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Root robot teaches coding in three stages of fun

Root robot teaches coding in three stages of fun

A new robot is on Kickstarter called Root and the purpose of this robot is to teach anyone from age 4 to 99 how to code using a fun and simple approach. Root is designed to drive on walls, tables, and magnetic surfaces and is able to make games and coding challenges that will reinforce computational thinking. Root can be programmed to perform all sorts of tasks.

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The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

Our 2016 collection of "Nerdy" gift ideas for both men and women includes offbeat products we really love. We have personally tested each of the products on this list and have enjoyed their abilities and features thoroughly. Some items are meant to be helpful - tools and such - while others summon our most base joy centers. We're talking about toys for adults here - moms and dads, here - in a list made with the SlashGear reader in mind.

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NES Classic Edition now in stock for Walmart’s lucky few

NES Classic Edition now in stock for Walmart’s lucky few

The NES Classic Edition appeared in stock in small numbers at various Walmart, Toys R Us, and Best Buys this weekend. Speaking with SlashGear on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed that orders from administration forced (or will force soon) remaining stock onto store shelves. As such, on both Saturday and Sunday, hidden stock appeared in several stores in several major metropolitan areas inside the USA.

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Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Anki's Cozmo Robot is set to get an update in December to increase its abilities and expand its intelligence. This will be the first major update to the robot since launch, and Anki suggests it'll be a big one. Anki says their goal is to make the robot grow and learn well into the future so that its owners will never find it boring. At this point it's able to lift cubes, play games with cubes, and speak our name. Next, it gets a whole lot more interesting.

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Star Wars Rogue One RC Tie Fighter lets you fly for the empire

Star Wars Rogue One RC Tie Fighter lets you fly for the empire

Excited about the upcoming Rogue One Star Wars movie? Merchandise for the film is already surfacing, and newest among them is this remote controlled Tie Fighter. With this RC device, fans who are imperials at heart can pilot their own space craft for the Empire, doing so with ranges up to 250ft., and with the convenience of easily replaced AA batteries. Yes, the Tie Fighter is made from crash-resistant material, too.

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Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Most consumer drones can be found on two extremes. On one end, you’ve got sturdy, professional drones that cost hundreds of dollars. On the other end, you’ve got simple toys that won’t make you cry when they break but offer little else besides doing a few flips and flops. Drones, however, are just as, or maybe even more, interesting than robotics and can become a vehicle, pardon the pun, for both education and entertainment. Thus, the Airblock was conceived, offering a drone that’s easy to assemble and disassemble and can be programmed like a real robot.

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Small Star Wars drones are big in speed and price

Small Star Wars drones are big in speed and price

Star Wars and drones are almost the perfect mix, but very few have actually turned that into a commercially available dream come true. Sure, there are a few DIYs here and there, but few, if not none, you can buy off the shelf. Well, consider those prayers answered, at least partially, as Propel kicks off pre-orders for its Star Wars Battle Drones. They don’t only look like the real thing (almost), they are also half-decent but somewhat small drones that can travel at a max of 35 mph.

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Flux Capacitor Keychain does nothing at 88mph

Flux Capacitor Keychain does nothing at 88mph

One of the coolest of all the '80s movies was "Back to the Future". The first films was great, the second and third left a bit to be desired though. One of the things I remember most about the movie from my youth was the DeLorean, because if you are going to build a time machine, you should do it with style. I also remember the flux capacitor vividly.

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Anki Cozmo rolls out to stores to charm kids, robot lovers

Anki Cozmo rolls out to stores to charm kids, robot lovers

Anki is probably better known for its OVERDRIVE set of AI-powered racing car robots. But a few months ago, the company revealed a different, less competitive, and more educational product: Cozmo. Now the robot truck with a personality is being made available for everyone to purchase, whether for fun, for learning, or simply for mucking around with advanced technologies in a playful form. Because more than just a toy, the Cozmo robot is artificial intelligence, computer vision, and development platform rolled into one, made friendly, and made more affordable. Relatively.

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PBS enters electronics space with Playtime Pad tablet

PBS enters electronics space with Playtime Pad tablet

PBS KIDS might have solved the dilemma of putting your child in front of a screen too often with its new Playtime Pad. Announced today, the Playtime Pad is the result of a partnership with Ematic, which will be producing the device. Like most kid-friendly tablets, the Playtime Pad ships with parental controls and a host of educational apps for kids to use.

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The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles will have their very first LEGO set in the very near future thanks to a talented member of the LEGO Ideas group. User Kevin Szeto took to the Yellow Submarine as an inspirational work of art several months ago. As an "amateur musician and songwriter," said Szeto, "I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon."

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Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

One of several LEGO sets made for the release of Star Wars Rogue One is here - Director Krennic's Shuttle. Behold, the LEGO Empire's award for Best Dressed in pre-Yavin attire goes to none other than Director Krennic. He'll be arriving in his all-black shuttle to emphasize his white outfit - and cape, of course. This vehicle should remind any hardcore Star Wars fan of the Emperor's own shuttle - and several other three-winged beasts made for only the most powerful of Imperial agents.

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