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This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.

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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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Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

GoPro cameras might be most commonly associated with track days and extreme sports, but if Fisher-Price has its way you'll be using them to record your kids, too. The company is one of more than a hundred different firms taking part in the GoPro Developer Program, the camera specialist's attempt to turn its product line into a whole ecosystem.

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Off-road in-line skates have tank treads and electric motors

Off-road in-line skates have tank treads and electric motors

Anyone who has ever used in-line skates knows that they don't work that well in the dirt or grass. The wheels get caught up and you fall or you slow way down and practically have to walk through the dirt. A man called Jack Skopinski has created what he calls off-road rollerblades. Each of the off-road skates has a 350W DC motor on the back.

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Aido home robot plays with kids and controls smart appliances

Aido home robot plays with kids and controls smart appliances

Aido is a new personal robot that has turned up at Indiegogo and looks a bit like Wall-E's girlfriend Eve if she were much taller and had a hunched back. Aido is designed to do all sorts of things for you inside your home and is packed with sensors, microphones, and can have a projector. The bot has six different microphones to help it hear and understand voice commands in noisy environments.

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‘The Force in a Jar’ is a drink for your inner Jedi

‘The Force in a Jar’ is a drink for your inner Jedi

You’ve got the costumes, the trinkets, the faux lightsabers and carefully framed movie posters. What’s left for the discerning Star Wars fan to enjoy? A drink of dubious quality, and by drink we mean a bizarre bottle that pretends to be a drink but really isn’t. The item recently surfaced at Kohl's, where it has already sold out. According to the label, the bottle is “filled with 100% authentic Jedi Force.”

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Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Connected kids toys continue to face growing pains, with Mattel's Hello Barbie the latest to show worrying flaws that could leave children exposed to hacks. The talking, WiFi-connected doll was announced earlier this year, as Mattel attempted to bring its iconic dress-up toy into the 21st century by allowing her to react to and learn from the child playing with her.

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Oscar Mayer ‘Wiener Rover’ RC is a mini Wienermobile

Oscar Mayer ‘Wiener Rover’ RC is a mini Wienermobile

If you dreamed of driving Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile as a kid, you've got the chance...in the form of a miniature Wienermobile called the "Wiener Rover". Oscar Mayer introduced the Wiener Rover on its Twitter account today; it looks identical to its larger sibling, and is remote controlled, making it as functional as it is meaty and stylish. Unfortunately, the first batch is sold out already.

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Robo kitty is Hasbro’s first robot companion for seniors

Robo kitty is Hasbro’s first robot companion for seniors

Hasbro has a new line of life-like robotic companion pets designed for seniors, and though it seems depressing at first, the robo pets could help fill a void in cases where living pets aren't appropriate. The pets are designed to provide a sense of companionship, but come without some of the other aspects of pet ownership: food and care costs, messy litter boxes, and other things.

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LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ set officially unveiled

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ set officially unveiled

Following a leak earlier this week, LEGO has officially taken the wraps off its upcoming Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters set. The set made an unofficial appearance briefly on the Canadian Toys "R" Us website a few days ago, revealing both details and an image of the set. As is common after such leaks, LEGO went ahead and introduced the product, doing so on its social accounts.

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Nikon launches Nanoblocks version of first SLR camera

Nikon launches Nanoblocks version of first SLR camera

Love Nanoblocks (they’re like LEGOs) and Nikon cameras? If so, the camera maker’s new and unanticipated Nikon Nanoblocks kit is right up your alley. The kit allows users to assemble a blocky plastic version of its very first SLR camera, and though you won't be using it to snap any pictures, it will make an interesting conversation piece amongst your collection.

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Hendo 2.0 hoverboard takes off on Back to the Future Day

Hendo 2.0 hoverboard takes off on Back to the Future Day

Few pop sci franchises can claim to have influenced and continue to influence the progress of technology as Back to the Future, from self-lacing shoes to hoverboards. Even fewer perhaps can lay claim to a date when reality and fiction intersect. That date is October 21, 2015, a real date this year and the very same date when Marty McFly traveled to the future to give birth to many of our hi-tech dreams. And to celebrate that momentous occasion, Arx Pax has unveiled version 2.0 of the Hendo hoverboard that promises to make at least one of those dreams come true.

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