Misc. Gadgets

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Meet Beachbot, the world’s first (and cutest) autonomous sand art robot. Developed by ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, Beachbot uses a laser scanner, Wi-Fi, an inertial measurement unit, and four reflective poles to create art on a massive scale.

According to Disney Research Zurich head Paul Beardsley, “The dream is to create huge amazing drawings like the Nazca Lines.”

Learn more about Beachbot in the video after the break.

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CES brings out all the coolest gadgets, and these wireless speakers from Massive Audio are no exception. They work with an iOS or Android app and can be paired together so you could have a small fleet of Daleks playing your favorite tunes. The design is wonderfully detailed and even includes a glowing blue Dalek eye and a lit TARDIS light.

Even better, there are sound effects so you get 6 TARDIS noises and the Daleks will yell “Obey!” and “Exterminate!” jut like the real deal. There are also two different TARDIS-themed headphones and, if you were at the show, there was a life-size Dalek roaming about the booth blasting tunes.

According to Mashable, Pricing will be $120 for the TARDIS speaker or $150 for the Dalek with a “Dalek Sec” variant that’s black for $120. Headphones will run for $60 wired or $120 wireless. Expect to see them go on sale in late spring.

See more pictures and video after the break.

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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.

See another picture after the break.

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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.

See more pictures of the cards after the break.

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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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