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USB Greenhouse Keeps Desk Gardens Growing

USB Greenhouse Keeps Desk Gardens Growing
Here’s a way to add a little green to your desktop surroundings. This USB mini greenhouse helps you easily grow a little garden with the help of your computer The egg-shaped device from DreamCheeky holds artificial soil, seeds and water, then helps your budding garden grow by feeding it with a USB-powered grow-light.

Audi Auto-Mobile Phone

Audi Auto-Mobile Phone
While most of us have driven a vehicle while we’re on our cell phone, this is the first time I’ve seen a mobile phone that actually is a car. From what I can tell, this mobile phone from China is doing its best impression of an Audi A9 concept car. The phone conceals its battery pack in the “trunk” and has an antenna that pops out of one of the headlights.
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Q*Bert + Quilt = Quiltbert

Q*Bert + Quilt = Quiltbert
Remember the expletive-spouting orange dude from 1980s arcade game, Q*bert? Well the strange little guy has now been immortalized in this awesome handmade video game quilt by Lenore, an artist over an Evil Mad Scientist Labs. She’s done a valiant job recreating the details of the game, including the game’s signature isometric diamond blocks you jumped on, those spinny colored escape platforms, and a couple of those weird enemies.

The Wireless Cheese Cutter

The Wireless Cheese Cutter
Have a juvenile sense of humor? Now you can get out your immature tendencies with this remote controlled version of the “classic” Whoopee Cushion. Just place the battery-operated receiver unit under your unsuspecting coworker’s chair, head back to your cubicle and press the wireless trigger and let the mayhem ensue.

Cardboard Mini Arcade for the Psp

Cardboard Mini Arcade for the Psp
Now you can have your own tiny arcade machine anywhere you take your Sony PSP portable gaming system. These arcade cardboard stands make your PSP look like it’s an arcade game cabinet (in miniature of course). Two versions of the compact cabinets are in the works, one that’s a racing game called Dirt Track Rally, and some sort of space game named Cosmic Intruders.

The Mix Tape Goes USB

The Mix Tape Goes USB
For those of us who were born in the pre-MP3 era, the idea of creating a custom mix of your favorite tunes and putting them on a cassette tape was one of the most romantic things that you could do for your significant other (unless you happened to include “That’s What Friends Are For” or “The Breakup Song” on there.) The oh-so-clever designers over at Suck UK have put together this kit that lets you make a modern version of the mix tape.

Pac-Man Shot Glasses: Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Drinky

Pac-Man Shot Glasses: Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Drinky
Nothing goes better with a game of 80’s classic arcade game Pac-Man than getting completely looped doing shots of your favorite booze. At least that’s what I think Namco was trying to say with this set of commemorative Pac-Man shot glasses. The set of six 1.5oz

Optimus Prime 18-Wheeler iPod Dock

Optimus Prime 18-Wheeler iPod Dock
I guess news of this Transformers Optimus Prime iPod dock has been floating around for a few months now, but this is the first time I’ve seen up close photos of this fun compact stereo in action. The dock features an 18-wheeler that provides a place for your iPod and speakers on its bed.

Play Some Foosball While You Sip Your Starbucks

Play Some Foosball While You Sip Your Starbucks
One of life’s great guilty pleasures has to be the classic table game of foosball. But how can you incorporate this pub favorite into your civilized modern lifestyle? The artisans over at Britain’s Trifle Design have the answer with this contemporary Offside Foosball Coffee Table.

Make Your Own Atari 2600 Game

Make Your Own Atari 2600 Game
Actually, you can only make your own fake Atari 2600 box art with this fun online image generator, but it’s still fun. You can create your own goofy labels over at Label Maker 2600. The site lets you upload your own image, a game title, as well as your colors and copyright notice.

Nintendo Ds Lite Cell Phone Charm

Nintendo Ds Lite Cell Phone Charm
I’ve gotta hand it to the Japanese for this whimsical creation. It’s a little charm for your mobile phone that looks exactly like a tiny Nintendo DS Lite. You won’t be playing any games on this one though.

It’s a Me, LEGO Mario

It’s a Me, LEGO Mario
I came across this cool 3-dimensional LEGO sculpture of everyone’s favorite video game plumber (sorry Luigi) over on TechEBlog this morning. It must have take days for the artist to painstakingly recreate all of Mario’s details. They didn’t happen to credit the original artist, so if you happen to know who it is, let me know so I can give props to the guy or gal who made this awesome creation.

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses
Budding 3D graphics and animation buffs, there’s a new reason to get excited this morning. A company called NaturalPoint has just announced a complete motion capture systems that only costs about $5,000. Traditional (if you can call them that) MoCap systems usually start around $30,000, and often much more.

Crispin Jones’ Tengu: LED Faced Virtual Companion

Crispin Jones’ Tengu: LED Faced Virtual Companion
SolidAlliance, makers of wacky things like USB drives that look like sushi and other edibles, has just revealed their latest creation. The Tengu is an interactive device that displays an animated face using an array of LEDs.

Photo of the Day: iPhone, Meet Windows

Photo of the Day: iPhone, Meet Windows
Apparently, those iPhone demo kiosks in AT&T stores are wolves in sheep’s clothing… Here’s an interesting thought: When you turn a Windows XP machine on it’s side, does it become an Apple? Apparently, these kiosks are really running on Dell machines and Samsung displays.

This Phone Will Self-Destruct in Five Seconds…

This Phone Will Self-Destruct in Five Seconds…
Remember that desktop self-destruct button I told you about a while back? Now you can carry a portable version, right there on your cell phone. This mini self-destruct switch is the latest in a long line of odd things that Japanese people are hanging from their mobile phones.
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