Misc. Gadgets

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This Bluetooth speaker is designed to look just like the Death Star and it even lights up when in use. It measures 6″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ deep and comes with a clear acrylic stand. This is an officially licensed Star Wars product and will wirelessly stream music from up to 30 feet away. Sadly it does not come with a working turbolaser.

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Fans of The Karate Kid will instantly recognize this robot’s crane pose. It took Ralph Macchio a whole movie to get it, but the guys at Boston Dynamics look to be well on their way to creating a karate champion.

Atlas the robot doesn’t pull off the jump, but he does manage to balance precariously on one foot while bringing his arms up in the pose. Although this looks like it’s just for fun, Atlas came in second in the DARPA Grand Challenge last year by being able to do many of the things first responders do in disasters. Atlas has the potential to save lives, even without mastering the crane.

See the video after the break.

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If you’ve ever longed for a communicator badge like the ones worn by characters in Star Trek, then OnBeep has a product for you called Onyx. They’ve made what is essentially a small, clip-on walkie talkie that you can wear near your face instead of attaching to a pocket on your pants. You need a smart phone or mobile device with bluetooth and data access to run Onyx, and the lightweight gadget (just over 1.5 ounces) operates with a light touch. You just have to find the right place to clip it onto your shirt.

The first production run should get to customers in December.

See more photos and the launch video after the break.

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Cards Against Humanity got a special Science Pack at this year’s Bay Area Science Festival and it will be available for the masses sometime next year with cover art designed by Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. A year is an awful long time to wait so here’s a look at some of the hilarious science-themed cards you’ll find in the deck. If you’re still not content with the sneak peek, then you can download the cards and start playing right this minute.

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Ever since Marty McFly rode a hoverboard in Back to the Future the world has been waiting for this future technology to be a reality. We have Jill and Greg Henderson of Hendo Hoverboard to thank for being the first to actually make it happen. The California couple has launched a kickstarter for their invention and if fully funded they will be shipping out what they’re calling a “Whitebox” next summer.

The developer kit will include hover engines with the boards themselves following a few months later. It’s not quite as good as what Marty flew, since it will only work over a non-ferrous metal surface (much like a MagLev train), but it’s the first real progress towards the hoverboard we all dream of.

Watch the video after the break to see it in action…

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Groot and Rocket Raccoon might just be my favorite members of the team in Guardians of the Galaxy. If nothing else, I think they’re the cutest, and these Scalers from NECA capture that. You can clip the two inch figures on any kind of cord, cables, or straps; you could even attach them to a necklace. They’re priced at $5 each and are available for pre order now with shipping slated for January.

Product Page ($6.99)

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Some big deals in today’s roundup including $40 off the PS4! See the entire list of deals after the break and grab them while you still can.

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Today’s roundup of deals includes Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for Xbox One, Monster DNA headphones, smartphone gear and more. Head beyond the break for the full list.

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La-Z-Boy chairs are nice enough, but what if you could sit inside a life-sized jet fighter cockpit while you watched television? I’d do it, and now it could be a reality because of Dogfight Boss. The company is Kickstarting a cardboard personal cockpit that’s easy to assemble and dissemble but also looks amazing with incredible details. You won’t even need glue to assemble the cockpit, just a sharp knife.

The cardboard jet fighter cockpit is meant for anyone who loves flight simulators or just wants a rad cockpit in the living room. They’re asking for $24,900 in order to finalize the design and to make cockpits for other types of vehicles. Reward levels include simpler and smaller cockpits for children, PDF versions of the cockpit, and physical versions of the cockpit.

See the Kickstarter video for the project after the break.

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You’d think that making The Avengers 2 would take up all of Joss Whedon’s time, but he managed to squeeze in a little side project while filming. He worked with singer-songwriter Shawnee Kilgore to co-write a 6-song EP of folk songs that they hope to release this year. He first became aware of Kilgore after watching the video for the kickstarter campaign of her latest album.

“One of the cards just said ‘I am learning how…’ and then she flipped it: ‘…to ask for help,’” said Whedon. “And I was like, ‘OK!’ That struck such a chord with me, personally. … I really loved the music and the sound of her voice.”

Whedon was so touched that he pledged at least $1,000 to the campaign. It fully funded and when Kilgore contacted Whedon about fulfilling his rewards, he told her that he had the lyrics to a a song he hoped she might be able to use. Needless to say, she said yes, and the collaboration began to take shape. The first song on the EP is titled Big Giant Me and is now available on iTunes.

See the video that inspired Joss to work with Kilgore and hear a clip of the song after break.

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