We continue to get cool new toys to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th birthday. This Star Trek TNG ComBadge is what we have needed for years so we can communicate with our shipmates.
It has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
When DJs get hungry, they are now going to be turning to Pizza Hut. In a clever marketing gimmick, Pizza Hut UK has launched the “world’s first playable DJ pizza box”. Basically, a standard cardboard box rigged up with touch-sensitive decks, a mixer and other controllable buttons.
There have been other so-called “smart umbrellas” released, but Jonas by Fantastik looks like the smartest one yet. This umbrella connects to a smartphone through an app over Bluetooth. It will give you alerts if you left the umbrella behind and the umbrella will vibrate if you’ve left your phone unattended somewhere.
Analogue Interactive is known for its expensive retro consoles, but it’s reaching out to us common folk with its partnership with 8Bitdo. The companies collaborated to create the Retro Receiver, a Bluetooth dongle that lets you use a variety of controllers with the NES and its derivative systems, including Analogue’s Nt.
You may have heard of Richard Clarkson and his beautiful but absurdly expensive Cloud lamps. If you’re willing to settle for a more modest design, you can save thousands of dollars by making your own cloud lamp using Eclectical Engineering’s guide.
There are tons of foam or plastic replicas of the iconic Energy Sword, but tinkerers can make one that does more with less weight with the help of Adafruit’s guide. The company’s design uses 3D printed components and a pair of RGB LED strips to create a cool prop or toy.
Popular toys-to-life games such as Skylanders and the Amiibo platform mainly use the physical figures as save files or keys, and most of the interaction is present in the video game half. But Sensible Object used a classic party game genre to turn the tables.
Music and skateboarding. You can’t have one without the other. You need some good tunes for a soundtrack when you are performing all of those cool moves. If you ride a skateboard, now you can play your music directly from your board with the GLB-GSB Blazer.
8Bitdo started out by making Bluetooth controllers that imitated Nintendo’s classic gamepads. It appears to be branching out to other types of gadgets but still with the same gimmick, as you can see with its new Retro Cube Speaker.
Last month we featured Calimacil’s new lightsabers, which have foam blades to keep roleplaying sessions injury-free. But if you need lightsabers for performances or more intense dueling, the Valence Saber might be what you’re looking for.
The padlock doesn’t seem like a device that needs much of an upgrade, but it is getting one anyway to bring it into the modern age. Master Lock’s smart Bluetooth padlocks are just as easy to use as the classic versions.
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.
Behold the cutest little Star Wars bluetooth speakers in this galaxy or any other. Judge them by their size do you? Well don’t. They can crank up the volume, despite their size.
You can choose from goofy looking versions of Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, or Captain Phasma.
Robo Wunderkind aims to do for robots what littleBits and other newbie-friendly electronic kits are doing for gadgets. Made by Robo Technologies Inc., the robot kit is made of modules that snap together with the help of a simple adapter.
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.
For starters, the Wren V5US is one of the most beautiful wireless speakers you can buy. It’s built into a stunning wood enclosure with a flowing sort of organic form, and will look great sitting on any desk or bookshelf.