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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 hotRead More…


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 manualsRead More…


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 safeRead More…


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 ShockingRead More…


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 supportsRead More…


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 beenRead More…


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?


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, youRead More…


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 GunslingerRead More…


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 minutesRead More…


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 inRead More…


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 creativeRead More…


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 upRead More…


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 letRead More…


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 RunRead More…


OYO minifigs look like your favorite sports heroes

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I’m not really a huge sports fan, but these minifigs from OYO make me want to start so I can buy a few. The mini figures might look like LEGO minifigs, but OYO isn’t associated with LEGO. Their figures feature rotating forearms, bendable knees, team colors, logos, and player likenesses so that they look likeRead More…


You’ve added a laser to your phone – now add lasers to your building blocks

on Monday, November 4th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Laser Pegs are similar to a lot of toy building blocks on the market, but you build lighted creations with these blocks.  Each kit has 72 blocks, and each block has an LED light and low-voltage circuitry; the power supply in the base makes your creations glow with light.  There are a variety of kitsRead More…


Dale Mathis 3D Metal Mechanized Playing Cards are insanely cool

on Friday, November 1st, 2013
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

My heart skipped a couple beats when I first saw the 3D Metal Mechanized Playing Cards from artist Dale Mathis. I absolutely love gears and Steampunk style art, so I was very interested in learning more about Dale’s Kickstarter project. First of all, the Tuck Box (the box that holds the playing cards) is theRead More…


Turn almost anything into a controller with the VERVE

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Hackers, makers, tinkerers (is that a word?), programmers, and general noodlers should check out the VERVE Kickstarter project. The VERVE is a controller that connects to your PC or Mac.  You plug up to 7 sensors into it that can be used to translate your activity into game controls or keyboard commands. The 7 included sensorsRead More…


Explore the Milky Way with Darth Vader

on Monday, October 28th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Did you realize yet that it’s less than two months until Christmas?  If you have a budding astronomer or a devoted Star Wars enthusiast on your gift list, you need to check out the SEGATOYS HomeStar STAR WARS Darth Vader Planetarium from Brando.  This planetarium projects about 10,000 stars on an approximately 106 inch field atRead More…


Add a different dimension to family game night with DICE+

on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Have you ever had a game board that was useless because you lost the playing pieces or the dice?  You can always buy new dice, but you can’t necessarily get new game pieces.  Why not just replace it with a suite of games for your tablet and a Bluetooth dice?  DICE+ is a universal boardRead More…


Nano Falcon is the world’s smallest IRC helicopter

on Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

When you claim to have the world’s smallest IRC helicopter, you better be able to back up that claim. The Nano Falcon from Brando can do that because it was certified by Guinness World Records in March of this year. The Nano Falcon measures 3.19 inches long by 2.00 inches high and 0.88 inches wideRead More…


The Alien Abduction Lamp – I want to believe!

on Monday, October 7th, 2013

I’ve been looking for lamps recently, and I stumbled across this.  It may not be the statement I want to make in the living room, but it might be perfect for the home office.   With the Alien Abduction Lamp, it looks for all the world as if old Bossie the cow is being abductedRead More…


Ice the competition with this chess set

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

If you like chess, but you need a new challenge or perhaps you’re just tired of the other player forever pondering his moves, this chess set will add a definite time constraint to the game.  The Ice Speed Chess Set  from ThinkGeek comes with two silicone molds that will make two complete sets of chessRead More…


The perfect gift for the special Captain in your life!

on Monday, September 30th, 2013

The holiday gift-giving season is coming quickly, and Roddenberry Entertainment has a perfect gift suggestion for the Captain in your life (especially if it’s you).  Captain Kirk’s own chair was built by surrounding a Danish chair with a plywood enclosure and equipping it with incandescent lights for the buttons.  These Star Trek TOS Captain’s ChairRead More…