Star Wars Augmented Reality on iPhone

It was only a matter of time before some addled nerd managed to wrangle TIE fighters into the New York skyline, and boy howdy have they done a good job of it:

Basically, this is from a forthcoming game entitled ‘Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner’ that will be playable on iPhone, using its camera lens to form the backdrop for your intergalactic dogfight. Clever, that. If the New York skyline in the video isn’t cool enough for you, then imagine how it’d look if you aimed your lens at the night sky, or in a forest. Or, y’know, in the bath or something. I don’t know, use your imagination.

Via The Wall. Which is nice, obviously.

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Sneaky: the boat that looks like it's sinking

This is quite crafty – a boat made to look as if it’s sinking at all times:

Fair enough, it’s a laugh, but surely there’s a constant stream of well-wishing boat-folk who offer rescue when it’s not needed? Oh how the ship’s captain must laugh! On the other hand, it’s probably an excellent defence mechanism for anyone taking a jaunt around Somali waters with crates of booty on board. That’s the only time this boat is anything approaching useful.

Here’s a pic of it out of the water:

It’s the work of one Parisian artist named Julien Berthier. So it’s a work of art rather than a proper seafaring vessel. As hardened techies we don’t understand ‘the arts’ in general, so we’re just going to file it under ‘stupid, but kinda want one’ and get on with our techie duties. Y’know, wires and that.

Via the super Geekologie.
Click here to see more pics of the boat (it’s called ‘Love Love’… we’re not here to judge).

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Pumpkin Carving Competition 2010 Winner

Again, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with both the amount and the quality of your pumpkins. There’ve been vomiting pumpkins, mother-in-law pumpkins, sci-fi pumpkins… someone even entered a melon. Can’t think why. Anyway, it’s been a tough decision (so tough that we had to throw it open to an office vote), but we’ve finally come up with a winner we think is worthy of the Wand Remote Control:

Aww. This pumpkin was carved by Paul Lewis (and obviously modelled on Lennox the dog), so well done to Paul from all of us and enjoy your prize!

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The IWOOT Pumpkin Carving Competition 2010

You may remember that last year we had a very successful pumpkin carving competition to celebrate Halloween. Well, shockingly, we’ve decided not to fix something that ain’t broke and do the exact same thing again! We were so impressed by the standard last year that we’re dead excited (Halloween joke-ette) to see what you’ll come up with this time around.

But what are you carving for, exactly? Whoever carves the best pumpkin will be the lucky winner of one of our superb Wand Remote Controls, the perfect thing to make your living room that little bit more magical. Use it to control anything that has a remote control – lights, the telly, your iPod dock, whatever you’ve got.

Here’s a picture of last year’s winner to get you in the mood and give you inspiration:

You can see some more of our favourites from last year by clicking here. We want the most creative, elaborate, scary or interesting pumpkin sculpture you can possibly craft – the standard of last year’s competition was extremely high, and we want to beat it. Once you’ve carved your pumpkin, photograph it and post it on our Facebook page, here.

So get a pumpkin and get carving to be in with a chance of winning! You’ve got until midday on Monday November 1st to post your photographs on our Faceook page.

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Amazing R2D2 Pumpkin Sculpture

That’s right, we’ve been bowled over by another Star Wars novelty. This time, it’s an exceptionally impressive pumpkin carving, fashioned into the shape of R2D2 by a clever and improbably-named person called Noel Dickover. Pictures are on your left and below…

Now, we don’t want to get you too excited, but you might call this an inspiration for a forthcoming competition at IWOOT. So best keep your eyes peeled (that’s a good Halloween-y sort of phrase, isn’t it? Surprised no-one’s made a decent pun out of it yet… here’s hoping…).

Via the ever-excellent NPR.

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Win a 32" TV to celebrate 'Brooklyn's Finest' on DVD!

To celebrate the release of the rather excellent ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’, we’re giving a 32″ TV away – and we’ve also got 10 DVDs of the film as well for some lucky runners up. And if you don’t like the idea of either a huge TV or Richard Gere in serious-mode, then heck, we don’t know what to do with you. Enough rambling, simply read the following po-faced plot synopsis (no spoilers, don’t worry) and answer the question below.

“From the director of Training Day comes Brooklyn’s Finest, a slick urban drama set in the morally ambiguous world of the New York police force. Burned out cop, Eddie (Richard Gere) is just one week away from retirement, whilst drugs officer Sal (Ethan Hawke) is realizing there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his family.

Meanwhile, Clarence “Tango” Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long that he feels a closer allegiance to infamous drug dealer Caz (Wesley Snipes) than he does to the force.

All three cops find themselves hurtling towards the same crime scene on one fatal night in this tense, edge of your seat thriller.”

And the question…

Who plays Eddie?

1. Don Cheadle
2. Ethan Hawk
3. Richard Gere

Of course, the real question should be ‘why on earth is Wesley Snipes playing someone called ‘Caz’?’, but that’s by-the-by. Hang on, Ethan Hawke plays someone called ‘Sal’ as well – what’s going on in this film?! Send your answers to marketing@iwantoneofthose.com to be in with a chance by November 14th and good luck!

