A New Type of Tabletop Gaming: ePawn Arena

ePawn Arena

I love the mash-up of digital and analog, particularly when it comes to games. It hasn’t always been done well, but I love to see the ways that people are experimenting to combine the fun of playing board games with the powerful capabilities of smartphones and tablets. The latest device to come across my radar is the ePawn Arena. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Push Mower

Fiskars push lawnmower

My life has come full circle, at least in terms of lawn care. When I was a kid, I started cutting grass using my grandfather’s old reel mower. More decades than I care to admit later, I’m once again using a push reel mower and I couldn’t be happier. The Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower is a little more high tech than the one I started with, but the reasons for human power — reducing air and noise pollution while providing exercise — are more important than ever. Continue reading

Final Hours: PancakeBot Kickstarter

PancakeBot Kickstarter

The first time I saw the PancakeBot in action, I was hooked. It was at the 2012 Maker World Faire in New York and it was just fascinating to watch in action. Voluntold by his kids that he needed to create a robot that could print in pancake batter, Miguel had created a machine that actually prints in pancake batter. Continue reading

A Great Weekend Project — DIY Arcade Controller

Mockup

While writing projects are in full swing, I often tend to collect small DIY projects that remain stacked on shelves until I have some of that free time… I’ve recently finished up writing two books that are now heading to the printer, and I find myself with some free time. I should be putting together a proposal for my next book, but instead I’ve reached for a small box of parts.
This past weekend’s project was quick and simple (relatively speaking), and I had a very easy gauge for determining its success or failure … would I be able to play the classic Atari 2600 game, Adventure, as it was meant to be played? Continue reading