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Gadgets of the week: Glowforge, Anki Overdrive, and more!

We're diving into yet another weeks-worth of accessory releases. As always, we've got an eye out on the world of wearables, the connected home, and just about anything else that plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. This go-around we've spotted Glowforge, a sharp 3D laser printer that you can control with your nearest Android tablet. Meanwhile, Anki's newest connected toy racecars can speed along on a modular track. That's all well and good, but the last release on our list will probably make you die a little inside. Check out the other Android gadget releases of the week below!

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Anki Overdrive

The young and young at heart will want to check out the latest set of racing cars from Anki. The new Overdrive starter set includes two smartphone-connected cars and 10 interchangeable pieces of track. The mobile app lets you fire weapons and activate abilities while racing, but you'll want to check out the other cars Anki has to offer. Each brings their own unique traits to the track. If you're looking ahead to Christmas shopping for younger folks, this is worth checking out.

Pebble Time Round

Pebble has introduced a rounder, slimmer, lighter version of their always-on smartwatch. The Pebble Time Round will continue to offer the freshly-updated interface, and will be available with two different band sizes, 14 mm and 20 mm. Black, silver, and rose gold color options are there for the picking. Shipping starts in November.

Mophie Power Reserve

Mophie unveiled two new universal power packs this week. The Power Reserve 1X and 2X are colorful batteries with a soft-touch finish and LED indicator. They offer 2,600 mAh at 1.8 A output and 5,200 mAh with 2.1 A output respectively. Charging the battery goes through the microUSB slot, and special Charge Vault technology ensures it can hold its juice for a long time. These batteries start shipping by the end of the month.


Preorders for the Glowforge 3D laser printer kicked off this week. The promising new printer will let you peruse a library of 3D models from your Android tablet, or import custom designs from your PC, and cut into a range of materials A set of built-in cameras enable all sorts of functions, such as scanning hand drawings and detecting the material being cut or etched. An optional air filter is available if you plan on working a lot with leather or acrylics. Connections are all made over Wi-Fi, which is a nice way to keep cables to a minimum. The Glowforge is currently enjoying a half-off early bird special, which will last for another 30-odd days. Excpect these to ship in December.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Selfie Spoon

I may need to brush on my Revelations, but I'm pretty sure this is one of the omens of Armageddon. Cinnamon Toast Crunch has released a real (yes, real) selfie spoon. It is exactly what you think it is. It is a selfie stick with a spoon on the end with a remote camera shutter. With your phone securely 30 inches away, you can take a picture of yourself enjoying your favorite breakfast cereal. Presumably this can be cereals other than Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but it may void the warranty. Maybe you want to fire up the Periscope stream in the morning, or rake in the Instagram likes. You could even try it with soups if you're feeling adventurous. The possibilities are truly endless. They're giving it away for free, you just pay shipping. Don't worry if it's sold out, it looks like they're getting new stock every day. In other news, I'm sorry.

Your favorite Android gadgets of the week?

There's a lot that happens on any given week, so drop a link the comments to your favorite new releases in the wide world of Android gadgets.

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  • Anki been marketing the hell out their track. Just in time for holiday shopping.
  • And I want an Anki like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum. Next paycheck, maybe, but I know what my nephews are getting for Christmas. After I get some practice so I can kick their butts.
  • Reminds me too much of Scalectrix for me to think it's cool... They had Scalectrix in the US right? Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Scalectrix is a relativy new entrant coming to the US in 1999. Aurora and Tycho were here in the 1960s. Aurora and Tycho were more popular and out longer but slot car racing is pretty much dead in the US.
  • Yup, by the time Tyco caught up to Aurora "tech" with their Magnum 440 series of cars, it was all but over in the states. Even then, those 440's were as good as the G-Plus, or the best AFX "Super - Magna Traction" which were hard to find even when new.
  • It was relatively popular in the UK in the late 80s when i was a kid. I'm pretty sure it was more or less dead in the mid 90s killed by affordable RC cars. I can only assume the two brands you mention were just as crappy as Scalectrix. No offence to anyone who loves them lol. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Also need to brush up on the name of the NT Book Revelation (singular, not plural bud)
  • Also wonder why people started saying train station instead of railway station. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Selfie spoon. Did I just see that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • And people inventing things like this is another reason why we have not cured anything in 70 years.
  • I was hoping the Glowforge would be something using UV laser light to cure a resin to make 3D objects. I'm sure you could make some neat stuff with what it actually is, but it is NOT a 3D printer. It is a laser cutter/engraver. $2k is probably a good price for that machine, but still, it's not a 3D printer. They're just using the hype behind 3D printing right now to market their device. Crafty, but wrong.
  • Lol, I realized the same thing. I got excited, went to the official website and looked around, only to be crestfallen when I see that it is no more than exactly what you said, a laser cutter/engraver. XD To make sure that wasn't what a 3D printer normally is, Iooked up 3D printing to be sure that it needs to be able to create something (printing a sphere for example, or detailed figurines and miniatures). Their marketing department was, admittedly, clever in terming it a "3D" printer.
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