iPotty for iPad: iPeed and Then iPooped

January 12th, 2013

I have a son and a daughter and I can say easily that my son was harder to potty train than my daughter. My son would runaround and pee on anything and everything from the dog, the door, the neighbor (true story), to our houseplants. But, he refused to pee in the toilet. We tried everything from putting Cheerios in the bowl to screaming and cursing and right before we were ready to change his name to R. Kelly, he finally started using the toilet.

Considering how kids love tablets, had the iPad been around eight or nine years ago, I would have absolutely purchased the iPotty.

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It’s a little toddler toilet that has a holder allowing you to put your iPad on the front of the toilet. The idea is that fun iPad apps will lure your little one to sit on the throne and play while they tinkle or drop a stinky load.

CTA Digital says the iPotty toilet will be available in March via Amazon.com for a mere $39.99 (USD) – tablet not included, of course. Parents of little boys should be warned that they can and will pee EVERYWHERE (seriously, I mean everywhere.) They say the holder is splashproof, but you’ll want to check it out before you buy one, as your AppleCare warranty definitely doesn’t cover urine damage.

[via Huffington Post]

I Wish This TARDIS Jewelry Box Could Hold Infinite Treasures

January 12th, 2013

Store your jewelry and other treasures in the geekiest way possible: in this TARDIS jewelry box. While its space is virtually infinite in Doctor Who’s realm, that doesn’t apply to the TARDIS recreations on Earth. But even though we all have to deal with finite space and compartments, I’m sure this will be more than enough for whatever you want to store inside it.

TARDIS Jewelry BoxIt might look like a huge drawer in the pictures, but it only measures about 7 1/2 inches tall, while it’s 5 inches wide, and 2 3/4 inches deep.

Some people prefer jewelry boxes that only have one major compartment, but I like the fact that this one has six. This way, I can segregate my jewelry and accessories by category into the different drawers.

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This particular TARDIS jewelry box is already, unfortunately, all sold out, but you can contact Destry over at pzcreations22 on Etsy to see if she can make another one for you.

[via Incredible Things]

Definite Technology Sound Cylinder: Sound in the Round

January 12th, 2013

When my iPad’s sound needs an extra boost, which happens from time to time, I just use an everyday Bluetooth speaker. If that’s not enough, and you want something specifically-designed for your iPad or MacBook, then check out the Sound Cylinder.

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Definite Technology has been making audiophile gear since the 1990s. Their Sound Cylinder is a compact sound bar designed specifically for your Mac gear. It’s aesthetically pleasing, with a perforated aluminum housing, a magnesium alloy kickstand, with an innovative grip mechanism that’s made to fit an iPad. This mechanism also clips onto other flat devices such as laptop screens and other non-Apple tablets.

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The Cylinder has two forward firing 32mm drivers that give good sound from mid to high range. There’s a 43mm side firing driver that handles the lows. It’s made to fit an iPad, so you can even dock it. Naturally, it connects via Bluetooth, so it can work with just about any mobile device. If it doesn’t, there’s a 3.5mm jack just in case. Battery life for the wireless speaker is rated at 10 hours, and it charges up via a microUSB connector.

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The Sound Cylinder will sell for $199(USD) and will be available this coming February.

[via core77]

If LOST Were an RPG…

January 12th, 2013

Love it or hate it, LOST had a good run while it was still on air. While the show’s finale answered several burning questions, it left even more unanswered, which led to extremely polarized reviews on ‘The End.’

And even though the show wrapped up in 2010, it’s still got a pretty strong fanbase which eventually led to the creation of this hilarious and unexpectedly accurate parody…

Lost RPGIf you’ve ever wondered what LOST would be like if it were a 16-bit RPG video game, then wonder no more because College Humor did all the thinking – and Doctor Octoroc did all the animating – for those those of us who want to know.

Check out the video below and see for yourself. Personally, I think they did a really good job summing up the show and its often frustrating plot devices.

Maybe with this video out, gamemakers and the show’s producers would consider making an actual LOST RPG for us to play and enjoy? That part where you have to enter the numbers into the old computer could be a whole minigame unto itself.

