Gadgets

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.

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Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

As the lackluster take-up of WiFi-connected refrigerators suggests, upgrading kitchen appliances with their smart equivalent is still a small market, but how about if a simple retrofit could give your stove some intelligence? Meld attempts to do just that, a combination replacement knob for your stovetop and a wireless temperature sensor that, together, can automate the cooking process according to a recipe running on the iPhone app. Meanwhile, it's counting on fashionable methods like sous-vide to give it some kitchen geek appeal.

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Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Social networks have their benefits, but for some the downsides -- lack of privacy chief among them -- is too big of a downside to risk it. The folks behind the new Neobase have come up with something they bid as a solution. This "Private Network Device", as they call it, allows the owner to create their own private social network that is entirely within the owner's control. There's no cloud involved; all the content on the Neobase's social network -- which can be shared with others -- is stored on the device itself, cutting out all the middle men and, theoretically, proving more secure because of it.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Apple Watch will be launching April 24th but with its 15-minute window to play with the watch, it will be difficult to get a true hands-on experience. The Apple Store also isn't going to be allowing any walk-in purchases for the Apple Watch in the beginning. So, how are we supposed to get our mitts on the latest tech? Enter, Lumoid, the gadget rental service. Lumoid has been around for a while and delivers high-priced to your door, allowing you to try them before you commit to purchasing. As of April 24th, using Lumoid you can rent an Apple Watch and play with it to your heart's content.

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Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter has decided to give its successful projects a little more exposure, or at least increase their creators' abilities to highlight their own products. Such is done using its new "Spotlight" feature, which gives all successfully funded projects a homepage of their own that details the subject's full history, that looks the way the creator wants it to look, and that link to other relevant pages, such as the company's website. This benefits users, as well, who want to explore the various products that have found success on Kickstarter.

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Get cookin’ with the XM42; handheld flamethrower gets crowdfunded

Get cookin’ with the XM42; handheld flamethrower gets crowdfunded

The XM42 claims to be the world's first commercially available flamethrower, which means that almost anyone will be able to buy the handheld incendiary device. We have to wonder, is that really a good thing? The XM42 flamethrower is gearing up for production via the crowdfunding site IndieGogo. Honestly, it looks dangerous, but it's designed to be much safer than any homemade improvised device a teenager or doomsday-prepper would make. Even a "safe" flamethrower is still dangerous. For the XM42, safety certainly doesn't translate as weakness because the it packs a formidable, fiery punch.

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Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding records are being smashed right and left. We showed you Indiegogo's Flow Hive at the beginning of their fund. To catch you up, they asked for a measly $70,000 USD. Now, they broke the record for the most funds ever raised by a single project on Indiegogo. They raised $5.3 million USD for Flow Hive. Flow Hive broke the previous record on Indiegogo of $5 million USD raised by Hour of Code which aims to teach 100 million students, who don't have access to computer science courses, how to code.

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Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

This morning Kickstarter was kicked in the pants by an unknown error resulting in a downtime of more than three (correction: two) hours. Check sites like "isitdownrightnow" have pinged the site with their servers and have reported real down time. This sort of situation suggests that the webpage is down due to a network problem or outage. This is not a scheduled maintenance time for Kickstarter, that's for certain. According to Kickstarter support, their developers "are still hard at work investigating the issue."

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Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Going Camping to unwind, relax, and get away from everything in the city; your job, your everyday surroundings, the people you see on a daily basis, used to mean taking only the essentials with you. Well, nowadays, it has become extremely difficult for most people to even consider being away from their digital appendages for even a day, and most people break out in cold sweat at the thought of running out of battery power on their phones, tablets, or other gadgets. Luckily, Goal Zero has just the comfort blanket for those people, in the shape of the Goal Zero Switch 10 Multi-Tool Kit.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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