Charging Stand Turns Your iPhone Into a Mini Macintosh

No matter how convenient the iPhone becomes, nostalgia for the oversized Macintosh computers of the past will never die. According to Gizmodo, the latest reincarnation of the vintage gadget is a pint-sized charging stand for your smartphone.

To set your iPhone 6 or 7 back 30 years or so, just turn it on its side and slip it into the silicone sleeve. The accessory is nothing more than an extra piece of hardware—any old-school sounds or graphics must be provided on your own.

iPhone users can purchase the stand in white or black for about $37 (€35) from elago. And for the owners who can’t bear to bring their device back to present-day once they’re done charging it, this vintage-inspired Apple phone case may be of interest.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Save Up to 93 Percent on 8 Gaming Accessories and Enter to Win a Free Nintendo Switch Bundle

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest video game consoles of the past few decades, with worldwide sales topping 55 million (that's more than the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, and it's only a few million behind the original NES). The problem with a console being so popular is that it's not always easy to spot one on store shelves. If you haven't had luck finding one in recent months, you can enter this contest to win your very own Nintendo Switch, along with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a pair of Switch-compatible Logitech wireless headphones, and a $300 Nintendo gift card. Head here for more details.

While you wait to see who wins, check out these other great deals on gaming accessories.

1. Protective TPU Case for Nintendo Switch Console; $12 (20 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

Once you get your Switch, you'll want to keep it in pristine condition. This protective case is made with shock-absorbent, flexible TPU for full protection against bumps, scratches, dust, fingerprints, and even the occasional toss in the heat of the moment.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

2. Two-in-One Docking Station for Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons; $16 (20 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

The standard Switch will only charge one pair of Joy-Cons at a time, so if you've got a roommate always willing to hop in on a quick game of Mario Kart, you'll need this spare charging dock to make sure their controller is ready to go. The weighted base keeps the controllers stable so they’ll sit still to charge until you’re ready to play.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

3. Four-in-One Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock; $18 (28 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

Same as above, except this model charges two pairs of Joy-Cons at once. The easy-to-read red LED light lets you know it’s working, and the green lets you know it’s time to play.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

4. Ultra-Slim 500-Game Retro Gaming Device (Red); $14

Atelier Delfina

This portable HD gaming device packs over 500 classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Contra, Tetris, and plenty more. And with five hours of battery life, you'll get plenty of nostalgia before needing a recharge.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

5. Ninja Dragon Stealth 7 Wireless Silent Led Backlit Mouse (Black); $28 (30 percent off)

Onetify

The precision (or lack thereof) of a mouse can make all the difference when gaming on a PC. This wireless model comes with a 1600DPI true gaming sensor, ultra-precise scroll wheel, and high-precision positioning to avoid any lag while in a game.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

6. Gamecube Controller Adapter for WII/PC/Nintendo Switch; $10 (50 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

A Nintendo Gamecube controller is still the best way to play any of the Super Smash Bros. titles, and with this adapter, you can use the old-school controllers on the Wii U or Nintendo Switch for an easy way to dive into multiplayer games. It also works for PC gaming.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

7. Gforce 3 Professional 7200rpm USB 3.0/Esata External HDD (Black); $140 (11 percent off)

Fantom Drives

If you haven’t already, you’re going to want to back up all of your files to an external hard drive. This external HDD has 3TB of storage, meaning you likely won't run out of space even if you tried.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

8. Core 17-Inch Gaming Backpack With Molded Panel; $110 (15 percent off)

Mobile Edge LLC

This bag was designed specifically to hold gaming laptops and consoles, plus their accessories, in three large storage sections and four side pockets. It also features an external USB charge port for instant power.

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These Crowdfunded DIY Robot Kits Start at $59

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Geeek Club

If you’ve got a passion for robotics and engineering, an entire community of like-minded folks called Geeek Club is here to help you hone your skills with their DIY robot sets.

The Kickstarter and Indiegogo favorite will teach you hardware and electrical engineering without you needing to crack open a single stale textbook. These are for the hands-on learner looking to put their passions to good use. The kits will walk you through an easy-to-build robot project that’s one-third puzzle, one-third science, and one-third creativity.

The Magic VooDoo Bots PCB Construction Set allows you to build seven robots, complete with lights and moving parts. There are over 180 electronic components to tinker with while you develop a crew of smart, roving bots that will explore surfaces and make for unique display pieces on a shelf.

If you’re serious about learning this stuff, you can snag a few more elaborate kits at a great price, too. The Voodoo Bots can be purchased with the toolkit in one $129 bundle, and a separate Smart Nano Bots build can be purchased on its own or in a bundle with the toolkit as well. You’ll get hours of inspired fun that beats a lesson in a textbook any day.

Since debuting on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the Geeek Club kits have raised over $250,000 in support, and you can get your hands on one while they’re on sale.

Prices subject to change.

Magic Voodoo Bots PCB Construction Set (Toolkit Not Included) - $59

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