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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Games for Geeks

Video Watch Plays Mp4s for Under $100

Video Watch Plays Mp4s for Under $100
The MP4 Watch from Hong Kong importer Brando has the ability to play video, music and photos on its 128×128 pixel LCD screen. The watch is a full-fledged portable media player with 1GB of flash memory on board.

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks
From the “someone has too much time on their hands” file… A true geek going by the screen name Cursors managed to take enough time out from his busy office life to build a giant reproduction of the Windows game, Minesweeper, entirely out of tiny plastic pixelblocks.

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart
I saw this image over at The Museum of Tolerance today, and laughed so much that I just had to post it: ‘Nuf said.

Sony Vaio G: Ultra Portable Laptop

Sony Vaio G: Ultra Portable Laptop
Lately, Sony’s been having more bad days than good ones, what with flaming batteries, Playstation 3 launch concerns and other financial woes. Well today, we get to report on something coming from Sony that actually looks good.

Nokia’s Clear Boombox

Nokia’s Clear Boombox
This cool boombox comes from an unlikely source, mobile phone maker Nokia. The minimal briefcase-style design features a unique transparent plastic enclosure. There’s a dock for a Nokia music-capable phone (not sure if anything else will dock there), and then two substantive speakers with all their guts exposed for the world to see.

Xbox 360 Wireless Headset Details

Xbox 360 Wireless Headset Details
The Microsoft insiders at ON10.net have posted this video of detailing the features of the new Xbox 360 Wireless Headset. Some interesting revelations are shown in the video. The headset comes with small and medium “ear wraps,” taking into account the fact that everyone’s ears are different (what happened to “large”?).

PS3 Faster Load Times Eat Up Hard Disk Space

PS3 Faster Load Times Eat Up Hard Disk Space
While using a small amount of hard disk space to cache a portion of game content is a trick long used by the Xbox 360 and pretty much all PC games, it’s been revealed that some PS3 games would be using a very significant portion of the console’s hard drive to speed performance.

Maxian D900: Media Player on Steroids

Maxian D900: Media Player on Steroids
Korean electronics manufacturer Maxian has recently unveiled their upcoming D900 portable media player. The player features just about everything you could want in a portable. The 4.3-inch display looks great, and supports up to 800×480 (better than DVD) resolution.

The 50 Worst Video Game Titles Ever…

The 50 Worst Video Game Titles Ever…
The folks over at Game Revolution have compiled this list of the worst names in the history of video games. With the inclusion of titles such as Sticky Balls, Wild Woody and Irritating Stick, I think there’s a theme emerging here.

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Tomorrow

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Tomorrow
Scheduled for release tomorrow (October 31), the Xbox 360 Fall update is expected to add support for 1080p video output for the upcoming HD DVD add-on as well as the ability to stream WMV files from a connected Windows PC or USB storage device.

Atari Joystick Necklace

Atari Joystick Necklace
After you’ve adorned yourself with some Pac-man and Ghost rings, why not round out the look with this classic Atari joystick necklace? The tiny joystick pendant measures just .5 ” x .75″ x .5″ and comes on a 12″ silver tone chain.

Mercedes S600 Guard: the Ultimate in Safe Rides

Mercedes S600 Guard: the Ultimate in Safe Rides
If you happen to be the leader of a nation, a celebrity, richer than god or simply paranoid, Mercedes has the automobile for you. The new Mercedes S600 Guard has factory-integrated preventive measures such as military-grade armor which can resist small arms projectiles, shrapnel and explosive charges as well as bulletproof glass.

Wearewater? More Like Wearetheeighties.

Wearewater? More Like Wearetheeighties.
UK alt band, WeAreWater might sound a bit like Radiohead, but their video looks like something more appropros of a band with a name like Atari Teenage Riot. Their new music video for “Glass”, by Seven/Seven Productions is inspired by a number of classic eighties video games including Space Invaders, Pac Man, Pitfall, Donkey Kong, Pong and more.

Coleco Handheld Plays Sega Classics

Coleco Handheld Plays Sega Classics
It seems strange to me that a device called the “Coleco Sonic” would play classic SEGA games, but that’s just what this little portable system does. Available for pre-order now from Target, the $49.99 Coleco Sonic handheld features 20 classic SEGA titles from the old 8-bit and Game Gear era, including: Sonic Drift 2 Sonic Triple Trouble Alex Kidd in High Tech World Alex Kidd in Miracle World Altered Beast Assault City Astro Warrior Aztec Adventure Bomber Raid Columns Ecco II: The Tides of Time Fantasy Zone Fantasy Zone: The Maze Global Defense Kung Fu Kid The Ninja Penguin Land Quartet Snail Maze Super Columns With the Coleco/SEGA branding weirdness going on, I find it especially ironic that the most comprehensive details can be found in the AtariAge forums.

Nooka Zub Zen 20: Cool Watch, Weird Name

Nooka Zub Zen 20: Cool Watch, Weird Name
For the ultimate in geek chic, check out these LCD watches from Nooka. The Nooka Zub Zen 20 series of watches features a brightly colored rubber casing surrounding an deconstructed liquid crystal display of hours, minutes and seconds in bar-graph format.

Ben Heck’s Latest Mod: Atari Jaguar Portable

Ben Heck’s Latest Mod: Atari Jaguar Portable
I’m a big fan of Ben Heck’s amazing console mod projects, and this one is no different. Ben’s latest challenge: turn an Atari Jaguar console into a portable. As usual, the result is quite stunning. He managed to cram the entire system into a box about 1-inch thick with a built-in LCD panel and the ability to run it off of a (somewhat unwieldy) battery pack.