14 February, 2012

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Roadkill Toys – They take Guts to Play with… Literally

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 07:17 AM PST

I spent my Sunday at the Toy Fair here in NYC, and while I have quite a few things to share with you, (and I will) for some reason these toys are the ones I can’t seem to forget about! They were adorable, cartoon-y, then shocking, hysterically funny and I couldn’t help but smile all day, they were thought out down to the last detail, super professional and as it ends up, I just have to have one! I mean, I’ll get one for my daughter, yes.. that’s it, that’s my story.

Meet Roadkill toys, they embody every single characteristic of a warm and fuzzy, collectable, super cuddly plush animal, of course one that has been run over… perhaps more than once… and their crucial internal organs are hanging out, but rest assured that their entrails can be tucked back inside and zippered up for the more squeamish among us. Complete with body bags, toe tags and a suitable for framing certificate of death, these suckers are what kids dreams are made of… um nightmares? Well, anyway, lets just say they should have some sort of sleep issues with these adorable little dead things.

These little guys have great back-stories that include the way they died, like Twitch the raccoon who evidently missed his mark with a late night road crossing, and Grind, (my personal favorite) a cute little gray rabbit who had a very unfortunate meeting with the tires of an 18 wheeler. Smudge, a cheeky little squirrel who also failed to yield with disastrous consequences. Roadkill toys is poised to introduce us to some other dead animals soon, including Fender the fox and Splodge the hedgehog. (one can only imagine)

So if a cuddly little cartoon-esque animal with an enlarged spleen, displaced intestines, protuding bloodshot eyes, gaggling tongues and a few tire marks are right up your alley You need to be on the lookout for Roadkilltoys.com Actually, you probably need a lot of things… like to talk to a professional… what are you waiting for? Go. Now!


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The Video Game Coffee Table – Indulge your Inner Child

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 06:16 AM PST

I’m thinking it would be great to have a gameroom, but then again, being a grown-up and all, maybe having a bunch of toys in a room is a little too juvenile. I mean the place can’t look like my college sorority, I have a reputation to uphold, sort of… but I gotta tell you, I love video games, all of them, and I have a special fondness for old school arcade games, whats a girl to do?

Well, heres a start, a company called Surface Tension (we’ve reported on them before) makes some pretty awesome, and relatively discreet, coffee-type tables that that have tucked away inside them, the heart of an upright arcade cabinet. With a lovely smoked glass top, these tables conceal a virtual arcade wonderland in a very pretty, contemporary style wooden table. Available in various designs and finishes including veneers or solid woods, each unit is complete with retro gaming components, from the 2 sets of controls, 1 and 2 player start buttons, a trackball, joysticks and volume controls, heck, the only things thats missing is the coin slots!

The units also run on Windows 7 Home Premium and come equipped with a 500GB hard disk, a wireless network adaptor and a DVD/CDRW drive, not so old school huh?

Imagine if you will, you and your friends gathered around the table, a frosty beverage in hand playing Space Invaders, Mortal Combat, Pac Man or my own personal favorite, Galaga.. and remember, you’re not limited to pre-installed games, you can add whatever games you’d like because its MAME compatible. And last but not least, if youre a fan of indie games, indulge your passion, they’re a snap to add.

With payments made through Paypal and free delivery, I think the Surface Tension Arcade Table is exactly what I was looking for! Available for around 5100.00 bucks and delivered worldwide from www.surface-tension.net I want one! Is that bad?


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Simplest Motor

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 05:30 AM PST

All parents, I am quite sure of this, do have their secret hope on what their kids will grow up to be, and our role in childrens’ lives would be to make sure they end up as responsible citizens who pursue their dreams to the fullest. One of the ways to figure out what one’s strengths and weaknesses are would be through exploration, so when your young ‘un is still malleable enough, why not open him or her up to different disciplines? With the $5.99 Simplest Motor, you can introduce the world of engineering to those who are interested or have a penchant in this discipline.

This toy might be extremely cheap, but it imparts one very important lesson – to learn up the basics of building a motor. It will comprise an outer body, a magnet, and some copper wire, where the complete set of instructions are within including several experiments to pique one’s curiosity even further. You will need to purchase a D battery on your own though, and hone your DIY skills as you pursue the quest of making the perfect motor.

