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Review: Microsoft Band Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

Review: Microsoft Band Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker
For the longest time, I thought of Microsoft primarily as a software company. But over the last couple of years, they’ve released some really good hardware that can keep up with the best players in the market.

Deadpool Labbit Vinyl Toy: There’s the Beast!

Deadpool Labbit Vinyl Toy: There’s the Beast!
One of the strange things about the Deadpool universe is that the Merc with a Mouth likes to talk to the readers. Breaking the fourth wall is one of the quirks of the series. Another of the quirks is that the Deadpool universe has other Deadpool characters like Dogpool and even Headpool.
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Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8

Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8
Released in 1965, the PDP-8 was the first successful commercial minicomputer, making it a coveted piece of computing history. In other words, it’s rare and expensive. So to celebrate the PDP-8’s 50th anniversary, Oscar aka Obsolescence Guaranteed opted to make an affordable replica using a Raspberry Pi and the SIMH emulator. Oscar’s PiDP-8 is based on the PDP-8/I.

Karate Kid Funko POP! Action Figures: Pop on, Pop off

Karate Kid Funko POP! Action Figures: Pop on, Pop off
The Karate Kid is one of those iconic ’80s movies that anyone growing up in the era has probably seen a dozen times. Funko has announced some new POP! vinyl action figures that feature two of the main characters from the flick. The action figures include Daniel-San and Mr.

Love Hulten’s PE358 & Battlecade: Game Boy & Game Twins

Love Hulten’s PE358 & Battlecade: Game Boy & Game Twins
Retro gadget maker Love Hulten recently showed off two of his latest creations, both of which are gaming systems. The PE358 is a Nintendo emulator inspired by the Game Boy Advance SP, while the Battlecade is a kickass two-player arcade machine inspired by the likes of Battleship. The PE358 measures about 3.1″x

Tinder on a Rope: Swipe Right for Fire

Tinder on a Rope: Swipe Right for Fire
When the zombie apocalypse comes, you need to have a few things in your bug-out bag to be ready. You need a way to get clean drinking water, a way to start fire, and food. Fire is one of the more important because with it you can both cook food and get clean water. One of those spark tool thingies will get your fire going, but other than a hot spark, you also need something that will burn.

Microbot Push Robot for Pushing Buttons: For Semi-automated Homes

Microbot Push Robot for Pushing Buttons: For Semi-automated Homes
You know the old joke about how if someone ever invented a device that does everything at the push of a button, people would still ask for a device that would push the other device’s button for them?

Boba Fett Wood Burning Stove: Fett’s Afire

Boba Fett Wood Burning Stove: Fett’s Afire
UK metal designer Burned by Design created this super cool Boba Fett wood burning stove. Maybe I should say super hot. This stove looks amazing, like a statue to our favorite bounty hunter that was erected in his honor. Believe it or not, this creation was power-welded, cleaned, and painted all in one day.

Wove Band Flexible E-ink Smartwatch: Flexitime

Wove Band Flexible E-ink Smartwatch: Flexitime
We’ve seen many ideas for devices with flexible displays, but a company called Polyera claims that it will commercially launch such a device next year. It’s called the Wove Band, a smartwatch with an E-ink touchscreen running nearly the length of its entire strap. The Wove Band is based on Polyera Digital Fabric Technology, which “uses proprietary electronic materials to enable displays that are flexible, robust, and can be manufactured in traditional display fabrication plants with minimal capital investment.”

Singtrix Gives Everyone a Singing Voice

Singtrix Gives Everyone a Singing Voice
If you’ve ever wanted to sing in public, but know that your voice is a little pitchy, then this is the gadget you need. Singtrix is a karaoke machine on steroids, not just capable of removing vocal tracks so you can sing along, but actually improving your voice. The system adds a variety of vocal effects, ranging from pitch correction to thick vocal harmonies to make anyone sound on key.

Two-Faced Wedding Cake Is the Ultimate Compromise

Two-Faced Wedding Cake Is the Ultimate Compromise
So what do you do when you get married and your wife wants a traditional cake, while you want to geek out and have a superhero cake? Compromise is the cornerstone of every good marriage, so why not make your first big trade-off the cake? Both the bride and the groom can be happy with this cake, which is half traditional white wedding cake, and half awesome geek superhero cake tower.

The Everything Machine Graphical Programming App for Kids: Visual Basic

The Everything Machine Graphical Programming App for Kids: Visual Basic
We’ve seen a couple of electronics kits with graphical programming interfaces for beginners. There’s also a similar environment for Arduino. The Everything Machine is a graphical programming sandbox for hardware that many people already have: a mobile device. Made by Tinybop, The Everything Machine uses an iOS device’s camera, microphone, touchscreen and other media capabilities as input to create a variety of virtual machines. 

Star Wars Steins Hold Beer and Awesome

Star Wars Steins Hold Beer and Awesome
If you are the monster that Budweiser created (Drinkenstein) you need a stein to hold your drink. A plain stein won’t do it for geeky beer lovers, what you need is one of these awesome ceramic Star Wars steins. My boy Boba Fett gets some love in this collection with the coolest bounty hunter in the galaxy well represented.

Multi-user Wireless Virtual Reality System: Real Virtuality

Multi-user Wireless Virtual Reality System: Real Virtuality
A couple of years ago we checked out a VRcade, a virtual reality arcade that freed players to move and translated their movements in the game with the help of motion capture systems. Artanim’s Real Virtuality is a lot like that, except it’s geared for multiple users and not just for games but for other content as well. Much like VRcade, Real Virtuality uses cameras mounted around a room to track markers placed on the users.

Marvel Comics Variant Covers Cosplay as Cosplayers

Marvel Comics Variant Covers Cosplay as Cosplayers
Marvel’s been casting wide nets for its variant covers. Last month it unveiled its hip-hop themed variants, then earlier this month the manga ones. The latest batch of variant covers is bound to be divisive, but still a great marketing tactic for the House of Ideas. The Cosplay Variant Initiative sees 21 cosplayers gracing the cover of different comics this October.

MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass

MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass
Aside from the usual plastics and composites, we’ve seen 3D printers use food, sand, metal and even paper to make objects. MIT adds glass to that ever-growing list of materials with its Glass 3D Printing (G3DP) platform. Made by MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, the MIT Glass Lab, the Wyss Institute and the university’s Mechanical Engineering department, the G3DP printer is a hybrid of a kiln and a 3D Printer.
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