I’m a sucker for anything that’s interactive, from books and posters to shoes and dresses. By “interactive,” I mean it adds an extra dimension or comes incorporated with a certain element based on the inspiration behind its design.
I’ve always loved pinball machines. Sure, video games have completely replaced them as my primary form of gaming entertainment, but I still always love the tactile feel of the flippers and bumpers as they clack against the steel ball.
I used to chew gum all the time when I was a kid. Generally, when I was done I swallowed it since I knew I was a dead man if one of my parents stepped on it and just putting it in the trashcan was out of question at 8-years-old.
Do you own an amusement park? Are you a gumball addict? Are you Richie Rich? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you simply must have this monstrous gumball machine. Just like it’s name says, it carries 14,450 gumballs and uses the “classic “Beaver” mechanism”, which apparently is the one that makes the click-clack sound when dispensing gumballs.
I had to figure this was going to show up sooner or later. What with the Nintendo NES mints and Wii gum containers, it was only a matter of time before the Atari 2600 got all jealous and demanded its fair shake.
Gotta love them Space Invaders. They’ve had their little alien faces plastered on everything from bendy computer keyboards to delicious cupcakes to boxer shorts. Now it seems that they’ve even got their own chewing gum.
Japan’s LOTTE candy company recently partnered up with Taito to create a commemorative Space Invaders gum as part of the game’s 30th anniversary celebration.
What better way to purge the flavor of that sticky sweet Super Mario Energy Drink from your mouth but with some minty Nintendo Wii chewing gum?
Perfect for satisfying your oral fixation, the little peppermint chiclets of the chewy stuff come packaged inside a life-sized Wii-mote shell (non-functional, of course).
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.
Designed by Hannes Hesse, Andrew McDiarmid and Rosie Han – students at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, the Bubblegum Sequencer identifies the locations of strategically-placed gumballs to create rhythm tracks.
Need to grab some vid clips on the down low? This tiny spy camera is designed to fit perfectly inside a gum wrapper, and can capture digital audio and video without any external hardware.
While the camera’s 176 x 144 capture resolution isn’t sharp enough for than grabbing more than rudimentary moving images, it’s enough to get the general idea of what’s going on.