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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Games for Geeks

Xtrememac Luna: iPod Alarm Clock Radio

Xtrememac Luna: iPod Alarm Clock Radio
On the surface, the upcoming Luna from XtremeMac just looks like another pretty iPod dock. Under the hood, it’s going to offer a bit more. Sure, the Luna IS an iPod dock with built-in amplified stereo speakers, but it’s also a highly configurable alarm clock too.

Funky LED Watch From Tokyoflash

Funky LED Watch From Tokyoflash
Japanese watch gurus Tokyoflash have introduced the latest in their series of contemporary wrist watch designs. The 1000100101 Watch features a grid of 31 green, yellow and red LEDs to show the time, day and date.

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed

4th Star Wars Mimobot Flash Drive Revealed
The next in the series of Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars USB memory sticks (known as “mimobots”) has been revealed and it’s everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2. Stormtrooper, Chewbacca and Darth Vader models were previously announced. These limited-edition mimobots come in 1GB ($79.95), 2GB ($119.95) and 4GB ($169.95) versions and will start shipping in early January 2007.

Wii Sensor Bar Isn’t a Sensor at All

Wii Sensor Bar Isn’t a Sensor at All
Some enterprising dudes out there have figured out that the Nintendo Wii’s “Sensor Bar” doesn’t actually “sense” anything. In fact, the sensor bar appears to simply be a set of IR transmitters that provide the Wii-mote with a sense of direction.

Vidabox Stealth Silent Htpc Releases Tomorrow

Vidabox Stealth Silent Htpc Releases Tomorrow
VidaBox, makers of some very nice home theater / media center PCs has announced that they will be releasing their STEALTH media center PC tomorrow. The VidaBox STEALTH is a well-appointed HTPC that’s just 3.6″ tall in a slick black anodized case that feels more like a piece of high-end audio gear than a computer.

The Junior Tattoo Parlor… You Know, for Kids.

The Junior Tattoo Parlor… You Know, for Kids.
If I hadn’t seen this with my own two eyes, I would have thought this was a product from a fake commercial on SNL… The GR8 TaT2 Maker from Spin Master Toys lets tykes aspire to greatness with their own junior tattoo parlor.

Universal Charger Powered by USB

Universal Charger Powered by USB
The Ecosol Powerstick is a universal device for quickly and easily recharging portable devices in a pinch. Designed for on-the-go charging of PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras, mobile phones and other mobile gadgets, the Powerstick hooks up to any USB port and stores a charge in an small lithium polymer battery for later use.

Speed Up iPod and Psp Video Encoding

Speed Up iPod and Psp Video Encoding
If you’re frustrated with how long it takes to convert your videos into a format that can be played back on your portable device, this new device promises to significantly reduce the time required to encode videos into the popular H.264/.mp4

PS3 Copies Xbox 360 and Overheats Too?

PS3 Copies Xbox 360 and Overheats Too?
While it’s way too soon to know what kind of post-launch issues Playstation 3 users will encounter, a video has surfaced of a new PS3 console which has died a tragic death. Apparently these guys were playing Tony Hawk’s Project 8 for about 3 hours when the console died.

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod
“Don’t Touch it, Don’t even look at it…” Actually, I don’t seem to remember seeing this one in Nigel Tufnel’s guitar collection… The NES Paul electric guitar case mod, is the mutant offspring of musician/gamer, Jason Cox (aka ‘XOC’,) who decided to meld two of his favorite passions into a single ax of doom.

The World’s Smallest Race Track

The World’s Smallest Race Track
Ever wonder what’s inside those “top secret”-looking aluminum briefcases you see in spy movies? Designed by famous German model maker Faller, this case is filled with a tiny little slot car track, complete with 1/87th scale racers and two remotes for controlling your cars.

Did You Manage to Score a PS3? Tell Us Your Stories!

Did You Manage to Score a PS3? Tell Us Your Stories!
With the very first U.S. Playstation 3 consoles going on sale in less than 15 minutes, we’d like to hear from anyone who stood in line, got a console, or didn’t and what your experiences have been, good, bad or ugly.

Ps3s to Lose Up to $306 Each at Launch

Ps3s to Lose Up to $306 Each at Launch
Market intelligence firm iSuppli has completed their preliminary analysis of the costs to manufacture Sony’s Playstation 3 consoles. It looks like the two PS3 models (20/60GB) will lose between $241 and $306 each, not including the cost of accessories such as cables, controllers, packaging or shipping.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Themeaddicts, a home automation company formed by a team of experienced theme park and movie special effects pros has made it possible for you to have your very own “magic mirror” on the wall. When dormant, the M30P Magic Mirror looks like a normal mirror, but reveals an interactive image when triggered into action.

Typography + Google Maps = Geogreeting

Typography + Google Maps = Geogreeting
In a world full of Google Maps mash-ups, it’s always fun to stumble across one that is truly different. The guys over at geogreeting.com have done just that. Geogreeting takes carefully selected Google satellite images of buildings and landmarks that happen to look like letters of the alphabet, and creates custom typography from them.

Disc Shredder or Spirograph?

Disc Shredder or Spirograph?
If you’re looking for a creative way to get rid of those military secrets your copied to CD-R, or just want to destroy your ex-girlfriend’s Justin Timberlake disc, you might want to check out Elecom’s SCR-CD001 portable CD/DVD killer.