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DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

Young people and parents/guardians of young people alike can now create their own "fidget spinner" at home with relative ease. Instead of dropping a cool $10 on what's essentially several weights attached to a ball-bearing, there's a real simple way to keep it 100. There's always a danger that you or your child won't be receptive to a DIY project because it's not a cool as the name-brand - this COULD solve that.

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SketchAR app uses augmented reality to make anyone an artist

SketchAR app uses augmented reality to make anyone an artist

Until now, drawing or painting a decent image required one of two things: either actual skill or a lightbox upon which a finished photo could be traced onto a fresh sheet of paper. Thanks to modern technology, though, both those things are a thing of the past (for the casual doodler, that is). SketchAR uses a smartphone's own camera and augmented reality technology to overlay an image onto a blank sheet of paper where the 'artist' can then sketch it by hand.

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Crayola announces crayon based on newly-discovered shade of blue

Crayola announces crayon based on newly-discovered shade of blue

Crayon company Crayola revealed back in March that it was retiring the long-running shade of yellow known as Dandelion. Now it has announced that the crayon will be replaced by a new addition to the blue family, and it's based on an entirely new pigment that was only discovered recently, dubbed "YInMn."

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5 easy Pokemon GO art projects for kids of creativity

5 easy Pokemon GO art projects for kids of creativity

Today we examine a collection of awesome ways in which Pokemon GO fans are making the most of the game offline. Without needing Niantic to do an update to Pokemon GO, without waiting for an event to occur, these intrepid artists have turned the physical world of Pokemon GO into an awesome opportunity for sharing artwork. That's what we're focusing on today - sharing outside the game using the game as a map!

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iPad Pro Review Addendum: 1-year later, still sketchin’

iPad Pro Review Addendum: 1-year later, still sketchin’

I've officially been using the iPad Pro - the first one - for a full year. It's actually been more than a year if you count my time with my first review unit. In any case, I've been making use of a 12.9-inch original iPad Pro since March of 2016. Since then there's been no single smart device (other than a smartphone) that I've used so consistently.

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Line-us is an app-driven, connected robotic pantograph

Line-us is an app-driven, connected robotic pantograph

There seems to be an almost counter-culture among creatives today. Despite the prevalence of digital photos, pocket printers seem to be on the rise. Despite the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, physical notebooks remain en vogue. There's still something to be said about physical manifestations of our creations. But, if we were given the choice, we'd probably prefer to have both digital and physical. That is probably the idea behind Line-us, which is basically a modern-day pantograph that, in real time, draws on paper what you're drawing on a tablet.

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Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

The original Legend of Zelda is a classic for a number of reasons. Not only did the gameplay and story excite players for years to come, but its huge and expansive overworld, an impressive feat in the NES days, kept players exploring for the next dungeon and other secrets. Back then, if players weren't lucky enough to get their hands on the 2D map from Nintendo Power, they'd have to resort to graph paper to keep track of where they'd been.

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This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

Lexus is back with another of its radical concept design projects. Following the tires made of ice, life-size cardboard replica, and glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint comes a 2017 IS sedan covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs. Dubbed the "LIT IS," the car can change colors in seconds, or just constantly shift through the spectrum, turning it into a digital disco ball on wheels.

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The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

Whether you love them or despise them, emoji have become a staple of modern communication on mobile platforms. In the eyes of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, that makes them a form of artwork. To that effect, the museum has announced that it's adding the original 176 emoji, created in Japan, to go on permanent display starting in December.

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Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Hit photo editing app Prisma has gained offline support, addressing one of the most common criticisms about the tool that uses artificial intelligence to manipulate images with artistic styles. Launched back in June, initially only on iOS but subsequently for Android users too, Prisma takes advantage of a neural network to analyze photos and then apply different filters to them, spanning a range from Pop Art through to classical watercolors and oil paintings.

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Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

One of the coolest Kickstarter projects that I have seen in a while has turned up for a device called the Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles. The book is made from wood and has some very cool puzzles. It looks like something you would find hiding some arcane spell that will make you wealthy. The codex is a five-page book with five intricate puzzles.

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Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

When it comes to French impressionists, Edward Degas is one of the giants in the field. Degas lived from 1834 to 1917 and painted some of the most beautiful works of art during his lifetime. As many painters were wont to do, Degas had a penchant for reusing old canvases to paint new works that had old works on them that he for some reason chose not to complete. Researchers have been increasingly studying old paintings from masters like Degas using X-ray fluorescence or XRF.

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