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McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald's isn't exactly seen as a healthy eating option by most parents. It's more seen as a cheap place to fill your gob with food that is questionably tasty and not particularly good for you. The company is seeing demand for its food sag as parents and consumers in general have started to flock to eateries with healthier options. To combat this McDonald's has relied on Happy Meals for kids with toys that grab their interest leading to parents taking kids in not so much for food as for the toys.

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Pizza Hut DJ box puts two turn tables and conductive ink inside your pizza box

Pizza Hut DJ box puts two turn tables and conductive ink inside your pizza box

The fast food world is full of gimmicks to lure people into their restaurants to buy food. McDonalds is likely the most infamous for this practice with lots of toys packed inside Happy Meal bags and boxes to make kids want to eat their food. Pizza Hutt has a new box that it puts its pie into that has something special left behind for you to play with after you eat.

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Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Anyone who has ever done a DIY project around their home that involved having to drill into the walls has had the fear of hitting something important under the surface of the wall and getting shocked or flooding the home. A new device has landed called WalabotDIY that aims to take that fear out of DIY projects around the house. Walabot is sort of like those stud finders that have been around for years if the stud finder suddenly gained Superman-like x-ray vision.

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Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

There are several 3D printing pens out there that use plastic filaments to create 3D structures that you can actually hold in your hands, one of them is the 3Doodler we spent time with back in January of 2015. The thing that all of them had in common was that the filaments used tended to be expensive. That has changed with a new 3D pen that is on Kickstarter now called the Renegade. This pen can print using those normal filaments, but the really cool part comes in how it allows you to use plastic from bottles or old bags to build your artistic creations.

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Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Pet owners who are forced to leave their furry pals at home alone all day might want a way to keep an eye on them so they know that their pet is ok and happy. A pair of devices that let you keep watch on your pet remotely have hit Kickstarter called the Petcube Bites and Petcube Play. The standard Petcube Play is a camera that allwos you to play with your pet from afar. Users can play with pets by dragging or taping a finger on the Petcube app running on your smartphone.

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Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

A guy called Mike from the Useless Duck Company has created a very interesting project using Arduino that fans of incognito mode (for whatever reason) might want to replicate. Users of Google Chrome know that incognito mode is the mode you use if you don’t want anyone seeing the websites you visit in search history.

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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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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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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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Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

If you have ever been involved in a NERF war, you know that not all NERF weapons are created equal. Some shoot single darts a few feet, while others can hurl ounces and ounces of suction cup tipped darts out you each second. Rest assured in any conventional NERF war, every one of those darts are aimed at your eyes or your groin, 'tis the way of war. A former NASA engineer took it upon himself to craft the ultimate weapon of NERF doom, and so he did.

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PizzaDome is a wood-fired oven for the BaseCamp stove

PizzaDome is a wood-fired oven for the BaseCamp stove

Summer is here and that means that many folks around the world will be out enjoying nature. Part of enjoying nature is eating well and keeping gadgets that you might need in an emergency (or to post hoards of images of you "roughing" it to your Snapchat) charged and working. The catch is that cooking and charging gadgets where there is no electricity can be a challenge; this is where the BaseCamp wood-fired oven and the new PizzaDome accessory come in.

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FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

Most people loathe doing the laundry. Sure, we have machines that wash and dry our clothing for us today, but the folding and ironing that goes with putting them away means that time is still spent on laundry that most would rather use for something else. A company called FoldiMate has a machine of the same name that comes into play after you run clothing through the washer and dryer that will dewrinkle and fold your clothes for you.

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