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Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

We've seen geeks take old computer hardware and use it to create music before. Last summer the floppy drive orchestra was a much smaller affair that was able to play multiple songs thanks to MIDI files and a myRIO embedded controller. This time out the orchestra is playing that favorite geek tune, the Imperial March from Star Wars and the orchestra is much larger.

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Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

It's important for many parents to keep their kids on a schedule so the child knows what to expect during their daily routine. The problem is that reminders only help when the child understands them and parents who want to foster independence don’t always want to tell the child when it's time to do things. This is where a new wearable for young kids called Octopus by Joy comes in.

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Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

If you have ever worked with someone on a project who uses a tape measure frequently, it can be impressive when they can glance at a tape measure and just know its 12 15/16 of an inch at a glance. Those of us who don’t work with tape measures often end up counting the little tick marks and then cutting the board too short anyway. At least that's how it often works for me, but the Bagel Smart Tape measure will end all that.

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Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

If you have ever been involved in a NERF war, you know that not all NERF weapons are created equal. Some shoot single darts a few feet, while others can hurl ounces and ounces of suction cup tipped darts out you each second. Rest assured in any conventional NERF war, every one of those darts are aimed at your eyes or your groin, 'tis the way of war. A former NASA engineer took it upon himself to craft the ultimate weapon of NERF doom, and so he did.

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PizzaDome is a wood-fired oven for the BaseCamp stove

PizzaDome is a wood-fired oven for the BaseCamp stove

Summer is here and that means that many folks around the world will be out enjoying nature. Part of enjoying nature is eating well and keeping gadgets that you might need in an emergency (or to post hoards of images of you "roughing" it to your Snapchat) charged and working. The catch is that cooking and charging gadgets where there is no electricity can be a challenge; this is where the BaseCamp wood-fired oven and the new PizzaDome accessory come in.

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FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

Most people loathe doing the laundry. Sure, we have machines that wash and dry our clothing for us today, but the folding and ironing that goes with putting them away means that time is still spent on laundry that most would rather use for something else. A company called FoldiMate has a machine of the same name that comes into play after you run clothing through the washer and dryer that will dewrinkle and fold your clothes for you.

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Waverly Labs Pilot earpiece translates languages on the fly

Waverly Labs Pilot earpiece translates languages on the fly

Waverly Labs has a very interesting product that may one day help to eliminate the language barrier between people around the world. The device is an earpiece called Pilot that looks rather like a large Bluetooth earpiece. The Pilot can in fact be used as earbuds for streaming wireless music, but its real function is to translate the language that you hear in spoken form.

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Knocki makes any surface a smart remote control

Knocki makes any surface a smart remote control

If you watched much TV in the last decade or so, you will remember the commercials for The Clapper. This was a gadget that could turn off the lights for you if you clapped. The modern version of The Clapper is a new device called Knocki that is able to turn any surface into a remote control for all manner of devices and software. Knocki attaches to a surface and turns that entire surface, be it a table, wall, or counter, into a touch interface.

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Bizarre UnReal automated Selfie Stick has fans and lighting

Bizarre UnReal automated Selfie Stick has fans and lighting

Selfie sticks are the sort of thing that many of us find to be very irritating and annoying when people are using them. That doesn't stop the selfie prone folks out there from using them in public and using them frequently. Typically, a selfie stick is a telescoping pole that the user has to unfurl to use, but the UnReal automated selfie stick makes it easier to be annoying.

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Hyundai unveils robot exoskeleton that gives you super-strength

Hyundai unveils robot exoskeleton that gives you super-strength

Hyundai has unveiled a very cool robot exoskeleton that reminds more than a little of the suits worn in the Tom Cruise flick "Edge of Tomorrow". Hyundai says that its wearable robot prototype is sort of like an Iron Man suit and allows the wearer to lift hundreds of kilograms. The automaker sees the exoskeleton as being useful in factories, the military, and in physical rehabilitation in the future.

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Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington have created a glove that could make a huge different in how people who use sign language communicate with people who don't understand sign language. The glove is able to translate gestures made in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and then says what the gestures mean via attached speakers. The invention is called the SignAloud glove.

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3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

The original 3Doodler pen was a cool device that was a bit of a cross between a hot glue gun and a 3D printer that allowed you to create 3D objects using plastic that came out molten and hardened once the plastic hit the air. That original version of the 3Doodler hit Kickstarter back in 2013 and was a rather fat device. 3Doodler 2.0 later hit the market making the pen even better and now a third version has been announced called the 3Doodler Create.

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