Category Archives: Gadgets
You know those neat projection keyboards? I think they could be used for interactive board games as well. This would allow you to instantly fire up a game of Settlers Of Catan or RISK, and without setting up all the pieces. Better yet, you could save games too, just like a video game.
Projected games would feature the usual board game elements: rolling dice, sliding pieces around, and so on. However the dynamic projection would allow for cool effects like zooming in, panning the board game around, and lots of animation.
For this design I wanted multiple projections from 4 sides to ensure the game board stays visually intact at all times, so I went for this “hula hoop” design to encircle the game board. For added functionality, it folds up to a crescent shape so that it can be used as a vanilla projection keyboard.
I’m really just scratching the surface with this concept. Could the projected games be in full color? Could this device interact with actual pieces (dice)? Could it work with physical card decks (each card with a scan code)? Could it emit sounds for the game? I’d like to think this device can do all of that and more, there’s plenty of potential here.
Here’s a Ghostbusters lamp that is illuminated by optical fiber, similar to this. If I ever did a gallery show (ha!), this would be one of my fancy pieces.
As you probably know, geeks enjoy going to the beach so they can kick sand at helpless muscleheads, because we need to assert our dominance constantly. All of the taunting and bullying can make a geek thirsty, so it’s imperative to keep cold beverages nearby. With that dilemma in mind, I give you: the Sandcrawler cooler!
I had somewhat of an ordeal acquiring a Game Boy Advance in the last few months. Rose Colored Gaming is sold-out (they can no longer acquire back-lit screens for GBAs), I also had no luck on Craigslist, a few used video games stores had nothing available; it was almost enough to make me quit! Read the rest of this entry
Here is a fun trinket for your desk: a Zelda treasure chest that features a Rupee floating in mid-air. This is made possible by magnetic levitation, something you’ve probably seen before (like that floating Tardis).
It works the exact same way as all other mag-lev toys, however the magnetic base is integrated into the treasure chest:
Other items could be swapped in, like a heart container, potion, compass — anything really. This sucker runs on AC or battery power, so I don’t see why it couldn’t belt out a few chimes from the game as well, or emit lights from the bottom of the chest (like in Ocarina of Time).
One downside is the treasure chest wouldn’t be able to close, because it needs to be a single solid shape molded around the mag-lev base.
Remember in the 80’s there was this promise of household robots could head to the fridge and fetch a few drinks for its thirsty owners? This opener would sort of fulfill that pipe dream by having a robot assist with opening a beer bottle. Progress!
There would be no robotics involved, just a bottle opener molded into the shape of Nintendo’s famous peripheral. R.O.B. himself would split in two, his lower base serving as a display stand with a magnet holder.
R.O.B. was completely useless as a video game peripheral, but as a bottle opener? I can think of no greater calling.