Solar power has been a promise since I was my son’s age. In the future. we were all supposed to have roofs covered in solar cells and not having to use ugly power lines to power our lives. We were barely able to get to the point of powering calculators. Fast forward 20 years and while there have been advances,Read more
Magnetic spheres must be really becoming popular. There are at least three brands of them out on the market with Buckyballs, Neocube and Nanodots. I was received a set of Nanodots to play with.
Nanodots look a lot like ball bearings. However, each of the 236 balls are very magnetic. I actually took one dot and had it hold up
I always loved science toys when I was a kid. For me, the best part of going to the Boy Scout Jamboree in 1985 was the trip to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Back then, the closest I could get to a solar powered device was a soalr powered calculator or a radiometer. At least one ofRead more
Back when I was my son’s age, I was a science nut. I loved learning all about our universe, electronics, magnetism and the world we live in. My favorite catalog from then was Edmund Scientifics. They had and still have science products and lots of toys similar to what Nano Magnetics Inc are announcing today in the form ofRead more
Normally I like to be light and jokey for the news items, but recalls because of danger–particularly with toys–can be scary business. So rather than make jokes about Saturday Night Live or something, I’m just going to give it to y’all straight:
Toy (or “sundries,” as they say) maker Maxfield and Oberton has issued a recall notice for their popular
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Kids! Tired of having to carry a stack of books with you? Think Mom or Dad’s Kindle is boring, but still want to be just like them? Now’s your chance, with not one but two ebook readers available to you!
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First up, we’ve got the Fisher Price iXL. Yes, we stuck the
Just what’s needed to brighten up a dreary cubicle and provide entertainment when your warden supervisor isn’t looking – Zibits, a new series of miniature remote controlled robots that are about 2″ tall, move in “several directions including a full 360º rotation”, and that are equipped with “robotic lights and sounds”.
Zibits will show up at Toys ‘R Us
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I’m a die-hard Android fan since the launch of mobile OS, and even had a hand in converting a few of my friends over to it. But apparently not as hard-core as some who will be filling their desk space with new Android Robot collectibles. If you want to show your Android spirit, then your chance
The iPhone does almost everything, right? Dang right it does! It even controls flight! Check out this video of the Parrot G Drone that Judie, Dan and Larry filmed with their iPhone! An app on the iPhone actually is actually being used to control the Drone. Using augmented reality the device feeds live video to the iPhone. The app runningRead more
I have a confession to make. I like penguins. Part of this is I am a Linux user and Tux, the Linux mascot, is a penguin. The other part is they are so darn cute. That’s why I decided to take a look when Arimaz offered to send a sample of MyDeskFriend AKA Pingo.
Part Tamagotchi, part Facebook app, part
My Tuxdroid keeps me company every Wednesday night as I do the Tech Show, and now Tuxdroid has a brand new buddycalled My Desk Friend. His real name is Pingo, and he will read your mail to you, update you on your friends’ Facebook status, dance around your desktop, as well as read RSS feeds. Pingo is much smaller thanRead more
At what age do kids need cell phones? It’s a question my wife and I have been struggling with lately.
I’ve heard stories of six year old kids getting iPhones from their parents. There’s no way we’re prepared to go that route.
My oldest daughter is nine and has been hammering us for a cell phone over the last year.
Charlie’s Playhouse is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Charles Darwin‘s Origin of Species by offering 10 – 20% off their items when you ask your kids to answer one simple question. “What is Evolution?”
If you send in a video of your child answering the question, you can get 20% off Charlie’s Playhouse products; if you send in a
We’ve been spending most of the fall fighting the dreaded H1N1. People are lathering up with hand sanitizer, and the smell of Lysol is in the air whenever another person in the office is reported as out with Swine Flu. Well, Think Geek has the H1N1 that you don’t want to go away. It’s the plush version of the H1N1
I have often wanted to buy one of those Ambient Devices Judie blogged about a few weeks ago. I’ve also wanted a Nabaztag as well, since they are cute and can do some really cool stuff like play mp3 files or provide e-mail alerts. I don’t want either anymore, thanks to kysoh.com who sent me a Tuxdroid that is notRead more
Looks like the Light Brite toy I played with as a kid has gotten a major hi-tech overhaul.
Sketch Art from Hi-Tech Art allows you to make your own art by sticking LEDs. You use the included background to stick LEDs into and watch them light up. The board has no circuitry, no soldering, no resistors.
It includes eight differently
My son and his Boy Scout council did something really cool at their Day Camp this year. They made water powered rockets from two liter bottles and launched them in the air. I don’t know what kind of launcher they used, but odds are it wasn’t the Aquapod.
The Aquapod is a futuristic, one piece design plastic bottle launcher made
Legos are for the little ones, now MicroRAX are the Tim “The Toolman” Taylor version for us big guys(cue the grunt)! TwinTec, Inc.out of Washington has just announced the release of pre-cut MicroRAXkits that are compatible with Erector, Meccano and Eitech construction sets. MicroRAX are made from high-strength precision extruded aluminum, in other words MicroRAX is much stronger
When I got this airplane in the mail, I was shocked that this little tiny thing can actually fly. I am happy to say that this little airplane not only flew, but flew very well even outside where I tested it. Let’s go over all the pieces of this plane.
The plane itself is constructed mainly of a carbon fiber
Next year the Rubix Cube turns 30, so the fact that I was working part-time in a retail department store to support school / books / music / games / friends/ etc when it came out means a couple of things. First it means that there is a certain nostalgia attached to the Cube. OK, so it also says I’mRead more
Starting the coming Friday , August 28th, toy retailer Toys R Us will be trying its hand at its own version of the government’s arguably successful “Cash for Clunkers” program.
No, the retailer won’t be accepting old cars.
It will however be accepting old strollers, cribs, car seats, high chairs and more.
Starting Friday and over the next three weeks,
This Lego Headlamp with dual action “foot lights” would be the perfect device for a children’s doctor to use in the examining room. If you’re a true geek at heart you could also wear it trick or treating but only if you want your kids to stay way far away! It clips to any headgear you choose and is availableRead more
The Gadgether.com has compiled a really interesting list of 25 of the most untraditional Russian Nesting Dolls you’ll ever come across.
This list spans touches the geekier side of all us but the dolls stay true to a form that would do grandma proud.
The list includes Star Wars, Star Trek, The Linux Penguin, Batman, The Beatles and more.
In this month’s issue of Mac Life I spotted a write up on three different shareware screen savers. One in particular caught my eye.
I’m willing to bet if you’re a gadget head now as an adult chances are as a child you played with Legos.
I know I did! I think my mother still has a bucket full of