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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Ho Ho Hot: USB Santa Boots Warm Your Feet

Ho Ho Hot: USB Santa Boots Warm Your Feet
Ever wonder how do Mr. and Mrs. Claus keep their toes warm on a cold North Pole night? Why, with these heated USB Santa boots, of course. Leave it to the wacky gadget makers of Japan’s Thanko (the same guys who brought us other gems like these) to come up with these silly oversize red shoes, which keep your tootsies toasty when you plug them into your computer’s USB port.

Super Mario Rains Down Real Coins

Super Mario Rains Down Real Coins
Usually when I think of Mario’s primary currency, I think of those little gold coins (and maybe some power-packed ‘shrooms). So I was pleasantly surprised to see this arcade machine from Japan in which Mario pays out with real coins.

Brain Controlled Synthesizer Plays What You’re Thinking

Brain Controlled Synthesizer Plays What You’re Thinking
I found this photo over on Flickr today, and I was so captivated, I had to mention it. Apparently, this guy decided to see what would happen if he hooked an old analog synthesizer up to his brain.

Speakers Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed on

Speakers Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed on
Now I’ve seen some cheap speakers in my days, but even the chintziest ones I’ve seen were at least made out of plastic. Not these. These ones are fabricated from thick paper stock. Xenics Music Cube M speakers offer up some truly low-fidelity sound thanks to their flimsy cardboard construction.

NES Parts Get the Chocolate Treatment

NES Parts Get the Chocolate Treatment
Handmade by eBay seller buttlesscutlass98 (great name, eh?) these milk chocolate bars are cast in the perfect likeness of an NES controller and cartridge. Now I’ll be the first to say that I’d be a little wary of handmade chocolates for sale on eBay (by a guy with buttless in his name especially), but if you’re a real classic Nintendo fan, you might just have to bite into one of these.

Gps Goes Postal: Could Help Solve Usps Delivery Woes

Gps Goes Postal: Could Help Solve Usps Delivery Woes
This new device was commissioned by the United States Postal Service in order to hunt down some of the inefficiencies in their mail delivery process. Developed by California’s TrackingTheWorld, the gadget is slipped inside of a letter, and tracks the precise journey of an individual piece of mail.

Never Eat a Melty Chocolate Bar Again

Never Eat a Melty Chocolate Bar Again
This simple, yet ingenious invention places a tiny chemical thermometer on the outside of your chocolate bar, ensuring that you only eat it at the optimal temperature. Japan’s DARS 22° C premium chocolate bars now include a color-coded temperature gauge which tells you when the bar is at exactly 22° C (about 71.6° F), apparently the “perfect” climate for chocolately goodness.

Santa Claus iPod Speakers: Ho Ho Hum

Santa Claus iPod Speakers: Ho Ho Hum
I saw these ridiculous looking speakers over on 7Gadgets and just had to give them a mention. The perfect accompaniment to your sequined Christmas sweater, these goofy speakers let you listen to your favorite holiday tunes emanating from the O-shaped mouth of of good old Saint Nick.

Cell Phone Booth Shuts Up Chatty Kathies

Cell Phone Booth Shuts Up Chatty Kathies
Sick of listening to throngs of robotic humanoids marching through the city streets gabbing away on their mobile phones? Tired of the Bluetooth Borg collective yammering into space, as if anyone cared about what they had to say?

Disappearing Staircase Could Trip You Up

Disappearing Staircase Could Trip You Up
Next time you’re climbing a flight of stairs, be sure to watch your step. You never know if they might be pulled out from under you. The disappearing staircase is the brainchild of industrial designer Aaron Tang.

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.
If cute is your thing, you’re in luck. These baby robot chickens from Japan are so sugary sweet, you might go into a diabetic coma. SegaToys’ Dream Chicks are lifelike baby birds that respond to real world stimuli.

The Pixelated Man

The Pixelated Man
At first glance, this sculpture might look like it’s made out of LEGO blocks, but it’s actually an intricate handcrafted work of art by Swedish sculptor Thomas Broomé. The artist’s Low Res Man was fabricated from thousands of precisely arranged 1cm see-through acrylic cubes, then painted to look like a real person when viewed from a great distance.

Go Fish With Your Wii

Go Fish With Your Wii
Here’s another silly accessory for your Nintendo Wii controller. It’s a fishing rod that snaps on to your Wii-mote so you can feel more immersed when you’re catching digital fish in those weird fishing simulation games.

Pac-Man Guitar Rocks

Pac-Man Guitar Rocks
Okay, okay, enough about pac-man already, right? Wrong. Check this awesome custom made guitar by Ian Schneller over at Specimen Products. This sweet 25 1/2″ scale instrument is made of ebony, basswood, and maple with mother of pearl accents, and is finished in the happy familiar yellow lacquer of our beloved arcade character.

Pimp My Segway

Pimp My Segway
Got an old Segway scooter lying around? Why not give it a makeover and get rid of that drab grey exterior? California’s Segway Junkyard takes the personal transportation devices and gives them new life with custom paint, metal trim and shiny chrome wheels.

Cb Handset for Mobile Phones: 10-4 Good Buddy

Cb Handset for Mobile Phones: 10-4 Good Buddy
Breaker, breaker, any of you got your ears on out there? This wacky invention out of Japan lets you use your cell phone like an old CB radio. The Taito Transceiver hooks up to your mobile phone’s headset jack and lets you communicate with all the other truckers in your convoy.