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Playboy’s 250GB Hard Drive: The Best Way To Study History

Playboy Magazine has partnered with publisher Bondi Digital to release a 250GB external hard drive loaded with every issue of Playboy released since 1953. Its $300 asking price is about four times what you’d pay for a 250GB drive today, but compared to the price of a 57-year subscription, it’s a steal. Now you can witness first hand the changes over 60 years has had on our society and the size of Pamela Anderson’s chest.


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Delorean External Hard Drive

For anyone born during the 80′s the greatest car in movie history has to be the Delorean. However not just the DMC-12, but the Delorean from the “Back to The Future” movies. Since an unfortunate cocaine bust caused the end of the manufacturing of these wonderful automobiles, your chances of owning one of these treasures is pretty terrible.

Fortunately your chances just improved dramatically with the release of Flash Rod’s Delorean Time Machine Hard Drive. Their version not only is a 1:18 scale replica of the time machine, but also is a working 500GB hard drive. The down fall is it isn’t USB 3.0 enabled and will never actually go 88 MPH, but it is as close as you are going to get to your dream changing your family history just to get a sweet 4X4 truck.

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Shadow Puppets From The Future

Just when you thought the Xbox 360 Kinect couldn’t get any cooler, a couple of “Kinect hackers” decided to bring shadow puppets into the 21st century. Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson, used an Xbox Kinect connected to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. Then the openFrameworks system tracked the parts of the arm to map a skeleton onto the movements of an animated bird on their wall. Check out the video evidence after the break.

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Report: Microsoft Kinect Only Costs $56 to Make

According to information gathered by Kotaku, the Microsoft Kinect which retails for $149 only costs $56 to make, and for some reason, this is shocking people.

From Kotaku:

UBM have got hold of a Kinect, torn it apart to examine each of its components then tracked how much each of them cost. What they found was that each of the cameras costs Microsoft approximately $56, of which the single biggest expenditure is Israeli company PrimeSense’s “reference system” of cameras, microphones and processor, which clocks in at $17.

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Gizmos:

Salt and Pepper Robots

How do you take one of the most boring household staples and turn it into something awesome? Turn ‘em into robots, that’s how. These robot salt and pepper shakers may not do your laundry or make you breakfast, but they sure can make your dinner table look awesome.

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Geekiest Coffee Table You’ll See All Day

Geeky gadgets are in, right? I mean, you’ve got Atari Wall Decals and Space Invaders Packing Tape, so why not, then, have a full on NES as a coffee table? I can’t think of a good reason not to.

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Bottle Opener iPhone Case

So you have an iPhone AND you’re a lush? Well then, this bottle opener equipped iPhone case is perfect for you. You’ll be able to open a beer while you’re talking on the phone, playing Angry Birds, or searching for new apps. Right now the iBottleOpener is only available for the iPhone 3G and 3Gs, but I would imagine the case for the iPhone 4 is right around the corner.

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PR2 Robot Draws a Self-Portrait

Robots are great. They’re continually challenging and proving how robotics can help us move toward a smarter society. And then of course there’s the beer-fetching and game-playing robots we’ve come to love. Now, Willow Garage’s PR2 robot has been given a pen, and with it, it drew a pretty good self-portrait.

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