Looking for a unique piece of furniture for your living room or game room? Well, skip the IKEA and go for something a bit more geeky, I say. This cool coffee table has LEDs built into its top which can display a colorful light show, or even play simple video games.
Etsy seller RetroGamesTable makes these neat pieces of electronic furniture over which pack a 12 x 12 grid of LED squares beneath their surface, each of which can be assigned a different color. Its Arduino controller allows it to display various patterns, as well as to play Tetris and Snake using a classic NES-style gamepad.
The light-up tables come in a single player square version that measures about 21.6″w x 21.6″l x 17.7″h, as well as a two-player rectangular model that’s 35.4″w x 21.6″l x 17.7″h, and has twice as many LEDs. The smaller one sells for $370, while the bigger one is $650. Keep in mind that these ship from Ukraine, so it might take a little while for them to get to you, but from the reviews I read over on Etsy, it should be worth the wait.
Jellyfish are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. If you’ve ever looked at them up close at the aquarium, they look like they have nothing inside of them, yet somehow they’re able to swim around and eat plankton. Of course if you’ve encountered one on the beach, it might have been a less pleasant experience, especially if you got stung. There’s even an eraser-sized jellyfish out there that can kill you with a single sting. Like I said, fascinating.
If you’re into looking at jellyfish, but don’t care for the venom, then maybe you should consider this jellyfish ceiling lamp. Artist Sue Donim handmakes these pendant lamps that look like the unique sea creatures. She makes them using bunched-up organza fabric, which gives them that soft and ethereal look.
Unlike actual jellyfish, these ones come in a variety of colors, and light up from the inside. You can choose one color for its head, and up to four different colors for its wispy tentacles. There’s a dimmable, 16-color LED bulb inside which includes a remote for changing colors too. Its head measures 15″ in diameter, and it’s about 42″ from the top to the bottom of its tentacles.
They’re $250 each over on the artist’s Etsy shop. Sue makes each jellyfish lamp to order, and since she’s a good person and currently using her sewing skills to make masks for healthcare workers, you’ll need to be a little patient if you order one. Shipping times are currently about a month from placing your order, but from the reviews I’ve read, it’ll be worth the wait.
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.
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.
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.