Wearable Toy Piano Shirt

This next device is currently not available at any particular catalog or website, but it really should be. After all, ThinkGeek is already offering the Electric Drum Kit Shirt, so why not one that is a Piano?

The DIY Wearable Toy Piano shirt is designed for a DIY Festival that was held in Zurich last weekend. You can go to the Instructables site for some step-by-step instructions on how to make this homemade gift.

Much of the materials can be obtained from a normal toy piano, and it appears that the buttons are put on the side, which makes this piano shirt easy to play. If the designer had put the piano keys on your chest, then it would be complicated and awkward to play. It looks like you have to do some kind of adapting to play this particular piano that you can wear.

After seeing this YouTube video below, you can’t deny that it works. However, it could probably work better if it was attached to a speaker of some sort. Perhaps the filmmaker should have turned up the volume on the camera.

I guess the real question is whether or not you would be pleased if someone made you a Piano shirt and gave it to you as a gift for Christmas.

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Casio makes an attempt at geek chic Calculator Watches

Everyone remembers the signature calculator watch, it was far from geek chic the first time they came around.  However, Casio is making an attempt to make them look cool, or at least cool enough to pass for geek chic.  I doubt they’d become cool enough to be deemed trendy at any point.  Well in order to add a little appeal for the geek crowd, now they’re adding a burst of color to these watches.  They still of course look cheesy, but for the brave geek soul, they might be the perfect watch.

The watches have a ten year battery and an 8-digit calculator that does the usual functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  It also features four multi-function alarms and one that comes with snooze.  The watch also comes packed with a stopwatch, 13 language display, and an auto calendar.  In other words, it’s a very complicated watch that you might actually need to glance at the instructions to learn how to use.  Casio is selling these in five different colors for $59 a piece.

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The ThinkGeek Epoch Clock

Want to show the rest of the world that your brain is a cut above the rest? Well, with the ThinkGeek Epoch Clock, you are able to impress geeks with your ability to read binary numbering systems in a flash, while the rest of the room try to figure out just what is that strange looking device trying to say.

Reminiscent of the Rosetta Stone this multi-format alarm clock helps you easily convert between different numbering systems. Do you need to be able to effortlessly read the time in Binary or Hexadecimal? Well that’s debatable - but quickly converting a time display like C:2B into 12:43 (while others stare blankly at this clock) makes it pretty clear that you are a human possessing superior number skills. Like the enigmatic monolith from 2001, this clock will appear only as a mysterious geometric shape to those of inferior intelligence. The more evolved will easily decode the elegant time display rendered by its LEDs. Others may appreciate beautiful words or works of art but your language has always been numbers, the closest expression of eternal truth.

Features of the ThinkGeek Epoch Clock include :-

  • Displays the time in multiple formats: Standard, Hexadecimal, Octal, Binary, Roman
  • Unix epoch time display
  • Day, month, year display
  • Date display and Unix epoch display can be turned off/on
  • 12-hour (AM/PM) or 24-hour (military time)
  • Alarm clock with snooze and two volume settings
  • Back-up power from two AA batteries
  • USB port on back provides output power
  • Awesome LED display

This puppy will cost you a cool $49.99 - know any geeks who need a clock desperately this Christmas?


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Cool Gift Ideas for People to Make

Our next gift guide is aimed at the techie that enjoys making stuff before playing with it.

Magna-Bones 32 pcs - $14.99

Magna-Bones 32 pcs

Magna-Bones includes the skeletal remains of a Triceratops. Once you dig out your bones, assemble and pose Tri-Tops. Learn about their history and life on the collectable tin card.
- Feel like a real paleontologist!
- Build cool models with bone shaped rods.
- Endless hours of construction!
- An excellent way to develop scientific knowledge and social development.

The Magna-Bones 32 pcs is available from Amazon for $14.99.

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Wooden War Engine Kits - $19.99+

Wooden War Engine Kits

These kits let you bring back all the fun of flinging. Each one can assemble in just a few hours, and provides a fantastic scale model of an actual war weapon of yore. The catapult is perfect for chucking balls of paper and other small objects over cubicle walls. The trebuchet is better for long range targets (like the water cooler or networked printer). And, all you need to put them together are some strong fingers (or pliers), a cutting tool, and glue (not included). Both kits are perfect for showing your love of retro weaponry.

The Wooden War Engine Kits is available from Think Geek for $19.99+.

