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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as I Read More…

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Custom hometown jigsaw puzzle

on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Simply Personalized has a great gift idea for jigsaw puzzle lovers.  This puzzle is only 400 pieces and it’s only 18″ X 12″ when completed, but what makes it special is its subject matter.  To order this puzzle, you simply enter a complete street address.  The Personalized USGS Map Hometown Jigsaw Puzzle ($39.99) picture is an Read More…

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Why fold a crane when you could fold Yoda instead?

on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Are you interested in origami but not so interested in folding the traditional figures?  With the Star Wars Origami book, you can fold Star Wars robots, ships, and people.  There are instructions for folding 36 figures – from Boba Fett to R2-D2.  You’ll also get 72 sheets of specially designed origami paper, so your folded Read More…

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Now for something completely different the Mini Museum

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

You are a person of intrigue and as such you are a trend setter, a person living on the edge with the latest and greatest, a pioneer in cool. So what can I get to impress you, to wow you, to elevate my status beyond worldly? How about the Mini Museum a Kick-starter project from Read More…

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Get your bounty hunter on with The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett

on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News

We showed you “Star Wars: The Jedi Path“. We piqued your interest in the dark side with the “Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side“. Now we want to expose your inner bounty hunter with “The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett“. Written by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry Read More…

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Turbo Flyer – A back to basics model airplane kit

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you enjoyed playing with paper airplanes as a kid or now as an adult, the Turbo Flyer kits from Tait Design Company will put a smile on your face. These easy to assemble balsa wood model kits have been designed to fly up to 50 feet without electronics, batteries or anything more than a Read More…

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Now you DO have room for a foosball table

on Monday, January 13th, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News

You don’t have a game room at your house, and your spouse won’t let you replace the dining table with a foosball table.  What to do?  Well, you could buy the Kartoni Foosball Table.  It’s made of cardboard with sustainable wood rods; it needs assembly, but you won’t need tools, glue, or screws.  The Kartoni Read More…

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Let the salt and pepper shakers pass themselves

on Monday, January 6th, 2014

If you like kitschy in the kitchen, these salt and pepper shakers will fit right in.  These are actual wind-up robots that can walk themselves over to the diners needing some seasoning for their food.  They’re made of food-grade plastics, so you’ll have no worries using them on your table.  The Salt and Pepper Wind-up Read More…

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Let Darth Vader be your guide in your travels through the dark

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If your kid needs a night light or perhaps you’d just like an accent light with a touch of the Dark Side, check out the Star Wars Mood Lights.  They look like Darth Vader’s or a Storm Trooper’s helmet, and they have five LEDs inside to provide enough light to keep the dark at bay. Read More…

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Get ready now for the Fourth of July

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

It’s too late to use these to ring in the New Year, but the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.  If you live somewhere fireworks are illegal, or if you just prefer not using them, you could use the LED Fireworks Grand Finale to have a safe light show.  These indoor Read More…

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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won’t have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you’ll need a hot glue gun and hot Read More…

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Unlock secrets from the Dark Side

on Monday, December 30th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Larry Geisz told us how to unlock our inner Jedi, and now this kit will help us unloose the power of the Dark Side.  The Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side (Vault Edition) is a book and artifacts stored in a pyramid-shaped vault.  In addition to the book, which is filled with instruction manuals Read More…

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GAMAGO Contact Keys Lens Case

on Friday, December 27th, 2013

This is not strictly a gadget, but it’s a cute idea for the gadgety contact-lens wearer.  Instead of those generic cases, you can store you contacts in keyboard keys.  The compartments of the Contact Keys Lens Case are labeled like the L and R keys on a keyboard.  The snap-on covers keep your lenses safe Read More…

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This board game is not for the kiddies!

on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Remember Operation – the game where you were the surgeon removing the “bread basket” or “water on the knee” from your patient?  The worst that could happen to you with that game was being startled when the loud buzz sounded to indicate you had touched the sides of the patient’s “incision.”  With the the Shocking Read More…

