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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Get Your Own Zombie Pinup Girl Calendar

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Every now and then I run across something that really has nothing to do with gaming, yet I feel the need to post about it. Take this My Zombie Pinup calendar for instance. Granted, there are a lot of games which feature zombies, so that makes it worth writing about, right? Okay, it has nothing to do with gaming, but seriously, it’s a calendar full of hot zombie chicks. It’s almost Halloween, so while you’re still in the festive spirit, pick up one of these for just $20.


Possibly The Geekiest Way To Have A Beer

By Jonathan Kimak

We’ve seen beer gadgets before. But beer cannons that can shoot a beer into your hand from across the room will look like the stuff of amateurs when compared to this. A beer pouring machine made of Lego blocks. And what’s more is that the device is controlled by an iPhone. A message is sent to the iPhone and the machine pours you a brew.

There are already robot bartenders that can do the job faster and pour a nicer beer, but this device appeals to the geek-heart within me. And if we’re lucky maybe a DIY set of instructions will come out so that others can have a geek-brew.

See the video of the LEGO beer pouring gadget after the jump.

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Harness The Power Of Wind To Recharge Your Gadgets

By Luke Anderson

Over the last few years there has been a big push for alternative energy sources. This push has lead to a great many solar-powered gadgets which promise to provide energy by harnessing the power of the sun. While that’s all good and well, there are situations where a solar panel isn’t going to be all that useful. However, if you can generate a bit of wind, you could always use this Mini Kin Green Power Generator.

This little device can be strapped to just about anything (they suggest a bike, your arm or even your dog) and will generate power when air flows through it. This energy can then be used to charge just about an gadget that uses a mini USB port. Sure, it’s not enough to cut your electric bill by any significant amount, but every little bit helps the environment. If alternative energy is your thing, then you can pick one of these up for around $50.

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Hide Cookies Inside Of R2-D2

By Luke Anderson

I’ve always thought that R2-D2 was the perfect shape to be turned into a variety of different household objects. Plenty of others agree with me, because I’ve seen our favorite astromech droid converted into computers, refrigerators and even a trash can. Well if those weren’t enough, you can now store cookies inside of this domed droid.

This is a pretty simple and straightforward product. R2’s dome comes off to reveal an area to store cookies. The only strange thing about this $40 collectable cookie jar is that there is an explicit warning that states “The Star Wars Collectible Cookie Jars are intended for decorative and collectible purposes only. They are not intended to hold cookies or any kind of food item.” Honestly, if I’m buying a cookie jar, I’m putting cookies in it.

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Rubik’s Cube + Pantone Mashup

Rubitone (Images courtesy Ignacio Pilotto)
By Andrew Liszewski

Where’s my X-Acto knife? Created by Ignacio Pilotto, the Rubitone is nothing more than your run-of-the-mill Rubik’s Cube that’s had the standard colored stickers replaced by swatches from the Pantone color matching system. Unfortunately since the Rubitone has no official affiliation with either Pantone or Ideal Toys there are no plans for it to go into production, but I’m sure you could easily give your own Rubik’s Cube the Pantone treatment with an afternoon of careful cutting and pasting.

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‘Deluxe’ RC Car Has Built-In Video Camera And Lasertag!

Deluxe RC Sportscar with Video Camera (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cheap, gray-market RC cars with built-in video cameras are nothing new, but what if they were to up the ante by also adding an infrared trigger and sensor to the car so you and your friends could play a little remote lasertag? Well I think that answer to that is clear. Awesome! And where can I get one? Well the where would be Chinavasion who are now selling this ‘Deluxe RC Sportscar’ that not only features a wireless video camera that will transmit an image to the 2.4 inch TFT LCD display on the remote, but also incorporates everything you’d need to play a game of lasertag minus the whole physical activity thing. Chinavasion is asking about $90 for the RC car, though as usual, the more you buy the cheaper it gets per unit.

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G-Zip Line Makes Working For Google Look Even More Awesome

Traveling by zip-line (Images courtesy The Official Google Blog)
By Andrew Liszewski

As the story goes on The Official Google Blog, the company recently expanded into a new building in Mountain View California that’s separated from the main campus by Permanente Creek. Unfortunately the cafeteria was still located in the main building, which meant that employees wanting dinner had to make a long trek around the creek. But being the innovative thinkers that they are, a couple of Google employees decided that a zip line would be a far quicker and infinitely more entertaining way to cross the creek, and so came up with the company’s latest product, the G-Zip Line.

Long story short, after a trip to the hardware store and some trial and error, the Google employees not only had a working zip-line across the creek, but a precariously narrow bridge as well for those not brave enough to trust the erected steel cable. Unfortunately though the story doesn’t have a happy ending since the city of Mountain View asked that the both the zip line and bridge be taken down just a couple of days later. Something tells me that the city of Mountain View is about to see their website’s Google PageRank plummet.

[ The Official Google Blog – Traveling by zip-line ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Aqua Eye Underwater Video Camera Provides A First-Person View Of Your Aquarium

Aqua Eye Underwater Mini Video Camera (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hey kids! Instead of having to charter a boat, rent expensive diving equipment and risk the bends in order to spend an afternoon playing Jacques Cousteau make-believe, you can now have a similar underwater experience in the comfort of your own aquarium. In fact you don’t even have to get wet, since this Aqua Eye underwater video camera has 2 meters of cable (plus an extra 3 meters of video cable) allowing you to explore the depths of your aquarium while you’re parked on the couch in front of the TV.

The tiny camera head features 4 LED lights on the lens to illuminate the darkest corners of the sunken castles and pirate ships at the bottom of your tank, and the generous 2.7 megapixel CMOS sensor will allow you to see every terrified detail on your fishes’ faces as you harass them in their own domain. That’s right! No longer are you only limited to making their lives miserable by tapping on the glass walls of their cramped prison.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the $180 price tag is worth the approximately 45 seconds of entertainment you can have with this camera in your aquarium. Unless you decide to re-purpose it for ‘what’s clogging the drain?’ duty afterwards.

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Ear Pressure Equalizer

Ear Pressure Equalizer (Images courtesy Pro-Idee)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m a rather easy-going and patient kind of guy, but if there’s one thing that can instantly drive me to Incredible Hulk-like levels of rage is when my ears don’t ‘pop’ after I’ve gotten off a plane. Normally the suggested yawning or swallowing is enough to solve the problem, but every once in a while there’s just nothing that works and I have no choice but to just wait it out and try and control the beast inside me. Until now that is.

This ear pressure equalizing device is basically nothing more than a small pump that creates a vacuum in the outer ear canal that gently pushes the eardrum back into its original position. You just stick the tube in your ear, push the yellow membrane and you’re done. Of course there’s always a safety concern with any device you’re supposed to stick in your ear canal, but the Ear Pressure Equalizer features a safety vent that prevents the build-up of too much pressure. And if you still don’t think it’s safe, keep in mind it was developed by Professor Burkhard Franz, founder of the renowned Tinnitus Research and Balance Clinic in Melbourne Australia. If you can’t trust a professor, who can you trust? The whole thing packs up into a package that’s smaller than most mobile phones and can be yours from Pro-Idee for an inexplicably expensive $60+.

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