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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.

Game Banks Make Saving Fun

Game Banks Make Saving Fun
It’s a good week for saving money while playing games. If Tetris and Breakout aren’t your bag, you might want to try something even simpler, like Bankquest or Jinsei Ginko. It seems that piggy banks that double as tiny gaming machines are quite the happening trend in Japan these days.
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Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.
“Houston, we have a problem.” Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over? “Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine Recycler”.

Co-Robot Offers (Drunken) Humanoid Moves on the Cheap

Co-Robot Offers (Drunken) Humanoid Moves on the Cheap
While it certainly isn’t the most sophisticated robot out there, this kit from Japan is possibly the least expensive bipedal robot I’ve seen. The Co-Robot keeps it on the cheap by using just a single motor and a wobbly gear-drive system to help it amble along.

Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.

Physicists Verify E=mc^2. Economy Still Struggling.
In what is dubbed as a “heroic computational effort”, a group of French, German and Hungarian physicists plus the supercomputer equivalent of the Avengers teamed up to verify an equation which Einstein came up with using a pen and a piece – more like three pieces- of paper. Einstein’s formula for the equivalence of mass and energy states that anything that has mass possesses a certain amount of energy whether or not it’s at rest.

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. Lambert is a Creative Writing major at the University of the Philippines, where he has been an undergraduate for as long as the current Philippine president has been president.

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.

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. I recently got an opportunity to go hands-on (or is that ears-on?)

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. For example, you could place an RFID tag on an umbrella, wave it over your Mir:ror, and your computer would display the current weather forecast.

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

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. Originally included in an issue of Otonanokagaku (Science for Adults), the compact synth offers up a variety of basic sound adjustments including attack, LFO, pitch, attack, decay and cutoff.

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.
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