Mr. Knocky can lay down some sick beats

Playing percussive instruments is always a lot of fun. We get to let out a lot of frustration, because the point it to hit things. However, it takes some measure of skill to play along with a beat. If you know you’re not going to want to play professionally, but still want to mess around with hitting something that is specifically meant for percussion, then there’s a toy that you might like.

His name is Mr. Knocky, and he lives to play drums. Alright, it’s really just a simple toy that will allow you make it seem as though a little robot is playing drums, but it will all rely on your talent. This plastic drum toy doesn’t need batteries, as the controls are solely based on the hand-held triggers. You can either press the orange knobs on the triggers, or swing it at varying strengths to get Mr. Knocky to hit whatever is in front of him.

While this does come with orange plastic percussive surfaces, you can switch them out with other cans or similarly sized containers for different sounds. It’s a simple idea, and if nothing else could be fun to play around with. Thankfully this isn’t going to break the bank with a price tag around $35. While it’s definitely not something you would need, it certainly falls under the “want” category. Just look at that cute smiling face and tell me you don’t want to be that happy about playing the drums.

Available for purchase on Rakuten, found via geekologie

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Messless Indoor Sandbox makes cleaning up easier

Children do seem to have a boundless amount of energy, and they can certainly spend the entire day toying around without missing a beat, only to plop into their beds dead tired at the end of the evening, much to the relief of his or her parents. There are moments when certain joys of childhood should be remembered always, and one of them might be playing in a sandbox – at least for some of us. However, how many parents are able to carve out the time to fight their way through some traffic just to locate a playground with a sandbox? Why not bring the sandbox back to your home instead? That is made possible thanks to the $79.95 Messless Indoor Sandbox.

The Messless Indoor Sandbox, as its name implies, is an indoor sandbox that uses a natural “sand” compound which adheres to itself without having to remain stuck to tabletops, floors, or hands. If you’re worried about whether it is full of strange chemicals, fret not, as it is made from all-natural ingredients, allowing it to pack like sand with the feel of cookie dough, so that children are able to create structures or objects without having to cook up the mess that is more often than not associated with sand. Apart from that, you need not have to leave your home, which is a great timesaver, and you can also keep your eyes on your little one all the time while you handle some other house chores. Surely this is less pathetic than the desktop sandbox!
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Build Your Own Jumping Robot and look like a genius

Just because you do not have an engineering degree, or are not schooled in a robotics course when you were at a higher institution of learning, that does not mean you are unable to come up with your very own robot. If the so-called raw materials are easily available to you, perhaps with the right guidance and instruction, you will be able to churn something out? This is what the $49.95 Build Your Own Jumping Robot expects you to experience, and the name of it says it all.

The Build Your Own Jumping Robot happens to be a special kit which will teach the little ones about the world of robotics and mechanics, and it is made possible through the assembly of a robot that can jump. Being particularly colorful so that it can capture the attention of your little ones, this jumping ‘bot will feature clawlike hands and an otherworldly blue helmet. What makes up the central theme and its ability to live up to its name would be a central spring and a pair of snail-shaped cams located within each arm. Each time the robot is turned on, the cams will rotate and compress the spring, and when the spring is released, it is time to see this little robot bounce off the ground like a kangaroo, as it exhibits the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. Do bear in mind that a trio of AAA batteries are required to get this puppy up and running.
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Build Your Own Jumping Robot and look like a genius

Just because you do not have an engineering degree, or are not schooled in a robotics course when you were at a higher institution of learning, that does not mean you are unable to come up with your very own robot. If the so-called raw materials are easily available to you, perhaps with the right guidance and instruction, you will be able to churn something out? This is what the $49.95 Build Your Own Jumping Robot expects you to experience, and the name of it says it all.

