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Pine A64 $15 64-bit Computer: Prosumer SBC

Pine A64 $15 64-bit Computer: Prosumer SBC
Just a couple of weeks ago the jaws of makers around the world dropped when the $5 (USD) Raspberry Pi Zero was announced. Don’t bother picking your jaws up girls and guys. You might not have a head to attach it to after you see the Pine A64. The Pine A64 is essentially the guts of a high-end mobile device, yours for the insanely low price of $15.

Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator

Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator
We’ve seen quadcopters and robots that can fly and walk (or roll), and one that can swim and walk. The Naviator drone on the other hand is equally adept at flying and swimming underwater. Prof. Javier Diez and several of his students at Rutgers University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have been working on the Naviator for years, but it took off earlier this year when they received $618,000 (USD) from the United States’ Office of Naval Research (ONR), who were apparently extremely impressed by the prototype. The ONR hopes to someday use such a drone to look for underwater mines and enemies as well as inspect underwater structures such as those in piers, bridges and oil platforms.
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Life on the Road at TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Life on the Road at TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Every day, I search high and low for the latest gadgets, games, gizmos and generally cool stuff. My job is a lot of fun, but I’m also on the road a lot. Being away from home for extended periods, the best thing I can hope for is a place to stay that feels like home, and won’t break the bank.

Surf Old Web Pages on Emulated Old Browsers: OldWeb.today

Surf Old Web Pages on Emulated Old Browsers: OldWeb.today
Websites like the Internet Archive let you check out old web pages, even ones that no longer exist. But if you want to get a more authentic classic browsing experience, you should check out OldWeb.today. Made by Ilya Kremer, OldWeb.today

Fleye Drone Hides Moving Parts in its Shell: UAV Protection

Fleye Drone Hides Moving Parts in its Shell: UAV Protection
Even though consumer UAVs are becoming smarter and easier to use, they can still cause physical harm. Just last month a baby lost one of his eyes because he was accidentally hit by a quadcopter’s propeller.

ESCORT Max 360 Radar Detector ups the Ante in All Directions

ESCORT Max 360 Radar Detector ups the Ante in All Directions
The last time I got a speeding ticket, it was in one of those places where the speed limit changed without warning, and I just didn’t even realize that it had decreased from 70 to 55.

Harmony: One Atari 2600 Cartridge to Rule Them All

Harmony: One Atari 2600 Cartridge to Rule Them All
I love the art on old Atari 2600 cartridges and their boxes. However, if you want to play and collect all of the vintage console’s games, but don’t want to have to devote an entire room in your house to their storage, there is a solution.

Jeremy Clarkson Explains the Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Service

Jeremy Clarkson Explains the Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Service
In the not too distant future, you may be able to have Amazon goods delivered within just a half hour’s time. How will it work? Former Top Gear host (and future Amazon car show host) Jeremy Clarkson explains the upcoming Amazon Prime Air drone-based delivery service in a new video. You simply order your item, and a regionally-located drone loads up your package (presumably boxed by a human or another robot).

Review: V-MODA Zn In-ear Headphones

Review: V-MODA Zn In-ear Headphones
In general, I prefer the big, speakerlike sounds of full-size headphones that cover the ears. But when I’m traveling, I usually bring along a pair of in-ear headphones in order to cut down on the bulk.

Raspberry Pi Zero Costs Just $5: Maker’s Spark

Raspberry Pi Zero Costs Just $5: Maker’s Spark
Earlier this year we checked out C.H.I.P., a single-board computer that costs only $12 (USD). But that seems like a rich man’s toy now compared to Raspberry Pi Foundation’s surprise reveal: the Raspberry Pi Zero. Compared to the first Raspberry Pi, the Zero is about half the size but is 40% to 60% more powerful.

Review: Phiaton BT 330 NC Wireless Noise-cancelling Headphones

Review: Phiaton BT 330 NC Wireless Noise-cancelling Headphones
I’ve long been on the hunt for a pair of noise reducing headphones with good audio and build quality, and that are wireless as well. I’ve tried some pairs from Bose before, but both pairs I owned ended up cracking irreparably.

Tiny Arcade: Pym’s Arcade

Tiny Arcade: Pym’s Arcade
We’ve seen how you can use a Game Boy or a Raspberry Pi to create a palm-sized arcade machine. If you’d rather go straight to squinting and playing, TinyCircuits has just the thing for you. The Tiny Arcade is based on TinyCircuits’ Tiny-Duino, an Arduino-compatible computer and expansion boards that are all about the size of a quarter and can be stacked on top of each other.

Review: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer

Review: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer
Ever since Dremel first introduced its Idea Builder 3D printer last year, I’ve been excited to get my hands on one. From everything I’ve seen and heard, it appears to be a very good value for an easy to use and versatile 3D printer. 

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering
Toyota recently invited me out to southern California to take some time getting to know the new 2016 Prius. While the Prius is known for its exceptional fuel economy and eco-consciousness, it doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a fun or dynamic car.

Arduino Knife-wielding Tentacle Dares You to Turn it Off

Arduino Knife-wielding Tentacle Dares You to Turn it Off
YouTuber outaspaceman is a budding maker. Or a mad scientist. While learning how to use the Arduino, he accidentally built the opposite of the useless machine. It’s not exactly useful though. The perfectly-titled Knife-wielding Tentacle is based on the Arduino tutorial program Blink Without Delay.

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Is HAL 9000

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Is HAL 9000
Nice try D-Link. Sure, you can call your new product the Komfy Switch with Camera, but I know HAL 9000 when I see him. You can give HAL a few new angles and take away the evil red glow, but I know this light switch secretly wants to flush me out of the airlock. Sure it might let me see what’s up in my house with its beady little 1080p camera and send me notifications if it senses motion or if it gets too hot in my house, but I know it’s only biding its time. I can only assume Komfy 9000 will take over my smartphone with its Komfy App letting me believe all is well right up until it goes insane and tries to kill me or at least turn the lights off right as I step over a big pile of LEGO in a sadistic attempt to cause grievous injury and save itself.
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