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Scribbler the Drawing Robot


Robots are always something that are worth checking out, especially those super huge ones that can change their form factor depending on the situation. Who can forget the SDF-1 from Macross? That was one bad mother, and we have also our fair share of giants from Japan including the Transformers and Voltron. Here is something a little bit closer to home – the $26.29 Scribbler the Drawing Robot kit which allows you to build your very own robot without having to go to university beforehand and obtain an electrical engineering degree. With the Scribbler the Drawing Robot kit, you will be able to build, learn and play at the same time. After all, aren’t the most effective learning experiences the ones that you play?

All you need to do to set it up woud be to follow the downloadable instructions, and you will then have your Scribbler the Drawing Robot up and running in no time at all. The motor of this robot will shake, where it makes the device dance around on the markers so that it churns out some great looking abstract art which will most probably not go p in value after the robot breaks down and is recycled. Some assembly is required for this electronic and construction kit, and you will also need to get your own hot glue gun as well as glue before putting it all together. A solitary AA battery would allow the Scribbler the Drawing Robot to churn out the next robotic masterpiece.
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Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker exudes plenty of love


Koalas are extremely cute in nature – and they also happen to be one of the endearing mascots whenever you pay a visit Down Under (that is, Australia). Well, if that is the case, you might as well kill two birds with a single proverbial stone thanks to the $39.99 Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker. The name of this particular portable speaker gives the game away – you get what looks like a stuffed animal at first, but in reality, it is a portable speaker since the koala itself will continue to hug your device as music is played back over it.

Apart from that, the Hi-Koala Huggable Portable Speaker will also be compatible with any other audio playback device or smartphone that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. This does seem to be the ideal purchase for kids if you do a whole lot of traveling, since they will have a new stuffed toy to hug, not to mention having their own portable speaker to soothe those wrangled nerves with their favorite tunes. A single set of batteries will be able to last for up to 10 hours of non-stop playback, but do keep a pair of AA batteries as a spare just in case.
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Verbal Music Request Speaker – speak and make it so!


Wireless speakers are nothing new these days, and when it comes to choosing a particular model for your home, it can be quite a challenge considering the number of models that are out there in the market. Well, here we are with the $399.95 Verbal Music Request Speaker that might just make you look at it in a different way. As its name suggests, this is a wireless speaker which will be able to find and play music that you verbally request – regardless of where you are at that point in time.

Just how is it possible? Well, it will rely on a free Apple or Android app, where an award-winning voice recognition software will come into action, letting you hunt down songs that you want to hear simply by speaking into the smartphone. The app will then go through your list on the smartphone, music library on a computer, or Internet radio stations and organizes results by artist, album, or song so that it is a snap to navigate to the desired track. Once done, just touch the smartphone screen and it will automatically stream the song to the speaker. The speaker itself sports a single subwoofer, a pair of woofers, two tweeters, and five class-D amps for tubthumpin’ audio.
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The Snow2 will help you slowly become a cyborg

When you’re taking a trip to a new location, you more often than not rely on some sort of GPS device to guide you there. The best way to do this is with a HUD so you won’t be terribly distracted from the road. Those who enjoy winter sports have the same sort of technology, but for different reasons.

The Snow2 is an excellent example, as it will show you information about your performance, connect you to 3rd party cameras, heart rate sensors, and can also pair with your smartphone to let you know when you have an incoming call. It has a dual core CPU, Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS, and an onboard gyroscope, accelerometer, altimeter, and thermometer. If your friends also have this, it wouldn’t be hard to find out where they are on the slopes.

For those of your concerned about this being terribly close to your face, you need not worry. Utilizing mirror and prism technology, this will make all of your information appear about 5ft away. There are key information screens that will be at the top of your field of vision, all of which you can control through a Bluetooth remote that is low energy. It’s in a waterproof casing, and has oversized buttons that are almost necessary as you’ll likely be wearing gloves when using it. Purchasing this system for your goggles will cost you around $400, and an SDK is available.