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MOVA globes – Solar powered self-spinning globes

on Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Globes by themselves are both educational and cool, but MOVA globes take the cool factor to all new heights. These globes have a rotating inner sphere with graphics that is contained within a clear acrylic outer shell. The thin space between the inner globe and outer shell is filled with a clear fluid that buoyantly supports Read More…

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Here’s the perfect gift for the steampunk-loving, chess-playing DIYer

on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I have a fascination with these cold-cathode tubes commonly called Nixie tubes.  They are no longer made, but there are still some available.  They lend themselves to all sorts of steampunk applications today.  They can light up to display numbers or letters, so they lend themselves especially well to clocks, some of which have been Read More…

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Nano Falcon RC Helicopter review

on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

I’m not very big on playing with toys, but when Brando offered the Nano Falcon R/C helicopter by Silverlit, it piqued my curiosity.  It’s billed as the World’s smallest, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.  Having never attempted to fly a remote-controlled helicopter, I went for the new experience. What could go wrong?

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Announce your engagement or new baby with a custom 3D photo viewer

on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, News

I loved my View-Master when I was a kid.  Seeing 3D images through that little red, binocular-like toy never got boring.  View-Masters are still around, but somehow I just don’t find the same joy in them that I used to.  Perhaps if I could have my own images turned into 3D reels…  With Image3D, you Read More…

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Hang 66 robots, cyborgs, and other synthetic beings on your office wall

on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

If you’re a fan of robots (like our own Gadgeteer, Julie), you will probably want to find a place on your walls for this artwork by Scott Park.  Synthespians has a total of 66 of TV’s and movie’s most famous robots and synthetic beings.  You’ll find Lt. Commander Data and WALL-E, Robocop and the Gunslinger Read More…

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PowerUp turns your homemade paper airplane into an smartphone controlled flyer

on Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The PowerUp 3.0 is a newly-launched Kickstarter project that lets you pilot your homemade paper airplane using a smartphone. The PowerUp features a carbon fiber frame with a propeller on one end and a battery powered BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) receiver on the opposite end. The receiver is powered by a lithium polymer battery that provides 10 minutes Read More…

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Euler’s 36 officers, a Rubik’s cube, and a Sudoku puzzle walk into a bar…

on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

… and this “World’s Most Challenging Puzzle” results.  The 36 Cube is available from ThinkGeek, who likens it to a 3D Sudoku puzzle.  The game was developed by Dr. Derrick Niederman of MIT and is based on Euler’s 36-officers problem.  The goal is to place the colored pieces so that each color appears only once in Read More…

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The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 – New from No Starch Press

on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

What do you get when you combine an author who is a former LEGO Group product designer and a trusty robot companion named Brickbot? You get The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 by Megan H. Rothrock. This is a 196 page hard cover book that features 100 example LEGO models from the world’s most creative Read More…

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Have fun with magnetism and motion with new Nanodots GYRO

on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I’m more than a little fascinated with magnets. When I was a kid, I would take apart any device that I thought might have a magnet in it just so I could add it to my collection. As an adult, I still love magnets and recently had a 10 foot long steel sheet hung up Read More…

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Blast off with “LEGO Space: Building the Future” – New from No Starch Press

on Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

LEGO Space: Building the Future from No Starch Press and authors Peter Reid and Tim Goddard take readers on a fantastic intergalactic LEGO adventure with sleek starships, cool robots, creepy aliens, fearsome space pirates, and much more. This 216 page hardcover book features color images and a selection of step-by-step building instructions that will let Read More…

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Griffin’s new MOTO TC Rally iPhone controlled race car takes fun to new levels

on Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Griffin’s new app powered MOTO TC Rally touch-controlled race car connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth, letting users drive, maneuver and race using their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. “MOTO TC Rally isn’t your typical remote-controlled car,” said Erica Kyle, Youth Product Line Manager at Griffin. “We’ve added fun features like the Bump ‘n Run Read More…