On days when you feel more like the Hulk than David Banner, the USB Smash Button allows you to take out your hostility. You can use it both for personal rage and as an interactive block-out when the boss sneaks up behind you. Powered by USB, choose from one of 3 interactive screens. The button is compatible with Windows Vista / 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 or later and also comes in Spiderman and Ironman models. Contact Dream Cheeky for price.
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Hey, we’re all about gadgets that help relieve stress. With the USB Punch Head, your stress-relief actually becomes an interactive experience, thanks to the included software. Land a solid blow to the fake head, and you’ll actually hear sounds of pain emanate from your computer. Plus, the harder the punch, the louder the agonizing sound. You can even choose a photo to be shown onscreen, and special effects that reflect your actions. Not exactly Fight Club, but if it prevents your aggression from landing you in jail, we’re all about it. Visit the website to watch a rather interesting demo. Available soon.
We admit it. We are addicted to the two Virtual Villagers PC games, which originate from San Francisco’s LDW (Last Day of Work Games.) Executive Producer Carla Humphrey told us that there will be a third one out in beta in a month or so. This is one of those games that appears to be created for kids, for it is fairly straightforward, but we are not so sure. They wouldn’t have the patience.
Although you can speed up the scenarios, it is still played in real time, sort of. Twenty two minutes until the next crop is ready to harvest seems a dreadfully long time when your inhabitants are starving. The game can be played in Easy, Normal, and Difficult for leisure gaming or for those who like a challenge.
One of the most intriguing features is that the game can go on even when your computer is shut off unless you put it on pause. If you like RPGs, SIMs, or games that use your mind instead of just your trigger finger, read our review of the first two Villagers after the jump.
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After receiving a partial grant from the National Science Foundation, the Apple Valley, Minn. Zoo developed “WolfQuest,” a free interactive video game. Designed to teach kids about wildlife, users play wolves in Yellowstone National Park. They must hunt, defend their territory, survive, mate, and establish their own pack.
Grant Spickelmier, assistant education director, is hoping that kids will find the game both educational and enjoyable, and will make them more interested in wolf conservation and biology. The game, which has released its first episode, is aimed at those between the ages of 10 to 15, but we know some older kids around here that think it might be worth the download.
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If you are looking for a non-traditional tree for the holidays, ETree may be the answer. The interactive electroluminescent lamp comes in a 15 x 15 x 8 cm size with 5 branches and a height of 50 cm, and a 30 x 30 x 15 cm floor model with 10 branches and a 150 cm height. Only for indoor use, we think that our neighbors would really be impressed by Kinetica Museum‘s creation which is available for £324.00 (~$666.00,) and £575.00 (~$1,200.00) respectively. It may be pricey, but think of how much you will save on ornaments and tinsel.
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We speak with Celestron about their SkyScout product, an awesome tool used for stargazing that identifies stars, constellations, and planets by way of GPS and gravitational magnets. Great for beginners and pros alike. We love the concept here, and think the SkyScout is genious, as it even incorporates games and trivia once it thinks you have your astronomical bearings down. Seriously, lots of fun to be had here. Check the video for the full scoop.