Self-Stacking Building Blocks Are Nothing Short of Magic

Deciding that the lowly building block was due for an upgrade, researchers at MIT have created something amazing. The simple-looking M-Blocks are made from an aluminum frame filled with electronics, an electric motor that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and a flywheel. And they can perform some amazing feats without any… » 4/16/14 1:20pm Yesterday 1:20pm

Ingenious Teen's Home-Built Backhoe Toy Works Just Like the Real Thing

This video has been around for a few months, but I just came across it and it's astounding. Check out this Brazilian teen's scratch-built model backhoe. Using plastic syringes and silicon tubing, he's created a miniature hydraulic system that functions the same exact way as the mechanism inside a real excavator. This… » 4/12/14 6:00pm Saturday 6:00pm

You Can Actually Solve This Working Rubik's Cube Lamp

If you've reconciled your childhood frustrations and animosities towards the Rubik's Cube, you might be happy to hear there's now yet another way to make the iconic puzzle a part of a room's decor. Believe it or not this Rubik's Cube LED lamp is actually solvable, although you probably won't want someone to ever mess… » 4/10/14 10:40am 4/10/14 10:40am

This Incredible Robotic Building Set Is Like Lego Come to Life

In today's toy-scape, robotic building sets have handily made the transition from fad to staple, and for good reason—they are awesome. But in a world where Lego Mindstorms reigns king, nothing has managed to combine function, universal appeal, and straight up fun quite like TinkerBots. This could be your kids'—and, for … » 4/10/14 7:00am 4/10/14 7:00am

A Powerful Chemistry Tool Inspired by Music Boxes Only Costs $5

Stanford University's Manu Prakash, Ph.D., loves coming up with cheap, rugged scientific equipment, like his 50-cent microscope made of folded cardboard. Now he's followed that up with another ingenious chemistry tool: A $5 device that uses the guts from a music box to control chemical reactions with super precision. » 4/08/14 12:40pm 4/08/14 12:40pm

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer's brain. » 4/06/14 8:00pm 4/06/14 8:00pm

Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps

There's a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies. But technology isn't all bad. And to bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can… » 3/31/14 2:52pm 3/31/14 2:52pm

That Time the Whac-A-Mole Inventor Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their way by the time Tim Roth, a good Samaritan, was on the scene. As he searched through the rubble … » 3/30/14 9:00am 3/30/14 9:00am

Blink and You'll Miss This 188 MPH RC Car

Last week Samvir Thandi blew our minds with a model rocket car that hit 285 mph. But it was basically just a rocket engine with wheels that you aimed—hopefully accurately—and fired. Nick Case's remote control speed demons actually have electric motors, and his latest creation—quite possibly the world's fastest RC car » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

You Can Finally Buy That Flying Fire-Breathing RC Dragon (For $60,000)

Thanks to Game of Thrones, dragons are en vogue again. And Hammacher Schlemmer is capitalizing on their renewed popularity by letting you buy one of Rick Hamel's amazing flying RC dragons. In the air it can hit a top speed of around 70 mph, and on the ground it actually breathes fire. What more could anyone ever want? » 3/21/14 11:00am 3/21/14 11:00am

Those Mesmerizing Robot Arms Are Back and Playing With Trains Now

It seems the best way to impress someone on the market for a set of industrial robotic arms is to demo them playing with kid's toys. First DENSO Robotics did it with slot cars, and now ABB gets in on the action with this mesmerizing model train demo. » 3/17/14 6:30pm 3/17/14 6:30pm

​Razor Crazy Cart Review: Even More Fun Than It Looks

When I was a kid, the Big Wheel endgame was to pedal down the driveway, then peel out in a Mario Kart-esque sliding turn. That typically meant more skinned chins and elbows than glory. Razor's Crazy Cart, though, lets me drift to my heart's content. You want fun? This thing's got fun. » 3/17/14 1:00pm 3/17/14 1:00pm

A Mechanical Doll That Will Crawl All the Way Into Your Nightmares

The next time your kid complains about not having the latest and greatest toys, just point to them towards this photo of what children in the late 1800s had to play with. On one hand they'll certainly start appreciating what they've got, but on the other they probably won't sleep for a week because this thing will… » 3/14/14 2:40pm 3/14/14 2:40pm