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The Alpha 2 Robot Wants to Be Your New Best Friend

The Alpha 2 Robot Wants to Be Your New Best Friend
There’s a new contender in the field of humanoid household robots. Ubtech Robotics has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its new Alpha 2 humanoid companion-bot. It wants in your life and in your house so it can be your new bestest buddy. This small robot is fully programmable, operates on an open-source OS and offers a variety of sensory inputs including ultrasonic, touch and pressure sensors.

LEGO Rubik’s Cube: Rubrick Cube

LEGO Rubik’s Cube: Rubrick Cube
I’ve heard of LEGO machines that solve Rubik’s Cubes, but this is the first time I’ve encountered Rubik’s Cubes made of LEGO. Qunotoys’ fully functioning Rubrick Cube replaces the puzzle toy’s stickers with 1×1 LEGO plates.
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Funko Fallout Mystery Minis Won’t Need Radaway

Funko Fallout Mystery Minis Won’t Need Radaway
I’m a big fan of Fallout and have played the series for years. I’m Jonesing badly to get hands on Fallout 4, but I haven’t had time yet. ThinkGeek has some cool new collectibles that will be perfect stocking stuffers for Fallout fans. The Funko Mystery Minis: Fallout edition has 12 different mini Fallout figures, measuring 2.5″

Geek Builds Star Wars Holochess Table, Won’t Play Wookiees

Geek Builds Star Wars Holochess Table, Won’t Play Wookiees
One of the scenes I always remember from Star Wars is when Han, Luke, and Chewie are sitting playing holochess in the Millennium Falcon. The thing I always remember is when Han says Wookiees rip arms out of their socket when they lose.

Snatoms Magnetic Molecular Kit: Metallic Bonding

Snatoms Magnetic Molecular Kit: Metallic Bonding
Molecular modeling kits usually use sticks to connect models of atoms. Veritasium creator Derek Mueller came up with a beginner kit that’s more realistic, intuitive and easier to use. He calls it Snatoms. Snatoms consists of plastic atomic models embedded with spherical neodymium magnets.

The Wakeup Machine Wakes You with a Slap

The Wakeup Machine Wakes You with a Slap
Simone Giertz has created an alarm clock that slaps you in the face to ensure you wake up. Great invention. This is what I need, because I just want to sleep and hit the snooze button 20 times after the alarm goes off.

Cosmos Wooden Spaceship Toy Blocks: Squirrel Space Program

Cosmos Wooden Spaceship Toy Blocks: Squirrel Space Program
LEGO is still the king of construction toys, but if Huzi gets its way, space aficionados will be able to make beautiful spaceships and heavenly bodies even if they’re not master builders. Huzi’s Cosmos collection features large pieces made of large beech wood with a magnetic locking mechanism. 

Yoda Cake with Floating Wedding Cake: A Jedi Craves This Thing

Yoda Cake with Floating Wedding Cake: A Jedi Craves This Thing
Peboryon specializes in both traditional wedding cakes as well as sculpted ones. So for their exhibit at Cake International Birmingham, the Cornwall-based cake shop made a life-sized Yoda cake that appears to be using its Force power on a wedding cake. While it seems that magnets were involved in the trick, Peboryon’s proprietor Christine Jensen doesn’t want to reveal how exactly they made the cake.

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching
I thought smartwatches were pretty smart already. I love not having to dig my phone out of my pocket to see who is calling and if I want to talk to them. Thanks to a new technology that was developed by scientists at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University, smartwatches are set to get lots smarter. Using their EM-Sense technology, your smartwatch will know what you are touching. 

Handsome Man Potato Chips: Japanese Snack Du Jour

Handsome Man Potato Chips: Japanese Snack Du Jour
Japan has some very weird fascinations and products. A perfect example are these new potato chips. You aren’t really buying these bags of snacks for the chips themselves; you are buying these for the trading cards inside. These aren’t sports heroes or celebrities, the Handsome Man chips have cards with normal working men from around Japan.

This Robot Keeps Store Shelves Stocked

This Robot Keeps Store Shelves Stocked
Grocery shopping is a necessity, but not particularly fun – especially when you discover that a store hasn’t stocked what you want to buy. This robot will help keep store shelves stocked to make your shopping experience a better one.

Edible Nacho Hat: I Want to be a Nacho Man!

Edible Nacho Hat: I Want to be a Nacho Man!
Take your nachos with you wherever you go with this edible hat. Just fill it up with salsa and wear it. If you get hungry, just start breaking pieces off and start eating. Maybe you should just wear it at home, because I just had a scary thought.

Live Time Closed Captioning System: Spellcaster

Live Time Closed Captioning System: Spellcaster
Last year we featured Captioning on Glass, an application that uses Google Glass and an Android device to translate speech to text in real time. Now a group of teenagers claim they can provide us with a device that has the same capabilities. Frants Innovators’ Live Time Closed Captioning System (LTCCS) is an augmented reality system powered by the Raspberry Pi.

Game Characters Read Mean Tweets

Game Characters Read Mean Tweets
I’m really not a fan of talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but I am a fan of the celebrities reading mean tweets feature that Kimmel does. It’s great fun to hear the celebs that some of the nasty things being said about them on twitter, and seeing their reactions. A spoof of that Kimmel gag has turned up on YouTube that has people dressed up as video game characters reading mean tweets about them.

Kylo Ren Lightsaber Necklace: Anti-Jedi Jewelry

Kylo Ren Lightsaber Necklace: Anti-Jedi Jewelry
Can you believe that we actually have a new Star Wars movie on the way – and that it actually looks awesome? A new movie also means lots of new merchandise. Among the many pieces of merch that you can get is this necklace that looks just like Kylo Ren’s cross-bladed lightsaber. I never realized how much Kylo Ren’s lightsaber resembles a religious cross when worn as a necklace.

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View
PowerUp Toys continues to modernize the paper airplane. Its latest effort, the FPV, practically packs enough tech for a consumer drone, including a camera, Wi-Fi video streaming and an autopilot mode. The onboard camera only has a 640×480 resolution, but that’s still infinitely better than nothing.
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