The Mr. Robot Head Game helps with hand-eye coordination

If you’re looking to help develop your kids hand-eye coordination, this Mr. Robot Head would do a great job with it.  It comes from Think Geek and is meant for kids ages 4 and on up.  It’s basically a robotic twist to the Operation games.  Same concept, trying to be careful and not sound the buzzer.  It just has a slightly different object to the game.  The nice extra is that you’ll never have to put batteries into this guy.  He has other methods to power himself up.

Just crank the handle on the back of the robot and he’ll be powered up and ready to go.  The object of the game is to get the handle from one end of the wire to the other without actually touching the wire.  If you touch the wire the LED robot eyes will start to flash and the head will then make strange noises.  All in all the game is endlessly frustrating and will keep the kids busy.  It will cost you $28.99 for this 9” square.

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Nokia patent application shows strange Communicator design

Nokia has been playing their cards close to their chest most of the time when it comes to cell phone releases, as their designs tend to lean towards the safe side of things. Well, good thing the Finnish telecommunications company is going the extra mile to come up with a potentially groundbreaking design in the future, if what we see above in a recent patent application goes through to the manufacturing process. This completely weird four-way folding Communicator is full of hinges, keys and pixels that consists of “at least four device parts,” making us wonder what those parts are exactly. What do you think Nokia is up to?

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Supervision is Electronic Checkbook Balancer

Designer Eun-Gyeong Gwon has created a device known as the Supervision, a “financial management and electronic budget diary”. It should work very well for those who have a hard time balancing their checkbook.

The Supervision has the ability to scan and process receipts. It will also tabulate bank accounts, and it will let the user know his or her balance. I don’t see a screen on this device, so I’m not certain how it informs the user of this information.

Other than that, this is about all my source knows about this particular device, which is still a concept at this point. Since this is the day after Christmas, I’m sure some of you are wishing that you had a Supervision to help manage your flailing finances.

I would like to suggest a way to improve the Supervision. Make it so it can connect to your computer, so your recent purchases will show up on Quicken or Microsoft Money. However, most banks already have online access which can download account information to the aforementioned financial programs.

I can’t help but wonder how this Supervision scanner absorbs the information from the receipt. How does it know which number to tally? I’ve noticed that all my Wal-Mart receipts have a barcode at the bottom which usually gets scanned when I make a return, so maybe it should use this code.

Some of you might not think you need this, but if the Supervision is ever marketed, I’m sure there will be those who will wonder how they lived without it.

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Dashboard Devices Carputer

Clearly, we are at the point where there are too many electronic devices in our cars. With all the highly advanced car stereos, GPS devices, and cellular phones that are out right now, it is about time someone just up and put a PC in the automobile.

I suppose that is what Dashboard Devices was thinking when they created the “Carputer”. This Entertainment and Navigation for Vehicles (ENV) device is actually a two-part system. The first part is the ENV-XC, with an Intel Core Duo processor, 1 Gbyte of RAM, 160 Gbyte hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual FM radios, optional satellite radio receiver, DVD-RW burner, plus GPS radio.

As for the second part, the user has a choice of the ENV-100, the ENV-50, or the ENV-50c. The ENV-100 is a double-DIN system, while ENV-50 and ENV-50c are single DIN. The difference between the 50 and the 50c is that the 50 has a motorized screen and the 50c has a detached screen.

There is no word on what operating system this Carputer will use, but it should be known that the company has given a heads up about the Carputer’s vulnerability to viruses. Let us hope that these Carputers don’t distract us from driving.

Dashboard Devices hopes to have the Carputer available by the summer time, at a price of about $2,700. Rumor has it that the company will put the Carputer on display at CES if you want to check it out in Vegas this January.

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The Vintage Viewfinder Clock recycles old Viewfinders

Viewfinders at one point were about the coolest things we could possibly imagine.  Now, it’s really only cool, because it was a treasured childhood item.  If you were to give a kid this for a Christmas gift now, they’d look at you like your shoulder sprouted another head.  Even if you were feeling sentimental and bought a working Viewfinder for yourself, eventually you’d get bored with it.  At which point it would get shoved in the back of a closet or drawer.  Instead you can show your appreciation for your childhood toy with this cool clock.

The clock uses one of the older Viewfinders, to give it a nice vintage look.  These are handmade by the Minnesota artist Debra Dresler.  Each one may vary a bit though, because these clocks are made from actual Viewfinders.  Which also means you’re helping to recycle an old forgotten toy.  Unfortunately since they are handmade, they are very pricey.  So you’ll have to be dying for this clock to want to fork out that much cash.  It’s being sold for $145 on Uncommon Goods.

