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Geeky Gizmos

  • DIY ‘Iron Man’ glove boils oranges using lasers, won’t defeat Ultron

    What do you get when you combine a Marvel fanatic with an inventor who has his own YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers? Ladies and gentlemen, nerds and geeks, we present to you the indomitably brilliant Patrick Priebe. Priebe, the same guy who made the James Bond laser watch that can blast through plastic, is the founder of Laser Works, a website dedicated to nothing more than pure DIYer awesomeness that features a variety of Priebe’s laser and missile firing inventions. His latest gadget is a real-life Iron Man (you know, one of The Avengers) glove that fires lasers and aluminum slugs. And while these lasers...

  • Festo’s butterfly drones will set your heart aflutter

    Not only do most drones get a bad rap for being buzzing contraptions of death that can easily invade our privacy, they are also not the most attractive by design. While our perception of drone technology remains suspicious, explorers, artists and researchers are beginning to use them for more creative and educational purposes. From capturing sweeping panoramic views of exotic locales around the world to uses in space exploration, drones are finally getting the acceptance (provided they are used for good) they deserve. And now, thanks to a German engineering firm called Festo, drones are also beginning to mimic nature in a variety...

  • KSafe locks away temptation so you can reach your goals

    Storing things for rainy days often doesn't quite work that well, especially since the storage container is easily accessible, and pries open with a simple flick of the chocolate-craving finger. A Kickstarter project dubbed KSafe is determined to change this though, keeping those snacks (or gaming controller) locked and safe until you damn well reach those goals you set yourself. "We know it is much easier to set goals than it is to achieve them," notes Ryan Tseng of KSafe. "We can start with the best intentions, but then we become distracted, procrastinate or just lose focus. We turned to research...

  • This Post Modern Skate lets hipsters wheel around with no board

    Minimalism is the new cool. Just ask the company, Hammacher Schlemmer, which has added a skateboard with no board to their range of interesting outdoor products. As every product seems to do these days, the Post Modern Skateboard is trying to break new grounds by mashing the concept of a skateboard, rollerblades and just plain ol' geekiness. Or is that dorkiness? We're not sure. So the Post Modern Skateboard works like this: you place your feet in these rubber wheels and then propel forward in a serpentine motion, as you would with a longboard. Unlike the longboard, however, there are only...

  • Hemingwrite is the typewriter for the modern age

    The Hemingwrite is a portable typewriter that features a large e-ink display and the ability to upload your work to the cloud via WiFi. It’s also a unique device whose Kickstarter campaign has been getting considerable buzz. And here’s why. The Hemingwrite’s aluminum body, retro mechanical navigation switches and big red power button will certainly grab your attention, and suggest a “futuristic” typewriter imagined by a 1950s science fiction writer. There is no paper to feed and no ink ribbon required. Think of it as a paperless word processor. The 6" e-ink display includes a front light to help illuminate the screen when...

  • GoPro drones are just a few months away, according to report

    GoPros are cool, aren't they? They harbour both street and extreme cred, giving the user some amazing footage too. But while there's a host of accessories for users to choose from, the GoPro itself never could really fly. According to the Wall Street Journal today and "people familiar with its plans," GoPro is creating an in-house breed of camera-equipped drones to rival products from the likes of Parrot. Details are scant at the moment, but chances are we'll be looking at prices between US$500 and US$1000 -- expect them to cost close to R20 000 in South Africa should they ever...

  • Gearburn’s 2014 Christmas gift guide to trendy gizmos and gadgets

    It's that time of year again. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those receiving gifts) the Holiday Season comes with its own set of headaches and charms. One of the latter is definitely not gift shopping. So, to help you out on your quest, we here at Gearburn have compiled a Christmas gift guide for you, yours and others. These products may not be for everyone, and some might not be available in your country but it's a great guide to take heed of what possible gifts are out there. We break the list down into a few categories as well, including gifts for the...

  • One console to play them all: Super Famicom K1 emulates 30 classic systems

    There's something satisfying about legacy gaming systems, with their dust-covered cartridges and unique port interfaces. Regardless of how powerful consoles are today, the charm and allure of seasoned consoles cannot be ignored. Planning to encapsulate the powers of 30 retro machines into one, an Indiegogo entrepreneur is looking for funds for the aptly named Super Famicom K1 -- possibly the most powerful retro gaming system ever conceived. Requesting a humble US$5000 funding goal, the Famicom K1 will use Nvidia's Jetson TK1 development board as a base. A rather powerful base. It has the company's Tegra K1 SoC at heart, featuring more...

  • Gadget geeks will love simplehuman’s smart approach to home accessories

    Known for its understanding of tight nooks and crannies, simplehuman knows that good design goes beyond space saving and can make everyday living - especially in small spaces - a bit more enjoyable. Often featured on TV shows such as Marvel's Agents of Shield, Glee, Private Practice and The Big Bang Theory, looks continue to be a big part of the brand's appeal. Whether it's the whimsy of its shower caddy range (I particularly love the flexibility of the Tension Shower Caddy - £99) or the simplicity of a touch-bar bin that means you don't have to touch the bin...

  • Phase-changing material edges shapeshifting Terminators closer to reality

    Robots will soon be everywhere, and we all (just like Will Smith) will have to deal with it. But for now, the rigid, metallic materials used in robotic construction don't allow them the ubiquitous freedom they crave. But this may soon change. Researchers from MIT have now developed a new phase-changing material that could allow future robots to shift between soft and hard states. Developed by Anette Hosoi, along with Nadia Cheng, robotics company Boston Dynamics and DARPA, the new material is a low-cost breakthrough for the robotics industry. Just like an octopus or a mouse, or if you love movie references...