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Printeer – the Kids-friendly 3D Printer

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There is no denying that modern day kids are smarter than we were at their age; being exposed to tons of new and cool gadgets has given them the upper hand, at least where technology is concerned. One piece of tech, however, has long been out of reach because of the level of technical expertise required – and that’s 3D printing. But thanks to Mission Street’s Printeer, kids can now get hands-on with three-dimensional printing as well. Involving no complex CAD programs and software, the 3D printer just requires kids to have an iPad and a drawing tool. Once an image has been drawn, they simply send it to the 3D printer. With a pledge amount of $549, Printeer is likely to be made commercially available sometime after November – after they’ve met their crowd-funding target. Pledge-givers, however, can get their hands on limited inventory as early as October.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ Engadget ]

At Last! A Never-Ending Treat for the True Slinky Connoisseur

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If you love the Slinky so much that you can’t even go a day without nudging one down the stairs to see whether it will keep going, crash or simply get tangled up before reaching the bottom, then this is the gizmo for you. Project NESM – a severe-sounding acronym for Never-Ending Slinky Machine – is on the designer’s block awaiting crowd funding through Kickstarter. For a pledge of just $59, you can help push it through to production. The makers (Creatables Labs) have already reached their target of $33,660, so if you pledge you can count yourself among the few lucky people that will get a production model NESM. Designed with a simple conveyor belt mechanism tilted at just the right angle, this unique machine will keep your slinky going on and on. And on, until you tire of it and simply let it walk off the machine. USB powered and speed-variable, this is the hottest thing since…well, the Slinky.

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This Pen Transforms Into Optimus Prime and Vice Versa

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What’s cooler than robots? Well, robots that can transform into cars and helicopters and other stuff, like pens, for instance. For the first two, you’ve got the Transformers that do exactly just that. For the latter, you’ve got the Transformer Convoy Pen by Sentinel. It’s not exactly the most comfortable or handiest pens to use or hold when it’s in pen form, but the awesomeness of it when it’s in robot toy form more than makes up for it.

And who else should it transform to but Optimus Prime?

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Estes Proto-X Is Said To Be World’s Smallest Quad-Copter

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Well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? You’re looking at an insect-sized flying RC toy that uses four tiny rotors and is able to fly up to 10 minutes on a 45 minute charge. It uses a 2.4Ghz radio controller, and not one of the cheaper and less reliable IR based options out on the market. At 1.8 inches square, it’ll comfortably fit in the palm of your hand and should make kids of any age happy for at least a couple of weeks; until the inevitable boredom sets in and you move on. But, having only paid $40 for it, it’s not the end of the world.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Turbospoke Bicycle Exhaust System

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Boy are we late to the game on this one. Apparently out since 2011, the Turbosopke Bicycle Exhaust System is designed to give your human-powered bike somewhat of a growling motorcycle sound. It’s an expansion on what kids have been doing… pretty much sine they’ve been riding bikes:

TurboSpoke utilizes durable “Motocards” and an effective clamping and amplification system to make your bike roar like a four stroke engine.

Each TurboSpoke comes equipped with three waterproof Motocards, which each produce a different engine sound when struck by the spokes of your bicycle. The lightweight and durable exhaust “pipe” acts like a horn to increase the volume produced by the Motocard.

It’s a stupid little toy, but it’s fun nonetheless. At $24, it’s a cheap gift for a child of any age.

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LEGO is Coming: Game-of-Thrones Inspired Minifigs

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Citizen Brick is calling this the “Dragon Sword Fighter Force” minifig set, but we all know what it really is: a Game of Thrones-inspired set of minifigs that features most of the characters you know (or at least, used to know) from the hit HBO series. LEGO isn’t keen on creating an adult line for their sets and minifigs so Citizen Brick has stepped in for the time being to satisfy adult toy collectors and builders for the meantime.

The minifigs are being sold in sets of three, so there are a total of four packs to collect. As a special treat, you’ll get a figure that looks like Mr. Martin if you buy all 12 figures at once.

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D’Oh: LEGO Unveils Simpsons Minifigs

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LEGO announced that they were finally making a Simpsons set, with the promise of more minifigs somewhere down the line. Well, that time is here, as they’ve finally unveiled their line of Simpsons minifigs that includes all the characters we’ve grown to love over the years from Matt Groening’s hit show.

The entire Simpsons family will have their own minifigs (of course!), plus Milhouse, Ned, Itchy and Scratchy, Krusty, Apu, and Grandpa, among others. There’s also one of Ralph Wiggum with an “I-Choo-Choo-Choose You” Valentine’s card. Hit the break to get a closer look at the minifigs.

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Hamster-Powered Monster Will Fascinate The Kids Young And Old Alike

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This is a Stranbeest powered by a hamster in a wheel. A straandbeest is a multi-legged contraption created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Normally on display on Holland’s beaches, it’s now transformed into a tabletop contraption that uses a hamster ball with the hamster inside as the locomotive power; the ball turns some gears, which in turn propel the mechanism forward. Its eerie gait is sure to fascinate your kids at the very least, and even you if you still have an impressionable spirit in your curmudgeonly old age.

For $35 you can get an assemble-at-home kit, although the hamster is not included.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]

You Lazy Bum: iFetch Is An Automatic Ball Launcher For Dogs

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You get a dog, you’re supposed to do a few things. Give it exercise, for instance. If you’re too lazy to go jog with it, it’s still acceptable to go outside and just stand around playing fetch with him. But if even that’s too much effort, you’ll be delighted to find out about iFetch. It’s a simple to use automatic ball launcher that can be set to 10, 20, or 30 feet. You simply teach your pup to bring the included miniature tennis balls to the wide opening, and it’ll toss the ball for him to fetch with no interaction needed on your part. It’s $100 and comes with two balls, while a set of 5 more is $10.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]