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Space Foosball turns Foosball into a video game

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2009

Space Foosball turns Foosball into a video gameWe’ve seen some crazy Foosball tables, but nothing like this one. It’s clearly from the future and it’s name is Space Foosball. Basically they’ve turned foosball into a tabletop video game.

Sure it takes some of the fun out of it. No spinning paddles that kick a real ball around the table. But think about it. The players can now be anything. Donkey Kong Vs. Mario, Space Invaders… The possibilities are endless.

R2-D2 Gaming Rig holds 8 game consoles and a projector

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2009

R2-D2 Gaming Rig holds 8 game consoles and a projectorThis R2-D2 may be the best mod ever. It was created by Popular Science reader Brian De Vitis and holds not one, not two, but eight consoles, a sound system, and a projector. You had me at eight consoles R2. This all started with an R2-D2 shaped cooler that he modified.

Then the consoles were gutted to rearrange the controllers inside so all the ports could face in the proper direction. He still had enough space inside for a projector and a sound system. This man is my new hero.

iMac Hamster Cage on Ebay

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2009

iMac Hamster Cage on EbayThis is as good a use as we’ve ever seen for an old iMac. Basically somebody just gutted the monitor and created a new home for their pet. Somehow he managed to completely gut it without cracking the thing.

If you want your own hamster living in luxury, this original blue iMac cage is available on Ebay. It can be yours for $350. Great way to force your hamster into Apple loyalty.

Steampunk Nixie Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2009

Steampunk Nixie ClockSometimes Steampunk falls flat if the details aren’t there. But this Nixie clock looks awesome. It’s the work of UK artist Kev Stenning.

It’s made from Pyrex glass, solid copper and brass machined parts and it features six IN-18 Nixie Tubes. It would look equally at home in this century or the last. The Steampunk Nixie Clock will be available in a limited run of just 10 clocks.

Swiveling DIY Lego iPhone dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2009

Swiveling DIY Lego iPhone dockThe iPhone’s display is capable of switching automatically from portrait to landscape mode when you rotate it. So you should have a dock that allows you to view it either way. Sadly most docks are oriented for the vertical portrait mode.

Not this one made by Steven Combs. Steven can go both ways. Rather, his iPhone can. This dock lets him rotate his iPhone and better still, it’s made from gray, black, and white Legos. Instead of buying an expensive rotating dock, why not just do what Steve did?

PC stove looks hot, doesn’t cook

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

PC stove looks hot, doesn't cookWe aren’t sure why anyone would make a computer that looks like a stove. Maybe they had fond memories of their ez-bake oven. This one comes from a Czech modder, who probably has it displayed in his kitchen.

The Project MiniCooker PC is a nice mod though and looks very convincingly like a real stove. It even has LED “gas burners” to complete the effect.

Headphile makes your headphones works of art

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2009

Headphile makes your headphones works of artOver the ear headphones have always been the victim of some pretty boring design for the most part. Now there’s a company doing something about it. Headphile will take your high end headphones and turn them into works of art. They do custom headphone mods using fine and exotic woods.

Don’t worry, you won’t lose any functionality. They also create custom headphone stands to match the designs on the headphones if you like. They will also improve on the original headphones by upgrading the wiring, adding better cables, or new speaker grills or wooden enclosures.

A book with a Flatbed Scanner inside

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

A book with a Flatbed Scanner insideBooks. Who needs ‘em in the age of the Kindle? You may as well do something with these relics right? Maybe put a flatbed scanner inside of one for instance. That’s what datamancer did. It’s much cooler than your boring grey scanner or the one attached to your printer.

You can now copy pages from within a book itself. I think the world just imploded and created a separate reality that seems no different, yet is.

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2009

$3,000 Steampunk USB flash driveWe love Steampunk around here. We’ve certainly featured our share of steampunk gadgets. And this USB drive is another pretty nice example of the art form, but it’s insanely priced at $3000. I would pay maybe $100 for this flash drive. Maybe $300 if I had some disposable money.

It has some great detail work and looks pretty awesome, so it’s a shame that it’s priced so high that no one will own it. Could be a typo, but somehow I doubt it. Now the Steampunk phone from Russia. That I could pay handsomely for.

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with love

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with loveWe’ve seen our share of steampunk round these parts. I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen an actual steampunk phone though. Check this beauty out. If I didn’t know this was a phone, I might think it was some kind of miniature sub looking at it from the back.

It hails from Russia, and is loaded with all kinds of Steampunk goodness. Look at all of that detail in front. It’s as if Jules Verne took up Steve Jobs’ role a few centuries early. There isn’t much info on it, but the picture speaks loud and clear.

Skull mouse is the creepiest steampunk mouse ever

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Skull mouse is the creepiest steampunk mouse everUsually I see a good steampunk designed gadget and I want it. On this one I think I’ll pass. But if you are a member of the Addams family or the Munsters, this may be your ideal point and click device. Even the mouse made from real mouse parts wasn’t this creepy.

This morbid monstrosity of a mouse was created by steampunk artist Ivan Mavrovic. On his site, he says, “”the sheep dyed naturall death”. Well that may be somewhat comforting for the sheep, I don’t want to push this one around all day. Makes me feel sheepish.

Nuts and Bolts iPhone stand

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Nuts and Bolts iPhone standWe’ve seen our share of custom iPhone docks, but this one takes a minimalist engineering approach. The Nuts and Bolts dock is built from… Well, nuts and a large bolt. The connector is attached to a piece of perspex which holds the iPhone in place.

It was created by one Frederick P Weller and we have to reluctantly admit that we like his approach. Very machine age and industrial looking. And obviously easy to make should you want to try your hand at it. Assuming you have the nuts to pull it off. Oh and the long bolt.

Wiipod Wiimote mp3 player

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Wiipod Wiimote mp3 playerThis is a pretty cool idea. I wish I had thought of it. Modder goteking has turned a Wii remote into a music player. I never ever thought that I would see a Wiimote with headphones.

Under the hood is an iPod shuffle. Well, a fake iPod shuffle that has also been modified. It’s not often that we see a mod within a mod. It blows our minds. But mostly we just love how a Wiimote looks with headphones.

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screen

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screenSure we’ve seen all kinds of mods where they toss the Atari 2600′s case and hack them into a proper portable, but what if you want to keep the aesthetics of the console intact? You put a 5″ LCD screen and the joystick controls right on the console itself of course.

This one goes by the “Stella-Tubby v1.0″ moniker. And it can actually be yours since it’s on Ebay. It even runs on a pair 9V batteries so it is portable. Kind of. Think of it as an Atari tablet.

Cute Robot reacts to your friends’ tweets

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Cute Robot reacts to your friends' tweetsWhat could be better than getting robots to interpret the world of social networking for us? Why should we do all the work? That’s what robots are for. This cute little guy just sits on your desk and while he may not reply to your tweets, he understands the emotions of your friend’s tweets and whether they are happy or sad.

If he finds a “happy” tweet, the Guardian Robot raises its head and arm in triumph. It holds the pose until you give it a “high five”. (By hitting the switch in its hand.) Then the robot passes the high five on to your buddy via a reply Tweet.