GeekBytes: The 8-Bit Musical (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

Happy Monday! I hope your work week is off to a good start--or at least as good a start as possible. It's just after 5PM on the West Coast as I write this, so before you log off for the day, take a few minutes to check out these bits of awesome we didn't have the chance to fully cover.

Compatibility: An 8-Bit Musical [Kickstarter]

I'm not one to sing the praises (no pun intended) of musical theatre. It's just not my thing. That said, even I can appreciate this one. Compatibility is a musical about an aspiring sci-fi writer who bides his time working at an electronics repair shop. As geeky as that sounds, the best part of this production is the fact that it'll have a musical score inspired by music from classic 8-bit video games. Nice!

Compatibility is currently in Kickstarter mode, but its creators have yet to raise a penny of its $300 goal. If you want to help this production get off the ground, head on over to its Kickstarter page.

Hands-On With Lego's Upcoming Ultimate Collectors Series R2-D2 [Tested]

In Friday's installment of GeekBytes, we mentioned the Lego recently announced a 2100-plus-piece R2-D2 set. Norm over a Tested had a chance to get a close-up look at this sweet-looking Lego kit. Head on over there for plenty of pictures, and try not to drool on your keyboard.

Make Your Own Tron-Themed Couch [Make]

A few weeks ago, we spotted a sofa modeled after the icon video game Space Invaders. It was impressive and all, but Becky Stern over at Adafruit may have one-upped it with this sofa that looks like it came straight out of Tron. The couch has EL wire attached around its edges, and if you see it in a dark room, you might feel like you've been transported to the Grid. Visit Adafruit for full instructions, and check out the sofa on video:

[via Make]

Geek Reads: Making Things See [Amazon]

Ever wanted to program using a Kinect, but were never quite sure where--or how--to start? The new book Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot, might be a good place to start. The book covers various topics regarding Kinect programming, and we can't wait to check it out. The book retails for $40, and you can grab it on Amazon. [via The Verge]

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