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Christmas

The Christmas tree in the center was 3D-printed in the traditional manner, and displays th...

If you haven't yet bought a Christmas tree yet, you may have left it a bit late. But don't despair: there's still time to print one. And a new 3D printer algorithm that claims to provide super-efficient 3D printing of Christmas trees with zero material waste may be just the ticket. Using a system of printing entitled "Approximate Pyramidal Shape Decomposition," the algorithm also promises a way to produce accurate molds for casting chocolate Santas and reindeer too.  Read More

A class of Australian schoolgirls have discovered an easy way to keep Christmas trees gree...

The olfactory experience that accompanies a real Christmas tree comes at the cost of a floor covered in pine needles as the tree inevitably loses its grip on life. Now a group of Australian schoolgirls has discovered an easy way to prolong the life of the tinsel- and ornament-covered tree.  Read More

The Nothing Is Impossible concept won the Unbelievable Challenge, out of a total 243 entri...

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, but for the hardworking residents of the North Pole, Christmas is a time of long hours, tight deadlines, and tricky logistical challenges. In a bid to help ensure presents continue to get delivered in a timely fashion, an architecture competition was recently held to design a new Scandinavian logistics center for Santa and his team.  Read More

Here's what you won't be getting for Christmas in 2014

Most of us would agree that money can't buy you happiness, but that doesn't stop us being fascinated by the extravagant, eccentric and sometimes downright absurd things that an oversupply of dollars can deliver to your doorstep. Every year we aim to satisfy this curiosity by selecting the wildest examples of luxury to have graced our pages throughout the year. Here's what you won't be getting for Christmas in 2014.  Read More

Gizmag's selection of 2014's most innovative and, in some cases, odd product offerings

The silly season is well and truly upon us again and with it comes the challenge of selecting a suitable gift for tech-loving friends and family. The options are a little overwhelming, but Gizmag's editorial team has sifted through 2014's most innovative and, in some cases, odd product offerings in an effort to help.  Read More

The Aura Christmas lights are powered and controlled wirelessly

Christmas is centered around the concept of light, as people in the Northern Hemisphere are struggling through the darkest parts of winter when the days are their shortest. That’s why Christmas lights are such an icon of the festive season. The tradition is now about to get a touch of wireless magic, as a company called Powered by Aura has developed a system to wirelessly power up Christmas tree lights.  Read More

Gizmag looks at the best tech toys to see what Santa should be putting in his shopping tro...

With the big day creeping up all too quickly, Gizmag takes a look at, and plays with, our pick of the tech toys which are set to be big hits this Christmas. With toys like the self-balancing MiP Robot and the interactive My Friend Cayla doll, along with devices including the VTech Innotab Max tablet and LeapTV games console, it appears that Santa is going decidedly high-tech this year.  Read More

The spacewalks have delayed the flight of the Cygnus cargo ship (Image: NASA)

Christmas will be another work day for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) this year. While many Earthlings are sitting down to turkey and plum pudding, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will be carrying out the third and final of three spacewalks announced by NASA managers on Tuesday.  Read More

Shapify statues are made from 3D Kinect scans at 1/20 full scale (Photo: Shapify.me)

To make a three-dimensional color statue of yourself, you could grab a chunk of marble and enlist the services of a sculptor and a painter, or you could take the simple approach and use a 3D scanner and a 3D full-spectrum multicolor printer. Since the first option is expensive and time-consuming and very few of us have access to the equipment for the second, Shapify has launched a service that lets users scan themselves at home, using a Kinect.  Read More

Buzzed Buzzer -- these are the various components that go into making a party horn with a ...

The silly season is upon us, and the big New Year celebrations are approaching fast. This means there will be plenty of people letting their hair down, with lashings of alcohol often the order of the day. The Buzzed Buzzer that is disguised as an ordinary party horn offers a simple way of checking if someone has been partaking in some festive cheer.  Read More

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