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The iMpulse will make gaming and playing music on your phone much easier


We use our phones for just about everything. They play the part of taking and receiving calls of course, but we also have texting, games, answering emails, surfing the web, and listening to music. It has our whole lives hiding inside, and helps us to be more productive (if we choose to be). The only problem that many of us face, is that our screens and some of the controls on our phone are too small. That’s why many people have moved to phablets.

If all you’re really concerned about is playing games and music, then having a little controller that won’t be too cumbersome to carry around might be nice. The iMpulse is supposedly the world’s smallest gaming and media controller, and will fit snugly on your keyring. It has a D-pad and 4 buttons on the front, and two buttons on the back.

This has a 100 foot range, making it perfect for turning up the volume from afar. There is an SDK available so you can turn this into your controller for whatever you’d like. It has rechargeable batteries, and can be juiced up via microUSB. The buttons feature white backlighting, and it can chirp if you’ve lost it, but are still within range. That would be quite exquisite for making sure you don’t lose your keys every morning. It uses Bluetooth version 2.1, and can be used on either your Android or iOS devices. This will cost you in the area of $40, but seems like it would be worth it in the long run.

Available for purchase on ThinkGeek
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TokyoFlash Kisai Online – take the red pill and tell the time


I am quite sure that many people have already watched The Matrix which rolled out at the end of the previous century, having turned into a cult film with a sequel and subsequently, third film which had plenty of snazzy special effects, although the explanation in the story has proved to be as confounding as ever even until today. I guess it makes sense then, if the $168.99 TokyoFlash Kisai Online timepiece was part of the Matrix world, especially since it comes with an extremely unconventional way of telling the time, that to the untrained eye, it is seeing nothing more than just some random lines moving around.

With the TokyoFlash Kisai Online, it will come with a built-in accelerometer, so that it knows the exact moment when you turn your wrist. Doing so would see the lines fall away, allowing you to tell the time as it is right there and then. How is that for a genius product? The TokyoFlash Kisai Online comes with a black steel case and strap with natural LCD face, and it will take some practice before you are able to tell the time expertly, so do expect a learning curve attached to this cool clock. One thing’s for sure, once you have mastered reading the time on it, your friends would have regretted taking the blue pill in the past.


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GX Gaming introduces range of gaming peripherals to the US


GX Gaming happens to be the gaming series arm of Genius, a peripheral manufacturer, and they have recently unveiled a slew of gaming peripherals to those living in North America. The trio of peripherals that I am referring to would be the White Edition of the GX Gaming DeathTaker, Imperator Pro and GX-Speed. Such a special collection has been concocted by GX Gaming in order to coincide with the festive season, where all three of them – the new DeathTaker, Imperator Pro, and GX-Speed will arrive in white so that it offers a “cool zone” around any gamer, while doubling up as the perfect companions to anyone with a white themed gaming setup.

First of all, the DeathTaker White Edition happens to be a nine button precision gaming mouse that has up to 5700 dpi resolution. Apart from that, it also has X/Y axis independent dpi adjustments which would pave the way for a more flexible configuration in an intense online battle. Throwing in a weight adjustment system further enhances mouse control at high speed.

As for the Imperator Pro White Edition, it will come with 17 NKRO in order to prevent missed key presses during those crucial in-game, hair raising moments . Half a dozen independent macro keys will be accompanied by a pair of USB ports to make sure that you do not lose an iota of connectivity. Apart from that, the white body is a beauty to behold, as it comes with grey keycaps and red lettering for that added dash of style.

Last but not least, we have the GX Speed White Edition that will be the latest soft gaming mouse pad that was specifically designed for the DeathTaker White Edition. It will of course work with other kinds of gaming mice, but why not let it stick to its destined partner? Being thinner, larger, and white themed, it will come with a natural rubber base so that one will be able to enjoy a stronger surface grip that will not slip.
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Hands-Free Bluetooth Beanie will let you have your own rockin’ holiday party




There are times where we need to find a quiet place to sit and think. Amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that is often quite hard to find. As is the case for most of us, you can’t outdo the noise, so you listen to some of your own. Music is a ‘happy place’ that our minds can experience whenever we want. However, when it’s cold out, you more than likely want to wear a hat and coat which will make accessing your music player and headphones rather annoying.

