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Playdate gets preorder date, games, and a weird new accessory

Playdate gets preorder date, games, and a weird new accessory

If you thought the crank on this video game machine was weird, wait until you see the Stereo Dock. The Playdate is a handheld video game machine that has a black and white display, directional pad, A and B buttons, and a crank. As of today, the device has a pre-order date and a new "Playdate Stereo Dock" with Bluetooth audio and a pen holder, that holds a pen!

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This tiny baby washing machine was made to clean AirPods

This tiny baby washing machine was made to clean AirPods

The Cardlax EarBuds Washer is exactly what its name implies. Because of the way most earbuds are designed, there's a good chance they scoop up earwax and all manner of other sorts of dirt and grime on a daily basis. With the device called "Cardlax EarBuds Washer", the process of keeping earbuds clean becomes a slightly more professional operation than what's otherwise pretty standard, but still not recommended: cleaning said earbuds with a toothpick.

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These iPhone 11 Pro units include macabre bits

These iPhone 11 Pro units include macabre bits

The folks at Caviar Royal Gift created a set of new iPhones with pieces of two very different historical craft. Count this amongst the strange stories for which you've probably not come prepared today. One of the two new "limited edition" iPhone 11 Pro editions comes embedded with a piece of the Titanic. The other comes with a piece of the spacecraft in which Yuri Gagarin orbited our planet Earth.

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Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

I want this robot arm.* Not in the same way Moss wanted a robot arm in The IT Crowd, but in a way which is mysterious to me, a person who has never owned a robot arm. This is the Mirobot, an open-source desktop robot arm that does not (yet) exist in the world as a product that you (or I) can purchase. But if you've ever seen a robot arm that looks nearly so cute, I demand that you show me that baby robot arm immediately.

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Custom Xbox One controller is Greaseproof and nasty

Custom Xbox One controller is Greaseproof and nasty

Supposing you've got a collection of Xbox One controllers and you're a completist, you're going to need to get nasty. This is the Greaseproof 1.0 controller, custom made (actually in an edition, so not really unique) by Microsoft to celebrate the launch of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. This is easily the slickest, most shiny, and strangest Xbox One controller of them all.

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10 Odd items from Vertu’s luxury liquidation auction

10 Odd items from Vertu’s luxury liquidation auction

So-called "luxury" smartphone maker Vertu is liquidating all of their "luxury" pieces of hardware this week. After a baffling amount of years in business, Vertu finally collapsed under its own weight in June of this year. Now it's time to look at all the weird stuff they had in their offices and say "why, why did you think this was a good idea, why?"

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Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Have you ever been out in public, forced to stand in long lines, wishing you had a place to sit? The answer is probably yes, and that’s why we’ve seen various portable seating contraptions over the years, most of them unwieldy and unpopular. Here to challenge that norm is a new ‘portable resting device’ called Sitpack, and while it serves as a kinda-chair, it basically functions as a kickstand for your butt.

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Let’s See: ThinkGeek April Fools 2016 round-up

Let’s See: ThinkGeek April Fools 2016 round-up

If there's a battle for best brand each year on this day, April Fools Day, ThinkGeek is certainly in the running for emperor. This year we've got a handle on their entire collection, starting with the couple of products you see here in the header image. That's a very tiny hand of Magic: The Gathering cards - a Travel Edition. Behind it, you'll find a White Noise Machine along the lines of Star Trek. You might see where we're going with this one already.

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Sugru Review for LEGO customization

Sugru Review for LEGO customization

Sugru is a strange sort of self-hardening glue/clay that comes in a variety of colors and plays very, very well with LEGO bricks. It's made for all sorts of different situations, like fitting around my MacBook power cord to add some protection to the places where it normally feels the most wear and tear. When we were provided a few packs of Sugru to review for SlashGear, we didn't just want to stay within the bounds of the given example uses of the product. We wanted to use the unique qualities of Sugru to step our LEGO game up to the next level.

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Pyro Mini shoots fireballs from your wrist

Pyro Mini shoots fireballs from your wrist

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a magician when I grew up. I'd practice card tricks and simple illusions while looking through magic catalogs (yes, they existed). For some reason, my parents never thought that any trick involving fire was safe enough for me to perform. After watching a video about the Pyro Mini from Ellusionist, I'm feeling like a kid again. And this time my parents aren't around to stop me from shooting fire from my wrist.

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ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

It's that time again - time to start diving in deep with the wide variety of product releases by device and accessory companies aiming to capitalize on the biggest comic book convention of the year. Today ThinkGeek is joining in on the fun with accessories from comic and cult-classic titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Knight Rider, the Avengers, and Star Wars. You've already seen the Star Trek entry earlier this month. You'll also find an action figure beach towel to turn yourself into a Legend with big muscles and a trim bod.

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Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Imagine someone asks if you would like to see some of their artwork, but when they start flipping through their sketchbook you realize there is something unusual about it: the pages appear to be made of skin. Such is the nature of a new sketchbook designed specifically for tattoo artists, giving them the chance to practice or develop new pieces on life like synthetic skin rather than practicing on a person or less-than-ideal objects like oranges and pieces of leather.

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