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Wouldn’t it be cool to recreate the title screen from Super Metroid with your computer monitors? Your workstation would turn into a science lab, complete with a captive Metroid as an eye-catching centerpiece.
This mount would feature LED lights, allowing it to double as a lamp. It could feature additional functions like a USB hub or device dock too. Actually you could skip the mount function and just make this a standalone lamp/USB hub as well, allowing you to place it anywhere. Audio sounds from the game would be great too; an animatronic Metroid (that squashes like the title screen) would be too tough to execute methinks. Read the rest of this entry
UPDATE: My bad, there are already products on the market like this! They’re from NECA, and you can buy one now. Original post as follows:
When you go the extra mile to conceal the wires stemming from a wall-mounted TV, it looks great. Sometimes concealing wires is not an option, so here’s an idea: have Batman and Robin scale the wires like they are climbing up a building (a “Batclimb“, as it was known in the 60’s series).
I used over-sized Lego Minifigures here to demonstrate the idea, but you’ll probably be better-served by something like these.
Batman and Robin work great here because there are usually two cables hanging from the TV (the power cord and HDMI cable), so they’d cling to one cable each. If additional cables are present you could use Batgirl and Nightwing too.
There are other approaches too (such as Luke Skywalker heading up to an AT-AT), however the dynamic duo look at home climbing up the wall.
Well the image pretty much speaks for itself, I reckon. I suppose you could fix it up to actually run on steam, but that’s way too over-the-top. There is one slight dig at Valve Software, so I hope they don’t suspend my Steam account (I need my Peggle fix to function).
Recently I had the privilege of collaborating with Tom Spina Designs, makers of the famous Han Solo in Carbonite desk. The gig was for another desk, this time a commission for a client who wanted something special for their office: a desk based on the bridge from the most recent Star Trek films.
A few weeks ago my friends at ES Robbins (the makers of the excellent NHL 94 chair mat) asked me to try out their new website for custom deskpads and chair mats. The timing of this was freaky because I was in the market for a deskpad, thanks to the keyboard scratching up my desk surface.
I opted to upload my own design, but it took me several days to decide on what I wanted on my deskpad. Did I want an 8-bit NHL rink? The world map from Avatar: The Last Airbender? A RISK gameboard? A map of Middle Earth or Westeros? A giant Magic: The Gathering playing card? The control panel from the bridge of the Enterprise-D? My detailed plans for world conquest? And on and on. Read the rest of this entry
Thanks to Netflix I recently revisited Justice League Unlimited, and finally got acquainted with Batman: The Brave And The Bold. Both series feature Booster Gold and his sidekick, a hovering robot named Skeets.
And Skeets being such a versatile robot, he struck me as something that would translate to many neat products, such as: a webcam, virtual keyboard projector, night light, USB Hub, desktop speaker, digital projector, and so on. For now I’m happy to use Skeets as a lamp, mostly because he’d look cool and would also serve as a life-size prop of sorts.
I’m a little surprised that there aren’t several Skeets products on the market already. In both shows he struck me as toy-like in his appearance, and his voice sounded like something emitted from a sound chip that are common in toys today. Lots of opportunity here in my opinion.
A few notes: the lamp could collapse to show Skeets in his normal form (above right), and his red eye could be used as a night light perhaps? The lamp would use a doughnut-shaped halogen or LED light. And yes it would be cool if it came with a number of phrases voiced by Billy West (the voice actor who voiced Skeets in both shows).
(Note: I posted this four years ago, but I am re-posting this today with new art and fancier words. I’m almost done with the cleanup)
I use a power bar for my computer and junk, and on a few occasions I have tripped its red switch with my foot, killing the power and my will to live. So I thought, why can’t that switch be tethered remotely? Something I can place on my desk within arm’s reach. And voila, this concept was born.
However my clumsiness prompted the addition of a protective cover for the switch, so I dreamed up this switch design that belonged inside a fighter jet. I feel it would look cool on your desk. Or would it look too cool? The temptation to press it might be overwhelming.
Not shown: the red light indicator would be embedded in the switch too, just like a normal power bar.
Power bar manufacturers: this design is not beholden to any intellectual property (e.g. Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters), so please run with it if you want.