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Airtype is a Keyless Keyboard From the Future

Airtype

Wearable tech is all the rage these days. Will wearable keyboards come next? That’s the concept the folks behind Airtype are working with. It’s a keyless keyboard that comes in the form of two plastic cuffs that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s not like those virtual, projected keyboards either, because when they say the Airtype is keyless, it really is keyless, even in the virtual sense.

Rather, it works by learning “the finger movements [that] you make to get the letters that you want.” Its designers go on to claim that using the Airtype should be no different than typing on a keyboard. What do you think?

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Checkmate: Wall-Mounted Chess Board

Wall-mounted computerized chess board

Fancy a game of chess? Artless Dodger loves the game and he’s a huge DIY buff. So it comes as no surprise that he chose to create a larger-than-life wall-mounted chess board that you’re supposed to play while standing up. Obviously, the taller player takes the black pieces, since they’re placed on the higher shelves.

The cool thing about Dodger’s chess board is the fact that you can still play, even when you’re by your lonesome. It has a program integrated into the system that “plays” with you so you don’t have to play with yourself (okay, that sounded a bit wrong but…you know what I mean.)

Hit the jump to watch a video of the chess board at play.

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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.

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‘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.

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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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