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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Games for Geeks

Crackdown Demo Coming to Xbox Live 1/23

Crackdown Demo Coming to Xbox Live 1/23
Major Nelson, Microsoft’s inside man on all things Xbox, is reporting that after numerous delays and much anticipation, the downloadable demo of Crackdown will be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace for download on next Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:00 Pacific Time.

Tech Deal: All Games, Cds and Dvds 25% Off at Tower

Tech Deal: All Games, Cds and Dvds 25% Off at Tower
The Tower Records website is offering an amazing deal on all video games at the moment. Until January 22nd, 2007, all video games, cds, dvds, books and accessories on the site are 25% off. A cursory check of the site turned up recent titles like Lost Planet, Resistance: Fall of Man, and Gears of War for just $44.99 each.

Looking for a Low Maintenance Pet?

Looking for a Low Maintenance Pet?
If you’re just too lazy to clean your filthy cat box, or don’t want to worry about picking up another bag of Tender Vittles, have I got a pet for you! The creepy FurReal Breathing Cat is an artificial pet that lays on its own little bed and looks like its breathing.

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap
This DIY Digital Voice Changer Kit lets you mask the sound of your voice by playing with the pitch and vibrato of your speech. Just speak into the built-in microphone, adjust the pitch control, and you can sound like anything from a hostage taker to a mouse on speed.

The Wii Laptop

The Wii Laptop
My favorite console mod-god, Ben Heck is at it again. This time, he’s helped Engadget take Nintendo’s Wii gaming console and turned it into a laptop. The portable features a 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, and even has a built-in “sensor bar” replacement at the top of the screen.

Create 3d Images the Old School Way

Create 3d Images the Old School Way
With all the talk about pixel shaders, normal mapping and HDR lighting, sometimes I just wish for a kinder, gentler time when 3D meant watching a bad science fiction movie through a pair of cheap, headache-inducing red and blue glasses.

Does Your Phone Smell?

Does Your Phone Smell?
In their never-ending quest to create solutions to a problems that don’t exist, NTT Docomo and Sony Ericsson have developed a new line of scented cell phones. Yeah, you heard that right. The SO703i Sony Bravia Aroma Phone will offer a variety of interchangeable aroma “sheets” that will keep your phone smelling fresh as the day you bought it.

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile
One of the biggest problems with touchscreen interfaces is the lack of any sort of tactile feedback. In response to this concern, Samsung has released a touchscreen phone with Immersion’s VibeTonz haptic feedback system. The Samsung SCH-W559 phone provides users with a vibration that approximates the sensation of a key click when they interact with the phone’s touchscreen.

Turn Your Walls Into a Starfield

Turn Your Walls Into a Starfield
Sick of the same four white walls? This new projection gadget might just help you make that room a little less drab. The Laser Stars Projector will take a plain white room and turn it into a twinkling, ever changing starfield (assuming you turn off the lights.)

Nike Speed+ Watch Details Leaked

Nike Speed+ Watch Details Leaked
Apparently, Nike is getting ready to release a new digital watch that can record and upload data from their Nike+ shoe sensors without the use of an iPod. The new watch, called the Nike Speed+ appeared for just a few minutes on Nike’s European website before vanishing.

Dead Rising Live Action Video: Classic

Dead Rising Live Action Video: Classic
The live-action video game troublemakers over at Mega64 has posted this great video inspired by Dead Rising: Titled “Welcome to Willamette Mall,” it’s a must see for anyone who’s played the Xbox 360 hit zombie action title.

Apple to Offer Fairplay Drm Licensing?

Apple to Offer Fairplay Drm Licensing?
Up until now, its been nearly impossible to (legally) use your purchased iTunes music and videos on anything other than Apple’s own gear. According to a post on Tech.co.uk, this may be about to change soon.

Steven Colbert Explains Cingular Name Change

Steven Colbert Explains Cingular Name Change
Watch and learn… Funny thing is… I’m pretty sure I’ve been a customer of all of these companies at one point or another. [via Digg]

Chrome Your Xbox 360

Chrome Your Xbox 360
Think Microsoft’s white Xbox 360 case is a bit bland? While you could pick up one of Microsoft’s not so exciting faceplates for the 360, or stick on some sort of cheap-looking vinyl decal, why not go all out and replace the whole case with something a little less dull?

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel
A little while back, I told you about Sony’s forthcoming round VAIO TP1 home computer. Now Sony has announced an additional wheel shaped component that lets you receive HDTV broadcasts and pipe them into a media center PC.

The Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun

The Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun
Looking for a way to get rid of your annoying neighbor? Why not shoot them 144 times?… not with bullets, but with rubber bands! The $395 Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun is a mechanical work of wonder that holds 144 individual rubberbands.