CHARGEBOARD - THE SELF-CHARGING LONGBOARD THAT IS ALSO AN IPHONE DOCK

Okay, Chargeboard, I’m gonna’ be straight witchu’. The rebellious skate in me wants to hate you for turning a passionate lifestyle into a gimmicky fad item, but the gadget freak in me really wants to hang out with you. I really like the idea of just riding you until you’re all charged up and then finding a nice spot to relax and dock my gear into your slot. Oh, what’s that? Your dock is only compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S? But I can still charge other devices through your USB port and pump songs through a 3.55mm audio jack? Idunni, girl. The iPhone 6 just came out and I’m due for an upgrade… You know what, chargeboard? I just remembered there’s this thing I need to go take care of. Don’t worry, I’ll call you when the time is right. I promise.

IF THIS PROSTHETIC ROBOT ARM WERE REAL, I’D CUT MY ARM OFF JUST TO GET ONE

Check out this 3D rendering by digital artist Cristiano Rinaldi. This is some Deus Ex meets Skynet type shit. Luke Skywalker, Annakin Skywalker, Jaime Lannister, Finn from Adventure Time — just image how kick-ass those guys would look rocking one of these bad boys!!!

It totally reminds me of these robot things from Remember Me.

Remember Me Red Robots

KICKSTART THIS SHIZZ: BAROBOT - THE OPEN SOURCE COCKTAIL MIXING ROBOT

Here’s an awesome Kickstarter projected that combines two of my favorite things: technology and alcohol!

From the Barobot Kickstarter page:

Barobot is an open source device that pours cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. It holds up to 12 bottles and can pour a drink with military accuracy!

Barobot features over 1000 cocktail recipes or gives you the option to create your own on the fly. All can be easily accessed via our custom made application on your touchscreen or the user friendly interface on your Smartphone.

Barobots frame - made of either deep black or transparent acrylic glass, comes in either a self assembly kit or an assembled ‘plug and pour’ version. The flat-pack self assembly kit requires no advanced skills or tools (it’s great fun to put together by itself!). Barobot is also illuminated with over 100 individually controlled LEDs that might be set to a number of light-themes or even synchronized to music!

This needs to get funded so I can get one and give it a cool butler/bartender name like Bertram or Reginald.

Click here to Kickstart this shizz.

DIY MODDER CREATES YET ANOTHER COOL WAY TO PLAY TETRIS

Tetris has been projected onto 29-story buildings and even played using lights of buildings themselves. Turkish modder Murat İnan has developed his own version that involves projecting the game onto the floor and playing with your feet.

Check it out in action below.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK
File this under: WHAAAT!?!?
We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.
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It seems he doesn’t appreciate the way Facebook collects data and sells it to advertisers. Here’s the company’s manifesto taken from their site:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.

Read more about Ello on the official site where you can’t sign up yet, but you can request an early invite.
Idunno, guys. I mean, if Myspace can’t even make a comeback is there really room left on the Internet (and in our lives) for another social network? Maybe we should all just go back to Xanga.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK

File this under: WHAAAT!?!?

We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.

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SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4
Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.
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From Kotaku:

Part of the announcement involved footage of a VR God of War, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida saying “When I looked down, I saw my body was that of Kratos. That was an empowering experience.”

This definitely has potential, but I wonder if it will take off and become a huge mainstream hit like other gaming peripherals similar to the hype and success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the initial Wii launch. As is the case with any new piece of gaming hardware, it all depends if the games will be good enough to warrant the purchase/risk of your roommates throwing things at you/punching you in the crotch while you’re wearing one of these things.
How long do you think it’ll take for someone to mod the VR goggles into a Virtual Boy?

SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4

Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.

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THIS PORTABLE PRINTER & SCANNER COMBO LETS YOU COPY & PASTE IN REAL LIFE
This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.
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Meet Copy & Paste, a 2013 Red Dot Award: Design Concept winner by Jayeong Yoon & Seulki Kim. It’s a handheld scanner and printer all in one. Just press a button underneath to scan, the button on top to print. No need for special fancy paper, but I wonder how steadily you’d have to move your hand during the scanning process to make a decent pic.


(via Yanko Design)

THIS PORTABLE PRINTER & SCANNER COMBO LETS YOU COPY & PASTE IN REAL LIFE

This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.

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Telemarketing Robot Won’t Admit She’s A Robot

So, apparently this is a thing that telemarketers are doing now. This chick totally sounds like a real person… until she starts sounding like a robot. Creepy stuff.

The phone call was recorded by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

Via TIME:

When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.

Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale.

The robot voice’s name is Samantha West and the company behind the calls denies that she’s a robot.

It’s all very weird and just makes me think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you should read the whole and listen to more calls over on the TIME website.

(via Nerdcore)

Amazon Prime Air

I’m flipping my shit right now. Amazon plans on deploying droids to deliver items from their warehouses straight to your doorstep, using its Amazon Prime Air service. This will be rolling out within the next five years. It’s the fucking future and it’s really soon.

ZIIIRO Titan Digital Pocket Watch

Available in five colors, ZIIIRO updates the classic pocket watch with their signature high tech futuristic style. Each one of these aluminum watches features a backlight  display and is available for EUR 139.00 (about $192 U.S.) from ziiiro.com.

Robot Masters Custom Light-Up NES

Console customizers Platinumfungi and Custom NES Guy whipped up this ballin’ backlit NES to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mega Man. It features a sexy blue color scheme with Mega Man’s adorable 8-bit mug on the controllers and lid (and those blue buttons tho!), but the standout feature is the display of robot masters - and they light up!

(via Capcom Unity)

CHECK IT: More custom consoles on Albotas.com
BUY: MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works

Year Of Luigi 2DS On The Way?

Kotoku is posting this news of a Year of Luigi limited edition 2DS as a rumor for now, but it looks pretty legit. What do you think? Looks like I might be getting myself a 2DS after all.

Behold The Dice Gauntlet - The Most Bad-ass Tabletop Gaming Accessory Most Likely Ever

Make your next saving throw in style with the awesomely epic Role Playing Dice Gauntlet! This custom digital bracer can mimic the rolls of two dice at once using the powers of science, mathematics, and dark arts. Just shake your fist to the gods and you’ll be bestowed the numbers of fate’s bidding.

Whether you need a d20 or a d100, the Dice Gauntlet does it all. It also has a timer and can be used to keep track of life totals for Magic: The Gathering or similar games.

The Role Playing Dice Gauntlet is available from Geekify Inc. for $65.95. Watch it in action in the video below.

Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.

Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.

Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers
It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.
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Sony has unveiled a new line of 3-in-1 Walkman headphones dubbed the WH series. Available in 16GB (model NWZ-WH505) and 4GB (model NWZ-WH303) flavors, both sets can pump out an hour of tunes on a three minute quick charge, 20 hours on a full charge, feature multiple sound modes, and can be turned into speakers that can crank out jams from the built-in MP3 player. And the best part: you can plug them into another device like your smartphone or tablet via headphone jack, so you’re not restrained to just the built-in dealy. Pretty sweet.
No word on price or release date, but you can check the full specs and info on Sony Eruope’s press site.

Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers

It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.

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