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Monthly Archive:: November 2011

The Handheld Fireworks Light Show Projector

The dial at the front of the projector’s barrel rotates for selection of one of eight fireworks images that are backlit by an LED, including one- and three-burst peonies, contrasting diadems, and a cascading horsetails. Held like a hand-cannon, a pump of its bottom bar “launches” a firework with a mortar “poomp” and whistling trail sound.

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Airlines Segregating Tots in ‘Baby Ghettos’ (to Some Other Passengers’ Delight)

To be fair, parents traveling with young children already have their hands full as they try to mollify little Jenny or Johnny for the duration of a flight. Should we punish them further by lumping them all in the back? But for other passengers who have shelled out significant sums of money to be poked and prodded by the TSA and crammed into ever shrinking seats, having a screaming child alongside can often feel like the seventh circle of hell.

Since many flights today are fully booked and even overbooked, there is less seating flexibility. Business travelers who pay the full fare, as well as elite frequent flyers, are obviously the airlines’ top priority. Whereas it used to be a choice option for a family to sit in the first bulkhead row of a plane (which offers a bit more space), penny-pinching airlines are now charging passengers for these “premium” seats.

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Asteroids iPad Arcade Game Cabinet

This is the cabinet that cradles an iPad in an upright position for playing a host of classic Atari video games.

A sturdy, 1/4-scale version of the full-sized cabinets found in arcades throughout the 1980s, it communicates with a secured iPad using Bluetooth, mapping movements of its joystick and taps of its eight buttons to controls featured in over 100 downloadable Atari video games for iPad. The eight-way joystick and spring-loaded buttons provide the same genuine feel and response as the original controls for realistic play. Additional games, such as Asteroids, Battlezone, and Centipede available for purchase from the iTunes Store for as little as one dollar.

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