I’ve been watching STEAM and/or STEAM toys with great interest and great skepticism. While many parents and teachers report great success with programming toys like Cleverbot and whatever this thing is, I’ve found that kids (and parents) I know find many STEM toys to be sterile, boring, and just no fun. The same held true for the notoriously fiddly LittleBits kits. These kits… Read More
Ever wanted to build an R2-D2 to call your own? You could drop a few million dollars to get all the screen-used parts/props… Or you could spend a few weeks in the shop bangin’ on scrap metal to build one from scratch. Or you could grab littleBit’s new Droid Inventor Kit and call it a day. It’s pint-sized and not quite as intense as the aforementioned options, but hey… Read More
There’s a new remote-controlled Star Wars droid on the way, but it might not be the one at the top of most people’s gift lists. The R/C Mouse Droid (via Gizmodo) is about as basic as a bot can get, but the tiny scene stealing droid will be very familiar (and possibly even cherished) by fans of the original series, where it had a pivotal role expressing very animal-like terror… Read More
Usually, when you fall in love with some cool gadget depicted on-screen in the latest science fiction blockbuster, the best you can hope for is that maybe, maybe some gifted entrepreneur will be inspired to bring it to life in the years to come.
For the most part, that’ll be true of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (coming this December, as if you hadn’t already put it on your calendar). Read More
This week’s Droidcast features Darrell Etherington, Chris Velazco, Greg Kumparak and Kyle Russell, and we discuss the looming Nexus 6, as well as more Motorola with the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo. Also up for debate are the merits of Samsung’s own-review of the Gear S, which heralds a new low in content marketing, and the Chromecast’s ability to play games, and whether… Read More