Cocktail arcade cabinets have been around for decades, but they are usually for 1 or 2 players. I believe there are enough games to enable a 4-player tabletop version.
This gadget is made possible by an IPS display, a superior display that can be seen clearly from all angles. I also want to include rotary joysticks, which can be toggled like a joystick for regular games (Pac-Man), or rotated for spinner games (Pong). The rotary joystick can be a button as well.
Continue reading ➞ 4-Player Tabletop Arcade
This design combines retro gaming and the lunchboxes that were popular in the 80’s. I was inspired by the Nintendo GameCube, which had a handle on the back of the console for portability. Thought it would be nice to have a complete console kit for travelling.
The console stores beneath the “window” of the lunchbox, so it can show off its large sticker, in this example I went with Mega Man. Two controllers, HDMI cable, USB power cable, and wall adapter all store underneath the console.
Continue reading ➞ Lunchbox Game Console
You can find this product exclusively at Amazon here.
Here is a smaller version of the Thor Hammer Tool Set, this time the main handle is a flashlight. The included tools should be enough for minor tech repairs and other small jobs around the house.
There’s more products on the horizon! The closure of Thinkgeek last year really set a lot of plans back, mine included. I’m hoping Amazon creates a “fun geeky products” section one day, to highlight products similar to what Thinkgeek used to sell.
This is a papercraft project where you can make a small gift box or greeting card. I recommend card stock paper, both are designed for regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Find the template for the gift box here, and the greeting card here. The greeting card can be used as a certificate too.
As you know Baby Yoda toys are nowhere to be found this holiday season, which reminds me of what happened when the original Star Wars film came out in 1977. During the holidays of that year, toy company Kenner issued Early Bird Gift Certificates (seen here on the left), because the toys wouldn’t be ready until the spring of 1978. This stop-gap measure was a huge success, and is fondly remembered by toy collectors to this day.
So I made this gift box/greeting card for fans who find themselves in a similar predicament here in 2019. I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays.
Note: I will probably delete this in a few months when Baby Yoda toys are everywhere, much like Baby Groot was in the summer of 2014. The look of this design matches a recent 40th anniversary reissue, not the original (sorry).
This travel alarm clock is about the size of a Funko Pop. It runs on a rechargeable battery, so to save power the time is only displayed when the head is pressed down (this also operates the snooze feature). All of the buttons are on the back, but if it were up to me this gadget would be set remotely by a smart app.
This started as a personal assistant (Alexa/Siri) design, but you guys are probably tired of those! A Bluetooth speaker approach was also considered, but seeing as this character is good at waking up nerds, an alarm clock seemed like the best fit. This approach could be used with any other visor-wearing character, like the Stig or the Power Rangers.
This is a LEGO walkie-talkie that turns into a dustpan and brush for cleaning up LEGO. It can be used as a prop too, and would look good in any LEGO builder’s room.
Continue reading ➞ LEGO Dustpan And Brush
Here is another design using Heads-Up Display technology (more on that here), a personal assistant based on the mirror from Snow White. This was inspired by a recent episode of Black Mirror that featured an interactive toy with an emotive face. Why isn’t there a personal assistant with an animated face?
Continue reading ➞ Mirror Mirror Personal Assistant