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Author Archive: Paul Strauss

Solidator 3D Printer Prints Large Objects and Does it Fast

Solidator 3D Printer Prints Large Objects and Does it Fast
Two of the biggest challenges with today’s desktop 3D printers are that they 1) don’t print very large objects and 2) are painfully slow. The Solidator 3D printer aims to change both of those things, in…
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Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!

Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!
DARPA’s Robotic Challenge Trials wrapped up earlier today, and the robot that reigned supreme is SCHAFT. The squat 209 pound, 4.85 foot-tall robot smoked the competition, scoring 27 points, besting its next closest competitor by 35%…
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Remote Control Crustaceans Give You a Bad Case of Crabs

Remote Control Crustaceans Give You a Bad Case of Crabs
If you’ve followed Technabob for any period of time, you know that we love our quirky Japanese gadgets around here. The latest weird and wacky gizmo to turn up from our friends to the East? Remote-controlled…
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The Desktop Manufacturing Revolution

The Desktop Manufacturing Revolution
Perhaps the most exciting area of technological growth for the early 21st century is in the realm of machines which make it fast, inexpensive and easy for anyone to create physical objects. Devices such as 3D printers, laser cutters, tabletop milling machines and other computer-controlled manufacturing tools are now within reach of small business entrepreneurs and hobbyists, and are headed towards the consumer market as well.
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Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up
Remember when you needed a phone line and a dial-up modem to get online? Heck, I was using modems to connect to services like Compuserve and Prodigy before anyone even knew what the Internet was. One…
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LEGO Macintosh Doubles as iPad Dock

LEGO Macintosh Doubles as iPad Dock
I haven’t had an original Macintosh on my desk in years, but I always thought about buying a used one. But now that I’ve seen this LEGO version, I think I’d rather have one of these.…
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Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance Tech Safely Steers You out of Harm’s Way

Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance Tech Safely Steers You out of Harm’s Way
While I’m not all that crazy about the idea of fully-autonomous vehicles, I do think that some of the technology which is emerging from related research and development efforts could definitely help with vehicle safety. Take…
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24K Gold-plated Xbox One Hits Harrods

24K Gold-plated Xbox One Hits Harrods
Everything looks better in gold – at least if your last name is Trump. The latest product to get the shiny gold treatment? The already shiny new Xbox One.…
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Walking in a Wireless Wonderland

Walking in a Wireless Wonderland
The holidays are upon us and it's time to hunker down and get our shopping done. But there are so many choices in the market these days, it's hard to decide what to buy. We're here to help, with a list of 10 gadget gifts which not only are great on their own, but help cut the cord, and move us towards a truly wireless world.
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Animated Donkey Kong Wedding Cake: How High Can You Eat?

Animated Donkey Kong Wedding Cake: How High Can You Eat?
While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of cool video game inspired cakes over the years, this is the first time I’ve seen one that almost looks playable. By using projection mapping technology, this wedding cake…
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Mouse Taxidermy Chess Set: Roll Your Dice, Move Your Mice

Mouse Taxidermy Chess Set: Roll Your Dice, Move Your Mice
While I like playing the occasional game of chess, I don’t think I’d be able to make it through a round playing with this chess set without throwing up a little bit in the back of…
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X-Ray Illustrations: Cartoon Characters Exposed

X-Ray Illustrations: Cartoon Characters Exposed
Unless you’re an invertebrate, you probably have a skeleton. But even though we all have these bony structures holding us together, we still find skeletons kind of creepy. French artist Chris Panda seems to have an…
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Review: HiLO Lens and Grip Case for iPhone

Review: HiLO Lens and Grip Case for iPhone
About a year ago, we wrote about a Kickstarter project for an iPhone lens called the HiLO lens. The compact add-on lens allows you to snap photos at unusual angles that might otherwise require you to…
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Stackable Brick Mugs for LEGO Lattes

Stackable Brick Mugs for LEGO Lattes
If you work in an office where people are constantly stealing your coffee mug from the staff kitchen, here’s a fun way to keep all your mugs organized. You can stack numerous coffee mugs in these…
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iRecorder: 1970s Cassette Tech for Your 21st Century Gadgets

iRecorder: 1970s Cassette Tech for Your 21st Century Gadgets
Remember when we used gadgets called “tape recorders?” Well, now you can relive the prehistoric era of portable cassette tape recorders, but with your iPhone in place of the cassette. The iRecorder looks like one of…
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LED R/C Helicopter Writes Words on Its Blades

LED R/C Helicopter Writes Words on Its Blades
Remote-controlled helicopters can be fun to fly, but they’re not exactly easy to see in the dark. But these little R/C choppers not only light up when flying, their blades can display messages while airborne.…
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