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Boogie Dice Sound-Activated, Self-Rolling Dice: Rock to Roll

Boogie Dice Sound-Activated, Self-Rolling Dice: Rock to Roll
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.

Tempescope: Weather in a Box

Tempescope: Weather in a Box
The weather – it’s that thing that you can easily confirm by looking out the window or literally typing “weather” on Google, yet somehow has a billion apps dedicated to it. There are so many free ways to get a weather forecast that paying $199 (USD) for it sounds insane.
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Amazon Dash Button Pizza Delivery Hack: Makin’ It Great

Amazon Dash Button Pizza Delivery Hack: Makin’ It Great
A couple of years ago we checked out the PiePal, a Raspberry Pi device that let you order from Domino’s Pizza just by pressing a button. Brody Berson combined a couple of free JavaScript apps with Amazon’s $5 (USD) Dash Button to make a similar device for far less cost and effort.

Rhei Ferrofluid Clock: A Clock and Its Blob

Rhei Ferrofluid Clock: A Clock and Its Blob
You may have seen Zelf Koelman’s mesmerizing Ferrolic, a clock that uses ferrofluid to display digits and a variety of complex animations. Damjan Stanković and Marko Pavlović’s Rhei is a simpler but equally notable take on a ferrofluid clock.

DIY Wristwatch Phone: Watchie-Talkie

DIY Wristwatch Phone: Watchie-Talkie
A few months ago, we featured Instructables employee DJ aka Aleator777’s Apple II Watch. He recently shared another impressive retro watch, one that’s arguably more useful than the current Apple Watch. He calls it the Communicator Watch, because it’s also a GSM cell phone.

Circuit Board EP Generates a Unique Song Per Copy: Schrödinger’s Track

Circuit Board EP Generates a Unique Song Per Copy: Schrödinger’s Track
Artists usually place a hidden track or two in their albums. The upcoming three EPs of electronic artist Captain Credible on the other hand will each have a randomly generated track. The Dead Cats EPs are based on an ATtiny85 microcontroller and Captain Credible’s Arduino sketches.

Review: Activeon CX Action Camera

Review: Activeon CX Action Camera
There are lots of companies making action cameras these days, but most of them fail to live up to the high bar set by GoPro. I’m happy to say that the Activeon CX action camera not only works as well as GoPro’s base Hero model, but is much more feature rich for less money.

Glowforge Laser Cutter: Make-A-Sketch

Glowforge Laser Cutter: Make-A-Sketch
“What if you could cut a piece of wood in half by drawing a line on it?”, Glowforge Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro asks in his interview with Tested. That’s the elevator pitch for his company’s eponymous machine: A nearly idiot proof CNC laser cutter and engraver.

RePhone DIY Cellphone Kit: Your Call

RePhone DIY Cellphone Kit: Your Call
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.

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills
In the future, your home theater might need to be outside of your actual home. A collaboration between research group Fraunhofer and the Max Planck Institute’s Biological Cybernetics group has led to the creation of a cable robot perfectly suited to vehicle simulations.

Magic Candy Factory’s 3D Gummi Candy Printer

Magic Candy Factory’s 3D Gummi Candy Printer
Who needs Willy Wonka when we live in an age where we can 3D print our own candy? It won’t be long before we are making our own everlasting gobstoppers as well as other candy creations that were once strictly the domain of Wonka himself.

Vocaloid Cyber Diva American English Voice Bank: Harder Better Faster Singer

Vocaloid Cyber Diva American English Voice Bank: Harder Better Faster Singer
Synthesized music can now sound less synthesized with the latest voice bank for Yamaha’s Vocaloid software. Announced earlier this year, the Cyber Diva is the first library to have an American English female voice. Here’s a sample of a song created with the Cyber Diva and the new Vocaloid 4 Editor: While she still doesn’t sound like a real person, Cyber Diva is still a massive upgrade to earlier Vocaloids like Lola… or Miriam: Yamaha also said that the voice bank comes with a feature called Growl Expression that gives the samples a “harsher, gruff tone.” You can pre-order Cyber Diva, Vocaloid 4 Editor and Vocaloid 4 Editor for Cubase from Amazon for $130 (USD).

ZAGG outs New Keyboards for iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro

ZAGG outs New Keyboards for iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro
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.

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones
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.

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot
Last year we featured the uArm, a desktop robot arm inspired by ABB industrial robots. It’s affordable and responsive, but it’s mostly a pick and place robot. The Dobot on the other hand appears to be precise enough for a variety of tasks.

Smartphone Controlled Boat: App the Creek

Smartphone Controlled Boat: App the Creek
In 2012, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) teamed up with Royal College of Art product design students to create functional and innovative chairs out of American hardwood. So Thomas Gottelier and Bobby Petersen made a boat.
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