classic iMac was pretty groundbreaking. Sure, by today’s standards, the original iMac was a little bulbous, but did it really deserve this punishment? The mutant offspring of an old G3 iMac and a VHS deck, Cory Baker’s iVHS casemod is one of the ugliest Mac designs I’ve ever seen.

NES Controller Coffee Table: Drool.

NES Controller Coffee Table: Drool.
This has got to be my favorite piece of furniture, ever. Not only does this coffee table look like a giant NES controller, it’s actually fully functional! Lovingly constructed by Kyle Downes of Ultra Awesome, the table also offers ample storage for all of his other gaming systems. What’s the last time you saw an N64, PS2, a SEGA Nomad and a Famicom inside of an NES Controller?

LED Hula Hoops: You Know, for Kids.

LED Hula Hoops: You Know, for Kids.
Here’s something that’s sure to draw crowds the next time you feel the need to draw attention to yourself. This dizzying show of colored light is produced by a rapidly spinning Hula Hoop, packed with LED lighting. Handcrafted by Etsy contributor Schablien, the LED Hula Hoop works its magic with 18 super-bright LEDs embedded into the hoop.

Superbrothers Pixel Art: Super Retro Goodness

Superbrothers Pixel Art: Super Retro Goodness
After spending the last 7 days straight looking at the hyper-real 3D environments of Grand Theft Auto IV, don’t you long for the blocky 8-bit goodness of days gone by? Eh, maybe not when it comes to gaming, but when it comes to retro gaming art, I definitely have a soft spot for the pixelated stuff. So when I stumbled across the 1980s-inspired pixel art of artist Craig D.

A Micro-Projector for Cheapskates

A Micro-Projector for Cheapskates
There’s been plenty of buzz in the industry surrounding tiny projectors that will some day make their way into mobile phones and other portable gadgets, but they’re mostly either stuck in the prototype phase, extremely expensive, or both.

Make Your Psp Glow in the Dark

Make Your Psp Glow in the Dark
These replacement covers for the Sony PSP give the portable console an ethereal glow. Just place your PSP in daylight for a few minutes, and then switch off the lights and watch your system glow. The XCM Magic Night Glow face plate attaches onto the front of your Sony PSP (slim model only), and look totally different when the lights are off than on.

Handpainted Keyboards Offer Dazzling, Dizzying Designs

Handpainted Keyboards Offer Dazzling, Dizzying Designs
If you’re like most people, your computer keyboard is probably either black, white or some shade in between. If you happen to have an older PC or Mac, maybe it’s a cigarette smoke-tinged beige. These handpainted USB keyboards couldn’t bend the rules more. Available in several precisely detailed patterns ranging from flowers to swirlies, these dramatic keyboards will definitely bring new life to your drab desktop. Each key cap is painstakingly handpainted before the keyboard is assembled.

How About Some Musical Fruit?

How About Some Musical Fruit?
Getting plenty of fruit each day is an important part of a well-balanced diet. So why shouldn’t your iPod take part in the same healthy lifestyle as you? Thanks to these fruit speakers, your media player can at least look like it’s eating well. Available in green apple, yellow banana, orange orange, and red strawberry flavors, these plush fruit speakers don’t just play your tunes, they give you a nice place to take a nap while you listen.

Geek Flow Chart is Way Too Accurate

Geek Flow Chart is Way Too Accurate
This geek lifecycle flow chart recently appeared in The New York Times, and I’m more than a little frightened by how much of it rings true. Especially the part about blogging about diagrams like this one.

Greenpix: Massive LED Wall Powered by the Sun

Greenpix: Massive LED Wall Powered by the Sun
This huge LED screen displays mesmerizing patterns of light and video to passersby. But the really amazing thing about the enormous wall of light is that it’s completely self-sustaining. That is, the light panels themselves harness the energy of the sun during the day to power a colorful light show at night. GreenPix – Zero Energy Media Wall uses thousands solar photovoltaic capture cells attached to a grid of glass panels, each of which conceals an array of computer-controlled LEDs. The wall was constructed for visitors attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and located in the Xicui entertainment complex, near the site of the games. The display opens to the public this month, and will feature live and recorded video performances works by artists from around the world.

Slow Day on Technabob… Please Bear With Us

Slow Day on Technabob… Please Bear With Us
Sorry for the lack of posts over the last 24 hours or so. Not only have I been traveling, my hosting provider decided to blow up our server infrastructure overnight, which kept Technabob offline for about 10 hours. Everything is back up and running, but there was a little nervewracking to say the least.

Bodybeat Metronome: Rhythm Without a Sound

Bodybeat Metronome: Rhythm Without a Sound
Aspiring musicians: If you’re having trouble keeping the beat while your trying to jam, look no further than this newfangled spin on the classic metronome. The BodyBeat is an electronic metronome that clips onto your fingertip and lets you feel the beat of the music rather than listen to it. The Peterson BB-1 BodyBeat keeps you on beat by sending tiny little pulses down the wire to your fingertip.
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