Mr.Ghost is an EMF Detector for iPhone. It uses the built in gyros to indicate the direction of powerful EMF sources. It received Kickstarter project of the day and coverage in the Huffington Post.
BlindSide is a survival/horror adventure game with no graphics at all. Navigate a 3D world using only your ears and what's between them. Using headphones and an iOS device, players rotate in the real world to rotate their character in the virtual world, interacting with a fully collidable world. Created by Aaron Rasmussen and Michael T. Astolfi. The Kickstarter project was covered by Wired.com and BoingBoing.net amongst others.
BlindSide was a finalist at IndieCade 2012 and double nominated for best sound and best narrative at the Brazilian International Games Festival in 2012.
BlindSide - Audio Adventure Game Trailer
Zombie Jerky (2011)
Zombie Jerky is regular teriyaki beef jerky with a tasteless, odorless green coating. Surprising how just a color change can affect your appetite. Zombie Jerky was covered by many news outlets, and was only released after a protracted review process with the USDA which objected to the original copy that cited "Zombie Cows" and had a biohazard symbol logo.
Zombie Blood (2011)
Zombie Blood followed Blood in edible pop-culture. The website even had a fake Zombie Apocalypse News radio station. Well ahead of the Zombie culture curve, it later helped sponsor and promote the Zombie Walk in San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, which attracted over 1000 people dressed as zombies to shamble through the streets of San Diego.
Nuclear Energy Powder (2010)
Nuclear Energy Powder is caffeinated candy inspired by radiation test sources from the 40's and 50's, and titled with names like Uranium Yellowcake, and Radium Blue Raspberry.
Blood Energy Potion is an internationally distributed energy drink with the same nutritional content as real blood and packaged in an IV-style bag. Blood was created by Aaron Rasmussen and Elijah Szasz at Harcos Laboratories before they sold it. It is sold at Hot Topic amongst other outlets and received considerable press. Marketing included an automated telephone menu that allowed callers to take a self-administered "bloodlust test," if they passed, they would hear an operator pick up the phone then die at the hands of a vampire, finally ending in just a dead phone line. Hundreds called in to try it out.
EEG Electroshock (2010)
The "Most Painful Toy Hack Ever" was a hacked Mindflex brainwave-reading toy. The concept was that a person had to remain calm or get zapped with an electric shock. The longest anyone made it was a little over a minute. Later the machine was inverted so that people had to concentrate or they'd get shocked. Findings? Fine motor tasks assist in elevating brainwave frequencies. Also, people hate getting shocked.
Most Painful Toy Hack Ever
500 Rounds Per Minute (2009)
Cranked a nerf gun up to 500 rounds per minute.
500 Round Per Minute Dart Chaingun Hack
iGiveUp was a Walther P99 airsoft gun converted into a bluetooth headset for iPhone. The speaker was in the barrel and the trigger started and ended calls. We decided it would be funny to take the device to the Apple iPhone 3g launch line and ask people what they thought of it as if it were a real product.
We turned a robot into a catapult. Because why not?
RoboPult .... fireball-throwing robotic catapult
Mana Potion (2007)
Mana Energy Potion is the brand that launched Harcos Laboratories, the company Aaron Rasmussen co-founded in 2007 to produce real world versions of virtual world items, amongst other pop-culture relevant products. Mana Potion has appeared in every major gaming magazine, in the Wall Street Journal, on G4TV, and a number of video games. Jon Brence joined the team just before the Health Potion launch and continued to assist in product development and marketing for the rest of the products created by Harcos until its sale in 2011.
Wiibot was a fun Saturday project where we wrote some quick pattern recognition for the (then new) wiimote for Nintendo's Wii console. We attached a sword, amongst other things, to a Kuka industrial robot, and hacked away, using 1 of 5 pre-programmed cuts to mimic the patter of the wiimote slashes. The Wiibot video was a quick hit, garnering coverage in many tech blogs, and even a front page feature in the Wall Street Journal as part of an article on Wii hacking. The video was used in Nintendo's E3 intro video that year.
Sentry Gun (2005)
After realizing that nobody had ever actually made a sentry gun like the ones in video games, the Andromeda Strain, Aliens, or Congo, Aaron Rasmussen created the world's first sentry gun with his younger brother Ezra Rasmussen. The project exploded across the internet, accumulating over 400,000 hits in 2.5 days, attracting investor inquiries, and bringing the US Army to Aaron's dorm room. He later started a robotics company with one of the investors who contacted him because of the project.