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Archive for May 2011

DTV Shredder ATV: Jet-Ski for Land

DTV Shredder ATV: Jet-Ski for Land
This off-road vehicle looks kind of like a jet ski for land. It has two independently-powered caterpillar tracks, that make it look like a personal battle tank. The DTV Shredder can fly over almost any kind of terrain.

N-Control Avenger Rig for XBox 360 Controllers Gets an Upgrade

N-Control Avenger Rig for XBox 360 Controllers Gets an Upgrade
N-Control has just released an updated version of their Avenger, an insane-looking Xbox 360 controller rig. Why would you need it? It’s supposed to make gaming a lot easier thanks to its special button extenders.
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MB&F HM3 Frog Zr Watch is Endangered and Expensive Too

MB&F HM3 Frog Zr Watch is Endangered and Expensive Too
Have you ever spotted someone sporting a watch that looks so good, you ogled and went all googly-eyed just staring at it? Well, the HM3 Frog Zr Watch will stare right back at you with its equally huge hour and minute domes that look like lipid pools of darkness.

Pac-Man Fleece Blanket: Wakka, Wakka, Wakka Your Way to Sleep

Pac-Man Fleece Blanket: Wakka, Wakka, Wakka Your Way to Sleep
Now that it’s 84 degrees and 99% humidity outside here in Chicago, it’s perfect timing for this bit of Pac-Man merch to hit stores, right? Well, maybe the guys who make this Pac-Man fleece blanket are a little off with their calendars, but if you happen to live in the Southern Hemisphere, you could be needing a warm-up soon, right?

Combustible Lemon Pendant is the Ultimate Portal 2 Insider Jewelry

Combustible Lemon Pendant is the Ultimate Portal 2 Insider Jewelry
Items referencing companion cubes, defective turrets, ATLAS, P-body, GLaDOS, even Wheatley himself are far too obvious for those who want to be members of the Portal 2 insider’s club. This piece of jewelry is a much more subtle choice for the discerning Portal 2 fan.

Army Tank PC Casemod Has Working (Mini) Turret, Treads, Still Runs Windows XP

Army Tank PC Casemod Has Working (Mini) Turret, Treads, Still Runs Windows XP
How’d you like a computer that not only looks like an M1A2 Abrams tank, but that actually can drive and fire ammo? Well, if you’re modder Skip Station, you already have one on your desktop. Skip’s army tank PC is a beast, measuring 32″ (l) x 12″ (w) x 11″ (h), and it’s doing a perfect job camouflaging as a tank.

Go Rub-a-Dub-Dub to Bring the Lightstarter to Life

Go Rub-a-Dub-Dub to Bring the Lightstarter to Life
It used to take rubbing two twigs to start a fire, but to get some light out of the Lightstarter, you only need one. And it’s not exactly a twig either, but it can certainly pass for a stick, albeit a very artificial one.

Pix & Stix Wants You To Really Bang On Your iPad Screen Like Real Drums

Pix & Stix Wants You To Really Bang On Your iPad Screen Like Real Drums
Now here’s an all-new way to enjoy GarageBand on your iPad. It can get a bit boring after just tapping along to the beat with your fingers and using real drumsticks wouldn’t really be wise, unless you’re set on destroying that beautiful piece of Apple hardware.

Yaskawa Industrial Robots Have a Lightsaber Duel

Yaskawa Industrial Robots Have a Lightsaber Duel
If you have ever seen an assembly line at a big plant like GM or Ford where they use lots of robots for some aspects of the build, you will have seen some bots that look like the Yaskawa Motoman robots here.

Cornell Ranger Robot Walks 40.5-miles on a Charge

Cornell Ranger Robot Walks 40.5-miles on a Charge
Last year, students and faculty at Cornell University built a robot called Ranger that walked around a track and set a distance record for miles with no battery change or charging. That record was 14.3-miles. This year the students redesigned some things on the bot and tried it out again.

Blu Makes Sure You Won’t Be Blue and Lonely While Smoking Your E-Cigs

Blu Makes Sure You Won’t Be Blue and Lonely While Smoking Your E-Cigs
I have a lot of friends who are smokers trying to quit. And it was through them that I first heard of the electronic cigarette. I thought that it was a pretty cool innovation back then and I still do today.

RageGage Gives You Something to Bash Other than a Coworker

RageGage Gives You Something to Bash Other than a Coworker
Back when I had a real job, there were some coworkers at the place that really pissed me off. I wanted to break a couple of them at least once a week. Knowing punching someone in the nose at work meant being fired, I would just go to the break room and throw away their lunch.

MMORPG Gamers and Their Avatars: a Mirror for the Virtual Self

MMORPG Gamers and Their Avatars: a Mirror for the Virtual Self
Back in 2003, a CEO that photographer Robbie Cooper was taking pictures of told Cooper about how he used EverQuest to spend quality time with his kids who were living with his ex-wife. This eventually led Cooper to embark on a journey to discover more about MMORPG gamers and their virtual selves.

ClamCase Trooper Keyboard Case & Stand for iPad & iPad 2: MacBook Pro Mini

ClamCase Trooper Keyboard Case & Stand for iPad & iPad 2: MacBook Pro Mini
ClamCase is one of many manufacturers that makes keyboard cases for the iPad and the iPad 2, but this summer they will be releasing a limited edition case that will make the tablet look like an Apple netbook.

Fujitsu Flexbook Concept: Folding Tablet/Netbook Fits in Your Pocket

Fujitsu Flexbook Concept: Folding Tablet/Netbook Fits in Your Pocket
The Flexbook was created by Taiwan-based designer Hao-Chun Huang for entry into Fujitsu’s 2011 Design Award contest. As the name implies, it’s basically a foldable netbook that can also be used as a tablet. The design is supposed to be waterproof, but only time will tell if this is possible in this form factor.

MMOV Takes Projection Mapping on the Road

MMOV Takes Projection Mapping on the Road
For those of you unfamiliar with projection mapping, it’s a really cool visual technique used to combine the surfaces of real-world structures with projected images to create mind-blowing visual effects. Typically, these light shows require complex manual setups of projection gear to get the effect right, but the guys over at Visual Drugstore built out a mobile rig for projection-mapping. The MMOV (Multi Media Offroad Vehicle) can be driven to a venue, to quickly facilitate amazing projection-mapping shows just about anywhere, anytime.
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