Convert Your Loose Items Into Video Game Treasure With This 8-Bit Chest
Whether you find them behind suspiciously hollow walls, buried in suspiciously placed staircases, or at the end of a suspiciously long corridor filled with more enemies from hell with the capability to rip your throat out through your feet than you knew could ever exist, it has always been a constant joy to discover video game treasure chests.
Unfortunately treasure chests in the real world tend to be far more rare, meaning the joy of discovering one doesn’t really enter your day to day life. You can let this fact bum you out, or you can do something about it by picking up one of the 8-bit treasure chests available from Think Geek.
This 4” wide box painted in a pixelated art style runs off of two AA batteries, and stores the various items you can fit into it. Adding to the video game motif is a “Pulp Fiction” style glow that emits when you open it, along with an 8-Bit style tune that plays when you do the same (though it sadly isn’t the “Legend of Zelda” secret discovery tune).
Sure it’s not exactly discreet, but many things that are bad ass rarely are. At $29.99 this is the perfect gift for the gamer in your life, even if it does just serve as a desk decoration.
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The Cinema One is a Pricey, but Incredibly Interesting, Alternative to Video Streaming
I love Netflix and Hulu. Hell, I think most of us do.
If I had to make a complaint about those services, though, it’s that they both have an incredible tendency to not have the exact movie I want to watch at that time. This isn’t so much a fault of their massive libraries, as it is the result of the impossible task that is acquiring every film and TV shows that have ever been made, along with being able to anticipate the exact whim of every user.
The Cinema One from Kaleidescape proposes an interesting solution to this dilemma. It allows you to store up to 600 DVD quality titles or 100 Blu-Ray quality titles within the player to be accessed at your leisure. The movies themselves can either be downloaded from the Kaleidescape store, or ripped straight from the DVD and Blu-Ray source.
Think of it then as your own personal steaming service then that is catered entirely to your tastes. Even better, it offers services that Netflix and Hulu can not such as custom DVD like scene skips for every title, and video and sound quality that is simply not possible with the traditional streaming methods.
As absolutely incredible as the concept and actual product is, the price is a real buzz kill. Coming in just shy of $4000, this is already a big ticket item before you even consider the additional costs of purchasing movies to add to it (though it does come with 50 free movies upon purchase). While the whole “no subscription fee” thing helps somewhat, even then that’s a price tag that limits the market considerably.
Based on concept and design alone, though, this is one of the most notable devices released this year, and will certainly serve well as the centerpiece of any true film buffs entertainment center.
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This World Noise Cancelling Prototype Is Well Worth Your Attention
Perhaps I’m just odd (I’ve been accused of it before), but I really enjoy the sounds of the city in my apartment. Much like staying inside and listening to the rain, there is a certain joy that comes from absorbing yourself in the world outside while also enjoying the comforts of your home.
However there are times when the hustle and bustle of the city is not the optimal soundtrack for your relaxation. Sure you can play some music or ambient noises to drown them out, but the effect can be quite harsh and serve as a poor substitute or combatant to the ambience of the outside world.
Designer Rudolph Stefanich apparently felt the same, which may explain what led him to design a world noise canceller prototype of sorts called the Dial it Down.
Featuring a touch controlled dial and affixing to the inside of your window, the Dial it Down acts much like a pair of noise cancelling headphones and can either tone down, or completely block the noise of the outside based on your settings. More impressive, though, may be its ability to filter and replace the exterior noise and turn it into something more docile like the sounds of nature or even just isolate certain noises until you’re hearing exactly what you want to in your home.
While still in the prototype stage, it’s clear that the complex design of the Dial it Down is more than just a whimsical notion and is realized enough to actually come to fruition. Let’s hope that is the case too, as its ability to allow the user to control the noise of their home in a more organic and natural way not reliant on blasting as many decibels as possible is a very desirable luxury.
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Tired of “Accidentally” Running Over Bicyclists With Your Car? These New Gloves May Help
Originally this was going to be something about Black Friday sales, but whilst browsing the interweb I came to two conclusions.
- Nearly every site on the internet advertises Black Friday sales right on their front page.
- The sites which do directly feature sales, collect the best Black Friday sales from said sites.
So, with approximately 100% of the internet already on top of this Black Friday thing, I thought I’d focus on something that traditionally goes completely ignored on Black Friday.
Yes, since today is the day millions of shoppers will be packing stores and attacking their wares without a single regard towards basic decency and safety, why not highlight a product aimed at providing just that?
The turn signal gloves from Zackees are aimed at providing bicyclists and skateboarders a much needed alternative in making their intentions known to pedestrians and motorists around them. It gives the non-motorized street travelers of the world an electronic turn signal of their own, and requires little more than a hand movement in the appropriate direction to activate.