The Build Your Own Jumping Robot happens to be a special kit which will teach the little ones about the world of robotics and mechanics, and it is made possible through the assembly of a robot that can jump. Being particularly colorful so that it can capture the attention of your little ones, this jumping ‘bot will feature clawlike hands and an otherworldly blue helmet. What makes up the central theme and its ability to live up to its name would be a central spring and a pair of snail-shaped cams located within each arm. Each time the robot is turned on, the cams will rotate and compress the spring, and when the spring is released, it is time to see this little robot bounce off the ground like a kangaroo, as it exhibits the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. Do bear in mind that a trio of AAA batteries are required to get this puppy up and running.
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The Om One is a speaker that floats in midair

Music is precious to us. It affects our moods, creates an atmosphere, brings back memories, makes us want to dance, and so much more. That’s probably why it’s so important to us to be able to listen to whatever we want, whenever we want. However, we have to have headphones, speakers, or an entire sound system to be able to take in the full effect of our music.

If you like surrounding yourself with things that make you think outside the box, then you probably want your speakers or sound system to follow suit. The Om One doesn’t look like it would be a real product, but it most certainly is. This is a floating speaker that is said to have amazing audio because there’s no external distortion. It can connect to your phone or other Bluetooth devices up to 33 feet away to play music.

Thanks to an internal microphone, you can also use this for conference calls, or take a call while you’re jamming out. If you need to head out to an event but don’t want the music to stop playing, you can pick the orb up and head out. The lifespan of the battery is 15 hours, so it can party as long as you can. While it may not be the most revolutionary speaker, it is the first of its kind. If you happen to get two of these, you can pair them together for stereo sound. One of these will cost you $179, and will add some very modern aesthetics to any room it resides in.

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Razer delivers all-new Chroma feature

When it comes to gaming peripherals, there is one particular name that has consistently rolled out quality devices – and that would be none other than Razer, where we have seen keyboards and mice alongside fighting sticks being announced, not to mention wearable technology like the Razer Nabu SmartBand. Still, there is always room for more improvement and additional releases, which is why this time around Razer decided to go full spectrum color with the brand new Chroma feature.

Chroma will be made available for selected 2015 as well as 2016 Razer peripherals (talk about planning ahead of time!) that delivers over 16 million color options, and these can be synchronized across multiple connected devices. The SDK itself will be made available for developers so that they can begin work to customize advanced lighting effects for games.

In a nutshell, the all-new Chroma feature would pave the way for full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting to make an appearance on enabled and compatible Razer devices. With the open SDK, developers can integrate advanced lighting effects that are customizable on a game-by-game basis.

As mentioned earlier, Razer will be performing an update to its 2015 and 2016 range of peripherals, and to kick start things, the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset will all feature the all-new Chroma feature.

All Chroma enabled devices will boast of distinct lighting effects which have been specially designed to synchronize perfectly with one another, all the while featuring the following lighting patterns that are available for selected enabled products; Spectrum cycling that will slowly cycle through the entire spectrum of colors for a subtle yet visually stunning look, Breathing that gently pulses in a color of choice every 7 seconds as part of replicating the steady breathing pattern, Static which will choose a random color from 16.8 million options to light up the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, as well as a Custom option.

Life’s so much better in color, right?

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Nanobot Battle Arena for some non-digital gaming

Are you sick and tired of playing with digital games all these years, with titles that range from those on a smartphone to a tablet, on your desktop and notebook when you travel? Oh yeah, not forgetting that Nintendo 3DS XL and Sony PS Vita that you bring along with you during those long road trips. Perhaps it is time to reconnect with another human – and by that, there is nothing quite like a regular tabletop game to get the blood pumping. With the $29.99 Nanobot Battle Arena, you will be able to rope in another person to join you, with up to 8 players at the maximum, to challenge one another and see who is able to form the longest chain of NanoBots in order to achieve victory.

