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Archive for October 2008

Mario + Obama = Mariobama?

Mario + Obama = Mariobama?
Looks like Mario has given up his bid for the White House, and officially conceded the race to Super Obama. Like many among him, Mario is looking for change in the Mushroom Kingdom. No longer will he be led blindly into battle to “bring democracy” to the Koopas, nor will…

Blood Puddle Pillows Perfect for Halloween Slumber

Blood Puddle Pillows Perfect for Halloween Slumber
With Halloween just hours away, here’s a great idea for anyone looking for a good last-minute fright. These blood puddle pillows are just the thing for scaring the crap out of your roommate when they wake up and find you lying there in a pool of red tomorrow morning. Artist…
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Portable DVD Player Gets Huge Screen, Plays NES Games

Portable DVD Player Gets Huge Screen, Plays NES Games
This portable entertainment system not only plays movies and music, it plays classic 8-bit Nintendo games. Featuring an substantive 14-inch LCD screen (1024×768 resolution), the compact DVD system has a built-in NES emulator, and comes with a pair of gamepads so you can satisfy that 8-bit Nintendo craving wherever you…

Fire Extinguisher Speakers Are Hot, Hot, Hot

Fire Extinguisher Speakers Are Hot, Hot, Hot
These candy apple red cylinders started out life innocently enough as a couple of fire extinguishers. But after they ran out of foam, they got a second life as a pair of speakers. While it may seem like a simple idea, Russian modder Strannik put a tremendous amount of effort…

Yeti Walker Bi-Ped Robot Perfect for Star Wars Fans

Yeti Walker Bi-Ped Robot Perfect for Star Wars Fans
Looking for a way to build yourself a functional AT-ST walker? Have I got the perfect robot for you. The AREXX YT-3000 (aka “YETi Walker”) is a bi-pedal robot which can be programmed using your PC or an remote-controlled via an IR interface. It’s powered by an ATMEGA8 microcontrolller, which…

Roboppi Flying Copter: the Real Hoverround

Roboppi Flying Copter: the Real Hoverround
This tiny remote-controlled flying machine from Japan is a combination helicopter, UFO and hovering light show. A pair of soft, brightly colored rotors help to propel the Roboppi (ROBO-P) flyer upwards and produce stable flight. As it flies through the air, colored LEDs inside the spinning body of the Roboppi…

Fragile Future 2 LED Lamp Made From Dandelions

Fragile Future 2 LED Lamp Made From Dandelions
The Fragile Future 2 lighting fixture really lives up to its name. You see, each tiny light source is actually framed by the seed pods of a dandelion. Now why is it called the Fragile Future 2? Presumably, because the Fragile Future 1 was just a little TOO breakable. Created…

Rcrc Robot Car: No Transformer, Still a Robot in Disguise

Rcrc Robot Car: No Transformer, Still a Robot in Disguise
While I’d rather have a lifesize Optimus Prime, I might just have to settle for this R/C robot that can transform itself into a car, truck or tank. The RCRC Transforming Robot from AOK can go from ‘bot to vehicle with a quick flick of two joysticks on the included…

Arduino Gamepack: Make Your Own Open Source Gameboy

Arduino Gamepack: Make Your Own Open Source Gameboy
Sure, you can pick up a used Gameboy for about $20 bucks over on eBay these days, but why buy one when you could build one for yourself? Matt over at Liquidware decided to build an “open source Gameboy” (known as the Gamepack) using off-the-shelf parts, including the modder-friendly Arduino…

Homeloo Gear Clock Spills Its Mechanical Guts

Homeloo Gear Clock Spills Its Mechanical Guts
This over-the-top wall clock has way more gears than it really needs – but it’ll definitely draw stares from anyone who tries to tell time with it. Homeloo’s Jumbo Gear Clock has not 2, 3 or even 10 gears. Nope, it’s got an more than 50 gears – each and…

Violet Mir:Ror Connects All Your Stuff via Rfid

Violet Mir:Ror Connects All Your Stuff via Rfid
This new device uses RFID technology to connect your physical possessions with the digital world. Cool. Violet (the makers of those quirky Nabaztag USB rabbits) is about to unleash Mir:ror, a small puck-shaped USB gadget which acts like an interface between your everyday belongings and your computer. For example, you…

R2-D2 Cookie Jar: Chocolate Chips and Microchips

R2-D2 Cookie Jar: Chocolate Chips and Microchips
There’s one thing you can say about R2-D2. He’s fiercely loyal, and will always do what’s needed to protect your stuff. So why wouldn’t he be the perfect guardian of your precious Tollhouse cookies? I was just minding my own business (shopping online) this morning when I came across this…

Silver Retro Gamer Cufflinks Are Definitely Semi-Formal

Silver Retro Gamer Cufflinks Are Definitely Semi-Formal
I really think we need to start a new trend. Everyone needs to start wearing cufflinks again (did they ever?) At least that would give me a good excuse go around wearing these retro video game studs on my shirt sleeves. Jewelry artist Dedalo makes a variety of sterling silver…

Zumreed Turntable Speaker for Pocket Sized Djs

Zumreed Turntable Speaker for Pocket Sized Djs
Here’s a fun little sound system you can connect to your portable media player. ZumReed’s Pocket DJ Speaker looks like a tiny little turntable. The mini speaker is small enough to carry on your keychain, hang from a briefcase, bookbag or purse strap. In keeping with the turntable theme, volume…

Bandai Tuttuki Bako: Stick Your Finger in the Hole

Bandai Tuttuki Bako: Stick Your Finger in the Hole
This new interactive toy from Japan involves sticking your finger in a hole on the side of the box to interact with a virtual environment. Really. I’m not kidding. Bandai’s new Tuttuki Bako handheld interactive plaything requires you to twiddle your finger around inside the orifice to play with a…

Jakks Arcade Gold Plays 8 Namco Classics on Your Tv

Jakks Arcade Gold Plays 8 Namco Classics on Your Tv
Jakks Pacific has been cranking out a variety of arcade games you can play on your TV for several years now. But all of their arcade systems up until now included 4, maybe 5 games. Their most recent model, the Arcade Gold game system ups the ante by cramming 8…
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