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Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

A company from the UK has a new product called the Pixelio that is designed to scan objects in 3D. The turntable uses your smartphone as the major electronics for the scanning system. In addition to scanning objects in 3D, the Pixelio can also shoot 360-degree images and time lapse videos. The company is aiming the device at 3D printers, architects, engineers, graphic designers, and people who sell items on online sites.

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Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

No matter how often you have to do it, I think we can all agree that shaving is no fun. Anyone who has tried different razors knows that shavers and blades are expensive, they cut your skin, and they leave irritation behind that burns all day. Not shaving is the only good thing about being a hipster, if only I could stand flannel. A new razor is on Kickstarter that will eliminate the need for blades called the Skarp Laser Razor.

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Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

There are many places where it can be hard to keep your gadgets powered up and usable. If you like to spend time in the outdoors, this is the hardest place to get power. There are no outlets on the side of a mountain in Colorado, but you need to be able to keep in contact in case of an emergency. A new device called the Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station can keep you juiced up no matter how far you are from home.

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‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

A new skateboard-like vehicle has been introduced, this one simply called “Hoverboard”. Before you get too excited, know this — it, like other “hoverboards”, doesn’t levitate. It does, however, move a bit like we imagine a hoverboard would move, something facilitated via a single wheel placed centrally under the board. The futuristic slant is complemented with a colored light around the edge of the board.

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Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

A simple laser light is a surefire way to entertain cats (and most dogs), but it gets tiresome for the human operator after a while. As with most thing in life, the old toy has received a modern "smart" update, this one in the form of Obi, a small cylindrical toy that sits on a mantle or shelf and zips a laser around on your behalf. If you want to get in on the action, there's an app to take control.

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Kickstarter rehashes itself as a public benefit corporation

Kickstarter rehashes itself as a public benefit corporation

Kickstarter announced today that it is no longer known at Kickstarter Inc. — it is now Kickstarter PBC, a Public Benefit Corporation. For those unaware, Benefit Corporations are companies that are for-profit, but that have obligated themselves to benefiting society, not just shareholders. That means operating for the social good isn’t just something a PBC says it wants to do — it is something it has legally obligated itself to do. So far only about .01% of US companies have become a Benefit Corporation.

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C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

Smartwatches for kids all tend to be the same, mostly due to their limited functionality: a child's watch is usually designed with very basic functions and GPS, the latter of which allows parents to keep track of where their child is. The C-Way smartwatch is, in some ways, the same. It is a GPS locator with basic smartwatch functions and one unique twist that we haven't seen on other children's wearables: LEGO compatibility.

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Dobot robotic arm can draw, etch, and play

Dobot robotic arm can draw, etch, and play

Robotic arms are used in various industrial processes such as automotive manufacturing when a task needs to be reproduced with high levels of accuracy. A desktop robotic arm has debuted called the Dobot and it is Arduino-powered and has a 4-axis parallel mechanism. The arm is aimed at makers, educators, and anyone else that wants a sweet robot arm they can control.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV has introduced a new underwater drone, and it is designed for the everyday consumer — those who want to explore under the water and have fun rather than collect research data. The drone is called Trident, and it is many things: fast, portable, nimble, and priced in the same range as aerial drones. Says the maker, OpenROV Trident is zippy enough that it "flies" under the water.

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Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

City living means cars, despite all of their upsides, can be more of a burden than a blessing. Parking is expensive; free parking is hard to come by. Gas is expensive. Maintenance is expensive. Traffic is usually terrible. For this reason, many use bicycles and skateboards when possible, but those also, obviously, have their own downsides. Xtracycle and Tern have addressed the biggest issues — lack of cargo capacity — with their new Cargo Node folding cargo bicycle.

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