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nixie

I usually don't like to post news about prototype products, but when I saw the video for the Nixie wearable drone, I couldn't help but want to show you guys. Imagine wearing a drone capable of flying and recording video on your wrist. When you want it to fly, just press a button and it [...]

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battroborg warrior 06

Remember "Rock'em Sock'em Robots"?  That was one toy Santa never brought.  Imagine my surprise when I was given a chance to check out a modern variant, the Battroborg Warrior by Tomy. Click on any image for full size. The Battroborgs are remote-controlled robots that respond to your "sword" controller motions via infrared. I received the [...]

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airswimmer

Air Swimmers are helium filled durable nylon balloons shaped like a great white shark, bass or clownfish (aka Nemo). They are controlled with a battery powered infra-red handheld controller that has a 40 foot range to let them "swim" through the air with life-like motion. The fish are 57 inches long and 36 inches tall and are [...]

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27 Finished Product

It came in an unassuming box, fitting neatly into my mailbox in a bubble mailer.  I took it out and opened it up and lo!  There was THE gadget I HAD to get my hands on.  Since Maker Faire three years ago I had fallen in love with the Useless Machine.  There are so many [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Reviews
darthvader

Star Wars geeks will love this one. It's a 5 inch tall Darth Vader figure from Herocross made of a hybrid metal material (not sure what that means exactly) with over 15 movable joints. The figure comes with four interchangeable hands to give Darth different gestures, a lightsaber (of course) and a display stand. The [...]

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pinhole-press-memory-card-game-2

I've heard of people who make little photo books for their young children that contain pictures of their family members who live far away.  The child may not see Grammy very often, but she'll be familiar with Grammy's face from looking at the photo album and talking with her parents about the pictures as they [...]

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LEGO-research-institute-set-for-girls-1

LEGO worked with  Ellen Kooijman, a geoscientist, to create this new play kit that shows female minifigs as scientists working in the Research Institute.  Then LEGO Ideas members selected this kit that contains everything these three scientists need to "explore the world below, around and above us."  The chemist figure has a lab with glassware and [...]

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star-trek-picard-jacket-2

This jacket is as much like the original jacket worn by Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation show as it can humanly be.  An original, screen-worn jacket that's been preserved by a private collector was used as the pattern for this replica.  Synthetic fabrics were carefully color-matched to the original, and details, like [...]

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etsy_monopoly_harrypotter

I'm actually happy Harry Potter hasn't officially been made into a Monopoly game, as it deserves quite a few more bells and whistles than the standard 'opoly treatment.  Lack of an official product has given fans an opportunity to fill that void with extremely creative iterations.  I've seen impressive printable files on Pinterest over the years, [...]

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cartegram

Cartegram is a Kickstarter campaign for a scavenger hunt game that gets you off the couch and outside exploring your own town. Don't worry, it's not like geocaching where you have to use a GPS and sometimes cryptic clues to find the cache. Cartegram looks to be a significantly easier than that because everyone who plays will have [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, News, Outdoor Gear
throwmagnets

Ever toss a magnet at something to watch it stick? Simple but fun, right? Until you scratch or gouge the surface where the magnet lands. Brian Conti wanted to capture the fun of tossing magnets and watching them stick to things while avoiding damage to the magnet or the surface, so he created the crowedfunded Kickstarter [...]

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mindstorm_ev3-1b

I love building things with LEGO, from as far back as I can remember to this day, with the Gadgeteer Kid.  I would argue that LEGO are one of the greatest toys ever invented, enabling kids and adults alike to transform their imagination into reality. Back in my day, all we had were the classic bricks, [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
m-and-m-star-wars-candy-dispenser

Forget cookies...  Come to the Dark Side for the M&M candies!  With one of these Star Wars candy dispensers for his office, Dad can have a constant supply of snacks from his candy dispenser topped with Darth Vader or Darth Maul.  You can even get special Star Wars themed M&M candies for his dispenser.  Each [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Geek Toys, Home, Kitchen, News
between-the-lines

No, it's not that kind of coloring book!  Between the Lines is an "expert level coloring book", full of intricate drawings by Peter Deligdisch.  You'll need some sharp colored pencils, a very steady hand, and an ability to really keep it between the lines to color in these images.  The book has 22 hand-drawn images of "varying difficulties [...]

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starwars

Today is May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars day because ... May the Fourth be with you. Get it? ;) We love telling you about Star Wars themed gadgets and gizmos, so here is a small list of some of the more interesting items that we've covered in the past: Why fold a crane [...]

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skytech_bluelaser-1

It is interesting and humorous how thoughts and opinions differ between men and women on certain topics. Many times there is a black and white line separating their perspectives on some things. In this case, (overly-) powerful handheld lasers... the kind that can pop a balloon from across the room, melt plastic, and need eye [...]

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EV3D_cover_web

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk is a complete beginner's guide to building and programming robots using the newest EV3 kit from LEGO. This is the follow up to his bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. Laurens is a MINDSTORMS Community Partner and has years of experience building and testing MINDSTORMS robots. LEGO [...]

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lego-slippers1

Are you a LEGO fan? I bet you don't have a pair of these snazzy LEGO slippers under your bed. Only the true LEGO fanatic will add a pair of these LEGO Brick slippers from Convenient Gadgets & Gifts to their brick collection. These slippers are designed in the shape of a 6 post brick [...]

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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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