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Classic Video Table Tennis Kit - $19.99+

Classic Video Table Tennis Kit

Blocky table tennis with a ball and two paddles was one of the first real video games to make it into mainstream culture. It took an awful lot of high-tech electronics in 1972 to create this classic game. Now however you can cobble together your very own Classic Video Table Tennis Game with a little determination and some basic soldering skillz. This kit contains a pre-printed circuit board and 39 various resistors, diodes, and capacitors. Solder everything together (following the instructions we hope) and plug the audio and video into any standard TV for instant Table Tennis action. You can play against another lowly human or challenge the computer at four different skill levels.

The Classic Video Table Tennis Kit is available from Think Geek for $19.99+.

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Cannon Propulsion Kit - $20.97

Cannon Propulsion Kit

Explore basic concepts of physics as you aim and fire cannons at your target.
- Harness electric power to fire cannons at a target
- Measure speed, velocity and inertia of moving objects
- Learn about math, gravity and parabolic flights of projectiles
- Comes with a built-in measuring tape for precise experiments

The Cannon Propulsion Kit is available from Discovery for $20.97.

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100 Project Snap Together Circuitboard Kit - $29.95

100 Project Snap Together Circuitboard Kit

With dozens of exciting projects to choose from, this kit teaches children how electricity works and guides them through building their own burglar alarm, flashlight, doorbell, and more. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together easily (no soldering is necessary), and disassemble quickly so they can be used to build something else. The instruction manual introduces children to such electrical terms as “capacitor”, “resistor,” and “integrated circuit,” and takes them step by step through one hundred experiments.

The 100 Project Snap Together Circuitboard Kit is available from Hammacher for $29.95.

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MAKE: Technology on Your Time (Subscription) - $34.95

MAKE: Technology on Your Time (Subscription)

MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life and celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend your technology to your will. MAKE ignites your ingenuity and connects you with your fellow “Makers.”

The MAKE: Technology on Your Time (Subscription) is available from Amazon for $34.95.

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Hydrodynamic Building Set - $69.99

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The instruction manual shows you how the girders connect, how to build the various tanks, and some rendered images of completed projects - but not step-by-step. Your entire model gets built up from the bottom of the carrying case, which acts as the water reservoir and also has a special footing to be the structure’s foundation. Level by level, you build your support frame and add your tanks. Then connect all the tubes, add in the valves, and turn on the electric pump. If you’ve done it right, you’ll have an awesome construction everyone will marvel at (a little food coloring helps). Fail and you’re all wet - quite probably literally.

The Hydrodynamic Building Set is available from Think Geek for $69.99.

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Executivity Spring Bend Twin Tower - $88.99

Executivity Spring Bend Twin Tower

Spring Bend Twin Tower Motorized Marble Run ages 9 to Adult. Excutivity is an entertaining toy for the excutives who are still enchanted by sophisticated toys and gadgets. This is a spectacular building construction toy with a motorized elevator. This fun innovative product is great for adults and kids ages 9 and up. Lots of motorized movement and creativity. AA Batteries not included.

The Executivity Spring Bend Twin Tower is available from Amazon for $88.99.

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LEGO Mindstorms NXT - $224.99

LEGO Mindstorms NXT

Sure, Mindstorms NXT is a toy, but it is an important toy, like a piano or a chemistry set. It’s one of those items that engages an imagination and possibly opens doors to new interests. Since our future is surely to be shared with robots–it’s already started happening, just look at Roomba–those robots will need, at least initially, humans to program and maintain them. Those people, years from now, will likely remember their experiences with Lego Mindstorms.

The LEGO Mindstorms NXT is available from Amazon for $224.99.

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6 Foot Working Ferris Wheel Kit - $499.95

6 Foot Working Ferris Wheel Kit

Offered exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer, this operating Ferris Wheel from K’NEX, makers of innovative construction sets worldwide, rises to 6′ when assembled, with an intricate design that harks back to George Ferris Jr.’s original 1893 creation. Containing 8,550 pieces, the color-coded rods, connectors, and gears snap together easily to form the wheel’s platform, frame, and cars. Simply follow the step-by-step illustrated instructions to create this working masterpiece. A heavy-duty electric motor leisurely turns the Ferris wheel through two full revolutions a minute.

The 6 Foot Working Ferris Wheel Kit is available from Hammacher for $499.95.

