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There’s No Data Like Home: The Motherboard of Shoes

Motherboard Shoes

Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers took her home if she clicked her heels thrice and repeated, “There’s no place like home.” While this pair of shoes by Steven Rodrig won’t take you home no matter how many times you click your heels, it’s the pair that all geek girls who have a passion for data will want to have. Not because they want to wear it or anything (because it looks incredibly painful if they were to do so) but because they just want to marvel at the awesomeness of it.

Steven used old printed circuit boards from discarded computers and electronics to create this unique pair. He’s actually well known for his PCB art, and these shoes dubbed as “There’s No Data Like Home” have been featured numerous times. In fact, it was displayed at an exhibit recently in New York before Steven finally decided to part with it and listed it on his Etsy shop.

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Build It, Code It: Kano DIY Computer Kit

Kano DIY Computer Kit

 

Some people like to play games. Others like to build stuff and learn to code as they go along.

If that’s how people describe you, then you would probably enjoy having a go at the Kano. It’s a DIY computer kit where you can build your own computer. It’s meant for people young and old who are passionate about learning what makes computers tick. Each kit contains all the necessary parts needed to make a working computer–but the fun doesn’t when it’s all assembled. In fact, that’s when the fun begins, because the computer can be booted up to write basic programs, hack stuff, and even program games.

The Kano DIY computer kit costs $100.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

‘Happy Hour Virus’ Lets You Fake Computer Problems So You Can Leave For Happy Hour

Happy Hour Virus

“Thank God it’s Friday!” is probably what every working man and woman out there is thinking as they sit in front of their computers, toiling away while dreaming of their plans for the night and upcoming weekend. Then the dreaded call comes from the boss: he wants you to work overtime. What’s an employee to do but follow and cancel the plans for the evening?

In case you can’t cancel or absolutely don’t want to (read: hot date), then the Happy Hour Virus might be able to help you out. It’s a tool that gives you fake computer problems so you can leave and be merry.

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3D-Printed Mouse Cover Looks Awesome and Provides Added Comfort

Statial

Statial is a 3D-printed top cover for the Logitech M100 mouse and it looks all sorts of amazing. Aside from aesthetics, the mouse cover can be adjusted to fit your grip. So if you use your mouse a lot–whether it’s for work or image editing or for gaming–then the Statial can provide you with some added comfort while you use your mouse.

The complicated design was thought up by Pyott Design, and the downside to it is its cost, since it retails for about $70. The Logitech M100, which is the only mouse it’s compatible with, costs only $10 so it might not make much sense to spend so much on an accessory for it.

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This $21,500 Workstation Has It All, But It’ll Burn a Hole in Your Pocket

MWE Labs Emperor

The MWE Labs Emperor 1510LX is the ultimate workstation that every geek lusts after. It comes with hardware you’ll actually use and combines comfort and functionality into one big but very neat package. The Labs Emperor 1510LX is equipped with a five-monitor stand and a Bose sound system. Its cushy arm rests, cupholder, and movable thigh rest provide maximum comfort, especially when you’re working overtime (or having an all-night gaming marathon!)

The only downside to something as awesome as this is the price. Unless you have $21,500 to spare, the Labs Emperor 1510LX will be but an item on your wish list that you’ll probably never get.

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Official TARDIS Computer Case Can Store a Gazillion Terabytes

TARDIS Tower

Okay, so I lied. These TARDIS computer cases obviously can’t store a gazillion terabytes of data (how big is a gazillion anyway?) But if it really were the Doctor’s, then I bet it could store as much data as he’d want to cram into it.

This TARDIS Computer Case is an officially-licensed product by retailer Scan. You can configure the systems based on your preferences, but the base starts at £936 (around $1,511) for an Intel Pentium 3.1GHz Dual Core processor with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

You could get more bang from your buck somewhere else, but it won’t look as good as this case right here. Check out it’s product page for more information and more options.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

BendDesk is a Workstation and Multitouch Computer in One

BendDesk

Imagine a time when your computer is embedded right into your workstation. You don’t have to think too much because Malte WeissSimon VoelkerJan Borchers from the Media Computing Group and Christine Sutter from the Department of Work and Cognitive Psychology of the RWTH Aachen University in Germany came up with a working prototype that puts two and two together called the BendDesk.

The BendDesk is basically a working prototype of a desk that’s got a huge, multi-touch computer built right into it. The horizontal and vertical surfaces are connected, so users can interact and do their work on both screens seamlessly.

Check out a video of the BendDesk prototype at work after the jump.

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Tired of Dirty QWERTYs? Check Out Logitech’s All-New Washable Keyboard

Logitech Keyboard

Keyboards are hard to clean. They’ve always been a pain to neat freaks–but the good news is that they won’t always be. Not with Logitech’s Washable Keyboard K310, that is, which now allows users to clean their keyboards thoroughly, from the usual light dusting to an actual quick rinse under the tap.

“Using” a computer is practically synonymous to “typing.” That said, you can expect your keyboard to get understandably grimy and filthy after several months of use, most especially if you’re the type to munch on snacks while you work. Spritzing your keyboard with alcohol and wiping it afterwards isn’t enough to get all the dirt that’s trapped in all the nooks and crannies on your keyboard, which is why the K310 must be a godsend for slobs and non-slobs alike.

The K310 can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water so you can rinse out all the dust bunnies in the making. The keyboard actually has drainage holes at the back to facilitate the water flow, so the keyboard dries out fully in a couple of hours. Aside from that, you don’t have to worry about the characters on the keyboard fading, since they’re laser-printed and coated with a UV layer to prevent fading from water damage.

The Logitech K310 will go on sale sometime this month for $39.99, while it makes its debut in Europe this October.

[ Logitech ] VIA [ CNET ]

Little Tikes Apparently Makes Kid-Friendly PC Workstations Now

Young Explorer (Image courtesy Little Tikes)
By Andrew Liszewski

Realizing that these computers are here to stay, Little Tikes has taken their expertise with building kid-resistant miniature picnic tables and riding toys, and has created the Young Explorer workstation. With a $2,599.99 price tag, the Windows PC with a 160GB hard drive and just 1GB of ram has comparable specs to a netbook, though there’s clearly a tower sticking out the back of the desk. So either you’re paying a premium for the 19-inch LCD display, the included software and all that plastic wrapped around it, or the specs on their website are a little of out of date.

Either way, if you’re worried about the young ones covering your regular PC in peanut butter and/or jelly, the Young Explorer is almost like buying kid insurance for your own gear. Oh, and apparently it also helps kids learn basic computer skills before they even hit school. Now I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s more important to foster a kid’s imagination and encourage them to get outside and play, or just get them used to cubicle life at a young age.

[ Little Tikes Young Explorer ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]