Wooden Block Transformers Are Baby’s First Optimus Prime

Plastic injection molding might be a modern manufacturing marvel, but there’s still an undeniable appeal to good old lumber. So if you’re looking to introduce a little one to the joy of transforming robots, these wooden WooBots are a gorgeous alternative to mass-produced plastic. »Tuesday 10:30am11/24/15 10:30am


MST3K Has Found the Perfect Formula for Reviving a Beloved Series

Whenever a beloved project like Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to life, there’s always the danger that it’s going to be a pale simulacrum of the original. Or so awful that it tarnishes the original version. But the new MST3K is uniquely positioned to avoid these pitfalls—not just because of what it was, but how… »11/17/15 6:40pm11/17/15 6:40pm

You Can Finally Buy That Beautiful Handheld Wooden Video Game Emulator

A few months ago designer Love Hultén had us all lusting over his portable wooden gaming console called the Pixel Vision that reminded us of the folding Game Boy Advance SP. And in response to all of the positive and envious feedback he got, he’s decided to put it into production and sell it via Kickstarter. »11/13/15 11:55am11/13/15 11:55am

This Video Explains Everything That is Wrong With Kickstarter

Kickstarter has made countless dreams come true and changed the way many companies do business. But over the past few years, it’s also become bloated with scams, half-baked product pitches, and brilliant, well-intentioned ideas that somehow never see the light of day no matter how much money we sink into them. »11/07/15 10:00am11/07/15 10:00am

There's Finally Battle-Safe Foam Lightsabers That Actually Glow

In the world of Star Wars make-believe you usually have two choices: you can go with a realistic plastic glowing lightsaber, and never actually make contact with your opponent, or opt for safer foam, and battle it out without the glow. A new Kickstarter, however, promises the the best of both worlds. »11/06/15 11:20am11/06/15 11:20am

Connect These Modular Marble Mazes To Make One Giant Desktop Distraction

Toys are meant to be touched and played with, but there’s one toy that kids (and grownups) are happy to just stare at for hours on end: marble mazes. But Marbleocity’s laser-cut wooden marble runs aren’t completely hands-off; they arrive ‘all assembly required’, making them even more fun. »10/25/15 7:00pm10/25/15 7:00pm

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Won't Be Solved by a Fucking Kickstarter 

The White House has launched a crowdfunding campaign for refugees fleeing Syria, partnering with Kickstarter, Twitter, Airbnb, Starbucks, and grocery service Instacart to raise money. This crowdfunding campaign is a sad barometer for how broken the government’s response system for humanitarian aid is. »10/07/15 6:45pm10/07/15 6:45pm

What Does Virtual Reality Feel Like? This Muscle-Stimulating Arm Band Will Show You

VR technology has made huge leaps over the past few years, but one thing that’s sorely lacking is an interface that lets you feel in the virtual world. Now, a startup from the University of Tokyo says it has come up with one of the world’s first video game controller that let you touch in VR. »9/23/15 9:23am9/23/15 9:23am