Video: A self-balancing "table robot" insinuates itself into your life using booze

With such tiny wheels, this “table robot” from Laksmi-Do looks terribly delicate, but it can still ably hold itself upright and carry up to two kilograms of beverages and snacks. Woe betide the drunkard who forgets to recharge it, though. If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean. [via Engadget]

Making a 130-megapixel camera from a flatbed scanner and an old camera lens

What do you get when you combine an old Epson flatbed scanner, a 50mm Canon lens, and a little elbow grease? A 130-megapixel camera perfect for shooting ridiculously high-rez photos of your desk. The project is the work of this fellow, an amateur photographer with a lovely eye for light.

Convert documents to toilet paper in the comfort of your office

What office worker wouldn’t love this machine from Tokyo’s Nakabayashi company, which converts regular office paper into toilet paper. The $95,000 machine, which is designed to be kept in an office, coverts 1,800 sheets of A4 paper into two rolls of toilet paper, which seems really out of whack, buy maybe Japanese toilet paper is […]

8Bitone, a chiptunes synth and sequencer for iPhone

Japanese developer Yudo will soon be releasing “8Bitone”, an 8-bit chiptunes synthesizer for iPhone and iPod touch. No idea on the cost—most sequencers have been fairly expensive on the iPhone, in the $10-$20 range. I am fond of their title banner. [via GameSetWatch] Previously: ⌦ Chiptune Composer BubblyFish on the Warmth of Lo-Fi – Boing […]

Will Hollywood's Astro Boy do the original '60s anime justice?

Astro Boy, the classic story of a friendly nuclear-powered robot boy created by legendary Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka, is being released as a 3D CG Hollywood film. It hits theaters in October, with voices by people like Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, and Kristen Bell. I’m excited to watch it, and I hope they don’t […]

Sharp Mebius NJ70 netbook replaces touchpad with touchscreen

While its guts are the same old netbook standard, Sharp’s new Mebius NJ70A (named after an ancient Shinto calculus demon) puts a slick little 4-inch LCD touchscreen in place of the typically chintzy touchpad. Amusingly, the little touchscreen, which can accept both touch and pen input, has a resolution of 854 by 480 pixels—nearly the […]