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Geeky Gizmos

  • 5 awesome alternative gift ideas for Mothers Day

    It's that time of the year when we honor our mothers by showering them with gifts and showing them our appreciation for all the things they do for us all year long. It's the least we could do. We know that buying a card and a teddy bear in a teacup is probably the cutest thing you could do for her, but why don't you surprise her with something a little different? Perhaps, something that suits the 21st century lifestyle we all know and love? I'm talking about something with buttons and cool electronic circuit boards. Interested? Good. Below is a list...

  • Bipedal robot ATRIAS takes its first outdoor stroll

    Developed by engineers at Oregon State University (OSU), ATRIAS is a bipedal robot that recently took its first ever outdoor stroll, marking a significant milestone in its quest to become the first robot to emulate the true nature of human locomotion. Although there are plenty of exciting bipedal robots currently in development, only ATRIAS mimics “the elastic, energy retention” characteristics of human legs. Why develop bipedal robots that walk like humans? To scare children and expedite the obsolescence of human beings, obviously. I kid. In truth, emulating human walking in robotics serves the purpose of saving energy. Already, ATRIAS expends significantly less energy when walking as compared to other...

  • Nexpaq is a smart, modular Iron Man suit for your smartphone

    Phones embracing the beauty of modular technology might still seem a big strange to some, and a bit far from consumer reality. This is mainly because consumers are used to choosing a device with a set spec sheet. Modular technology turns this notion on its head, giving consumers the power to choose the features of their phones. It's brilliant, and we're holding thumbs for the likes of Google's Project Ara modular smartphone project, but another company is thinking of the closer future, bringing modular technology to something a little closer to the smartphone, but not quite the smartphone itself. Read more:...

  • 10 movies that predicted and inspired the future of tech

    Since the days of Jules Verne -- author of Around the World in Eighty Days, and the like -- science fiction has been trying to predict the future, from the cars we drive (or fly) to the food (or pills) we eat. Science fiction has also opened doors to the future, even if we couldn't walk through them just yet. Even so, people in the 20th century expected us present folk to be flying around in jet-packs or travelling on air with the latest flying cars as portrayed on some movies. Hollywood took this as a challenge of creating more inventions...

  • 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...