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Kids can design and print their own toys with this 3D printer, on sale for Memorial Day


3D Printer
This 3D printer lets families design and create their own toys at home.
Photo: Toybox

With the school year drawing to a close and summer almost upon us, parents everywhere will be looking for ways to keep their kids occupied. Like it or not, some of that will revolve around technology. That isn’t a bad thing; there are many new options that will make kids and adults both happy. Outdoor movie nights are one example the whole family will enjoy. Another could be letting children use their imagination to create and print their own toys.

The Toybox 3D Printer Bundle will do just that, and for less money right now during our Memorial Day sale. It typically retails for $469, but you can pick up this awesome gift for just $299.99 with our limited-time price drop.

Budget smartwatches, smart nightlights and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


Edge case for iPhone
Edge case adds light to your iPhone alerts.
Photo: Edge

Crowdfund Roundup bugiPhone cases don’t have to be boring and unpractical. With Edge, you get cool LEDs that notify you of incoming alerts for any app, let you keep an eye on battery levels at a glance, and more.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have an ultra-affordable Android Wear smartwatch, the world’s smartest nightlight, the coolest e-bike ever, and a high-quality and affordable 3D printer.

$300 3D printer lets kids design and print their own toys


What I would have given for this as a kid.
Photo: Mattel
What I would have given for this as a kid. Photo: Mattel
What I would have given for this as a kid. Photo: Mattel

It’s easy to assume that traditional kid’s toys are taking a beating due to the sky-high popularity of tablets and smartphones among the younger generation.

But toy-maker Mattel is attempting to strike back with a concept that, honestly, sounds amazing: an affordable $300 3D printer designed to let your sprogs (or, let’s be honest, immature adults everywhere) print their own toys, as designed on an accompanying mobile app.

MakerBot’s New 3D Printers Include Entry-Level Replicator Mini [CES 2014]



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We called it a “badass” product when MakerBot announced their Replicator 2X at last year’s CES, and now the company is back with three new 3D printers — including the Replicator Mini, which is being pitched as an affordable desktop unit for beginners.

“This is fifth-generation technology that’s setting the standard for reliability, quality, and connectivity,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said of the new Replicator printer. “It’s our fastest and easiest 3D printer to use.”

Pottery App Now Turns Your Virtual Creations Into The Real Deal



Infinite Dreams has come a long way since we first discovered their virtual-pottery app, Let’s Create Pottery HD, at the App Store in 2010. They’ve since created a smash-hit tower defense game, and unveiled the first touchscreen coin-slot arcade console based off an iOS game.

Now, with the help of 3D printing, they’re turning virtual pottery into the real thing.

CES 2013: Cult Of Mac’s Pick Of The Best



So the Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year, and for those who’ve been in Las Vegas covering it for us, it’s back to normality. While we allow the Cult of Mac team to sober up, it’s time to look back at the best gizmos CES had to offer. There were thousands of products on show — far too many to cover in one week — but there were a handful that really stood out.

We’ve put together a list of awesome things that we were blown away by, including smartphones, accessories, gadgets, and more. Check it out and tell us what you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on in 2013.