The latest robotic critter from RoboSapien creator WowWee is the reptilian Roboboa. The snake-like robot can roam along the floor and raises its front end up like a real Boa Constrictor.
The Roboboa not only can slither around thanks to its snake-like articulated body, it can serve a variety of fun an practical purposes too.
On paper, the idea of a little desktop doggie lamp might be cute, but somewhere along the line it just all went so horribly awry. There’s just absolutely nothing that’s right about this rechargeable LED dog lamp.
Japan’s high-tech watch importer TokyoFlash has been carrying watches from the Pimp line since about 2003. The original series of watches was made popular by its unconventional displays and retro modern design sensibility. Now Pimp is updating some of their original designs with a fresh new look.
Rather that the shiny stainless cases of the first-gen Pimp watches, the three new models in the “Pusher” series all feature a gloss black metal body and a black leather band.
It’s always fun to see what sort of quirky tech will come out of the creative minds of Japan’s electronic toy makers. The latest wacky gadget to find its way from Konami’s Party Goods division is the electronic Push-Up Counter.
The device does one thing, and one thing only.
I’m thinking that this Halloween, I’d like to scare all the neighborhood kids out of their wits with a bunch of these disembodied robo-heads sitting in my front windows.
The brilliantly named “Glowing Scary Deaths-Head Toy” looks like your average, everyday metal-headed, Skeletor-robot-zombie until you flip the switch.
Designer Kei Yamamoto created these lighting fixtures that look like giant LEDs. Made from acrylic, aluminum and a dozen LED light sources each, they’re each about 20-times the size of a normal light-emitting diode.
The fixtures’ clear acrylic shell and arrangement of LEDs create a beautiful visual effect on the wall above the lamps.
Yamamoto’s LED of LED lamps were one of the shortlisted entries in the Gwangju Biennale Foundation’s bright LED competition which recently wrapped up in Korea.
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.
The rubber balls can cycle between 7 different shades in three modes: constant color, slow cycle and quick cycle.
The latest watch hitting our shores courtesy of Japan’s TokyoFlash looks more like something on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise than something that could actually tell time. Heck, for all I know, it’s actually displaying the current temperature level of the warp core.
The Kyokusen watch features another challenging display, that might have you scratching your head if you don’t read the instructions.
For some reason, the latest digital watch from London’s STORM features a readout that brings back memories of classic TV shows from my childhood. I’m not sure if it’s more reminiscent of a Cylon Centurion helmet from Battlestar Galactica, or the dashboard from KITT from Knight Rider.
Here’s a cool gadget that lets you send messages using the wheels of your bicycle. By using an optical illusion called persistence of vision, your words are revealed as you pedal your bike.
The Lampex Lex module screws onto the spokes of your bicycle, and produces rapidly flashing sequences of LEDs to display your messages.
Most modern LED lighting fixtures do their best to conceal their individual light emitters for some reason. These colorful Tino fixtures from Lite Source are proud of their high-tech roots, letting the light sources speak for themselves.
While these lights aren’t designed to illuminate an entire room, they’ll definitely add a dramatic accent to any space.
Now you can have the dumb but lovable dad from The Simpsons take up residence on your desk with this fun Homer Simpson USB Lamp. But just like its namesake, the light is a bit of a dim bulb, so don’t expect to light up an entire room with it.
I’ve written about so many modern digital watches that sacrifice ease of use for cool design (I’m talking to you, TokyoFlash). So it’s a breath of fresh air to see a modern digital that manages to balance looks with ease-of-use.
This tiny flashlight is about as minimal as it gets. Just snap the little LED light unit onto the top of any 9-volt battery, and voilà, you have a fully functional source of illumination.
The compact light includes a trio of super-bright LEDs, which should be plenty for helping you find your keys in the dark.
The talented case-modders over at Computer Choppers have put their amazing Digg custom computer up for sale on eBay. The system is a glorious tribute to the popular social news website.
In addition to the over-the-top case design, the system is loaded up with a goodly amount of high-end components, including:
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU w/ Asus Silent Square HSF
Asus P5B-Deluxe Motherboard
3GB DDR2 Memory (2GB Gskill HZ DDR2-800 & 1GB (512×2) Kingston HyperX DDR2-1066)
3x500GB Western Digital WD5000YS Hard Drives
BFG 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum
18x Sata DVDRW w/ lightscribe
Hiper 580watt Power Supply
Noritake 3900 512×32 VFD
PCI fan controller & LPT port
It even includes a matching, custom painted 20-inch LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, and slick aluminum mouse pads to round out the system.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy mod to change the look of your Nintendo Wii, here’s a kit that lets you easily change the color of the LEDs in the console’s DVD loading slot.
The Talismoon DVD Gate is a simple kit that should take less than ten minutes to install, letting you quickly swap out those blue LEDs for red or green ones instead.