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Archive for August 2009

Fast Food USB Drives: I Can has Cheeseburger and Fries With That

Fast Food USB Drives: I Can has Cheeseburger and Fries With That
Now we’ve certainly seen our share of odd food-themed USB drives here at technabob, but it seems that there’s an entire cottage industry in China dedicated to creating a never-ending supply of even weirder flash memory devices, seemingly just so we can write about them.

Dishpointer Augmented Reality iPhone 3gs App Helps You Find Satellites With Ease

Dishpointer Augmented Reality iPhone 3gs App Helps You Find Satellites With Ease
Ever try to install a satellite dish? Speaking from personal experience, I can say that finding the right line-of-sight from the dish to the skies can be a real pain in the a$$. Now there’s a new app coming for the iPhone 3GS that could make satellite dish positioning just a bit easier.

Katamari Jelly Beans: Please Make These So I Can Eat Some

Katamari Jelly Beans: Please Make These So I Can Eat Some
I have no idea where these Katamari Damacy jelly beans came from, but they sure look delicious. The guys at Jelly Belly and Namco need to do a business deal. And I should get a cut.

Dive Back Into the Deep With Endless Ocean 2 [Nintendo Wii]

Dive Back Into the Deep With Endless Ocean 2 [Nintendo Wii]
With the definition of just what a game is expanding so rapidly, mellow experiences like Endless Ocean and its forthcoming sequel are beginning to seem absolutely normal. The scuba diving games have an emphasis on exploration and the beauty of the ocean, without a lot of the goals and challenges that crop up in traditional games.

NES Cartridge Hard Drives Could Store Every 8-Bit Game Ever Made

NES Cartridge Hard Drives Could Store Every 8-Bit Game Ever Made
Here’s a great external hard drive for fans of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. These NES cartridges have had their guts ripped out and replaced with high-capacity modern hard drives. The guys over at 8-Bit Memory take retro NES carts and retrofit them with USB hard drives that you can use with any modern PC or Mac.

Samsung Braille Phone Packs a More Literal Touchscreen

Samsung Braille Phone Packs a More Literal Touchscreen
Touchscreens these days mostly allow us to use our fingers like a mouse cursor – point, click, slide etc. Designer Seonkeun Park wants to make a phone for the blind, with a screen and keypad that can form Braille symbols.

Rodem Next-Gen Wheelchair Doesn’T Look Like a Wheelchair at All

Rodem Next-Gen Wheelchair Doesn’T Look Like a Wheelchair at All
Gundam fans! Veda (Vader?) is real! And it’s in Japan of course. Fortunately the Veda International Robot Research and Development Centre isn’t out to control or enslave humanity. It’s a joint project by robotics company Tmsuk Co.

Dj Hero Controller Pics and Manual Show Up on Fcc Site

Dj Hero Controller Pics and Manual Show Up on Fcc Site
If you’re looking forward to this Fall’s release of Red Octane’s DJ Hero, your wait is almost over. Lookee what I found today. The hardware for the game’s much-anticipated turntable controller just hit the FCC website.

Messenger Bags for Old School Gamers (and Everyone Else)

Messenger Bags for Old School Gamers (and Everyone Else)
Certain images from the classics of gaming are burned indelibly into our brains; they are so iconic that they are recognizable not just to gamers, but to nearly anyone who has paid attention in the last couple of decades.

That was Fast: Shadow Complex in LEGO

That was Fast: Shadow Complex in LEGO
Shadow Complex was released for XBLA fewer than ten days ago, and not only is it hugely controversial, but it’s also got a LEGO tribute already. And you thought something like Grand Theft Auto IV made a splash.

Nokia Booklet 3g Netbook Coming Soon, Looking Awesome

Nokia Booklet 3g Netbook Coming Soon, Looking Awesome
If Apple does release a Tablet PC, fanboys would do well to thank Nokia, because the Finland handset maker was one of the first to come up with Mobile Internet Devices, or MIDs. Now they’re back in the realm of portable computing with the Booklet 3G, a 10-inch, 2.75 lb.

Dad Finds New Use for CD-ROM Tray: Baby Rocker

Dad Finds New Use for CD-ROM Tray: Baby Rocker
Ah, the ol’ CD drive. It can read CDs. It can write on CDs. Idiots use it as a coaster and then call tech support if it stops working. And it can put babies to sleep.

Amazingly Detailed Mini Arcade Cabinets Perfect for Barbie’s Dream House

Amazingly Detailed Mini Arcade Cabinets Perfect for Barbie’s Dream House
Video game crafter Big J.W. handmakes these incredibly precise miniature arcade cabinet reproductions of some of my favorite retro arcade machines of all time.

Atari Punk Console has Three Settings: Bleep, Bloop and Loud

Atari Punk Console has Three Settings: Bleep, Bloop and Loud
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of the Atari Punk Console (APCs), they’re analog noisemakers that offer up sounds that are reminiscent of the old square-wave bleeps and bloops of the classic Atari 2600 video game system.

Macbook Air Pc Runs Windows Without Parallels

Macbook Air Pc Runs Windows Without Parallels
Of course, that’s because this cheap Chinese knock-off isn’t a MacBook at all. It’s a Windows PC in sheep’s clothing. Doing its best impression of the MacBook Air, this clone is designed to run Windows, not MacOS (check out the Windows key on the keyboard!)

Laptop Case for Macbook Pro Against Crime: Weird Name for a Weird Product

Laptop Case for Macbook Pro Against Crime: Weird Name for a Weird Product
Wow. This is mildly mind blowing. When something is called a Laptop Case for Macbook Pro Against Crime, you’d think that you already know what the product is and what it’s for – as opposed to something like Xbox 360.