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Category: Strange + Wonderful

What Do Marcus Fenix and Bender have in Common?

What Do Marcus Fenix and Bender have in Common?
It turns out that the gruff, gun-toting protagonist of hit Xbox 360 game, Gears of War is actually voiced by the same guy responsible for the voice of Bender from TV’s Futurama. Actor John Di Maggio, is responsible for voicing the two incredibly different fictitious characters.

USB Bowling Ball?

USB Bowling Ball?
A day doesn’t seem to go by without another silly USB device. Today’s useless invention: The USB Bowling Ball. Just try and lug one of these around the next time you need to store something on a flash drive.
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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.

The Junior Tattoo Parlor… You Know, for Kids.

The Junior Tattoo Parlor… You Know, for Kids.
If I hadn’t seen this with my own two eyes, I would have thought this was a product from a fake commercial on SNL… The GR8 TaT2 Maker from Spin Master Toys lets tykes aspire to greatness with their own junior tattoo parlor.

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod
“Don’t Touch it, Don’t even look at it…” Actually, I don’t seem to remember seeing this one in Nigel Tufnel’s guitar collection… The NES Paul electric guitar case mod, is the mutant offspring of musician/gamer, Jason Cox (aka ‘XOC’,) who decided to meld two of his favorite passions into a single ax of doom.

Mercedes S600 Guard: the Ultimate in Safe Rides

Mercedes S600 Guard: the Ultimate in Safe Rides
If you happen to be the leader of a nation, a celebrity, richer than god or simply paranoid, Mercedes has the automobile for you. The new Mercedes S600 Guard has factory-integrated preventive measures such as military-grade armor which can resist small arms projectiles, shrapnel and explosive charges as well as bulletproof glass.

Just Plain Weird: the USB Memory Stick Doll

Just Plain Weird: the USB Memory Stick Doll
As much as Japan provides us with some amazing inventions and top-notch consumer electronics, they’re also responsible for some of the most oddball, eccentric stuff out there. In case you were worried about misplacing your memory stick, or embarrassed by its unsightly looks, you can now hide your USB memory stick in the bowels of this keychain doll from Elecom.

Robot Teddy Bear Gives Directions

Robot Teddy Bear Gives Directions
This has gotta be one of the creepier robotic animals I’ve seen from Japan in some time (or at least this week.) This frightening little guy sits on your dashboard and uses GPS technology to point you in the direction of your destination.

The $800+ Compact Disc

The $800+ Compact Disc
One of the concerns about conventional CDs and DVDs is that they will eventually lose their data at some point in the future. In order to solve this problem, a Japanese recording engineer has developed the first compact disc made from glass.

Giant Helmet Vision: the Next Big Thing?

Giant Helmet Vision: the Next Big Thing?
Toshiba has shown us the future of television in the form of the most unwieldy contraption I’ve ever seen. Looking like a cross between a space helmet and some sort of industrial grade hair dryer, the prototype system is said to provide an all-encompasssing 360-degree television experience on its massive convex screen.

250,000 Superballs Dropped for Sony Commercial

250,000 Superballs Dropped for Sony Commercial
This may be old news, but since I never saw this commercial, I figured that some of you might not have either. The commercial is for Sony’s BRAVIA line of TVs and features a drop of over 250,000 multi-colored superballs down the streets of San Francisco.

Mail Delivered by Actual Snails

Mail Delivered by Actual Snails
Real Snail Mail is an art and technology project being conducted by the technological artists collective of Boredom Research. The project has real snails delivering electronic messages via tiny RFID tags attached to their shells. The messages are delivered literally “at a snails pace.”

You Too Can be a Crime Scene Investigator

You Too Can be a Crime Scene Investigator
Ever wanted to play detective? Are magnifying glasses too old school? Well now you too can own the high resolution digital microscope featured on CSI. The ProScope HR is a USB-connected handheld microscope that can capture images and video at a magnification level of up to 400x depending on the lense selected.

Water + Electricity = Light?

Water + Electricity = Light?
Somehow the idea of placing electrodes into a water-filled orb to seems like a bad idea. However, artist Scott J. Franklin has designed a series of glass lighting fixtures that do just that. The WET Lamp from NON Design is a glass orb with a 10-watt xenon light bulb in the center, then filled with water.

New Paint Can Change Colors on Its Own

New Paint Can Change Colors on Its Own
Looking for an exotic finish for your case mod or do you just want to pimp your ride? Look no further. The folks at ALSA have developed some amazing paint finishes including one that has the ability to change colors temporarily when heat is applied.

New Soda Bottle Tech Lets You Mix Your Own Flavors

New Soda Bottle Tech Lets You Mix Your Own Flavors
In the future, you’ll be able to customize more and more products to your own liking, and why should beverages be any different? This new technology from Ipifini, called “Choice-Enabled Packaging,” provides bottles of soda with multiple flavor “buttons,” which can be pressed to create your own customized soft drink flavors.
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