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The Gadget Report has seen remote control lawn mowers and gutter cleaners, and you are of course familiar with the Roomba. For sheer cuteness, none of these hold a candle to Rovio, the little robotic security guard. It keeps an eye on things when you can't, and reports to you in real time. Rovio is a remote control webcam you can control from anywhere via internet. You can even use your iPhone! It uses Wi-Fi or USB to receive and obey your orders. It roams around wherever you tell it. Rovio has both a speaker and microphone, three wheels that can turn on a dime, a camera, and a rechargeable battery. It's about ten inches tall when it holds its little head up to see you.

What do you use it for? The product site says it enables you to be in two places at once. While you're at work, you'll know whether someone is breaking into your house. More likely, you'll find out how many times your cat visits the litterbox. There are more nefarious possibilities, like watching the babysitter to see if he/she is as "mean" as the kids say. You can find out which roomie drank your beer. Or spy on your significant other. In those cases, you won't want to brag about owning a Rovio. Catch them at something and get your "Aha!" in by Rovio's speaker. It could cause a heart attack.

There are more benign uses. Since Rovio can both listen and speak, you can use it to speak to someone at home. OK, your spouse can use a phone, but a Rovio conversation would be a hoot for a little kid. Take a look at Rovio in action:

Rovio is available from many fine retailers online and in stores near you for around $300.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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