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Category: Strange + Wonderful

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.
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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).

Worst USB Device Yet: Decapitated Teddy Bear

Worst USB Device Yet: Decapitated Teddy Bear
Here’s a strange one for all you USB device freaks… The head comes off, and you plug the neck into your USB port. Everyone should have one of these. Read More [via The Raw Feed]

PS3 – Proud Supporter of Engrish

PS3 – Proud Supporter of Engrish
When Sony prepared their PS3 mockup at their Ginza showroom in Japan, it appears that the translators had the day off. The picture speaks for itself. [via kotaku]

Strange Product of the Day: Bandai Little Jammer Meets Kenwood

Strange Product of the Day: Bandai Little Jammer Meets Kenwood
This was just too odd for me to not include… “Bandai proudly presents “Little Jammer Meets Kenwood” an all new unique system features five little professional musicians on five high quality speakers. While the music is playing from the control box, each little jammer performs the music for you.
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