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The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities

The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities
What you’re looking at is an artificial intelligence-driven furry electronic pet that can express its own emotions via movement and sound. The Moflin’s AI allows its emotions to constantly change based on its environment – much like a real pet’s, except you’ll save a small fortune on pet food.

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future
Since “just because you can” is as good a reason as any to do something these days, the engineers at iSax Laboratories took it upon themselves to try building a MIDI-controlled robotic trombone. The result? Well, the result is what you’ll hear below, which is by no means the best trombone playing I’ve ever heard.

Pikachu Centipede Body Pillows: Gotta Catch ‘Em Aaaaah!

Pikachu Centipede Body Pillows: Gotta Catch ‘Em Aaaaah!
What has a Pikachu head, entirely too many body segments, and nobody asked for? If you answered a Pikachu centipede body pillow, then you’re correct. Available from Chinese online retailer AliExpress, falling asleep with one of these ‘Very Long Pikachu Insect Plushes’ can almost guarantee a poor night’s sleep filled entirely with nightmares.

This Beanbag Chair Is Designed to Be Filled with Stuffed Animals

This Beanbag Chair Is Designed to Be Filled with Stuffed Animals
Because who has room in their home for a beanbag chair AND a pile of stuffed animals, Creative QT designed the Stuff ‘n Sit stuffed animal storage beanbag chair. So it’s not really a beanbag chair, is it?

A Smartphone Enabled Hamster Wheel For Measuring Your Pet’s Exercise

A Smartphone Enabled Hamster Wheel For Measuring Your Pet’s Exercise
Pets: just like humans, they need exercise. Granted I don’t do any, but I do understand its importance. Isn’t that half the battle? Oh, G.I. Joe is shaking his head no. Enter the Marathon Pets Smart Wheel, a hamster/small rodent wheel that is supposed to connect humans with their pets via their running activity.

Green Bean, Corn, and Carrot-flavored Hard Candies: Be Sure to Eat Your Veggies

Green Bean, Corn, and Carrot-flavored Hard Candies: Be Sure to Eat Your Veggies
Because apparently there’s a market for absolutely everything, Archie McPhee has created these hard candies that taste like vegetables. A 2.5-ounce tin will set you back $5 and contains a mix of green bean, corn, and carrot flavored candies.

Tentacled Cocktail Glasses: Sipping Under the Sea

Tentacled Cocktail Glasses: Sipping Under the Sea
Looking for the perfect cocktail glasses to compliment your ocean-themed home bar? How about these octopus glasses from Cerahome? Each glass holds four ounces of your favorite cocktail (or poison if you’re hosting a murder mystery) and would look great in the hand of Ursula while she steals your voice in exchange for legs.

A Commemorative Coin to Celebrate the End of 2020

A Commemorative Coin to Celebrate the End of 2020
2020: it was an inextinguishable dumpster fire. And to celebrate its end/our survival, Antsy Labs is releasing this A.D. 2020: This Is Fine’ commemorative coin. Emblazoned with the year’s lowlights like the coronavirus, Australian wildfires, and murder hornets, it serves as a reminder of all the hardships we’ve overcome.

Hand Shaped ‘Sign of the Horns’ Headphone and Accessory Holders: Rock On!

Hand Shaped ‘Sign of the Horns’ Headphone and Accessory Holders: Rock On!
Created by Luckies of London Ltd. for those who enjoy rocking out but still respecting their roommate’s quiet-time hours, these are the Rock On headphone and accessory holders, shaped like a hand making the classic ‘sign of the horns’ hand gesture.

Scientists Develop Butt Scanner Because Fingerprints Aren’t Enough

Scientists Develop Butt Scanner Because Fingerprints Aren’t Enough
Our butts: just like our fingerprints, they’re all unique. And now scientists at Stanford University have developed a prototype ‘smart toilet’ (links to their scientific paper) that can identify an individual based on their unique, um, analprint.

Artificial Intelligence Creates an Infinite Bass Solo

Artificial Intelligence Creates an Infinite Bass Solo
The pinnacle of human achievement: we’ve finally reached it. What we have here is a never-ending bass solo generated by a recurrent neural network (RNN). It was trained on two hours of bass improvisation by musician Adam Neely.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Whiskey Decanter Set

Star Trek: The Next Generation Whiskey Decanter Set
Because boldly going where no man has gone before is excuse enough for a cocktail, this is the Star Trek: The Next Generation 5-Piece Whiskey Decanter Set from Robe Factory and available on Amazon for $100 (affiliate link).

Batwing Desk Light Is Perfect for Your Batcave

Batwing Desk Light Is Perfect for Your Batcave
You’re Batman. You work long hours in the Batcave solving the Riddler’s riddles and trying to thwart the Joker’s next attack on Gotham. But it’s not like you’re Catman, you can’t see in the dark. What do you need?

Die Hard’s John McClane Gets Made into a Realistic Cake

Die Hard’s John McClane Gets Made into a Realistic Cake
No stranger to making unbelievably realistic cakes, pastry artist Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio in Austin, Texas recently made a John McClane bust cake from Die Hard, one of everybody’s favorite Christmas movies. Welcome to the party, pal!

TinyTV DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Tiny Television

TinyTV DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Tiny Television
You know what the problem with televisions is? They’re too big. In the quest for constantly larger screens, our scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Dungeons and Dragons Mimic Chest Dice Storage Box

Dungeons and Dragons Mimic Chest Dice Storage Box
There’s nothing worse than a mimic chest. You think you’re about to score some sweet loot, but nope, you just get attacked instead. Now I have to roll to see how many teeth the cleric in my party has to remove from my rear.