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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Hooked! for Wii Adds Fishing Rod to Wii-Mote

Hooked! for Wii Adds Fishing Rod to Wii-Mote
The upcoming fishing game HOOKED! Real Motion Fishing for the Nintendo Wii will ship with a goofy looking fishing rod attachment for the Wii’s controller. While the Wii-mote will be used as the fishing rod, you’ll rapidly “reel in” the line by using your Nunchuk controller.

Just a Few More Yen…

Just a Few More Yen…
This rather silly invention out of Japan lets you count individual one Yen coins so you can save them up. The TakaraTomy Life Bank One Yen Counter screws on the top of any bottle, and lets you count up your change.
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Gundam Head Makes for One Strange Looking Speaker

Gundam Head Makes for One Strange Looking Speaker
If you’re looking for a set of speakers for your media player, and want something that’s a little different, have I got something for you. Inspired by Japan’s popular Gundam Anime series, these decapitated mech heads sure to draw attention wherever you set them up.

Geekpark Webcams Frighten Me

Geekpark Webcams Frighten Me
I know these new webcams are supposed to be playful and cute, but their zombie-like gazes and weird headgear just creep me out. Their belly-mounted cameras and butt-mounted USB connectors really push the weird factor over the edge.

Piggy Bank Eats Coins for Lunch

Piggy Bank Eats Coins for Lunch
Actually, there are no pigs involved in this bank. Rather, just another case of a bizarre gadget from the streets of Japan. With its oddly misshapen wedge of of a head, Banpresto’s Face Bank is a rather disturbing looking device.

Electric Tennis Racket Serves Up Pesky Mosquitos

Electric Tennis Racket Serves Up Pesky Mosquitos
Summer is just around the corner, and with that comes one of life’s greatest annoyances, the mosquito bite. Thankfully, the fine folks over at Brando have the solution for swatting those little buggers right off the map.

Us Army Remote Vehicles Using Xbox 360 Controller?

Us Army Remote Vehicles Using Xbox 360 Controller?
Most video game enthusiasts will tell you that the Xbox 360’s joystick is one of the best designed gaming controllers of all time. Now it appears to have gotten the “thumbs up” from the U.S. Army.

Worst Webcam Ever: the Stuffed Bear Cam

Worst Webcam Ever: the Stuffed Bear Cam
Japan’s SolidAlliance, known for producing odd, food-inspired USB flash drives, has really outdone themselves this time with what could be the most heinous computer accessory ever. The stuffed bear cam attempts to make passers by smile.

Itop: the iPod Laptop

Itop: the iPod Laptop
So what do you do when you crack your iPod screen? This industrious hacker has decided to turn his broken eggs into an omelet by turning his fractured iPod into a tiny little laptop. Owen McGarry created his iTop mini laptop by cutting his old iPod in half, keeping only the screen, battery and audio portions intact, then flipping that portion up at a 45-degree angle.

Tamagotchi Music Fever: Weird Media Player of the Day

Tamagotchi Music Fever: Weird Media Player of the Day
This goofy digital music player from Bandai isn’t really an MP3 player in the traditional sense. Released for the 10-year anniversary of the popular electronic pet franchise, the $115 Tamagotchi Music Fever player doesn’t connect to your computer.

Haro: Worst Pc Case Ever

Haro: Worst Pc Case Ever
Wow, here’s a way to really crap up your PC… The Haro PC case is a big green blob that encases your computer and attempts to give it a personality. The weird looking creature holds small computers (like the Mac Mini) with ease.

Spamtrap: Shreds Spam Into a Fine Pulp

Spamtrap: Shreds Spam Into a Fine Pulp
I don’t know what it is that fascinates me so much about shredding devices lately; maybe it’s just my latent destructive tendencies. That said, this art installation by artist Bill Shackelford just seemed too good to not mention.

Sounds Like a Car Crash to Me

Sounds Like a Car Crash to Me
Leave it to the wacky gadget makers of Japan to come up with this one. The ridiculous Steering Rapper lets you tap out obnoxious beats and sound effects while you drive your vehicle. If the distraction of that isn’t enough, the whole thing is attached to your steering wheel with velcro straps to get in your way while driving.

Pc Gets Crammed Into Gameboy Case

Pc Gets Crammed Into Gameboy Case
While it’s certainly not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, you’ve got to hand it to this casemodder for his gumption. This supremely modified Nintendo Gameboy has become host to an entire Windows XP computer.

USB Drives Look Like Tiny Baked Goods

USB Drives Look Like Tiny Baked Goods
It seems like I can’t go a week without running across some ridiculous flash memory drives inspired by something completely unrelated to computing. Today’s special: these Freshly Baked USB Drives, featuring enough carbs to make Dr.

It’s Toast-Errific… the Toast Printer

It’s Toast-Errific… the Toast Printer
Sure, we’ve seen toast with images of Elvis, Jesus and other famous cultural icons, but this device lets you create any image you’d like, in toast form. The computer controlled toast burner uses a specially modified CNC fabricator with a hot air gun in its carriage.
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