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Cosmically Cool Lamp Built With 3d Laser Printing

Cosmically Cool Lamp Built With 3d Laser Printing
Look at this beautiful Quin lamp from California artist Bathsheba Grossman. Notice anything special about it, D & D fans? It’s Bathsheba’s exploration on the dodecahedron. It’s so much more than a twelve-sided die though. The intricate perforations and curvy undulations are not only are a shining example of the seamless blending of technology and art, but also serve to create quite a spectacular display of light.

R/C Boxing Robots Offer Up a Technical Knock Out

R/C Boxing Robots Offer Up a Technical Knock Out
These little toy robot kits from Japan do one thing and one thing only. They beat the crap out of each other. Tamiya’s Robocraft boxing robots come in a kit that’s easy enough to assemble if you know your way around a screwdriver. Each robotic boxer operates on a wired remote, which lets you control each of two gearboxes which drive the robot’s punches and movements.
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Gomibako for PS3: Like Tetris With Trash

Gomibako for PS3: Like Tetris With Trash
I love my PS3, and I love a good game of Tetris, but unlike Oscar the Grouch, I don’t know if I can say that I love trash. Still, this offbeat new game in the works combines all three into a single, juicy delicious morsel of gaming that could be the most addictive garbage collection game this side of Katamari Damacy. Spotted at the recent 2008 Tokyo Game Show, Gomibako is best described as “Tetris with Trash”.

Floppy Disk Gift Labels Perfect for Wrapping Geeky Gifts

Floppy Disk Gift Labels Perfect for Wrapping Geeky Gifts
Man, 3.5-inch disks. I still can’t believe that just a decade after the demise of the floppy, a pocket-sized iPod Nano can hold than 11,378 times more data than a single 3.5-inch disk. How far we’ve come.

R/C Rear Window Hand Flips Off Tailgaters

R/C Rear Window Hand Flips Off Tailgaters
Want to send a message to the driver that’s been glued to your bumper for the last 5 miles? Just hang this light-up hand on your car’s back window, and you can express your true feelings without getting physical. Available from Perpetual Kid, the remote-controlled electroluminescent sign ($40) can be set to display a multitude of digit combinations.

Altered Electric Skateboards for Real Speed Demons

Altered Electric Skateboards for Real Speed Demons
Back when I was a kid, I tried to get on a skateboard a couple of times. But just about every time I did, I couldn’t manage to build up enough momentum to ride for more than a few seconds without wiping out.

X-Ray Lighting Fixtures Won’T Expose You to Radiation

X-Ray Lighting Fixtures Won’T Expose You to Radiation
Usually when I think about X-rays, it conjures up images of sitting on a table in an ill-fitting hospital gown with a weighty lead apron draped over some part of my body. Fortunately, these X-ray lamps require not so much as a visit to the doctor’s office. Designer Wonsuk Cho created these pendant lamps using actual X-rays of incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Alas and alack, there is no information on if or when you’ll ever be able to buy these for your own pad.

Race Car USB Memory Card Reader has Flat Tires

Race Car USB Memory Card Reader has Flat Tires
Most of the USB memory card readers I come across are rather pedestrian. Conversely, this one is rather automotive. ElectroJoe’s Motor Maniac is a 16-in-1 memory card reader that looks like a (slightly deformed) little red race car.

Welder K24: a Manly Watch for Manly Men

Welder K24: a Manly Watch for Manly Men
Being such a tech geek, I have a tendency to gravitate towards digital watches. But every once in a while I’ll stumble onto an analog that catches my eye. Designed by Italo Fontana, the Welder K24 is about as macho looking a watch as you’ll find.

R/C Mechagodzilla Robot: Crush, Crumble and Chomp!

R/C Mechagodzilla Robot: Crush, Crumble and Chomp!
Why is it that Japan gets all the coolest toys? I mean really, why can’t I walk into the neighborhood store and pick up one of these? Coming this December from Bandai Japan, this remote-controlled Mechagodzilla robot is truly a sight to behold. Towering at nearly 20-inches tall (1/100th scale), the mechanical creation is faithful to the version of the Robosaurus Rex from 1974’s Gojira tai Mekagojira (Godzilla vs.

DIY Group Tetris Costume Will Earn You Lots of Candy

DIY Group Tetris Costume Will Earn You Lots of Candy
I was looking around for an interesting Halloween costume when I came across this awesome 5-person Tetris costume! The great thing about this costume is that unlike some other group costumes, you would be very recognizable apart or together.

Star Wars Bowling Balls for That Perfect 300 Game, Dude.

Star Wars Bowling Balls for That Perfect 300 Game, Dude.
The Force is sure to help your game with these bowling balls featuring the likeness of iconic Star Wars characters. Whether you’re Jedi or Sith, there’s a ball for you. While I think it would be fun to show up to league with Darth Vader bowling bag, you might prefer the grimacing visage of Jedi Master Yoda. Or maybe you can’t decide which side you’re on, and would rather go for the showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan. Brunswick makes these officially licensed Star Wars bowling balls under their Viz-a-Ball brand, which features limited edition graphics ranging from Scooby Doo to the Three Stooges to the Clone Troopers heading off into battle. There are also balls featuring C-3PO, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Leia and Amadala among others.

Mini E: Your Chance to Test Drive the Electric Mini Cooper

Mini E: Your Chance to Test Drive the Electric Mini Cooper
MINI today announced that they’ll be giving up to 500 test drivers the opportunity to test drive the new no-carbon footprint electric MINI E before it’s released. The diminutive 3-door MINI E is powered by a 100% electric motor (hybrids are for wusses), and still manages to go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in about 8.5

Pac-Man Quilt With Moving Pieces

Pac-Man Quilt With Moving Pieces
While this isn’t the first Pac-Man quilt we’ve ever seen, I would argue it’s the best. Why? Because the Pac-Man and ghost pieces are movable, so you can play with them on the quilty game board! The blue parts are appliqued on with yellow buttons sewn on for the dots.

Textile: Interactive Fabric Made of Thousands of Computer Keys

Textile: Interactive Fabric Made of Thousands of Computer Keys
TEXTile is an interactive art piece made of nearly 23,000 computer keycaps, fabric, a projector, and custom software. Viewers can type messages that become a part of the project itself. Here’s how it works: “In this interactive sculpture, thousands of recycled keyboard keys are embedded into a continuous textile.

Scope 2 Rgb LED Watch Reminds Me of Vector Video Games

Scope 2 Rgb LED Watch Reminds Me of Vector Video Games
I don’t know what it is about these retro-futuristic watches from Japan, but for me they conjure up images of 1980s color vector video games like Tempest or Quantum. The limited-edition Scope 2 watch uses a special multi-color (RGB) LED display to tell the time.
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