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Crayola Crayon Maker Recycles Your Crayons, Jumbles Colors Together

Crayola Crayon Maker Recycles Your Crayons, Jumbles Colors Together

Until we can draw on the walls without leaving a mark, or at least until our kids can, we're left watching as the little ones destroy their crayons in some capacity or another. Whether they just get run down to small nubs of their former selves, you'll want to get rid of them eventually. But throwing them in the trash isn't always appropriate, because sometimes you just don't want to spend the money on new ones. Understandable. So why not melt them down, and create new crayons for your littles ones to use? That's exactly what the Crayola Crayon Maker does.

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Laser-Guided Slingshot is Do It Yourself Project for the Family

Laser-Guided Slingshot is Do It Yourself Project for the Family

As a kid, having a slingshot is one of the coolest things to show off to your friends. Even if it is, usually, just a piece of wood, some rubber, and something small enough that you can fling at some unsuspecting person. The idea is cool, in of itself. But, what if someone decided to make it better? That's exactly what KipKay asked, and then he went about and actually made it happen. So, now instead of a hunk of wood and some rubber, you now have some aluminum chunks, some rubber, and a laser-guided system.

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Puppy Tweets Medallion Lets Your Dog Tweet with Every Bark

Puppy Tweets Medallion Lets Your Dog Tweet with Every Bark

If you're an avid user of Twitter, then you know that updating the micro-blogging service is very important on a day-to-day basis. And if you're a dog owner, then there's probably been a few times where you've felt compelled to tweet something about your lovable animal companion. But, what if you could let your dog tweet on its own? Thanks to a new gadget called the Puppy Tweets medallion, you now can.

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Fridgeezoo Animals Let You Know When You’re Wasting Energy

Fridgeezoo Animals Let You Know When You’re Wasting Energy

For some people, it's the little things that matter most. For example, if you've ever lived in a house with someone who would always get on your case about leaving the refrigerator door open for too long, you know that every drop of energy matters. If you've moved away from that person, but you want to make sure that you're not wasting any energy by leaving the fridge door open for too long, then perhaps the Fridgeezoo Animals should be something you look into.

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Sony RM-KZ1 Remote Control is Designed for Kids, Looks the Part

Sony RM-KZ1 Remote Control is Designed for Kids, Looks the Part

If you've got children, and they're not too busy coloring on the walls, then you've probably noticed they like to take the TV remote control and have their way with it. If you've got one of the standard issue ones, then it's probably not that big of a deal. But, if you've managed to get one of those universal remote controls, featuring plenty of knobs and touchscreens, then you've probably been busy trying to keep it out of the grips of the little wanderers. Well, Sony has a solution for you.

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KLEXL Smart Projector Lets Kids Draw on Walls Without the Mess

KLEXL Smart Projector Lets Kids Draw on Walls Without the Mess

For kids, there's a stage they go through that, at any given moment, if they've got some kind of drawing utensil, every wall they can find is a great way to express themselves. The end result is usually a frustrated parent, and plenty of cleaning. A new design from Dario Jandrijic aims to fix that with the KLEXL smart projector, which is a concept designed to let kids have their fun, but without any of the mess.

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Hammacher Schlemmer’s Emotive Robotic Avatar Costs $65,000

Hammacher Schlemmer’s Emotive Robotic Avatar Costs $65,000

Perhaps not an age-old question, but one that needs to be answered anyway: at what point does a toy no longer become a toy? Is it the price that should dictate the title? If that's the case, then we're not sure that the Emotive Robotic Avatar can really be called a toy, because the price tag is equal to some cars out there. Then again, there are people out there that consider their car their "toy," so maybe it's the same idea here.

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Takara Tomy’s 3D Shot Cam is 3D Photo Taking for Kids

Takara Tomy’s 3D Shot Cam is 3D Photo Taking for Kids

You really can't get away from the 3D drive anymore. You know you can't when it hits the toy market. And that just means they're getting the technology into the mind state of our younger generation. Good plan, 3D industry. Good plan. In any event, Takara Tomy has just announced the 3D Shot Cam, and it's specifically designed to be a cheap option for all the kids out there, age 12 and older.

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NERF Machine Gun Tracks Heat, Shoots on Contact [Video]

NERF Machine Gun Tracks Heat, Shoots on Contact [Video]

NERF guns are fun. Sure, they might be crafted for the kids out there, but let's face it -- they're fun. But there's always a way to make something that's cool, even cooler. And that's exactly what one man did. With a bit of ingenuity, and probably watching one too many movies with heat-tracking weapons, he managed to create a NERF machine gun that can track your body heat, and shoot you when it does.

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Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Now with a solid release date and price, Parrot's AR.Drone is looking all the more exciting. A four-rotor indoor and outdoor flying machine, complete with dual-cameras and an iOS control app, the AR.Drone certainly ticks most of the geek checkboxes. We stopped by the London launch to try our hand at piloting the quadricopter, and to see whether - unlike some other recent R/C helicopters - it really is as idiot-proof as Parrot claim. Check out our video demos and more after the cut.

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