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Mathmos Light Charms Glow When You’ve Got a Call

Mathmos Light Charms Glow When You’ve Got a Call
If you happen to have your cell phone ringer turned off, and you don’t care for the “vibrate” setting, you might want to check out these nifty things from London’s Mathmos. These tiny Light Charms clip onto your mobile phone and blink whenever a call is coming in (thanks to those lovely radio frequency emissions.)

9-Volt Lights Are Brilliantly Minimal

9-Volt Lights Are Brilliantly Minimal
Designer Richard Lawson has created the oh-so-simple LED lights that clip on the top of an ordinary 9-volt battery. Originally designed for a Mathmos-sponsored design competition, they’re now available for you to purchase for the first tim.
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Viral Video of the Day… Parappa Dude

Viral Video of the Day… Parappa Dude
I was wandering through the cultural wasteland known as YouTube tonight when I came across this masterpiece… Apparently, this guy was participating in a contest to win a trip in some sort of Parappa the Rapper contest to celebrate of the launch of the new game for the PSP.

Lomo Soviet-Era Camera Kits Available

Lomo Soviet-Era Camera Kits Available
Here’s a great find for the photo enthusiast in your life. These Soviet-era camera kits from LOMO let you build your own 35mm camera and other photographic gear. The Lomo Meccano Erector set is a complete kit that lets you build five different photographic devices.

Mac Mini Swallowed by Old G4 Cube

Mac Mini Swallowed by Old G4 Cube
Have an old Macintosh G4 Cube computer lying around? Why not transform it into an enclosure for a modern Mac Mini? Like the abandoned shell of a hermit crab, Mac enthusiast Rich Willis removed the innards of the old G4 cube and filled its guts with his Mac Mini as well as some add-ons.

Nyko Wii Party Station: Party on Nintendo!

Nyko Wii Party Station: Party on Nintendo!
On a day that was loaded with announcements of fun and interesting new Wii accessories like the Wii Zapper and the Wii Fit Balance Board, comes the most unusual add-on I’ve seen in a while, NYKO’s Wii Party Station. It’s hard to describe the Party Station.

Air Guitar: Lose the Guitar, Leave the Pick

Air Guitar: Lose the Guitar, Leave the Pick
A few weeks back I told you about an “air guitar” gadget that let you strum in the air holding on to what looks like just the neck of the guitar. Now, this new toy from Japan goes one better, completely eliminating the guitar and just leaving the pick. The Rock Tamashii is a rather cumbersome looking, oversize guitar pick with a built in speaker.

Daniel Rozin’s Circles Mirror Reflects, Distorts Reality

Daniel Rozin’s Circles Mirror Reflects, Distorts Reality
Artist Daniel Rozin has been creating mind-blowing interactive artworks, combining computers, video cameras and mixed media since 1999. One of his more recent works was this hybrid digital/analog mirror which reflects images from passers-by using a huge grid of rotating circles. Daniel’s Circles Mirror is an amazing combination of mechanical and digital technologies.

Sound Lab Teaches Kids Circuit Bending

Sound Lab Teaches Kids Circuit Bending
Whether your child is an aspiring audio engineer or just likes to make weird noises, this educational toy looks pretty cool. The GeoSafari Digital Recording Lab lets kids (and kids at heart) experiment and create their own electronic sound effects.

Rubik’s Cube for Dummies

Rubik’s Cube for Dummies
If solving that old 3×3 Rubik’s Cube is too daunting for you, maybe this version will make things a bit easier. The miniature 2×2 Cube is just one example of the kind of ridiculous stuff that people attach to their cell phones in Japan.

Remote Controlled Water Cannon Lets You Soak Your Friends

Remote Controlled Water Cannon Lets You Soak Your Friends
Just in time for those Summer swimming pool excursions comes this great way to add a little life to your aquatic activities. The water cannon floats around your swimming pool, and can remotely fire 20-foot blasts of water at unsuspecting victims from up to 40-feet away.

Dumbest Person Ever

Dumbest Person Ever
I’m really hoping this forum post over on Blu-ray.com is fake… According to the poster of the thread, his friend was wondering why his shiny new Playstation 3 had stopped working, when he discovered the unthinkable.

And When There was No Crawdad to be Found…

And When There was No Crawdad to be Found…
Every once in a while, I’ll find something that necessarily doesn’t fit in with the cyber-electronic-whiz-bang theme of Technabob. But I figure, since I’m the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer here, “why not write about it anyway?”

Compact Discs Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Compact Discs Come in All Shapes and Sizes
While digital players have put a major dent in the CD business, there’s something about having your tunes stored on something a little more tangible. To shake the old CD up a bit, the designers of Poland’s Baba Akcja have taken the boring round disc and turned it into something far more visually interesting. The discs were designed to symbolize various computer viruses, but I’m just drawn to the bright colors and shapes.

Computer Plays Youtube Videos With Ascii Text

Computer Plays Youtube Videos With Ascii Text
This cool hack takes videos from YouTube, converts each frame to ASCII text, then plays them back in all their alphanumeric glory. Warren Harding (Linux geek, not the 29th President) put together a script which uses the text-based Lynx web browser along with Mplayer to to render the video.

IPhone Smudge Simulator

IPhone Smudge Simulator
Whether you’re holding off on that new iPhone purchase until version 2.0, or you’re already camping out, this fun online plaything should keep you occupied while you’re waiting. The wonderfully-named iSmudginator is a bit of interactive Flash that lets you simulate what will happen to your shiny new iPhone after you’ve put it through it’s paces.
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