Even better, knowing their product will primarily be bought by hipsters, Zackees paid special attention to the style of the gloves, so wearing a turn signal on your hands looks as un-nerdy as humanly possible.
There’s no guarantee for success in the gadget market, but when you create something that is practical, useful, stylish, clever, and innovative it’s usually a good sign that your product will find an eager market. We’ll see if that holds true when the turn signal gloves start crowdfunding on December 9th through Kickstarter.
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Online Gaming Trends 2013
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Just as technology advances, so do the opportunities for top class gaming. It is not so long ago that the Nintendo Wii appeared to alter the gaming world forever. But such is the pace of technological change that new possibilities are appearing all the time.
For example, it would seem that popularity is shifting from the console to playing on mobile devices. This is hardly surprising given that an estimated 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets were set to be sold in 2013. The result is a whole expansion of gaming horizons with the significant potential of monetization. One of the most interesting aspects to this trend is that the growth in mobile gaming is attracting both entertainment giants such as Disney and small-scale start-ups. In fact, it is estimated that 42 per cent of gaming start-ups are focused on mobile use, representing the potential which is only now starting to be fully exploited.
There are also significant spin-offs to the boom in mobile gaming. It has meant that game development is not only limited to the traditional game publishers and it is possible for smaller enterprises to break into this market. Acutely aware of this opportunity, there is an increasing trend in funding game development through crowdsourcing projects such as Kickstarter. Start-ups and mid-sized companies which smell the opportunity of mobile gaming are keen to raise cash and this is now possible thanks to the growing importance of crowdsourcing projects.
Away from mobile developments, there is also an emerging trend in social casinos. Zynga Poker was once the market leader in this area, but it has now been caught up by a variety of titles, including the new CasinoEuro games. Once upon a time online casino gaming meant a mandatory visit to a dedicated online casino. However, you can now place a bet directly from your favourite social media outlet. This appears to be a particularly popular option for Bingo players in Britain. There is every reason to expect the social casino market to continue to grow over time.
However, the burgeoning gaming options on both mobile and social media appears to have had a detrimental impact on the mass multiplayer online games. Perhaps games such as World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons were always considered to be niche pursuits. However, they built up a loyal and lucrative following. It appears though that free gaming options elsewhere have forced these games to follow suit and offer their product for free. Even Star Wars: The Old Republic, developed at a cost of $200million has been forced to offer free play. The future of these games appears to be in the balance.
On the technical side of things, 2013 has seen a continued improvement in motion control games. Although revolutionary, the Nintendo Wii sometimes demands contrived body movements in order to play properly. Thanks to Microsoft Kinect, there is now a whole body sensor to use on the Xbox One. It allows for more natural movement and so from now on you need only to gently lean to the side during a car racing game in order to turn corners, rather than contort your entire body.
Virtual reality gaming is also making great strides. Keep an eye out for the Oculus Rift, which provides a rapidly improving virtual reality headset. Another trend to monitor is the growing popularity in streaming gaming. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are increasingly integrating this into their gaming possibilities.
A Technologically Superior Fib That Just May Get You Out Of Work Early
As Bevis, Buthead, and Blink-182 informed me before I was able to make the conclusion based on my own experience, work sucks. Sure it might not suck for those people that have those “jobs they actually like,” but for the rest of us normal people, it most certainly does.
Sometimes though, it can suck worse than other times. Especially when its right before the end of the day, and some menial task appears preventing you from leaving at the prearranged time. Or, alternatively, when nothing is keeping you from leaving at the prearranged time, except for your desire to be literally anywhere but where you are right now, preferably with a beer in hand that will mute the knowledge that you’ll be right back to the grind soon.
While many of us have developed our own methods for getting out of the whole work thing a little early, one developer came up with a unique approach to the issue and has been kind enough to share it with the rest of us.
It’s called the Happy Hour Virus, and it “breaks” your computer so you can feign dismay and duck out early owing to the sudden lack of functional computer. The virus comes in three flavors (blue screen of death, broken monitor, and kernel panic) all of which are purely cosmetic and can be removed by hitting the escape button. Use couldn’t be simpler as you just head over to the happy hour virus website, choose your favorite poison, and get your best acting chops ready for the rest.
It’s a ballsy maneuver to be sure, and likely to backfire against the user in the worst way, but when it’s 1:00 on a Monday when you know damn well it should be at least 4:00, consider taking the risk* and utilizing the Happy Hour Virus to get home, or the bar, right when you want to.
