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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth
While researching the topic of innovative musical devices, I came across the guys at Bleep Labs and their totally wacky Thingamagoop custom synthesizer series. These portable sythesizers generate electronica using a unique control interface: as you move a colorful LED over a photosensor, the sound’s waveform changes.

This Chimp Plays Ms. Pac-Man Better Than Me

This Chimp Plays Ms. Pac-Man Better Than Me
This clip has been floating around for a couple of months, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. The headline says it all:
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And You Thought You Couldn’t have Your Flat Panel by the Pool…

And You Thought You Couldn’t have Your Flat Panel by the Pool…
If you’ve got the dough to spend, you can now have an flat panel multimedia audio/video system outdoors. Lux Entertainment has released the ARIIS-WFSSMCE outdoor entertainment center. Housed in a weather-resistant stainless steel armor shell, the system incorporates wi-fi (802.11 a/g) streaming of TV, FM and Internet Radio broadcasts as well as your own video or audio via an embedded Windows Media Center Extender.

New Monopoly Game to Lose Paper Money

New Monopoly Game to Lose Paper Money
As a reflection of changing state of paper currency in the real world, a new version of the Parker Brothers board game Monopoly does away with all the pieces of color-coded play money, and replaces them with a mock Visa Debit Card.

Retro Gaming: Toilet Kids

Retro Gaming: Toilet Kids
I believe this old NEC TurboGrafx 16 game qualifies as one of strangest games I’ve ever seen. I’ll simply let the images speak for themselves… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ASh8zrG90

Create Your Own Video Game Bitmap Art

Create Your Own Video Game Bitmap Art
Japanese gadget importer Audiocubes these really nifty kits from Tomy that let you make your own desktop video game art using “bitmap” pegs. Comes with 520 pegs and available in Mario Brothers Red & Green, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, and Space Invaders versions.

Sing Along With the Ultimate iPod Dock

Sing Along With the Ultimate iPod Dock
This nifty gadget is one of the most flexible, compact karaoke devices I’ve seen. It includes docking capabilities for pretty much every iPod model since the 3G, and can also pull its data from files on USB storage devices.

Robosapien Meets Flamethrower: Awesome Robot Hack!

Robosapien Meets Flamethrower: Awesome Robot Hack!
Marcus over at EvoSapien has not only hacked the trusty Robosapien V2 robot into a flame-throwing machine… But also shot this awesome music video (Lyrics not safe for work) of the beast in action. Enjoy! I need one of these in my office to keep out nagging employees and salespeople.

Why Didn’t They Make One of These on Gilligan’s Island?

Why Didn’t They Make One of These on Gilligan’s Island?
The folks over at PlayEngine are offering a 19″ widescreen LCD with a case made from Bamboo. Perfect for your tropical or jungle-themed room (are you listening Elvis?), the set actually has fairly decent specs, with a 1440 x 900 resolution and 8ms refresh rate.

Autonomous Jeep Conquers Pikes Peak

Autonomous Jeep Conquers Pikes Peak
Axion Racing’s robotic Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first computer-controlled vehicle to conquer the complexities of climbing to the 14,110 foot summit of Colorado’s Pikes Peak. The tricked-out SUV climed to the top in just over 47 minutes, certainly not record time, but still quite impressive for a vehicle that has no driver.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President….

Happy Birthday, Mr. President….
The folks over at Nintendo/Touch Generations thought it would be a nice gesture to send a birthday gift to President Bush for his impending 60th birthday. The gift: A Nintendo DS Lite and what could possibly be the most appropriate gift ever, a copy of “Brain Age.”

Keep Your Conversations Private

Keep Your Conversations Private
Sonare Technologies is now offering Babble, a sound processing device that allows you to have conversations at your cubicle or other open office, while preventing others from hearing what you’re talking about. The system scrambles your voice and projects the scrambled version over speakers.

World’s Smallest Record Player (but…)

World’s Smallest Record Player (but…)
For those of you who still have a stack of 33 vinyl ablums sitting around, but no longer have a turntable, I bring you Vinyl Killer…. Japanese company Razy-Works is selling this pint-sized VW bus that contains a needle, amplifier and speaker.

More Stupid Robot Tricks

More Stupid Robot Tricks
I guess that Sony and Honda’s Dancing robots weren’t enough proof that designing humanoid robots was a waste of time and money…. Toyota has now developed a Trumpet playing robot. The world is saved!

Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!

Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!
For those of you who really want to be sucked around their house in a giant Jetsons’ inspired vacuum tube elevator, your dream has come true. The folks at Daytona Elevator have developed a pneumatic tube elevator that works on the same principal as the one in the famous 60’s cartoon.

Weather Forecasting Umbrella

Weather Forecasting Umbrella
Ambient Devices, known for their unique radio-data information tools, such as the Ambient Dashboard, have announced the upcoming release of their new Ambient Umbrella. The LED lighted handle of the umbrella pulses at different frequencies to indicate the forecast weather conditions in your area (based on real-time data from AccuWeather.com).
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