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Archive for November 2015

MotionKit Teaches Computerized Motion: CNC Jane Run

MotionKit Teaches Computerized Motion: CNC Jane Run
CNC machines have been around for decades, but the past few years have seen the rise of CNC machines for small-scale or personal use. If you’re interested in learning how exactly these machines work, check out MotionKit. MotionKit is an affordable platform that aims to teach CNC in both theory and practice.

BB-8 Desktop Lamp Awakens with a Touch

BB-8 Desktop Lamp Awakens with a Touch
Growing up, my uncle was always buying fancy stuff that hardly anyone had in the early ’80s. He had a gigantic video camera that required you to wear a VCR on your hip. He had the first microwave oven I ever saw.
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Light Side/Dark Side Bath Towel: Dry Your Bum with the Dark Side

Light Side/Dark Side Bath Towel: Dry Your Bum with the Dark Side
I’ve never wondered how Darth Vader bathes; I would assume it would be in a dark room with dark towels since he was on the Dark Side of the Force. With this Light Side/Dark Side towel, you can decide each morning which side you will butter your toast on.

Oda Nobunaga Samurai Scissors Dispatch Craft Projects with Ease

Oda Nobunaga Samurai Scissors Dispatch Craft Projects with Ease
Your current pair of scissors? Throw them out right now. There is a new pair in town – katana-bladed samurai scissors! This pair of Oda Nobunaga Scissors by Nikken Cutlery is designed to look like powerful Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga’s sword, except they are more practical for everyday use. These scissors are for crafting warriors.

One Punch Man Saitama Nendoroid is Just a Toy For Fun

One Punch Man Saitama Nendoroid is Just a Toy For Fun
An unstoppable force meets an adorable object in Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid of Saitama, from the hilarious manga and anime series One Punch Man. The ~4″ figure comes with two heads, one with his standard bored expression and the other with the stereotypical intense anime face.

Fallout 4 LEGO Garage Is Insanely Detailed

Fallout 4 LEGO Garage Is Insanely Detailed
Remember the rusty garage that turned up briefly in Fallout 4’s announcement trailer? LEGO builder Pierre made a LEGO replica and it is fantastically detailed. Pretty large too. It looks like he captured the scene perfectly – just click on the image below to see it in all it’s glory: This whole diorama is five feet wide and almost two feet high, so this isn’t minifigure-scale.

Acton R5 Rocket Skates Can Cruise for 5 Miles and Look Weird Doing It

Acton R5 Rocket Skates Can Cruise for 5 Miles and Look Weird Doing It
Acton is showing off some cool new skates that are now available to pre-order. Rocket Skates might be a misleading name –  they’re not actually propelled by rockets, and that is probably a good thing. The battery-powered R5 Rocket Skates look a bit like wheelchairs for your feet and are sure to get you noticed. You clamp them on your feet and they have a battery inside that helps you zip around the city having fun or getting to work.

Anovos Kylo Ren Life-size Helmet Will Finish the Costume That You Started

Anovos Kylo Ren Life-size Helmet Will Finish the Costume That You Started
If the First Order stormtrooper’s duck-faced helmet isn’t your thing, perhaps Anovos can tempt you to part with your cash in exchange for the worn down mask of the mysterious Kylo Ren. Imagine if he turned out to be Adam Sackler.

Starship Robot Wants to Deliver Groceries to Your Door

Starship Robot Wants to Deliver Groceries to Your Door
Grocery shopping can be a hassle. There are the crowded aisles, getting in line to pay, then you have to put it all in the car and drive back home. We need a robot to do this for us.

This Piano is Made of Skateboard Decks: Frontside Heart and Soul

This Piano is Made of Skateboard Decks: Frontside Heart and Soul
You probably remember the 1998 movie Big, where Tom Hanks played on a giant electronic piano keyboard at the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store in New York City. Everyone knows it. It’s a classic scene that people love.

Mellow Drive Adds a Motor to Any Skateboard

Mellow Drive Adds a Motor to Any Skateboard
You can buy a motorized skateboard if you want, but your choice of decks is limited to whatever the brand is offering. But what if you want to put a motor on your favorite deck? Well Mellow Drive will let you do just that.

Calimacil Glowing Foam Lightsaber: There Is No Part of This Blade That Cuts

Calimacil Glowing Foam Lightsaber: There Is No Part of This Blade That Cuts
It may sound like an anti-fungal cream, but Canadian company Calimacil actually specializes in LARP weapons, armor and accessories. The company has recently developed a lightsaber that can emit lights and sounds but is safe to use, thanks in part to the translucent foam that they use for the blade. The foam lightsaber blades will be available in two types and three tiers.

NECA Toys Halo Needler Replica Jumped Right out of the Game

NECA Toys Halo Needler Replica Jumped Right out of the Game
What you see here is the most spectacular Halo Needler replica that you can actually buy. This thing comes from NECA Toys and was made with help from Microsoft and 343 Studios using the actual 3D models from the game. The limited-edition replica has flashing lights, sounds, and the needles on top move when you press the trigger.

Winston the White Corgi Is Not Too Short to Be a Stormtrooper

Winston the White Corgi Is Not Too Short to Be a Stormtrooper
…though he may be too smart for the job. Celebrity dog Winston the White Corgi attacked Halloween dressed up in a slick stormtrooper costume, complete with a hilarious mask. If he can look cute in that snouty mask I’m sure he’ll be awesome as Spider-Ham too.

3D Printed Cat Armor: Meowster of the Universe

3D Printed Cat Armor: Meowster of the Universe
You want proof that we live in awesome times? You can buy cat armor. You want further proof that we live in awesome times? You can also print cat armor, thanks to Jwall aka Print That Thing. Jwall originally made the armor for his cat Bobo, but he wants all cats to be adequately protected so he’s shared his 3D files on Thingiverse.

Emoji Keyboard: Literal Type Faces

Emoji Keyboard: Literal Type Faces
I’m not much of an emoji user this side of the occasional smiley face. I don’t need a fancy keyboard to use that. My daughter on the other hand likes to text me with long lines of emoji.
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