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Portal Companion Cube Dice

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With its nearly instant popularity among geeks, we’re fairly certain you know at least one Portal fan. So if they have a birthday, or some kind of special even coming up, why not buy them a pair of Companion Cube dice?

This unique die (singular dice) is made layer by layer in a 3D printer and then fired to fuse the metal particles into solid steel.

It is available in a numbered version, a version with just hearts.

The dice are available on an Etsy store, meaning they’re handmade in low volumes, meaning that they’re relatively expensive. One die is $29, so if you’re going to buy a pair, you’re out $60. That’s a lot for dice.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Brain Cube: It’s the Ultimate Rubik’s Cube

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There’s a pattern you have to take note of when you’re solving a Rubik’s cube–something about the colors and what they should look like relative to the ones around them. If you’ve mastered solving 3×3 cubes and no longer find 4×4 and even 5×5 Rubik’s cubes challenging, then maybe it’s time you gave the Brain Cube a shot.

It resembles the Rubik’s cube in form, but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of six colorful faces, the Brain Cube is only rendered in one color. It’s also got grooves and markings on the surface (like the ones on the human brain), which are meant to be used as a guide in putting the brain right again. And perhaps to distract the player, it’s made from a soft, squishy material to resemble an actual brain somehow.

It’s available for $35.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Red Ferret ]

‘Franklin Shoot Again’ Is The Lazyman’s Basketball Hoop

Granted, if you’re going to want to be shooting some hoops in the comfort of your room, you’re probably not going to get a full size setup with a regulation ball; that’s just a recipe for some broken windows. But something like the Franklin Shoot Again system pictured above on the other hand would do nicely. It’s a lot like the games you play in carnivals or arcade parlours (remember those?), consisting of a foam ball and a plastic hoop. There’s a plastic elbow at the bottom that returns the ball to you, saving you the hassle of, you know, walking a bit. There’s an electronic scoring and time clock, with authentic announcer sounds. The return elbow even rotates 180 degrees so it’ll send the ball back at you from any angle.

That’s a pretty sweet $40 present for a someone that spends a lot of time in their room.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BonjourLife ]

Tiny Luchadors Will Block Your Audio Jack

Chalk this up as yet another Japanese fad, although this time we aren’t freaked out at all but rather amused. What you’re seeing is a set of headphone jack plugs featuring the heads of Mexican wrestling “Luchadors.” Aside from serving as an ornament for your mobile, you could make the argument that they also prevent dust from entering the jack and gumming things up in there. So whether you buy these for the look or the utility, at $8 a pop, you won’t break the bank doing so.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Licensed Portal 2 Turret Up For Purchase

By David Ponce

The above is a 16 inch tall replica of the turrets you find in the game Portal. It looks just like the one in the game and for good reason: it was made using the game’s 3D files for it. Turns out it’s a functional replica too, minus the laser: there’s a motion detector that makes the turret light up when you wave a hand in front of it. And there’s a slightly more expensive version with audio effects, which include “in-game turret activiation, search, auto search, disabled, and tipped over sounds as well as other voice samples.” Whether you get the $300 without sound or the $325 with sound version, they’re both cast in high quality poly-stone and hand-finished and hand-painted. The initial production run understandably sold out pretty quickly, but there’s a waiting list you can get on with a pre-order. No word on when the next batch will be made, though there are talks of the company making replicas of other characters in the game.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Etcher Brings The Etch-A-Sketch Back To Your iPad

By David Ponce

There’s a project getting some steam on Kickstarter that would bring back the old timey joys of the Etch-A-Sketch for the iPad generation. Granted, there may be kids out there who have no idea what we’re talking about, but those of you who played with one back when this was the toy to have will be pleased to know about the lengths that the team behind this is going to in order to preserve the authentic feel of the original. It’s called The Etcher and is a special case for all three generations of iPads that would emulate the toy. And although it’s not set in stone, as it would entail higher fabrication costs, the Ohio Art company (makers of the toy, and owners of the trademark) have expressed willingness to manufacture it. And even if they don’t end up making it, they’ve already granted a license, and quite enthusiastically. A lot of effort is going into small details, such as programming a stylus that is visible underneath the line being drawn, as well as the line getting darker with multiple passes of this stylus, just like in the original. And it would work pretty much as you’d imagine, except with some added iPad perks. For example, shaking the thing would erase your image, but it wouldn’t have to be gone for good; you could save it or share it with friends.

At the moment you can pre-order yours on Kickstarter (and help contribute to their reaching their funding goal) for $60. Estimated shipping would be sometime in October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

This Case Lets You Etch-A-Sketch On Your iPhone, Just Don’t Call It That

By David Ponce

Well, we can’t say for sure that the above case is called iFoolish Magic Drawing Case because of trademark issues, but it sure as heck would make sense. Etch-A-Sketch is, after all, a registered trademark and their owners (presumably the Ohio Art Company, who manufacture the toys) would want to be compensated for every sale. So, the iFoolish case it is. What it does is pretty simple: you protect your iPhone from dings and scratches, and are able to casually draw things on the back.

For $25, there are far less useful cases on the market.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

DIY Airsoft Project Gets Two Upgrades: $4 Version And “Flamethrower” Version

By David Ponce

A week ago we featured a homemade Airsoft gun project that chewed through pellets like Eric Cartman gets through Cheezy Poofs. It looked like a fun, cheap ($15) project but a new video shows us how to make it even better. In one case, YouTube user Nighthawinlight details how to drop the overall cost to $4 and to make the device completely handheld. This involves manually squeezing a soda bottle to create the pressure to expel the pellets; the results are a lot more impressive than you’d imagine.

In the other case, he ramps things up by hooking the original “gun” to a portable source of air pressure which does away with a compressor altogether. It involves pressure-rated PVC pipes and a backpack, and you end up looking like you’re wearing a flamethrower outfit. Only instead of deadly flames turning your enemies to dust, you get a fearsome stream of pellets that… well, that are still going to get you in a heap of trouble if you point them at anyone.

Check out the video to learn how to make your own.

VIA [ Technabob ]

DIY Airsoft Gun Costs $15 To Make, Unleashes Fury Of Pellets

By David Ponce

Airsoft guns are fun, especially when you don’t poke an eye out. But with a bit of ingenuity, you can have a device that will one-up any Airsoft ever made. This simple project will give you a gun capable of firing hundreds of pellets a minute (maybe thousands… no, probably thousands) with nothing more than around $15 in easily available parts. They include a plastic soda bottle, a quick release air compressor adaptor, an air compressor blowgun, and a 7mm by 6-inch brake line. You also need a compressed air source. There’s a bit of drilling and a bit of gluing involved, but it’s all really simple and most of all, scary as hell once completed. Of course, the $15 cost is for the gun parts. You’re gonna want to save up for the pellets, because you’ll be eating through them so fast.

Just watch the video for a step by step and a demonstration.

VIA [ Geeky-Gadgets ]