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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Gizmodo Australia Gadgets

11 Of The Most Constipated-Looking Action Figures Ever Released 

As action figures have become more detailed, toy fans have been treated to some amazing-looking figures over the years. But not that long ago, when sculpting techniques were less advanced, toy likenesses could range from the mediocre to the terrifying. Here are 11 figures who look less like they’re ready for action and more like they’re in desperate need of the restroom.

Add A Battery And This Ultra-Thin Bookmark Becomes A Reading Light 

Just because you’ve completely shunned ebooks and e-readers for classic paper tomes, that doesn’t mean you can’t let a little technology improve your reading experience. Kyouei Design’s Bookmark Light will not only save your page, it will also save your eyes, turning into an ultra-compact reading light.

You Can Eat This Delicious VR Headset 

Video: In contrast to the fancy, expensive and much-delayed VR headsets out there, Google Cardboard is refreshingly simple. So simple in fact, that the entire thing can be made from food with no loss of quality, as proven by Make.

You Probably Don't Need A Laundry Folding Machine 

The makers of the FoldiMate realise that the worst part of doing laundry is having to fold all your clothes once they come out of the washer and dryer. A third machine that does all that for you could revolutionise chores as we know it, but the FoldiMate might not be the answer to our lazy prayers.

Craftsman's New Hammer Uses An Adjustable Claw To Maximise Pyring Leverage 

The claw hammer’s design has gone mostly unchanged for over 500 years, but Craftsman believes it’s finally time for an upgrade. The introduction of a pivoting claw on its new Flex Claw Hammer lets you maximise your leverage when removing nails or prying boards at awkward angles.

That George Carlin Hologram Rumour Is Wrong 

Earlier today The Hollywood Reporter reported that the forthcoming National Museum of Comedy in Jamestown, New York would feature a performing hologram of George Carlin. Let us all be deeply thankful that is not actually happening..

Giz Gadgets: The Best And Worst Uses Of Smart Technology 

Each new week brings with it an abundance of new gadgets — whether devised by tech giants like Google and Samsung or pushed by hopeful entrepreneurs to Kickstarter, they run the gamut from useful to niche to tech that nobody really needs. This week we’re looking at gadgets that are designed to help you live longer, smarter and better.

One Pouch Sold Me On The Internet Of Things 

I’d been sitting down for about fifteen minutes listening to a presentation. It was the first morning of Computex proper, and it was about the Internet of Things and the power of The Internet of Things. Intel was telling attendees about the power of IoT devices, with small low-power chips, that can change the way we do everyday things.
I’m a hardcore gamer, and so it’s not a topic that I get naturally excited about. But then the presentation ended and we were given the chance to talk to some of the inventors, entrepreneurs and students trying to create real world solutions. And then I saw a pouch.

The Only Thing Explosive About Segway's Slick Hoverboard Is The Price 

After suing several hoverboard makers over patent violations last year, Segway, which is now owned by Chinese company Ninebot, revealed its own self-balancing scooter in January at CES. The hope, of course, is that the brand name (and accompanying expertise) means the new personal transporter won’t explode while you’re riding it. Five months later, the Segway MiniPro is finally available for pre-order for $US1000 ($1378).

How To Use Smart Blinds To Keep Your House Safe, Even When You're Not There 

There are things we all do when we go away. Take out the garbage so the place won’t smell on your return. And do whatever you can to make it seem like your house isn’t actually empty — put lights on timers, ask friends or neighbours to collect the mail, water plants and put out the bins. But these are awfully 20th century methods of signalling that you’re home. You need something smart. Your home needs protection whether you are at home or not.

Working LEGO Chainsaw Makes Short Work Of LEGO Forests 

Custom builder František Hajdekr has managed to create a working LEGO chainsaw that includes a functional power trigger, a brake lever and a spinning chain blade. Without sharpened teeth on the chain the saw will be hard-pressed to cut even softened butter, but the miniature replica is no less impressive.

Nazi Teleprinter From World War II Bought On eBay By Museum For $20 

Sometimes you can find a real gem on eBay. The UK’s National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park certainly did: It spotted a Nazi teleprinter used during the war for sale on the site and bought it for just $20.

You Can Now Charge Your 3DS With The Lightning Cable You're Already Carrying 

For whatever reason, Nintendo decided not to include a charger with its new 3DS handheld console. You absurdly have to buy one separately, or you could just spend $11 on this new adaptor that lets you use your iPhone or iPad’s Lightning charging cable instead.

The Half Life 2 City Scanner Comes To Life With A Sweet Drone Mod 

Video: Modder Valplushka gave a thorough overhaul to a quadcopter and brought to life the single most annoying enemy in Half-Life 2. All this time, the dystopian haunts of City 17 were just a town in modern day Russia.

Deals: Save 34% On A Pair Of XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones 

Enjoy premium sound quality, noise isolation, and comfort with a pair of XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones. Gizmodo Australia readers can pick up a pair of these incredible phones, which come in either red or black, for only $46 AUD [$32.99 USD], a savings of 34% off the RRP.