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Technabob Welcomes Writer Lambert Varias

Technabob Welcomes Writer Lambert Varias
I’d like to take a moment to welcome Lambert Varias as the latest member of Technabob’s crack writing team (by that, I mean sharp, intelligent authors, not writers on crack). Lambert will be a regular contributing author on Technabob, so keep your eyes peeled for his latest posts.

Mathmos Wind Lights Powered by Tiny Turbines

Mathmos Wind Lights Powered by Tiny Turbines
UK lighting maker Mathmos’ latest creation combines modern technology with eco-conscious wind power to create light without need for batteries or plug-in power. These Wind Lights measure in at just under 8″ tall, but they work just like their bigger windmill cousins, generating electricity through the power of air.
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Zagg Z.Buds Earphones Give iPhone Owners a Choice

Zagg Z.Buds Earphones Give iPhone Owners a Choice
Ever since the iPhone hit stores a couple of years back, I’ve been an addict. While the iPhone itself is a star, I’ve never thought all that much of the earbuds that come with it. Now iPhone cronies have another choice for listening to tunes and making phone calls.

Arduino Gamepack: Make Your Own Open Source Gameboy

Arduino Gamepack: Make Your Own Open Source Gameboy
Sure, you can pick up a used Gameboy for about $20 bucks over on eBay these days, but why buy one when you could build one for yourself? Matt over at Liquidware decided to build an “open source Gameboy” (known as the Gamepack) using off-the-shelf parts, including the modder-friendly Arduino microprocessor.

Violet Mir:Ror Connects All Your Stuff via Rfid

Violet Mir:Ror Connects All Your Stuff via Rfid
This new device uses RFID technology to connect your physical possessions with the digital world. Cool. Violet (the makers of those quirky Nabaztag USB rabbits) is about to unleash Mir:ror, a small puck-shaped USB gadget which acts like an interface between your everyday belongings and your computer.

Cosmically Cool Lamp Built With 3d Laser Printing

Cosmically Cool Lamp Built With 3d Laser Printing
Look at this beautiful Quin lamp from California artist Bathsheba Grossman. Notice anything special about it, D & D fans? It’s Bathsheba’s exploration on the dodecahedron. It’s so much more than a twelve-sided die though. The intricate perforations and curvy undulations are not only are a shining example of the seamless blending of technology and art, but also serve to create quite a spectacular display of light.

Mini E: Your Chance to Test Drive the Electric Mini Cooper

Mini E: Your Chance to Test Drive the Electric Mini Cooper
MINI today announced that they’ll be giving up to 500 test drivers the opportunity to test drive the new no-carbon footprint electric MINI E before it’s released. The diminutive 3-door MINI E is powered by a 100% electric motor (hybrids are for wusses), and still manages to go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in about 8.5 seconds.

Jeremy Mayer’S Typewriter Robots Will Blow Your Mind

Jeremy Mayer’S Typewriter Robots Will Blow Your Mind
It’s not that I haven’t seen robotic sculptures before, but I can say with confidence that I’ve never seen any as intricate as Jeremy Mayer’s incredible typewriter robots. Mayer builds his amazingly detailed sculptural creations entirely from parts found on old typewriters.

Gakken Sx-150 Analog Synthesizer is a Hacker’S Delight

Gakken Sx-150 Analog Synthesizer is a Hacker’S Delight
The Gakken SX-150 is a little analog synthesizer kit that came packaged in a recent issue of a Japanese DIY science magazine. Now, these funky mini synths have started to show up around the globe, leaving all sorts of interesting beeps, blips and squeals in their wake.

Esquire E-Ink Display Proves Nearly Indestructible

Esquire E-Ink Display Proves Nearly Indestructible
While the October 2008 issue of Esquire magazine got lots of buzz in the marketplace with its E-Ink cover, I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed by the less than exciting visual produced by the blinking display.

Server Upgrade Saturday 9/20

Server Upgrade Saturday 9/20
Thanks to your overwhelming support, Technabob needs to move to a bigger, badder server. The site will be migrating to new hardware on Saturday, 9/20. I expect there will be some sporadic downtime during the day, so if you have difficulty accessing the site, please try again later.

Image Metrics Emily Cg Facial Animation Blows My Mind

Image Metrics Emily Cg Facial Animation Blows My Mind
The other day, I showed you guys what I thought was some really impressive computer generated facial animation. Then, the guys over at Image Metrics sent me a video clip of their latest CG creation, Emily, and I was bowled over.

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of augmented reality (AR), the technology is designed to superimpose 3D computer graphics with real world imagery in real time. While there are readily available open source tools to allow desktop computer users to create their own AR videos, I’m happy to report that there’s a self-contained version coming to the iPhone.

Clock-a-Doodle-Doo: Time Telling Magna Doodle Hack

Clock-a-Doodle-Doo: Time Telling Magna Doodle Hack
This unique electromechanical clock is like a cross between a Magna Doodle and an Etch-a-Sketch. Using a modified Magna Doodle as the basis for their display, the Clock-a-Doodle-Doo is the brainchild of a recent UCLA mechanical engineering class.

Technabob Gets the iPhone Treatment

Technabob Gets the iPhone Treatment
In the last couple of days, Technabob has rolled out a brand new look for those of you visiting the site from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The new design lets you quickly browse the top stories on the site, and when you click through to a story, you’ll see a special version that’s much easier to read on the small screen.

Stickable Sound Pads Turn Any Surface Into a Speaker

Stickable Sound Pads Turn Any Surface Into a Speaker
SoundPads by Sonic Impact are stickable little pads that “convert any thin-walled high-transmission surface into permanent stereo speakers.” That means you can stick these guys on a door, cabinet, table, box, desk, or even a poster- and have insta-speakers.
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