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Photon Skateboards Get Undercarriage Lighting

Photon Skateboards Get Undercarriage Lighting
The latest in skateboard tech, these Photon Light Boards let you hit the streets after dark thanks to their brilliant built-in illumination. Whether you’re just a hot shot and want to show off your moves, or you’re sick of taking a face plant on the curb when skating in the dark, the LED skateboards are sure to draw attention.

Panda Shredder Destroys Tiny Documents, Not Pandas

Panda Shredder Destroys Tiny Documents, Not Pandas
These wacky mini panda bear shredders aren’t really big enough to destroy that second set of books you’ve been keeping for your business (let alone pandas), but they are perfect for getting rid of tiny pieces of paper you’ve written secret love notes on.
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Lazy Man’s Holiday Lights Stay Up All Year Long

Lazy Man’s Holiday Lights Stay Up All Year Long
Christmas is behind us, but if you’re like me, your lights probably stay up until some time in April (or until all the ice has melted). I actually pray each year that everything but the purple, green and gold bulbs will burn out so I could say we had decorated for Mardi Gras.

High School Drafting Made Fun

High School Drafting Made Fun
While I cut my teeth playing my Atari 2600, I never realized that I could use mine as a creative solution to completing my homework assignments. I guess I just wasn’t that crafty. Here’s a guy who managed to turn an Atari joystick into a drafting project for his high school industrial arts class. Back in 1983, designer Rob Marquardt (aka ‘someToast’) painstakingly drafted not only the exterior of the stick to show off his mad isometric drawing skills, he went through the trouble of diagramming out all of the gory internals of the classic digital gaming controller. While it might not be a 100% accurate rendition of the Atari controller, you have to admire his creativity and persistence.

It’s People. Tetris is Made Out of People!

It’s People. Tetris is Made Out of People!
Everyone’s favorite Soviet block video game has been brought to life using a roomful of people, taking on the roll of the various colored geometric shapes from the game. The stop-motion video by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond of NotSoNoisy creative agency is the latest in his series of video game inspired clips, which first gained popularity with Human Space Invaders and Human Pong, and more recently, Human Pole Position.

Fake Gadgets Deliver Shocking Consequences

Fake Gadgets Deliver Shocking Consequences
These may look like your typical cheap schlock shop knock-offs of popular gadgets, but they’re much more devious than that. You see, while they may bear a slight resemblance to a certain portable gaming system, media player and a dime-store pocket laser, they’re actually practical jokes that deliver a nasty shock. Available in PSP, iPod and laser pointer versions, the $3.95

Giant LEGO R2-D2 Could Crush C-3PO

Giant LEGO R2-D2 Could Crush C-3PO
If you’ve ever visited the LEGO Store in downtown Chicago, you might have come across a life-size R2-D2 made from thousands of snap-together plastic blocks. While I thought that was impressive, this mammoth LEGO droid measures in at a whopping 8-feet tall. Built by official LEGO Master Model Builder Dan Steinenger with the assistance of a bunch of visiting kids, the giant R2 unit was assembled as part of the recent Festival of the Masters event at the LEGO Store at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Space Invaders Water Bottles: Fill ‘Em With Alien Fluids

Space Invaders Water Bottles: Fill ‘Em With Alien Fluids
I don’t know why, but I really can’t resist anything with those fun-loving Space Invaders on them. Case in point, these new water bottles featuring those classic arcade critters. I’m really not sure what the connection is between space aliens and bottled H20, but what was the last time Japanese video game schwag made much sense?

Laser Xmas Tree in Tokyo: No Need for Needles

Laser Xmas Tree in Tokyo: No Need for Needles
This giant green Christmas tree was recently sighted at the base of an office building in Tokyo, Japan. But unlike its Rockefeller Center counterpart, this one can entirely vanish with the flip of a switch. The bright green laser tree was on display from December 18 to 22 between the towers of the Yurakucho Marion building in the Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district.

LEGO Guitar Hero Controller Rocks

LEGO Guitar Hero Controller Rocks
When I came across this Guitar Hero controller made out of LEGO blocks, I was impressed. But once I found out it was fully-functional, I was blown away. Built by LEGO fanatic David McNeely (aka Blue Star LEGOs), this is the third in his series of working Guitar Hero controllers. Modeled after a Fender Geddy Lee Jazz four-string Bass guitar, the controller uses the electronic guts of a standard GH guitar, placed delicately inside of a LEGO body. Every part of the controller works just like the original, including the fret buttons, strum bar, whammy bar and control buttons. Now all David needs to do is build a complete Rock Band LEGO edition.

Pac-Man Maze Hoodie is Amazingly Ugly

Pac-Man Maze Hoodie is Amazingly Ugly
Other than the Noah Wyle with long hair and a beard look-alike dude modeling this outfit, I’m not sure who’d actually wear this ridiculously over-the-top Pac-Man themed hoodie. The lightweight black jacket has pretty much every available surface covered with a Pac-Man maze print, leaving little question that the wearer is a complete dork.

Worst Casemod Ever: Ubuntubox Cardboard Pc

Worst Casemod Ever: Ubuntubox Cardboard Pc
This computer has to be the biggest hunk of junk I’ve ever seen. Cobbled together from cardboard, red duct tape and embellished with a Sharpie, the UbuntuBox V1.0 certainly won’t win any awards for build quality. According to the builder, the guts of the old Pentium 3 tower are being used to power this Ubuntu Linux computer.

Funny Stickers Perfect for Software, Hardware (or Cereal?)

Funny Stickers Perfect for Software, Hardware (or Cereal?)
The guys over at Evil Mad Scientist Labs created these wacky stickers that you can slap on the boxes from your gadgets, video games and software. The labels say “Now Slower and with More Bugs”, making them perfect on a copy of Windows Vista or maybe even Mac OS X Leopard.

Shocking Car Remote Zaps Bad Valet Parkers

Shocking Car Remote Zaps Bad Valet Parkers
If you’ve got a really cruel streak, here’s a new prank for your arsenal of practical jokes. This may look like an ordinary car keychain remote, but it won’t actually open any vehicle. Instead, it lets out a tiny jolt of electricity when your unsuspecting victim presses the wrong button. The thing that makes me a bit nervous about this gag is that the company who makes them says there’s a laser pointer built into it, but it’s broken out of the box.

Wii Candy Dispenser Controls Sugar Cravings

Wii Candy Dispenser Controls Sugar Cravings
Now you can combine two of your favorite addictions, video games and sugar in one delicious package. The hyperglycemics over at Candy Addict (who knew such a blog existed?) recently stumbled upon this Wii-mote controller, chock-full of tasty confectionery goodness. The candy-filled remote is made by a Au’some Candies, known also for cranking out other Nintendo-inspired treats like a Gamecube stuffed with sweets, a GBA brimming with bon-bons, and these awesome fruit-flavored Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and Yoshi Jelly Pops.

Mini R/C Helicopters Take to the Skies

Mini R/C Helicopters Take to the Skies
These radio-controlled helicopters are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The choppers come in a matched pair that can run on different frequencies, so you can have mini-dogfights with your friends. Pressing a button on the remote can fire an invisible IR beam at your opponent’s helicopter, making it start to spin out of control.
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