What fun, relatively cheap tech gadgets do you have?

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I am always on a lookout for fun cool techie kinda gadgets.

    What are some fun things that aren't obvious that you have really enjoyed?
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Marshmallows + toothpicks = Platonic solids

    Made one out of meatballs and bamboo skewers once, with a per-person number of meatballs threaded on each skewer. That was an amusing potluck dish.
     
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    not really tech gadgety...
     
  4. Zaap macrumors 6502

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    Recently bought my first Raspberry Pi. Fun little computer to mess around with. I've so far installed Raspbarian OS to an SD card (Linux distro for the RP) and RetroPi on another. (Classic gaming emulator).

    Otherwise no idea what else I will do with it, but it's fun to mess with. It could be a micro-media center, IRC bouncer, file server, etc...

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    Put it in a custom acrylic 'stack' case that was $7. The full sized SD card is just for a size comp.

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    I like that it's such a cheap and fun project. The latest version of the Pi has Ethernet, Wifi, 4 USB ports, mSD, bluetooth and HDMI for $40 or so. I spent another $10 to get a proper power connector for it, but as far as I know any mSD power supply of the right voltage (2.5V) should work.
     
  5. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Well, I used a computer to calculate the optimal number of meatballs, and the amount of ingredients for them.
     
  6. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I'd like to have a blue plasma (static electricity?) globe, hmm the $2200 or $30 one, but then where to put it? ;)

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    30"- $2200
    8"- $30
     
  7. twietee macrumors 603

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    What's it for?

    (Fake) Fortune telling?
     
  8. Huntn macrumors G5

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    It's a mysterious globe of electrical energy. Sure to astound your friends! :)
     
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    You lick it to style your hair!

    Cheap is a relative term. I have SD cards that are cheap which gives me hours of fun when I add them to my not cheap DSLR.
    I have a cheap handheld electric fan with a water mister attached. Heaven on a hot summers day.
     
  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    $100 SureFire Titan Plus flashlight.
    Its crazy how much light that thing puts out with only one AAA battery.
     
  11. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    They are fun to play with especially with my grandson. Good bonding.
     
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    $30 for a DVR/PVR (over the air antenna only). Hook up a USB drive for storage.

    Yes it's not as feature filled nor as easy to use as a Tivo Roamio. But for crying out loud it's $30 instead of $400, it uses standard FAT32 or NTFS USB drives, and saves shows in a standard format (AVCHD) without any proprietary DRM nonsense.
     
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    RaspberryPi2.

    Best fun & value i've gotten out of any tech product i've ever purchased.
     
  14. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    Oh! One of my favorite topics.

    Fun (cheap) gadgets:

    Infrared thermometer gun with laser dot. Perfect for all sorts of fun things. See if my bathwater is too hot. Check when my cast iron skillet or deep fryer is at temperature. Check for weak spots in my wall insulation.

    Combination set of digital pH meter and TDS (total dissolved solids) meters. Find out how crappy your household tap water really is. Check if your water softener is working. Find out if your fishtank is habitable by anything other than algae and bottom feeders.
     
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