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 Self Destruct USB Hub

Inject some urgency into your debonair character with the Self-Destruct button USB hub that is bound to elicit more than a telling glance from your co-workers. There is an aura around somebody who looks and acts dangerous, and what better way than placing this device on your desk? It looks like it was taken directly from a movie set with all the necessary trappings, with the added bonus of an additional four USB 2.0 ports. Pressing the big, red, round button will elicit a “Kill! Kill! Kill!” audio response.

Now is that not just the most awesome geeky device you could ever receive?

Take a peek at the real thing at GeekStuff4U.

Ring! Ring! It’s the Bananaphone!

Bananaphones

San Francisco prankster Laird Rickard has figured out a way to make obnoxious cell phone use funny: he makes it look like you’re talking into a banana. Laird’s company Nanaco produces Cellfoams, squishy foam covers in wacky shapes that protect your phone, and more importantly, make you look silly when you’re talking on your phone instead of rude. Nanaco’s premier product is the banana shaped cell phone cover, playing off that classic gag of pretending a banana is a phone. It was hilarious when Groucho Marx did it and the joke is still, ahem, appealing today. Attractively priced at about $12 bucks at a variety of local retailers, this is a great way to make light of a technology whose convenience barely compensates for its invasiveness. If you were looking for a way to say “I’m just bananas about talking on my cell phone!”, this is it.

Spike TV Hosts the Video Game Awards

The awards show for Video Games is being hosted by Spike TV this year, the show will be broadcast tape delayed on Dec 13. If you’d like a sneek peek at a few of the results, here you go:

“The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” a fantasy role-playing game, was the top winner at the Spike TV Video Game Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, taking home five prizes, including “Game of the Year” and “Most Addictive.”
 
“Gears of War,” an alien shooting title, captured four honors, including “Studio of the Year” for developer Epic Games.
 
Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s new Wii video game console, which has wooed gamers with its intuitive one-handed motion sensing controller, took home the prize for “Breakthrough Technology.” 
 
Best Performance by a Human – Male: Patrick Stewart in “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”
 
Best Performance by a Human – Female: Vida Guerra in “Scarface: The World is Yours” (Vivendi /Radical Entertainment) 
 
Critics’ Choice: “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” (Nintendo)
 
Cyber Vixen of the Year: “Alyx Vance” in “Half-Life 2: Episode 1” (Valve)
 
Best Original Score: “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”
 
Best Graphics: “Gears of War” (Microsoft Corp./Epic Games)

Breakthrough Technology: Nintendo Wii

Marvel Delivers “New Avengers” For The Military

Just in time for the holiday season, Marvel Comics’ “The New Avengers” and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service have teamed up to bring troops stationed around the world another free, military-exclusive comic book.

Marvel Comics is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and the corporate sector support the nation’s servicemembers.

“The New Avengers: Letters Home” is scheduled to arrive in U.S. exchanges around Dec. 20 and overseas, including the 53 BX/PX facilities throughout operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, shortly thereafter. It’s the fourth installment of the military-only comic book series.

Avenger Military Comic“Due to their limited availability, collectors have historically shown great interest in these special AAFES/Marvel Comics editions,” Army Col. Max Baker, AAFES chief of staff, said. “If the past is any indicator, ‘The New Avenger: Letters Home’ issue should go quickly.”

Available exclusively at AAFES stores, the newest issue once again features Marvel’s superhero Captain America, who, because his regular supporting cast is away for the holidays, is joined by Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider and special guest, The Punisher. When Hydra takes over a military communications satellite, the superheroes spring into action to ensure troops’ e-mail messages to loved ones make their way home.

Because of the highly collectible nature and the anticipated demand for the 36-page comic, AAFES officials advise that “The New Avengers: Letters Home” is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mech Commander 2 Source Code Available

I found this on MSDN, basically MC2 is now ‘shared source‘:

If you’re interested in how real commercial games are built, look no further than Mech Commander 2, a real-time strategy game with full source code available released by Microsoft Game Studios. If you’re a C++ developer you can learn how to build your own mods to Mech Commander in these three free webcasts

Cost: Free

Get it: Download the full source code (1GB)

Code it: Mike Klucher from the XNA team gave a 3-part on-demand Webcast series on how to mod Mech Commander 2 that you should use as your starting point: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

MC2

Geek Gift #7 – Star Trek Classic Phasor

We’re listing gifts for geeks each day for the first several weeks leading to Christmas. We won’t bother listing all the way up to Chirstmas because you wouldn’t be able to order it and deliver it in time now would you? 🙂

Get this Star Trek Trek Classic Phaser as a gift for the wannabe Starfleet captain or ‘red shirt’ in your life!

