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Archive for April 2012

DARPA Robotics Challenge Announced

DARPA Robotics Challenge Announced
Last week I mentioned that some early details on the latest grand challenge hosted by DARPA had surfaced. Those early details outlined a robotics contest that had some complicated steps that had to be completed to win.

Dodge Dart to Get Optional Wireless Charging System for Smartphones

Dodge Dart to Get Optional Wireless Charging System for Smartphones
I hate messing with wires to charge my smartphone. When I used an iPhone, I had a wireless charging case so I could just plop the iPhone down on a charging base without having to mess with wires.

Calculator 10 Only Wishes it Were an iPhone

Calculator 10 Only Wishes it Were an iPhone
The Calculator App is one of the most basic and essential programs that ships with the iPhone and most other smartphones out there. Given the fact that pretty much everybody has a smartphone these days, I don’t see much reason for a dedicated calculator anymore.

Rube Goldberg Machine Sets World Record

Rube Goldberg Machine Sets World Record
We’ve seen all kinds of crazy Rube Goldberg machines, but this one is breaking records (and bursting balloons.) In fact Purdue University’s Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers broke their own world record this past Saturday with a machine that has 300 steps.

Guy Builds 15 Massive LEGO Landmarks

Guy Builds 15 Massive LEGO Landmarks
Think you are The Man because you built some two foot tall LEGO castle? That’s nothing. Adam Reed Tucker has built some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and other buildings using millions of LEGO bricks. Adam is one of the world’s eleven LEGO Certified Professionals, so for him, I guess this was not that big of a deal.

Mass Effect Leggings: Allure +20%

Mass Effect Leggings: Allure +20%
Hi, I’m Commander Lambert Shepard and this is a sweet pair of metallic spandex leggings, enhanced with the N7 armor color scheme by Etsy seller/superhero costume maker/Citadel shopkeeper Alexandra Threw (aka Peachykiki.)  They won’t protect you from Reaper attacks, but it will grant you an army of oglers.

NoteBookCase for iPad 2: iPad Air

NoteBookCase for iPad 2: iPad Air
We’ve already seen a number of keyboard cases for the iPad that are going for the laptop look. Here’s a case that has just the right color to make the iPad 2 look a lot like a MacBook Air, although it’s actually made of plastic.

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4/4S: Slimmed Down and Ready to Go

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4/4S: Slimmed Down and Ready to Go
Have you ever run out of batteries on your iPhone? Maybe I should ask who hasn’t, because almost everyone I know runs out of batteries for their iPhone at some point. It has happened to me on occasion, and I’ve had to come home to recharge or find some laptop to leech off power, before heading back out again.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 Android 4 Tablet Rears Its Head

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 Android 4 Tablet Rears Its Head
The new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 was just unveiled, and this new tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 4:3 aspect ration and a 9.7-inch IPS screen with a 1024×768 resolution. Will it be a worthwhile alternative for those considering an iPad or Kindle Fire?

VHS Coffee Table: Be Kind, Rewind (and Keep Your Feet off of It!)

VHS Coffee Table: Be Kind, Rewind (and Keep Your Feet off of It!)
VHS tapes might have gone the way of the dinosaur, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fond memories of the dominant video format before the rise DVD, Blu-ray and streaming. Kick back, relax, and remember the days when you had to rewind your movies and keep them away from magnets with this awesome handmade VHS tape coffee table.

LEGO M45 Tactical Shotgun from Halo Reach Has Working Pump-Action

LEGO M45 Tactical Shotgun from Halo Reach Has Working Pump-Action
I love it when geeks take virtual weapons from video games and recreate them in the real world. We’ve seen weapons created from wood and paint in the past, but my favorite is when they create the virtual weapons using LEGO bricks.

Mass Effect 3 to Get “Additional Cinematic Scenes” for Ending

Mass Effect 3 to Get “Additional Cinematic Scenes” for Ending
(SPOILERS AHEAD!) Mass Effect 3 is one of my favorite games that I have played in a long time. I’ll admit I wasn’t very happy to see all the characters I liked including Shepard get killed off in the end, but I certainly didn’t want to beat someone at Bioware over the ending like some people have.

Embroidered Space Invaders Mouse Pad: Cross-Stitch Invaders

Embroidered Space Invaders Mouse Pad: Cross-Stitch Invaders
Even though you don’t really need a mouse pad to make your mouse work these days, most people still have one. I know that I like using my mouse pad with my desktop, no matter what the surface it’s resting on.

Wireless Super Nintendo Controller Mod, Old School Meets New School

Wireless Super Nintendo Controller Mod, Old School Meets New School
Sure, we are all used to playing video games with wireless controllers today, but back in the day you were forced to sit right in front of your console as if you yourself were attached to it, thanks to those pesky wires.

TARDIS Sock Monkey: More Bananas on the Inside

TARDIS Sock Monkey: More Bananas on the Inside
Remember when the 9th Doctor really enjoyed a good banana? Now we know why. He must have been a monkey in one regeneration, with a matching TARDIS. Oh wait, he must have been a monkey who merged with the TARDIS at some point.

Sony SmartWatch: Look Ma, No Hands on My Smartphone

Sony SmartWatch: Look Ma, No Hands on My Smartphone
For a moment, I thought that this might be another concept design, but it isn’t. The Sony SmartWatch is a real product – an Android-powered watch that will allow you to use your smartphone even when it’s sitting in your pocket.

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