This week in Crave: The robo-soldier edition

Grab your morning coffee and get the weekend started off right with a jolt of this week's top stories from Crave.

Tuesday was Zelda Day , so we understand if you spent most of the week celebrating the 26th anniversary of this storied franchise. Rising out of the fog of a Zelda hangover can be tough, but we're here to ease the pain with a dose of this week's top stories from Crave.

• Want to travel to space? Japan wants to take you there... in an elevator .

Next stop: space! Obayashi

• Maybe Mattel should call up this guy to figure out how to make its "Back to the Future" hoverboard actually, you know, hover.

• First, fear-inducing robo-dogs , and now, robot soldiers . To quote Crave commenter Instigator-Jones, "DARPA - you so crazy!"

• Buzz kill: It would take 800,000 years and $8,100,000,000,000,000 to build a real-life Death Star .

• On a happier note, here's a video of a Lego Millennium Falcon coming to life.

• " Torn Lives " is like a PostSecret for snapshot fans, letting you fill in the blanks of torn photos.

• CNET editor Scott Stein thinks the next PlayStation Vita can, and should, be a phone.

• What's the best portable gaming system? Jeff Bakalar breaks it down for you, nice and easy, right here .

• Speaking of gaming, do handheld systems need buttons ?

• The best piece of tech Eric Mack ever bought cost $20 and is the gadget equivalent of a UFC champion. What is it?

• Before you go, take our poll : Will Obama's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights make a difference in online privacy issues?

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About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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