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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

The folks behind the Anki remote control car group have released a new set of vehicles for all of our racing and smashing needs: Supertrucks. These miniature beasts play in to the Anki system of infrared camera-embedded car racing like hammers in a drawer full of nails, making it a wild new experience to attempt racing cars on the same track.

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Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

You're trying to find the remote control, but it's nowhere to be seen. It could be down in the cushions, or maybe one of the kids made off with it. Whatever the reason, it's annoying, and you wish you had a better solution. Depending on the phone you own, that better solution may be in your pocket right this moment: a smartphone with an integrated IR blaster, enabling you to control your TV and select other devices with the same device you're always carrying around. If your current phone doesn't have a built-in blaster, though, you're not without some options.

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DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

It's been a good month for drone lovers, and industry heavyweight DJI is playing its part with the freshly-announced Mavic Pro. Unveiled today, the new remotely-controlled drone promises the same abilities as DJI's Phantom series but in a seriously compact and easily transported form-factor, courtesy of a folding design that collapses it down to roughly half the size of a Phantom 4.

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Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Prodrone, a Japanese UAV company, has taken the wraps off its new PD6B-AW-ARM, a drone that contains a pair of robotic arms for grasping items from the air, among other things. The drone was recently showcased at InterDrone in Las Vegas, and it hints at a future where drones are for more than just aerial photography.

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Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

It's an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There's an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There's an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that's just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programable shortcut button.

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Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

The modern smart home may be a whiz-bang palace of connected gadgets and smartphone control, but there are times when you really just want to press a button and switch on the lights. Logitech Pop promises to be just that, a programmable wireless button that hides its not-inconsiderable scope in triggering the Internet of Things behind a veil of rubbery simplicity.

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Logitech Harmony 950 controls all devices with color touchscreen

Logitech Harmony 950 controls all devices with color touchscreen

Having used a pair of Logitech Harmony One universal remote controls in my home for years, I can tell you from experience that they are huge time savers with their activities function. Logitech has announced a new universal remote that will replace the Harmony One Ultimate in its line up and that new remote is called the Harmony 950. The Harmony 950 is available now in the US and it looks very much like the Harmony One line it replaces.

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DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

Smart TVs and TV platforms these all flaunt some sort of voice control or another, whether they be Google Now, Siri, Alexa, or some unnamed, disembodied voice. Naturally, set-top boxes and DVRs have to get into the game as well. DISH Network is doing precisely that and then some. Its new Voice Remote, which will be available to Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers, can, of course, react to your voice. But lest you think that is its only ability, you'd be pleasantly surprised to find out how wrong you are.

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Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

If embracing the smart home has a common first step, it's often remotely-controlled lights, but that can be an expensive, time-consuming, or technical upgrade. Wireless bulbs switch out for their dumb cousins, but equipping every lamp can get expensive; swapping dumb wall switches for wireless versions looks clean but requires screwdrivers and dealing with mains electricity, not to mention potentially incurring landlord wrath. Step forward Switchmate, then, with an alternative that's up and running in mere minutes.

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Amazon now has a programmable Dash Button for the IoT

Amazon now has a programmable Dash Button for the IoT

Amazon has revealed a programmable Dash Button which can be assigned to any product or purpose, a customizable version of its one-touch reordering gadgets. The AWS IoT Button looks just like the existing Dash Buttons, which allow products from more than 100 brands to be ordered with a single tap - no web browser required - and delivered to a preset address, but is designed for developers and Internet of Things tinkerers to dig into.

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