Recent times have been good to Back To The Future fans. Nike brought out Marty McFly's awesome MAG shoes (minus auto-lacing, sadly). DeLorean resurrected its iconic car as an all-electric vehicle. Now, Mattel is tackling what's at the top of our BTTF wishlist: the hoverboard.
Toymaker and spider-'bot lover Jaimie Mantzel made a pretty lofty claim in a video he uploaded to YouTube yesterday. He's calling his newly unveiled creation the "greatest toy in the universe." That's some pretty big talk, and — OH MY GOD TWO LAYERS OF ARMOR HE DID NOT
When you become an adult, it seems most people switch from Etch-A-Sketches to zen gardens. Finally, someone has combined the best of both — doodling on a large scale — with a dose of technology added in for all us geeks.
There are some new stack and lock bricks on the scene. Lego bricks are classic toys, but there's no denying these re-envisioned "Earth Blocks," made partially from recycled materials — coffee beans, cedar sawdust and cedar bark — are a fantastic idea.
Nowhere does there exist such a disparity in function as there does between the different kids of smartphone apps. They can be used to save your buns from driving too drunk, and now they can be used to shoot people. Of course. Laser tag for our post-laser age, the Xappr or Micro-Zappr Gun can attach to your smartphone and turn any place into a battlefield, at any time.
What's that in the sky? Neo flying around your city, and you're in The Matrix!? Or did someone just create a real, working Iron Man suit? None of the above. The real answer is far simpler.
The notion I find most seductive when it comes to 3D printing is its parallels to digital distribution. If I want something, I can find it on the Internet and zap it right into the home — my 3D printer will whip it up. We're not there yet, but we've got a little peek of that future through MakerBot Playsets.
Sorry to burst your iBubble, but that Steve Jobs action figure is not getting made. After receiving legal threats from Apple and Jobs' family for using the late Steve's likeness, Tandy Cheung, the guy who sought to mass produce the figures is calling it quits.
The form and function of an old school 8mm video camera is back — having been shrunk to keychain toy size. If you love vintage film or just want to play this digital version of an 8mm camera the Fuuvi Bee is retro heaven.
As a child I loved my Erector Set and my Lego blocks, but children of today will have something even cooler to tinker with, robot blocks called Cubelets.