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Famicase: Artists Make Up New NES Game Cartridges

Famicase: Artists Make Up New NES Game Cartridges
What better canvas for your creative expression than an old 8-bit NES cartridge? That’s what the recent Famicase art exhibition in Japan was all about. Satoshi Sagagami, who runs retro game shop Super Meteor, organizes the annual event which asks over 50 designers, illustrators, authors and game creators to create their own imaginary games and artwork using old NES carts.

These Speakers Give Your iPod Balls

These Speakers Give Your iPod Balls
This odd little speaker for your portable media player distinguishes itself by its spherical shape. ZumReed’s Sound Ball speaker hangs on your key chain or a book bag, and plugs into the audio jack on your iPod or other media player when your ready to play your tunes.
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Igtr Pocket Amp Makes Guitars Sound Swell

Igtr Pocket Amp Makes Guitars Sound Swell
Like that big rock concert sound, but don’t want to carry around a Marshall stack on your back? Then check out this pocket-sized guitar amp which lets you turn it up to 11 all in the privacy of your own headphones.

Worst Mp3 Player Ever. Really.

Worst Mp3 Player Ever. Really.
I thought I’d seen some awful electronic gadgets in my travels, but this has got to be the worst one that I’ve seen in a long time. Somebody must have thought this thing would be cute, but this “dog doll” MP3 player turned out hideous and disturbing.

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth
The venerable Commodore 64 is well known among the electronic music community as a synthesizer modder’s dream machine thanks to its robust SID audio chipset. But most of the mods I’ve seen end up looking just like an old C64 and all the cool stuff is going on under the hood.

How About Some Musical Fruit?

How About Some Musical Fruit?
Getting plenty of fruit each day is an important part of a well-balanced diet. So why shouldn’t your iPod take part in the same healthy lifestyle as you? Thanks to these fruit speakers, your media player can at least look like it’s eating well.

Bodybeat Metronome: Rhythm Without a Sound

Bodybeat Metronome: Rhythm Without a Sound
Aspiring musicians: If you’re having trouble keeping the beat while your trying to jam, look no further than this newfangled spin on the classic metronome. The BodyBeat is an electronic metronome that clips onto your fingertip and lets you feel the beat of the music rather than listen to it.

Alesis Imultimix Audio Mixer Adds iPod Dock

Alesis Imultimix Audio Mixer Adds iPod Dock
Musicians who want to use their iPods as an audio source now can easily do so, thanks to this handy new audio mixer with a built-in iPod dock. Alesis new iMultiMix 9R is a rack-mountable audio mixer which can combine up to five different audio sources into a single set of stereo outputs.

Gais Lisire 2.1 Aluminum Speakers Are Totally Tubular

Gais Lisire 2.1 Aluminum Speakers Are Totally Tubular
Looking for some compact speakers that don’t look like all the others? Then check out this funky aluminum audio system from Gais. The Gais Lisire Series 020 is a complete 2.1 channel sound system featuring distinct cylindrical styling.

Spequalizer Audio Meter Frames: Rave Up

Spequalizer Audio Meter Frames: Rave Up
For those of you who’d like to make your living room look just a little more like a rave, have I got something for you. Just grab a few of these sound-sensing picture frames, and transform your pad into a serious party palace.

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys
If you thought that the 312-key Chromatone synthesizer had a few more keys than your everyday piano, just wait ’til you get a load of the Tonal Plexus and its even more plentiful keyboard design. The Tonal Plexus series of keyboards is a micro-tonal input device featuring rows and rows of buttons which generate tones with far more precision than an 88-key piano can handle.

Mp3 Players Are for Lovers

Mp3 Players Are for Lovers
You and your significant other might have different tastes in music, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be close with your shmoopy. With this matching pair of MP3 players, you can listen to different tracks, but still be joined at the hip.

Reppo Ii Backpack: Boombox on Your Back

Reppo Ii Backpack: Boombox on Your Back
This modern backpack is sure to draw attention as you walk down the street — especially if you’ve got the volume cranked up. You see those big black patches? They’re loudspeakers. Created by industrial design student Joonas Saaranen, the Reppo II backpack features a built in pair of full-range speakers and an amplifier, so you can kick out the jams as you walk down the street.

Microsoft Mysong Generates Music From Vocals

Microsoft Mysong Generates Music From Vocals
Up until now, singers needed to either play an instrument or the help of a professional accompanist to help them realize their musical ideas. With this new technology coming out of Microsoft Research, vocalists need only sing their ideas into a microphone to automatically generate musical accompaniment.

Apple Floppy Drive Reborn as an Amplifier [Casemod]

Apple Floppy Drive Reborn as an Amplifier [Casemod]
Have some old computer gear lying around? Why not do what this guy did, and turn it into something useful once more. By taking an old Apple 5-1/4″ floppy drive he found at a thrift store, then working some electronics wizardry on the interior, modder Jeff Kobi took this old piece of tech junk and gave it new life as a retro-styled amplifier.

IPhone Drum Machine Kicks Out the Jams

IPhone Drum Machine Kicks Out the Jams
Already sick of playing the piano on your iPhone? Maybe it’s time to hit the drums. Developer MooTheCow has created this homebrew drum machine application called “Drummer” that runs on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Drummer can play up to 15 unique audio samples (one on each finger touch pad), and takes advantage of multi-touch capabilities, so you can play up to five sounds at once.
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