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Monday, June 6, 2016

Gizmodo Australia- Gadgets


Walmart Jumps On Drone Bandwagon, But Won't Use Them For Delivery 

The retailer arms race continues as Walmart becomes the latest company to jump on the drone bandwagon. But unlike nemesis Amazon and other companies testing delivery drones, Walmart will use drones to catalogue warehouse inventory and potentially replace people who manually scan labels.

So Who Won The $10,000 Luxaflex Smart Blinds Package? 

We’ve been searching for the perfect smart home experience, and asking you to tell us how you would make your home smarter to go in the running to win $10,000 worth of smart blinds and installation from Luxaflex. So, who won?

This Video For Asus's ZenBo Robot Is A Little Bit Dorky 

Video: Over the last few years, there’s been a trend in technology press conferences and product announcements to try and make them more human, cool, and connected to real people and reality — to give these hunks of plastic and silicon some more life and presence. Sometimes, they’re a little bit lame. Everyone is guilty of it — SamsungGoogleSamsung, or maybe Microsoft, or Blackberry, or Samsung. Now, it’s Asus’s turn.

5 Things I Learned From Sitting Through A Blackout 

Strong winds and rain on Australia’s east coast over the weekend knocked out power to thousands of houses, including mine. I’m very much an early adopter, so I stream almost all of my entertainment — whether it’s through Netflix, through Apple Music, or through Kindle. When you don’t have a TV or internet or a charger for your phone, living a high-tech life gets a lot more difficult.

This Is Why You Don't Touch Things In Museums 

There’s a reason for why museums have signs saying not to touch the objects on display. Some visitors to the National Watch & Clock Museum of Columbia, Pennsylvania learned that the hard way.

Bose's Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Finally Go Wireless 

Bose likes to talk about how it invented noise-cancelling headphones. While technically true, it didn’t seem to give the company any advantage over the competition that now saturates store shelves with wireless ear gadgets of various kinds. But, finally, Bose is making its most popular noise-cancelling headphone, the QuietComforts, completely wireless.

Putting A Piñata On A Flying Drone Seemed Like A Good Idea At First 

Video: Piñatas are already notoriously difficult to hit while wearing a blindfold and dizzy from spinning. But trying to hit a piñata perched atop a flying drone, and not hanging from a tree, is a even greater challenge.

The US Navy's Futuristic New Diving Helmet Turns Sailors Into Minions 

The US Navy is developing a new diving helmet fitted with something called Divers Augmented Vision Display (DAVD). It’s essentially a fancy underwater HUD. But really, the whole setup basically looks like a high tech Minion costume.

Tony Fadell Quits Nest After A Load Of Problems 

When Google bought Nest in 2014, it seemed like a good bet. After all, the company put out an amazingly successful smart thermostat and followed up that with the awesomely designed Nest Protect smoke alarm. Though they never made it to Australia, they were hits in the US. But after months of reports of shoddy leadership, Fadell is saying goodbye.

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.