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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”
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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).

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.

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?
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