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Archive for August 2009

Glowing Solar LED Lamp: Looks Like a Ufo Landed in Your Living Room

Glowing Solar LED Lamp: Looks Like a Ufo Landed in Your Living Room
While I’ve been waiting a really long time for the Alien Abduction Lamp to finally get mass-produced, I guess I’ll have to settle for this glowing green orb lamp from Japan for now. These little spherical lamps sure look like some sort of retro spacecraft to me, especially the glowing green part, and the tripod legs.

Mighty Mini Boom Box and Amp Speakers May be Tiny, but They’Re Strong

Mighty Mini Boom Box and Amp Speakers May be Tiny, but They’Re Strong
These tiny speakers may be Mini, but they’re supposed to sound Mighty. Both the mini boom box and guitar amp speakers are small enough to fit on your keychain, but the guys who make them say they’ve got plenty of oomph for listening to your favorite MP3s on the go.

Nintendo + Tarantino = Inglourious Plummers

Nintendo + Tarantino = Inglourious Plummers
Here’s a fun little parody of the new Tarantino film Inglorious Basterds, featuring your favorite Nintendo characters from the Mario universe.

Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?

Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?
Internet Explorer is still the world’s most popular internet browser, but its market share has dropped because of sweet alternatives like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. And if ReadWriteWeb‘s “reputable sources” are to be believed, a new challenger is about to drop a metaphorical token in the metaphorical arcade machine that’s playing the metaphorical video game of Browser War II.

Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig

Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig
Sorry Homer. But what’s important is that a group of Korean scientists have successfully produced a genetically engineered pig whose organs could be compatible with the human body. Chung Nam University’s Jin Dong-il and local bio-tech firm Mgen claim that their cloned piglet contains a protein called fas ligand (FasL), which helps regulate our immune system.

Mass Effect 2 and Shepard’S New Friend

Mass Effect 2 and Shepard’S New Friend
If you were paying attention during E3, you probably noticed a prominent new face in the trailer for Mass Effect 2. Newly released screenshots offer a longer, lingering look at Thane, an assassin who’ll be a part of the squad in the upcoming sequel.

Hairsticks, for That Subtle Touch of Fandom

Hairsticks, for That Subtle Touch of Fandom
I love the less overt displays of fandom as much as I do the building of lifesize robot replicas, so I couldn’t possibly resist hairsticks decorated with little touches of iconic images from video games. Can you imagine walking behind someone with the T-virus bobbing along in their hair?

Atari Terminator Grenade Joystick: Controllers That Time Forgot

Atari Terminator Grenade Joystick: Controllers That Time Forgot
I have a very vague memory of playing with one of these Terminator joysticks on my old Atari computer system back in the 80s. I can’t believe somebody managed to dig one of these oddities up.

Rotgutonix Booze Detector: Good Whiskey or Bad Moonshine?

Rotgutonix Booze Detector: Good Whiskey or Bad Moonshine?
Next time somebody serves you a glass of mystery booze at a cocktail party, whip out the Rotgutonix pen, and find out what you’re really drinking. Just dip the Rotgutonix pen into a glass of alcohol (no mixers, please), and let it soak for 20 seconds.

Where Babies Come From – Portal Wear for Tots

Where Babies Come From – Portal Wear for Tots
When the ESRB gave Portal a “T” rating, I don’t think they meant “T for Toddler”. But your tots can get this hysterical “Where Babies Come From” C-Section graphic on an infant body suit, tiny t-shirt, or a baby bib over at CafePress.

Make Your Mark on the Dsi With Flipnote Studio

Make Your Mark on the Dsi With Flipnote Studio
Flip Notebook has been in this space before, only then it was Moving Memo Pad, and it was limited to the Japanese Nintendo DSi. Now, however, the free animation app for DSiWare is suddenly available, outside the regular release schedule.

Ben Heck’s Next Project: the Bill Paxton Pinball Machine

Ben Heck’s Next Project: the Bill Paxton Pinball Machine
Master modician Benjamin Heckendorn is known for his video game console-to-laptop transformations, but most of his creations are either commissioned works or are sold for a cause. This time he’s making something for himself, and he’s decided to go with a pinball machine.

Color Picker Pen Might Make That Box of 120 Crayons Obsolete

Color Picker Pen Might Make That Box of 120 Crayons Obsolete
When I was in grade school, crayons served as our introduction to the art of one-upmanship – you have a box of 8? Well your seatmate has a box of 16! So you tell your mom to buy you a box of 24, but – oh snap!

Adorable Left 4 Dead Zombie Just Ain’T Right

Adorable Left 4 Dead Zombie Just Ain’T Right
Zombies are supposed to be frightening. They represent a never-ending wave of hungry and unstoppable death, and that’s just no fun. So what’s with all the cute zombie plushies? deviantARTist think-purple admits that this plush may not be perfectly crafted, but it’s certainly good at draining all the menace from the leaping Hunters from Left 4 Dead.

Atari 2600 Portable/Luggable: the Stella-Tubby

Atari 2600 Portable/Luggable: the Stella-Tubby
Well, this all-in-one Atari 2600 mod isn’t exactly what I’d call “portable”, but the guy who built it certainly deserves props for creativity. This hacked-together Atari 2600 Portable goes by the name “Stella-Tubby” – which does a good job summing up its less than svelte form-factor as a handheld gaming console.

Selfic Cube 7100: Like a Tiny Black Box Recorder for Your Car

Selfic Cube 7100: Like a Tiny Black Box Recorder for Your Car
Nobody wants to get in a car crash. But if you have the misfortune of ending up in a fender-bender – or worse, wouldn’t you like to have a video documenting the entire thing for insurance or legal purposes?