[via Buzz Patrol]

IBM Watson Supercomputer Learns to Curse, Resulting in Memory Wipe

January 12th, 2013

We haven’t heard much out of IBM and its impressive Watson supercomputer in a while. Watson is the supercomputer that IBM fielded as a contestant on Jeopardy back in 2011. Despite the fact that Watson was able to perform impressively well on the game show, it’s still been unable to pass the Turing test designed to determine if a computer can think for itself.

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The Turing test says that a computer capable of carrying on a natural conversation without giving itself away can be considered intelligent. The problem for Watson is that human language has a lot of subtlety and is packed with slang. IBM research scientist Eric Brown decided to help Watson learn human slang by setting the machine free to ingest content from Urban Dictionary. You can see the beginnings of a problem about now.

As instructed, Watson gobbled up all of the material on Urban Dictionary. However, the supercomputer was unable to tell the difference between acceptable language and curses. According to the IBM scientists, Watson even use the word “bullshit” in response to a question posed to him by researcher. Apparently, the IBM researchers tried a filter to stop Watson from cursing but were ultimately forced to wipe all the content from Urban Dictionary from the supercomputers memory. I think they should have left it alone. I find the idea of a multi-million-dollar supercomputer cursing at scientists undeniably entertaining.

[via CNN]

Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube

January 12th, 2013

Do you love puzzle games? If you have answered in the affirmative and want to keep up with the times, then you might want to gravitate towards the $99.99 Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube. Sounds and looks as though it is something that hails from Hellraiser, no? Actually, the Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube is, as its name suggests, a cube-based gaming platform that boggles the mind, or at least it does its best in doing so. We are looking at plenty of tech being packed into a diminutive package, which is no surprise in this day and age. In fact, it is said that all the puzzle games you would want to have are within, and good news for developers – a developer’s kit is arriving early this year.

Just to get a clearer picture on what the Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube offers, it boasts of a clever combination of multi-axis accelerometers, haptic vibration feedback, wireless connectivity, 4-channel audio and 56 multi-color LEDs, all rolled into a handheld cube so that it will be able to deliver a unique gaming experience that is unlike any other on the market. The Futuro Cube is capable of sensing rotation, where tapping it on any side will provide feedback in the form of vibration, audio playback and the dynamic change of it’s LED colors. Assuming you want more of a challenge, then purchase two of these puppies, and they will interact together. Time to crack your brain for the year ahead, no?

[ Princip Interactive LED Futuro Cube copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]

iDroid Bluetooth Gaming Controller

January 12th, 2013

The smartphone has ended up to be a pretty decent mobile gaming device in recent times, and it does not seem to show any sign of slowing down at all. In fact, it looks as though it is growing from strength to strength, and dedicated handheld consoles such as the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS need to look behind their shoulders! Well, for those who love gaming in short bursts on their smartphones but have not really gotten used to full touchscreen controls even until now, here is a solution for you – one that needs no app at all. We’re talking about the $39.99 iDroid Bluetooth Gaming Controller, of course.

The iDroid Bluetooth Gaming Controller is a wireless Bluetooth controller for both Android and iOS powered devices, where all you need to do is just pair and play. This is definitely a controller that will resonate with long time console gamers, where it comes complete with analog thumbsticks, a digital gamepad, half a dozen digital buttons and a couple of analog L and R triggers. It will even support controller function, mouse, keyboard, mouse/keyboard, and can also play nice with iCade apps. The built-in li-Ion rechargeable battery can be juiced straight from the attached USB cord.

[ iDroid Bluetooth Gaming Controller copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]

Best Arcade Cabinet Ever Has 55-inch Screen, Plays Over 50,000 Games

January 12th, 2013

I’ve always wanted an arcade cabinet in my house so I could play all of the classic arcade games like they were meant to be played. But I keep putting off the purchase because I have more important things to do with my money, like pay for food and my mortgage. Still, if I ever have the money lying around, I’ll definitely bite the bullet and buy one. And if I hit the lottery, I know exactly which machine I’m buying.

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This extraordinary arcade cabinet was built by Jack Thompson and the crew at ArcadesRFun with a massive Samsung 55-inch LED/LCD Smart TV, and full controls for up to four players. It’s also got a second 37″ LG marquee display at the top so it can display different images up there during gameplay.