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Cat Uses Fork To Eat

We’re not kidding. This is ridiculous.

Now, we know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. Anyone who takes their cat FOR A WALK in the first place needs to take a long hard look at themselves. Man’s quest to anthropomorphise his pets has often led to some bizarre outcomes, but this has to be among the strangest. Fortunately the look on the cat’s face as the batty old lady washes its paws is full of enough contempt to leave you in no doubt that the cat knows that what’s happening is totally wrong.

Via Robot Vs Badger.

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Do You Feel Lucky? Enter our new Competition!

Some things in life are good, while some are, frankly, a bit rubbish. That’s just the way of it. Here at IWOOT, rather than lie to you and say that everything you get in life is super, amazing and just dandy, we thought it was about time we gave everyone a dose of reality. Enter our competition and you could win something wicked, or you could win something totally rubbish – it’s that simple. The real question is: Do You Feel Lucky?

To enter, all you have to do is ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning the one good and one bad prize. The closing date is October 21st. Don’t worry if you’re already liking/following us, you’re already entered automatically. And don’t even think about asking us what the prizes will be – all we’ll say is that the good prize is really good, and the bad prize is really bad. You’ll just have to enter to find out exactly what they are! *Laughs maniacally and contemplates buying a cape*

So what are you waiting for? Get over to our Facebook page or our Twitter feed and get yourselves entered!

Some important Terms and Conditions are below. Ignore them at your peril…

• Closing time for the free prize draw will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday 21st October 2010.
• Two winners will be picked at random from anyone who ‘likes’ I Want One Of Those on Facebook or who follows us on Twitter at the close of entries.
• Anyone who currently ‘likes’ or follows IWOOT will be automatically entered into the competition. It is not necessary to ‘unlike’ or ‘unfollow’ first.
• The winners will be notified by their Twitter or Facebook account within 48 hours of the prize draw
• If the prizes are not claimed within 7 days of notification, another prize winner(s)will be drawn and the original prize winner(s) forfeits the prize
• The prizes will not be revealed until after the prize-draw and are decided by IWOOT.
• No alternative products or cash alternatives available.
• IWOOT’s decision is final and in the event of a dispute, no correspondence will be entered into
• Entry into the free prize draw will be taken as acceptance of the terms and conditions.
• This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
• This prize draw is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• The prize draw is not open to anyone associated with the promotion, employees of IWOOT, families or agents

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Review of the Month Winners for August

August has long since toddled off – we know. We’re slow. But you know what, good things come to those who wait, isn’t that what they say? Unless you haven’t won, of course, in which case nothing but disappointment awaits you. Sorry. Anyway, on to lighter matters – which lucky so-and-sos have managed to pique the interest of our moderators?

First of all, the written review winner is the enigmatically (or possibly drunkenly) named VKKKKKKKKKKKKK, who has gotten themselves into a frenzy over our Steel Playing Cards:

“These steel cards are a steal! I’ve never spent money more wisely. I bought these for my brother at first but once they had came I got so hooked to them i kept the for myself. haha! The detail in this in UNBELIEVABLE! I’ve searched for interesting cards all over the net and my friend told me about IWOOT and its the site for me! 😀 I spilt some coffee over a few of the cards (accidentally of course) and it dried and i just wiped it with a wet wipe and PRESTO! The coffee came off – no stains no hassle! Also, these cards are suprisingly light weight! Which is great considering you have to hold them. 😉 Also, if playing in hot weather, these cards make excellent fans. ahaha! Easy to clean, light weight, beautiful, interseting and hassle free – why wouldn’t you want these cards! I recommend them! :D”

Now that’s depth. And what an excellent opening pun. As for our photo review winner and the happy recipient of £75 to splurge with us, look below at the efforts of the appropriately named whippersnapper Gadgetman64 and his Boombox Speaker. Easy there, fella. Don’t throw it.

Our video winner is Spikeyseth, who wins our £150 IWOOT voucher and has evidently been having lots of fun with the Nighthawk Gyro:

This could be you next month, so do keep reviewing your purchases – you could win big!
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Retro Is Back…

…which is sort of interesting, really, cos that’s the whole point of retro, isn’t it? That it comes back once in a while. Otherwise it’d be called ‘stuff we’ve forgotten and won’t dredge up for the purposes of a blog post’. Still, it can’t be ignored that retro is going to be a theme as we run headlong into Christmas – and we’re positively drowning in it (not actually, you understand).

Chief amongst them is undoubtedly the Big Trak re-release that we’ve been shamelessly sending to TV shows. Did you see it on This Morning the other morning? It was featured along with the equally nostalgia-tastic (nostastic?) Stylophone, which was used, bizarrely, by one of Sam & Mark to play the This Morning theme tune. Now there’s a sentence you don’t hear everyday.

We’ve also got a mammoth category on the site that’s jam-packed with retro goodness, all manner of things for you to get your milk teeth into. So pop over here for that.

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