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I'm Ali Carr Troxell and this is my portfolio. Here you'll find clips from my career as an editor and freelance writer on topics like outdoor gear, adventure travel and more. 

This DIY Robot Kit Is Controlled By A Damn Power Glove

This DIY Robot Kit Is Controlled By A Damn Power Glove

Remember the Nintendo Power Glove? It promised a future-is-now virtual reality experience that totally failed because it was 1989 and no one wanted a virtual reality that could only be rendered in 8 bits. Twenty seven years later, a scrappy startup has finally delivered a Power Glove cool enough to make Fred Savage crap his pants; which is just one piece of evidence that your kid is growing up in a much cooler world than you did.

Ziro is a robot-building kit that replaces a traditional screen-based UI with a gesture-based one. The Pro Kit comes with 4 card deck-sized motorized modules, an app, and the “smart glove.” Each module has 2 functions: A 360-degree rotation that can be used to drive wheels and a hinge function that can be used to slingshot things at your dog. The kit also has parts to construct a rover and a trike, but Ziro is meant to be a platform for all sorts of DIY robots. Go ahead and make a cardboard R2-D2 that’s so cool, Disney might not even sue Ziro over it (emphasis on might). All of this is controlled by dramatically waving your hand.

There is one catch: Ziro is only taking pre-orders because it just recently completed funding on Indiegogo. Still, you’re apparently not the only one who’s been lusting after a Power Glove for 3 decades, because the company raised 236 percent more than its goal. And, given the benefits that playing with Ziro could hypothetically have for your kid — the exposure to robotics, engineering, physics, and design make it a STEM homerun — can you afford not to order one?

Ziro Pro Kit ($229)

Water Bottles & Hydration Gear to Keep You Cool and Less Thirsty This Summer

Water Bottles & Hydration Gear to Keep You Cool and Less Thirsty This Summer

A Car Camping Stove For The Serious Design Snob Father

A Car Camping Stove For The Serious Design Snob Father