Take Handheld Gaming to the Next Level With These Miniature Arcade Machines

Between smartphones and handheld consoles, portable gaming is more accessible than ever. Now you can even relive the nostalgia of '80s arcade games on a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

The Tiny Arcade from Tiny Circuits looks and plays like an old-school arcade cabinet built for someone three inches tall. It includes a tiny joystick, a tiny button, a speaker, and a full-color OLED display. Powered by an Arduino board and a USB-chargeable lithium battery, the device comes preloaded with arcade-style games like Tiny Invaders, Flappy Birdz, and Asteroids. All the games are free and open source, and users can play games made by the community or create one of their own. New games can be uploaded into your library from a micro SD card that's inserted into the arcade’s expansion slot. This method can be used to upload videos as well—the system includes a free app that allows users to convert .MP4 files into a format that's compatible with the system. 

The cases for the mini cabinets come in black acrylic, clear acrylic, basswood, and 3D-printed plastic. You can also print a design of your own for a case that’s truly one-of-a-kind. The project has little over a week left in its Kickstarter campaign and has already raised $61,892 of the $25,000 goal. Backers can preorder their own Tiny Arcade with a pledge of $60 or more with delivery estimated for March of next year. 

Images courtesy of Tiny Circuits via Kickstarter.

[h/t Geek]

Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid

To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

New Health-Monitoring Litter Box Could Save You a Trip to the Vet

Unsure if your cat is sick or just acting aloof per usual? A “smart toilet” for your fur baby could help you decide whether a trip to the vet is really necessary.

Enter the Pet Care Monitor: More than a litter box, the receptacle is designed to analyze cat urine for health issues, The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo reports. Created by the Japan-based Sharp Corporation—better known for consumer electronics such as TVs, mobile phones, and the world's first LCD calculator—the product will be available for purchase on the company’s website starting July 30 (although shipping limitations may apply).

Sensors embedded in the monitor can measure your cat’s weight and urine volume, as well as the frequency and duration of toilet trips. That information is then analyzed by an AI program that compares it to data gleaned from a joint study between Sharp Corp and Tottori University in Japan. If there are any red flags, a report will be sent directly to your smartphone via an application called Cocoro Pet. The monitor could be especially useful for keeping an eye on cats with a history of kidney and urinary tract problems.

If you have several cats, the company offers sensors to identify each pet, allowing separate data sets to be collected and analyzed. (Each smart litter box can record the data of up to three cats.)

The Pet Care Monitor costs about $225, and there’s an additional monthly fee of roughly $3 for the service. Sharp Corporation says it will continue developing health products for pets, and it has already created a leg sensor that can tell if a dog is nervous by measuring its heart and respiratory rates.

[h/t The Asahi Shimbun]


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