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Message Tape Mimics Digital Displays

Message Tape Mimics Digital Displays
This cool decorative tape lets you leave messages by blacking out the the white areas. A brilliantly simple design concept, the tape works in pretty much any language thanks to its free-form display concept. Perfect for labeling boxes, temporary signage, creating impromptu artworks or modern graffiti, the tape comes in either a dot-matrix or segmented style.

Lightsaber Laser Pointers: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid.

Lightsaber Laser Pointers: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid.
If you thought those lightsaber bedside lamps were a bit too over the top, these pocket-sized sabers are a bit easier to handle. Designed to look like the ones donned by Star Wars villains Darth Vader and Darth Maul, these mini lightsabers are actually laser pointers. They slip onto any keychain, and project a tiny red laser beam.
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Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes

Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes
This music sequencer takes the same basic interface concept as the ball bearing sequencer I recently showed you, and makes it deliciously chewable. Instead of shiny metal spheres, this sequencer uses a bunch of colorful candy-coated gumballs to make a beat you can dance to.   Designed by Hannes Hesse, Andrew McDiarmid and Rosie Han – students at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, the Bubblegum Sequencer identifies the locations of strategically-placed gumballs to create rhythm tracks.

Pixel T-Shirts Bring Back Atari 2600 Memories

Pixel T-Shirts Bring Back Atari 2600 Memories
These great 8-bit inspired t-shirts remind me of the wonderful simplicity and joy of the early days of video gaming. Designed by Stuart Witts, the shirts feature big, bold, blocky images of either a pair of black and white race cars or a bright green soccer player.

Lightsaber Lamps for True Star Wars Geeks

Lightsaber Lamps for True Star Wars Geeks
I’ll start out by saying that I’ve always enjoyed the Star Wars franchise (except for the Ewoks and Jar Jar), but I’ve never as nuts about the series as say, that girl on American Idol last night who showed up for the audition wearing a Princess Leia outfit, hair buns and all.

Space Invaders Jacket: Wrapped Up in Aliens

Space Invaders Jacket: Wrapped Up in Aliens
Here’s a true fashion statement for the videogame lover who has it all. Going all out with the retro look, this jacket is emblazoned with hundreds of pixelated little alien dudes from the arcade classic, Space Invaders. Designed by Scandanavian design mavens Junk de Luxe, the shiny synthetic look kind of reminds me of those cheezy old Members Only jackets, only further reinforcing the 1980s theme.

Mario Question Mark T-Shirt: I’d Hit That!

Mario Question Mark T-Shirt: I’d Hit That!
Sure, that Legend of Zelda quilt was pretty nifty, but this has got to be the best Nintendo-inspired item I’ve seen this week. The t-shirt just shows the ubiquitous pixelated question mark block from the Super Mario games, along with the caption “I’d hit that!”.

Rock Band Stage Kit Adds Lights and Smoke as You Jam

Rock Band Stage Kit Adds Lights and Smoke as You Jam
For a brief moment yesterday, an image appeared over on GameStop showing off this forthcoming add-on for your Rock Band performances. The kit includes everything you need to put on your own Spinal Tap-esque stage show in your garage, except for the 18-inch tall Stonehenge. According to the box are, Performance Design Product’s Rock Band Stage Kit is an “Interactive Light and Smoke Stage Show” to accompany your Rock Band jam sessions.

Green Alien Head Projector Lands on Earth

Green Alien Head Projector Lands on Earth
Bring a space creature wherever you go with this pocket projector which shines a little green alien on any wall. Handmade by Australian gadget builder RareBeasts, the battery-operated projector uses a super-bright green LED and a delicate wooden screen through which the light is shines.

Robots Do the Limbo and Dance the Hula

Robots Do the Limbo and Dance the Hula
What happens when a couple of robots have one to many Mai Tais? They do the Limbo and Hula, of course. Designed and choreographed by custom robot builder Sumy Family, the bots were clad in grass skirts and native garb, and programmed to do some traditional Hawaiian dance as part of the final round of the 2007 ROBO-ONE competition at a Hawaiian-themed resort in Japan.

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.

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
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