9 Geeky Robot-Themed Products You Need in Your Future

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Calling all robot lovers: It's easier than ever to show your passion for all things 'bot at home, at work, or just walking down the street. Go ahead, treat yourself to one (or all) of these shiny and new robot-themed products.

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1. Schylling Metallic Robot Coin Bank

A shiny robot piggy bank
Schylling, Amazon

Use this shiny porcelain money bank to save up for a real robot of your own. It's 10 inches tall, so there's plenty of room for all those pennies.

Find it on Amazon for $23 and at these other retailers:

2. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Robot Crossbody Bucket Purse

A black faux-leatherr purse with a robot on it
Betsey Johnson, Amazon

Futuristic fashionistas will love this faux-leather robot bag from Betsey Johnson featuring a studded 'bot with a big heart. Johnson must love robots herself, because she also makes another robot-shaped crossbody purse in gold that features a big circuit board heart and beaded arms, as well as a flashy robot-themed coin purse.

Find it on Amazon for $81 and at these other retailers:

3. Build Your Own Robot Kit

Here's a no-brainer: If you love robots, the best gift to get yourself is the materials to make your own. This kit from UncommonGoods has all the pieces you need to build a little robot buddy. From there, you can whatever use materials you have lying around the house to improve upon your creation. As the product description suggests, "Upcycle any old piece of unused hardware or spare parts to build a friendly little robot, bursting with geeky, goofy personality—a little bit like its maker?"

Find it at UncommonGoods for $15.

4. Honey & Brie Design Mr. Robot Enamel Pin

A gray enamel pin in the shape of a robot
Honey & Brie Design, Amazon

This adorable robot has a big heart. Can you find room for him in yours?

Find it on Amazon for $10.

5. SUCK UK Tin Robot Lunch Box

Robot Tin Lunch Box
SUCK UK, Amazon

Pack your lunch for a long day at the lab (or your coding class) inside this retro tin robot lunch box. It's the perfect size for a sandwich and some snacks.

Find it on Amazon for $20 or at these other retailers:

6. JWH Robot Pillow

A robot-shaped pillow on a bed
JWH, Amazon

Snuggle up with this plush pillow and dream of electric sheep.

Find it on Amazon for $13.

7. DowBier Mini Robot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Three robot-shaped Bluetooth speakers next to an iPhone
DowBier, Amazon

This teeny, adorable Bluetooth speaker boasts 10 hours of playback and comes with a lanyard so you can hang it anywhere you like. It's available in three colors: navy, white, and pink.

Find it on Amazon for $19.

8. Kikkerland Robot Tea Infuser and Drip Tray

A robot-shaped tea infuser resting inside a glass mug full of tea
Kikkerland, Amazon

The adjustable arms of this stainless steel infuser hang on tight to the lip of your mug while your tea is steeping. It also comes with a drip tray to keep things neat after you take your 'bot out.

Find it on Amazon for $12.

9. Tovolo Robot Pop Flexible Silicone Popsicle Molds

Four robot-shaped popsicles
Tovolo, Amazon

These silicone popsicle molds allow you to create four different robo-pops in your favorite flavors, with four unique robot-leg-shaped popsicle holders to complete the look. Everything is BPA-free and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Find them for $9 on Amazon and at these other retailers:

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can get your copy from Amazon now for $20.

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