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Last week was a massive user-data breach. This week Facebook enters smart display business with Portal, a wireless speaker, camera, LCD, and Alexa integrated gadget. Great timing Facebook! I think I will take a solid pass on Facebook having an open microphone and camera in my home. I will be massively surprised if this product succeeds at gaining mass user adoption. Ask yourself if you trust Facebook with this type of device in your home. I certainly don’t. There will be two Portal configurations: a 10.1-inch 720p version ($200),...

Posted on Oct 4 2018 - 12:00pm by Steve M
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Yep, welcome to 2018 where kids get toys that simulate playing with poop. I just bought two sets. This is the Play-Doh Poop Troop Set ($39) which allows kids create their own hilarious poo characters out of squishy play-doh. “Make creations like poop monsters or the famous emojis with the poo mold or by squeezing them from the decorating tool.” This poopy Play-Doh set comes with 10-cans of doh, 4 of which are brown in color. ...


My two main gripes about RC drones are around battery life and wireless range. Even the new DJI’s with all of their improvements in battery life and range, still have me wrapping up flights in under 30 minutes. If the tech keeps improving I may not have to wait too much longer. Fingers crossed.

Or… I could buy a Parrot DISCO today – swap out some batteries and mod the wireless signal to work over the 4G LTE cellular network. That means, flight times over an hour with range only limited by battery life and cellular signals. The mod is from UAVPAL and can be found here.

Mahindra Roxor Black

Who knew there was a tiny Jeep copycat running around?  Not I. The Mahindra Roxor lives somewhere between an old Jeep CJ and a UTV. It is made in India by  Mahindra which has been making vehicles for over 70-years. In fact Mahindra makes things like airplanes, tractors, and cars.

The Roxor is already for sale in the USA starting at around $15,000. The Roxor is not street legal, but either is a UTV (typically). The Jeeps are assembled in the US from CKD (completely knocked down) kits shipped from India. Read on for more details, pictures, and video. (more…)

Starting this off by saying that there are plenty of Google products that I like very much. I am an avid user of the Nest products, search engine, email, etc…  That doesn’t mean I won’t be looking for alternatives if they don’t keep turning up the creepiness. Google’s latest bout of creepiness and overreach are related to the latest version of Chrome, Chrome 69. First of all, Google is moving towards making logging-in for normal browsing almost a requirement.  Secondly, when using Chrome 69, if you log...

Impossible US-1 Drone Clear

Impossible Aerospace claims they have a drone hitting the market in Q4 of 2018 with a two hour flight time. The main structure of the US-1 is full of batteries which is why they have longer than average flight times.

The Impossible US-1 ($7,500 for basic and $9,500 for thermal) comes in a few flavors. Most of the differences are around the camera type (FLIR).

Flight details and telemetry are still unknown but we do have some specs. Details after the break.  (more…)

Posted on Sep 11 2018 - 10:14am by Steve M
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If you are serious about your whisky, or know someone who is, get out your credit card. Inspired by nature, digitally crafted, and meticulously refined with master distiller Jim McEwan, the Norlan Whisky Glass ($48 for two) has been designed to capture whisky’s complex flavors and aromatics and deliver them to the...

Giant Inflatable Fortnite Battle Bus 6If you are serious about your Halloween decorations, this monstrosity might have to make it to your house. It is a giant inflatable Fortnite Battle Bus. If you don’t know what Fortnite is, you clearly don’t have any contact with todays kids – it is a very popular game at the moment.

The inflatable Battle Bus is 17.5-feet tall by 18-feet long with 11 rows of windows. Pretty awesome, and yours for $399 here. More pictures after the break. (more…)

HP hasn’t been terribly relevant for a while but they haven’t thrown in the towel just yet. They are pushing the envelope in the 3D printer world. First they released the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, and now they have announced the Metal Jet 3D metal printer. According to HP, Metal Jet is a “voxel-level binder jetting technology” that’s up to 50 times more productive than existing 3D printing solutions. It also features four times the nozzle redundancy and double the printbars of the competition. Basically,...

A Florida-based company, Blu3, has launched a KickStarter for what they claim is the lightest and smallest (and cheapest) personal dive system.The Blu3 NEMO consists of a battery powered surface-supplied air (SSA) system with a 10-foot air hose. Dive time is 60 minutes and divers don’t need to...