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The Rocket Launcher Alarm Clock

We all go through those periods when it’s a nightmare trying to drag ourselves out of bed in the morning.  Be it because the bed is far warmer than the room, or you’re having a particularly good dream, either way you still have to make yourself get up.  When you’re desperate to find a way to drag yourself out of bed, you might look into this quirky alarm clock.  It’s sure to keep your mornings interesting.

When it’s time to wake up you’ll hear a count down and then the rocket will shoot into the air.  In order to make the alarm stop going off, you have to grab the rocket and put it back.  After rushing around to grab it, you’ll likely be wide awake and ready to get ready for work or school.  Luckily these are available in the UK as well as the US from two different vendors.  You can get it for the UK from DrinkStuff for £14.67 and the US can get it on Perpetual Kid for $24.99.

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Thanko’s New MP4 Watch puts a camera on your wrist

This isn’t the first time we have reported on Thanko devices, and if they keep putting out devices like an MP4 Watch with Video Camera, it won’t be the last. After all, a watch with a video camera feels like it was taken right out of James Bond or Dick Tracy.

This product is similar to an MP4 Watch that Brando launched a while ago, and the screen is the same size at 1.8 inches. Unlike the one from Brando, the Thanko can shoot video at 352

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The Vibrating Alarm Clock Pillow

No one finds the sound of an alarm to be a pleasant thing.  In some cases it going off can make mornings go very badly.  Either because it will wake up a baby that you just got to sleep soundly or a significant other who doesn’t need to be up for several hours.  If you’re just looking for something that doesn’t sound so obnoxious you can always program an alarm clock to play music instead.  However, that still doesn’t solve the issue of waking up others.  Well this pillow aims to solve that problem.

It comes straight from Japan so likely we won’t be seeing this pillow just yet.  It will probably take a little while to reach the US or UK.  However, you can still admire the idea from afar.  When it’s time to wake up, it silently vibrates.  So if you’re worried about your significant other, hopefully they are a sound sleeper.  I’d imagine something vibrating the bed would still rouse them a bit.  There have been similar designs, there was one that was meant to be placed under your pillow.  The only difference is the one from Japan is meant to be used as your main pillow and has a vibrating mechanism within it.

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New automobile key could help save lives

Teenagers - most of them get the euphoric feeling of being independent from their parents the moment they pass their driving exams, and receive the keys to dad’s car. Regardless of whether you’re from a well-to-do family or will inherit a vehicle that’s as old as you, there is nothing quite like being in a jalopy with you at the wheel. No longer will you have to endure dad’s over-careful driving style, and neither do you have to subject yourself to elder sister’s maniacal forays down the highway. You are in charge of your destiny, be it a shiny new Ferrari or an old Ford pickup truck that requires 10 minutes of warm-up before it can get going. Unfortunately for parents, instead of worrying about their kid’s newfound freedom on the road, they also have to think about cell phone usage habits. Good thing somebody came up with this new automobile ignition key that prevents teenagers from talking on cell phones or sending text messages while driving. That ought to go a long way in helping reduce the amount of accidents, eh?

Researchers at the University of Utah were the ones who came up with this invention, and they have dubbed it Key2SafeDriving, targeting a lower number of road fatalities. How does it achieve this noble intention? For starters, it will rely on Bluetooth connectivity to remain hooked to compatible cell phones wirelessly. and is aimed at cutting down on road deaths. It relies on Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect keys to phones. Before the engine is turned on, the driver must slide the key out or push a button to release it. The device will then send a signal over to the driver’s cell phone, moving it into “driving mode” while displaying a “Stop” sign on the handset’s display screen. Any incoming calls or texts will be answered with a message , “I am driving now. I will call you later when I arrive at the destination safely.”

According to Xuesong Zhou, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-invented the system with Wally Curry, “The key to safe driving is to avoid distraction. We want to provide a simple, cost-effective solution to improve driving safety.”

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The Black & Decker Ll4000 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartDriver

The older we get, the less coordinated we’re going to be.  Eventually our hands will likely shake and it’ll be difficult to do certain tasks.  Frankly, I already am overly clumsy and lack coordination at times.  Well if you’re either just clumsy or getting up there in years, but still want a way to be independent with your DIY projects, this is the way to go.  Magnetic screwdrivers are always incredibly helpful, well this SmartDriver takes things one step further.

It has an extended arm that can retract and will hold your screw steady  while you work on securing the screw into the wall.   To make things even more simple it has a 6-position clutch to prevent stripping any of your screws.  It also has an LED work light and a Lithium-Ion battery.  Now the bizarre thing about this product is the way Amazon lists the price.  You can purchase this directly from Amazon for $3,997 or from Target through Amazon for $39.99.  I tried to find this sold on a different site to figure out the price, but it seems Amazon is the only place with it.  Basically, I have no idea why it’s priced this way, but that’s the way Amazon has it listed.

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