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TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

The German company TobyRich has launched a smartphone-controlled "smartplane" designed specifically for people who couldn't fly a plane if their lives depended on it. Aptly dubbed "SmartPlane", this gadget-and-app combo automatically adjusts the plane's trajectory and speed to stay in the air no matter how new you may be to the world of radio-controlled model fixed-wings. Its body is even designed to protect the propeller if you manage to end up smacking it into the ground anyway.

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3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

Kickstarter success 3Doodler proved there was a market for 3D printing without the geek requirement, but can crafting in the third-dimension really be as easy as wielding a hot nib? True, you won't be creating any replacement machine parts, but with a $99.99 price tag that's probably no surprise. We caught up with the $2.3m funding success at ShowStoppers at IFA 2013 to try our hand.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids takes child-friendly tablets mainstream

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids takes child-friendly tablets mainstream

We've had our fair share of looks at child-friendly tablets in the past: they've never really found their way to the main showroom over the past several years. Something must have struck a note for Samsung, on the other hand, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has appeared this week complete with yellow coloring and a bright orange bumper. This device works with essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, only here coming with a series of accessories, unique software, and that lovely eye-searing tone.

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LEGO Minecraft Sets “Nether” and “Village” appear at SDCC

LEGO Minecraft Sets “Nether” and “Village” appear at SDCC

So you'd like to get just a tiny bit closer to the second and third Minecraft LEGO sets to appear as part of the company's CUUSOO initiative, would you? Lucky you, SlashGear is live in effect at SDCC 2013 and LEGO brought both sets out to see. Though we're not going to actually get to play with these little amalgamations of gaming crossover magic, their cuteness remains highly apparent, even behind glass.

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DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

Planning on bringing up your NERF gun game this summer and are simply stuck for what to do now that you've got the NERF Vulcan at home? Tired of actually pulling the trigger yourself? This week the folks at Instructables have decided it's high time NERF got automatic and made with the conjuring: full on rapid-fire motion-tracking toy projectile firing the likes of which won't be cheap, but won't produce regret, either.

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TuTu aims to remind kids there’s more to play than just a touchscreen

TuTu aims to remind kids there’s more to play than just a touchscreen

This week the folks at Roam & Wander have released a kickstarter for a character by the name of TuTu; a pink bunny aimed at bringing kids obsessed with the digital world back into an expansive tactile world of play. What you're seeing here is a bunny toy with a space for an iPhone that becomes the bunny's face. Once the iPhone is placed in the toy and the TuTu app is activated, a two-tiered toy is formed: on one hand there's the plush, on the other, there's an interactive bunny face powered by the iPhone.

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