Misc. Gadgets


Thingiverse user T.J. Owens has created an excellent replica of the NES that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The case is built around a modified Raspberry Pi B+ board and features working start and reset buttons.

Inspired by the Retro Pi Project, many frustrating hours of 3D modeling and alterations went into Owen’s mini NES, but the results look practically identical to the original.

Without a size reference (banana?) in the photo it’s hard to see how small and awesome this case actually is. To give you an idea, the Raspberry Pi board is only about 3″ by 2″ and fits very snugly in the mini NES. It’s really quite an achievement, and if you have a 3D printer and soldering tool, all the files are free for download on Owen’s Thingiverse page. However, Owen notes that “this project is not for the faint of heart” as “basic electronics knowledge and additional parts are necessary for complete design.”

There’s more photos of this mini NES after the break.

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Tap into the power of the Death Star with this USB wall charger. It has two ports and lights up!

Q: But will it blow up my phone?

A: Maybe?

Product Page ($29.99)

star wars bluetooth speakers

I thought we had overdosed on new Star Wars products until we saw these two iHome Bluetooth speakers shaped like Star Wars:The Force Awakens versions of the Millennium Falcon and TIE Fighter. These speakers are officially licensed and they come with their own acrylic stands, so they can be displayed with geek pride.

Features include:

-Wirelessly stream music from up to 30 ft. away
-Compatible with Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, and 2.1+EDR enabled devices
-Auto-link button for fast, easy Bluetooth setup
-Also plays audio from devices equipped with 3.5mm headphone jack (cable included)
-Take calls from your paired device
-Frequency Response: 100Hz to 16Khz
-Batteries: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (a charge lasts up to 8 hours)

See more pictures after the break.

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With the help of Swiss high-end clock manufacturer L’Epée 1839, MB&F has created a bizarre and terrifying timepiece dubbed “Arachnophobia”. It was inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French), created by Louise Bourgeois.

And the price tag is even scarier, starting at $16,000 – $18,000.

Check out a few close-up images after the break…if you can handle it.

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Redditor and father hahabird posted photos of the awesome life-size glowing Minecraft block he made for his son’s birthday. Since the blocks in the game are about one meter, he decided to build one side of a cube true to scale. Then he added color-changing LEDs which can be remote controlled. The entire project took about a week in his spare time and only cost $85 in parts and paints.

His son’s reaction was absolutely perfect:

“At 7 this morning: “DADA! This is super cool! Come see! It can change colors! Look: redstone! Diamond! Lapus lazuli!” A few minutes of sitting in front of it staring, interspersed with the occasional “Wow! Sooooo cool.”

Then he asked where I got it (he should really know better by now). “I made it.” “How?” So we looked through the album as I explained each step.

Now we’re eating cupcakes for breakfast, because birthday.”

Well done Minecraft Dad. Click below to see the entire DIY project gallery…

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A sleek, fast and powerful portable battery with a built-in micro USB or lightning cord. The LithiumCard Wallet Battery With Smartphone Charger is on sale for a limited time for only $29.99 (50% off with free shipping) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

The LithiumCard Wallet Battery is an engineering marvel, packing tons of power in a package no wider than 5 credit cards. Beautifully crafted from a luxurious billet aluminum housing, it charges devices at up to a lightning-fast 1% of battery life per minute. Without question, this battery is the pinnacle of portable charging perfection—and it’s calling your name.

-Keep your iOS devices charged w/ the built-in Lightning connector
-Enjoy the premium design crafted from durable aluminum
-Charge your device quickly at up to 1% of battery life per minute
-Add charging power capacity to your device
-Simultaneously charge your device & LithiumCard w/ 2 flip-out charging cables
-Carry it everywhere: fits into almost any wallet
-Stick to your device w/ the NanoStik pad as an alternative to storing in your wallet

LithiumCard Wallet Battery With Smartphone Charger ($60 $29.99)

nokia nickel

We’ve seen a lot of objects take on the dreaded red hot ball of nickel, but today is the day. Oh yes. Today is the day you finally get to see what happens when that red hot ball of nickel is placed on the “indestructible” Nokia 3310.

Find out if all the memes have it right after the break…

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A camera toting drone navigating the skies over Australia recently became the victim of an eagle who probably viewed it as a mechanical meal.

See Also: Chimps Hate Drones Too

Whatever the case, the YouTuber who captured the video noted that the eagle emerged from the encounter unscathed. As for the drone, the video after the jump says it all.

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The futuristic Lifestyle Home Elevator from England-based Terry Lifts definitely looks like it could beam you up. According to their site, the lift is designed to carry up to 550 pounds at once and can be customized to fit any decor. And it totally beats those granny chair lifts.

“We have combined luxury with the latest technology to bring you an innovative high end home elevator, ergonomically designed and created specially for your home.”

If I could customize it to make the materialization sound then I’m sold. Check out the video of the fancy lift in action after the break.

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monkey hunt

Ben Millam has a cat named Monkey and this self described “aspiring geek” was looking for a to give his beloved cat a more fulfilled life. Monkey has the instinct to hunt for his food, so he created a machine that trades food for RFID tagged balls Millam hides around the house.

This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal.

See the system in action after the break.

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