Dungeons and Dragons D20 Lamp Lights up Your Game

If you’re into Dungeons and Dragons or other tabletop gaming, then you might want to give this lamp a tumble. You see, it looks just like a 20-sided die (aka “D20”), only bigger… like 10 times bigger.

The USB-powered lamp is official Dungeons and Dragons merch, and features a dragon in the place of the 20 on one of its faces. It measures about 7.5″ tall, and gradually cycles between colors.

I suppose you could roll this thing when it’s unplugged, but I’m gonna bet that it’s not properly balanced for truly random rolls, given the electronics inside, never mind the fact that you might break it. Better off just turning it on and admiring it while it sits there on the shelf. You can grab one of these over at Firebox for $37.99.

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This Minecraft Creeper Lamp Shouldn’t Explode When You Turn It On

If there’s one thing Minecraft fans can rely on, it’s those green and block Creepers, and their ability to blow up at the most inopportune moments. Well, now you can keep a Creeper right on your desktop to keep an eye on it, and I’m pretty sure it won’t blow up the place. I think.

You know how they say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer? This is one of those times. This little LED accent lamp runs on a couple of AAA batteries, and switches on and off with a tap on its head. It also makes that sSSSsss BOOM! sound when you switch it on. It’s made from bio-degradable plastic, which is eco-friendly, but won’t produce gunpowder no matter how hard you try.

You can grab the Minecraft Creeper Lamp over at Firebox for just $19.99. Buy a few, and you can create a whole mob of them.

Reveal Window Light Projects Imaginary Shadows onto Your Wall

Do you spend time working or living inside of a windowless room? Well rather than just sit there in the dark, consider brightening up the place with one of these imaginary window projectors. No, it’s not an imaginary projector, it’s a light that projects imaginary windows.

Made by Adam Frank Incorporated, the Reveal lighting system projects an image that looks like the shadows that might be cast by a window and the trees beyond its frame. The projector includes a set of permanent slides that can be used to create a variety of different window scenes by mixing and matching them.

Each one comes with five different window styles and five different tree scenes that you can overlay, so you can create 25 different fake window scenes in your room. When you’re bored, you can also use the light to do a shadow puppet show with your hands.

The Reveal light isn’t exactly cheap ($280 for halogen version, $320 for the LED one), but it definitely is a cool addition to bring some light into an otherwise darkened space.

[via Geekologie]

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smART Pixelator Turns Your Images Into Pixel Art Templates

I have a very soft spot in my heart for pixel art, having grown up in the 1980s with rudimentary 8-bit and 16-bit video games dominating my formative years. So I really love anything that encourages the creation of pixel-based designs. The smART Pixelator does just that – letting you easily turn any image into a real life pixel art creation.

Working in concert with a mobile app, this battery-powered toy takes photos from your smartphone, and converts them into color images on its built in RGB LED matrix. This serves as a template onto which you can place colored pegs, sequins, or beads. Once your design is complete, you can remove the tray and frame your artwork. It’s basically like a modern day Lite Brite, except you can actually keep your completed designs.

If you use pixel beads, you can extract your images from the Pixelator and gently iron them through a special sheet to melt them into a permanent pixel art creation. As is shown in the video below, you can even create larger images which take up more than one screen on the device.

The smART Pixelator is available now over on Amazon. Prices start around $40, and they also sell add-on bead, peg, and sequin sets for about $15 to $20 each. I would have so loved to have one of these when I was a kid.

Making an LED Clock from Ping Pong Balls

Hey kids, what time is it? Better check the ping pong balls to find out! When turned off, this unique clock looks like a bunch of ping pong balls in a picture frame, but when activated, it turns into a bright and colorful digital clock.

Instructables contributor thomasj152 put this cool looking timepiece together by assembling a grid of 128 individual ping pong balls, with each of them backlit with an RGB LED from a strip light. Using an Arduino nano controller, a real-time clock module, and a small bit of programming, it displays the current time on some of its ping pong pixels, and can light up the unused pixels to create a colorful background.

While the idea of cutting open 128 ping pong balls and then wiring up all of the LED strip light sounds complicated, its builder says it was actually pretty easy to do, and he’s provided details for your to make your own over on Instructables, complete with the code required to run the clock. With a little programming skill, you could use the LED matrix to display other images or animations too.

This LED Wall Clock Is Accurate to 1/100th of a Second

While there are plenty of clocks and watches out there which don’t even have a second hand, I prefer to know the time with at least one second of precision. But that certainly wasn’t good enough for one engineer, who decided he needed decidedly more confidence that he knew the EXACT time.

What you’re looking at here is what Mixtela claims is the “most precise and accurate wall clock you can get.” The Precision Clock Mk II½ not only uses GPS-synchronized calibration for accuracy, but it displays time down to the 1/100th of a second.

The clock uses an ATtiny controller chip and 18 1″ 7-segment LEDs to display the current year, month, day, and time, and it can alternate between GMT and a time zone of your choice. However, since it has no built-in interface, you’ll need to program its time zone using a cable and a computer. It’s also got global rules for Daylight Savings Time in its code, so it automatically switches at the exact instant of the twice-annual change where applicable. Simply plug it in, and it sorts figures out the time – assuming you have a good GPS signal.

You can get your hands on a kit version of the Precision Clock Mk II½ from Mixtela’s online shop, but you’ll need to know how to solder and have basic electronics skills to complete the assembly. It’s just £100 GBP (about $128 USD), and you’ll need to specify your default time zone, as the time zone indicator is laser cut to order.