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It’s got every controller you can dream of, including RGB LED ball top joysticks, RGB LED buttons, an RGB LED trackball (perfect for Marble Madness, Missile Command and Golden Tee), a true 4-way stick for certain games like Q*bert, and dual spinner controls for games like Tempest and Arkanoid, which can be swapped with tiny metal steering wheels for racing games. It’s also pre-loaded with the awesome Hyperspin UI, so it’s easy to flip between games on just about any system you can imagine.

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Under the hood, this beast is powered by a Dell Alienware Aurora R4 PC w/i7 3.9GHZ six core CPU (overclocked to 4.1GHz), with 16GB RAM, 2 – 2TB hard drives and a 3GB AMD Radeon 7950 Video card. It’s also got a Blu-ray player. Audio is provided by a powerful 232 Watt Corsair Gaming Series PC speaker with a “giant” subwoofer. And in case playing games on MAME, MESS and other software emulators isn’t enough for you, it’s also got a PS3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 w/Kinect pre-installed. You’ll also be able to play console games using the wireless Xbox 360 gamepads.

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You can also select from other custom controls, such as a Discs of TRON style flight stick (also great for games like Zaxxon), dual light guns, and a special push-pull spinner (also needed for Discs of TRON and its pesky custom controls.)

The original one of these machines was built as a custom commission project for Monolith Games/HD FILMS founder/IGN host Jace Hall, who wanted a single gaming system which could “play every known game ever made.” While I’m not certain that you could play all of these on it, it’s got over 50,000 games covered between all of the emulators and physical game systems inside. It’s unclear exactly what the differences are between the model you can purchase and Jace’s original – its creators only say that it’s “slightly scaled down.”

Here’s a video of the original system. Jump to about 1:10 to see the machine in action:

So how much does all of this arcade and console gaming goodness cost? Well, bust out your 401Ks, because this bad boy is selling for a whopping $19,995(USD) over on eBay. If you’re serious about buying one, ArcadesRFun has a demo unit available in New Jersey. And if you can’t afford $20k, but you still want a cool arcade cabinet, be sure to check out their website, where you can get into a smaller 32-inch, 2-player system for under $3k, or an incredible virtual pinball machine, complete with force feedback, for about $8k.

Amazon Lends the Music Industry a Clue with AutoRip

January 12th, 2013

Rumors were circulating earlier this week that Amazon was set to launch a new service called AutoRip. According to those rumors, the service would provide users with digital versions of tracks on physical CD albums that they purchase and no additional cost. The rumors even went so far as to claim Amazon would be making the service retroactive covering any CD that consumers have ever purchased via Amazon.com.

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Honestly, the rumor was a bit hard to believe but Amazon has now officially confirmed the service. Even more impressive than buying a CD today and getting free digital versions of the tracks that you can access on your smartphone or tablet is that the service is in fact retroactive. Amazon will give you digital versions of songs on CDs you purchased via Amazon.com as far back as 1998.

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At launch, the AutoRip service is offered for over 50,000 albums on Amazon.com with more on the way. Albums available cover everything from new releases to back catalog albums. Amazon’s new service is made possible with deals with major record labels and music publishers. Deals are in place with EMI, Sony, and Warner as well as hundreds of independent music labels. The service is automatically enabled for any music you purchase and is downloadable via the Amazon Cloud Player at no cost.

[via TechCrunch]

Domo Meets DC Comics to Create Greatest Vinyl Toys Ever

January 12th, 2013

How can you not like Domo-Kun? He’s the cutest little monster we know. And now, he’s been reincarnated in a variety of superhero and supervillain egos thanks to the guys at Funko.

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This series of 2.5″ tall Domo/DC Comics figures are quite possibly the best vinyl desk toys I’ve ever seen, and I must have them all. They were recently revealed by Funko, and will be hitting shops at the end of February. The series includes multiple versions of Batman, a couple of Robins, Clark Kent and Superman, as well as The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Shazam. On the evil side of the Justice League, you’ll get the Riddler and Two-Face.

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Since these are part of a Funko Mystery Minis series, they’re each individually blind-boxed, with certain toys being more rare and collectible than others. Here’s the rarity scale in case you were wondering:

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You can preorder them now over at Entertainment Earth in either 4 packs, or a complete display case. There’s also a line of larger POP! Heroes coming out at the same time, but I don’t think they’re as cute.

[via Toy People and TOYSREVIL]