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Portable 256 Color Uplighter

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 05:00 AM PST

Getting the mood right in any situation is not easy at all, but in the movies, everything always falls into place, with the right kind of lighting and an orchestra backing you up. I guess in real life, creating moods is a far harder task, which is why there are always gadgets out there which can always get you off on the right footing. Enter the £24.99 Portable 256 Color Uplighter which comes in either black or white (to better suit your surroundings), it allows you to cast yourself in any light of your choice by cycling through the full spectrum of 256 colors. With a battery that can be charged via USB, this is the perfect portable mood lighter for any situation, even more so today as it is Valentine’s.

There is a touch sensitive color wheel that lets you select any color, or you can always opt to go random by letting it cycle through the entire range. Whenever the internal battery starts to wind down (you can tell as the light is not that bright any more – or stops completely), just plug it into any available powered USB port and you are good to go.

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Tactical iPad Cover

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 04:30 AM PST

Ever heard of Flying Circle Bags? No? Neither have I, but the rather fun-named company is a key supplier of field, tactical and travel bags to the US military. This is serious business, and when they roll out the Tactical iPad Cover, you know that they are not kidding about maximizing the use of your iPad. After all, this multi-functional iPad accessory is touted to be a force multiplier for not only the iPad 2, but its predecessor as well.

Boasting a sturdy construction build as well as 1000D NIR-compliant DuPont Cordura material, this case is more than able to stand up to the rigors of tough living, and yet it does not look out of place in an office boardroom during a meeting.

Being extremely versatile, the Tactical iPad Cover can be optimized in order to securely hold an iPad in just about any position on a range of surfaces. Want to tote around your iPad in a one-handed swagger? Not a problem at all, thanks to the reinforced elastic straps. If you prefer to take the hands-free route, that is also a snap to do courtesy of the built-in adjustable leg strap. If you prefer to work with your iPad on a solid surface, the kick stand or main closure strap will come in handy.

Not only that, the removable viewing hood also serves a dual purpose, where it reduces visual signature during no-light or low-light conditions and reduces glare when working in bright sunlight. You know that your iPad is in good hands with the Tactical iPad Cover, where it ensures the Apple tablet is protected from the elements with a built-in micro-fiber cleaning cloth, a flap that covers the iPad camera, as well as pockets which come in handy to stash away your essential items like business cards and perhaps some iPad accessories.

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iCADE 8-Bitty to debut at Toy Fair 2012

Posted: 14 Feb 2012 04:00 AM PST

You know that with the advent of tablets and smartphones, we are now very used to touchscreen displays – something which used to be in the domain of science fiction is now widespread reality. Even our ATMs these days tend to have a touchscreen display in order to keep up with the times. Well, having said that, touchscreen displays do do their part in making sure new genres of games are churned out in order to take advantage of this new interactive format, but what happens when you port over old school games onto a touchscreen display equipped device?

Sure, the memories of yore might roll back the years as you indulge in a little blast from the past on your iPad or smartphone, and I am quite sure that deep down inside, you would probably feel that your gaming experience would have been far better with physical controls instead of just tapping on a glass display. Enter the iCADE 8-Bitty then, which is set to debut at the 2012 Toy Fair in New York City.

Just in case the iCADE 8-Bitty seems familiar to you, it is actually the smaller sibling of the iCADE gaming cabinet, where that itself started off as an April Fool's joke which ended up as one of the most anticipated ThinkGeek products ever. The iCADE 8-Bitty certainly lives up to that, bringing the magic of the iCADE to the pockets of smartphone and tablet users.

According to Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek's GeekLabs, “We’re excited to extend on the success of the original iCADE. And with millions of iOS and Android devices in circulation it only makes sense to widen the field and bring the fun of iCADE to every possible device."

The iCADE 8-Bitty functions as a wireless game controller which comes with the classic D-Pad and button layout that will remind you of retro 8-bit game consoles back from the 1980s and 1990s. It is battery powered, and will hook up to your device wirelessly, letting your fingers run all over the fully-functional directional game pad and eight buttons. A $24.99 asking price is not too much to fork out, is it?

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