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Archive for March 2011

Sony Vaio S Notebook Breaks Cover with 15-Hour Battery Option

Sony Vaio S Notebook Breaks Cover with 15-Hour Battery Option
Sony has pulled the wraps off a new notebook computer called the Vaio S. The new Vaio S notebook has a 13.3-inch (1366×768) screen and a thin profile that is a bit under an inch thick.The

Arduino + 8-bit Games = Gameduino

Arduino + 8-bit Games = Gameduino
Ever wanted to make your own 8-bit video games? Well thanks to this nifty add-on for the Arduino, you’ll be able to create all sorts of 8-bit fun for yourself. The Gameduino is a shield that plugs into an Arduino board, adding on an old-school graphics and sound – perfect for making your own retro-style games. The board offers a 400×300 video output which works with any standard VGA monitor, and handles all sorts of retro graphical features like a 512×512 pixel character background, pixel-smooth X-Y scrolling backgrounds with wraparound, and a variety of foreground sprite capabilities for hundreds of sprites, as well as collision detection.
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Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise

Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise
We already featured one of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoid-F androids a while back. You’ll see how the people working on the robot are getting closer and closer to making something that’s indistinguishable from a real human.

Angry Birdsky ala Warhol: Video Game Reference Imitating Art Imitating Art

Angry Birdsky ala Warhol: Video Game Reference Imitating Art Imitating Art
Flickr member bortwein75 started off with a simple mash-up of Angry Birds and Banksy’s famous Flower Chucker. Thus was Angry Birdsky born:

Futurama Plush Toys Arrive from the 30th Century

Futurama Plush Toys Arrive from the 30th Century
Although I like Zoidberg the least among these squishy characters from Futurama, he probably makes the best plush toy since he reminds me of the almighty Cthulhu.

Krator Neso 04 Speakers: Inspired By Sydney Opera House But Made in Taiwan

Krator Neso 04 Speakers: Inspired By Sydney Opera House But Made in Taiwan
While these distinctive speakers are inspired by the Sydney Opera House, they’re actually made in Taiwan. I think good-looking desktop PC speakers are always a good thing, since they usually don’t look like much.

SmileScan: Why Aren’t You Smiling?

SmileScan: Why Aren’t You Smiling?
A long time ago, I worked for the Disney theme parks, and they were pretty insistent that no matter what your job was, and how unlikely it was that you’d encounter a customer, you always should have a smile on your face.

Jabba’s Palace Bookends: Complete with Carbonite and Leia in Disguise

Jabba’s Palace Bookends: Complete with Carbonite and Leia in Disguise
Looking for a place to put your collection of Star Wars books? While you could grab some of those trash compactor bookends, you might want to put a set of these Jabba’s Palace bookends on another shelf.

Pixel Trash Can: For Real World Deleting

Pixel Trash Can: For Real World Deleting
Inspired by this template for a papercraft 8-bit trash can, Instructables member BrittLiv decided to make a functional version out of plywood. It seems roomy enough that a whole computer could be dumped inside. Since it’s made out of wood, the pixel trash can is quite heavy – BrittLiv reckons it weighs about 7 to 9 lbs.

Digital Surfboard Won’t Surf For You, But Will Track Your Moves

Digital Surfboard Won’t Surf For You, But Will Track Your Moves
This high-tech surfboard won’t actually surf for you, but it could let the judges in competitive surfing events know what exactly you’re doing, because it’s easy to miss the details when the waves are high.

AT-AT Snow Sculpture Holds Up to Little Kids, But Not a Rebel Attack

AT-AT Snow Sculpture Holds Up to Little Kids, But Not a Rebel Attack
I know that making AT-ATs out of snow has been one way of using up some of the massive snowfall that’s been plaguing the U.S. this season, but I have to say that this one from Norway actually looks pretty awesome too.

ByteSpotter: The See-Through Hard Drive

ByteSpotter: The See-Through Hard Drive
A company called CONVAR introduced an interesting line of external hard drives at CeBIT 2011. Called ByteSpotter, the case of the drive has a hole with a transparent cover over the platters, letting users see both the actuator arm and the platters in action.

Sony Sells 41.6 Million PS3s Globally

Sony Sells 41.6 Million PS3s Globally
I really love me some PS3. I use the thing for a Blu-ray player in my home theater, and we play tons of games on it. When my original PS3 died late last year, you would have thought the world ended around my house.

Minimal Video Game Characters: Can You Guess Them All?

Minimal Video Game Characters: Can You Guess Them All?
This clever illustration by Fabian Gonzalez is chockful of famous video game characters – all boiled down to their most minimal essence. All have to say is that I stared at this image for about 20 minutes, and was only able to figure out about 40 of them, but I’m sure that if I kept thinking real hard I could get most of them right. 

Boba Fett Helmet Pipe: The Empire Strikes Back, Then Has the Munchies

Boba Fett Helmet Pipe: The Empire Strikes Back, Then Has the Munchies
Ok, this could to be the strangest Star Wars item I’ve ever come across. It’s a glass pipe in the shape of Boba Fett’s helmet.

PSP Go Gets Price Cut to $150, Still Sucks

PSP Go Gets Price Cut to $150, Still Sucks
Remember the epic suck that is and was the PSP Go? It’s the portable Sony console that uses no cartridges and wanted you to download all of the games like the iPhone. The real suck of the thing was the price and the fact that you couldn’t even import the games you already had for your old PSP.
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