Misc. Gadgets

So long Siri, sayonara Cortana, adios Alexa – there’s a new digital home assistant in town, and she’s holographic.

Japanese startup vinclu Inc. have posted a concept video for a holographic assistant called Gatebox. Trapped within Gatebox, like Tinkerbell in a glass jar, is a character named Azuma Hikari. She’ll wake you in the morning, greet you when you get home from work and communicate with other smart devices in your home so you can use her to turn on your TV, adjust your thermostat, play your favorite music, etc. Think of it like an Amazon Echo with even more personality.

Will this spark some pretty creepy relationships? Probably.

At any rate, Gatebox is just an idea right now, but it looks like vinclu Inc. is gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign later this year.

See the concept in action in the video below.

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Alan Rickman Dies At 69

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This has been a bad week.

First David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman who you surely know from his many movie roles—most notably Snape from Harry Potter. Both of these icons died from cancer at age 69.


RIP Alan Rickman, you will be missed. Always.

(via The Guardian / Top Image by Marie-Lan Nguyen)


I’m a home automation junkie, so when I was asked to try out the new line of Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlocks I was like “absolutely”.

Because I’m exactly the kind of person that would spend money on something with smartphone compatibility but questionable usability. I mean, sure—I can remember three or four numbers. But now I don’t have to. Plus, I hate carrying around keys with a passion.

So, I spent a couple weeks using both the outdoor and indoor versions, and discovered a few reasons why Master Lock Bluetooth padlocks aren’t a completely frivolous purchase.

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Calvin Kylo Ren [Comic]

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We featured the brilliant Calvin and Hobbes / Star Wars mashups by Disney and Marvel artist Brian Kesinger earlier this week, but his latest one is the best of the bunch in my opinion.

Check it out below (spoiler warning).

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nbx selfie stick

Yes, this is an official Nightmare Before Christmas selfie stick. Has the whole selfie thing finally gone too far? I mean, at least the Lightsaber selfie stick made SOME sense. I would have thought a sonic screwdriver selfie stick would have been the next semi-logical progression.

Product Page ($12.40)

8bit star wars

No I don’t want to play the prequels! I’m just going to wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to come out on the SNES.

Yes indeed—CineFix has done their 8-bit thing with the original Star Wars trilogy and it’s glorious.

Relive the action in the video below.

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lightsaber flamethrower

Let me get the “don’t try this at home” disclaimer out of the way before I say that this homemade flaming lightsaber by Allen Pan is frickin’ awesome.

It uses a methanol/acetone fuel mixture with a butane propellent so, technically, it’s a glorified lighter. We prefer to think of it as a glorious lightsaber lighter with sound effects.

Watch the video below to see it in action. You’ll really enjoy the bit at the end.

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Charge up to four devices at once with the Limefuel Blast 20000mAh Battery Pack. It’s on sale for a limited time for only $36.99 (26% off with free shipping) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

When you choose Limefuel’s Blast for your portable power needs, you choose a battery that charges twice as fast as the competition. Not just that, but this amazingly efficient gadget lets you charge four devices at once, so you spend less time charging, and more time powering forward. And with 20000mAh of battery power, you can charge and charge again and again so you never run low on juice again.

-Charges up to four devices simultaneously w/ quad output & 20000mAh battery
-Shortens battery charging time significantly w/ 2A input
-Employs pass-through charging
-Indicates level of charge w/ 4 LED lights
-Preserves battery charge w/ auto shutoff
-Includes anti-overcharge protection+
-Designed w/ premium aluminum casing

Limefuel Blast 20000mAh Battery Pack ($50 $36.99)


So you’re stuck in traffic, and you fantasize about having a superlaser attached to your car. We’ve all been there. Of course, there’s not much you can lawfully do in this scenario but wait.

The good news is that you can derive some kind of satisfaction out of this ordeal with the Death Star USB Car Charger:

When you plug in this Star Wars Death Star USB Car Charger, Grand Moff Tarkin will instruct you that “You may fire when ready,” and you’ll hear the superlaser let loose. The green LEDs flash with the firing noise, and before you know it, your anger is an asteroid belt, floating away.

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Awkward Engineer’s Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock appeals to electronics buffs by telling time using analog meters and retro styling.

So, if the time is 4:57, the hours meter will point almost to the 4 and the minutes meter will point to 57. At midnight and noon, the time meters roll over zero.

The Analog Voltmeter clock will be offered in industrial gray and olive drab and is currently available for pre-order. You can also use the code “PRESALE” to get 30% off at checkout.

Check out more pics after the break…