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Kickstarting Keyboard.io, the scratch-built keyboard

Jesse Vincent has productized the scratch-built split keyboard he built and is kickstarting a production run.

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Amazon Fire Phone for $159, includes one year of Prime

On June 23, I posted that an Amazon Fire Phone (32GB, Unlocked GSM) was selling for $179. I almost bought one, because it includes a year of Amazon Prime, which I pay $100 per year for. That meant the real cost of the phone was $79.

Today, Amazon is offering the same phone for $159, including the same one year of Prime deal. That did it for me. I bought one. I'm going to use it as my international travel phone (my iPhone is locked by AT&T so I can't use another carrier's SIM card) and a replacement phone for when my daughter drops her iPhone in the toilet.

Watch this '80s vision of future tech from Apple, and be glad for what didn't come true

This 1987 video from Apple imagines a future world in 1997 made richer and more wonderful by all the sweet Apple products Apple was going to build.

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Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator

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Made of opaque aluminum, this $150 gadget hooks up to a proper cellphone and makes all the right moves and noises. It was "made in response to countless requests from Star Trek fans all over the world," so you can stop asking now.

For nearly 50 years, 700 hours of content from six television series and eleven movies, has made Star Trek into an entertainment and pop culture icon across the world. With its visionary philosophy and thrill for adventure, Star Trek continues to boldly go into new territories, as the rebooted film franchise goes on to wow new audiences. The Wand Company’s Star Trek Original Series Communicator is the most accurate replica ever made, designed using the first ever structured-light 3D scans taken of the Alpha Hero Prop, crammed full of advanced technology, bringing new levels of action and immersion for Star Trek fans of all ages.

• First fully working wireless Communicator
• Bluetooth® Handset for pairing with Bluetooth® enabled mobile cellular phones
• Constructed from pressed metal, die cast metal, machined aluminum and textured ABS to replicate the original hero prop
• Magnetic stand, with metal base and multi-colour LED charge status illumination
• Built-in lithium polymer battery with wireless charging, just place on stand to automatically charge the power cell • High quality molded polyurethane foam-lined transit case
• High quality speaker, great for hands-free calls and even playing music streaming from any bluetooth enabled audio player
• high quality MEMS microphone for crystal clear call quality
• Will delight collectors
• Wide range of authentic sound effects and conversation fragments from the Star Trek Universe

You can pre-order now. It ships January 2016.

Star Trek The Original Series Communicator Bluetooth Handset [Startrek.com via The Verge]

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The IBM 1620, an affordable “scientific computer” from 1959.

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The IBM 1620 was released by IBM on October 21, 1959, touted as an inexpensive "scientific computer."

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Hey, kids, let's play militarized police force!


The Pentagon's 1033 program makes sure that every Barney Fife has his own rocket launcher, and Playmobil is right there with him.

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Star Trek paperclips


$20 gets you 40 clips, half in the shape of the Starfeelt insignia, the other half shaped like the Enterprise.

Photoset of the legendary "Nintendo" Play Station

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Sony's classic console was originally envisaged as part of a collaboration with then-market leader Nintendo. It went its own way, and the rest is history. Here's a look at a rarely-pictured prototype, though, thanks to imgur user DanDiebold. [via]

Kickstarting a 6-lens spherical 60fps VR camera


Jeffrey Martin writes, "I have been working for the last couple of years on this camera, and we have launched today on Kickstarter. It is a beautiful, small device (the size of a tennis ball) with six cameras that make a 4K-resolution, 60fps, spherical video."

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3000mAh Mini Portable Charger for $6

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This is the best price I've seen on the RAVPower Luster 3000mAh Mini Portable Charger ($6). It has enough juice to give most phones a full charge.

Cross-sectioned brain sample drink coasters


Thinkgeek's Brain Specimen Coasters come in a set of ten, stacking to form a 3D brain. (via Geeky Merch)

Roll-up floating pool-pad that supports up to 1300lbs

The largest-sized Aqua Lily Pad weighs 57lbs and unrolls to 20' long, and will support up to 1300lbs of sun-loungers, coolers, and people.

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Utility knife in a zipper-pull

Gerber's GDC Zip Blade measures 1.7" when closed and is intended to be used as a zipper-pull (it has a quick-release) -- the 0.68" blade locks open for a total length of 1.7" (there's also a multidriver and hexkey version) (via Canopy)

Parasite playing cards

The lucky attendees at this year's meeting of the American Societe of Parasitologists got a gorgeous deck of parasite-themed playing cards into their conference bags.

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This $11 car gadget can save you money

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Have you ever neglected to sufficiently tighten the gas cap after refueling your car? If you have a car built after 1996, it's likely to have triggered the "Check Engine" dashboard idiot light, even though nothing is wrong with your car.

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Fire-pistons: start fires by compressing air


The Survival School Fire Piston is a gadget that uses a hand-pumped piston to compress air, creating enough heat to spark a bit of tinder.

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How to make a working quadcopter out of the Apple Watch packaging box

“I Watch You,” a most nifty hack by Eirik Solheim.

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