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Monthly Archives: February 2013

So It Turns Out The Virtual Boy Wasn’t Nintendo’s First Foray Into 3D Gaming

Famicom 3D (Image courtesy NES-A-DAY)
By Andrew Liszewski

While many grown-up gamers instantly thought back to the Virtual Boy when Nintendo announced the upcoming 3D successor to the DS, it turns out that the company actually had a 3D accessory dating back to the days of the original Famicom in Japan. The Famicom 3D used a pair of LCD shutter glasses connected to the console that would sync to the left eye/right eye images on screen, producing a convincing 3D effect.

There were only a handful of titles ever released that supported the 3D accessory because it never really caught on in Japan, which also meant that Nintendo never bothered to release it in the United States either. Of course the fact that users complained of motion sickness and headaches while using it didn’t help its cause. So hopefully Nintendo doesn’t strike out a 3rd time with whatever the 3DS ends up being.

[ Famicom World - Famicom 3D ] VIA [ NES-A-DAY ]

Facadeprinter Automates Large Murals

Facadeprinter (Image courtesy Facadeprinter.org)
By Andrew Liszewski

Billed as a ‘large scale communication tool’ the Facadeprinter is essentially a software controlled paintball turret capable of blasting a wall with dots of paint traveling at 200km/h, from a distance of up to 12 meters away. SVG images are uploaded from a USB flash drive, and a touchscreen interface allows the artwork to be overlayed on a photo of the printing area so it can be properly scaled and aligned. While the distance to the printing area, or wall, has to be measured and entered manually, the printing software will automatically take care of all the adjustments to correct for perspective and ballistic distortion.

Facadeprinter (Image courtesy Facadeprinter.org)

The machine is capable of firing about 5 paintballs a second, while the colored pixels it leaves behind are about 5 to 10 cm in diameter. And before printing is started a laser displays a full-scale bounding box of the artwork on the printing surface allowing you to verify it’s in the proper position.

[ Facadeprinter ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

OhGizmo! Revew – LUXA2 H4

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By Chris Scott Barr

You’ll likely recall that last year I reviewed the LUXA2 H1-Touch stand for the iPhone. It was an interesting stand, but honestly didn’t do much for me. It seemed to be made to assist you with watching videos. I’ve still never cared to watch anything of great length on my iPhone, as the screen is just too small. Well with the introduction of the iPad, ThermalTake is back at it again. This time the LUXA2 H4 might be a bit more useful.

It’s hard to be too wordy with this review, as the H4 is identical to the H1, only larger. The only small difference I can spot is that the two crystals seen on the smaller one are absent. The other is that the arms feature a slightly different shape.

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Win A Samson Go Mic!

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By Chris Scott Barr

Didn’t I say that we had more giveaways in store? Since we don’t like to disappoint, here is our next item up for grabs. This time we’ve got a Samson Go Mic, which is a great little USB condenser microphone for people on the go. You can use it for podcasts, music recording or just about any other situation you can think of. It comes with a clip that will let it sit atop your laptop or monitor and a carrying case. What more could you need?

All you need to do is drop a comment below, and one will be chosen at random. The contest will run until next Friday, so be sure to get your comment in before that time. As per usual, this is only open to US residents. Good luck!

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Polaroid Brings Back Instant Photos, No One Really Knows Why

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By Chris Scott Barr

It was a little disheartening to see the old Polaroid instant film taken out of production. It marked the end of an era and showed that digital photography was really where everyone was going. However, the company has for some strange reason decided to bring it all back with the Polaroid 300. Why? Well we aren’t exactly sure.

This $90 camera isn’t the most cost-effective, as you can pick up a cheap digital for that price. Lets pretend that you’re feeling nostalgic, which makes it hard to put a price on anything. So you’ve got your new camera, time to grab some film. Now you’ll be paying $10 for a 10-pack of the stuff. That’s $1 for each crappy photo that you take. Is there really a market for this?

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Deer Stag Shower Head

Deer Stag Shower Head (Images courtesy Freshome)
By Andrew Liszewski

You know I’ve always wondered what it would be like to take a shower with a deer stag head spewing water onto me, but for some reason I’ve always been wary of mentioning it to anyone. Thankfully I can put the paper mache version I’ve been secretly working on away now that this porcelain version was unveiled at Milan Design Week 2010. I’ve no idea what such a design would even cost, but it’s safe to assume it won’t be showing up in the fixtures aisle of your local Home Depot anytime soon.

[ Freshome - Moose Shower Head , Milan 2010 ]

Acadalus Self-Leveling Tripod Head

Acadalus Self-Leveling Tripod Head (Image courtesy Koch Photography)
By Andrew Liszewski

If the thought of never having to manually level your tripod’s head appeals to you, and I mean really appeals to you, to the point of happily dropping $5,000+ to let a device do it for you, then let me introduce you to the Acadalus self-leveler. Created by Dr. Carl Koch, the CPS-H1 uses a digital inclinometer and stepping motors to automatically level your camera in just a few seconds, while a set of 4-way directional buttons allow you to further adjust or tilt the camera along the axis of the lens as needed.

I’m not exactly sure what the Acadalus’ weight limits are when it comes to the type and size of camera it can automatically level, but I do know that if you don’t think you’ll have access to AC while on set you’ll have to also pick up the optional 2800 mAH 18.5 V lithium ion rechargeable battery pack which is good for about 2 hours of continuous use, and an extra $500 added to your credit card bill.

[ Acadalus Self-Leveling Tripod Head ] VIA [ PDN & Wired ]

Biomechanical Mic Stand

Biomechanical Mic Stand (Image courtesy Wired)
By Andrew Liszewski

Created by Chris Conte for Three Days Grace’s lead singer Adam Gontier, this one of a kind custom-made mic stand appears to literally hold the microphone during a performance. The arm was based off a similar design Chris had already created, but the band wanted a left arm instead of a right which required him to sacrifice and reverse-engineer the original in order to make the necessary molds and casts to create the three copies of the new design.

Biomechanical Mic Stand (Image courtesy Wired)

Like a traditional mic stand the arm breaks down into easily transportable smaller bits which are all made of stainless steel and took Chris about three months to make. And it made its first official onstage appearance at a performance on February 19 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

[ Wired - Biomechanical Mike Stand Gets a Gleaming Grip ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Wind-Powered Device Knits Infinite Scarf

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By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve started to notice a trend among a number of my female friends. It seems that knitting and crocheting have become a rather popular hobby. I find both arts to be dreadfully boring, but sometimes the end result can be rather interesting. Surely there is a way to get the same results without actually spending endless hours knitting. Apparently there is (and don’t call me Shirley).

One crafty person was wandering about a Cul de sac and noticed that the curious amounts of wind, and decided to take advantage of it. In the end he decided to construct a device which would utilize the wind to knit a scarf. Essentially, the size of your scarf is only limited by the amount of yarn fed into the machine. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the ability to change yarn when it runs out. Hopefully at some point he’ll post a guide on how to construct one of these for ourselves.

[ Platformtworca ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]