Tuesday Stew

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Hope you’re all hungry for a nice bowl of gadgeteer stew. I’ve collected a few items and have them simmering in a pot, ready to serve up. First up, we have Carpet Skates. What do you ask are Carpet Skates? Well, do remember when you were a kid and liked to slide around in your sock feet on hard wood floors? Now you can have the same fun on carpeted floors with these plastic skates that strap to your feet…

carpet skates

For $19.99, you can get yourself a pair of carpet skates and for an additional $9.99, you can buy a puck and hockey stick set. Whee, carpet hockey anyone? The carpet skates are approximately 12 inches long and 5 inches wide, so they may not fit everyone. These skates are pretty fun if you have a large enough carpeted area to skate around on. The only place I could try the samples out in my own house was up and down a hallway. I was tempted to take them to work with me, but wasn’t sure how management would like it. Yeah, I can be a chicken. ;o)

Next up, the JAVOedge’s High Capacity Portable Battery Charger.

javoedge USB battery
javoedge USB battery

For $71.98, you get two 3400mAH batteries that charge via USB and also have a USB port, so that you can charge any gadget that uses a standard USB cable. As you seen in the image above, I’m using it to charge an Apple iPod nano using the stock universal dock cable that is included with the nano. I like this battery pack more than most of the ones that I’ve tried in the past, because they are so small and can easily fits in any gear bag. They are about the same size asf a deck of cards.

Who remembers the coin-op arcade game Dragon’s Lair and hero “Dirk the Daring” from the 80’s?

dragons lair

Dragon’s Lair was one of the first laserdisc video games, released in June 1983 by Cinematronics. It featured animation created by former Disney animator Don Bluth. I remember desperately wanting that play the game whenever we would go to the arcade (not often), but someone else was always hogging it, so I never got a chance to play. Well, my chance came a few weeks ago when I was sent an HD-DVD version (there’s a Blu-ray version too) of Dragon’s Lair from Digital Leisure.

The entire game has been put on an HD-DVD disc so that you can play it in high def and 5.1 surround sound. You use your regular DVD remote control to play the game by pressing Up/Down/Left/Right or Enter (sword) to move Dirk from scene to scene. Only 5 moves makes it sound like a pretty easy game right? Nope, it’s not. You have to have just the right timing and you also have to know which of the 5 buttons to press.

While I do think it’s cool that they have released a game that I remember from my childhood, I have to say that playing it was not all that much fun for me. Game play seems pretty jerky and with the semi-random scenes, it just doesn’t feel like today’s games that have a nice flow to them. For $49.95, you can check out Dragon’s Lair for yourself though. Let me know what you think of it.

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