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Transformers Optimus Prime Projection Alarm Clock

We all know that Michael Bay has at least another Transformers movie up his sleeves, which is why you will find Transformers toys sell very well during the movie release, with Hasbro executives laughing all the way to the bank. Why not launch a pre-emptive strike on the speculator’s market with the Transformers Optimus Prime Projection Alarm Clock? After all, for £24.99 you will get a decapitated Optimus Prime who speaks phrases (’Autobots transform and roll out’, ‘This is Optimus Prime, do you read me?’, ‘It’s time to stomp some Decepticons’) that suit the Autobot leader’s personality while projecting the Autobot Shield every time the alarm goes off!


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iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer for your iPhone or iPod

Just when you thought that iPod accessories consist of nothing but cases, speaker docks and earphones, along comes the iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer. This is pretty much a self-explanatory device - it allows you to take your own alcohol breath test before your brain cells decide that it is better to catch a cab home instead of attempting to rush headlong into a DUI charge.

The iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer does not require any batteries to run as it sips power off the iPod it is connected to, and all functions as well as results are shown on the iBreath LCD display. It has a BAC range of 0.000 to 0.100% and comes with a timer to let you know when’s the next time for a test. Nice to see it comes with an integrated FM transmitter as well, transmitting your favorite iPod tunes to just about any FM tuner.

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The Hanging Alarm Clock jerks out of your reach

This new alarm hangs on a 30cm cable and when it’s time to wake up it will creep up that cable and hide out on your ceiling.  The only way to shut it off is to grab it off the ceiling and hit the stop button.  Which means you’ll end up having to stand to reach the thing.  Hopefully you don’t have a cat though, because it would end up attempting to rip it down from the ceiling.  Which doesn’t look good for either your alarm clock or the cat.

To hit the snooze button, before it reaches the top, smack it good.  Then after five minutes if you haven’t shut it back off it will go off all over again.  The alarm itself actually ticks all the while giving off the sound of a wailing siren.  Then to top it off it flashes a white light.  All together this light would drive anyone insane.  You can pick it up for $29.50 or £19.95 on Firebox.

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Unibind Photobook Creator Preserves Memories

I have a wife who is an avid scrapbooker, so we have several books full of our memories ready to be perused by guests. Scrapbooking, if done well, takes a lot of time. However, with devices like the Unibind Photobook Creator, the time is significantly reduced, and the user has the option of binding their own scrapbooks.

The Unibind Photobook Creator is very simple to use. The user takes his or her photos, then prints them on any type of paper. The user then stacks them into a pile, and then puts the stack into the Photobook Creator binder itself. This binder device works like a miniature oven, and it melts the binding into place. Within minutes, the user now has a permanently bound book that he or she can prominently put on display.

The Unibind photobook creator comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The cover has a place for a prominent photo, giving the user an opportunity for his or her own unique stamp. The prices are varied, and if you would like more information, click here.

This isn’t the first time we have reported on Unibind products, and it probably won’t be the last. I have just heard that Unibind has just launched the MyPhotobook Starter Kit, which uses staples for binding. You might be seeing another article about that soon.

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Polimaster Wrist Gamma Indicator watch

Most men will find that a suitable timepiece on their wrist greatly enhances their look, which is why you will find a wide range of various timepieces from different manufacturers to cater to a host of personalities. With the Polimaster Wrist Gamma Indicator watch, you can be sure that the resident nerd will appreciate this gift since it not only boasts Swiss-made quartz clock movement (that’s secondary), it features the ability to monitor radiation levels of both the wearer and surrounding environment. Who knows, you could be living with an alien masquerading as your wife all this while without you realizing it. Would you fork out $370 for such a watch? I suppose if you’re living near a nuclear plant this would come in handy…

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The Start Your Engines Alarm Clock


If your love of cars isn’t being expressed quite enough in your current home décor, you might check out this alarm.  There have been other alarms similar to this one, but luckily this one is a little cheaper than the others I’ve seen.  If you’re on the lookout for a gift for a guy impossible to buy for and he has a love for cars this would be an easy gift to pick up.  I’m sure he’d get a kick out of waking up to the sound of a high-powered V8 engine.

Although frankly I’m not sure how easy it would be to wake up to the sound of an engine.  It’s not that it couldn’t possibly be loud enough.  The issue more is if you live in the city, the sound of your alarm might blend into the traffic noise you’re used to hearing outdoors.  Luckily the engine noise will grow in pitch and intensity until you turn it off.  The clock also includes an AM/FM radio and can be powered by either the AC adapter or AA batteries.  You can purchase it for $29.95 on Hammacher Schlemmer.

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