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Tag: Ball

Gearbox Ball: Ball 2.0

Gearbox Ball: Ball 2.0
A new company called GearBox wants to create “flexible hardware platforms that are controlled from your phone”. Their first prototype is a wireless robotic sphere that can be controlled simply by tilting your phone, assuming that your phone has the necessary sensors.

Japanese Soccer Robot Could Put Human Players Out of Business

Japanese Soccer Robot Could Put Human Players Out of Business
Actually, probably not. Robots are still clunkers in my book. However, it looks like the RoboCup Japan Open 2010 is currently happening in Osaka, Japan. It’s the world’s biggest robot soccer tournament (!) and has 225 teams from all over the world competing for the ultimate title in robot soccerdom!

Swirl Washing Ball Concept Harnesses the Power of Your Offspring to Wash Clothes

Swirl Washing Ball Concept Harnesses the Power of Your Offspring to Wash Clothes
Conceptualized by designaffairs studio with developing countries in mind, the Swirl is a “washing ball” that also serves as a clothes bin, a container for water, and a toy. The idea is that you place your dirty clothes in the Swirl, which can be push or pulled via its detachable handle or even better, kicked along to where you get water.

Lethal Pneumatic Ping Pong Gun: ‘Nuff Said.

Lethal Pneumatic Ping Pong Gun: ‘Nuff Said.
MAKE magazine fan/artist/inventor/sculptor/prototyper/modern da Vinci Ron Kissinger built an air-powered gun that turns ping pong balls into balls of fury. The gun has a magazine that can fire up to 14 shots. It takes a few seconds to load the ammo – i.e.

Elekit Tornader Robot is Really a Ball

Elekit Tornader Robot is Really a Ball
This robot kit from Japan lets you build your own ball shaped robot that can pull off all sorts of wild and crazy moves as it gyrates around your floor. While the Tornader robot from Elekit can drive slowly around the floor like most remote-controlled vehicles, the real fun starts when you set the Tornader into one of its insane spin modes.

Katamari Wedding Cake: With This Ring I Thee Roll

Katamari Wedding Cake: With This Ring I Thee Roll
Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife? Will you roll a Katamari down the street with her and roll up the universe into a giant ball? While I like to think this Katamari wedding cake is filled with tiny buildings, cruise ships, cows and wildly gesticulating little people, it’s actually just lemon cake with strawberry filling.

Tiny Dvr Camera is a Ball

Tiny Dvr Camera is a Ball
Within this tiny little black orb lives a tiny little digital video camera. What makes the Camball unique is its totally self-contained digital video recorder. All of the requisite electronics are crammed into a sphere that’s just a hair smaller than a ping pong ball.

These Speakers Give Your iPod Balls

These Speakers Give Your iPod Balls
This odd little speaker for your portable media player distinguishes itself by its spherical shape. ZumReed’s Sound Ball speaker hangs on your key chain or a book bag, and plugs into the audio jack on your iPod or other media player when your ready to play your tunes.

Bowling for Gnomes

Bowling for Gnomes
While this doesn’t really qualify as a techie gadget or a video game, I came across this quirky game and thought it was just too good to pass up. Instead of knocking over some ordinary pins with this bowling game, you knock over a bunch of little plastic lawn gnomes.

Throw Your Monitor at Game Opponents

Throw Your Monitor at Game Opponents
Ever had such a bad game that you wanted to throw your controller at your TV screen? How about a gaming system where chucking your display itself is an integral part of the action? Philips recently filed a patent application for a video game system which uses a monitor that you can actually toss.

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles
Why print on boring old paper, when you can get your message across on some nice bouncy ping pong balls? The appropriately named PingPongPrinter can print dot-matrix messages directly onto the spherical surface of ping pong balls.

Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes

Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes
This music sequencer takes the same basic interface concept as the ball bearing sequencer I recently showed you, and makes it deliciously chewable. Instead of shiny metal spheres, this sequencer uses a bunch of colorful candy-coated gumballs to make a beat you can dance to.

USB Basketball Game: Hoop Dreams in Your Cubicle

USB Basketball Game: Hoop Dreams in Your Cubicle
Now that you’ve got one of those USB Whac-a-Mole games and a Mini Claw Machine in your office, why not round out your collection of mini carny games with this basketball dunking game? The desktop game is a pint-sized replica of those B-Ball dunking games you might find at Chuck E.

Boing Balls Change Color When You Squeeze Them

Boing Balls Change Color When You Squeeze Them
Boy, does that sound painful, or what? Actually, it’s fun. These colorful rubber BOING Balls (not to be confused with the classic Amiga orb of the same name) have a set of tri-colored LEDs inside of them, and change hues when you apply pressure to them.

Shiro Mp3 Player Inspired by Soccer Ball

Shiro Mp3 Player Inspired by Soccer Ball
Here’s an MP3 player that doesn’t look like any other I’ve seen. Designed originally for the World Cup tournament, the Shiro AS MP3 Player looks a whole lot like a miniature soccer ball. Sure, the Shiro won’t win any prizes for storage capacity, maxing out at 1GB of memory, but it certainly gets my endorsement for its cool design.

Just How Far Can Did You Throw That Football?

Just How Far Can Did You Throw That Football?
This cool piece of sporting gear uses modern technology to help you answer that question. The football features a built in sensor that can track just how far you threw it, with accuracy down to 1 yard of the actual distance.

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