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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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Hongpaiyihao Chinese pocket-buster tablet has us flabbergasted

Hongpaiyihao Chinese pocket-buster tablet has us flabbergasted

There's a new most expensive tablet PC in the world, folks, and it's made by a mystery producer - but we do have a name for the product: Hongpaiyihao, or Red Group Number One, a tablet with a cool $1,500 USD pricetag, made specifically for "government officials" of China. This device is, for those of you wondering, actually 9,999 RMB in China, that converting over to be one and a half G's of pocket-pounding pain, or twice the cost of your average iPad! It does come with a leather case though, with gold embossing of the product name, so perhaps it's all worth it!

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Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.

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Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo is previewing its 360-imager at CES 2012, showing off the unique little consumer picture-taking device equipped with advanced panomorph technology. The 360-imager, as its name implies, allows users to easily capture a 360-degree image via its patented optics with one click. But that's not all, the image is high-resolution and navigable, meaning you can zoom and pan around the final image.

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BugHouse Future Fossils tech in cement for the gadgeteer who has absolutely everything

BugHouse Future Fossils tech in cement for the gadgeteer who has absolutely everything

When it comes down to it, there's only so much technological gadget bits that one person can possibly want for the holidays*, so when you get to that point with the electronics lover in your life, there's always the old fallback: a big bit of rock. Not just a sack of pavers you stole from your neighbor, no way, this is the BugHouse Future Fossils series of life-sized decorative editions made with a cement casing to make sure you're in the right place when it comes to displaying the future's past in classic connected items. These mothers range anywhere from $50 to $500 USD and most of them are unlimited in the amount that you can buy.

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KORG Monotron Review

KORG Monotron Review

There is a little keyboard-looking device out there, ladies and gentlemen, that goes by the name of Monotron, is made by KORG, and will either drive your parents absolutely up the wall or will play the part in your ultra-professional mobile electronic band like no product you've ever used before. The KORG Monotron is what's called an analogue ribbon synthesizer and has just enough knobs, output ports, and volume to make you a musical masterpiece sit comfortably in your pocket. Watch as your humble narrator stumbles through the original electronic beat Popcorn and judge for yourself whether or not you want the cutest magic music machine in the world for yourself.

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Desk Pets Tankbot Review

Desk Pets Tankbot Review

When it comes to radio-controlled miniature vehicles, essentially everything has been done over the past couple of decades - but low and behold, citizens, there is more to be done, and the tiniest of intelligences is going to do it: the TankBot. What we've got here is a couple of TankBots, both of them of the same lovely two tracks and one big ol' windshield model, and a smartphone per machine that'll control them from on high. What you're going to see here is that for under $30 USD, you can have such a tiny explosion of fun that only your dog will know for sure.

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Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

If you're in to strange timepieces and are unaware of the brand Nooka, you'll be extra surprised by the Hello Kitty Zub Zirc watch you're about to see. What we've got here is Nooka's first collaboration with international lifestyle brand, fashion brand, and cutest creator of every kind of product under the sun Sanrio and the super wild watchmakers Nooka. This timepiece is both limited edition and contains several of Nooka's signature above-average clock mechanisms.

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