Toys

A Perpetual Slinky Treadmill Might Be Humanity's Greatest Achievement

The Slinky has always been at its most entertaining while walking down a flight of stairs. But it’s a short-lived thrill — over as quickly as it started — given most staircases only rise a single story. And that’s why some genius, working in some secret laboratory, came up with Project NESM — otherwise known as the Never Ending Slinky Machine.


How Boomerangs Work

Non-returning boomerangs have been used for at least 20,000-30,000 years, with the oldest known example carved from a mammoth’s tusk. These non-returning boomerangs were used for hunting and were carved for straight flight and to stay in the air as long as possible when thrown correctly. The hunter was then able to throw the primitive boomerang great distances and hit an animal to be eaten for dinner. These animals were often small-game, but even the likes of kangaroo or emus can be sufficiently injured by a decently weighted boomerang such that the animal can no longer outrun the hunters.


Waste Away Hours At Work Wondering Where This Infinite Corridor Goes

The infinity mirror trick is as old as time, but the folks at ThinkGeek have come up with a fun new application that will appeal to Dungeons & Dragons fans who find themselves stuck at a desk job during the day. Peering down the seemingly unending hallway of this miniature Infinite Dungeon Corridor leaves you wondering what quests, treasures or mythical beasts lie at the end.


Osmo Uses Your iPad To Get Your Kids Playing In The Real World

A lot of kids love iPads, to the point where they’re almost never just, y’know, playing with kids stuff. Osmo is a nifty little gadget that does both, encouraging kids to play with tangible, real-world toys that magically interact with games on the iPad’s screen. And you can pre-order one through Osmo’s crowdfunding campaign starting today.


Celebrate 40 Years Of The Rubik's Cube By Playing Google's Doodle

Everyone’s favourite retro puzzle, the Rubik’s Cube, is 40 years old today. To celebrate, today’s Google Doodle lets you solve the puzzle right there in your browser — which means you just lost your lunch break. Sorry.


A Giant Kinetic Installation Made From 48,000 Pieces Of K'NEX

If an upcoming flight stopover has you visiting Philadelphia’s International Airport, you might want to head over to Terminal A-West before the end of October this year. Because instead of killing time reading a magazine, you can stare in awe at this impressive 48,000-piece animated art installation made from K’NEX.


Feel Flux Review: A Scientific Toy That Feels Like Magic

Juggling is hard. Keeping those balls aloft against the relentless forces of gravity takes skill. But what if you could just make gravity work a little bit differently? With the Feel Flux, you can.


This Little Kid Is Better At Yo-Yo Than I Am At Anything

I should just give up. Call it quits. It’s over. This cute little kid is better at doing yo-yo tricks than I am at doing anything. Yeah, even things I’ve done pretty much all my life, like breathing or drinking water or cutting my toenails.


This Full-Auto Dart Blaster Is A Science-Fuelled Dream Gun

Nerf better be watching its back. Because after testing out Mattel’s new BOOMco line of dart blasters, we are happy to report the secret formula backing its new Smart Stick darts works like magic — and makes for one hell of a good time.


Frisbeecam Records The Ultimate First-Person View

Mankind might not be able to fly yet, but until that day comes it seems we’re pretty happy to simulate the experience by strapping cameras to everything from falcons, to drones, to now even frisbees. Although that last one requires a cleverly designed mechanism so that the footage from a flying, spinning disc isn’t completely sickening.