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Guy pays $15K to play an MMO on a 820 foot long display

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

We all know that MMos are addictive, but you have to really be devoted to shell out $15K to play one on a giant screen. That’s what this guy did. He payed $15,000 to use a giant screen in Beijing to play a MMO. The screen was 820 feet long and he sat in a deck chair playing the game and looking up. Hopefully he was happy with the purchase.

The story behind it is that this guy was not happy that a competing guildmaster got to play in an IMAX theater. So this likely outdoes the other guy. At least we hope so. We’d hate to see them in some long drawn out screen war.

Giant Robot Arm Creates Halo: Reach Light Sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Microsoft is launching an interactive website to celebrate the launch of Halo: Reach. Users will be able to help build a Halo light sculpture by actually controlling a Kuka Robot Arm.

Kuka Robot Arms are usually used to assemble cars but in this instance, it will be used to bend and twist to correspond with the specific points that users want to light up. To complete the sculpture, there needs to be 54,000 different points of light in all.


Astronomical Observatory turned into a giant R2-D2

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2010

Pranks are fun as long as no one gets hurt. When you can put a geeky twist on a prank, it can be gold. That’s what we have here. Pure nerd gold. See that giant R2-D2? It used to be an observatory.

Well, until students at Minnesota’s Carleton College turned the campus astronomical observatory into a giant R2-D2. Man, I hope the Empire can’t see that from space. They might come looking for the Death Star plans.

Salk Sound HT4 giant bamboo speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Salk Sound HT4 giant bamboo speakersSalk Sound’s latest speakers, look like they belong in some weird sci-fi flick. They are definitely different. They are dubbed the HT 4 to outdo the current HT 3 line. These babies weigh 155 lbs and stand about 42″ high. Supposedly they can deliver “a very accurate recreation of what you would hear in a concert hall or other live venue.”

They are made of trans-laminated bamboo, but there is a cheaper Medium Density Fiberboard version in the works too.

Honda builds giant LED display out of Insights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Honda builds giant LED display out of InsightsForget Samsung’s viral marketing ad with LEDs strapped to a bunch of sheep. Honda has gone all out, showing off its new Insight by turning their LED headlights into a gigantic animated Lite-Brite for an upcoming commercial. The commercial is called “Let it Shine,” and you can watch it below.

The Insight can cruise on electric power alone but not accelerate, so it isn’t technically a hybrid. The Insight’s main selling point is the price, starting under $20,000.

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videos

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videosHow do you get tourists to visit your land? Make it very clear that there is a chance that a giant robot and squid will battle it out during your stay. That’s apparently what the city of Hakodate, Japan was thinking. They’ve been producing official tourism videos unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

They’re action-packed and feature famous landmarks as giant robots battle a mechanical squid hijacked by aliens. It’s pretty awesome. I don’t know if I’ll visit anytime soon, but I sure enjoyed the flick. First video below.

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lighting

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lightingIt sounds wrong, but I’ll just say it. I’ve never seen a joystick so huge in my life. Now that I have I want one. This has to be the most awesome lamp ever for a bachelor geek. You can make one just like it with a little hard work and some nerd enthusiasm.

You’ll need the enthusiasm as this DIY project is a bit more time consuming then some others. The creator was able to get it done with just a small supply of basic tools. If you have a band saw or a scroll saw, you should be able to knock one out faster. Check out the shade too. It’s brimming with retro Atari cartridge art.

Four-foot SNES controller works

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2008

Four-foot SNES controller worksIf Bigfoot actually existed, which we all know he does, he would need a giant controller to play Nintendo with you. This is what he would use, while you used your puny girlly controller. It was obviously inspired by the NES coffee table we showed you awhile back.

It’s made by SCAD Inc., a company that has seemingly mastered the art of enlarging things. This giant SNES controller actually has working buttons. The body is cut from wood and the buttons are connected directly to the guts of a standard SNES controller. Matt LaBoone, the main guy on the build, says that videos are coming soon.

The Gunbus is an aptly named killer cycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2008

The Gunbus is an aptly named killer cycle
The picture above reminds me of my youth. Not since my high-school days has a woman ever had such power between her legs. (Insert rim-shot. Deafening silence.) Anyway, this behemoth is powered by a “410-cubic-inch, air-cooled, pushrod V-Twin” and “is actually ready to ride on normal roads and will soon go into series production.”

Yes, you will be able to buy one. As for the rest of us, this thing is going to scare you when you see it coming. And no, that’s not a really small woman. It will be interesting to see what crazy stunts people will do with these. We want.

Giant watch is actually a table

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

Giant watch is actually a table
I guess watches are scheduled for extinction at some point. We can get the time from any of our gadgets after all. So, with that in mind, why not honor the watch by letting it take other forms. Like a large table for instance.

Oh, it will still give you the time and date, never fear. But now you can also put stuff on it and feel important. It measures 80cm x 230cm and runs on 240 volts. Just like a real watch it comes in more then one color, either silver, chrome or gold.