Lots of people game on the Wii, but trying to climb a leaderboard while going wee is something entirely different. A British company called Captive Media invented a "Urinal Gaming System" that features a "pee controlled" video screen, adding a bit of fun and excitement when men go to empty their bladder. Yes folks, this is a real thing, and it may gain traction among sports franchises.
Stuck on a gift idea for that special gamer in your life? We'll be posting a geek gift guide in the near future, but until then, consider the GameMaxx Hydrating Game Controller. What the flip is a hydrating game controller, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like, assuming your idea of such a device is a giant controller about the size of a phonebook with a 5 amp adjustable fan and mister built in. Oh, and did we mention it holds up to a gallon of gaming refreshments?
You've probably fashioned a makeshift keychain made out of an old processor by drilling a hole through one of the corners, and if you're handy with a dremel, maybe you turned some old hardware into a decorative piece. But have you ever built an entire coffee table out of yesterday's electronics? Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell did, and the end result is a truly awesome work of art.
The dudes over on CNet's Crave blog posted an unboxing of the totally rad U.S.S. Enterprise Star Trek pizza cutter, just one of many novelty items available on ThinkGeek.
When you think about it, the Enterprise's shape and design is perfectly suited for slicing up one of our favorite food groups, and from what we can tell from the pics, the makers did a fantastic job, at least with the aesthetics. It looks sharp (pun possibly intended) and up to the job, though we have to wonder if we'd have the nerve to jam the sexy gadget into an actual pizza and gunk up its good looks.
Not the least bit surprising, ThinkGeek sells a whole bunch of Enterprise-y products, including a $20 bottle opener (the pizza cutter runs $25). Full unboxing here, product page here.
Sears is known for selling home appliances and tools, but at least one woman is accusing the retailer of being a tool for selling mouse pads with messages some find offensive.
"My kid had sex with your honor student," one mouse pad reads, while another says, "My President fooled around with your honor student."
It's not like we haven't heard these one liners before or seen them on bumper stickers when stuck in traffic, but we're admittedly surprised to see Sears of all places carrying them. We're just not offended by them, like Patti from St. Charles, who wrote an email to her local CBS affiliate in Chicago.
"I was shopping at Sears online store," she wrote, "and I was shocked to find that they sell mouse pads saying things like, 'I got your honor student pregnant.'"
We're guessing she probably wouldn't like the mouse pads that are sold in Spencers, either.
Can your cufflinks store wedding photos, video clips, and MP3 files? Believe it or not, there are some that can, and they're not as tacky as you might think. Just the opposite, these USB flash drive cufflinks from Cufflinks.com are surprisingly stylish, allowing you to wear your geekdom on your sleeve.
Each cufflink comes with 2GB of USB flash storage for 4GB total and are available in gunmetal and gold finishes. They're also engravable with up to 8 characters. The downside? They're freakin' expensive. At $195 a pair (plus $8 if you have them engraved), cheapskates need not apply. That's a lot of jingle for just 4GB of storage spread across two drives, but hey, that's apparently the price you'll have to pay to walk into your next board room meeting feeling like James Bond. Imagine the oohs and ahhs as you whip off the cap and remove the USB flash drive to begin your presentation - yeah, that's pretty pimp.
For those who plan to do just that, you can nab the gunmetal ones here and the gold ones here.
Yanko Design is known for conceptual products that represent outside-the-box thinking, some of which are brilliant while others are downright outlandish. We'll let you be the judge of which category the Concrete USB thumb drive falls under.
Crafted from cemet, the capacity also represents the drive's weight in grams. These would come in three varieties, including 64GB (64g), 128GB (128g), and 256GB (256g), any of which would be enough to store a whole bunch of data and smack a would-be robber across his temple if he tries to hijack your sensitive documents.
Who knows if this will ever make it to market, but if it does, be careful not to leave it dangling from your PC's USB port where gravity would take its toll.
There were two major problems with the Emperor 200 workstation. One is that at $40,000, it was just too damn expensive. But even if you could afford the contraption, the other problem was figuring out a way to convince your significant other that the funky workstation goes with your home decor.
NovelQuest, the company behind the Emperor 200, looks to solve one of those problems with a new model that costs far less, but probably still way too much. The Emperor 1510 retains the same basic shape, only this time it costs $4,950, plus the cost of shipping.
For five large, you get an adjustable seat and leg rest, a handmade Canadian steel frame, forward and back tilting capability, an adjustable keyboard tray, LED lighting, and inputs/outputs for plugging in your PC.
We're down to the last month of summertime and retail stores have already dug out their back-to-school displays. If you've been putting off that dream vacation you had planned for 2008, you better get moving. Don't know where to go? Consider one of the top vacation spots for geeks as assembled by InformationWeek.
The news outlet has compiled an interesting list of unique getaway destinations suitable for the prototypical modern day tech and sci-fi enthusiast. Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? If so, book a flight for New Zealand and schedule a Lord of the Rings Tour. The brochure promises "breathtaking scenery captured on film by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Explore Middle Earth and other famous LOTR film locations".
If you're more of a Star Trek fan, stay stateside and get your geek on in a 50,000 square foot interactive tribute to the series that has spanned over 40 years. Destinations are yet to be announced, but the tour will travel to 40 cities in the next 5 years, with a list of 2008 locales coming soon.
Other recommended spots include the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a three- or six-day Space Academy program, a jaunt to Puerto Rico to view the 20-acre reflector on the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, and more.
Know of a geeky destination not listed? Let us know about it!