A Pac-Man You Have to Hand Crank to Make It Chomp

What do you get when you make the classic Pac-Man fully mechanical? A Pac-Man that chomps only when you hand crank its gears. In other words: awesomeness. Just watch. The hand-cranked, mechanical Pac-Man, called Pactuator, is actually part of a bigger, much loftier project: a playable, mechanical Pac-Man cabinet,… » 2/09/11 10:20pm 2/09/11 10:20pm

Cranky Benches Roll Off Water After It Rains

Anybody who likes to go to the park after a good rainstorm knows the butt-soaking hazard of still-wet bench. Some design gurus in Korea decided to solve the system with a simple crank: give it a couple of turns, and the soggy slats at the top roll to the bottom while the dry slats below revolve back on top. This… » 1/31/08 5:50pm 1/31/08 5:50pm

Hand-Crank Radio Also Charges Cellphone

This could be the ultimate gadget for the outdoor type who still likes to stay connected. Hand-crank radios are already pretty popular, but this one adds a little more. It can also charge a cellphone battery. The radio includes five adapaters for a variety of cellphones and it even includes a small LED flashlight. The… » 8/14/06 6:22pm 8/14/06 6:22pm