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This Robotic Rubik's Cube Can Solve Itself

It’s not going to set any world records, but this robotic Rubik’s Cube that’s filled with electronics and tiny electric motors is actually more impressive than watching someone race through the puzzle in a few seconds because it can solve itself without any assistance—aside from a human messing it up in the first place…

These Laser Tag Wands Deliver Some Hogwarts Fun Without as Much Studying

As a kid, I would have been ecstatic to attend Hogwarts instead of my boring public school. But given the choice as an adult, even the promise of magic isn’t enough to convince me to ever go back to school again. Why would I spend years studying textbooks and practicing potions when JAKKS Pacific’s new Wizard Training…

It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the toys and merchandise that have caught our eyes lately. This week: repping your favorite Marvel heroes as the nights grow colder, how to make your Nerf armory even more ridiculous, and...poop? Check it out!

This Quirky Folding E-ink Typewriter Strips Away All of Your Fun, Productivity-Killing Distractions This Quirky Folding E-ink Typewriter Strips Away All of Your Fun, Productivity-Killing Distractions

The laptop computer is one of our greatest mobile productivity tools, and at the same time, a fantastic way to procrastinate with endless distractions at your fingertips. For those times when you’re racing a deadline, and can’t trust yourself with easy access to Facebook, King Jim’s new Pomera e-ink typewriter strips…

The New GoPro Hero 7 Black Promises Smoother Footage, But That's About It The New GoPro Hero 7 Black Promises Smoother Footage, But That's About It

Following another round of in-store display leaks that GoPro just can’t seem to avoid, the action cam maker officially announced today a new 7-series line featuring three compact cameras differentiated by scaling features, but now easily distinguished by black, silver, and white housings.

Watch Chadwick Boseman Go Sledding Without Snow in a VFX Breakdown of Black Panther's Climactic Fight

When two characters with super-human abilities are duking it out on a busy hovertrain track deep inside a subterranean mine, you assume there’s some Hollywood magic at work. VFX studio DNEG pulls back the curtain to reveal its post-production work on Black Panther’s climactic fight scene, including Chadwick Boseman’s…

Shattering the Bike Land Speed Record at 183.9MPH Looks Weirdly Chill

On Sunday, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah were witness to yet another land speed record being shattered. Extreme cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek hopped on her two-wheeled ride, and with the assistance of a streamlined pace vehicle, hit an average speed of 183.932 miles per hour over a distance of three-and-a-half…

This Clever Laptop Power Plug Shows How Great a Tiny Innovation Can Be

The tiny, thin pair of prongs used on plugs in North America and in other parts of the world are nearly impossible to jam into a power outlet if you can’t see what you’re doing. Ten One Design’s new Stella plug improves on the design with something we’ve never seen before: a built-in flashlight that automatically…

British Town Blames Spiders for Ghostly Sound of Children Singing at Night

Can you think of anything creepier in the middle of the night than the distant, melancholy sounds of children singing? It’s pure nightmare fuel, but it was also the reality for a small family in eastern England who for months reportedly had to endure a haunting rendition of “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” from children…

Tinkerer Builds More Durable Version of Nintendo Labo Toys Using Lego

When I reviewed Nintendo’s Labo kits a few months ago, I was genuinely impressed that the company had managed to create playable accessories out of cardboard. However, a few months later they’re starting to show some wear and tear, and glue and tape can only go so far when it comes to repairing them. That’s why I love…

If You Hate Your Eyes, You Can Now Watch Video Recorded On a Vinyl Record

There’s a case to be made that audio on an analog medium like a vinyl record can sound better, at least in some aspects, than a digital music file. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about video. Alas, a company called Supersense now sells the hardware you need to enjoy an analog video experience again—but do you…

Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week

Ending the week without a list of new ways to blow your paycheck just feels wrong, so welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week we’ve got some Star Wars-themed costume ideas that will unintentionally terrify your neighborhood, a fun Squirrel Girl doll…

This Wireless Charging Backup Battery Is a Wonderfully Convenient Upgrade This Wireless Charging Backup Battery Is a Wonderfully Convenient Upgrade

Aside from making them smaller, boosting their capacities, or adding more ports, there’s not much room to innovate when it comes to backup batteries. But Avido’s new WiBa power bank manages to squeeze wireless charging into a portable power source that’s so convenient, it now goes everywhere my smartphone does.

Apple Watch Series 4: Here’s Everything It Can Do Apple Watch Series 4: Here’s Everything It Can Do

Coming as a surprise to no one who eagerly scanned the countless leaks, today Apple revealed the fourth generation Apple Watch which sticks with the wearable’s square-faced, minimalist form factor, but improves how much info can be squeezed on that tiny display, and the watch’s health-tracking capabilities.

Pandemic Infects Rome, Tales From The Loop Heads to the '90s, and More Tabletop Gaming News Pandemic Infects Rome, Tales From The Loop Heads to the '90s, and More Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy games... for the most part. It’s been quite an eventful couple of weeks, as game companies get ready for the holiday season. We had so many announcements and…

A New Robovac Merged a Roomba With a DustBuster To Create a Potential Dust-Killing Machine

Even after spending $950 on the new self-emptying Roomba, there will still be lots of places in your home that require another vacuum to clean them. It’s a problem common to all robot vacuums—except the new Coral One. Built into this robovac is a removable hand vac that can be used to clean anywhere in your home the…

Sphero's Rolling Robots Gain a Tiny Display and the Ability to Roam in Packs

Originally sold as the world’s first remote control ball, Sphero’s baseball-sized rolling toy has evolved over the years to eventually become one of the most accessible ways to learn the basics of coding robots. Bolt, the company’s latest creation, adds new abilities and ways to automate the bot’s behavior, including…

Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week, Spider-Punk rocks out, Overwatch’s D.Va adds another sweet piece of merch to her highlight reel, a very cool Star Wars set, and...Barbie’s craziest ride yet? Check it out!

How VFX Artists Created One of Westworld's Most Gruesome Deaths How VFX Artists Created One of Westworld's Most Gruesome Deaths

It’s no easy task ranking the grisly deaths in Westworld; there’s a steady stream of characters who find themselves at the wrong end of a knife, sword, or six-shooter. But actor Masaru Shinozuka’s Shogun character surely had one of the most shocking exits during season two, requiring extensive practical and digital…

iRobot Finally Makes a Roomba That Empties Itself

With the new i7+, it looks like iRobot is taking robot vacuums a step closer to truly being a hands-free way to keep your floors clean. Instead of having to constantly empty the robot’s tiny dirt bin, the i7+ has an oversized dock that transfers dust and debris into a larger reservoir with disposable bags that don’t…

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