Geek Toys

mindstorm_ev3-1

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 [...]

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hometown-usgs-jigsaw-puzzle-2

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 [...]

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star-wars-origami

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 [...]

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mini museum

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 [...]

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The Bounty Hunter Code

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 [...]

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Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News
turbo-flyer

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 [...]

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kartoni-foosball-table

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 [...]

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robot-salt-and-pepper-shakers

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 [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Home, Kitchen, News
star-wars-mood-lighting

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. [...]

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led-fireworks-grandfinale

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 [...]

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scribbler-drawing-robot

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 [...]

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star-wars-book-of-sith

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 [...]

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contact-keys-lens-case

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 [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Health, Fitness, Sports, News
shocking-autopsy-game

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 [...]

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mova-globes

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 [...]

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diy-nixie-tube-chess-set

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 [...]

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nano1

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?Because of my lack [...]

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custom-3d-reel-and-viewer

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 [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, News
synthespians-artwork

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 [...]

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powerup

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 [...]

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