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Community Credit Prizes for July 2009

Note: As always, our prize list can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"Check it out to see past prizes and contest winners.

The items below show the prizes that you can win at Community-Credit this month(July 2009 ). You can have a chance at earning one of these prizes by contributing to the development community this month.  Simply log your contributions (points awarded for over 100 types of contributions) and the geeks with the most points at the end of July 2009 Contest will win one of the prizes shown below. You can also see the past winners and prizes on our Stupid Prize Page.

Onto this Month's Prizes...
Grand Prize: Mimo Mini USB Monitor

Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Referring to notes while writing an e-mail, checking info in a spreadsheet while entering data into a web page, keeping an eye on your to-do list while browsing YouTube... it's handy to have additional monitor space at the ready. Problem is an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like requiring a separate power cord or perhaps an additional video card.

The Mimo Mini USB Monitor changes this equation completely by offering a low-maintenance relationship between you and an extra display. A single USB connection from your computer gets you an instant high-resolution secondary display. This awesome display is perfect for your IM client, widgets, PC gaming tools, your email, a spreadsheet, your PhotoShop tools, or even video! Not only do these displays enhance productivity, they look great!

1st Prize: The Kaleidoscope Projector.

This is the electronic kaleidoscope that rotates at the touch of a button, projecting an array of ever-changing colors on walls or ceilings. A focused LED housed in the spherical chamber projects light through a rotating, removable disc that contains differently colored plastic shapes. Colored light is then refracted by three mirrors arranged in a coaxial, triangular formation inside the barrel--the mirrors' taper generates a multi-colored pattern. The removable disc's contents may be supplanted by transparent beads or other small objects for different colors. Two transparent knobs on either side of the light chamber each house a single LED that changes colors, providing an ambient glow. A knob on the front of the projector's tube enables you to focus the pattern onto any flat surface. The projector easily fits on a desk or table.

2nd Prize:

You've made the big decision. You could work in the shipyards, you could be a lounge singer - but no, you've chosen to enlist in Starfleet Academy. Here's what you have to look forward to: tons of studying, lots of friends, maybe a case of space acne, and oh so much more. You also can expect one of the most mind blowing orientation sessions ever. You'll get your dorm and roommate assignments, your class schedule, your academic advisor, and your titanium spork. We kid you not. We've always told folks that the titanium spork was the utensil of the future, and now (after we yanked a bunch through a chrono-synclastic infundibulum) we have the proof to um, well, prove it. The Star Trek Starfleet Academy Titanium Sporks are the official sporks of Starfleet Academy, and they have the laser engravings to prove it!

Seriously, folks, the Star Trek Starfleet Academy Titanium Spork is just about the coolest Star Trek collectible ever, because it is fully functional. Just like the one Kirk used while a student (perhaps even while planning to cheat at the Kobayashi Maru scenario), these are laser engraved with the Starfleet emblem and other stuff which we'll tell you about soon. And remember, we know how important it is for you to hold a replica of Spock's Student Spork at the premier of the new movie! Live long, and prosper.

3rd Prize: LED Binary Clock

It's easy for any self-respecting geek to figure out how to read this clock in a few minutes. Check out the image below for the details. Still don't get it? Then this is probably not the prize for you. Sure you could wing it and 'approximate' the time based on the position of the sun and act like you can read this clock, but you should probably go get one of these instead. With one of these puppies and you are on your way to truly becoming one with the binary...

4th Prize: Fly Stick Van de Graaff Levitation Wand

Get a bit of magic for yourself with this amazing Fly Stick Van de Graaff Levitation Wand. This battery powered wand features a mini Van de Graaff generator inside. Push a button on the handle and the static charge built up in the wand causes the included 3D mylar shapes to levitate at your command. You can also do some cool tricks causing the shapes to jump back and forth from your hand to the wand. Not quite Harry Potter... but hey, we do our best for you. "Todays magic is tomorrow's science"... as we always say here at ThinkGeek. Now you can get a bit of magic for yourself with this amazing Fly Stick Van de Graaff Levitation Wand.

5th Prize: Sega Pekoppa Robot Plant

Plants would make great pets if they just did more stuff. Hey, they can grow, they can make oxygen, they can die... but that's pretty much it. Nobody names a plant. You can't really hug a plant. However, luckily for you Sega of Japan has re-envisioned the lowly plant as a cute robotic companion. Using futuristic muscle wires for movement, the Sega Pekoppa Robot Plant looks surprisingly lifelike but never needs watering or sunlight... what it craves is your attention. Talk to your Pekoppa plant and it responds to your voice by bending and moving in a very lifelike manner (if real plants could move, which they mostly don't). Ignore it and it gets pretty sad. The more you talk, the happier it is... making it the ideal companion for your wife or girlfriend.

