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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.

Robot Beggars – That’S All We Need Now.
Now I’m sympathetic to those who have fallen on hard times, many of us still find people who beg for money to be irritating. So why someone would go through the trouble of building a robot that begs for spare change is anyone’s guess.

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication
Cisco has unveiled and demonstrated their new On-Stage TelePresence Holographic Video Conferencing. In layman’s terms, it means that now you can actually do that thing they do in Star Wars when they talk to a Princess Leia hologram, and I have to say, it looks quite convincing.
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Giant Keyboard Requires Massive Fingers (or Toes)

Giant Keyboard Requires Massive Fingers (or Toes)
If you’ve ever complained that the keys on your computer are too small for your fingers, have I got a keyboard for you. This ginormous keyboard is so big – How big is it, Bob? – It’s so big that in order to type on it, you need to walk almost 20 feet to get from one end of the keyboard to the other.

Show Your Bulletin Board Who’S Boss With Ninja Tacks

Show Your Bulletin Board Who’S Boss With Ninja Tacks
Since the average work day affords so few opportunities to assert one’s ninja prowess, you can make up for that with these ninja tacks by Chromoly. They’re designed to look like you’ve just gone through a fit of rage and thrown ninja stars at your bulletin board from across the room.

Water Resistant Laptop on the Cheap

Water Resistant Laptop on the Cheap
Ever find the need to use your computer while standing out in the rain? Me neither. While the handful of folks who really need to could drop a few thousand bucks on a military-grade waterproof laptop, here’s a much simpler, brute-force solution for keeping your laptop safe and dry on a rainy day.

Humanoid Robot Learns to Make an Omelet

Humanoid Robot Learns to Make an Omelet
There seems to be an ever-mounting pile of evidence that leads me to believe that robots really ARE going to take over the world. This video series of a super snappy Fujitsu robot learning to make an omelet is definitely not quelling my fears!

Fake Tv Scares Off Intruders, Saves Power

Fake Tv Scares Off Intruders, Saves Power
Ever felt the need to leave a television on to make it look like somebody is home while you’re out of town? This quirky little invention does just one thing – simulate the effect of having left your TV turned on.

Coca-Cola Robots Invade Japan

Coca-Cola Robots Invade Japan
Those fortunate enough to live in Tokyo have recently sighted lifesize Coca-Cola robots wandering the streets. Now you can own your own miniature version of the wandering Coke robot for your desktop. Combining robotics, Japanimation and caffeination, the Coca-Cola vending machine robot is the perfect embodiment of all things geeky.

LED Gloves Put Lights at Your Fingertips

LED Gloves Put Lights at Your Fingertips
Just in case you’re still living in the early 1990s and heading out to a rave this weekend, you might want to add these to your outfit before you head out onto the dance floor. This pair of battery-powered gloves have a set of bright LEDs built into the fingertips.

Modular Seating Looks Like Pixel Blocks

Modular Seating Looks Like Pixel Blocks
This new modular furniture system lets you create custom seating areas by rearranging pixel-like blocks into your own unique layouts. Created by Joe Doucet, founder of the new design collective Bond., the Scape Modular Seating system lets you transform your living space on a whim, thanks to its moveable seating towers.

Greenpix: Massive LED Wall Powered by the Sun

Greenpix: Massive LED Wall Powered by the Sun
This huge LED screen displays mesmerizing patterns of light and video to passersby. But the really amazing thing about the enormous wall of light is that it’s completely self-sustaining. That is, the light panels themselves harness the energy of the sun during the day to power a colorful light show at night.

The Uno: Motorcyle Meets Segway

The Uno: Motorcyle Meets Segway
Think the Segway is just too geeky for your Born to Be Wild bad boy lifestyle? Then check out this cool new motorcycle born at the intersection of Geek Street and Hog Heaven Avenue. The Uno is a self-balancing motorcycle that uses a pair of gyroscopes to constantly keep its rider upright.

Tuba Hero? Brass Band? Nintendo Ds Gets Musical

Tuba Hero? Brass Band? Nintendo Ds Gets Musical
For those of you who think all music should be played on guitars and drums, games like Rock Band keep you jamming all night long. But for those who prefer to blow into their musical instruments, look no further than this new game for the Nintendo DS.

Delicious Kobe Beef iPod Anyone? Mmm.

Delicious Kobe Beef iPod Anyone? Mmm.
This has got to be one of the strangest iPod accessories I’ve ever seen. Just slip your iPod Nano into this camouflage jacket, and it’ll look just like a hunk of pricey (and delicious) Kobe beef.

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys
If you thought that the 312-key Chromatone synthesizer had a few more keys than your everyday piano, just wait ’til you get a load of the Tonal Plexus and its even more plentiful keyboard design. The Tonal Plexus series of keyboards is a micro-tonal input device featuring rows and rows of buttons which generate tones with far more precision than an 88-key piano can handle.

Pop ‘n Music be-Mouse: Weird Name, Odd Controller

Pop ‘n Music be-Mouse: Weird Name, Odd Controller
Here’s a gaming oddity from Japan. Falling somewhere between Tetris and Rock Band, Pop ‘N Music Be Mouse is a Windows PC game that comes with a colorful multi-button mouse for controlling the gameplay. To play Konami’s music pattern matching game, pop open the ladybug-like wings on the Be-Mouse controller to access the game’s nine buttons.
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