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CRT Amusement Device from 1947 was World’s First Video Game

CRT Amusement Device from 1947 was World’s First Video Game
I generally think of the first video game being Pong. That isn’t accurate though, Pong was one of the first home video games and one of the first commercial coin op games too, but there were other arcade style games before that.

Geeky Motorcycle Helmets Look Great, Might Not Save Your Life

Geeky Motorcycle Helmets Look Great, Might Not Save Your Life
While I agree that these motorcycles helmets that Tigerpause444 created look pretty cool, all of his creations aren’t road legal, so no one will be starting a geeky biker club anytime soon. Still, they are interesting and distinctive.
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Super Mario Bros. Bathroom: Perfectly Painted Plumber

Super Mario Bros. Bathroom: Perfectly Painted Plumber
I’m sure a lot of you have seen the SNES cartridge urinal that’s been making the rounds on the Web lately. It’s geeky alright but also quite tasteless, unlike what Destructoid forum member eisley and her boyfriend did to their bathroom – a diorama of Level 2-2 from Super Mario Bros.

Dry-All Saves Gadgets From a Watery Grave

Dry-All Saves Gadgets From a Watery Grave
Even if you’re careful with your gadgets, chances are they’ll be exposed to water or moisture at some point. I’ve heard of a couple of methods of drying electronics – a container full of uncooked rice does do the trick at times – but if you want a more portable and easier solution, you might want to check out these Wet Emergency Kits from Dry-All.

Kogeto’s Dot Panoramic iPhone Lens: i360 Degrees

Kogeto’s Dot Panoramic iPhone Lens: i360 Degrees
Many people are using their iPhones as their go-to point-and-shoot camera. It’s normal then that we’ve seen a few different lens add-ons. Taking a slightly different design approach from the previously announced GoPano micro lens, the Dot lens is supposed to be able to snatch impressive 360-degree panoramic videos.

SNES Cartridge Urinal is Perfect for Piss Poor Games

SNES Cartridge Urinal is Perfect for Piss Poor Games
Back in the days of the Super Nintendo, I think we can agree that many of the games weren’t worth a piss. The sports games were the worst when I was a kid. The only games that I ever seemed to find around were football or baseball video games that were boring.

Goldfish Music Video Loves Retro Games

Goldfish Music Video Loves Retro Games
The new music video for the band Goldfish perfectly captures the spirit of classic 8-bit and 16-bit console and arcade games in a tidy little package. The music video for We Come Together makes reference to many classic games, as well as a few other pop culture icons, as well as some more recent memes like Keyboard Cat, with a little Kenny G thrown in for good measure.

Lost Bots Need Help to Find Their Way

Lost Bots Need Help to Find Their Way
A designer let loose 25 robots at various locations around central Stockholm. I’m not sure why exactly, but it is still a pretty cool premise. That would be a very cool way to advertise something, I know I would remember it.

Sports Trading Cards Get Video Screens

Sports Trading Cards Get Video Screens
When I was a kid, I collected my share of baseball cards. I was particularly fond of a line of cards called Sportflics. These cards were made of cardboard like all cards, but when you moved them back and forth, the image on the card would change.

Awesome Age Verification Test

Awesome Age Verification Test
I think that any 8-year-old knows that if they want to get onto the site for an “M” rated video game all they need to do is pick a random birthday that would make the fictitious owner 18 or older.

Ecopad Tablet Concept: Let Your Fingers Do the Charging

Ecopad Tablet Concept: Let Your Fingers Do the Charging
It’s true that most tablets do need to get charged up regularly, so it would be nice to come up with a way to reduce the need for recharging. The Ecopad concept was given a special award in Fujitsu and designboom’s ‘A Life with Future Computing‘ design competition for its innovative approach to juicing up.

The Periodic Table of Robots: 2 Haro + 1 Big O Mechs Water

The Periodic Table of Robots: 2 Haro + 1 Big O Mechs Water
We’ve featured a couple of geeky takes on the periodic table of elements, and I’m sure there are more lurking around on the Internet. But this version is a bit more special than the other ones I’ve seen, and not just because it features my favorite Sci-Fi staple – robots!

Nesting PC Virtual Tablet Concept: What You See is What You Get

Nesting PC Virtual Tablet Concept: What You See is What You Get
We’ve featured several entries from this year’s Fujitsu Design Award competition organized by designboom, but all of them focused on modularizing a computer or making it more portable. It’s not a surprising focus, what with the growing popularity of portable computing.

Thanko Fanbrella: Cheaper and Cooler

Thanko Fanbrella: Cheaper and Cooler
The first time I heard about fanbrellas was a short while ago, and I guess they make sense in very humid and wet climates. It didn’t take Thanko long to announce their version of the Fanbrella.

Otokurage Earbuds Make You Feel Like You’re Sticking Jellyfish in Your Ears

Otokurage Earbuds Make You Feel Like You’re Sticking Jellyfish in Your Ears
Okay, maybe using these otokurage earbuds won’t exactly feel like you’re sticking some of those slimy and stinging sea creatures into your ears, but that’s what inspired Japanese studio nendo when they came up with this translucent and ethereally colored earbud.

1000-Pound Jack Sparrow Statue Looks Way Better Than Pirates of the Carribean 4

1000-Pound Jack Sparrow Statue Looks Way Better Than Pirates of the Carribean 4
Ok, most of the reviews for the new Pirates of the Carribean movie have been pretty bad. But that still doesn’t mean I won’t see it at some point. Maybe I’ll wait for it to hit Blu-ray, though.
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