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Geek Washing Machine Sends Techie Reminders

Geek Washing Machine Sends Techie Reminders
If you’re the type to put clothes into the wash and then forget to take them out again, there may just be a solution. Too busy mucking about in the living room to remember your clothes?

Famicom Cart + Camera = Famicam

Famicom Cart + Camera = Famicam
Famicom cartridges, and their NES counterparts, have been turned into a great many things by the DIY community–including the consoles themselves–but this particular mod wins major cool points simply for design. Turns out a Sony point-and-shoot camera is just the right size to fit inside a hollowed out cartridge. I’m not sure I could bring myself to gut a copy of Final Fantasy III, but goteking, the modder behind this project, never played the game, and so felt no connection to the beloved RPG.
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Buzz Zzz: Vibrating Pillows

Buzz Zzz: Vibrating Pillows
We’ve already featured a pillow that can wake you up using light and an alarm clock that has a vibrate option. Here’s a quirky yet functional combination of the two: Vessel’s vibrating alarm clock pillow. Just set the time on the pillow’s built-in clock and it will wake you – and only you – with a few buzzes.

Technabob’s Most Popular Posts of 2008

Technabob’s Most Popular Posts of 2008
2008: What a year it was. Every year there are a handful of posts that really make readers go wild. But at the same time, not everyone can be expected to read every post on the site (as much as I’d love for you guys to).

Ea’S Hachi Koi: It’S About Touching Girls

Ea’S Hachi Koi: It’S About Touching Girls
The ol’ “hero/heroine is about to die, so must seize life” theme is an oft-used one in all forms of literature, and Electronic Arts’ Hachi Koi is adding its own spin to the old saw, except in this Nintendo DS game, instead of seizing life, you’re tasked with seizing girl flesh.

Geek Graffiti Hits the Streets

Geek Graffiti Hits the Streets
It’s not only Internet/text shorthand, with its LOLs and OMGs, that’s everywhere; it seems lots of tech-based and inspired memes are creeping out into the world at large, including in graffiti and other urban art forms.

Handheld N64 is Awesome, Non-Ergonomic

Handheld N64 is Awesome, Non-Ergonomic
The Nintendo Sixtyfree Lite-R: the past of gaming, futurized in handheld form. While playing this shrunken, portable N64 might be a challenge, particularly when it comes to, say, some of the console’s excellent first-person shooters, it certainly looks good. BenHeck.com

Bang Bang, My Zapper Shot You Down [Wii]

Bang Bang, My Zapper Shot You Down [Wii]
Some people want games to be as sweet as sugar, with showers of fresh blossoms and lollipops instead of blood, and frolicking in place of combat. Those aren’t the people who made this custom Wii Zapper.

Domo-Kun Mod Makes a Toothy 360

Domo-Kun Mod Makes a Toothy 360
I’m happy to report that Domo-kun is adorable anywhere… even on the hulking side of an Xbox 360. In fact, the strange creature himself brings a beautiful color scheme to the console, and the result is a chocolaty confection of cuteness that suits the 360 very well. DeviantARTist Ricepuppet slicked up this Xbox 360, he says, as a gift for his sister-in-law.

Microsoft HD View Offers Gigapixel Zoom, Hdr Images, More

Microsoft HD View Offers Gigapixel Zoom, Hdr Images, More
I was working on a story about something completely different today when I came across this intriguing digital image technology they’ve been working on for a while over at Microsoft Research. The team sums up their not-too-lofty goal for their HD View technology as follows: “…to create the best picture given (a) a source with high resolution, arbitrary dynamic range, any field of view & color gamut; (b) the user’s interaction; and (c) the display being used.” HD View allows for smooth panning and zooming of extremely high resolution images which have been stitched together from hundreds or thousands of individual images using tools like Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor.

United Keys Offers OLED Keyboards on the Cheap

United Keys Offers OLED Keyboards on the Cheap
If you’ve been craving the light up keys of Art Lebedev’s OLED Optimus Maxiumus Keyboard, but don’t want to take out a second mortgage on your house to buy one, now you can get yourself a taste of programmable OLED goodness without breaking the bank. United Keys OLED keyboard keep their prices on planet Earth by including only monochrome displays, and letting you program just 9 of the keys. Each keyboard comes with a 3×3 matrix of custom keys, each of which contains a tiny 0.7″

Build Your Own Robot Arm!

Build Your Own Robot Arm!
Red5’s aptly named Robot Arm helps budding Dr. Wilys work on their assembling skills. £30 (appx. $44.23 USD) gets you a kit which you have to put together to form the arm, but I don’t think it’ll require Junkyard Wars-like skills; you don’t have to solder anything to put this one together. When assembled, the robot arm has  “a maximum lift weight of 100g, opening gripper capable of grasping anything up to 1.7”

Classic Literature Comes to the Ds

Classic Literature Comes to the Ds
There are a lot of wonderful classic novels available in the public domain, and they’re just sitting there, available for you to download and read at your leisure. Using homebrew software, you can even put those novels on your Nintendo DS.

LEGO Reindeer-Bot Brings Creepy to Christmas

LEGO Reindeer-Bot Brings Creepy to Christmas
While no one can fault the crafstmanship or creativity of this Lego Reinbot, there’s just something about him that’s a little lacking in joviality. He’s got sinister style in spades, though, and while I like him, I’m pretty sure he thinks I’ve been naughty. Maybe it’s the giant red nose, or the lack of soft, welcoming lines, but this particular reindeer looks like he hauls Futurama‘s terrifying Robot Santa around.

Foxit Releases Kindle Rival Eslick

Foxit Releases Kindle Rival Eslick
After going against Adobe with their own lightweight PDF reader, Foxit are now taking on Amazon’s Kindle with the release of their own e-book reader called eSlick. Foxit took a long hard look at the Kindle’s specs and said, “Hmm.

Achievement Unlocked: I Did It for the Score

Achievement Unlocked: I Did It for the Score
Admit it: if you’re an Xbox 360 owner, you get the tiniest little thrill whenever that “achievement unlocked” message flashes before your eyes. Some of you even play solely for that moment, it seems (though why you’d do that when you could do this is beyond me).
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