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Humanoid Cell Phone Is Covered in Realistic 'Skin'

Remember the Telenoid, the creepy humanoid bot that transmitted both the voice and the head movements of its operator? Imagine having that nightmare-inducing creation in your pocket at all times. The Elfoid P1 is essentially that: a ghostly robot effigy, shrunk down to handheld proportions and made into a cell phone. The outer coating is specially designed to feel like human skin (eww!), and...

Electronic Piggy Bank Takes 'Change' From Credit Card

The high-tech Zenona Piggy Bank's purpose isn't immediately clear, but when has that ever stopped technology developers? Comprised of an iPhone, Arduino BT and credit card slot, the half-bank half-Tamagotchi gets sad when it's been too long without a payment. Just swipe your card, and a pittance equivalent to pocket change will be transferred to a separate account. Weird. ...

'Great Gatsby' Flick to Be Shot in 3-D

It sounds like a story line straight out of 'The Simpsons.' For the first time in years, a movie director will soon adapt 'The Great Gatsby' to the silver screen. Except this Gatsby will be in 3-D. And in Australia. Let's just hope that director Baz Lurhmann goes ahead, fully embraces absurdity, and writes in a few car chases....

Frightened Dell Employees Call Cops on Horribly Misguided P.R. Campaign

We're comforted to know that we're not the only ones who get severely weirded out by overzealous P.R. people. Dell employees in Round Rock, Texas were so freaked out, in fact, that they recently wound up calling the cops on their own coworkers. Of course, they didn't realize at the time that the black-clad, mask-wearing men clutching "metallic objects" and barking orders at them were doing so as p...

'The Great Gatsby' Gets 8-Bit Platformer Treatment

This "garage sale find" (yeah, right...) game, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic, is a blast. You take control of Nick Carraway as he hurls his hat at waiters, drunks and gangsters in a quest to track down Gatsby. The game is short, sweet and simple, and filled with NES-style cut scenes that tell the story in a way that should be familiar to anyone who has played an 8-bit RPG. We co...

Report: Father-in-Law Kidnaps Man, Takes Xbox as Ransom

Oh, the hazards of working in the family business. According to reports, Allen Begley got a call from his employer (and father-in-law) Joshua Seal this weekend. After arriving at Seal's Flooring in Kingsport, Tennessee, Begley was allegedly locked in a room, assaulted, and accused of stealing jewelry valued at $245 from a job site. Seal reportedly released Begley -- but only after taking an Xbox 3...

Guess What? Camel-Riding Robots Are Armed With Stun Guns

Here are a couple factoids for you to munch on this Friday. Last February, the world's most expensive camel sold for £1.6 million, or about $2.5 million. This camel was an international racing camel, and, yes, that exists. If the fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled world of camel racing doesn't excite you, the absurd wealth of the socialite Arab participants (or at least the brightly colored nose...

Japanese Go Crazy for Light-Up Smiles

Wearing gold fronts and jewels in your teeth is so Aughts. The 2010s call for a thoroughly more modern oral adornment. Enter Japanese fashion designers Mr. Ishibashi and Daito Manabe, who have created LED inserts that are worn behind the teeth. The light-up smiles are now being used as part of a marketing push by Laforet Harajuku, a popular department store in Tokyo, and are becoming a much sough...

Laser Enthusiast Pops Popcorn at the Rate of One Kernel Per Minute

Surely, we've all heard the old saying: "He's smart enough to make it rain, but doesn't have the sense to come in from out of it." Well, the man behind the YouTube handle 'WorldScott' has successfully popped a single kernel of corn with the help of two lasers. And that one kernel took only one minute of being bombarded with lasers. Somebody get this boy an umbrella....

Man Files $150 Million Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks for Emotional Distress

Julian Assange may not want to face the rest of his legal problems, but there is a suit against him and WikiLeaks being filed in Florida that the self-appointed defender of freedom is almost guaranteed to win. David Pitchford has filed a typo-laden, $150 million lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks, claiming the release of the sensitive data has caused him severe emotional distress. Among his li...

Palin-Signed Xbox Will Sell for $1.1M on eBay, Confused Canadian Hopes

We Americans are labeled with several stereotypes. Such confused foreigners interchangeably think that we are are all extravagantly wealthy, Tea Party supporters, or incredibly dumb. But rarely does a citizen of the world believe as fully in all of those things as does David Morrill, who hopes to sell a Sarah Palin-autographed Xbox 360 for $1.1 million on eBay. Sure, he hasn't found a buyer in tw...

HTC Evo Deflects Bullet Aimed at Chest, Saves Nightclub Valet's Life

An Atlanta, Georgia man has his cell phone to thank for saving his life. John Garber, a parking attendant at a local nightclub, was shot in the chest by two men after one of them was thrown out of the club earlier in the evening. Garber was struck in the breast, but his cell phone deflected the bullet. (A 'Ha!' to naysayers who thought the Evo was too bulky.) He sustained only minor injuries, ...

Dmitry Medvedev, Arnold Schwarzenegger Plan Romantic Getaway on Twitter

There's a budding (and utterly bizarre) romance brewing on Twitter, between Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It all began in June, when Medvedev traveled to Silicon Valley, and locked eyes with the Governator for the first time. With his heart a-fluttering, the president flirtatiously winked at his new BFF, and even quoted the famous "I'll be...

Almost Game Over for Man Playing Real-Life 'Frogger'

Sometimes moving video games form the screen to real life can be fun and interesting, like the Pac Manhattan event. But 'Pac Man' is largely harmless. 'Frogger' on the other hand, makes for a much more dangerous game. And, no matter how funny you think the infamous 'Frogger' episode of 'Seinfeld' is, it's not a good idea to try and reenact it. Sadly, our advice is too late to stop a man from Clem...

WheeMe Bot Gives Massages, Makes Us Feel Dirty

This is either an awkward, creepy peace offering from the robot community, or yet another attempt to lull us into complacency before the impending revolution. Either way, the WheeMe makes us a tad uneasy. It's a massaging robot that rolls around your back like a tiny, pleasure-giving Roomba. The tooth-wheeled 'bot is set to launch at this year's CES, but its creators at DreamBots have already tak...