BuckyBalls: Seriously Fun Magnetism at Play

April 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Toys

What can you do with the 216 tiny spherical magnets that make up a ZoomDoggle’s BuckyBalls set? A lot apparently, especially if you’ve got a geographic imagination. You can pull the magnets apart, stick them together, and shape the whole metallic clump in virtually limitless ways. You can even create the famous “BuckyBall” molecule structure this magenetic toy was named after.

ZoomDoggle’s BuckyBalls are available from getbuckyballs.com for $25 a set. First set requires an additional $6 for shipping (worldwide), but getting two makes shipping free.

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Even better, the folks behind getbuckyballs.com have graciously offered an additional $5 discount to The Gadget Blog readers. Just apply the coupon code “gadgetblog” before checking out.

(image courtesy of getbuckyballs.com)

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Useless But Cool: iDaft

March 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Toys

idaftFans of Daft Punk—and sample pad enthusiasts—will find iDaft entertaining. Basically, iDaft is a website that presents samples from Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger in a clean grid format. Each cell plays an individual sample when clicked on or its corresponding keyboard shortcut is pressed. It’s cool being able to imperfectly replicate the intro of Kanye West’s Stronger, which by the way, used samples from Daft Punk’s original.

This isn’t really something that will change your life or boost your productivity tremendously. But like I said, it’s cool. What’s amazing is that no one’s attempted to turn this into a mobile app! I can imagine iPhone and iPod touch users need another reason to back-up their gadgets’ professed superiority, though it wouldn’t hurt to see a Java version of this online app, made for mobiles.

Also, it would great to see other versions of iDaft, like iBritney iJustin, or whatever you can think of.

(image is screenshot of iDaft)

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Hey Jude: A Game for Really Bored People

February 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Toys, Virtual Hilarity

Feeling pretty bored but too lazy to unglue yourself from the computer? Then load your favorite media player and set it to random mode! Start playing any song. Now all you have to do is answer a bunch of questions (received from a friend) by pressing next on your media player. The results can be really hilarious, totally weird, or in my case, strangely accurate. A sample of this game in action is available for those who continue reading. Read more

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Awesome Lego-Built Pneumatic Engines Guarantee Geekasm

December 14, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
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Played with Lego when you were younger? Then I guarantee you’ll go gaga over these pneumatic-powered lego-built engines! First you’ve go an inline 3-cylinder engine:

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Rubber Band Metal Gun DIY

September 27, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Toys

Check it out: mimicking the classic wooden setup, but in the words of Boing Boing, “this one has a working safety and is far prettier. (And heavier!)”

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