Want to get your point across? Why not say it with light? This new kit lets you create your own custom LED light board using any pattern you want. The whole thing reminds me of a modern-day Lite-Brite.
This wouldn’t be the first Nixie tube clock I’ve ever seen, but it sure offers some different display options than the typical numeric display they usually feature. Raymond Weisling’s GeekKlok not only can display time using traditional digits, it offers custom “fonts” which can tell time using special characters.
These unique lighting fixtures out of Germany reuse old dead light bulbs to create dramatic sculptural lamps.
Bulbs Unlimited sells kits that let you create fixtures like the ones pictured here from your own recycled bulbs.
Here’s a great find for the photo enthusiast in your life. These Soviet-era camera kits from LOMO let you build your own 35mm camera and other photographic gear.
The Lomo Meccano Erector set is a complete kit that lets you build five different photographic devices.
Whether your child is an aspiring audio engineer or just likes to make weird noises, this educational toy looks pretty cool.
The GeoSafari Digital Recording Lab lets kids (and kids at heart) experiment and create their own electronic sound effects.
This kit from natrium42 lets you build a custom robotic device that’s controlled by the Nintendo DS portable gaming system.
The $119 RoboDS is an open robotics platform for the Nintendo DS, designed to let you remotely control your robot through the DS’ brains and on-board Wi-Fi connection.
This electronic kit from Japan looks like a traditional music box from the outside, but when you open up the cover, it reveals an array of electronics that play music read from specially encoded music sheets.
If you’ve ever tried to crack open your video game console for curiosity’s sake (or other, more devious purposes), you know how challenging it can be to find all of the right tools to get the job done without damaging your console.
A while back I wrote about a deconstructed LED clock which breaks out the digits of the current time into four individual LED blocks. This new clock takes the idea in the opposite direction, by displaying all four digits on a single LED digit.
If you’re into video games and technically inclined, you might want to check out this kit that helps you learn how to build your own video games.
The $199.95 XGameStation Micro Edition isn’t particularly “next-gen,” but it lets you build your own games similar to those found on the old Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64 computers.
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.
[UPDATE 10/31/2006: The Kondo KHR-2HV Robot is now available from importer AudioCubes.]
For those adventurous types, the Kondo KHR-2HV is a complete kit to build your own autonomous walking robot.
The robot features 17 servo motors to control arm, leg and head movements and a lightweight aluminum alloy frame.
In case the Xbox 360 and forthcoming PS3 are too sophisticated for your delicate taste, here’s a chance for you to return to the kinder, gentler, pre-Atari 2600 days…
For the low, low price of $19.95 (USD), the folks at ThinkGeek are offering a complete electronics kit that allows you to build your own table tennis video game console.