• Razer Junglecat Gives Your iPhone A Compact, Slide-Out Gamepad

    Razer Junglecat Gives Your iPhone A Compact, Slide-Out Gamepad

    While there are a lot of physical controllers now available for iPhone, many of them tend to fall into the same problem category: they just aren’t portable enough to slip comfortably in your pants pocket. And what’s the point of a controller for mobile games when it can’t be mobile? The Razer Junglecat tries to make its case by avoiding this same pitfall. Adopting a design similar to the premium feature phones of old (think Sidekick), the controller is designed [...]

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  • Tsumiki Sushi Set Let’s Your Child Prepare Original Sushi Creations

    Tsumiki Sushi Set Let’s Your Child Prepare Original Sushi Creations

    Your daughter has a veritable stacked mini-kitchen of cooking and food toy sets, allowing her to make everything from pretend stew, fake roasts, and inedible sandwiches. When she asks you for a new cooking set to add to her collection, you’re stumped. What else is there to get? If she’s up for making some phony sushi during play time, maybe try this Tsumiki Sushi Set, a set of woodblocks that let children build their own sushi masterpieces. Designed by Plaplax, [...]

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  • Osmo Lets You Play iPad Games Using Objects In The Real World

    Osmo Lets You Play iPad Games Using Objects In The Real World

    Osmo turns the iPad into an entirely new gaming platform that combines digital games with real-world objects. Fire up a game on the tablet, then use the accompanying physical game pieces to play. The game pieces don’t electronically communicate with the game whatsoever (no Bluetooth); instead, the games use feed from the tablet’s camera to determine what a player is doing in real time. To begin playing, you first prop up the iPad in Osmo’s stand and clip the included [...]

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  • ANTVR Kit Brings Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality To The Table

    ANTVR Kit Brings Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality To The Table

    As awesome as the promise of both the Oculus Rift and the Sony Morpheus are, both virtual reality systems are tied down to their respective platforms (PC and PS4, respectively). The ANTVR Kit goes a different way, offering an open-source system that can work across a wide variety of operating systems. Made by Beijing-based startup ANTVR Technologies, the kit is designed to work with PC, Xbox, PS4, iOS, and Android, as well as Blu-ray for enjoying your movies in a [...]

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  • This Round Table With Rotating Net Will Make For One Chaotic Yet Fun Ping Pong Game

    This Round Table With Rotating Net Will Make For One Chaotic Yet Fun Ping Pong Game

    An entertaining twist on the classic table tennis game, the Ping Meets Pong Table features a round tabletop with a spinning net that adds an extra dimension of chaos to the proceedings. We’re not exactly sure how to update the rules with a spinning net in the mix, but we’re confident half the fun will involve coming up with a ruleset on your own. Created by Walking-Chair Design Studio, the novelty table tennis set isn’t just for flinging balls across to the [...]

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  • Between the Lines Is A Coloring Book For People With Limitless Patience And Concentration

    Between the Lines Is A Coloring Book For People With Limitless Patience And Concentration

    Between the Lines, subtitled an “Expert Level Coloring Book,” is impossible to color properly with crayons. At least, if you’re intent on staying inside the lines. Filled with intricately detailed lined drawings, you’re going to need steady hands and some finely-sharpened colored pencils (preferably with this Clockwork Sharpener we love so much) to properly do the trick. Illustrated by Peter Deligdisch, the book contains a variety of artwork, from pieces that look like some kind of Polynesian tribal design to a mess [...]

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  • Buildies Kit Lets Kids Make Structurally-Sound Cardboard Forts

    Buildies Kit Lets Kids Make Structurally-Sound Cardboard Forts

    While kids can build decent forts with a few pillows, blankets, and shoe boxes, they won’t usually make for the strongest structures. Buildies, a set of cardboard construction objects, offers an alternative that doesn’t only make for a sturdier stockade, they can help teach kids basic architecture and engineering concepts, too. Using an interlocking system of bricks, roofing panels, and structural reinforcements, children can build forts that look like real fortification. No soft pillows, flimsy curtains, and easily-crushed boxes — your little [...]

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  • Oblika Puzzle Doubles As Stylish 2D Construction Tiles

    Oblika Puzzle Doubles As Stylish 2D Construction Tiles

    Oblika is a simple jigsaw puzzle composed of a variety of geometric pieces that you assemble in its included frame to form a basic square. Take the various pieces out of the frame, however, and they turn into versatile construction tiles that you can use to fashion dozens of fun and creative two-dimensional shapes. Designed by Jonathan Dorthe, the tiles consist of various sizes of triangles, domes, four-sided shapes (squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids), and curved tiles, allowing them to [...]

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  • Code Deck Playing Cards Is A Fitting Gift Idea For Developers In Your Life

    Code Deck Playing Cards Is A Fitting Gift Idea For Developers In Your Life

    Sure, your can play poker, blackjack, and any card game on a computer. But when you already spend all day writing code, getting a break from staring at an LCD-backlit display starts to sound like a considerably more attractive proposition. So turn off the PC, hide the tablet, pocket the smartphone, and play a round of your favorite card game on the Code:Deck instead. Described as “playing cards for developers,” it’s an erstwhile regular 52-card deck that you can use [...]

