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Archive for May 2011

NES Advantage Lamp: My Joystick Doesn’t Work!

NES Advantage Lamp: My Joystick Doesn’t Work!
For those of you who don’t recall, the NES Advantage was the big arcade joystick for the classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. For those of us who grew up in the arcades, these things were so much better than those silly little gamepads.

Bluetooth SNES Controller for Android: Gamers, Start Up Your Emulators

Bluetooth SNES Controller for Android: Gamers, Start Up Your Emulators
YouTube member richdegenhardt hacked an SNES controller so it can be used as a Bluetooth controller for any Android device, making it much easier to enter the Konami code on his Android phone. Rich can even remap the buttons to stand for any key on an Android keyboard, so it’ll work not just with NES or SNES games but also with the latest ones.
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Iron Man Origami Defeats Whiplash with Paper Cuts

Iron Man Origami Defeats Whiplash with Paper Cuts
Brian Chan has made a few impressive origami, including an Iron Man mask and a sort of Iron Man action figure that’s completely made out of paper. Brian is an MIT staffer, but after having a look at the plans he’s got on his website, it makes me wonder if you need a degree from MIT to be able to duplicate these.

My Hexapod Robot is Smarter than Your Hexapod Robot

My Hexapod Robot is Smarter than Your Hexapod Robot
Matt Bunting is a roboticist for the University of Arizona and he built a hexapod robot that uses artificial intelligence programming to learn how to move. In essence, it’s probably the smartest hexapod ‘bot out there.

Buzz Lightyear War Machine: to Marvel, and Beyond!

Buzz Lightyear War Machine: to Marvel, and Beyond!
If Buzz Lightyear looked like this, the first Toy Story movie would’ve been a lot shorter. One look at this Buzz and Woody would have accepted his obsolescence.

Piranha Plant Circuit Board Keychain: For Your Key-sa-Mario

Piranha Plant Circuit Board Keychain: For Your Key-sa-Mario
Remember those plants that would rise from those green (or orange or gray) tunnels in the Super Mario video games and then hide back after a short interval of time? You know, the ones that can also shoot out some fireballs in some versions of the game?

Revolver with Camera Hails from 1938

Revolver with Camera Hails from 1938
Today the camera mounted on the gun or on the soldiers body in some way is a vital part of getting video and photos of an operation to commanders in real time. It’s common today on TV and in video games so we take it a bit for granted.

Sharp AQUOS IS11H Phone: For Ultimate Girly Girls

Sharp AQUOS IS11H Phone: For Ultimate Girly Girls
Sometimes, all it takes to size an object up is one look. It doesn’t have to be a very long gaze or detailed inspection. And in the case of Sharp’s new AQUOS IS11H Phone, it just takes a second or two to glance at the images and know that these phones are geared towards Japanese women.

Star Wars Bathroom Tile Mosaic Watches You C-3Pee-O-ing and Going Number R2-D2

Star Wars Bathroom Tile Mosaic Watches You C-3Pee-O-ing and Going Number R2-D2
I love Star Wars. For a while, when I was younger, I used to watch the movies every month or so with my sister. Most of the time, we skipped the original and watched Empire and Jedi.

Lexar Professional Dual-Slot Card Reader: What’s Really Fast and Pops-Up from Your Desk?

Lexar Professional Dual-Slot Card Reader: What’s Really Fast and Pops-Up from Your Desk?
Card readers can be a pain to lug around. I’ve had my share die on me when I needed them, which is when I switched to a SanDisk card reader that never leaves my desktop. Still, this new one from Lexar looks pretty nifty since it looks like the card reader can slide out of the house and back away when it’s not in use.

E ink Crams Screen into Tip of Snowboard

E ink Crams Screen into Tip of Snowboard
E ink has some cool tech, and its screens have turned up in everything from eReaders to watches over the years. The cool thing about its screens is that they have tons of contrast and are easy to read in direct sunlight.

Now You Can Really Blow People off with These Paparazzi Shades

Now You Can Really Blow People off with These Paparazzi Shades
I’m no celebrity, but I’ve seen how annoying and pesky the paparazzi can get (by watching videos taken by paparazzis of other paparazzis. Oh, the irony.) Celebrities can try to hide behind hoodies, don outrageous disguises, threaten violence if the photographers venture too close, or put a hand up to cover the lenses of the paparazzi.

Sneaker Speakers Go Super-Size

Sneaker Speakers Go Super-Size
I can honestly say that when I first reported about a pair of sneakers with speakers built into them, I was pretty sure it would be the first and the last time I’d have a post with “Sneaker Speakers” in the title.

Friskies Offers iPad Games for Cats Who Can Afford an iPad

Friskies Offers iPad Games for Cats Who Can Afford an iPad
If you are the local cat lady or cat man and you have an iPad, you are in luck today. Friskies has unveiled some weird apps that are games for cats. The games include Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt, and Party Mix-Up.

Tron Lightcycle PC is DIY Casemod Perfection

Tron Lightcycle PC is DIY Casemod Perfection
I have seen plenty of casemods over the years and some of them are cooler than others. Generally, we see a case that started life as a normal computer chassis that the modder added things to turn it into something else entirely.

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Hits 232 knots

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Hits 232 knots
Helicopters are awesome, but they have some drawbacks. The fantastic thing about the helicopter is that it can land and take off vertically needing no more space to do so than it takes to clear the rotors.
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