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.NET Gadgeteer looks to draw tinkering geeks away from Arduino

.NET Gadgeteer looks to draw tinkering geeks away from Arduino

I have talked a bunch about some of the cool DIY stuff that I have seen around the web that geeks use Arduino to build. My favorite DIY stuff that people build using Arduino are robots like the Android mascot I mentioned a few weeks back. Microsoft Research has unveiled a new project that was created by the Sensors and Devices team called .NET Gadgeteer. The project was started after some of the folks inside the research area started looking for a faster way to come up with new products.

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Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

I used to build paper airplanes a lot as a kid. I once tried to graft one of the rubber band propellers from those little balsa wood planes you could get at the store onto the paper planes with no success. I was never able to get the balance right and the planes always crashed. A cool new gadget called Power Up has broken cover that will give you an electric engine for your paper airplanes.

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Boss Micro BR BR-80 digital recorder lets you record your music at home with high quality

Boss Micro BR BR-80 digital recorder lets you record your music at home with high quality

If you are a musician that wants to be able to record your solo play or your entire band in the garage getting a high quality recording to share with friends and others is probably important to you. You can't just whip out your old tape recorder and expect good results. Boss has a new recorder that will put your tracks down in digital format so they are easy to share and promises superb recording quality.

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Modded iPhone may be able to track oxygen, sodium and glucose in the blood

Modded iPhone may be able to track oxygen, sodium and glucose in the blood

A team of medical researchers is working on a really cool way for people that need to track certain vital statistics about their body. They are working on a system that uses an iPhone to monitor things like the sodium in the blood, blood glucose, or the amount of oxygen in their blood. The modified iPhone would work in conjunction with a nanosensor "tattoo" on the person's skin.

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Gerber’s new Steady multitool has a tabletop tripod inside

Gerber’s new Steady multitool has a tabletop tripod inside

I have seen a bunch of Gerber multitools over the years and I have even owned a few of them. I tend to lose them though. Everyone has a digital camera today and a bunch of people carry those little digital cams with them everywhere and a tripod would come in handy in many instances. The Gerber multitool has a new feature in some of the latest versions.

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Jawbone UP tracks movement & sleep for healthier living

Jawbone UP tracks movement & sleep for healthier living

Jawbone may be best known for its Bluetooth headsets - SlashGear still has a soft-spot for the ERA we reviewed back in January - but the company is looking to branch out into other personal wireless electronics. The Jawbone UP is the first of what's promised to be a range of healthy-living gadgets, a wrist-worn sensor bracelet that can track movement and sleep patterns, conspiring with an app to push you in a generally more wholesome direction.

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LG VR6172LVM robot vacuum cleaner will diagnose itself and tell you what to fix

LG VR6172LVM robot vacuum cleaner will diagnose itself and tell you what to fix

Robot vacuum cleaners are very cool little devices that have been around for a long time now. The Roomba was my first experience with one of these things and it worked surprisingly well. There are all sorts of robot vacuums now from different companies. The most recent offering we took a hands on look at was the Neato XV-15 vacuum. Chris found the little vacuum expensive, but a solid choice if you want a robot vacuum.

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Neato XV-15 Robot Vacuum Review

Neato XV-15 Robot Vacuum Review

Lay down your Dyson, unplug your Hoover and send Henry to the knackers' yard. Fresh from showing how much it sucks in the US, Neato's XV-15 robotic vacuum cleaner is on its way to Europe to assassinate dust bunnies there, too. Meaner looking than a Roomba, according to Neato the XV-15 is cleverer than its rivals too, fighting dirt not only with suction but with lasers. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Blacklight Trick Print Presented by Kobundo

Blacklight Trick Print Presented by Kobundo

Printing - what in the world is SlashGear talking about printing for, that's just for graphic design and artwork, right? I say thee nay! This is totally sweet and everyone's going to love it, I'm telling you! This project involves Kobundo, a group that call the following method Trick Print, it being a method of printing which combines luminous RGB ink with regular CMYK ink in a single pass. What's this mean to the lay person? It means that instead of having to lay down CMYK colors from their cartridges first, then RGB second (something noone would do anyway,) they've figured out a method for lying down two color sets at once.

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