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Hoth in LEGO, Now With Tauntauns [Empire Strikes Back]

Hoth in LEGO, Now With Tauntauns [Empire Strikes Back]
You can make just about anything from Lego, but it takes a special sort of hard-working soul to build something as painstakingly authentic as this recreation of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back. With Lego bricks, custom figures, LEDs and creativity, Echo Base lives to be attacked again. It’s not all Lego bricks and minifigs, of course; some things had to be constructed by hand from other materials, like the tauntaun and the turrets, and I’m pretty sure there’s not a bacta tank playset.

Callpod Drone: Bluetooth Audio on the Go

Callpod Drone: Bluetooth Audio on the Go
The 21st century hates wires. We have Wi-Fi, we have wireless video game controllers, even wireless external hard drives. Callpod joins in the war against wireless with their Bluetooth device called Drone. Andres from anything but iPod has a good explanation of the Drone’s functionality.
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Takara Tomy Xiao Camera Poops Pictures

Takara Tomy Xiao Camera Poops Pictures
Now I’ve seen some wacky commercials out of Japan, but this one is one of the more off-the-wall ad campaigns I’ve seen in a long while. These promotional clips for Takara Tomy’s new Xiao digital camera / printer hybrid drives the point home that the pocket size camera can output its own tiny photo prints – apparently by pooping them out.

Papercraft Xmas Tree is a Colorful Fire Hazard

Papercraft Xmas Tree is a Colorful Fire Hazard
There’s just something about most holiday decorations that screams fire hazard, but this one really takes that idea and runs with it. This Christmas tree, by deviantARTist Maire, is done up almost completely in papercraft. The few lone traditional ornaments look awfully forlorn (and seriously outnumbered). The decorations are a real mix, from gaming icons like Mario, Link, and Mega Man, to upstarts like the Weighted Companion Cube from Portal, and they’re all made out of paper (and the sweat of effort).

Bula Lex Hat and Headphones C-C-C-Combo

Bula Lex Hat and Headphones C-C-C-Combo
Someday we’ll have solar cells on our clothes, so we can charge our gadgets while we’re out in the sun. The cells would have to charge real quick though, because I work at home. Either that or get a job that requires me to work outside.

Georgia City Considering Virtual World, Achievements

Georgia City Considering Virtual World, Achievements
Why actually drive down and walk into the city council meetings when you can watch the proceedings from the comfort of your sticky-note encrusted desk? The city of Decatur, Georgia is considering creating a virtual version of their town to “encourage community networking, improve civic engagement, and promote economic development,” and in virtual Decatur, citizens could chat, interact with local government, and even unlock achievements. The idea of moving applicable city services online in an MMO-style virtual world is fantastic, and since Decatur’s “achievements” (Game|Life’s word) translate to coupons and discounts at local businesses as rewards for interaction, this might be worth spreading to other cities.

Moving Notepad Brings Shared User Content to Dsi

Moving Notepad Brings Shared User Content to Dsi
Nintendo is launching the DSiWare store for the latest iteration of their DS handheld next week in Japan, and in celebration, they’re offering Ugoku Memo Chou (Moving Notepad), a notepad and animation flipbook, completely free! Of course, we won’t get the DSi until next April in the U.S.,

From Architecture to Gorgeous Case Mod

From Architecture to Gorgeous Case Mod
There were several breathtaking buildings designed for the recent Olympics in Beijing, among them the Digital Beijing building, a glowing temple to the technology that powered the Games. The building itself is a work of art, so it’s not surprise that it has inspired others toward similar creations, like this incredible PC case mod. The Digital Beijing building takes its inspiration from a circuit board, so the concept is certainly well-suited for containing a computer.

Touchscreen iMac Comes With a (Sonic) Chair

Touchscreen iMac Comes With a (Sonic) Chair
Do you think that there are a lot of people who are just dying to sit inside a speaker? The makers of the Sonic Chair think so. It has 2-way speakers, a subwoofer, and the chair itself is a “sound membrane”. 

Noby Noby Boy: Even Weirder Than Katamari

Noby Noby Boy: Even Weirder Than Katamari
Katamari Damacy is an undeniably awesome franchise, but it’s also a little on the weird side, so it’s not exactly surprising that Keita Takahashi’s next project is a little unusual. Noby Noby Boy puts the player into the shoes role of an unfortunately shaped something charged with eating and stretching your way through a minimalist world. To what end do you roll and stretch?

Mini Augmented Reality Ads Hit Newstands

Mini Augmented Reality Ads Hit Newstands
This amazing new advertisement for MINI uses augmented reality (AR) technology to create a truly interactive media piece out of a 2-dimensional magazine ad. Using AR tracking technology, as you hold the ad up to your computer’s webcam, you’ll see a 3-D model of a MINI Cabrio convertible that moves as you turn the sheet of paper around. All you need is a copy of the ad, a webcam, and a web browser (sorry, Internet Explorer/ActiveX only) to view the 3-D AR effect.

Duo: Turn Any Monitor to a Touchscreen

Duo: Turn Any Monitor to a Touchscreen
People who want or need a tablet or touch screen display don’t really have a lot of affordable options. For example, Wacom’s tablets are nice – Penny Arcade’s Gabe uses it – but they’re quite expensive.

Yorozu Sound Resolution: Any Surface is a Speaker

Yorozu Sound Resolution: Any Surface is a Speaker
Got a spare cardboard box lying around? How about an old suitcase? Why not turn your junk into a speaker? Fresh from the streets of Japan, the Yorozu Audio Sound Revolution kit lets you transform just about anything into a speaker. Simply mount the Yorozu’s vibrating sonic transducer wherever you want it, and it’ll turn the surface into a conductive sound system.

Buff Up at China’S World of Warcraft Restaurant

Buff Up at China’S World of Warcraft Restaurant
All those millions of World of Warcraft players have to eat somewhere, and an enterprising Chinese businessman hopes that at least some of them will be paying him for the privilege of refueling at his new WoW-inspired restaurant.

Smart Speed Bump Rewards Good Driving

Smart Speed Bump Rewards Good Driving
A pair of designers, Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee, have come up with a speed bump that actually knows and rewards you if you’re obeying speed limits. Vehicles who just gun it upon driving over the speed bump will encounter a normal speed bump, but those who do slow down to below 30 km/h (about 19 mi/h) will be given milk & cookies and a pat on the back.

Storm Faze LED Watch: Lots and Lots of Dots

Storm Faze LED Watch: Lots and Lots of Dots
Here’s a new LED watch that’s sure to draw attention whenever you go to check the time. The STORM Faze watch features a unique dot-matrix LED display, concealed behind a plastic lens that sort of reminds me of the compound eye of an insect.
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