Until we saw it. The product shots of the "R2-D2 Night Projector" from National Console Support is enough to give a grown man nightmares. First of all, its head pops off, which seems to be a disturbing trend for the poor guy. Second, it looks as if it's projecting some bizarre Dali-like painting on the ceiling instead of the promised Death Star … Read more
You might have noticed if, for some reason, you have followed my work over the last couple of years, that I have a thing for 747s.
I can't really explain why that is. I suppose it's just that the jumbo jets are sort of a physical manifestation of adventure for me: When I see them flying overhead, I know they're off to some faraway place where I'd probably like to be going.
We were saddened to hear that fellow Craver Will Greenwald has fallen into a Wii funk of late. But perhaps he just needs a break from his buddy Mario, and we think we've found the relaxing pastime he needs--a little fishing.
Dragon's new fishing rod controller would seem to be the perfect accompaniment to the "Bass Fishing Wii" that came out in Japan over the summer. Best of all, it even includes a faux fish at the end of its faux line--because the last thing we'd want is to sour him even more on the … Read more
I got a hilarious e-mail this morning from video game giant Activision touting the tremendous sales of the latest iteration of its hit franchise, Guitar Hero.
The subject line of the e-mail began, "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock earns $115 in first week."
After I got through blinking a few times to make sure I was reading it right--I was--I looked into the body of the e-mail and saw that, yes, the company had left out a rather meaningful word: "million."
So, no, Guitar Hero III didn't sell two copies in its first week. … Read more
Holiday shopping season is upon us, and in the pell-mell rush to stuff those stockings, we sometimes forget the Hanukkah wing of the family. Don't sweat it, we've got you covered: Here are 10 unique Israeli Defense Force-themed dreidels with a do-it-yourself kit that includes a Merkava tank stand on which to spin them.
These octagon shaped tops feature not only the traditional Hebrew letters on four sides, but also renderings and insignias of different military units--i.e., Sayeret Matkal, Givaati, Golani, paras, etc., so even the goy can keep current on IDF order of battle.
For those … Read more
Now that the OLPC is finally becoming a reality, it's time to get your kids up to speed so they can compete in the global economy--and it's never too soon to start.
Hardware and software for preschoolers have been around for years, of course, but do you really want to wait that long before they become computer-savvy? To give them a running--or crawling--start, there's always Discovery's "Baby Laptop" as seen on Random Good Stuff.
The Baby Laptop helps teach numbers, colors, shapes and the alphabet, at least in concept, in six learning activities. And … Read more
Acting in typical expansionist fashion, the Sanrio empire began targeting our finances through a branded credit card a few months back. But apparently its insatiable needs are even more urgent than originally thought, for now it's going directly after our cash.
That's right: There's now a Hello Kitty ATM bank. The miniature teller machine even comes with its own "cash card," as Hello Kitty Hell explains. But don't be fooled: We suspect that it will provide only deposits and no withdrawals.
This weird contraption is powered by an electric motor that can reach a top speed of just under 19 miles per hour, which is easily fast enough to cause major injury. But that assumes one will be actually pulled in a straight line, rather than using it as a partner for a pairs skating demonstration as it appears in this picture seen on 7Gadgets.
As MP3 players become increasingly commoditized, manufacturers are scrambling to do whatever they can to distinguish themselves from the ever-growing pack. This one is trying to accomplish that on two fronts--in form and target market.
Not only is the "Bratz Yaz MP3 Player" aimed at tweens, according to Chip Chicks, but it's doing so with a uniquely appropriate design: purple lipstick. The player has only 512MB of built-in memory, but given the fleeting popularity of songs (and the attention spans) in this age group, that'll probably be plenty at any given time. Besides, the most important … Read more
Forget all that tired Star Wars paraphernalia. If we had our way, we'd design all computer hardware in stealth mode instead.
First we'd start with that Meizo LCD that doubles as a TV, with its B-2 bomber angles. Then we'd add an "Aircraft Mouse" from The Design Town, a unique company described as "a habitat for creative individuals who seek the perfect design that expresses who they really are." We're not sure about all that--we just like jets with blinking lights, like this LED-outfitted mouse seen on GeekAlerts.
We're still in … Read more