Here's the low down: You are missing out. The revolution of the garage builder is here and there are so many amazing things on kick-starter and in the multiverse. So here are a few things we're looking forward to in 2016:
First off is the SMACH Z. This thing is a portable Steam handheld. Yes, you read that right. It plays STEAM GAMES. Like our credit card isn't under enough duress from steam as it is. So this is what we know about the Machine:
The device is going to be based on an AMD G Series X86 “Steppe Eagle” SoC, Sporting a 5 inch 720p screen That rocks SteamOS. Smach said that around 1000 Steam games will be compatible at launch, including Civilization V, DOTA2 and Halflife 2. A Pro model with 4G for on the go gaming is also available. Both models will have all the usual connectivity such as MicroSD, HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB OTG. Controller inputs seem to be based on the layout of Valve’s official controller. The website is claiming 5 hour battery life as well.
Second is The Starforce Pi. This thing is seriously art. And the guy who makes it is like a video game leprechaun who's telling you where his magical 16-bit rainbow is.
Here's the low down (according to Kick Starter). Raspberry Pi B+ (ARMv6 @ 700MHz, 512MB Ram). 4.2" TFT set to 4:3 ratio in 320x240res, sunken behind a magnified, tinted screen, adjustable vertical/tate or horizontal position. 2 Stereo Speakers, 3.5mm jack for headphones. 8-way microswitch arcade joystick. Arcade Shield (hwhardsoft.de) for RasPi, HDMI-output, 2xUSB-input. 3000mAh Li-ion battery (~5+ hours gameplay).
This is retro gaming CRACK as far as I'm concerned. Seriously. This is amazing. I would have to fight my wife for control of this thing (which usually results in a loss for me).
The Panasonic SC NT10 Portable speakers. There may be portable Bluetooth speakers out there with slightly better audio, but the mix of price and features in Panasonic's SC-NT10 goes beyond great sound. It's rugged enough to withstand splashes of water and particles of dust, dropping it, or leaving it in the cold. You can even use it as a Bluetooth speakerphone. For its size—2.2 inches high by 4.7 inches wide—it pumps up the volume enough to outperform many competitors.
"The Geek Dad" book series. Not every parent has an entire arsenal of "Projects" for kids. That includes me. These books have a WIDE range of to do projects, basic Chemistry and outdoor DIY's. From building rockets out of PVC to making homemade slime, It really is a must have for moms and dads. It's well written, easy to follow and makes a fantastic fathers day gift. Plus...SCIENCE!!
I think I'm going to round out this list with TrackIR 5. NaturalPoint’s TrackIR has been sailing these waters for a long while. They’ve been at it since 2001, to be precise. The evolution and diverse set of features in the TrackIR are second to none; even the Oculus Rift is just now incorporating Six Degrees of Freedom (DOF) into its development kits. It clips on your favorite hat, has a brilliant support team and works like a charm. I'll be picking one up for Star Citizen here soon.
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