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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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Watch Star Wars Lego sets destroyed at 3,000 fps

Watch Star Wars Lego sets destroyed at 3,000 fps

What do you do when you've got a few Star Wars Lego sets, some explosives and a high-speed camera? Well, I'm sure there are plenty of creative things that you could come up with. But one group had all of these materials and did what we've all wanted to see. They blew up their Lego, and captured it in slow motion.

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‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

Procrastination and writing — two examples of the many things that have gone digital. Sometimes, though, you have to write by hand, and if you’re having to write by hand it is probably because you’re somewhere phones are banned. In that case, procrastination isn’t so easy anymore. You could stare into nothingness until you start seeing patterns or, with the new “Build-On Brick” pen, you could mindlessly rearrange the structure of your writing utensil.

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Fallout 4 gets detailed figure with removable armor

Fallout 4 gets detailed figure with removable armor

Not every game gets a lot of merchandise tie-ins when it comes out. After all, I don't remember picking up any Goat Simulator-branded soda at the store. However, Fallout fans have hardly been left wanting when it comes to merchandise. And today we have a peek at something new, and it looks fantastic.

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BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

Believe it or not, BB-8 remains part of our everyday lives three months after we published our first review. This little guy sits charging next to my television - I'm just a few feet away from him right now. That's a real rarity when it comes to reviews of oddities. With a smartphone, sure - it's not unheard of that I might stick with a smartphone for months and months. But a toy? In this case, even though I've reviewed products galore in the meantime, this BB-8 by Sphero toy has remained in heavy circulation.

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littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

Minecraft's blocky and pixelated world has become the home of many an ingenious digital creations and recreations, like "to scale" model of iconic starships to actually (somewhat) working gigantic smartphones. But for all their awesomeness, they remain within realm of ones and zeroes. That is, until now. A company called littleBits has created the ultimate Minecraft mod. Called bitCraft, this mod and its accompanying physical, real world cloudBit boards and modules make it possible to turn the in-game redstone into catalysts for all kinds of real world hardware mods and inventions.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile collectible unveiled

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile collectible unveiled

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be arriving in theaters this upcoming March, and ahead of that premiere is a realistic figurine and, mostly importantly, a scaled down Batmobile. The figures come from Hot Toys, which has revealed the upcoming collectibles in a new teaser video. This collectible Batmobile is 1/6 the scale of the real thing that'll be arriving in theaters on March 25.

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SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

Being in my early 30s, I never had the joy of experiencing any of the original Star Wars movies when they were in theaters. However, ever since my aunt and uncle introduced me to their VHS copies, I've been fascinated by the stories, lore, and of course, the toys. I've always been the type that opens my figures and enjoys them that way, as opposed to leaving them in the box. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live had a skit that might hit close to home for some collectors out there.

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AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

Anyone who grew up in the '80s will remember the massive Star Wars AT-AT toy that came out in 1981 after Empire Strikes Back introduced us to the massive walkers. The toy had noisy joints that clicked when you move them and it was awesome, but hard to move and play with. Every kid who ever played with one wished it would really move and with some modern hardware, that old AT-AT can really walk.

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LEGO machine automates Christmas cookie decorating

LEGO machine automates Christmas cookie decorating

At some point during the holidays you'll have a realization: inviting more people over means having to decorate more cookies, and having to decorate more cookies makes you want to flip a table or two. Enter a new ingenious LEGO machine created by JK Brickworks’ Jason Allemann, the EV Icer automated cookie frosting decorator. With a certain LEGO Mindstorms set and patience, you can make your own.

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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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