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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.
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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.

Strategy Games May Help Conquer Aging

Strategy Games May Help Conquer Aging
This has got to be the best news for brain health since ever: playing strategy games might help prevent some ill effects due to aging. Your desire to control an animated portion of a tiny world (with your iron fist, naturally) just may be your saving grace in your twilight years. The study, published in Psychology & Aging, reports that the test group who played the real-time-strategy title Rise of Nations, showed some cognitive improvement after time with the title.

Time Tuner Clock: Analog Face, Digital Brain

Time Tuner Clock: Analog Face, Digital Brain
Istanbul-based Antrepo design industry took the classic analog radio tuner and gave it a sleek makeover with the time tuner alarm clock. Instead of frequencies, the scale on the clock’s face has the hour marks arranged in a line.

Bring the Power of Science to the Bar

Bring the Power of Science to the Bar
If you believe that mixing the perfect cocktail is a science rather than an art, this just may be the perfect complement to your adult beverages. The Cocktail Chemistry set brings an unmatched geek form factor to the table… or rather, to the bar. The scale shown above, unfortunately, is not part of the set.

Take Control With the Micro Spy Remote

Take Control With the Micro Spy Remote
I remember back in high school, one of my classmates had this gigantic wrist watch that was also a universal remote. He had loads of fun using it whenever we watched a movie in class (Kramer vs.

Crash Around in Gundam Slippers

Crash Around in Gundam Slippers
Having a bad morning? That’s no reason to should suffer alone! And what better way to pass on that a.m. headache than by adding kickin’ sound effects to your lurching gait? These squashy slippers sound off with the crash of earth-shredding stompy robotics with every step, turning a previously-mundane trip to the coffee machine into an epic journey of destruction. If there’s a better way to start the week, it doesn’t come to mind. At $39.99,

Pac-Man Mirror Shines With Retro Class

Pac-Man Mirror Shines With Retro Class
There are days when you can’t help but think, y’know, maybe it’s time to take down the action figures and buy a tasteful cabinet to house all the gaming gear. Maybe get some window treatments and experience a coming of age in design.

Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain

Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain
Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath, has invented a robot that he hopes will be a model for future space exploration and land surveying robots. Called the Jollbot, it’s a spherical robot that rolls over smooth terrain and jumps “like a grasshopper” when it encounters obstacles. The robot imitates how a grasshopper builds up its energy before prior to jumping: “We’ve made a robot that jumps in a similar way to the grasshopper, but uses electrical motors to slowly store the energy needed to leap in its springy skeleton.

Dissidia Potions Restore Life Points, Look Cool

Dissidia Potions Restore Life Points, Look Cool
Japanese brewer Suntory has long been making (reportedly disgusting) potions for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy games, but until now they’ve actually resembled the in-game items. The latest round of beverages, however, breaks that tradition — Suntory’s going with the good ol’ fashioned can.

Put a Sackboy on Your Head

Put a Sackboy on Your Head
There is a glut of Sackboy stuff out in the wilds of the internet, celebrating everything LittleBigPlanet. You can get soft Sackboy dolls and spend your days watching videos of Sackboys (and girls) cavorting in custom levels, but if there’s one thing we’ve lacked, it’s Sackboy clothing. Now, instead of dressing your Sackboys, you can dress up as a Sackboy.

Airheads Let You Make Music in the Air

Airheads Let You Make Music in the Air
These new devices let you create music by waving your hands in the air. The sensor sticks can detect the position and velocity of your hands as they move in front of them. Airheads work as a standard MIDI controller, you can connect them to most synthesizers or even a drum machine, so you can play some serious air drums.

Counter-Strike’S Starry Night

Counter-Strike’S Starry Night
If everyone in the world simultaneously made a list of the top ten most likely places for the works of Vincent van Gogh to turn up, odds are no one’s list would have included Valve’s Counter-Strike, and we would have all been wrong. In a surreal mashup of FPS action and dreamy art, this mod thrusts would-be terrorists or counter-terrorists into the twisted mind of Vincent Van Gogh.

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds
Feeling musically inclined, but haven’t the time or knowledge to write sheet music? Now you can produce your own sonic creations simply by doodling on a piece of paper. Designed by Adafruit (in collaboration with Jay Silver), Drawdio is an analog synthesizer circuit that straps to any soft-leaded pencil, and lets you crank out electronic sounds while you sketch.

Nanovision Mimo 7-Inch Mini Monitor Hands-on Review

Nanovision Mimo 7-Inch Mini Monitor Hands-on Review
A few weeks back, I came across these cool looking Nanovision Mimo mini computer displays. At the time, there was no way to buy these minuscule monitors outside of Korea. Now, for the first time, you can buy these displays in North America.
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