The hottest toys and top gadgets due to be lining your nearest Toys 'R' Us were given their public debut at the Toy Fair in London. Among the building blocks and train sets, movie and TV show tie-in toys and gaming merchandise dominated many of the stands.
Top shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Game Of Thrones" have been given the toy treatment, with Heisenberg bobble action figures on offer, along with figurines of the family you love to hate, the Lannisters. Iron Man spread himself pretty thin across the show -- turning up in action figure … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Virtual reality 2.0: Taking a ride in the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype.
- NASA JPL takes a VR tour of Mars with Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni (video).
- Hands-on with PlayStation Now: Everything we know so far.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad," and the "wow" factor.
When I was a kid, Lego Space kits were some of the best, because they had astronaut minifigs and colored translucent pieces. Double win. Those tiny explorers usually had the classic Lego Space logo emblazoned on their chests, a red arrow zipping across a gold planet.
Evil Mad Scientist, a small company that offers hardware for maker projects, has created the ultimate Lego Space fashion statement for adults who wish to honor all that time spent tinkering with Lego Space creations. The jacket is a classic leather flight jacket, a la "Top Gun." Other necessary materials include leather paints and a deglazer to strip off the shiny top of the leather and make it suitable for painting.… Read more
The Crawley clan of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil, as well as the servants Carson the butler, Thomas the first footman, Bates the valet, and Branson the chauffeur are all represented in custom-Lego form. … Read more
Few gadgets are remembered as fondly as Sega's Dreamcast, and yet this quirky games machine flopped so hard that it forced Sega to quit the console market entirely. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we take a fond look back at the Dreamcast, its ahead-of-its-time innovations, and the reasons why it died.Back in the game
You'll learn how Sega's final console blew our minds with its built-in Internet powers, and a controller that introduced us to the principles of second-screen gaming, years before Nintendo's Wii U.
You'll also get a look back … Read more
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization researches everything from polymer banknotes to microwave landing systems, but rarely does it venture into creating dragons. Until now.
Young Sophie Lester wrote a letter to CSIRO scientists in hopes of getting a dragon of her very own, and in the process charmed them with her request.
"Hello Lovely Scientist," the little girl wrote. "My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me? I would like it if you could but if you can't thats fine. I would call it Toothless if it was a girl and if it is a boy I would name it Stuart. I would keep it in my special green grass area where there are lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school. Love from Sophie." … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Peter Brown checks out the Razer Project Christine.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad" and the "wow" factor.
- Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014.
- Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype: Head-on.
LAS VEGAS -- It was an unforgettable scene: A crowd of smiling people gathered around a table on the show floor watching a charming, animated, and lifelike green robot dinosaur called Pleo for the first time.
Wait, though. It was CES 2014. Indeed, if you walk the floor of the Robotics section of the giant consumer electronics trade show here this week, you'll see Pleo, as charming … Read more