While the name might suggest something rather small in scale, the pieces are not all that tiny. The NanoBot tiles happen to be a 1 1/2″ square chipboard, and this will obviously make the entire game a whole lot easier to play compared to using actual nanobots. Of course, the challenge does not lie in building the longest NanoBot chain alone, as you will also have to be alert enough to fend off attacks that come your way. Taking the same route as that of the Highlander, there can only be one.
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The Canary – Much Better than a Watchdog!

We are all getting used to the idea of a connected home. It feels good to have the security of knowing your house is being looked after, when your not there. Some of the set-ups seem a little more complicated than others. So it would be nice to have a simple device, easy to install, that kept an eye on things, and could notify me of any problems.

Well, check out the Canary, a sleek little gizmo that contains an HD camera and a microphone, it can also monitor temperature, humidity, and the air quality with its integrated sensors. You simply need to place the device in a centralized location within your home, plug it in, and connect it to WiFi, and the Canary will text or call you if there’s anything amiss. The Canary will even play HD video of the event for you, or let you watch it live. Glad my parents didn’t have stuff like this when I was a kid!

The Canary actually learns the normal flow of activity within your home. It begins to monitor when you leave, when you get back, and when the home should be still, this information helps “train” your Canary so it can send you smarter notifications and fewer false alarms. When you DO receive an alert, the Canary allows you to assess the situation, and with the touch of a smartphone button, you can call the police, sound the 100+ dB alarm, or just ignore it.

So if you’d like to know there was a sentinel at home, watching over things while your away, the Canary might be just the thing for you. As part of a highly successful crowd-funding campaign, they are sold out for now, but you can head on over to store.canary.is and sign up to be notified when the 250 dollar Canary will hit the shelves in your area.

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The Genesis RX88 – no latency, no problem

Gaming peripherals are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re just normal mice and keyboards with a colorful stripe on them that companies will market as something special. Other times they actually have features that are meaningful and useful to hardcore gamers. One of the main problems you will come across when playing fast-paced games is latency.

To deal with this, you want to have an amazing Internet connection, and gear that can keep up with how fast your fingers and hands can move, while also being just as precise. If you want a keyboard that will have almost no latency you’ll want a mechanical one, such as the Genesis RX88. This has Cherry MX switches which will last up to 50 million strokes. This has 16 key roll over, and there are 10 multimedia keys, 5 of which are programmable. You can set up and save up to 5 gaming profiles, which is about standard as most gamers aren’t going to need to reprogram their keyboard that many times in a week.

This plugs in via USB, and has backlighting for all of the keys which can be adjusted to fit whatever scenario you may be in. There is a Windows key lock, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally going to your desktop when you’re in the thick of battle. Should you be interested in getting a mechanical keyboard, this one will cost you over $130, but there are several other options out there to choose from.

Available for purchase from Amazon
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The Meta M1 is smart and stylish watch

Meta M1

There are so many smartwatches and activity trackers on the market that it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re thinking about getting one. Almost all of them do the same few tasks, and it comes down to getting the most out of it for the cheapest price, and looking visually pleasing to you. Of course, if you care more about aesthetics, and money isn’t an issue, then you’re likely a tad more picky about what you want showing off on your wrist.

If you like tossing twenties out the window while driving down the landing strip for your private jet, then you probably enjoy purchasing normal items at an extremely high price. The Meta M1 smartwatch doesn’t have a lot to say tech-wise, but it definitely looks beautiful. It has a bit of an industrial look to it, with the brown and gold options looking a bit more steampunk in nature. The LCD display is monochrome, and the face can change should you wish it to be so.

This is slightly water resistant, and has a battery that will last 5-7 days. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 and will work with 100s of apps. The style of strap can be metal, leather, or rubber. As it was stated previously, you’re going to have to own a decent chunk of disposable income, as the basic model of this is $249, and goes up to $449. If you’re wanting functionality, there are hundreds of options out there that will cost less, but aesthetically-speaking this one is pretty snazzy.

Available for pre-order on shop.meta.watch, found via damngeeky

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