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Archive for September 2008

Famicard NES on a Cartridge Gets Zelda-Fied

Famicard NES on a Cartridge Gets Zelda-Fied
Remember the awesome Fami-Card – the casemod which managed to cram a fully-functional 8-bit Nintendo console into an old NES cartridge? Well the Fami-Card is back, and this time the circuit has made its way into a classic Zelda cartridge. While the original NES on a cartridge began life as an old Super Mario Bros.

Terrorize the Mario in Your Life With This Knitted Goomba Hat

Terrorize the Mario in Your Life With This Knitted Goomba Hat
Mario and Luigi will run from you in fear when they see your sweet knitted Goomba beanie! And it’s perfect timing as I’m quite certain you’ve been waiting for just the right accessory to show your Goomba love. Knitter extraordinaire FadeCrazy whipped up this cozy and cranky cranium covering and shared the pattern.
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Esquire E-Ink Display Proves Nearly Indestructible

Esquire E-Ink Display Proves Nearly Indestructible
While the October 2008 issue of Esquire magazine got lots of buzz in the marketplace with its E-Ink cover, I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed by the less than exciting visual produced by the blinking display.

Ceiling Lamp Offers Little Bulk, Plenty of Fiber

Ceiling Lamp Offers Little Bulk, Plenty of Fiber
It’s amazing what a difference a couple of decades makes. Back in the 1970s, fiber optic lamps were some of the ugliest, tackiest things you could possibly bring into your home. And as this photo proves, fiber optics can truly be used for evil.

Rubiks Mirror Blocks Puzzle Bumps Out of the Cube

Rubiks Mirror Blocks Puzzle Bumps Out of the Cube
Ready for a challenging puzzle? Check out this new variant on the classic Rubik’s Cube which isn’t comfortable just being perfectly square. The new Rubik’s Mirror Blocks puzzle makes things a bit more complicated than the original by making each and every one of its blocks a slightly different size. And instead of pretty colors, each one is covered with a mirrored surface, making it just that much more difficult to figure out. I managed to find a video clip showing the unboxing of the new cube here: The puzzle is slated for release in Japan in the next couple of weeks for ¥2079 (appx $20 USD), but I haven’t been able to find out anything about a North American release.

LEGO Star Wars Diorama Blows My Mind

LEGO Star Wars Diorama Blows My Mind
Some people have way more time on their hands than I. Take for instance this guy, who painstakingly created this Star Wars scene using nothing but a crapload of LEGO bricks. Tim Goddard (aka Roguebantha) created this amazingly detailed scene he calls “Rebel Attack”.

Talking Heart Mouse Loves You, Really.

Talking Heart Mouse Loves You, Really.
Are you a lonely geek who thinks your only companion is your computer? Is your closest friend merely a text link on twitter? That’s okay. Because now, your mouse can now provide you with daily affirmation that you are truly loved. That’s right.

Formula One Race Car USB Memory: Vroom, Vroom

Formula One Race Car USB Memory: Vroom, Vroom
Unlike a real race car, you really don’t want to see this one hit the wall and blow up in a fiery crash. That’s because this one could be holding all of your precious digital files. This 2GB USB memory stick is based (loosely) on on the body of a Formula One race car.

Diamond-Covered Watch: So Many Diamonds, So Little Time

Diamond-Covered Watch: So Many Diamonds, So Little Time
This diamond-encrusted LED watch is so madly, deeply, insanely blinged over with diamonds that you can barely see what time it is. In fact, the diamonds cover the face of the watch so you have to read the digital display through a diamond screen. The watch is a collaboration between high-design and art house Gourmet and the jeweler Christian Tse.

Homemade Laser Tag Will have Friends Lining Up to Play

Homemade Laser Tag Will have Friends Lining Up to Play
Let’s take a trip down memory lane… back to, oh, say, 1998. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but regardless, we all played laser tag with gusto. Now you can play it in your very own home! Yeah, I know, I’m excited too!

Rubik’S Cube Disco Light: Your Party Just Got 200% Nerdier

Rubik’S Cube Disco Light: Your Party Just Got 200% Nerdier
The Retro Cube Stereo Speaker and Mood Light, in theory, brings the latest in LED and rhyhmic technology to an old familiar shape. In reality, however, it’s more like an unholy marriage between a Rubik’s Cube and the Saturday Night Fever dance floor. This is a speaker that flashes its LEDs in time with your music, and looks like a fake Rubik’s Cube on a stand.

Server Upgrade Saturday 9/20

Server Upgrade Saturday 9/20
Thanks to your overwhelming support, Technabob needs to move to a bigger, badder server. The site will be migrating to new hardware on Saturday, 9/20. I expect there will be some sporadic downtime during the day, so if you have difficulty accessing the site, please try again later.

Myminigolf Miniature Golf Course Travels Wherever You Go

Myminigolf Miniature Golf Course Travels Wherever You Go
I don’t know if I should really be sharing this dorky tidbit, but back when I was just a pup, I was a serious bad-ass on the miniature golf course. I actually won a couple of shiny plastic trophies, and even an official gold-plated Jack Nicklaus putter from the neighborhood Putt-Putt. Over the years, my time on the course diminished, and eventually I ended up as a completely sub-par (er actually, way above par) golfer as an adult.

Iyo Induction Charger Powers Your iPhone With Yo-Yo Magic

Iyo Induction Charger Powers Your iPhone With Yo-Yo Magic
The iYo is a yoyo-powered induction charger for your iPhone. This is a concept charger by Swedish designer Peter Thuvander and is definitely the first yo-yo-based charging mechanism I have seen this week. This month, even. As the inventor helpfully points out, “since solarchargers don´t work at night or in Sweden half the year, this should be a smash hit.”

768 LED Clock Laughs in the Face of 7-Segment Displays

768 LED Clock Laughs in the Face of 7-Segment Displays
With a whopping 128 bright LEDs on each digit, there’s no chance that you’ll miss the time on this clock. Sporting a total of 768 individually addressable amber LEDs, each one of the numbers slides into and out of view as the hours, minutes and seconds tick away.

Your Old Pcs Can Become a Beautiful Sunset

Your Old Pcs Can Become a Beautiful Sunset
OK, so obviously your old PCs can’t become a real sunset, at least not without some serious Harry Potter-style intervention. However, “Mauritian Sunset” is the name of this art installation where they put together a whole wall of old PCs and monitors to approximate a sunset. Artist Sandy Smith is responsible for this technological masterpiece.
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