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ZeroPi Helps You Build Robots with Arduino and Raspberry Pi

ZeroPi Helps You Build Robots with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
Robots are awesome, and if I had the time and hardware, I would definitely build some cool ‘bots to amble around the house and scare the crap out of my kids. That would be awesome. If you like to build robots, a new device has landed on Kickstarter that you might want to add to your parts collection.

Lian-Li PC-TU300 Carry-on Luggage Tower: LAN Party-approved

Lian-Li PC-TU300 Carry-on Luggage Tower: LAN Party-approved
Lian-Li’s luggage-style PC-TU series PC cases have a rugged design and flip handle. The first two PC-TU models could fit only mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, but the new PC-TU300 has enough room for mini-ATX and ATX boards.
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Official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display: Pi Pan

Official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display: Pi Pan
Last year we checked out the PiTouch, a third-party 10″ touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi. But that takes up the Pi’s HDMI port and more importantly isn’t for sale as of this writing. Thankfully the Rasberry Pi Foundation has released its own 7″ touchscreen display for the Pi.

ASUS ROG GX700 Gaming Laptop Has Water-Cooling Dock: Bubble Butt

ASUS ROG GX700 Gaming Laptop Has Water-Cooling Dock: Bubble Butt
It used to be that when you said “laptop dock,” all it meant was additional ports and connectivity options. Then came PCI-E adapters that let you use desktop graphics cards with laptops, one of the latest examples being Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier.

Acer Revo Build Modular Mini PC: Revo Stacko

Acer Revo Build Modular Mini PC: Revo Stacko
Last year, Razer unveiled Project Christine, its concept for a user-friendly PC that has USB-style plug-and-play modules. Now Acer has unveiled the Revo Build M1-601, a more modest take on a modular PC. The Revo Build works a lot like Lenovo’s ThinkPad Stack peripherals, except this one has a mini PC as a base unit.

Wood Kubb Mini PC: Interchangeable Form over Function

Wood Kubb Mini PC: Interchangeable Form over Function
Last July, we checked out Mike Schropp’s Micro LEGO computer. Here’s another custom made but more discreet mini PC. Made by French company Kubb, the Wood Kubb is a 4.9 cubic inch computer with swappable handmade wooden shells.

The $15 Raspberry Pi-compatible Computer: Orange Pi

The $15 Raspberry Pi-compatible Computer: Orange Pi
I don’t know how much fruits cost these days, but in terms of single board computers, oranges apparently now beat raspberries. The $15 (USD) Orange Pi is not only cheaper than the Raspberry Pi, in some ways it’s more capable too.

Core Systems All-in-One 1U-size Rack Computer: Servertop

Core Systems All-in-One 1U-size Rack Computer: Servertop
My only knowledge about working with servers is courtesy of Mr. Robot, but should you need a dedicated PC in your server rack or room, check out Core Systems’ new M1U2201. The M1U2201 fits on a standard server rack and has a 17″ 1080p screen, a keyboard, a trackpad, a 1.91GHz CPU, 8GB RAM, a removable 500GB SSD, two front-mounted USB ports, two Ethernet ports, three VGA ports and a PCIe slot.

Legend of Zelda Villains Keyboard Decals: It’s Dangerous to Type Alone

Legend of Zelda Villains Keyboard Decals: It’s Dangerous to Type Alone
If you are tired of your boring old keyboard, maybe it’s time to spice things up a bit. Here, take this Legend of Zelda villains keyboard decal. These cool and colorful keyboard decals from Too McCool for You Designs are for MacBook Pros and primarily focus on villains from the various Zelda games.

LG Rolly Full-size Portable Keyboard: Stickey

LG Rolly Full-size Portable Keyboard: Stickey
Most portable keyboards are cramped and have minimal key travel. But LG’s Rolly manages to be a full size keyboard with generous key travel while still taking up minimal space, thanks to its segmented design. The Rolly is built like a Kit Kat bar, only instead of snapping off the segments roll up into a square tube. 

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.

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.

Review: Microsoft Surface 3

Review: Microsoft Surface 3
Last year, I had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and thought it was an excellent system – offering performance, great battery life, an amazing screen and both tablet and laptop capabilities in a single system.

How Old School Video Game Graphics Worked

How Old School Video Game Graphics Worked
Check out part one of this new instructional video series, in which The iBookGuy explains how computer and video game graphics worked back in the 1980s. If you love old games and old computers, you’ll enjoy this video.

Review: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wireless Router

Review: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Wireless Router
As a tech guy, I’ve been through a number of different wireless routers over the years. Between ever-improving speed and range, as well as the occasional hardware failure, my closet is a veritable graveyard of routers gone by.

Touchjet Wave Turns HDTVs into Touchscreens: Semi-smart TV

Touchjet Wave Turns HDTVs into Touchscreens: Semi-smart TV
Last June we checked out Touchjet’s Pond, an Android projector that turned walls into touchscreens. It’s a good device for its price, but it wasn’t without sacrifices, particularly the quality of its display. Touchjet’s new Wave eliminates that problem, because it’s counting on your display.
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