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The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (300 pages)
David J. Perdue
(No Starch Press)
Lego Mindstorms is one of the latest educational toys aimed at getting kids interested in high-tech subjects the fun way: by building robots. Aimed at kids 10 years old and up, the robotics kit teaches young students about building, programming, and electronics. read more »
Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »
Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that? read more »
Apple released their newly redesigned iPod Nano back in September, and sales for this MP3 player were a bit slow at first but have begun to turn around during the holiday season. The Apple iPod Nano is now one of the top selling tech gadgets this holiday season. read more »
Einstein has returned from outer space, according to scientists, and he's taken on the form of the world's first android head with a humanoid body. The synthesis of the two distinct areas of an android robot and bi-ped humanoid robot is the first of its kind, and results in a creepy looking science genius. read more »
The highly-anticipated successor to the Nokia N95 smart phone may have been spotted in some leaked photos posted at Mobile-Review's forum. This new smart phone is called the Nokia N96, and it looks like it will be available sometime in early 2008. read more »
Panasonic has recently released the PV-GS85 camcorder which offers optical image stabilization, 32x optical zoom, still-shot mode, and widescreen recording format - all for under $300. The PV-GS85 is a solid camcorder that has its good points as well as bad points, so lets see if this camcorder is right for you... read more »
TomTom’s newest GPS device isn’t your average navigational unit. The TomTom GO 920T has a 4.3 inch touch-screen, integrated Bluetooth, voice address input, Enhanced Positioning Technology, and much more. TomTom is the largest GPS manufacturer in the world so rest-assured, their top-of-the-line GPS unit is the real deal. read more »
When SanDisk first announced their new Sansa View Media Player at CES 2007, they had high hopes for the widescreen video player. For some reason or another, SanDisk changed their minds about the design of the Sansa View, and they canned the original design. SanDisk has now recently released the updated version of the SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player, and it has gotten pretty good reviews. read more »