Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Pokemon GO player uses drone to catch ’em all

Pokemon GO player uses drone to catch ’em all

Gamers all around the world have been suckered into getting outside and (gasp) walking around in the sun thanks to Pokemon GO. The last time so many indoorsy types were lured into exercising this much was when the Nintendo Wii launched. It appears that one Pokemon GO player has evolved a bit and devised a new and innovative way to catch those Pokemon that allows him to not walk around with the unwashed masses. This guy catches the Pokemon using a drone.

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Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

We've seen geeks take old computer hardware and use it to create music before. Last summer the floppy drive orchestra was a much smaller affair that was able to play multiple songs thanks to MIDI files and a myRIO embedded controller. This time out the orchestra is playing that favorite geek tune, the Imperial March from Star Wars and the orchestra is much larger.

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Galaxy S7 ZeroLemon battery case packs 7500mAh of juice

Galaxy S7 ZeroLemon battery case packs 7500mAh of juice

Run time is the thing that most people want from their smartphones, other than overall performance. The smartphone might be the fastest and best performing in all the land, but if the battery runs out half way through your day it doesn't matter. If you are a have Galaxy S7 smartphone user who needs more run time for your device, it’s time to check out the ZeroLemon Samsung S7 battery case.

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Stingray robot is part rat heart and part breast implant sprinkled with gold

Stingray robot is part rat heart and part breast implant sprinkled with gold

Scientists and researchers around the world are working on tiny robots that use organic cells in their construction. The latest such robot device to use organic sells is the soft robotic stingray you see in the image here. This contraption is able to move under its own power by flapping its stingray-like wings and it's made using rat cardiac cells.

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Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

It's important for many parents to keep their kids on a schedule so the child knows what to expect during their daily routine. The problem is that reminders only help when the child understands them and parents who want to foster independence don’t always want to tell the child when it's time to do things. This is where a new wearable for young kids called Octopus by Joy comes in.

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Olive suitcase is part Segway and part robot

Olive suitcase is part Segway and part robot

Frequent travelers know that once the excitement of going somewhere wears off, it can be a big hassle to roll your bag through an airport. A company called Ikap Robotics has invented a very cool suitcase that makes it much easier to schlep your bag through an airport or hotel. The bag is called Olive and it looks like a normal suitcase, but it has some interesting autonomous features to help you get around more easily.

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Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

If you have ever worked with someone on a project who uses a tape measure frequently, it can be impressive when they can glance at a tape measure and just know its 12 15/16 of an inch at a glance. Those of us who don’t work with tape measures often end up counting the little tick marks and then cutting the board too short anyway. At least that's how it often works for me, but the Bagel Smart Tape measure will end all that.

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Exoplanet has three suns and takes 550 years for a single orbit

Exoplanet has three suns and takes 550 years for a single orbit

Scientists have discovered an exoplanet far, far from the Earth that has a unique solar system. The planet is called HD 131399Ab and it is dubbed the widest ranging exoplanet in a mutli star system. That is a fancy way of saying that this planet lives in a solar system where there are three suns and it has a massive orbit. How massive is that orbit you ask- about 500 times larger than the Earth's.

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Honor 5X Marshmallow 6.0 update rolls out

Honor 5X Marshmallow 6.0 update rolls out

Android Marshmallow is rolling out to most current smartphones but it is launching on some later than others. If you own the Huawei Honor 5X smartphone your time is finally here. The Android Marshmallow 6.0 update is now rolling out to users. Along with Marshmallow, the update is also bringing EMUI 4.0.

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Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Microsoft and researchers from the University of Washington have set a new record and reached a milestone in DNA storage. The team has been able to store 200MB of data on the molecular strands of DNA. Just as interesting as setting a new record for data capacity is the fact that the stored data took up a tiny amount of space described as "much smaller than the tip of a pencil."

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No Man’s Sky is finally finished, goes gold

No Man’s Sky is finally finished, goes gold

Well, No Man's Sky fans out there, it finally happened. The game is complete and has gone gold. The official launch date for the ambitious and delayed game is set for August 9. Sean Murray tweeted a pic of the development team over at Hello having a cold one in celebration of the completion of the game. I'm pretty sure that one dude on the left of the picture with the glasses is trying to eat the skull of the guy holding the disk.

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Acer TravelMate X3 aims at pros with 10 hours of use per charge

Acer TravelMate X3 aims at pros with 10 hours of use per charge

Acer has a new notebook computer that is aimed at the professional user needing a portable device that has long run time per charge for all day use. The new machine is the TravelMate X349 and it is 18mm thick and weighs in at 3.3 pounds. The machine can run for 10 hours per charge thanks to power miserly hardware under the hood.

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