CES 2009: LEGO-inspired kids gadgets coming soon courtesy of Digital Blue

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One of the quirkier stories to come out of CES this year was the partnership between Digital Blue and LEGO which will see a number of kid-centric gadgets produced with the iconic plastic brick look.

This isn’t build it yourself, unfortunately, so don’t think you’ll be able to buy a box full of LEGO pieces, a CMOS sensor, LCD and a few buttons and create your own digital camera. It’s just the look, rather than the actual coloured blocks, but that’s probably just as well as it would be pretty irritating to drop said camera and have it break into a hundred pieces…

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Andy MerrettCES 2009: LEGO-inspired kids gadgets coming soon courtesy of Digital Blue

Wake up to music – lots of music – with the Sound 40 alarm clock by Roberts

When the people at alarm clock manufacturer Roberts wake up in the morning, they like to do so to a choice of music. Not just some random bleepy-bleeping bleep alarm, or some scratchy FM radio static.. No. They want music. And they want to be able to specifically choose the track to wake up to. Something like ‘Beautiful Day’ by U2, perhaps.. or ‘Wake me up before you Go-Go‘ by Wham, maybe. Anyway, they appear to want us to have the same level of choice too, because they have invented a machine which allows us to do that very thing.

Step forward the ‘Sound 40′, an all new ‘bells and whistles’ alarm clock designed for the 21st Century individual who likes bells and whistles. Check out it’s impressive audio array: DAB radio. In-built CD player. SD media card player. MP3 and WMA playback. An input source for your iPod (or other such music player). And oh yeah, it still has a buzzer, presumably for those poor lost souls who can never decide on anything.

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Ryan WeirWake up to music – lots of music – with the Sound 40 alarm clock by Roberts

Wake up with a BOOM with the Hand Grenade Alarm Clock

hand-granade-alarm-clock.jpgExplosives have no place in the modern bedroom. You can tempt someone back to your place by telling them you’re dynamite in the sack, but if that turns out to be actual TNT, you’ll be sleeping alone.

However, the Hand Grenade Alarm Clock is just about acceptable, seeing as it doesn’t actually wake you up by exploding in your face.

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Stuart DredgeWake up with a BOOM with the Hand Grenade Alarm Clock

Brando continues to puzzle customers, with their USB-powered blender alarm clock

USB-Blender-Alarm-Clock.jpgI’m sure that if Brando ever went into liquidation and had to sell off all their stock for CRAZY BRANDO WAREHOUSE prices, the whole internet would probably crash, due to people plugging all manner of USB gadgetry into their computers. The internets would all blow up :(

Take, for example, their latest gizmo, the USB Blender alarm clock. Firstly, who has their computer on their…

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Katherine HannafordBrando continues to puzzle customers, with their USB-powered blender alarm clock