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Desk Pets Tankbot Review

Desk Pets Tankbot Review

When it comes to radio-controlled miniature vehicles, essentially everything has been done over the past couple of decades - but low and behold, citizens, there is more to be done, and the tiniest of intelligences is going to do it: the TankBot. What we've got here is a couple of TankBots, both of them of the same lovely two tracks and one big ol' windshield model, and a smartphone per machine that'll control them from on high. What you're going to see here is that for under $30 USD, you can have such a tiny explosion of fun that only your dog will know for sure.

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Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

If you're in to strange timepieces and are unaware of the brand Nooka, you'll be extra surprised by the Hello Kitty Zub Zirc watch you're about to see. What we've got here is Nooka's first collaboration with international lifestyle brand, fashion brand, and cutest creator of every kind of product under the sun Sanrio and the super wild watchmakers Nooka. This timepiece is both limited edition and contains several of Nooka's signature above-average clock mechanisms.

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Sphero remote-controlled ball pre-orders started, apps released [Video]

Sphero remote-controlled ball pre-orders started, apps released [Video]

For those of you who've not yet seen this little device in action, I definitely recommend you head below at least for the video of it being controlled by its creating group's CEO, for this is Sphero, and there is basically nothing like it in the world. When I was a kid, I had a remote-controlled monster truck that had a bit of trouble doing much other than running along the sidewalk. Later there was the three-wheeled monster that was supposedly unable to get caught on its side - oh I caught it, alright. Now there's this, what's literally a sphere which I can control from my Android or iOS device, and it's up for pre-order right now. What more could one ask for?

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The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

Now that the holiday season is approaching much faster than I'm sure anyone in a position to have to drop their hard-earned bills would want it to, one must wonder what a tech-minded person might want, especially one who has everything, especially one who also has a kid: how about some wood? As it's been made clear here on SlashGear, many of us have kids of our own, and though we might want to keep them as far from the gadgets we've got engulfing our everyday lives as we can, they've inevitably got them in their mouths on the daily. That's why an engraving group by the fancy name of "3Princesses" has decided to make a line of wooden baby toys to nip the drool problem in the bud.

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Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

If there was one day this month that I would call the oddest for news, it would be today, ladies and gentlemen, and the show goes on with a robot that takes the place of Ultima creator Richard Garriot at his downtown Austin game development company Portalarium. If you've seen the show Big Bang Theory or are familiar with the Qbo open-source robot (with Android) you know that the idea for having a robot surrogate doing all your daily activities for you isn't a brand new idea. Indeed it wasn't even Garriot who made the robot in question here, he's simply using it. Instead its the combination of the fact that the creator of one of the most famous online multiplayer games has a robot doing his bidding and the fact that he once had it represent his mother at his own wedding.

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K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow has first string quartet

K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow has first string quartet

Today it was announced that come November, the Grammy award winning Kronos Quartet will be the first to do a a concert both composed for and performed with a bluetooth sensor bow. The bow in question is K-Bow, designed by Berkeley based Keith McMillen Instruments, aka KMI, and the quartet will be playing "Polar Suite" as composed by Douglas Quin as Syracuse University at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This event will be part of a weeklong residency by the group and the K-Bow event will take place November 9, 2011, at 8PM.

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AUO brings transparent displays to vending machines [Video]

AUO brings transparent displays to vending machines [Video]

This week in Yokohama the folks at AUO are showing off more than one transparent AMOLED display, the largest of which appears to be fully functional on a full-sized vending machine. What you'll see below is a machine that'll give you a bottle of water at the same time as it displays a jungle, complete with a giraffe head, monkeys, and a chicken, all of them playing for your entertainment. Not only this, the entire 65-inch display is entirely touch sensitive, so you can order your drink by simply tapping.

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Food Finish turns your food an edible chrome

Food Finish turns your food an edible chrome

Is that chicken dipped in gold? No, but it sure looks like it is, and because it was sprayed that way with what The Deli Garage calls Food Finish, it's completely safe to eat, too. Ever wanted the Midas touch, and not just with your household appliances, with all of your tasty treats as well? That time has come, ladies and gentlemen, and although you can't quite buy this spray here in the USA yet due to some sort of shipping regulations, you can sit in wait while the spray gains popularity internationally.

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Rent Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Nymph submarine for $2,500 per day

Rent Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Nymph submarine for $2,500 per day

It would be great to have the kind of money that Sir Richard Branson has at his disposal. The dude has islands, aircraft, ships, and even spacecraft that he toys around with. One of the cooler things that Branson has is his fast Necker Belle luxury catamaran. The catamaran is said to be one of the fastest on the oceans, but the coolest thing about it to me is the Necker Nymph.

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HD Spy Camera light switch has motion detection and more

HD Spy Camera light switch has motion detection and more

If you want to be able to keep a very close eye on a certain part of your home or office the Spy Camera Light Switch with GSM Remote control from Chinavision might be perfect. I can certainly see this being used for some nefarious types looking to spy on people, but I can see the benefit of the camera for legitimate means too. In the business world often you have to keep an eye on who is in certain locations like the server room.

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