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Archive for March 2011

JBL OnBeat Speaker Dock Specializes in iPads, Doesn’t Mind iPhones and iPods

JBL OnBeat Speaker Dock Specializes in iPads, Doesn’t Mind iPhones and iPods
This is JBL’s first iPad speaker and it looks pretty cool, but isn’t exactly the most forward thinking in terms of technical features. It’s compatible with most iDevices, from iPods to iPhones. It’s clear though that it has been made to accommodate the iPad first and foremost.

Donya iPhone Gamepad Stickers: Five Buttons to Play Them All

Donya iPhone Gamepad Stickers: Five Buttons to Play Them All
Most of the best games on the iPhone and other touchscreen mobile devices make use of touch input, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for button-based controls. Developers can always make up for this by using virtual buttons and keypads, but nothing beats physical controllers, which is why a variety of add-on or stick-on joysticks and buttons have popped up recently, like Donya’s gamepad stickers.
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EliteFolio iPad 2 Case: Get Your Daily Allowance of Carbon Fiber

EliteFolio iPad 2 Case: Get Your Daily Allowance of Carbon Fiber
iPad cases are a dime a dozen, but this one is made out of carbon fiber, a material known for its extreme lightness and cool looks. It’s often used in race cars and bicycles, so why not use it for a portable device case for the iPad?

Rubber Band Gatling Gun: Elastic Fantastic

Rubber Band Gatling Gun: Elastic Fantastic
Want to cause some trouble at work? Sure, you could launch a couple of rubber bands over the cubicle walls at your office-mates, or you could bring out the big guns. And by that, I mean mow them down with this awesome rubber band Gatling gun.

GENIBO Robot Dog Struts Its Stuff

GENIBO Robot Dog Struts Its Stuff
Remember AIBO, Sony’s now discontinued robotic pet dog? Well Sony’s loss is Korea’s gain, now that they have a corner on the market for dancing robot dogs. GENIBO has been around in Korea for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve seen the robodog in action, and it’s definitely got some impressive moves.

Ancient Mammoths Discovered in California

Ancient Mammoths Discovered in California
I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid. I had the Indiana Jones whip and hat left over from Halloween, so it was a natural progression for me. I later found out that you have to go to college for a really long time and opted out.

Nintendo 3DS Costs Just Over $100 to Build

Nintendo 3DS Costs Just Over $100 to Build
The Nintendo 3DS has now launched and is in the hands of a bunch of gamers all around the world. The new portable console sold pretty well, even if the mix of launch titles is questionable.

iPhone 5 May Not Make WWDC 2011 [Rumor]

iPhone 5 May Not Make WWDC 2011 [Rumor]
Each year for the last couple we have been greeted with Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC, where he whips out a new phone or cool gadget to show off. Many folks were betting this year that we would see the iPhone 5 surface at the show.

ColorClix Paint Matching App Saves Marriages

ColorClix Paint Matching App Saves Marriages
Once you have been married man for years you learn that there are some questions a wife can ask you that you simply can’t answer. Naturally, there is the classic “Do I look fat in this?,”

Atari Joystick Jewelry Box: 8-Bit Fashion

Atari Joystick Jewelry Box: 8-Bit Fashion
While I don’t really need a jewelry box, I have to say that this one does look pretty awesome. It’s perfect for the retro gamer geek or geekette to store jewelry and other stuff that needs to be hidden away.

Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System: Shoot at Victims to Save Them

Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System: Shoot at Victims to Save Them
One of the finalists in the 2010 James Dyson Awards, the Longreach Buoyancy System by Samuel Adeloju makes being a lifeguard a hundred times cooler. It’s essentially a bazooka that shoots an expanding buoyancy device. Of course there’s also the life-saving aspect – using Longreach, a (skilled) user can launch a buoyancy device to a distance of almost 500 ft.

Stereolizer iPad App Digitally Revives the Cassette Tape

Stereolizer iPad App Digitally Revives the Cassette Tape
A new iPad app called Stereolizer takes advantage of the abundance of Internet radio stations and lets users record tracks from stations onto a digital cassette tape. The tapes seem to be graphical equivalents of an audio file, but the illusion Stereolizer provides is aesthetically pleasing.

Angry Birds Get Crafty, Plush and Stuffed with Rice

Angry Birds Get Crafty, Plush and Stuffed with Rice
Those Angry Birds and pesky green pigs are everywhere these days. They’ve even invaded Flickr, where I found these sickeningly cute little handmade Angry Birds plushes made by Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane. All of the little plush birdies and pigs were made for her son, and are filled with a mix of rice and polyfil so they’re heavy enough to actually shoot with a slingshot using these and a bunch of pigs placed amongst some wood blocks.

Braun Digital Watch Gets Analog Scroll Wheel

Braun Digital Watch Gets Analog Scroll Wheel
I’ve never thought as Braun as a watch company (mostly an appliance company), but apparently that’s not the case. They’re working on a new digital watch that comes with an analog twist. No, there won’t be a traditional watch face, but there will be an analog dial, a sort of analog scroll wheel, which is kind of cool.

Computer Parts Robot Has Intel and AMD in Its Bloodstream

Computer Parts Robot Has Intel and AMD in Its Bloodstream
I always wonder what to do with all the bits and pieces of obsolete technology I have lying around. Sure, I donate what I can to schools, but I’ve even been turned down there when the tech is too old or unwieldy.

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling, or Ping Pong Match?

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling, or Ping Pong Match?
Got a couple of fancy quadrocopters floating around? Why not teach them some cheap tricks – like how to juggle balls. The guys from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are up to their flying quadrocopter shenanigans again.
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