LEGO Fusion Is Augmented Reality for Tweens

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Augmented Reality (AR) is not just the stuff of wearable displays (like Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens), ghostly virtual assistants, and floating keyboards any more. In a perfectly appropriate blend of real and virtual innovation, LEGO has found a way to use AR that embellishes the building blocks and increases creativity and real-world play (rather than take away from it) with the LEGO Fusion group of sets. Continue reading

Doing the Two-Smartphone Shuffle

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You know who I’m talking about even if I’m not specifically talking about you. This is the person that comes into a meeting at work and plops down a stack of smartphones on the conference room table. I have recently joined the two smartphone club, and because I see so many others like me struggling to do this dance properly I thought it was time to help make things a little easier. Continue reading

Pebble Brings Color to Kickstarter With Record-Breaking Results

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With so many consumer electronic markets crowded and choking out new talent, the smart watch arena is still the wild west. The makers of the Pebble Smartwatch want you to know that there’s a new sheriff in town. Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

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This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Continue reading

Doxie Go Wi-Fi: A True “Take It With You” Scanner

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My fellow geek dads, friends, and family members know I am a scanner geek, through and through. This is a technology that continues to evolve and offer up more features to both home and office users. Armed with a personal scanner, you can get organized, reduce your clutter, and become more efficient.

I’ve got two scanners in my office, but they’re in no way portable. There are a number of smaller scanners out there that have a small footprint and are extremely light (in weight), but the one that’s been stowed in my truck and pretty much goes everywhere I go these days is the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. I’ve reviewed the Doxie Go in the past for GeekDad, but this new version has some improvements and now satisfies one of my biggest demands for a portable scanner — I don’t always have my laptop with me, but I almost always have my iPhone and/or iPad, and they both work great with the Doxie Go Wi-Fi and the matching iOS app. Continue reading

My Private Solar System

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I’ve wanted my own solar power system since the first time I learned such a thing was possible. A year and a half ago, I learned about a great program called Solarize Seattle. They team up with local installers and community organizations to make solar more accessible to homeowners in and around the Seattle metropolitan area. And more importantly, they help educate homeowners on how solar in Seattle was possible. Continue reading

Tech vs. Global Poverty: Berkeley Lab’s To-Do List

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“Find a need and fill it” is common advice usually given to budding entrepreneurs and inventors, but it’s not often that someone hands you a concise list of needs to fill. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies does just that. So how do we start crossing things off of that list? Continue reading

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

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As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve continued looking around the house for a good project, and my eyes once again came back to my 3D printer table. It is cluttered, messy, and much too small for the number of things I use it for. Soon after printing the stand for the Switch 11 and changing to Octoprint for printer control a new soldering station arrived. With its placement on the table here is little room left to actually solder anything, so something else has to go. Continue reading

‘Pacific Standard’ Profiles GeekDad Matt Blum

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Noah Davis of Pacfic Standard has an ongoing Q&A column called “What Makes You So Smart?” This week’s interview subject is our very own Matt Blum, editor-in-chief of GeekDad. If you’ve ever wondered what makes Matt tick, here’s a little peek inside his brain. Continue reading

Comics to Unleash Your Inner Inventor: ‘Howtoons’ Artist Nick Dragotta

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Interview with Nick Dragotta (East of West) about his work on Image Comics’ ‘Howtoons,’ getting kids interested in STEAM subjects, and how to make the world a better place. Continue reading

Acer Switch 11 DIY Tablet Stand

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As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve been looking around the house at my half finished DIY projects and thinking of innovative ways to use one of the Acer products to finally wrap a few of them up. Since nearly of all my recent projects involve one or both of my 3D printers, it seems fitting that I should take this opportunity to solve a little control issue I’ve been having. Continue reading

Helping Kids Hack the Future: GeekDad Interviews Shawn Scott

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People often become geeks because of their parents or mentors. Tony Stark would never have become Iron Man without his father, Howard Stark. Shawn Scott is super geek and super dad working to develop the next generation of geeks all across the United States. Continue reading

14 Tools to Turn Game-Obsessed Kids into Genuine Game Designers

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When you look at your kids playing video games, you might worry they’re wasting time and energy passively staring at a screen and pressing buttons. But what if their play time was actually a creative outlet that fostered their imaginations? Continue reading