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Archive for July 2009

Glittering Mechanical Animals for Neo-Victorians

Glittering Mechanical Animals for Neo-Victorians
It’s hard to describe Andrew Chase’s mechanical animal sculptures without gushing all over the screen. From the sparkling eyes to the elegant gears to the thin, overlapping plates, each individual piece is more breathtaking than the one before. But these animals don’t just look good–they are fully automated.

Wefound Kindle 2 Knock-Off: Calling Amazon’S Lawyers…

Wefound Kindle 2 Knock-Off: Calling Amazon’S Lawyers…
It was only a matter of time before some cheap Chinese clone of Amazon’s Kindle digital book reader would find its way to market. This knock-off – from a company called “Wefound” – is a dead ringer for the Kindle 2.
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Blaze 3-in-1 Selector Lets You Switch Nintendo Ds Lite Games on the Go

Blaze 3-in-1 Selector Lets You Switch Nintendo Ds Lite Games on the Go
Want to quickly flip between your favorite games on your Nintendo DS Lite? Check out this handy accessory that lets you choose from 3 different games with just the flick of a switch. The BLAZE 3-in-1 game selector has triple cartridge bays, and a single ribbon connector that plugs into your DS’ cartridge slot.

Enviro-Bear 2010: Best iPhone Driving Game Ever (With Bears)

Enviro-Bear 2010: Best iPhone Driving Game Ever (With Bears)
Now let me start by saying this. When I say “best”, I really mean “weirdest”, but once you check out Enviro-Bear 2010 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, you’ll understand why I say that. Actually, according to Destructoid’s Anthony Burch’s review of the PC version, Enviro-Bear is the “best, and only bear-driving-a-car-simulator”, which I have to say puts a slightly finer point on it than I did. Yep, Justin Smith’s Enviro-Bear 2010 is a driving game, but you play a bear who’s managed to get behind the wheel, and all he can do is use a single oversize paw to steer, accelerate, brake, shift gears, and throw crap out of the passenger compartment that gets in the way of his main goals – to eat fish and berries.

Guitar Hero Decals for Those Who Are Ready to Rock

Guitar Hero Decals for Those Who Are Ready to Rock
We’ve seen game-inspired wall decals before, but nothing from a newer franchise–before, it’s always been the classics. Now, though, one of the foremost modern classics is about to join that crew: Guitar Hero. Now you can plaster your love of little plastic instruments all over your walls.

Power Strip With Socket Icon – Life Imitates Software

Power Strip With Socket Icon – Life Imitates Software
Thanks to Takumi’s Icon Socket, computer-savvy folks can easily find out where to plug their real world app(liance)s: just look for the socket icon. As you can see, you can plug in up to 4 sockets to Icon Socket.

Color-Changing Umbrella Lets the People Around You Know That It’S Raining

Color-Changing Umbrella Lets the People Around You Know That It’S Raining
Squid London’s umbrella features a wrap-around white London skyline drawing that becomes multi-colored when the umbrella gets wet. I’m really tempted to put this on Cute or Stupid?, because you won’t see the drawing anyway if you’re under the umbrella.

Robot Learns to Make Facial Expressions, is Rewarded With a Measly “Signal”

Robot Learns to Make Facial Expressions, is Rewarded With a Measly “Signal”
At least dogs get food when they get things right. This poor robot Einstein, made by computer scientists from the Machine Perception Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, was given time to play with its 31 artificial facial muscles while “staring” at its reflection in the mirror.

Dustbot Trash Collector: the Roomba’S Big Big Brother

Dustbot Trash Collector: the Roomba’S Big Big Brother
Co-funded by the European Commission, the $3.9 million (USD) Dustbot project aims to build a moderately-sized robot to navigate the narrow streets that garbage trucks can’t reach. Hey that rhymed! Nice. Anyway the pictures below were taken from Dustbot’s trial run in Peccioli, Italy. Aside from collecting garbage, the Dustbot can also analyze the quality of the surrounding air.

Black & White OLED Digital Clock Concept is Literally Out-of-the-Box

Black & White OLED Digital Clock Concept is Literally Out-of-the-Box
Designer Vadim Kibardin has found a way to make the ever-useful clock be more versatile aesthetics-wise with his black & white clock concept. It consists of just four OLED digits – no case or box or other parts that might clash with the style in your house.

Ben Heck’S Commodore 64 Laptop on Auction, Comes With Free Movie

Ben Heck’S Commodore 64 Laptop on Auction, Comes With Free Movie
Ben Heck has put up his retro-futuristic creation, the Commodore 64 laptop, for auction. The proceeds will go to “a worthy charity”.  The winning bidder also gets an SD card – the laptop is equipped with both an SD card slot and a cartridge slot – and a DVD of Possomus Woman, a film written and directed by the master modician himself.

Browser Fighter Ii: Wasting All Your Time Edition

Browser Fighter Ii: Wasting All Your Time Edition
So you probably love Street Fighter. Who doesn’t? Crazy moves, the classic Hadouken, Chun Li’s crazy man hands. Well, guess what? Now you can wile away the hours playing Street Fighter in your browser… for free. To be specific here, we’re talking about Street Fighter II: Championship Edition, but who’s quibbling with a few extra characters?

Zgrip iPhone 3gs Handgrip to Help Steady Video Shoots – for a Price

Zgrip iPhone 3gs Handgrip to Help Steady Video Shoots – for a Price
Yep, I’ve got an iPhone 3GS, but I have to say that as much as I love that it can shoot video, I still have a tough time keeping the picture steady while shooting. There’s nothing quite like a little shakycam action to make you lose your lunch when you play back your home movies on the big screen.

Calvin Klein USB Sunglasses: Data for Your Eyes Only

Calvin Klein USB Sunglasses: Data for Your Eyes Only
Want to look chic while keeping your personal data safe and sound? These new sunglasses from Calvin Klein have a USB drive hidden in the arm, letting you store info and protect your eyes from UV rays at the same time. These new shades from the house of Calvin Klein sport a 4GB USB flash drive, neatly concealed inside the right arm.

Cheapest Blu-ray Player Drops Below $100

Cheapest Blu-ray Player Drops Below $100
Been waiting for the price to drop before taking the plunge and upgrading  from DVD to a Blu-Ray player? This is easily the cheapest Blu-Ray deal I’ve ever seen. According to the guys over at FormatWarCentral, the Magnavox NB530MGX Blu-Ray player has been spotted at at least one Wal-Mart store with a price Rollback to just $98 (USD).

Xcm Eye Candy Shells Give Nintendo Dsi a Delicious Coating

Xcm Eye Candy Shells Give Nintendo Dsi a Delicious Coating
The Nintendo DSi is certainly decent looking all on its own, but there’s only so much black and white you can take, right? These cool new shells for the DSi let you add a little color to your pocket gaming system. The new XCM Eye Candy replacement shell kit lets you coat your NDSi in luscious candy colors.
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