Excellent news, old school vinyl lovers. Despite earlier reports from Technics Australia suggesting that parent company Panasonic were planning to axe the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks in February 2010, the company has issued a statement saying they have "no current plans" to discontinue the iconic turntables.
Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display. That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.
Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional. The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.
Electronic versions of the classic Etch-a-Sketch aren't particularly unusual, but so far this is the first time we've seen Arduino-controlled knobs with physical resistance and a proper shake-to-clear integrated into such a project. The Hack-a-Sketch takes a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and adds the usual two Etch-a-Sketch rotary knobs; this time, though, they're hooked up to two potentiometers which control the onscreen drawing.
Retro-camera addicts may have remembered mutterings of Superheadz's Digital Harinezumi camera a few months back, the unusually-shaped Japanese shooter promising Super 8 style images and silent video. At the time, finding one outside of its native country was tougher than selling Nokia shares, but now arch-importers AudioCubes have stepped in with a $169.99 sticker price.
Whether you're an iPod owner or wouldn't be seen dead near one of Apple's PMPs, you can't argue the fact that the distinctive mediaplayers have had a huge impact on how rival devices are designed. That's why we're glad to see the Lisse Q10, a pleasingly retro PMP with a rather tactile looking control dial.
NES console mods are cool, HTPCs are pretty cool, and nettops with NVIDIA Ion graphics are darned cool too, so when you put all three elements together you've got a recipe for something with a whole lot of cool potential. Modder drumboog has been video documenting his work transforming a NES into an Atom 330 based Blu-ray HTPC with GeForce 9400M graphics, and while it's not quite complete yet, it's certainly 99-percent awesome.
If you couldn't quite see the point of the ODROID Android-based handheld, how about some delicious retro gaming to hammer it home? Manufacturers Hardkernel have pointed us in the direction of a video showing a SNES emulator running on the ODROID, and our trigger-fingers are already itching at the thought of Space Megaforce.
If you're looking for distinctive watches then Tokyoflash is likely on your shortlist, and the company have just announced a few limited edition designs courtesy of Casio and Riki Watanabe. The Casio range includes a re-release of their 80s Databank watches, only now in some eye-watering colors - together with the endearingly-chunky Casio Cubic Puzzle 3171 shown here.
Take one of the most iconic arcade games, mix it up with a classic real-world game, and you might be so lucky as to end up with Space Foosball. The DIY handiwork of Young J. Kim's team at the Korean Ewha Women’s University Computer Graphics Lab, Space Foosball uses the familiar handle controls from a foosball table but encodes their movement digitally, with the university's own Everyware physics engine used to power gameplay.
Be still my beating retro heart. Ben Heck has been flexing his awesome mod-skills and produced this incredible Atari 800 laptop casemod, replete with hearing-aid-beige casing, authentic keyboard - which pops-up at an angle - and front-loading cartridge slot.