I like Guardians of the Galaxy, and thought Volume 2 was pretty cool too. As with the first movie, Groot pretty much stole the show for me. Baby Groot obliviously dancing away as the opening battle sequence rages was one of my favorite parts.
A while back engineers at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology built a robot that can play music. Mason Bretan’s robot goes by the name Shimon, and is a four-armed, marimba-playing robot with some serious smarts.
Fidget spinners get a lot of hate. I think it’s in part because the name implies that the people who play with these things can’t control themselves, which isn’t the case. I can sit still as long as I want, but it’s kind of fun to have something in your hands you can fiddle with.
If you collect Funko POP! figures you will want to get your hands on this officially-licensed Bob Ross version that the company is releasing this August. Add him to your collection and he can paint happy little trees for your other figures.
If you are looking for a cool new night light or mood light, check out Glowscenes. It is a unique accent light that is inspired by nature, and designed to deliver relaxation and calm.
Guido Bonelli created these cool lights, and you can find them on Kickstarter.
Sphero is not just about cute, connected rolling balls. The company is now unveiling its first non-spherical product. Sphero’s Spider-Man listens and responds to your voice commands. Unlike the company’s BB-8 toy, this guy doesn’t need an app to do its thing.
The Penguin Bomb is a DIY origami sculpture that arrives as a flat package, but when you drop it on a hard surface, it turns itself into a fat little penguin. Hence the name.
This cleverly-designed toy was created by paper artist Haruki Nakamura.
Do you love the classic Apple II computer? Video game engineer Chris Larkin recently met up with the folks at Tested to show how he built a working miniature Apple II replica. This mini version of the classic computer emulates the full size one, but you can hold this one in the palm of your hand.
You gave a concert in that? You’re braver than I thought. This Millennium Falcon Violin sadly, has no strings, so you can’t play it, but you can hang it on your wall and admire it.
Artist Richard Symons created this cool sculpture around a real violin.
Bandai Namco is doing something super awesome and super annoying at the same time. It’s opening a VR arcade that will have VR version of Mario Kart complete with little karts you can sit in. The crappy part is that the arcade will only be in Shinjuku Tokyo, leaving out most of the world from enjoying it.
Thrustmaster has a new racing wheel that is coming to land along with the new Gran Turismo Sport racing game for the PS4. The Thrustmaster T-GT racing wheel is one of the most expensive gaming peripherals you can get your sweaty palms.
Octopi are very intelligent creatures, and they want to be left alone. You try to get some footage of an octopus, and they will steal your camera because they don’t care about your silly YouTube channel.
One of the scariest movies I remember seeing growing up was the original Hellraiser Pinhead creeped me out something fierce. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will want this Pinhead 6-inch stylized figure that comes complete with real metal pins sticking out of his head.