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Lego's Voltron Is Wonderful Proof That Fans Are Sometimes Worth Listening To Lego's Voltron Is Wonderful Proof That Fans Are Sometimes Worth Listening To

Listening to what customers want is crucial for any company to survive, but in 2008 Lego took that idea farther than most by enlisting its dedicated fanbase to actually help it design new sets. The approach has led to some of the company’s most memorable creations to date, including a towering new Voltron set that…

Watch This Artist Create a Photo Realistic Portrait of the Iron Spider Using Just Colored Pencils

Wajid Ali, a self-taught artist based in the United Kingdom, creates masterpieces using a medium you probably gave up sometime around the fifth grade: colored pencils. But whereas you struggled to stay in the lines, Ali creates portraits of pop culture icons you’d swear were actually photographs once he puts down his…

Your External Hard Drive Can Finally Join Your Computer's Trippy Light Show

If you’re someone who can’t work, play, or kill time online without your desktop PC blinding you with a spectacle of flashing LEDs, ASUS will now let your external hard drive join the desktop rave. The company’s new FX HDD drive includes its own set of LEDs, illuminating a circuit trace pattern that will sync to the…

This $600 Shoelace-Tying Robot Was Built on a Shoestring Budget

With a budget of just $600—a mere pittance compared to what robots like ATLAS cost to develop—students from the University of California’s Davis’ College of Engineering created a machine that’s capable of tying a shoe all by itself.

A Where's Waldo-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler's Only Job

Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Waldo on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called redpepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Waldo playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveler in as little as four-and-a-half…

Intel Says It Made the 'World's Densest' SSD By Cramming 32-Terabytes Into the Shape of a Ruler Intel Says It Made the 'World's Densest' SSD By Cramming 32-Terabytes Into the Shape of a Ruler

You probably haven’t touched a 12-inch ruler since your grade school days, but think back to how that makeshift sword felt in your hand; that’s roughly the same size as a new solid state drive from Intel that stacks 64 memory cells atop each other to create a dense 3D grid packing 32-terabytes of storage.

These New Pop Culture Precious Moments Statues Give You and Your Grandma Something to Collect Together These New Pop Culture Precious Moments Statues Give You and Your Grandma Something to Collect Together

The elderly can be a lucrative demographic to target, at least until your customers die and stop buying your products. So in an attempt to get a new generation hooked on collecting its doe-eyed sculptures, Precious Moments is expanding with a series of pop culture-inspired pieces featuring memorable film characters…

If You're Lazy and Live Alone, You Need This Motorized Handheld Dish Scrubber

If you find yourself living in a small apartment without a dishwasher, live alone, or have a roommate that’s as lazy as you when it comes to kitchen cleanup, there’s finally a better solution that doesn’t involve just tossing all your fine china once it gets dirty. This handheld motorized scrubbing brush does all the…

With Some Clever Engineering, This Guy Made a Supersized Lego Helicopter Actually Fly

Instead of relying on just his imagination to make Lego toys fly, Adam Woodworth supersizes his favorite sets and upgrades them with motors and electronics so they can take to the skies all by themselves. But with a blocky rotor that’s clearly not designed for flight, can you figure out how this Lego helicopter…

Princess Leia, Pikachu's Butt, and More Wonderfully Weird Toys of the Week Princess Leia, Pikachu's Butt, and More Wonderfully Weird Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the most delightful toys we’ve seen tempting our savings accounts on the internet. This week: S.H. Figurarts finally brings Princess Leia to its Star Wars line, Overwatch’s best dad gets the chibi treatment, and honest to god Pokébutts. Check it out!

Lego Batman, Superman, and Emmet Star in the Best Airplane Safety Video You've Ever Seen

In the escalating arms race that is entertaining airline safety videos, Turkish Airlines has just dropped the equivalent of the atomic bomb on its competitors. Its new in-flight video features characters from The Lego Movie inside a fantastically detailed Lego airplane. It’s...awesome.

This Guy Figured Out How to Turn an Old Kindle Into the Perfect Clock for Book Nerds This Guy Figured Out How to Turn an Old Kindle Into the Perfect Clock for Book Nerds

If that drawer full of neglected, outdated gadgets in your desk happens to include a Kindle, Jaap Meijers has come up with a clever way to put it back into service. His girlfriend, an avid reader and English literature teacher, wanted a clock for their living room, so Meijers hacked an older model Kindle to display…

Aspiring Avengers Can Now Build Their Own Superhero Gauntlet Aspiring Avengers Can Now Build Their Own Superhero Gauntlet

Released ahead of The Last Jedi, littleBits’ Droid Inventor Kit let aspiring Jedis build and customize their own astromech droids—even if they didn’t have the Force. The company’s new Avengers Hero Inventor Kit takes a similar DIY approach, but instead of robotic sidekicks, kids can design and program their own…

The Perfect Nerf Knock-Offs The Perfect Nerf Knock-Offs

Nerf ranks up there with Lego, Hot Wheels, and Barbie, as one of the most recognizable brands in the toy industry, but can you have just as much fun pinging your co-worker with foam ammo fired from one of its competitor’s products? I went hands on with two Nerf alternatives: the Adventure Force Commandfire and…

These Slightly Wrong T-Shirts Will Enrage Your Nerdy Friends These Slightly Wrong T-Shirts Will Enrage Your Nerdy Friends

An online shop called slightlywrong will finally let you strike back at over-zealous fans who have annoyingly dedicated their lives to correcting misquotes. The store sells a small collection of pop culture-inspired t-shirts that are sooo close to being accurate—but wrong enough to enrage nerdy pedants.

Watch This Robotic Camera Rig Create 3D Animations With Light

Instead of repeatedly standing in front of a camera and waving an LED bulb to create long-exposure light paintings, Josh Sheldon automated the process with an impressive photography rig that takes orders directly from 3D animation software. The resulting animations, made with precise camera moves and robot-controlled…

Hellboy, Waffle Makers, Overwatch Nerf Blasters, and More of the Most Collectible Toys of the Week Hellboy, Waffle Makers, Overwatch Nerf Blasters, and More of the Most Collectible Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all things fun, collectible, and frivolous. San Diego Comic-Con is but a distant memory at this point, but thankfully there’s still plenty of toy news to be had. Lego’s still pumping out new sets, Jell-O’s trying its hand at making edible toys, and we’ve got some fun…

You Can Build This Creepy, Crawly Robotic Centipede Yourself—and Then Stomp It Back to Hell

Designing robots that emulate how creatures move and walk helps us not only understand the world around us, but also improve how automatons of the future will get around. But on the other hand, that same research has given birth to this creepy centipede robot toy that squirms around on 18 flailing legs like a tiny…

Jell-O’s New ‘Special Recipe’ Kit Lets You Make Jiggly Blocks That Stack Like Lego Jell-O’s New ‘Special Recipe’ Kit Lets You Make Jiggly Blocks That Stack Like Lego

Lego might be the most popular toy on Earth, but it’s about to get some stiff (jiggly?) competition from Kraft-Heinz, which just tweaked the recipe of its Jell-O gelatin mix, making it thicker and sturdier. It’s only available in new Jell-O Play kits that also include plastic molds for making squishy bricks that can…

This Hypnotic Machine Perfectly Juggles a Ping-Pong Ball By Listening to the Bounce

Bouncing a ping-pong ball on a paddle isn’t terribly challenging for someone with even a modicum of hand-eye coordination, but what if you were blindfolded and had to only rely on your ears? That makes the challenge almost impossible, but unexpectedly it turned out to be an effective approach for this ball-juggling contraption

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