Nintendo lets you turn your DS into an MP3 player

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If you somehow haven’t gotten a portable MP3 player yet but managed to snag a Nintendo DS lite, don’t run out and buy an iPod. Nintendo is releasing their MP3 player, a little device in the shape of a Game Boy Advance game that pops into the bottom game slot of their super-popular handheld game console. It has an SD slot, allowing you to load it up with tunes and turn your DS into a portable music player in addition to your Mario-game-player of choice. It comes with a 512 MB card, but you’re free to get any size you’d like to upgrade that size. Unfortunately it doesn’t do video or anything, but if you really cared about that you probably would have picked up a different device by now. The Nintendo MP3 player comes out in the U.K. for about $38 on December 8, the same day the Wii is released there.

Trusted Reviews, via Ubergizmo

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iPod alarm clock tells you when it’s time to rock

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Sure to be a generator of several, “Ha! That’s so cool,” comments at your next dinner party, this iPod station/alarm clock by Accurian merges modern gadgetry with some retro style. When you turn in for bed, slip your iPod in, set the alarm, and you’ll be roused by your Wakey-Wakey playlist. Or, if you want to get creative with your iTunes downloads, the latest episode of The Office. There’s a regular 9-minute snooze, plus you have the added bonus of waking up to a fully charged iPod. It can’t fly or anything, so don’t get too excited. Available for $30 at RadioShack, the dock/clock comes in black or white.

RadioShack, via Chip Chick

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O-ring Digi watch has heard that one before. Grow up already.

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Does this watch remind you of anything? It’s called the O-ring Digi. Now does it remind you of anything?

I’m not sure if Philipe Starck, the guy who designed this watch for Fossil, was trying to make some sort of statement or something, but despite the childlike giggles it evokes it’s still a pretty innovative timepiece. The hours, as you can see, are displayed in easy-to-read number form. The minutes are represented in segments that fill up the outside of the ring. The design combines the simplicity of a digital watch with the circular nature of analogue watches to an interesting effect.

Also, it’s called the O-ring, which is pretty funny, right? In any case, you can get this O-ring on your wrist for $110, if that’s what you’re into.

NEC ‘tag’ concept phone: the future is bendy

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Just when we thought we’d seen it all in the way of concept cell-phone designs, NEC comes out and surprises us. The company’s Design division has thought up the “tag” — a phone that has more in common with Gumby than the slick, shiny phones of today. Made of rubbery “shape-memorizing” material, the tag will bend and twist at your command. Forget extra armbands — the thing is an armband. It’s too bad the tag is just a concept right now, as it would be the perfect phone for the forgetful and the accident-prone. Once NEC gets this into production (no plans right now, apparently), you can bet it’ll have to prove its mettle overseas before it makes it over here. You know, like every other mobile phone ever made.

NEC Design, via productdose

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Worst idea ever: iPod dock headphones

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I feel like after showing you this picture there’s not that much left for me to say about perhaps the most poorly designed headphones ever. But for you, my friend, I’ll try.

Just looking at them brings up visions in one’s head of walking down the street with an iPod sticking out of their earphones, the crippling awareness of everyone staring at you and that familiar feeling of wanting to dig a hole in the sidewalk to hide from the world in it. Not to mention the comfort issues you imagine, what with that extra weight on one side of your head and all. These things would probably always be sliding down on the iPod side, making you look even dumber as they perch precariously lopsided on your head. Furthermore, if there has ever been a mugging magnet this is it. This is the equivalent of walking through Central Park at night with a $20 taped to your forehead, but instead of a $20 it’s a $250 piece of electronics. Seriously, who designed this? Who? I demand answers.

Idiots in Japan can buy these starting next month for $43.

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8 LCDs in 1: now THAT’S a monitor

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There’s not a lot of info on this bad boy, but you know how much we love ridiculous, oversized screens here , so I figured it’d be worth sharing with you anyhow.

Just take a look at this thing! It’s comprised of eight LCDs and was manufactured by Siemens, and apparently it’s used for boring crap like monitoring nuclear power facilities. Personally, I don’t find power plant maintenance all that exciting, but it sure would be fun to hook this puppy up to a gaming rig and try some World of Warcraft out. I’m pretty sure the chances of anyone doing that are slim to none, unless some Homer Simpson-esque nuclear technician decides to bring in his Xbox 360 and get fired while having a lot of fun.

Sure, you might not be able to buy a screen as insane as this, but there’s stuff like the Radius 320 out there to satisfy your combined-monitor desires, so don’t despair.

Get your special-effects career going with the NextEngine 3D scanner

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Any aspiring animators out there may want to add the NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner to their Christmas lists. The cereal box-size gadget will quickly scan an object (most scans take about 2 minutes) and render it onscreen for you to stretch, rotate, or break apart in any number of applications, many of which are provided. Since there’s no “scanning box” for your object, size matters not; really big targets may take a couple of scans, though. The NextEngine will capture all your object’s pretty colors and is said to be accurate to 0.005 inch, so anything bigger than a nanofiber can’t hide from this baby.

You also get an object gripper for hanging onto your thingie and a rotating “positioner” (above right) for scanning its backside. Since the NextEngine is a regular USB 2.0 peripheral, setup is super-simple, though you’ll need a minimum 2-GHz Windows PC (sorry, Mac users). Yeah, at $2,495, it’s definitely a bit pricey, so you may want to weigh getting one vs. an internship at Activision. Shout-out to Bill for the tip!

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