Hackaball The Programmable Throwable Computer Ball (video)

Hackaball The Programmable Throwable Computer Ball

Hackaball a new children’s programmable computer ball has been launched over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this month and has just entered into its final week of funding and has already raised double its initial $100,000 pledge goal thanks to over 2000 backers.

Hackaball has been designed to combine both computer gaming with physical outdoor activity and enables children to design and then play their very own games. Watch the video below to learn more about this innovative and possibly revolutionary new children’s game.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 And Z9 Max Smartphones Leaked

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ZTE are expected to announce their new ZTE Nubia Z9 smartphone at their press event later this month and now we have some photos of the handset, along with another device.

The photos apparently show the new ZTE Nubia Z9 and Z9 Max smartphones, both handsets are expected to share similar specifications, although will have different size displays.

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Working Toyota 5-speed Transmission Made with 3D Printer

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Back in January, a mechanical engineer named Eric Harrell from California 3D printed something very cool. What he made using his 3D printer was a working replica of a Toyota 22RE 4-cylinder engine. Now he has made another Toyota drivetrain component to go along with that engine, and this time it’s a working 3D printed transmission.

The transmission is a 5-speed manual Toyota transmission that is made to match up with his 22RE 3D printed engine. The 3D printed transmission even shifts and has moving components inside. The only thing left for the engineer to 3D print now is a small car that the engine and trans can go in. Not all of the components inside the transmission came off the 3D printer though.

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Angry Birds Stella Pop Game Launched

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Angry Birds creator Rovio has launched their latest mobile game which is called Angry Birds Stella Pop and the game is available on both Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android platform.

The video below gives us a look at the game play on Angry Birds Stella Pop and the game is available as a free download, although it comes with in app purchases.

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Lego 3D Printer Created Using EV3 Mindstorms And Glue Gun (video)

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We have featured in many different types of 3D printer over the years here on Geeky Gadgets but one Instructables user by the name of “ W1ll14m “ has used the Lego EV3 Mindstorms system and a glue gun to create working Lego 3D printer.

Ok the Lego 3D printer might not be the most accurate or fastest 3D printer created, but hey this is Lego and an off the shelf glue gun, check out the video below to see it in action.

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Cuddle Clones will Build you a Weird Stuffed Replica of your Pet

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Many people around the world are crazy about their pets and treat them like children. There is nothing wrong with that mind you. The problem for people who fall deeply in love with their pet is that pets have very short lives compared to humans. That means the inevitable death of the pet. A company called Cuddle Clones has a weird way to help people deal with the loss of a beloved pet.

Cuddle Pets can make you a very accurate stuffed replica of your pet that you can have and hold. The replica is made from images of the pet you upload to the company. As you can see in the image here, the stuffed replicas look very much like the real pets. There is no reason you have to wait until your pet dies to get a cuddle pet either.

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Hello Barbie Doll Talks Back to Your kid Over WiFi

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Mattel has been making the Barbie doll for decades now and the doll has more stuff than you can shake a stick at. Girls and boys have played with the dolls for generations and Mattel has a new version of the Barbie that is packed with high tech gear made by a company called ToyTalk. The toy is called Hello Barbie and it uses WiFi to connect to the internet and records your child’s conversations with the toy.

Not only does the doll record the conversations you kid has with it, but it will also email you the conversations. The toy has a microphone, speaker, and a small embedded computer with a battery good for an hour of play. When a button on the belt buckle is pressed, Barbie wakes up.

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CogniToy Smart Toy Interactively Engages And Grows With A Child (video)

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Development team Elemental Path have designed a new smart toy called the CogniToy that has been designed to provide both speech and personality, allowing it to interactively engaged and grow with a child.

The CogniToy is a cloud based inter connected smart toy that can be personalised to meet the individual needs of a child, says its creators. Enabling parents to observe educational progress and moderate content appropriately when required.

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Next Generation Virtual Reality View-Master Unveiled By Mattel

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If you have been a fan of the Mattel View-Master device in the past, You might be interested to know that this week Mattel has unveiled its next generation View-Master that now brings with it virtual reality features.

The original View-Master was created over 76 years ago and through its life-cycle has evolved into the latest version which now replaces the stereoscopic film images with Google Cardboard-based virtual reality.

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Xiaomi Mi3 Goes On Sale In India For One Day

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Xiaomi has announced that they will be making their Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone available in India for one day only, the handset will be available to buy today in India.

The company made the handset available in India previously, but the device quickly sold out each time the company made it available.

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3D Printable Robots DIY Kits Created By BQ

3D Printable Robots Created By BQ

If you enjoy building things and would like to start building basic 3D printable robots you may be interested in a new range of robot DIY kits which have been created by BQ.

BQ has created a range of robotic kits that consist of 10 electronic components and the battery holder allowing you to print off the components that are required to finish construction using a 3D printer.

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Zboard 2 Electric Skateboard Lands on Indiegogo

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Way back in 2012 we talked about the original Zboard electric skateboard that helped people get around and have fun. A new version of that skateboard has hit Indiegogo and this time out it has a much longer driving range. The Zboard 2 has up to a 24 mile range per charge if you buy the Zboard 2 Pearl model. The standard Zboard 2 Blue model is good for 16 miles per charge.

The difference between the two appears to be the battery size with each good for a top speed of 20mph. Both versions use new 500W brushless motors that are faster and more efficient than previous motors. The brushless motors also allow the rider to push and coast naturally, when the battery is off. The Zboard 2 Blue weighs 16 pounds.

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