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Archive for February 2015

Evil Mad Scientist Valentine’s Cards: All is Balanced in Love and Math

Evil Mad Scientist Valentine’s Cards: All is Balanced in Love and Math
Proving again and again that they don’t know what the words “evil” or “mad” mean, Evil Mad Scientist has been making Valentine’s Day cards for the past two years, and this year is no different. My favorite is the cheesy charts joke because it’s the easiest to explain.

Pinblock Construction Toy: One Block, Infinite Possibilities

Pinblock Construction Toy: One Block, Infinite Possibilities
Modular construction toys like LEGO and K’nex usually have many different parts and pieces. This variety allows for beautiful and complex builds, but it can also be intimidating or tedious at times. So the makers of Pinblock came up with a simple solution: have only one type of block. Save for their color, all Pinblock blocks are the same.
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Aardman Batman and Robin Figures: The Clay Knight

Aardman Batman and Robin Figures: The Clay Knight
Clay animation is a very cool method of making movies and TV shows. The thing that always impresses me about the technique is the time it takes to film a sequence since each movement of the characters requires a new character to be made or at least changes to characters.

The Ghostbusters Board Game: Whatcha Gonna Play?

The Ghostbusters Board Game: Whatcha Gonna Play?
I’m surprised it took this long, but we’re finally about to get a Ghostbusters board game! Cryptozoic Games just launched a new Kickstarter for Ghostbusters: The Board Game and no big surprise here, its $250,000 funding goal has already been met, just a couple of days into the campaign. You get a lot of great stuff when you pledge, so it’s no surprise that so many people have jumped on board.

Voltera V1 Circuit Board Printer: Print-A-Sketch

Voltera V1 Circuit Board Printer: Print-A-Sketch
The latest in the growing niche of circuit board printers, the Voltera V1 can print up to two layers of conductive tracks, apply solder and reflow the board when SMDs are added. The printer has three extruder heads – one for conductive ink, one for solder and one for insulating ink – that you can easily pop on and off thanks to their magnetic connectors.

Diamond Serenity Firefly Necklace Is Literally Shiny

Diamond Serenity Firefly Necklace Is Literally Shiny
Valentine’s Day is almost here. I hope you have something as cool as this Diamond Serenity Firefly necklace to give your girl – though I doubt it. It doesn’t get much better than this. Firefly’s Serenity is a beautiful gold and sapphire necklace that will keep the ship and the show close to your heart.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog: The Robotdogpocalypse is Coming!

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog: The Robotdogpocalypse is Coming!
We all know Boston Dynamics BigDog, a quadrupedal robot designed to navigate rough terrain. Now BigDog has a little dog sibling called Spot. Spot weighs only 160 lbs, has four hydraulic legs, a sensor head, and a crazy ability to stay upright even when kicked by a human or climbing slopes and uneven ground.

Unauthorized Wheel of Time Pilot Aired on FXX

Unauthorized Wheel of Time Pilot Aired on FXX
Back in the day, I loved to read the Wheel of Time novels by Robert Jordan. Five or six massively thick books into the series they became rather tedious and I eventually lost interest. I’ve always meant to go back and give them another try.

Alien Space Jockey Maquette: Mommy Mummy

Alien Space Jockey Maquette: Mommy Mummy
The spooky messenger seen by the Nostromo crew, the Space Jockey gave us our first glimpse at the Engineers, the creators of mankind in the Alien universe. Sideshow Collectibles miniaturized H.R. Giger’s biomechanical masterpiece into this creepy desktop collectible. The collectible is about 21″ tall, 18″ wide and 23″ long and weighs an impressive 25 pounds. Burst out of your browser and pre-order the maquette from Sideshow Collectibles.

This Jurassic Park Bunk Bed Will Cage Your Kids

This Jurassic Park Bunk Bed Will Cage Your Kids
Are your kids driving you crazy because they are all sugared up and acting like fast moving dinosaurs, tearing up your home? Contain them in this Jurassic Park inspired bunk bed. Well, contain one of them.

Lend Me Your Ears: Limited Edition Daryl Dixon Zombie Ear Necklace

Lend Me Your Ears: Limited Edition Daryl Dixon Zombie Ear Necklace
Next to Rick, the best character on The Walking Dead is Daryl Dixon. If you have been watching the show since it began, you might recall that early in his zombie killing career he made a necklace out of the ears of the zombies he did in.

Mesh Bluetooth Electronics Kit with Drag & Drop Programming: Pair, Swipe, Make

Mesh Bluetooth Electronics Kit with Drag & Drop Programming: Pair, Swipe, Make
Last year we learned about SAM, a newbie-friendly electronics kit that used Bluetooth instead of solder or wires to connect its modules. Mesh is a lot like SAM, only with an even less intimidating presentation. Like SAM, Mesh modules or “tags” use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and with the programming interface.

Segway + Hoverboard = AirBoard

Segway + Hoverboard = AirBoard
Despite feeling like a bit of a dork, I rather enjoyed riding a Segway. That said, I still had to contend with crowded sidewalks and hazards on the ground while riding one. If the guys behind AirBoard have their way, we could soon be hovering in the air instead of riding on bumpy sidewalks. Currently up for funding on Indiegogo, the AirBoard aims to be the world’s smallest manned aircraft.

RoboChop Cuts Foam Blocks at the Whim of Website Visitors

RoboChop Cuts Foam Blocks at the Whim of Website Visitors
Something cool is coming to CeBit in Germany this March, and it is called RoboChop. It’s not a half human, half robot cutting machine, it’s a robotic cutting arm. It’s designed to cut 20″ polystyrene blocks into shapes that people from the internet command it to cut.

LEGO Pinned Insect Specimen Manipulator: Entomolego

LEGO Pinned Insect Specimen Manipulator: Entomolego
Insect specimens are usually pinned when stored or exhibited. When these pinned insects need to be examined or documented, a pinned specimen manipulator is used so that the insect can be moved around without removing it from the pin.

Robot Vacuum Attacks Sleeping Owner’s Head

Robot Vacuum Attacks Sleeping Owner’s Head
Robot attacks are on the rise and as technology continues forward, these incidents are only going to get worse. The latest victim is a woman in South Korea who recently called the fire department when her robotic vacuum cleaner tried to vacuum up her head.
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