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Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

What looks like a cross between a drone, a tricycle, and a Star Wars speeder bike from Endor? This insane ride hails from Hungary; it's dubbed the Flike (flying tricopter) and designed by a team from Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. (which sounds like an evil genius conglomerate for charity). The Flike is an all-electric vehicle and uses a coaxial Y6 layout. This isn't a supersized remote control vehicle. Flike boasts a "full authority flight management computer" to control flight stability, lateral position, and altitude, making flying, "as easy as riding a bicycle."

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Awair monitors your home or office’s air quality

Awair monitors your home or office’s air quality

Your home’s air quality might be suffering thanks to the traffic or businesses around you, but you might not realize it. Many of the problems in the air can’t be detected without help until they reach fairly serious levels, and so to prevent them from reaching that point we turn to air monitoring technologies. Fortunately, those technologies have become relatively inexpensive over the years and as such have found their way into homes. Awair is the latest example of this, serving as a stereo-like device (it looks like a stereo, is all) that keep tabs on nasties in the air.

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It’s time to give these gadgets a try

It’s time to give these gadgets a try

Technology's here and it's there, and if you'll forgive the Dr. Seuss-ism, it's everywhere. You cannot avoid it, even if you haven't tried some aspect of it for yourself. Odds are high you've at least a little technology in your personal life, but haven't found a use for some of the latest and greatest gadgets of the modern world. It's time for that to end. Innovation is happening faster than ever, and if you don't get on board soon you'll get left behind. It's time to give these gadgets a try if you haven't yet.

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New, detailed Star Wars Millennium Falcon drone hits the skies

New, detailed Star Wars Millennium Falcon drone hits the skies

We saw designer Olivier C. create a veritable army of Star Wars drones. From an Imperial Star Destroyer to a TIE Fighter, to the Millennium Falcon, we've wanted to play with them all. Now, the drone-master is back with a new Millennium Falcon drone that is bigger than any of his previous creations.

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Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.

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Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

As the lackluster take-up of WiFi-connected refrigerators suggests, upgrading kitchen appliances with their smart equivalent is still a small market, but how about if a simple retrofit could give your stove some intelligence? Meld attempts to do just that, a combination replacement knob for your stovetop and a wireless temperature sensor that, together, can automate the cooking process according to a recipe running on the iPhone app. Meanwhile, it's counting on fashionable methods like sous-vide to give it some kitchen geek appeal.

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Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Social networks have their benefits, but for some the downsides -- lack of privacy chief among them -- is too big of a downside to risk it. The folks behind the new Neobase have come up with something they bid as a solution. This "Private Network Device", as they call it, allows the owner to create their own private social network that is entirely within the owner's control. There's no cloud involved; all the content on the Neobase's social network -- which can be shared with others -- is stored on the device itself, cutting out all the middle men and, theoretically, proving more secure because of it.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Apple Watch will be launching April 24th but with its 15-minute window to play with the watch, it will be difficult to get a true hands-on experience. The Apple Store also isn't going to be allowing any walk-in purchases for the Apple Watch in the beginning. So, how are we supposed to get our mitts on the latest tech? Enter, Lumoid, the gadget rental service. Lumoid has been around for a while and delivers high-priced to your door, allowing you to try them before you commit to purchasing. As of April 24th, using Lumoid you can rent an Apple Watch and play with it to your heart's content.

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Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter gives successful projects their own homepage

Kickstarter has decided to give its successful projects a little more exposure, or at least increase their creators' abilities to highlight their own products. Such is done using its new "Spotlight" feature, which gives all successfully funded projects a homepage of their own that details the subject's full history, that looks the way the creator wants it to look, and that link to other relevant pages, such as the company's website. This benefits users, as well, who want to explore the various products that have found success on Kickstarter.

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Get cookin’ with the XM42; handheld flamethrower gets crowdfunded

Get cookin’ with the XM42; handheld flamethrower gets crowdfunded

The XM42 claims to be the world's first commercially available flamethrower, which means that almost anyone will be able to buy the handheld incendiary device. We have to wonder, is that really a good thing? The XM42 flamethrower is gearing up for production via the crowdfunding site IndieGogo. Honestly, it looks dangerous, but it's designed to be much safer than any homemade improvised device a teenager or doomsday-prepper would make. Even a "safe" flamethrower is still dangerous. For the XM42, safety certainly doesn't translate as weakness because the it packs a formidable, fiery punch.

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Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding records are being smashed right and left. We showed you Indiegogo's Flow Hive at the beginning of their fund. To catch you up, they asked for a measly $70,000 USD. Now, they broke the record for the most funds ever raised by a single project on Indiegogo. They raised $5.3 million USD for Flow Hive. Flow Hive broke the previous record on Indiegogo of $5 million USD raised by Hour of Code which aims to teach 100 million students, who don't have access to computer science courses, how to code.

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