As unabashed gadget lovers, TechnoBuffalo is always on the look out for the latest innovations in design, function and user experience. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the capacity to cover every product out there and, as a result, many worthwhile products subsequently don’t get the coverage they deserve. That’s why we’re introducing a weekly roundup of Buffalo Gear: a visual collection of some of today’s most awesome gear and gadgets. From electronics, to toys, to stuff for the outdoors, these are products we wish we owned.
What most people don’t know about Mario is that he wasn’t really on a quest to save the Princess. Nope, the world’s most well known plumber was actually just on a selfish coin collecting binge so he could fuel his hunger for power ups. After all, that’s what made him “super.” At long last you can have that same piece of the Mario universe in your own home. Unfortunately, no form of currency is expelled from this interactive coin block replica. Still, if you’re a fan of anything Mario, this touch sensitive lamp will make a pretty cool addition to any geek’s collection. At 6 x 6 inches, the lamp is constructed from laser-cut plexiglass and lights from the inside with energy-efficient LEDs. To turn it on, you merely have to touch the bottom of the cube and, as an added bonus, the light makes the classic coin noise every time its flipped on or off. The best part? Every eight toggles, it plays that oh-so satisfying 1-UP sound. Etsy, $75.
Atten-TION. This is what happens when veterans get together to design kitchenware, if that’s the category we’re going to stick this in. Half mug, half military weapon, this 24-ounce Battle Mug would feel at home both on the front line or at a casual tailgate. Made out of a solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum and completed with an military-spec Type III anodized finish, this puppy comes equipped with three 1913 scope rails on its sides and an attached carry handle from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The rails are compatible with attachments like night-vision scopes, laser sights and any beverage of your choosing. Judging from its specs, I’m not so sure this thing was designed for something like water. BattleMug, $190
Hot Tub Boat
Hot tub limos are so passé; it’s time to soak in the future of hot tubbing with this almost-too decadent Hot Tub Boat. Based in the Seattle area, each Hot Tub Boat comes equipped with coolers, locked dry storage, water jets, running gear and safety equipment in case Uncle Steve gets unruly. Currently in a “soft start” phase, Hot Tub Boats are capable of holding up to six people on the water – or eight while it’s docked. Prices haven’t yet been set, but you can bet it’ll cost a pretty penny. Such is the price of luxury. Sometimes there ain’t nothing better than kicking back with friends in a hot tub. Why not do it in a Hot Tub Boat? “Imagine navigating the waters of Lake Union with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline while lounging in a luxurious soaking tub.” I know what I’m going the next time I visit Seattle. HotTubBoats, price N/A