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Desk Pets launches cool TankBot that can navigate a maze

Desk Pets launches cool TankBot that can navigate a maze

I am a sucker for remote controlled toys. I have seen a bunch of RC toys that are controlled by a smartphone recently. Most of that stuff is for the iPhone and I have used a helicopter and an RC truck that you can control from the smartphone. A new toy has turned up from a company called Desk Pets International. The toy is called the TankBot and it's a little gadget that looks like a cross between an army tank and a robot puppy.

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Exo-concept shows off cool carbon fiber jet ski for the rich

Exo-concept shows off cool carbon fiber jet ski for the rich

Watersports are a lots of fun no matter how much money you have. If you are loaded, you can have fun on the lakes or oceans in a completely different category from us normal folks though. Take for instance this new green jetski that looks awesome and is very environmentally friendly. The cool water toy is made by Exo-concept and is called the EXO.

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Slingshot slip and slide is awesomely dangerous

Slingshot slip and slide is awesomely dangerous

Back in the day, the staple of summer for me and my brother was the Slip and Slide. We would spend hours sliding on that that thing until we were lobster red from friction and sunburns. Some adults still play with the Slip and Slide today, but a lot of those adults go much more extreme than they did in their youth.

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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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Tron scooter is perfect for tiny Users

Tron scooter is perfect for tiny Users

It's no surprise to me that geeks tend to get their kids geeky toys. When my son was little the rode this red plastic motorcycle everywhere, wearing a motocross jersey that was five sizes too big. He would jump anything the bike and his 3-year-old-legs could make it over. If they had this Tron scooter when he was little you can bet he would have been rocking one. This scooter was apparently created by a designer at the Trek bicycle company.

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Hacked RC car sent to soldier in Afghanistan saved lives

Hacked RC car sent to soldier in Afghanistan saved lives

This is one of the coolest hacks I have ever heard of. A guy named Ernie Fessenden built a cool RC truck to send to his brother serving in Afghanistan named Sergeant Chris Fessenden. Ernie built the hacked RC truck out of an off the shelf Traxxis Stampede RC truck combined with a smallish camera mounted to the hood of the truck.

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KRE-O construction Transformer sets hit stores

KRE-O construction Transformer sets hit stores

Hasbro is the toy company that was behind some of the toys that shaped my youth. Specifically, I had all the Transformers that my parents would let me have. I often broke them trying to transform them from robot to vehicle or whatever and they were a lot of fun. I also had loads of LEGO as a kid and spent more than a few days grounded thanks to the little blocks and my tendency to leave them laying around for my parents to step on.

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Hasbro Android Robot Toys get I/O video playtime

Hasbro Android Robot Toys get I/O video playtime

Our new favorite monkey robot, Kibot, may be stuck in Korea, but Hasbro has wider ambitions for its Nexus S powered Robot Toys. On show at Google I/O this week, the Android-bots are basically self-powered motorized cradles into which the Samsung smartphone docks, hooking up via Bluetooth. You can then hold races and use object recognition, just as in the video after the cut.

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Awesome wearable Lego minifig space helmet reads comics

Awesome wearable Lego minifig space helmet reads comics

Lego is perhaps the greatest of all geek toys ever invented. The things you can make out of Lego are limitless and with the right vision and the correct blocks and servos you can make just about anything and have the finished contraption actually work. We talked about a couple really cool Lego devices that some geeks built late last week. I really liked the Lego assembly line setup the best out of those cool offerings last week.

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Geek makes toy motorcycles out of watch parts

Geek makes toy motorcycles out of watch parts

I like seeing people take one device and use it to make other devices. I'm not talking about taking a hammer and making a birdhouse out of wood with some nails. I am talking about taking apart a watch and using the gears and parts to make a sculpture of something else like this guy going by dkart71 did.

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