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Emblaser-A4-2-292x311One Australia’s more interesting, and successful, Kickstarter campaigns was the Lazerblade from Melbourne’s Darkly Labs.

The company has now announced the release of their brand new website and online store, www.darklylabs.com, which means anyone can now buy their own desktop laser-cutter kit.

The Lazerblade has been renamed the Emblazer and comes in two sizes: the A4 kit sells for A$836 (plus GST) while the A3 size is A$1029 (plus GST). Why on earth an Australian site lists the prices ex-GST is a mystery, by the way. It’s also a bit of a mystery why it requires 4-6 weeks after ordering before you can expect delivery.

Quibbles about pricing to one side, this is a really exciting product. Sadly I can’t find any reviews of it in action, but on the manufacturer’s materials and promises it’d be a great addition to any maker’s arsenal. Tempting…

Basement tours of the Powerhouse on offer

Basement tours of the Powerhouse on offer

This could be interesting: The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (formerly known as the Powerhouse) is offering members a chance to go on ‘basement tours’ and see objects not normally on display. These entertaining small-group tours will showcase the extraordinary treasures in our archive collection: from a costume worn by Johnny O’Keefe to Mawson’s Antarctic sledge […]

First impressions of the Oculus Rift

First impressions of the Oculus Rift

Wow! The Oculus Rift is far more engaging than I expected. For the last few days we’ve been playing with the Oculus Rift DK2 device; and it’s been an eye-opener. The experience is amazingly immersive, often disconcertingly so. The Oculus Rift comes nicely boxed, but it’s quickly apparent while this is still a development environment – […]

Canberra hosts high school hackathon

Canberra hosts high school hackathon

More cool things going on in the ACT, with Canberra hosting a hackathon for high school students this weekend: “<hs.hact.io> is a three-day digital technologies event for ACT high school students on 17-19 April 2015. It is organised by members of the local community on a voluntary basis. Our event is designed for students at […]

More games from Canberra

More games from Canberra

OK Canberra seems to be pouring out indie game designers. We wrote recently about Canberra-based Cardboard Keep and their game Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth, but it runs out they are far from alone. It’s great to see so much local creative activity. So here are the developers who reached out to us or popped up on our Twitter […]

The ethics of climbing the Rock at Uluru

The ethics of climbing the Rock at Uluru

What brings people to climb the Rock at Uluru when they are asked not to? Visit Uluru and there are multiple signs explaining the the Rock is sacred to the Aboriginal people and asking you to respect their beliefs by not climbing it. And yet people walk right past these signs and climb the Rock. […]

Blue sky research and lessons form Aboriginal food

Blue sky research and lessons form Aboriginal food

While in Alice Springs we attended a great talk from an Aboriginal woman talking about bush tucker. It got me thinking about just how important blue sky research is. Basically the talk covered how over thousands of years Aboriginal knowledge of what to eat edged forward. People would try out a food, try to see what happened […]