Last year Leo Marius blew minds when he shared OpenReflex, an open source and affordable 3D printed SLR camera. Leo is now raising funds to help him improve his design, and in return you can get a ready to assemble OpenReflex kit.
The Android-based Ouya game console hasn’t exactly burned up the sales charts, but it has been reasonably popular with gamers. The company has a new reason that you might want to plunk down your hard-earned money to buy one.
At the 2014 Google I/O Conference, Google unveiled Cardboard, an inexpensive Android-based system for viewing and developing virtual reality and 3D content. As its name implies, it uses a cardboard base, along with other inexpensive items.
3D printers are very useful devices and there are plenty of them on the market today. You will spend at least $500 or more on most of the commercially available printers. That means that a lot of us who might like to play with a 3D printer, but aren’t yet ready to invest haven’t bought one.
A company called MarBlue has come up with a solution for kid-proof headphones that’s so simple you’ll regret not coming up with it and getting mad funds on Kickstarter. They’re called HeadFoams, a pair of headphones with its electronics encased in soft, flexible and non-toxic EVA foam.
Do your glasses slide down your nose when you get sweaty or if your face gets oily? Check out Nerdwax. It’s a beeswax-based solution that supposedly keeps your glasses on. Its efficacy will depend on how sweaty or oily you get, but inventor Don Hejny claims that he’s gone for an entire day on just one application of his product.
As you can see Nerdwax comes in a small tube, like a lip balm.
Microcontrollers and other electronics components have been getting smaller and cheaper. A company called Ynvisible proves that these parts can be made much thinner as well. The company recently launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for Printoo, a set of modular electronics that are paper-thin and flexible.
If you want to play LEGO Game of Thrones, you wish or you die. Nah, you go to Citizen Brick. The company that’s harvesting the fruits of LEGO’s refusal to create an adult line of toys has a series of minifigs with the awesomely bad title Dragon Sword Fighter Force.
Digital audio software lets you emulate the sounds of instruments that you don’t own or know how to play in real life. But these programs don’t eliminate the learning curve. They’re still not intuitive. Imitone can change that.
A lot of folks say that 2014 will be the year of wearables, as in wearable technology. We’ve had wearable devices such as watches and cameras for decades, but the past couple of years we’ve seen devices like Google Glass, Pebble, fitness trackers and more.
Many geeks – myself included – have sometimes passed the time by debating who would win if this famous person squared off with this superhero, and so on. The upcoming collectible card game Triptych is a lot like that.
A company called Geek Ammo may have come up with the hacking community’s best buddy since the original Arduino. The MicroView is a chip-sized Arduino compatible computer with a built-in OLED display. Its size and built-in screen are a one-two punch for versatility.
Late last year I talked about the DIY Gamer Kit, which contained all the parts you need to assemble your own handheld game console. In other words, the kit introduces you to video game hardware. Aurélien Rodot’s Gamebuino on the other hand comes fully assembled and is intended to get you into video game software.
The Gamebuino has an ATmega 328 microcontroller, an 84 x 84 monochrome display with automatic backlight, six buttons, a 4-channel speaker and a 240mAh battery.
If 13th Lab has its way, you could soon be playing first-person games using your surroundings as a battlefield. Or a space station, a temple and anything else you can imagine. The computer vision company is working on Rescape, an FPS platform for mobile devices that can scan and digitize your environment, turning it into a video game map.
Late last year we found out about Looking Glass, a volumetric printing service. Each 3D object consists of printed slices stacked and stuck together in a case. This month the company relaunched with a better and more affordable service.