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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lego Releases Han Solo In Carbonite Minifig

By Chris Scott Barr

Harrison Ford has done many things in his life, but he will still likely be most remembered for his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars movies. Indiana Jones would be a close second. Both roles have landed him Lego minifigs with his likeness, which is quite a feat. In fact, the company has just announced a new one, which is quite possibly the coolest yet. That’s right, Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

You’d think that by my mid-20’s I’d not get that excited about a tiny plastic toy. But seriously, it’s Han Solo in carbonite, how can one not get excited? It comes in the Slave I kit, which you can buy for $80. Or if you’re too good to buy the whole kit, you can buy the minifig by itself for $25. I think we all know what the better choice is.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ GearFuse ]

Segatoys Hanappa Nodding Plant Is The Most Agreeable Friend You’ll Ever Have

Segatoys Hanappa Nodding Plant (Images courtesy AudioCubes)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sometimes the best type of friend is not only the one who will listen to all of your complaints, but also completely agree with everything you have to say. But they’re not always easy to find, which is why Segatoys have created these animated flower surrogates designed to always be there for you. You can talk ’til you’re blue in the face and make outrageous claims about your friends, families and co-workers and the Hanappa Plant will nod in agreement to every last word. In fact it almost seems like the perfect pick-me-up, combing the beauty of flowers (your choice of a sunflower, gerbera or a daisy) with the false sense of always being right! As far as I can tell they’re only available in Japan, but is now importing them for $59.99.

And if you’ve got a few extra minutes (of course you do if you’re spending your time reading a blog) I recommend checking out this video of the Hanappa Nodding Plant in action. Clearly whoever wrote and produced this little epic had one of these flowers sitting on their desk, falsely assuring them that the script made complete sense.

[ AudioCubes – Segatoys Hanappa Nodding Plant ]

Deal Of The Day: Dell Inspiron 14r Core i3 Laptop For $599

By David Ponce

You’re looking at a 14 inch laptop from Dell which, obviously, is configurable in a number of ways. The price quoted in the title concerns a configuration with a Core i3-370M 2.4GHz processor, 3GB DDR3 memory, 320GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW, 802.11n WiFi, 1.3MP Webcam, 6-cell battery, Intel HD Graphics and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. This usually goes for $674.99, but you can use LogicBuy’s coupon code to knock $75 (11%) off. If you get feature hungry and push your before-rebate configuration to over $899, there’s a second $50 stackable coupon you can use.

And finally, while we’re on the topic of this Dell laptop, you should know there’s a Core i5 deal. The Core i5 Inspiron 15 machine’s price breakdown goes like this: $989.99 – $190 off – $50 stackable coupon (Expires soon) = $749.99 with FREE shipping.

[ Dell Inspiron 14r Core i3 Laptop For $599 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

LED Light Up Shoelaces

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image courtesy Lite Bright Raves)

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image courtesy Lite Bright Raves) By Andrew Liszewski

Can’t wait or don’t think you’ll be able to afford those awesome Adidas’ TRON: Legacy sneaks we brought you a while back? Well here’s a low-rent alternative that admittedly has its own charm.

Thanks to the magic of fiber-optics and the not-so-magic of cheap LED lights, you can now swap out the non-illuminated laces on your shoes with these rave-friendly versions that come in red, orange, green or blue. At just $9.95 they fall perfectly into the guilt-free ‘novelty purchase’ category and the only downside I can find is the overly cumbersome battery pack/LED light source you can see attached to the top of the tongue on each shoe.

[ LED Light Up Shoelaces ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Making The Case For Traditional Wristwatches

By Rob Kelli

[ The following article has been commissioned, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of or its staff. -Ed. ]

For a while there, it seemed that wristwatches were becoming extinct due to the advent of cell phones becoming an on-hand necessity. Why should you even bother purchasing a wristwatch when you can just easily flip, slide, touch, or swivel your cellular device, displaying an easy-to-read digital clock? Well, really because they’re convenient, attractive and show a sense of personal style. Watches are making a strong comeback now. Two watches that really touch on the convenient and attractive focus are Invicta’s S1 Touring Edition with the brown leather strap and the Wenger Swiss AeroGraph with the black leather strap. These men’s watches are both sexy and useful, yet are so different! The Invicta watch has a more professional look, where as the Wenger watch has a sportier, outdoorsy theme to it. There are plenty of other of men’s watches to see at ShopNBC from brands like Tag Heuer, Movado, Tissot, Cartier, Stuhrling Original, Casio, Maurice LaCroix and many more. A great watch will never go out of style, is functional, sturdy and will last a lifetime.

