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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. ...

Apple Fanboys Love Steve Jobs Action Figure, Apple Doesn't

Seeing as Apple's CEO likely wouldn't know what to do with a kung-fu grip, let alone a rocket launcher, the Steve Jobs action figure strikes us as problematic. (Maybe the "action" lies in the market-analysis skills of that oversized noggin.) Some folks, though, don't see the problem with it. Manufacturer MIC quickly unloaded the 300-figure run -- before Apple demanded that it cease and desist. ...

Wine Bottle-Shaped USB Speaker and FM Radio Only Makes Us Thirsty

December may be months away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what you could buy your favorite alcoholic uncle this holiday season. Instead of grabbing yet another handle of his special medicine, though, you might want to consider getting a bottle that'll keep on giving -- something like, say, a Wine Bottle USB Speaker and FM Radio. As Coolest Gadgets explains, the bottle...

Buzzkill Wii Wings Ruin the Peripheral Party

For real? What the hell, CTA? What was once an incredibly entertaining enterprise -- discovering, trying and ridiculing absurd console peripherals -- has just become an exasperating chore. We laughed heartily at your Wii bowling ball, and eagerly anticipated the inevitable living room destruction. We chortled at the somewhat amusing Wiimote football and its possibilities for foolishness. Then,...

Wii Rowing Machine Lets You Enjoy Hours of Sculling Monotony

Given Nintendo's illustrious tradition of inspiring absurd and hilarious accessories, it requires a significant amount of creativity, ingenuity and skill to develop new products worthy of their ridiculous predecessors. Acting as a shining beacon among a wasteland of wacky Nintendo peripherals, CTA Digital somehow manages to systematically release awe-inspiring add-ons. With the company's newest...

Twitwee Clock Cuckoos Every Time You Receive a New Tweet

Remember that ornate wooden cuckoo clock that hung on the wall at your grandparents' house? Now, somebody has modified one of those avian timepieces to wirelessly monitor and display Twitter updates. The Twitwee Clock cuckoos each time a new tweet appears in your personal stream and displays the text on a tiny built-in screen. When there's no activity on Twitter (like that ever happens), the...

LED MotionLites Highlight Your Rims, Eligibility to Star in Jersey Shore

Believe it or not, there are people out there who really enjoy dressing up their cars. And we don't mean painting flames on them, either. There is a whole subculture of enthusiasts who like nothing more than mounting blue lights on the undercarriage of, and putting $30,000 spinning rims on their $12,000 Nissan. Well, this crew of largely questionable drivers (with even more questionable taste)...

High-Tech $1,000 Skateboard to Leave Angsty Teens Even Angstier

(Wait, this isn't an April Fool's joke? Okay, then... ) Skating, perhaps the last true haven for loner, angst-ridden teenagers, is apparently engaged in an epochal battle with white collar (i.e.lab coat) conformity. If defeated, millions of rebellious cool-guy misfits could be left with no tangible way to demonstrate their painful awesomeness to an uncaring world. According to Crunch Gear,...

Hacked T-Shirt Reveals Your E-mail Inbox Count... in Binary

There are geek t-shirts and ridiculous wearable gadgets, and then there is this, occupying some weird middle ground. This t-shirt boasts an embedded micro-controller that communicates with an Android smartphone via Bluetooth in order to alert you of incoming e-mails. The shirt has LEDs that light up, telling you exactly how many messages are currently waiting for your discerning delete finger --...

Japanese Ringtones Claim to Solve Allergies, Unless You're Allergic to Crap

Allergy sufferers in Japan are turning to a rather unique cure: ringtones. The Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory is currently selling ringtones it bills as therapeutic, claiming that they can sooth a diverse set of maladies or provide a general boost, depending on a person's star sign. Matsumi Suzuki, a voice-print identification expert and creator of BowLingual (a dog bark translator), is the man...

Minimalist Wipe Shirt Keeps Screens, and Your Look, Clean

Having a highly smudged screen on your PDA or smartphone is like having a small stain on your your brand new shirt; no matter how nice, the whole package ends up tainted. Carrying around screen-cleaning wipes isn't an attractive option, so that's where Japanese design company FIFT comes into the picture. Piloted by the husband and wife team of Katsunari and Ami Igarashi, FIFT has created the...

Click & Grow Gets You to Grow Gardenias the Geeky Way

Thanks to a scientific breakthrough, you can now grow plants without physically watering them. No, we're not talking about flood irrigation. Or sprinklers. Or hydroponic systems. Okay, so maybe "breakthrough" isn't the right word, here. "Dorky," though, is the perfect term for Click & Grow, the electronic flowerpot that automatically hydrates plants with its aeroponic system -- doing, in...

Thanko's Speaker Mouse Puts Plastic-y Music in the Palm of Your Hand

Serious audiophiles know that music truly sounds its best when muffled by the palm of your sweaty hand as you navigate through your work day. Thanks to Japanese manufacturer Thanko and its newly announced mouse with an integrated speaker, we can listen to tinny tunes without having to clutter our desks with speakers or headphones. Thanko's mouse also includes a microphone, allowing us to relive...

GPS Ski Gloves Remind You That You're Not Lindsay Vonn

The Winter Olympics, in case you've been busy doing interesting things, are in full swing. For most of us, that means rallying behind anonymous athletes in obscure events, dozing off in front of curling, and wondering what Michelle Kwan is doing these days. It's also, however, a time when we turn our thoughts to ski chalet getaways, and, more importantly, the cool gear we can buy to justify them....

Riiflex Wiimote Dumbbells Join Ranks of Wacky Nintendo Accessories

Nintendo boasts a long and storied history in terms of ridiculous gaming peripherals, and the company has definitely maintained that reputation for absurd accessories with the Wii. The latest offering of crazy Nintendo creations is the Riiflex sleeve, a dumbbell-shaped covering that fits snugly over the Wii remote. The weighted sleeve acts as a barbell add-on and is currently available in a...