*WARNING: Risk not advisable
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Simple and Advanced Technology Combine to Make a Compelling Bluetooth Speaker in the Lyrix Jive
The sound quality of the average mobile Bluetooth speaker is so great that for many the deciding factors in buying one have quickly shifted to price, portability, and ease of access and use.
While more than a little unconventional, the Lyrix Jive speaker from Digitial Treasures is an intriguing blend of all those qualities. That’s because along with the usual array of Bluetooth speaker features such as speakerphone capabilities, the Jive also has some less than usual attributes which are headlined by its suction cup base. By incorporating this simple addition, the Jive finds itself in the unique position of being quite possibly the most versatile and mobile speaker around, considering that you can stick it to just about any surface and have it ready for use.
While certainly a little gimmicky, that’s never a bad thing as far as gadgets are concerned as long as that gimmick is interesting enough to make the gadget desirable. In this case, the amazing range of placement options the simple addition of a suction cup allows (especially in the shower) makes this a compelling buy for those in need, while the $39.99 price tag keeps it from hurting the wallet too much.
This Bulletproof Suit Shows That the Mega Rich Truly Do Live Different Lives
While the market for a bulletproof three piece suit might not extend past the stylishly paranoid and James Bond, it’s nonetheless comforting to know that a lack of mass appeal for such an incredibly amusing piece of technology isn’t deterring someone out there from making it happen.
Made from a carbon nanotube fiber developed in conjunction with the US Army, the fine folks at Garrison Bespoke assure us that this suit is 50% lighter than your typical Kevlar vest, and is capable of stopping .22 and .40 caliber bullets. It doesn’t skimp on the style either, as the suit is made to fall in line with the rest of the high quality works that Garrison Bespoke is infamous for. It all fits into the designers overall goal for the project, which is to provide a discreet and comfortable practical alternative to the average bullet proof vest.
While the style is clear to anyone with eyes, most of us will just have to take the designer’s word on the functionality as these babies go for about $20,000 a pop. It’s a disheartening price tag to be sure, but since the odds are that you do not need this in your everyday life, feel free to sit back, admire this fun invention, and ponder what the end of “Scarface” would have looked like had Tony Montana been able to buy a few less exotic animals, and spring for some of these instead.
The Helmet of the Future is Here
I’ve mentioned a few HUD assisted driving products recently, but I’ve never mentioned my resentment of the fact you can’t really wear any of them, thus depriving me of the chance to live out some “Halo” master chief fantasies while on a commute.
Thankfully the Skully P1 is here to pick up that particular slack in the HUD assisted driving department. It’s a motorcycle helmet with a built in heads up display in the interior of the visor that provides you with blind spot information, GPS, and a host of other driver assistant tools. Among them, the most intriguing has to be a rear view camera angle that allows the rider to get a rare safe look behind them. Adding to the cool yet actually safe features list, is the built-in smartphone integration which lets you field calls and texts as well as control your music while riding through voice commands.
I’m actually disappointed this is only being advertised as useful for motorcycle riders, when its uses in everything from paintball to zombie apocalypses are evident. Perhaps they’re trying to get away from the 80’s sci-fi evil biker image this thing can attract if not carefully handled, but they can’t stop me from wanting this despite my intentions to use this for anything but riding a motorcycle. In fact the only thing likely to stop me is the Skully P1’s price available on request policy which will deter many from living out there sci-fi fantasies through this amazing piece of technology for quite some time.
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Why The ChargeDrive is Everything You’ve Always Wanted In a Cell Phone Accessory
There are some burdens, like hang overs, we learn to live with because we come to accept them as the way things are. A big part of the reason the gadgets world is great, is because it’s essentially the combined effort of a group of people trying to make those burdens as few as possible. However, even in that effort there are a few added burdens that not always get addressed properly.
Thankfully one of those few burdens may soon be getting addressed thanks to a Kickstarter project for the ChargeDrive. Essentially the Swiss army knife of cell phone accessories, the ChargeDrive combines a charger, a stand, a tripod, and a USB flash drive in the hope of eliminating the burden of dragging around all the accessories needed to get the most out of your cell phone. It’s about as large as an older model flash drive so the size is about right, and its clever design which includes a base that folds out into a sturdy tripod supported by the flash drive handle, and charger that only requires a USB drive on the other end, mean it looks to be practical as well.
If I had to throw a complaint here, it’s that the charger set up is better for a laptop, but otherwise this is a hell of a design. The problem with devices like this in the past, is that they incorporate a design just isn’t visually appealing, and often detract from the supposed usefulness of the all-in-one. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, and the inclusion of a tripod into the usual accessories combinations without ruining that design is genuinely inspired.
Going for an early backers price of $39, the price is about right for the ChargeDrive if it really is all it looks to be. Jump on this now then, while you have the chance.
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