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Tagz: Customizable LED Dog Tag Pendant

Tagz: Customizable LED Dog Tag Pendant
Tagz are programmable scrolling LED tags that hang from a pendant. You can program a message of your choice by pressing a couple of buttons on the back of the tag. I’m not sure if tagZ will be the next big trend with the kidZ, but they sure look cooler than the tacky glow stick necklaces that show up at the occasional rave.

What has 8 Eyes and Never Forgets? the Lomo Oktomat Camera

What has 8 Eyes and Never Forgets? the Lomo Oktomat Camera
I’ve always been a fan of the cool effects available from Lomo’s unique analog camera line, and now they’ve come up with another nifty camera, the Oktomat. The Oktomat takes 8 photos over the course of 2.5
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The Bowling Pin Lamp

The Bowling Pin Lamp
Industrial designer Josh Owen has created this simple lighting fixture that’s cast in the shape of a bowling pin. The cool part is that it’s got a tilt sensor inside of it that turns off when the lamp is knocked over, and turns back on when stood upright. While it would be really something if the lamps had the heft of a real bowling pin, these ones are made from plastic, and stand 15-inches tall, just like a regulation pin.

Angry? Why Not Smash Your Monitor.

Angry? Why Not Smash Your Monitor.
Looking for a way to get out your aggression while chained to your cubicle? Want to freak out your boss? Then you might want to check out this little gem. The ScreenSmasher is a goofy little desktop toy that comes with a foam “axe”, a special USB sensor and software (Windows only) which makes it look like you just smashed the screen on your monitor as you swing the weapon towards your monitor.

The Rotary Dial Mobile Phone

The Rotary Dial Mobile Phone
A while back we showed you the retro bluetooth handset you could use with your mobile phone. Well if you’re one of those people who didn’t think that took the concept far enough, you might want to check out the Portable Rotary Phone from Spark Fun Electronics. This fully-functional, highly impractical piece of nostalgia is really a tri-band GSM mobile phone.

Honda Asimo Does a Face Plant

Honda Asimo Does a Face Plant
Some guy with a cell phone camera recorded this incident at a recent press conference showing off Honda’s Asimo humanoid robot. If you fast-forward the video clip to about 0:59 seconds, you can witness the pratfall: Watch in horror as the brave little robot attempts to climb the stairs and instead does his best Chevy Chase impression.

Gold USB(Ullion) Hub

Gold USB(Ullion) Hub
Here’s another in a long line of wacky USB devices: the gold bar USB hub from Thanko Japan. The USB 1.1/2.0 gold bar hub features 8 powered USB ports in a mock-gold style befitting storage in Fort Knox.

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed
The next in the series of Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars USB memory sticks (known as “mimobots”) has been revealed and it’s everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2. Stormtrooper, Chewbacca and Darth Vader models were previously announced. These limited-edition mimobots come in 1GB ($79.95),

The World’s Smallest Race Track

The World’s Smallest Race Track
Ever wonder what’s inside those “top secret”-looking aluminum briefcases you see in spy movies? Designed by famous German model maker Faller, this case is filled with a tiny little slot car track, complete with 1/87th scale racers and two remotes for controlling your cars.

Typography + Google Maps = Geogreeting

Typography + Google Maps = Geogreeting
In a world full of Google Maps mash-ups, it’s always fun to stumble across one that is truly different. The guys over at geogreeting.com have done just that. Geogreeting takes carefully selected Google satellite images of buildings and landmarks that happen to look like letters of the alphabet, and creates custom typography from them.

Microsoft Brings Back the Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft Brings Back the Blue Screen of Death
Not that your screen really needs saving these days, but some cruel jokers over at Microsoft TechNet have released the Blue Screen of Death Screen Saver for those of you with a sadistic streak. The screen saver accurately emulates the dreaded OS hard crash that Windows is (in)famous for.

Classic Video Games in LEGO Form

Classic Video Games in LEGO Form
The guys over at Brick Flick have painstakingly built a series of LEGO vignettes based on classic video games. The scenes include Mortal Kombat, Castlevania, Shadow of the Colossus, Contra, Excitebike and my personal Favorite, Katamari (Block)acy – shown above.

The Ultimate Vaporware

The Ultimate Vaporware
Just in time for the holidays, The Onion – America’s Finest News Source, will offer the ideal holiday gifts for the guy or gal who has everything. Gotchabox is a set of three boxes from completely fake, yet surprisingly real sounding bad gift items, the USB toaster (are you sure this isn’t real?),

Pinball Reincarnated in Digital Format

Pinball Reincarnated in Digital Format
At this week’s Pinball Expo in Chicago, a little company called Global VR showed off their UltraPin pinball machine which brings back the feel of old pinball machines, but updates the concept for the 21st century.

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks
From the “someone has too much time on their hands” file… A true geek going by the screen name Cursors managed to take enough time out from his busy office life to build a giant reproduction of the Windows game, Minesweeper, entirely out of tiny plastic pixelblocks.

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart
I saw this image over at The Museum of Tolerance today, and laughed so much that I just had to post it: ‘Nuf said.
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