I submit to you, the lobby scene from The Matrix. The original score has been stripped away, and replaced by an a capella re-enactment, including gun sound effects. Enjoy.
Our pal Robert Scoble was able to get an early look at the new Microsoft Songsmith software, and we were impressed enough that we wanted to give you guys a look at the video. Songsmith allows you to make music, that you sing to, by generating musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. You sing into your mic, and the software creates the backing music for you to make you sound good. It’s not just for novices either, as you can play instruments into Somgsmith for capturing, and it includes an intelligent scratchpad to allow it to work with new melodies. Kind of hard to explain, so really, check out the video. You can download a free trial at the Songsmith page as well.
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We love robotic animal toys almost as much as the genuine article, with the exception being the annoying Furby, even though that probably doesn’t qualify as an animal. Hal the Hamster sings and dances to Styx’s “Mr. Roboto.” Standing 6-inches, he needs 3 AAA batteries to do his thing and has a price of only $9.99. We think we might have programmed him with something more appropriate, such as “Chewy, Chewy” or “Spinning Wheel.” Then again, he is wearing a spacesuit.
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In this election year, we find more patriotic gadgets than we will ever actually need. The Musical Statue of Liberty is no exception, but at least this one is non-partisan. Draped in the American flag and made of hand-painted vinyl, the mini-statue not only looks tacky, but press her button and her torch keeps time to the thrilling tune of “New York, New York.” Standing all of 10-inches, she requires 2 AA batteries (not included) and carries a MSRP of $11.98.
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Remember Gizmo? Modeled after the 1984 star of the movie “Gremlins,” you can now own one. Give him a little love and he will hum and rock a bit like any good Mogwai does. While we are pretty sure he does not have Howie Mandel’s voice (who did it in the original flick,) he certainly looks lifelike. Just remember not to feed him after midnight or get him wet. Gizmo is 18 x 29 cm, needs 2 AA batteries (included,) and can be yours for DKK 229,00 (~$44.00.)
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Since most robots are made to serve, it’s nice to discover one that solely entertains. Engineered Arts’ RoboThespians speak, sing, tell stories, and do a dance step or two. You can watch it perform Robert Shaw in “Jaws,” something very “Alien,” “C3PO,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and our fave of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. If you are fortunate enough to live in the UK, you can see them perform at The Eden Project in Cornwall. If not, there is always YouTube. It ain’t Shakespeare, but it is amusing.
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It’s bad enough to listen to your buds singing karaoke, now you can experience the anguish countless times if they have this I-Sing that displays lyrics and records their voices to create MP3 files. The player also supports WMA and WAV files and features a built-in mic, speaker, headphone jack, SD/MMC card slot, and can store up to 512 MB (~120 three minute tunes.) Its battery is good for about five hours and requires 4 hours of recharge time. There is also a USB port (cable included) and software for Internet downloading. Find yours at Hammacher Schlemmer for $119.95
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