As far as gizmos go, this Star Wars R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Instead of projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, this R2 unit projects a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface. It also boops, beeps and whistles just like R2 when you turn it on, turn it off, crank up the volume or adjust the brightness of the keyboard. It even makes sounds as you type. This little guy will be available this September and if you’d like to see how it works, watch the video after the break…
Whether you live in Westeros or not, you probably have a lot of data to keep track of. It’s important to keep any information you might need handy while you’re traveling for pleasure or headed from beyond the Wall to Castle Black. If Jon had snapped photos of the Wildling forces and put them on one of these Game of Thrones-inspired flash drives from ThinkGeek, then maybe the Night’s Watch would believe him. Maybe.
You can choose to store up to 8GB of documents and pics on either a direwolf or Hand of the King symbol flash drive.
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Tired of your boring black or cream-colored keyboard? Yeah, me too. LEGO builder Jason Allemann came up with the coolest possible solution: a LEGO keyboard. It not only looks rad, it actually functions. He began with a generic keyboard and had to build a frame that put the keys in the exact right location over the sensor pad. It’s impressive, and one of the most fun parts is that it’s easy to replace keys to change up the design.
See how it was built in the video after the break.
If you’re at work looking to pass a little time, you might want to check out Build With Chrome. It’s a partnership between Google and Lego that lets you build with virtual Lego bricks on your computer. The program has just launched so reports are that it’s still glitchy, but if it catches on then hopefully they’ll smooth out the bugs.
A word of caution. Apparently, the program wants to use your location so you can build on your actual address, but there’s concern that sharing might accidentally be giving out a user’s home address. This is particularly worrisome if a child is using the program, so be sure to either deny location or adjust your Google+ settings accordingly.
See the video after the break…
Here’s your friendly remind to always, always, always backup your hard drive. British IT professional James Howells mined 7,500 Bitcoin back in 2009 then completely forgot about the stuff. He later threw away the hard drive where he had it all stored sometime last summer. That Bitcoin is now worth about $7.5 million and is sitting somewhere in a landfill the size of a soccer field buried under about 4 feet of trash. Howells is taking it all in stride saying,
“I’m at the point where it’s either laugh about it or cry about it. Why aren’t I out there with a shovel now? I think I’m just resigned to never being able to find it.”
He did create a new Bitcoin wallet asking for help in staging a possible recovery effort and tweeted it out for those looking to help.
@alexhern if anyone wants to donate to my Bitcoin recovery fund… 15JHTg6g4zokAM23vJVcL8DbAAjA4BhsLH – not that I'm expecting anything
— James Howells (@howelzy) November 27, 2013
Don’t let this happen to you. Backup that hard drive, people!
Microsoft has a new mascot for Internet Explorer.
Say hello to Inori Aizawa, the anime-themed version of IE, which is based on the uniquely Japanese trend, OS-Tan. Inori has been revealed ahead of a debut event that Microsoft is hosting at the Animé Festival Asia 2013, which will take place this weekend in Singapore. Inori greeted the world for the first time on her new Facebook page, and here’s what she had to say:
Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer.
When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow and awkward girl.
However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I’m eager to show you what I can do.
Why don’t you get to know me a little better?
Check out the video after the break…
The Raspberry Pi board has changed the DIY landscape. It made certain projects easier and more accessible upon its release, and it definitely serves multiple purposes. John has used one to create a completely functional 1/3 scale mini Mac computer. Just look at how portable and cute it is!
He fashioned it from Sintra (a sheet of PVC), a small monitor, a Raspberry Pi board, a USB port, and other odds and ends. He lists all the components on his blog and if you’ve got the patience and know how, you can replicate what he did to create a tiny Mac of your very own. You can be all hipster and take it to coffee shops with a big keyboard; the jokers with iPads and netbooks will be jealous!
See some more shots of this tiny wonder and a video after the break.
Entertainment Earth has started revealing their SDCC Exclusives and one of them is this Doctor Who / Star Trek The Next Generation Monitor Mates in Tin Tote.
It features a tin tote with J.K. Woodward’s artwork from IDW’s sci-fi crossover Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 limited series comic books.
The metal tin tote box measures about 8 5/8-inches wide x 6 3/4-inches tall x 4-inches deep. It includes 2 miniature bobble heads, a Star Trek: The Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D Monitor Mate™ with clear base (shipped later via online registration) and a Doctor Who TARDIS Monitor Mate™ with clear base.
Clear bases for these “ships” are exclusive to this set only.
Per the EE Note: This item will first be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. If supplies remain, your order will be filled and shipped to you after the event, during the last week of July 2013.
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