Based on the research by Dr. Tomio Watanabe the Pekoppa incorporates "Unazuki riron" (nodding theory.) According to Dr Watanabe, nonverbal communication including nodding and face expression is crucial to human communication. Because of this, the Pekoppa has several ways of nodding and changes the ways it responds depending on your voice tone. The more you talk to Pekoppa the more it seems to understand what you say. It's a very good listener.

6th Prize: "What Happens in the Holodeck" T-Shirt

Holodeck technology allows so many incredible things that wouldn't be possible in the real world. You can try out risky medical procedures, teach new recruits with bridge simulations, pull up battle scenarios and take various tactics and work through them systematically to come up with the best approach. The possibilities are endless.

And yet, there's basically one thing humans are going to use that technology for once we get it. You know it, and I know it. And although we may now have altruistic aspirations and erudite ends in mind, more often than not in real life the holodeck technology would be used for a little thing we like to call Gettin' It On. *cue Barry White*

7th Prize: Star Wars R2-D2 Peppermill

Not that you've noticed... but all fine restaurants on Tatooine feature R2-D2 pepper grinders. Usually after you order your salad of Dagobah greens a Wookie will come around and offer you some fresh ground pepper from one of these handy droid-based mills. Word to the wise... never refuse a Wookie.

Fortunately for you we've managed to pilfer a few hundred R2-D2 pepper mills from eateries all over Tatooine for your spice grinding pleasure. Simply twist R2's head and he deposits pepper onto your food. Hey, it's not a glamorous job for a droid... but much better than being abducted by Jawas.

8th Prize: Splat Stan Coaster

Stan was happy and completely oblivious to the dangerous conditions. There were heavy drinks being hoisted and lowered all around him, yet he always felt perfectly safe. Then Stan got splatted by a giant pint. Now the only thing he can do is protect your table top from tea and coffee stains. He was never the smartest fellow but now he's a clever coaster for your mugs and glasses.

9th Prize: You Don't Know Me Anonymous Twitter Shirt

Sometimes people say stupid stuff. Sometimes people Tweet stupid stuff. The difference with the two is that teh Intarwebs is forever. Sure, you can delete it out of your stream after you've realized it was a Bad Decision, but, as many subjects of federal investigations have discovered, digital never really goes away. That's why we've created the "You Don't Know Me" Anonymous Twitter Shirt. Spend the last 140 characters bitching about your boss? Take an inebriated TwitPic that's suitable for your MySpace page? Never fear! Abandon your old feed and create a completely new identity. Sign up for Twitter anew, fresh as a newborn babe. And please -- don't mess it up this time.

10th Prize: Atomic Food Containers & Candy keeps 'em away

These fun Atomic Food Containers & Candy -- food tupperware-like containers emblazed with warnings like "experimental meal, consume at own risk" or “bio-dangerous, yesterday's leftovers". Prize includes three different Atomic Food Containers nuclear-colored bowls -- the smallest filled with Toxic Waste® hazardously sour candy

11th Prize: Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom

Deep in the basement of an ancient house in Sonobe (tucked in the fields of Kyoto, Japan), an amazing discovery has been made: real 1up Mushrooms. We know this sounds unbelievable, and we laughed when we were contacted by an exporter about them two months ago. But then we were sent a sample, and that's when our lives changed forever.

The instructions are pretty simple. All you do is add potting soil to the green sewer-pipe-shaped flower pot, and push the spores deep into it. Soak the soil with water using the dropper, add a squirt of the food solution, and then it's off to a dark location for a few weeks. We left ours in the darkest corner of our server room, and broke out our NES to relive some classic Mario memories. Three weeks later, we checked in on it. To our surprise, what you see in the photo above is what greeted us - a perfect 1up mushroom. Thrilled, we jumped up in the air, punched the ceiling tiles (earning 10 coins), and instantly bought the entire stock of them to offer to you, our friends.

12th Prize: Mario Galaxy Mini Figure Set

What better way to celebrate your love of all that is Mario then by collecting this Mario Galaxy Mini figure set? You get 5 figures in all including Mario with star, Princess Peach, Princess Rosetta, Electro Goomba and Bowser. Each stands about 2" high. No more scrounging through capsule machines in Tokyo... this is the entire 5 figure set imported direct from Japan into your hot little hands.

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