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Real Life Mario Kart

Real Life Mario Kart

It wasn’t until Mario Kart 64 that I ever had the pleasure of playing a Mario Kart game.  However once I got it, I was hooked and have loved all of the Mario Kart games since (and I went back and played the older ones).  However, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that somebody would turn Mario Kart into reality.

Back in early 2011, I posted an absolutely hilarious video of Rémi Gaillard’s real life Mario Kart adventure (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, take a minute and go watch it because you deserve to be on the floor laughing) but it didn’t quite replicate the experience of the game like the a team of engineers at Waterloo Labs have done with the video below.

This team of engineers went to a real go-kart track and modified some go-karts to use a system of RFIDs that would allow them to use items just like you would find in the game.  Below is a description of how part of the system works but I suggest watching the video below as it will walk you through their creation as well as you can see the test they did trying it out (it is hilarious!).  Also, if you want to recreate this for yourself and have some real life Mario Kart fun, you can download the project over at Waterloo Labs.

The go-karts behave normally until an item is detected. RFID tags embedded into each item transmit signals to the readers located on each kart. The compact RIO (cRIO) processes these signals and outputs the signals to control the corresponding pneumatic valves and servo motors that control the movement of the go kart. Steering is controlled with two pneumatic cylinders and the brake with one cylinder. The governor, or speed limiter, is controlled with two servo motors.

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[Source:  Waterloo Labs via Nerd Approved]

Doesn’t it seem like the electrical boxes you see sticking out of the ground everywhere are a little boring?  I have long thought that electrical boxes need to be painted up to either blend in better rather than just being a big grey box sticking out of the ground or be used as a canvas by local artists to display cool art which I think could bring a lot to different communities.  Well, it looks like that is just what one graffiti artist did!

This awesome Game Boy graffiti art picture was posted by reddit user cookiesbro who apparently stumbled across this awesome electrical box painted to look like a classic Game Boy.  Unfortunately I don’t know who the artist is that is responsible for it (if you know, please let us know who did this in the comments so we can give them credit), but I think they did a great job!  I just hope they had permission to do this.

If you love this electrical box art, I definitely suggest checking out the Super Mario Bros warp pipe and piranha plant electrical box I posted back in August.

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Game Boy Graffiti

Game Boy Graffiti Art

[Source:  Reddit]

You know you are a Legend of Zelda obsessed parent when you build your baby a crib with the Hylian Crest and Zelda’s Lullaby on the side of it.  Of course there is nothing wrong with that and actually I consider that to be parenting done right!  Seriously, whoever came up with this idea should be nominated for parent of the year.

Unfortunately, I don’t know who built this awesome Legend of Zelda crib to give them credit or try to nominate them for parent of the year, so if you know who made this, please let us know in the comments below!

However, what I really want to know is if the parent that made this also has an ocarina and plays Zelda’s Lullaby for their baby on it?

Of course the next logical step is that once that baby has outgrown the crib, the parents turn the bedroom into the ultimate Zelda kids room like I posted previously.

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Legend of Zelda Baby Crib

Legend of Zelda Crib

[via Nerd Approved]

Several months ago, I posted a picture of a guy I declared to be the King of Nintendo 64.  It seemed like an obvious title at the time considering he was covered in armor made of Nintendo 64 consoles and game cartridges as well as he had a sword made of a couple of controllers and a bunch of games.  Well, I wouldn’t call the guy below the King of the N64, but it feels like it should have a similar title because of the massive GoldenEye N64 game cartridge costume he is wearing.

The guy sporting this awesome GoldenEye Nintendo 64 cartridge as a costume is reddit user calteoh.  I’d say it is a very clever costume idea although not very practical.  I mean, when this guy goes to take a leak, he will be occupying three urinals instead of one.  And that’s just rude.

No matter how many urinals this costume takes up, it is still one of the coolest costume ideas I have ever seen.

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GoldenEye Nintendo 64 Costume

GoldenEye Nintendo 64 Game Cartridge Costume

[Source:  Reddit]

When it comes to wallets, I have always been a tri-fold kind of guy.  With the extra slots and stuff for cards that you can usually find in tri-fold wallets, I find them to be more handy than bi-fold wallets even if they do tend to be a bit thicker.  However, for the bi-fold loving Super Mario Bros fans out there, I have found a New Super Mario Bros bi-fold wallet that you are going to love!

The geektastic folks over at SuperHeroStuff are selling this really cool New Super Mario Bros bi-fold wallet for just $17.99.  It measures 4.5 inch wide by 3.25 inch high and it is full of Mario greatness!

I really wish I was a bi-fold wallet kind of guy because I think I prefer the look of this New Super Mario Bros wallet over the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princesses wallet I use.  Maybe its time I give the world of bi-fold wallets a shot.

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Super Mario Bros Wallet

New Super Mario Bros Bi-Fold Wallet

[Source:  SuperHeroStuff via Geek Alerts]

Pikachu Latte Art [pic]

Jeremy Bray —  January 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

Are you looking for that extra jolt of energy from your latte?  Then perhaps it needs an electric Pokemon!  Nothing will give you quite the jolt that you are looking for like some Pikachu latte art.  Unless of course you feel like sticking a knife in an electrical outlet or something (seriously, don’t do this!).  While I have never been one to need that extra energy boost, I still love seeing great latte art like this!

This fantastic Pikachu latte art was created by latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto, the same guy that created the amazing Ghostbusters latte art I posted yesterday.  When it comes to making cool things with latte foam, this guy is the king!  Every barista should try to make as good of designs as they guy can in a latte.

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Pokemon Pikachu Latte Art

Pikachu Latte Art

[via That's Nerdalicious]