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Dolls with hearing aids, port-wine stains and canes

Makielab, the 3D printed toy company my wife Alice founded, has created a line of toys for the Toy Like Me campaign, which urges toy companies to make toys that all children can see themselves in.

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Light-up Death Star beach ball

That's no moon -- it's a $10, 14" beach ball with impact activated LEDs!

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book: THING EXPLAINER

Coming this November (pre-order here), Thing Explainer expands the premise of Up Goer Five, Munroe's blueprint of the Saturn Five rocket that restricted its vocabulary to the thousand most common English words.

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C.H.I.P. is a $9 computer smaller than a credit card


Described by its creators as tiny and easy-to-use, C.H.I.P. is a straight-up computer that does "computer things" such as word processing, web surfing and video games. But at only $9, it's unbelievably inexpensive.

But it's versatile enough to be used for projects, too, from DIY wearable technology to the classroom.

The open-source gadget has a 1GHz CPU, 512Mb RAM, and 4GB of storage built in. WiFi and Bluetooth are for connectivity and peripherals.

C.H.I.P. is built to be flexible. Whether you’re building yourself a wall clock that counts down time to the next bus at your stop, or setting up a network of hundreds of solar-powered air quality sensors for use in disaster relief, you need the same basic tools to start from: a processor, a way to exchange data, and a way to power everything. With C.H.I.P., all the groundwork is laid, and the only question is what you’ll do next.

The "downside" is that it's a bare-bones circuit board. But even then, no DIY skills are required to get up an running: just plug in the power supply and monitor and you have a 2-inch desktop computer booting into a tailored Linux operating system.

There's even a case, the Pocket Chip, which includes a keyboard, tracking nub, 4.3" touchscreen LCD display and battery, to turn it into a portable. And it only adds another $40 to the price.

They've already surged past their Kickstarter goal, so expect to see a lot of these in the wild.

Skinjob suit for living Ken dolls

The $919 lean muscle suit (comes in 15 colors including bright yellow!) makes you look like a reasonably priced, smooth-crotched anatomical drawing.

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Drug pump is "most insecure" devices ever seen by researcher

Security researcher Jeremy Richards has called the Hospira Lifecare PCA 3 drug-pump "the least secure IP enabled device" he's examined.

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Yes, I like that $5 generic phone mount I mentioned earlier


A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the Kenu Airframe, a nice portable smartphone car mount that cost $20. I mentioned that there was a knockoff version for $5. I ordered it and I like it a lot.


Like the Kenu, it has a rubber clip designed pinch your car's air vent. I drive a Prius and is fits snugly.


I have no idea why one of of the spring clamp is circular. Both ends of the clamp are rubberized so it grips the phone well.


It grips smaller phones as well as my large iPhone 6 Plus.


Another view of the rubber clip.

iMeshbean Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphone (10¢ + $4.99 shipping)

Contact lens vending-machine

Spotted today in Berlin's Tegel airport, on my way to Re:publica.

Kickstarting a second Oh Joy Sex Toy collection

The first collection of the smashing, sex-positive webcomic was such a success, they're doing it again!

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Lenovo's expensive answer to the new MacBook


Lenovo's LaVie Z is a new 1.87lb laptop that's even lighter than the new MacBook Air. Moreover, it sports three USB ports, a beefy Core i7 5500U CPU, and even claims the same 9-10 hours of battery life.

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Hourglass full of magnetized "sand"

This $14, 100-second hourglass is filled with magnetized iron filings that form beautiful fans and other shapes as the sand drains into the bottom bulb. (via Canopy)

Minimalist Bluetooth knob controls "anything"


Griffin's PowerMate Bluetooth is a shiny spinner knob. You hook it up to your computer via Bluetooth. Then you can control something with the knob. Volume sliders, browser scrolling, Arkanoid, whatever—just so long as it's on a Mac. So you can't really control anything, per se, and it is not "unlimited," as suggested in the marketing copy. In addition to computers running the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, your destiny cannot be controlled using the PowerMate Bluetooth.

But for those with a Mac, there's an included app to program more complex scripting around the gadget, too. One AAA battery provides two months of use, according to the specs. It's $59 from Amazon. 61MlTD0dYwL._SL1280_

Anyone can open a Master Lock padlock in under two minutes

Well-known security researcher Samy Kamkar has discovered a simple method for cracking the popular Master Lock padlock in eight or fewer tries, meaning that most gym lockers can be popped in less than two minutes.

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Toy, snap-fit hydraulics

Small Machines are snap-fit, laser-cut simple hydraulic machines that use standard syringes and plastic tubing filled with tap-water for motion-control.

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$17 radio amp lets thieves steal Priuses

If your car has a proximity-based ignition fob that lets you start the engine without inserting a key, thieves on the street in front of your house can use an amp to detect its signal from your house and relay it to the car, getting away clean.

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Travel smart with hanging compression shelves

I spend one in three nights on the road -- in hotels, on friends' couches, even in RVs -- and figuring out luggage is my obsession, which is why I gave Valet Luggage Compression Shelves a try. Read the rest

Walmart's $150 Chromebook not awful, say reviewers

k2-_8d372c8c-01b4-4d04-a02f-805a6a72063d.v2 HiSense's amazingly cheap laptop is "a good, basic experience that doesn’t feel as slow as some past ARM Chromebooks have," writes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica. PC World agrees, writing that "it is now possible to buy an adequate computer for $149, a cash outlay many people can afford."

Matt Weinberger thinks that the design is surprisingly sleek for a low end machine "that's far more than I could have asked for" given the price.

CNET's Sarah Mitroff warns that the keys feel mushy, but says it's a promising pick for people who just want the cheapest decent laptop going.

One downside is that there's only one place you can get it.