Howto: make your own fantastically detailed Star Trek: TOS bridge playset

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David Weiberg handed down his childhood set of Star Trek: original series action figures to his eight-year-old son, and then the two of them built a fantastically detailed, correctly scaled replica of the original Enterprise's bridge to go with them. Read the rest

Griefer hacks baby monitor, terrifies toddler with spooky voices

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Remember how, back in September 2015, researchers revealed that virtually every "smart" baby-monitor they tested was riddled with security vulnerabilities that let strangers seize control over it, spying on you and your family? Read the rest

I love this super-bright minimalist LED lantern, and will use it to survive the apocalypse

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I've lived in California long enough to have experienced some big earthquakes, and plenty of power outages from big storms like the ones predicted for the current El NiƱo season. Plus, nuclear attack, alien invasion, and zombie Armageddon are all possibilities we all have to live with. When shit gets real, you're gonna need light.

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Kickstarting an unbelievably cute otter-shaped tea-steeper

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The otter perches on your teacup's rim while the tea steeps, staring adorably at you while it goes. Read the rest

3D printed, open-source "pocket watch" with tourbillon

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Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer has built an open-source hardware, 3D printed watch with a tourbillon mechanism, uploading it to Thingiverse for you to print and assemble yourself. Read the rest

How an obsessive jailhouse lawyer revealed the existence of Stingray surveillance devices

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Daniel Rigmaiden was a prolific and talented fraudster who made more than a million dollars filing tax-returns for dead people, using ninja forgery skills and super-tight operational security to avoid arrest for years. Read the rest

Digital guitar tuner for $5 with free shipping

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I don't know how long this deal will last but $5 for a digital guitar/ukulele/violin/bass tuner (on Amazon) is a great deal. I already have one but I just bought a couple more to give away. Read the rest

Kickstarting more gorgeous Soviet deadstock Nixie Tube clocks

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Kyle Miller (previously) writes, "I've recently launched my newest Kickstarter, featuring the third model in my crowdfunded series of Steampunk style Soviet-era nixie tube clocks. Each is handmade in black walnut or purpleheart, brass, and steel and has a ton of features. Super easy to use and no soldering or assembly required." Read the rest

The carpets of CES, 2016 edition

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CES attendee Kusmeroglu archived the beautiful carpets to be found at the convention centers, halls and hotel walkways over which the electronics show sprawls. [via Dean Putney]

Previously: Carpets of CES, 2011 edition. The Best Free Pens of CES Read the rest

3D glasses contacts case

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Kikkerland's $10 3D glasses contact-lens cases get awesome reviews, and are certainly an eye-catching improvement upon the standard plain-plastic version. (via Canopy) Read the rest

Vtech, having leaked 6.3m kids' data, now wants to run your home security

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Remember the Hong Kong-based crapgadgeteer Vtech, who breached 6.3 million kids' data from a database whose security was jaw-droppingly poor (no salted hashes, no code-injection countermeasures, no SSL), who then lied and stalled after they were outed? They want to make home security devices that will know everything you say and do in your house. Read the rest

Menstruation is the mother of invention

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Rose Eveleth presents us a history of patented menstrual devices from 1928 on, from cellular tampons that message you when they need changing to a "Nether garment for and method of controlling crotch odors." Read the rest

The best of CES 2016, in 10 photos

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show is under way in Las Vegas, and we're enjoying the sights and sounds at a distance. Vegas during CES is a lot to handle. Here are 10 images from Reuters photographers that capture some of the more interesting displays over the first few days of the tech showcase.

The Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric concept car is unveiled. REUTERS

An Allie Go, a 360-degree action cam, by IC Real Tech is shown on a helmet. The $599.00 camera uses two sensors with over 180 degree-coverage each and combines the video in the unit using Qualcomm processors. REUTERS

A 3D printer for consumers capable of creating multicolor objects. REUTERS

A Canhe-Fit pendant for pets is displayed on a toy dog. The fitness tracker monitors your pet's activity level, then an App gives nutritional advice depending on the breed, age and weight of the pet. REUTERS

Representatives from the French company Parrot demonstrate a prototype of their new Disco drone at the opening event at CES 2016. The Disco is the first wing-shaped drone which a user can pilot with no learning process, according to the company. REUTERS

A smartphone receives real-time information on air quality from an Airmega air purifier from Coway. The WiFi-enabled, smart air purifiers from South Korea range in price from $749.00-$849.00 depending on the size. REUTERS

Eric Yu of Royole models the company's foldable Smart Mobile Theater system. The $700.00 system has noise-canceling headphones and a viewing system that is vision correctable so you don't need to wear your glasses, Yu said. Read the rest

Bluetooth sports headphones for $16

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Aukey makes smartphone cables, chargers, battery packs, etc. I've tried quite a few things made by Aukey (some were sent for review and others I bought) and have always been happy with the quality. The bluetooth sports headphones made by Aukey are no exception (I bought them). The run about 4 hours on a charge and sound fine for my purposes (90% podcasts and audiobooks, 10% music). Most importantly, they are comfortable, unlike so many earphones I have tried. They are regularly $25, but you can get them for a limited time with the coupon code: 2CHBUTGF. Read the rest

Slideways: if Connect 4 was as sneaky as Go

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Slideways is a tic-tac-toe variant that lets players occupy squares, change their opponents' squares, or move where the squares are relative to one another. It's a strategy game with more sneaky ways to win -- and lose -- than seems possible, at first.

The iPhone of slide rules

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I have vague memories of my older scientist brother Mark wearing a slide rule in a leather case on his belt. It was really one of the first wearable computers, albeit a mechanical, analog one. Then in 1974, he was able to purchase a Texas Instruments SR-50, the first mass-market commercial electronic calculator. The slide rule was buried in Mark's desk drawer, where the SR-50, and later his Sharp Wizard, Palm Pilot, and their descendants would ultimately end up as well. (Mark died wearing a calculator wristwatch!)

In this episode of Numberphile, Alex Bellos explains the seduction of the slide rule and also the Halden Calculex, a device he calls the "iPhone of Slide Rules."

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After years of skiing half-blind, I've finally found the answer

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I'm not a hardcore skiier, but growing up in Canada I did learn, and my family and I go skiing about once a year. Read the rest

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