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LED Tetris Tie: Play While You Work

Tetris is an awesome game for stress relief. There’s just something therapeutic about piling various shapes one on top of the other, leaving no empty spaces in between. And now you can play it on your necktie! This fun, interactive tie was thought up by Bill Porter after a long day of teaching at the FSU STEM Camp. Apparently, the kids had been asking him what ‘outrageously cool’ thing he was going to wear for the last day, and, not wanting to disappoint them, he came up with this.

This is the updated tie that runs on an Arduino Pro mini. The batteries and all the electronic stuff are built into the tie, making it neater than its predecessors.

The tie Bill wore and showed off to the kids was made from two pieces of card stock placed in between and taped to a clip-on, but the kids loved it nonetheless. Way to go, Bill!

VIA [ Incredible Things ]

This House Does a Christmassy Version of the Gangnam Style–With Lights!

Gangnam Style

It all started with PSY and now it seems like everyone’s doing it. The Gangnam Style, I mean. I’m not exaggerating, because the phenomenon has spread and it seems like it’s not beneath anyone (or anything) to do the horsey dance these days, from prison inmates and mother-and-child tandems to U.S. Navy robots and houses. Yes, you read that right: houses.

How? Well, certainly not by moving its foundations and fluttering its doors and windows open and close. Instead, this house ‘performs’ the Gangnam Style with Christmas lights. It’s a pretty good light show overall and injects a holiday theme into Psy’s viral hit. And in a strange and funny kind of way, it actually works.

Hit the break to check out the light show.

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The XFire Safety Light Lets You Take Your Bike Lane With You

Sharing the road is important, not only with other motorists but with cyclists as well. Not every street has a dedicated bike path and it can sometimes be hard to know just how much space to give the two-wheeled commuters when passing beside them. The XFire taillight has lasers that project two parallel lines on the ground, clearly marking out the space needed to remain safe and comfortable. There’s also 5 strong LEDs at the back so that not only your portable bike path is visible, but the bike itself in the middle of it. At $37, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to add a layer of safety to any after-dark bike ride.

[ Product Page ] VIA [GearHungry ]

Power Up Mushroom Night Light

By David Ponce

Super Mario fans, check this out. It’s a night light that looks just like the mushroom power up. Press down on it to turn it on or off.

And that’s it, really. It looks cool and best of all, doesn’t break the bank: $20. We’d like them even more if they made the 1-up sound when activated, but hey, it’s $20.

They’re made to order, measure about 3.45″, and can take up to 3 days to make.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

15,000 Lumen LED Light Cannon Will Blind You, Efficiently

By David Ponce

There are more powerful light sources on the market. But what stands this one apart is that it’s self contained. And has LEDs. So the XM18 light cannon (it’s kind of hard to call this thing a flashlight, though I suppose you could try) houses either 32 or 36 Lithium batteries and has a cooling fan, because even more efficient LEDs still get hot. It has three power settings, the highest of which will output 15,000 Lumen. And the hexagon shape means you can just keep buying more and more of them, easily chain them together, and compete with the sun. But that sort of enterprising spirit will cost you dearly as even one XM18 fetches $2,500. And they’re made to order so expect to have to wait a bit for yours to arrive.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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