Misc. Gadgets

8bit star wars

No I don’t want to play the prequels! I’m just going to wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to come out on the SNES.

Yes indeed—CineFix has done their 8-bit thing with the original Star Wars trilogy and it’s glorious.

Relive the action in the video below.

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lightsaber flamethrower

Let me get the “don’t try this at home” disclaimer out of the way before I say that this homemade flaming lightsaber by Allen Pan is frickin’ awesome.

It uses a methanol/acetone fuel mixture with a butane propellent so, technically, it’s a glorified lighter. We prefer to think of it as a glorious lightsaber lighter with sound effects.

Watch the video below to see it in action. You’ll really enjoy the bit at the end.

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Charge up to four devices at once with the Limefuel Blast 20000mAh Battery Pack. It’s on sale for a limited time for only $36.99 (26% off with free shipping) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

When you choose Limefuel’s Blast for your portable power needs, you choose a battery that charges twice as fast as the competition. Not just that, but this amazingly efficient gadget lets you charge four devices at once, so you spend less time charging, and more time powering forward. And with 20000mAh of battery power, you can charge and charge again and again so you never run low on juice again.

-Charges up to four devices simultaneously w/ quad output & 20000mAh battery
-Shortens battery charging time significantly w/ 2A input
-Employs pass-through charging
-Indicates level of charge w/ 4 LED lights
-Preserves battery charge w/ auto shutoff
-Includes anti-overcharge protection+
-Designed w/ premium aluminum casing

Limefuel Blast 20000mAh Battery Pack ($50 $36.99)


So you’re stuck in traffic, and you fantasize about having a superlaser attached to your car. We’ve all been there. Of course, there’s not much you can lawfully do in this scenario but wait.

The good news is that you can derive some kind of satisfaction out of this ordeal with the Death Star USB Car Charger:

When you plug in this Star Wars Death Star USB Car Charger, Grand Moff Tarkin will instruct you that “You may fire when ready,” and you’ll hear the superlaser let loose. The green LEDs flash with the firing noise, and before you know it, your anger is an asteroid belt, floating away.

Product Page ($29.99)


Awkward Engineer’s Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock appeals to electronics buffs by telling time using analog meters and retro styling.

So, if the time is 4:57, the hours meter will point almost to the 4 and the minutes meter will point to 57. At midnight and noon, the time meters roll over zero.

The Analog Voltmeter clock will be offered in industrial gray and olive drab and is currently available for pre-order. You can also use the code “PRESALE” to get 30% off at checkout.

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A good redstone torch has a lot of uses, including acting as a source of infinite power for your cellphone. This Minecraft Redstone Torch from Think Geek functions as a cool nightlight, and it also features two USB outlets for charging your devices.

Product Page ($29.99)

wake up machine

Simone Giertz decided that the most effective way to wake up in the morning is to have an alarm clock that slaps her in the face repeatedly with a rubber arm. To make it happen, she picked apart a clock, wired it to an Arduino UNO and controlled it via a 165 rpm brushless DC motor through a relay.

As you’ll see after the jump, the Wake-Up Machine may work too well. Not only did it smack Simone in the face, but it also ate her hair. That being said, watch out for some nsfw language.

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Go Beyond HTML and create interactive websites with this 24+ hour client-side language training. The entire bundle is currently on sale in our Nerd Approved Deals Store for only $29—that’s a whopping 94% off!

The bundle includes:

developer bundle

Head on over to the product page below for the complete details on each course.

Javascript & jQuery Front-End Developer Bundle ($496 $29)


The Altwork Station may look like a dentist’s chair, but it’s actually a programmer’s dream workstation. It allows users work in just about any position – including lying down.

Altwork, a Sonoma Valley, California-based startup company, says this chair and desk combo is designed for “high-intensity” computer users, with an intense $5,900 price tag to match (although the first run will be available at a discounted $3,900. Bargain!).

The station comes has four different modes: standing, collaboration (the screen can be turned multiple directions) regular, and focus (reclined). The company believes, through research and data regarding health benefits, that we need to move and change positions throughout the day. For professionals who are glued to a computer screen most of the day, this desk can afford the ability to stretch and move while continuing to work.

The control panel is located right on the desk, and magnets help keep the desktop peripherals in place while in the reclined setting. A lot of engineering went into this thing, something that is evident in the leg rest that folds under itself—much like a scorpion tail.

Check out more photos of the Altwork Station station along with a demo video after the break.

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The music of John Williams will sound extra sweet through these Star Wars Bluetooth speakers. Wirelessly stream music from four different characters including Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Captain Phasma.

They’re small and portable, and they work with basically any audio device out there. They’re wireless speakers with one-touch connectivity to your Bluetooth device, but they also have a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

Check out the Chewbacca and Captain Phasma versions after the break.

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