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The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times

The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times
A new company called Cultivate3D has developed a large format 3D printer that won’t devour your budget. The Beast has a 470 x 435 x 690mm (~18.5 x 17.1 x 27.2″) build area in a single extruder setup, and can be equipped with up to four extruders for faster printing.

Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews

Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews
The last time we checked on Smealum and co.’s Homebrew Launcher for the Nintendo 3DS, it required the user to have a copy of Cubic Ninja, a game that’s now rare and expensive for this very reason.
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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.

DIY 3D Printed Talking D20 Will Tell You the Odds

DIY 3D Printed Talking D20 Will Tell You the Odds
What’s better than a magic 8 ball? A magic 20 icosahedron. Adafruit and Phillip Burgess made a guide that shows us how to make a D20 that talks about the resulting roll. The die’s accelerometer helps it figure out which face is up.

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street
Like 3D printers, electronic door locks and PCs on sticks, it seeems like everyone’s making personal assistant devices these days. One of the latest electronic PAs is Mycroft, and it stands out from the rest by having open source technology.

Nebia Showerhead Uses up to 70% Less Water: Shower Thoughtful

Nebia Showerhead Uses up to 70% Less Water: Shower Thoughtful
Carlos Gomez Andonaegui owns a health spa in Mexico City, which doesn’t have a nearby water source. As a result, their water bill would sometimes be ridiculous. Five years ago Carlos thought of a way to reduce his business’ water usage.

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.

WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U

WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U
We already have a wealth of options for traveling short distances in urban areas. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are getting smaller and lighter, with electrically-assisted variants to choose from. But if Cocoa Motors’ WalkCar is for real, we might be seeing this all over cities in a couple of years.

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!
A couple of years ago we checked out OpenGlass, a prototype software that used Google Glass to help the visually impaired identify objects. OrCam has a very similar function. It has a camera that clips on to eyeglasses and recognizes text, faces and objects.

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food
Benjamin Millam came up with a brilliant way to help his cat Monkey eat and have fun at the same time. Benjamin modded Monkey’s automatic feeder so that it will dispense food in exchange for a wiffle ball.

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality
While many companies and universities are working on exoskeletons that enhance the human body, the exoskeleton in the R70i Aging Experience intentionally does the opposite to help us understand and empathize how it feels to be old.

Review: Ruark R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio

Review: Ruark R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio
Last month, I had the opportunity to test out the Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth audio system, and thought it offered very good sound for its size, and an excellent, substantial build quality. Now I’ve got the Ruark Audio R1 MK3 Tabletop Radio sitting on my desk, and it’s equally as compelling.

Lifestyle Home Elevator Will Beam You up. Eventually.

Lifestyle Home Elevator Will Beam You up. Eventually.
English company Terry Lifts has a small elevator designed to be an alternative to chairlifts. The Lifestyle Home Elevator lets residents, especially old people, shuffle between their floors with ease. It’s also a hilarious way to make an entrance.

Graava Action Camera Automatically Edits Your Footage: GoNoob

Graava Action Camera Automatically Edits Your Footage: GoNoob
My girlfriend’s parents just bought a GoPro camera for their travels. We tried using it and even with barely an hour’s worth of clips, I already saw how it can be daunting to find the good shots, not to mention edit them.

Knocki Gesture Remote Control: Clapper 2.0

Knocki Gesture Remote Control: Clapper 2.0
Last year, we checked out a light switch that let you toggle lights just by waving your hand. Knocki lets you do that and more but by knocking or tapping on a surface. Unlike the Clapper, Knocki doesn’t use microphones to detect knocks.

Review: Sony Hi-Res Audio MDR-1A Headphones & Walkman NWZ-A17 Audio Player

Review: Sony Hi-Res Audio MDR-1A Headphones & Walkman NWZ-A17 Audio Player
Sony recently set me up with a couple of pieces of audio gear from their Hi-Res Audio line, so I could hear first hand the differences between typical digital music players and the higher quality sound one can expect from their product line.
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