With authentic action lights and sounds and adjustable power settings, this fun phaser is more fun (and more durable) than the props used on the TV show!

Looks like Entertainment Earth have it in stock and it’s only US$27.99.

Star Trek Classic Phasor

Eco-Friendly Laptop

We all know that major companies have been searching for more environmentally safe ways to maintain our 21st century lifestyles.  For the most part, its rather expensive to create the electronics that would allow this.  But, LG – A company more well known for their cellular phones, has developed an ecological laptop called an “ebook” that is powered by liquid fuel cells, rather than the standard battery.

LG ebook

The LG’s future laptop uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels for display instead of the current liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. This concept notebook received a Red Dot Award nomination for “Best Concept Design” for 2006.  Unlike LCD, OLED does not need a frame around it, and it consumes less electricity. The keypad will also be made of a singe OLED panel, like the one used in LG’s Chocolate Phone, according to the report.

Although quite expensive to construct at the moment, LG promises that leading technologies will be used to keep this notebook environmentally clean, and cheap.

Sounds good to me!  If it is indeed not that expensive when they roll them out on the floor, I’ll be there to claim one of the first as mine!

Art Deco Speakers

Art Speakers

Art Lebedev creates electronic eye-candy that would make any computer enthusiast pant. While his Optimus keyboard was flattering enough, the Mus2 pointer-shaped mouse was pure genius. Design mobs take heart, as Art Lebedev Studios‘ has an uber-sleek Sonicum speaker system up for pre-order, and besides eliciting all sorts of geekish lust, the 2.1 computer-minded setup boasts dual 5-watt NXT speakers, a 15-watt subwoofer, and a few design cues that set it apart from the rest. The satellites bear a striking resemblance to a speaker cone silhouette, the subwoofer’s bass knob is cleverly marked with a smiley, and each simplistic piece is branded with Art’s own barcode logo.

For just $126.60, you can claim your Sonicum rig now, but unfortunately you’ll be waiting until next April to hear Lebedev’s latest masterpiece in person.

Geek Gift #6 – Astromech Droids

Star Wars Astromech Droids

Brought to you by Entertainment Earth, now you can save the galaxy with the help of your trusty droids! Entertainment Earth collaborated with Hasbro to bring us this Star Wars Exclusive.

Set #1: R3-T6, R3-T2, R2-C4, R4-A22, R2-Q2
Set #2: R3-Y2, R2-M5, R2-A6, R4-E1, R2-X2

You’ve never seen Droids like this before! Never before made as toys, these new figures incorporate some of the finest Droid designs out of Hasbro and the engineers of Industrial Automaton. Each droid has several points of articulation, with articulated “feet,” moving domes, retractable third legs, and all sorts of light-up eyes, clear domes, and other features that bring these unique droids to life!

It’s in stock now and is only US$69.99.

Astromech Droids

Scientists Piece Together da Vinci’s Fingerprints

Anthropologists said they have pieced together Leonardo da Vinci’s left index fingerprint, a discovery that could help provide information on such matters as the food the artist ate and whether his mother was of Arabic origin. Aspects of his fingerprint apply to 60% of the Arabic population indicating his mother may have originated from that region.

The reconstruction of the fingerprint was the result of three years of research and could help attribute disputed paintings or manuscripts whose creators are under dispute.

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Read details on MSNBC.

Geek Gift #5 – Get Your Message Across!

Make a statement with bold scrolling text using the Electronic Message Board. Whether for your business or home, you can now vividly display messages on this large LCD electronic billboard.

The Electronic Message Board has a built-in keyboard with the entire alphabet, 10 number keys, and symbols allows for easy programming. A built-in digital clock displays time with hours, minutes, and seconds. It can even store up to 26 preprogrammed messages of your choice with up to 60 characters each.

It’s about 30″ long and 6″ high, costs US$89.95.
Electronic Message Board

RoboSalmon to Spy on Fish

LiveScience has a really cool article on RoboSalmon, an underwater robot meant to spy on the real fish, is being developed at Glasgow University.

The robot has a built-in camera to broadcast images of real fish back to the operators of the device. Zoologists will use RoboSalmon to monitor various fish species in their natural habitat.

A key feature of RoboSalmon is its propulsion system. Since the robot will use its fins and tail for movement, it will be able to move through the water in a way that is more natural for aquatic creatures. Propellers make an unnatural noise that disturbs fish; RoboSalmon’s biomimetic characteristics should help it blend in.

More detailed photos here. We could use something like this in the Pacific Northwest to chase away the sea lions eating the salmon as they try to enter the fish ladders to spawn.

  RoboSalmon