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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.