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  • These Giant Robot Slippers Play Cyborg Sounds With Every Step You Take

    These Giant Robot Slippers Play Cyborg Sounds With Every Step You Take

    While Thinkgeek’s Mega-Stomp Panic enabled people to add sound effects to every step they took, it did require clipping on a strange-looking effects box that didn’t seem very convenient when you’re being lazy around the house (read: walking around naked). Fortunately, they just came out with these Giant Robot Slippers with Sound, which will play a whizzing robot-stomp sound effect every time one of your feet hits the ground. No need to wear pajamas to clip a sound effects box on. You [...]

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  • Pyle Street Blaster Is A Cannon Boombox Ready To Blast You With Explosive Jams

    Pyle Street Blaster Is A Cannon Boombox Ready To Blast You With Explosive Jams

    While the Pyle Street Blaster is nothing more than a portable boombox, it looks like a weapon straight out of a comic book movie. You know, the kind that shoots out lightning bolts, freeze blasts, and death rays, while being carried by an egotistical megalomaniac bent on conquering the world. Bring it along to your next street dance battle and intimidate the heck out of every breakdancer who dares challenge your dominance on the floor. Built for the urban landscape, [...]

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  • Road On A Roll Offers A Quick, Inexpensive Way To Build A Derby Track

    Road On A Roll Offers A Quick, Inexpensive Way To Build A Derby Track

    Building a long, large, winding derby track for your son’s die cast cars to cruise on sounds awesome. Until you realize just how expensive a long, large, winding derby track will eventually cost. There has to be a cheap way to build something like that, right? Turns out there is with Road on a Roll. A paper-based road and track system, it lets you lay down a massive flat driving track for cheap. And it’s cheap because it’s entirely made from paper, [...]

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  • This Haptic Gaming Vest Lets You Actually Feel The Action While Playing Games

    This Haptic Gaming Vest Lets You Actually Feel The Action While Playing Games

    There’s no doubt we’re coming to an age of wildly immersive gaming, with products like the Oculus Rift and the Omni Treadmill looking to hit the consumer market soon. The KOR-FX 4DFX gaming vest is hoping to be a part of that future, bringing environmental feedback with every movement, bullet, and explosion you experience in the game. Worn across the chest and shoulders like a… umm… sports bra, the gaming accessory converts audio coming from the game into precise high-definition [...]

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  • Creep Out Everyone In The Cafeteria With These Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars

    Creep Out Everyone In The Cafeteria With These Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars

    These Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars won’t turn into butterflies any time soon. But you can control where they crawl and creep their way into, allowing you to gross out people at the dining table, freak out your girlfriend’s annoying best friend, and entertain the kids with little critters that move in realistic fashion, making them more awesome than butterflies. Made by Japanese company JTT, the little crawlies come with realistic caterpillar bodies that accurately mimic the appearance of the little [...]

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  • Gramofon Is A Router That Doubles As A Music Streaming Device

    Gramofon Is A Router That Doubles As A Music Streaming Device

    If you’re not familiar with Fon, it’s a company whose core business is operating a large system of crowdsourced, dual-access WiFi networks, which has grown to an impressive 13 million hotspots across Europe and North America. With that many hotspots at their disposal, the next logical step should be to create products that take advantage of them and that’s exactly what the company is doing with the Gramofon. To share your internet with Fon’s network, you need to use a [...]

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  • TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    Modular, snap-on electronics might very well become the choice educational toys of this generation, enabling STEM learning without the complexities associated with traditional avenues of training. As big fans as we are of products like littleBits, though, we have a feeling that TinkerBots will have a better shot at keeping children’s attention. Described as a “perfect hands-on introduction to the world of robotics,” it lets children build functional robots of varying complexities. Whether for 5-year old kids fashioning their first automaton [...]

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  • Design Deck: Learn Graphic Design While Playing Solitaire

    Design Deck: Learn Graphic Design While Playing Solitaire

    Want to read up on graphic design, but don’t have the time to invest in poring over a 300-page textbook?  Join the club.  What if there was a way you can passively learn the subject while playing poker with the boys or practicing close-up magic tricks?  That’s exactly what the Design Deck, a fully-functional deck of playing cards that double as graphic design lessons, hopes to provide. Like other playing card decks, each of the card faces feature a corresponding [...]

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  • FiestaFive Adds Confetti To Your Celebratory High-Fives – So Much Want!!!

    FiestaFive Adds Confetti To Your Celebratory High-Fives – So Much Want!!!

    Imagine you started a chat messaging company.  You know, like we’ve always had since the internet started and all.  Then, imagine that someone bought it for 18 billion dollars.  Wouldn’t you want to high-five everyone in sight?  And when your hands touch, wouldn’t it seem just fitting that confetti explodes right from the site of contact?  Now, you can do just that with the FiestaFive. A wearable party popper of sorts, it shoots out a blast of confetti as soon [...]

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  • WebTuner Combines Traditional Pay TV And Internet Video In A Single Media Streamer

    WebTuner Combines Traditional Pay TV And Internet Video In A Single Media Streamer

      Today’s crop of set-top boxes do a great job of bringing internet video to people’s living rooms, but requires you to make separate arrangements for traditional pay TV.  In fact, many folks don’t even bother with the latter, depending strictly on online sources like Netflix to get their TV entertainment.  But if someone made a box that allowed both internet video and pay TV to co-exist, would you still watch TV the old way?  That’s exactly what WebTuner is [...]

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