Odd Prods

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FPS Freek CQC and FPS Freek Specter

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 18th, 2014


When the next generation of consoles came out, they were accompanied by new controllers. These controllers improved upon their predecessors in many ways – but are they perfect? Not according to some. The comfort and usability of analog sticks, for instance, is reliant upon their height and their grip. KontrolFreek knows this, and they produce add-on products for those of us who would like to tweak this part of our controllers. Does it improve performance? Perhaps not immediately; but the increase in comfort goes a long way towards improving the overall gaming experience, which just might have some interesting fringe benefits.

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Snack Attack!
Odd Prods
Wheat Thins

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 14th, 2014


As a well-known (and frankly zany) web site, we tend to get a lot of products sent to us to review and talk about. Sometimes, these products are actually things that are consumed. Now, before you start jumping up and down and e-mailing us asking us for a sample of ePeyote (which, as far as we know, is a totally made up thing that I just typed), rest assured that anything that is sent to us is above board. For instance, the other day, the main office of Toronto Thumbs received a mysterious package…

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Belkin Dual Car Charger
with Lightning to USB Cable

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 17th, 2014


Sometimes I like to take a step back and look at how far we have progressed in the realm of technology. At times, the things that we can do with these powerful hand-held computers makes me feel like we should be aboard some kind of Federation starship (Trekkies, can you feel me?); although, I’m not sure if the crew of the USS Enterprise would be allowed to play Angry Birds 6000 while on duty. Interestingly enough, one of the things that we don’t have yet are devices that can stay charged for more than a few days (while being “active” rather than being in “standby”), so it becomes a game of keeping chargers in various places to ensure that we can get our mobile fix (or carrying portable batteries to help top up our devices). While car chargers aren’t a new thing, Belkin’s Dual Car Charger is a relatively affordable solution for those of you who travel in packs, or for those of you who have more than one power-hungry device.

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Odd Prods
Belkin LEGO Cases

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 29th, 2013


There are a lot of smartphone cases out there, especially for iOS devices. We review many different kinds of cases here for smartphones and tablets, but I’m not sure that any of them could be described as fun. Of course, leave it to Belkin and LEGO to come up with a case that is practical and enjoyable in a playful sense: the LEGO iPod Touch case.

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Odd Prods
KontrolFreek Shields

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 23rd, 2013


One of the most critical parts of a console is the controller. Obviously, it’s hard to control the console without one (and yes, even Kinect needs a controller to help the user with recalibration from time to time); but there is another, almost philosophical function of the controller: self expression. Unfortunately, controllers can also be expensive – so what is one to do when they want to personalize their controller without having to buy a fancy new one (or damaging their controller permanently)? Enter: KontrolFreek Shields!

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Odd Prods
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One
Avengers Assembled Collection

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 13th, 2013


Once in a while, a collector’s edition just knocks my socks off – the recently released Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Collection is a perfect example. First slated for release last September, some difficulties arose that prevented the set from being released at that time1. However, after I opened the package, I realized that the wait was worth it. The folks that put this edition together went the extra mile to make it pretty amazing.

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Odd Prods
The 3Doodler

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 16th, 2013


3D printing is one of the coolest things on the planet (in my opinion). The fact that one can create something entirely in 3D from nothing is a boon for architects and modelers. Of course, the problem with 3D printing is accessibility – your average person can’t afford to do it on their own (instantly); they might also not have access to the software. I’m sure that in the future, these may not be such high barriers – but what if someone wants to play in 3D space sooner than later? Well, Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue, co-founders of Wobbleworks LLC, have come up with a pretty cool solution.

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