Smartwatches may be the next big thing, but in Japan Epson appears to be making a killing off of its Smart Canvas, a line of limited edition wristwatches with E-ink screens and licensed pop culture themes.
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.
You can find a ton of DIY guides and kits to make arcade machines based on the Raspberry Pi, but if you’re willing to pay to play, watch out for Marcel de Haan and Hartmut Wendt’s Starforce Pi, a compact retro arcade machine with an internal battery.
Most mugs and bottles can keep a drink’s temperature for hours, but the new Ember mug can actually change the temperature of its contents. And I thought the self-stirring mug was magical.
This 350mL mug uses separate cooling and heating elements to change – and maintain – the temperature of its contents.
A couple of years ago, we featured a teenager who invented a flashlight that runs on body heat. The Lumen flashlight is the exact same idea, albeit one that will be mass produced.
Lumen uses a 5mm Cree LED that produces 3000 microcandela of light.
PC gamers have a ton of options, from simple Flash games to wallet-emptying simulators. Swiss company N-Dream AG believes it can carve a new niche for itself by providing an idiotproof way to enjoy multiplayer party games on PCs.
There are different gadgets that can turn bodies, steering wheels or food into musical instruments. Now you can turn pretty much any rigid solid object into an instrument using just one device: Mogees.
Mogees consists of a very sensitive contact microphone and an iOS app.
Last January, we checked out Columbus Circle’s external battery and microSD card reader that looks just like a Famicom controller, down to the clickable buttons. Turns out it’s called a Retcon Battery, meaning Retro Controller Battery.
Dice cups and dice towers are well and good, but Boogie Dice are more portable while still being convenient. Each Boogie Dice die has a motor inside that lets it roll on its own. By default, Boogie Dice are triggered by a short and loud sound like a clap or a finger snap.
If you’re a football fan, you want to be plugged in to your favorite teams wherever you go. DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket TV is designed to offer NFL games streamed to all of your digital devices so you don’t miss a minute of the game.
If you want to make your own cellphone, you can source the parts yourself, or you can support Seeed Studio’s RePhone, a ready to assemble kit.
The heart of the RePhone kit is the MediaTek MT2502A (pdf) system-on-a-chip, which gives you GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity in a stamp-sized form.
ZAGG already makes some great keyboard cases for tablets, and now they’ve just announced that they’ve got some new keyboards in the works for both the new iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro.
There are several models coming out, including the Slim Book and Folio keyboards for the iPad Mini 4, as well as a Slim Book Pro and Messenger Universal keyboard for the iPad Pro.
Someday explorers and rescuers could carry quadcopters not just to survey but to build bridges literally on the fly. Researchers at ETH Zurich were able to successfully demonstrate a system of autonomous quadcopters that can create a usable rope bridge with minimal human intervention.
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.
Some new cars have a built-in Wi-Fi connection over cellular data. But unless you’re willing to buy an entire car just for that feature, you’re better off with Alcatel Onetouch’s upcoming 4G Car WiFi mobile hotspot, which plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.