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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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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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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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Fold the paper, you will.

If you like origami - or just Star Wars - you'll enjoy folding your own Yoda or Millennium Falcon.  The Star Wars Origami kit is a bit of a cheat, because it uses special paper printed with the details.  It comes with a book with complete instructions for folding the papers to create 36 different [...]

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With the start of the new Doctor Who season in the UK this week, here's the perfect present for your favourite Time Lord fan. From Firebox in the UK, the Doctor Who TARDIS Smart Safe requires a smartphone (iPhone or Android) and an app to operate.  Simply plug your smartphone into the slot on top, [...]

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Got a Napoleon complex? Want to re enact the Civil War? The Mini Cannon from Pocket Artillery is precision machined, muzzled loaded and is capable of  firing a .177" BB using a fireworks fuse. Range is up to 100 yards with this cannon.  It also looks like soon they'll be producing trebuchets, catapults, ballistas and guillotines [...]

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Brando is offering the iDroid, the latest entry in the MIDbot series.  This robot has 9 motors that allow it to move body parts, box, launch missiles, and even walk in a "humanoid walking model."  Instead of a remote controller, you download a free app to your iOS or Android device and connect to iDroid [...]

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Become a Rock Legend

If you aspire to be a rock god, but your talents are limited to the air guitar, you'll need the Air Picks from ThinkGeek.  These motion-activated picks come in three models, each with three songs.  Simply "strum" in the correct rhythm, and the Air Pick will play chords for the song.  There's even a whammy [...]

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For those of you show-offs who find a regular Rubik's Cube too easy, there's the Simplicity Cubic 3x3x7 Uneven IQ Brick from Brando's toy selection.  Brando says this toy offers left and right brain training, and IQ & EQ training.  They also say that it will provide fun in your home and at your office.  [...]

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When the irritations of the day get too much for you, take out your frustrations on the RageGage.  It claims to be a "marriage of cutting edge psychological research and modern high tech electronic device design. The device is designed to detect whether you are adequately and healthfully releasing your pent up anger."  If it [...]

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Bobble heads.  Cool, right?  How about a trapezoidal-shaped bobble head that you construct yourself by downloading a template, printing on cardstock, cutting, folding and gluing it?  Too good to be true?  Check out Pally Pal Paper Toys.  They have a growing inventory of Pal designs in several categories or download a blank template and create [...]

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Galileo Gravitator

Add some fun to your desk with the Galileo Gravitator from ScientificsOnline.  The Gravitator comes with four spheres decorated to look like Saturn, the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter.  The spheres float within the brass-colored cage of the Gravitator.  The base of the Gravitator have LEDs to illuminate the suspended globe, so it can be used [...]

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The Mr. Robot Head game from Ecotronic Toys is fun and ecologically sound.  The game requires no batteries; you provide the power by turning the hand crank.  The object of the game is to move the metal wand from one side of his antenna to the other without touching.  If you touch the wand to [...]

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Here's another idea to help you with your holiday shopping.  You've probably seen those floating globe desk toys, haven't you?  The Levitron Revolution World Stage takes it a step farther.  The globe is floating above a 7.25 inch square platform with eight blue LEDs to illuminate your world.  If this isn't cool enough for you, [...]

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Trip Glasses Review

At first glance Cornfield Electronics' Trip Glasses look like a throwback to the X-Ray specs offered in the back pages of comic books.  Despite cartoons showcasing the lascivious properties of the specs, they didn't actually do anything, whereas Trip Glasses purport to bring the user on a crazy head trip.  It's not called a "brain machine" just [...]

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If you have a strong fear of storm activity and an extra $599.99, you should check out the Thunderbolt Storm Detector from Edmond Scientific.  The Thunderbolt works from any land-based location on earth, and uses “you as the center, and detects all activity based on your location.”   It doesn’t rely on any data from any [...]

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Notepods are notepads that look like that ubiquitous smartphone.  The Notepods are from the Jacky Winter Group and Inventive Labs, two companies based in Melbourne, Australia. You get 3 60 X 110 MM 100-page Notepods for $17.95 USD.  The front looks like the iPhone, with a white area for notes.  The back of the page [...]

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