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SlashGear Father’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

SlashGear Father’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

Father's Day is upon us, and here at SlashGear we've got more than just a couple of suggestions for what you should think about picking up as a present for your dear old dad on that special day! We've got everything from the least expensive gadgets we've ever reviewed to some of the most high-powered gear your father could ask for. Have a deep dive into a collection of the coolest products we've come across that are out on the market today, perfect for dad!

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Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard digitizes human words in real time

Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard digitizes human words in real time

It's a strange advancement in the way we work with music when we take the human language and compile it into a computer, only then to re-play it in the order we wish: Yamaha wants to take this process an extra step into the future with the Vocaloid Keyboard. Using the already in place Vocaloid library of digitized voices, Yamaha has created a keyboard which uses two sets of keys, one of them setting up the human vocal cues, the other a traditional keyboard setup which pushes the human voice out depending on the notes the user has chosen. The result has the potential to be really magical.

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Swann MP3 DJ Doorbell revealed and detailed

Swann MP3 DJ Doorbell revealed and detailed

Finally you can have the ringtone you've always wanted - attached to your front door. This new gadget from Swann has you able to customize and arrange a set of MP3 audio files as a who's who of notifications that someone is at the door trying to get in. Imagine your delight when the pizza you just ordered is ushered in by Usher, think of the excellence of having your auntie visit with the sounds of the White Stripes ringing her in!

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SpeechJammer device mutes human speech

SpeechJammer device mutes human speech

A device developed in Japan over the past year and revealed this week to the public has the ability to "jam" the words of a real human being. This device goes by the name of SpeechJammer and takes the words of a speaker, playing them back to the speaker with 0.2 seconds delay. This process creates what's called DAF, the Delayed Auditory Feedback effect, and almost immediately causes any human to find themselves incapable of speaking coherently.

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Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

We all know by now that condoms prevent all sorts of unwanted diseases and pregnancies. A new program is making the rounds that uses specially marked condoms to allow users to check in and post a location when they're having safe "relations" using a QR code on the package. The program posts locations to Wheredidyouwearit.com and apparently is sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

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Canada reaches space with Lego

Canada reaches space with Lego

Two students from Toronto have made a bit leap into the final frontier for Lego-kind, sending a Canadian-flag wielding Lego man into space with just a helium balloon and four cameras to record the whole event. Seventeen-year-olds Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad simply attached a helium balloon to four cameras and a Lego strip connected to a Lego man and his cool tiny Canada flag and let them fly. Once the whole rig descended back to Earth, the collection was made and the videos were viewed. When the videos were loaded and the photos they took were reviewed, the teens started screaming.

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Xbox 360 controller Hot Pocket Dispenser revealed

Xbox 360 controller Hot Pocket Dispenser revealed

A true inventor of great objects can be found in Ben Heck, a man whose modding career spans a bit over a decade and whose latest masterpiece is an Xbox 360 controller-mounted Hot Pocket dispenser. As I'm sure you'll agree, the top comment on the how-to video for this object rings very, very true: "Wow, Laziness has sank to a new low." But heed this: so much work went into this piece of brilliance that there's no way on earth anyone could call this man lazy once they see him in action.

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Crystal Rocked takes your Beats and Street by 50 headphones to a new shiny level

Crystal Rocked takes your Beats and Street by 50 headphones to a new shiny level

There's not a whole lot of devices out there at this point that the group known as Crystal Rocked have not bumped up an ultimate over-the-top level of glitz, and both Beats by Dre and Street by 50 have been caught on the radar and pushed through the crystal machine by the masters. What you'll get with the Beats by Dre set of audio blasters is the "Mixr" model tricked out in 2750 individual Swarovski Crystals. What you'll get with the Street by 50 headphones is two shades of Swarovski Crystals which they've declined to number.

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Years record player translates tree rings into music tragically

Years record player translates tree rings into music tragically

The project known as Years is one by Bartholomaus Traubeck in which a record player has been modified to shine light and receive back signals from slices of trees. What the player receives from the bounced-back light is no less than bits of information translated from the rings made through the tree as it grew from a tiny sapling. In this way, the tragedy that is the fact that the tree had to die in order to tell its story is made quite apparent to the viewer and the listener.

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Doom for graphing calculators gets color upgrade

Doom for graphing calculators gets color upgrade

Those of you running nDoom 2, the TI-Nspire CX-based graphing calculator port of doom know - when it comes to playing games in math class, there's nothing better than fragging some toxically mutated beasts in full gigantic pixel glory. What's happened here in early 2012 is that this game specifically on this calculator has taken a leap forward into the awesomeness of the future: colorization! While this may seem absurdly rudimentary for those of you using smartphones for your daily murdering of zombies, it's a great day for the calculator hordes of highschools across the country, let me tell you.

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