How does it feel, Darth. From Ruler of the known Universe to kiddie flashlight. How far you have fallen after 30 years of over-merchandising. How do you work? A kid squeezes you, your head pops an you light up. Seriously? Do you like that, Darth? When the kids squeeze you?
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Geeks, it’s up to us. We need to bite this Star Wars toy stuff in the bud ASAP, lest our children and children’s children think Darth Vader is nothing more than a flashlight, dust buster or some other mundane marketing scheme. Unfortunately, this one is already sold out. [ubergizmo]
Employees at the Takashimaya department store in Osaka have created four reproductions of world-famous paintings using 320,000 old train tickets obtained from the nearby Nankai Namba station. The works, which include renditions of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (2.3 x 1.6 meters) and the Birth of Venus, as well as Renoir’s Dance at the Moulin de la Galette, consist of “pixels” formed by overlapping the black and white tickets in intricate patterns. About 300 employees sacrificed their breaks and free time for 3 months to complete the masterpieces, which will be on display at Takashimaya until October 16. Link
Blank CDs are on their way out as a day to day storage medium, and by the looks of things they don’t make for a very comfortable chair either. The inexplicably titled “Panda Chair” was designed by Belen Hermosa using hundreds of disks lined in rows. It may be uncomfortable, but I suppose lying on a bed of flash drives wouldn’t be so hot either. [Designboom]
“HardDisko”, an art project by Valentina Vuksic controls sixteen hard drives by alternating simple power/timer circuits to conduct a symphony of sorts. Attached to each disk is a sound pickup connected to a mixer so that when the drive starts up, its initialization process is amplified out to the speakers. Maybe the “Disko” name also means that they come with LED backlit floors for getting down.
HardDisko by Valentina Vuksic -Link
For common Hulk collectors, performing “plastic surgery” on one of your favorite figurines may not sound reasonable, but then again, not too many of ‘em have tried to make a 13-inch poseable monster lug around a PC. Enter the Hulk PC mod, which ranks up there pretty high among the most astounding rigs we’ve ever seen. The project began with a simple store-bought Raging Hulk, a micro-ATX motherboard, lots of tools and a vision. Some 14 months later, the final creation was complete. We can’t begin to describe how much work was actually put into this thing here, but feel free to click on through for a couple more shots and hit the read link to visit the beast’s dedicated site.
The Mushroom Lamp is a glowing feat of technology. But it’s not the power efficient LEDs that will stretch the life of the 4AA battery power supply that has us impressed. It’s the lawsuit-avoiding tech of unlicensed merchandise. Clearly reminiscent of the mushrooms floating around in Nintendo’s famous Mario Bros. franchise, buyer beware. These mushrooms are not official Mario mushrooms. So they may or may not expand your body to mutant proportions or allow you “another shot at life” after falling down an infinite hole.
And unfortunately, they also lack the hallucinogenic properties to make you believe said occurrences are happening. Link