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Archive for April 2010

Guy Turns Famicom Controller Into a Wii-Mote

Guy Turns Famicom Controller Into a Wii-Mote
It’s anyone’s guess why you’d want to rip apart your shiny new Wii-mote controller and make it looks like something out of the 1980s, but this is the DIY-geek generation, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

3d Dot Game Hero Character Creator in Action

3d Dot Game Hero Character Creator in Action
Chomping at the bit (or is that champing at the bit?) to get your hands on 3D Dot Game Heroes for your PS3? With the game hitting consoles on May 11th, you won’t have to wait much longer.
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7-Eleven Adds Used Games Next to Slurpee Machine

7-Eleven Adds Used Games Next to Slurpee Machine
I am not a big fan of buying used games. Anytime I can get the same thing new for only a few bucks more, I go new. I know some folks – like my mom – will do anything to save a buck so my kids come home with used games from Grandma all the time.

Beetlecam Wildlife Robot Gets Up Close and Personal With the Lions

Beetlecam Wildlife Robot Gets Up Close and Personal With the Lions
Since they don’t have feelings (yet), it’s an obvious use for robots to send them into the battlefield to disarm bombs and IEDs. However, this is the first time that I’ve seen a robot used to do something that could be equally as life-threatening: getting face-to-face with untamed wildlife.

The 64-Boy: the Littlest N64 Console

The 64-Boy: the Littlest N64 Console
If you’ve still got an N64, you probably haven’t used it in a while. The age of Nintendo’s 64-bit gaming platform didn’t stop Bentomo from shrinking his N64 into a portable form. I have to say that this build is totally amazing, reminding me of the TurboGrafix-16 portable, the TurboExpress.

Isochron: Like X-Com on Your I-Device

Isochron: Like X-Com on Your I-Device
A lot of fans of the tactical video game X-COM were disappointed, to put it mildly, when 2K Marin announced that they’ll be remaking the cult classic as a First-Person Shooter. If you’re one of those fans, know that the X-COM spirit is still being copied alive, and it’s coming to the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.

Lamp/Lamp: Introduce a Bit of Wtf in Your Room

Lamp/Lamp: Introduce a Bit of Wtf in Your Room
No one really looks at lamps and bulbs; we just need them to see everything else. Designer Hironao Tsuboi is having none of that! He has guaranteed that you will stare at his creation, the lamp/lamp.

Duro Flash LED Warning Lights: Flares Are So Analog

Duro Flash LED Warning Lights: Flares Are So Analog
The Duro Flash LED warning lights provide 4 hours of light between charges. They’re made of cast aluminum and can withstand up to 20,000 lbs. If Dr. Sheldon Cooper ever learns how to drive, I’m pretty sure he’d have this in his car instead of flares.

Calculator Case Turns Your Modern Gadgets Into Retro Tech

Calculator Case Turns Your Modern Gadgets Into Retro Tech
At first glance, you might think you were looking at a cheap old-school calculator. But a quick double-take reveals that this is actually a case for your 21st-century gadgets. This faux solar calculator case is handmade by CB Sew, and looks exactly like the calculator that I used to have before I gave up on these things and started using computers – although mine didn’t even do square roots or percent calculations.

LEGO ATM Doesn’t Charge Any Fees for Withdrawals

LEGO ATM Doesn’t Charge Any Fees for Withdrawals
If you’re a regular Technabob reader, I think it’s clear that you can make just about anything using LEGO bricks. Take for instance, this ATM machine, made using LEGO NXT components. LEGO-master Ronald McCrae’s incredible Brick Bank ATM can accept an ATM card and store account balances in its internal customer database.

Lost Tarot Cards: Now You Can Tell the Future of the Island

Lost Tarot Cards: Now You Can Tell the Future of the Island
I’ve always found something mystical about Tarot cards, ever since I saw them in James Bond’s Live or Let Die. Although I don’t own a set, I think these Lost Tarot cards are really cool. These Tarot cards were designed by Alex Griendling.

Star Wars Antique Plates: the Forks Are Not With Them

Star Wars Antique Plates: the Forks Are Not With Them
I recently stumbled across these awesome antique plates that were altered with images of Star Wars characters. Can you imagine eating breakfast on one of these? Too bad they’re just decorative, and you can’t eat off of them.

Wipe Shirt Cleans Your Fingerprinty Gadgets

Wipe Shirt Cleans Your Fingerprinty Gadgets
We often use what we’re wearing as an improvised rag to clean our gadgets or glasses. Design duo fift wanted to put a stop to this silliness, so they and came up with the Wipe Shirt, a dress shirt with a built-in microfiber cloth on one of its cuffs or shirt tails.

Instants! Collection: a Button for Every Meme

Instants! Collection: a Button for Every Meme
Need to augment someone’s punchline with a “Bazinga”? Want to surprise your office mate with a battle cry from Leroy? Or maybe you just want to dance to Keyboard Cat’s tune? All of that and more is just a push of a virtual button away: The Instants!

Hero Core: Nothing but Plain Old Fun

Hero Core: Nothing but Plain Old Fun
Indie developer Daniel Remar’s upcoming PC game Hero Core is just about as old school as shooters and platformers get. The game sports Game Boy-era black and white graphics, and pays homage to earlier incarnations of Metroid and Mega Man.

Oval iPhone Spotted in China

Oval iPhone Spotted in China
I can say with a high degree of certainty that this is not the new iPhone 4G. Nope, in fact, this strange oval phone is actually called the “Leady Apple.” I assume that the bad Chinese translation was supposed to say “Lady Apple”, given it’s girlish figure.
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