Gadget Band Elastics

Gadget Band Elastics (Image courtesy Perpetual Kid)
By Andrew Liszewski

So it turns out that all these years elastic band manufacturers have just been lazy, and the stretchy projectiles don’t necessarily have to only come in the shape of a circle. Recent innovations in elastic band manufacturing have allowed for the creation of almost any shape imaginable (yes, even the trapezoid!) but I reckon these gadget-shaped versions will appeal most to those of you who frequent our site. They’re supposed to be pretty generic to avoid legal run-ins with lawsuit-happy iCorporations, but it’s pretty obvious that some of these shapes were inspired by the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Nano. Each pack comes with 24 elastics, 4 of each shape, but at $5.49 you’re probably going to want to avoid just firing them off at random people.

[ Gadget Band Elastics ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

GOLD to go ATMs Are Coming To The US

GOLD to go ATMs (Images courtesy Ex Oriente Lux AG)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever been frustrated by an ATM that only distributes 20 or 50 dollar bills, be thankful you didn’t stumble across one of these GOLD to go machines in the middle of the night. First installed in Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel earlier this year, the ingot shaped machines only distribute gold coins and bars in 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce units. The ATMs accept cash or credit cards and are each connected to the internet allowing them to monitor and update gold prices every 10 minutes so they accurately reflect the international markets. The machines will first be rolled out in Florida and Las Vegas not surprisingly, and the company hopes to have many more installed next year in other markets where people like to make expensive impulse purchases.

[ CNBC – ATMs That Sell Gold Bars Are Coming Soon to America ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

Logitech Wireless Headset F540

Logitech Wireless Headset F540 (Images courtesy Logitech)
By Andrew Liszewski

While they’re not terribly exciting when it comes to features, Logitech’s new F540 wireless headset manages to balance functionality with price for those who strive to never leave their couch. The 2.4 GHz wireless connection to the base station provides a range of about 33 feet which is perfect for anyone with a TV under 132 inches in size, and the built-in rechargeable battery is good for up to 10 hours, which is pretty decent.

It’s also got a noise-canceling boom mic with a mute light indicator on the tip so you can know for sure the mic is off when asking your mom for a glass of chocolate milk, and the base station includes three separate audio inputs allowing you to listen to multiple sources which can be remotely switched using a button on the headphones. They’re available for pre-order now for $149.99, and while that might seem expensive, don’t forget there’s no point in winning if you can’t trash talk your opponents.

[ Logitech Wireless Headset F540 ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Konami’s New 3D Road Fighters Arcade Game Is Not Immune To Those Annoying Glasses

3D Road Fighters (Image courtesy Konami VIA Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t mind having to wear 3D glasses in a theater when they come in a sealed plastic bag since I know that even if they’ve been used before, at some point they’ve been cleaned or recycled. That’s not quite the case though with Konami’s new arcade machine which features an updated version of their Road Fighters game that’s jumped into the third dimension. Since there’s no easy way to hand out a new pair of 3D glasses to everyone who wants to play it, the arcade features a permanent pair mounted on a swing arm.

Instead of ‘wearing’ them you’re really just supposed to look through them to get the 3D effect, but it’s not going to take long for those to get covered in sweat and grease after hundreds of teenagers have taken their turn. Yep, gross. Thankfully the 3D effect is optional and can be switched off if you prefer to play in 2D instead, but I’m sure the arcade will still cost a premium to play because of that extra dimension.

[ Akihabara News – Konami releases new 3D Arcade Setting in Japan with 3D Road Fighters ]