Cheap Apple iPod ripoffs – are they worth it?

You have probably seen these products online, but are they worth your money? These knockoffs are made in China and they closely resemble Apple’s products. Some people are completely happy with these MP3 players. They don’t have touch sensitivity, they have a completely different user interface, but they also have more features than the real thing, and they cost a fraction of the price. If you decide to buy a “knockoff iPod” you won’t get a warranty and you won’t get any support should something break or go wrong. So should you buy one?

Personally I would never buy a ripoff product. If I pay over $20 for something, I expect it to have some kind of warranty. These fake MP3 players don’t have warranties, and they cost from $30 to $100. Most of these players have other features, like FM radio and voice recording. But here’s the thing – other brand-name MP3 players have the same features, for about the same price. Why get a ripoff product when you can get a Sandisk Sansa, Creative Zen, Sony, Samsung, or another brand-name MP3 player for a few bucks more than a knockoff iPod. And these players have the same extra features such as voice recording, radio, video, and more.

If you can’t afford a genuine Apple MP3 player, get another cheaper brand-name one, and don’t get a knockoff. Most people who do get the Chinese knockoffs just want to fit in with the iPod crowd, so they want an MP3 player that looks like an iPod. Check out CNET for some good, cheap MP3 players.

Bristlebot: A tiny vibration-powered bot you can make

I came across this awesome video on YouTube today. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories shows how you can make your very own bristlebot. I can’t wait to try this out as soon as I find a spare motor.

The BristleBot is a simple and tiny robot with an agenda. The ingredients? One toothbrush, a battery, and a pager motor. The result? Serious fun.

The BristleBot is our take on the popular vibrobot, a simple category of robot that is controlled by a single vibrating (eccentric) motor.

Here is the video: