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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.
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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.

NX1DLP 3D Printer Prints up to 41 Times Faster than Its Competitors: Light Speed

NX1DLP 3D Printer Prints up to 41 Times Faster than Its Competitors: Light Speed
Earlier this year Carbon3D went viral when it previewed its CLIP 3D printing technology, a supposed improvement over DLP printing that allows for incredible printing speeds, in some cases reducing printing time from hours to minutes.

Polycade Wall-mounted Arcade Machine: Worth a Thousand Games

Polycade Wall-mounted Arcade Machine: Worth a Thousand Games
I’ve seen arcade machines in all sorts of sizes and forms, but the Polycade is the first wall-mounted one I’ve seen. It has enough room for two player controls, a separate 4-way joystick and two buttons for classic systems and a 28″ LED TV.

GM Teams with U.S. Army on Hydrogen Chevrolet Colorado

GM Teams with U.S. Army on Hydrogen Chevrolet Colorado
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to military vehicles is their ability to operate quietly, while still offering up plentiful power. This poses a big challenge with traditional automotive drivetrains. Now, GM has teamed up with the U.S.

The RoadPrinter Paving Machine Rolls out Brick Roads Like Carpet

The RoadPrinter Paving Machine Rolls out Brick Roads Like Carpet
The RoadPrinter by RP Systems is a paving machine that literally lays down brick roads. It still needs some human intervention, but helps lay down brick roads much faster than traditional methods. Humans simply load bricks into the machine and it does the rest, carefully setting the bricks into position on the ground.

Review: SKEYE Pico Drone

Review: SKEYE Pico Drone
It seems there are drones of every shape and size on the market these days, and while the larger models are designed primarily for aerial photography, the smaller models are mostly just for fun. TRNDLabs makes a number of small drones, with the SKEYE Pico Drone being the smallest of the bunch, measuring just 0.87″

The Alpha 2 Robot Wants to Be Your New Best Friend

The Alpha 2 Robot Wants to Be Your New Best Friend
There’s a new contender in the field of humanoid household robots. Ubtech Robotics has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its new Alpha 2 humanoid companion-bot. It wants in your life and in your house so it can be your new bestest buddy. This small robot is fully programmable, operates on an open-source OS and offers a variety of sensory inputs including ultrasonic, touch and pressure sensors.

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching
I thought smartwatches were pretty smart already. I love not having to dig my phone out of my pocket to see who is calling and if I want to talk to them. Thanks to a new technology that was developed by scientists at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University, smartwatches are set to get lots smarter. Using their EM-Sense technology, your smartwatch will know what you are touching. 

Live Time Closed Captioning System: Spellcaster

Live Time Closed Captioning System: Spellcaster
Last year we featured Captioning on Glass, an application that uses Google Glass and an Android device to translate speech to text in real time. Now a group of teenagers claim they can provide us with a device that has the same capabilities. Frants Innovators’ Live Time Closed Captioning System (LTCCS) is an augmented reality system powered by the Raspberry Pi.

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View
PowerUp Toys continues to modernize the paper airplane. Its latest effort, the FPV, practically packs enough tech for a consumer drone, including a camera, Wi-Fi video streaming and an autopilot mode. The onboard camera only has a 640×480 resolution, but that’s still infinitely better than nothing.

HeLi-on Portable Solar Power Bank: Juice Roll-Ups

HeLi-on Portable Solar Power Bank: Juice Roll-Ups
Danish company infinityPV is working on what it claims is the world’s most compact solar charger. The HeLi-on is just 4.4″ long yet packs a battery and a long solar panel that rolls into its slim body, thanks to the company’s organic solar cell technology. infinityPV hasn’t mentioned the solar panel’s specs, but it claims that the flexible panel can fully charge HeLi-on’s 2600mAh battery in 2 to 3 hours under direct sunlight.

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link
Custom mounts, docks and other connectors are simple yet impressive demonstrations of 3D printing’s potential. Right now you can either design your own connector or look for existing designs, but a group of researchers have created a third option: have a computer figure it out for you. Made by Yuki Koyama, Shinjiro Sueda, Emma Steinhardt, Takeo Igarashi, Ariel Shamir and Wojciech Matusik, AutoConnect is an application that generates 3D models for a connector.

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.

Protopiper Prints Tape Tubes for 3D Sketches: Tubeframe

Protopiper Prints Tape Tubes for 3D Sketches: Tubeframe
Handheld 3D printers like the 3Doodler are easy and fun to use, but they’re suited for small sketches. That’s why a group of Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) students came up with the Protopiper (pdf), a unique tape dispenser. Made by Harshit Agrawal, Udayan Umapathi, Robert Kovacs, Frohnhofen Johannes, Hsiang-Ting Chen, Stefanie Mueller and Patrick Baudisch, the Protopiper dispenses hollow tubes made of adhesive tape.
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