Instead of fighting to pull your cord out of your jacket and readjusting your ear buds, why not go for something like the Hands-Free Bluetooth Beanie? It can act as your music player, as well as a way for your to take calls without having to grab at your phone. This will sync up easily with any music device that is Bluetooth-enabled, and will let you talk for 6 hours straight on a single charge.

You can recharge this through a USB cable, and it has a 10 meter range, for those of you that secretly want to listen to tunes while working. It has standby time of 60 hours, but that will likely diminish depending on how many calls you take or songs you listen to. It’s a one-size-fits-all, but that honestly doesn’t mean much. If it starts to get a bit rank, you can put it in the wash (after taking out the electronic bits of course). You’ll be looking at around $60 for this, and if nothing else, it will keep your head warm.

Available for purchase via Firebox
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TokyoFlash Kisai On Air lets you tell the time with flair

A fancy timepiece is something that everyone would like to have, although at the end of the day, you will not go wrong with the like of Tissot or a Rolex. Of course, such watches will definitely cost a bomb, but you know for sure that they are basically watches that will be able to last you for an entire lifetime. Well, how about taking the road less traveled with the $199.99 TokyoFlash Kisai On Air? This particular timepiece sports a minimalist design without compromising on the insides which actually boasts of a highly-technical package.

In a nutshell, the TokyoFlash Kisai On Air will most of the time feature a blank, round LCD display that has a number written on where you would normally find the hour hand reside on an analog watch. The number itself will be able to tell you just how many minutes it is past the hour, while the angle it’s pointing to will indicate the hour itself. Minimalist and smart at the same time, making it a firm favorite with us geeks here. Not only that, the dial itself is touch-sensitive, as it boasts of a quartet of hot-zones (top, bottom, left, right). These hot-zones would allow you to change the mode with but a touch of a finger, now how about that?
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LG set to introduce new AV lineup at CES 2014


LG happens to be one of the bigger vendors over on the CES showfloor in recent years, and you can be sure that their collection of the latest advancements in consumer electronics are guaranteed to wow – most of the time, at least. It will also be the same with next year’s edition of CES – which is happening in just a fortnight’s time, actually. One area that LG intends to showcase would be their most recent audio video lineup, where it will include the highly acclaimed, space-saving SoundPlate (Model LAB540W), the innovative Wireless Audio System (Model NP8740) and the sleek, aesthetically striking Sound Bar (Model NB5540).

First of all, the LG SoundPlate, also known as the LAB540W, will be the most recent arrival when it comes to the category of slim audio devices that will keep company your flat screen TV in your living room. It measures a mere 3.95cm above is base, where it is extremely space efficient, allowing you to place it right under a range of flat screen TVs, from 32” to 55”, helping you minimize clutter at the same time keeping your home looking neat and tidy all the time. Apart from that, there is also a robust 4.1 channel, 320 watt sound system as well as an external wireless subwoofer to keep your ears pounding.

As for the LG Wireless Audio System, this particular innovation allows users to select from virtually limitless home audio configurations. Just how is this made possible? Pixie dust? Not really, but it will fall back on the most recent mesh network technology instead that boasts of dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4/5GHz), allowing it to deliver high quality streaming music throughout the home. Apart from producing rich sound with clarity and depth, it will also be able to send the sound out in multiple directions.

As for the Sound Bar, it will be the perfect match for modern thin-bezel TVs, courtesy of its minimalist design as well as polished dark silver finish. This particular model would arrive with 4.1 channels and 320 watts of powerful output. Do not be fooled by its low profile body, as the NB5540 packs a punch, delivering rich, room-filling audio courtesy of a couple of forward-facing and two rear-facing channel configuration.

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