Fully Charged: Doctor Who Lego, Virgin Media's 152Mb broadband and the solar charger you wear on your wrist

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Lego Doctor Who

Lego Doctor Who

Lego now accepting Doctor Who design submissions

Got an idea for a Doctor Who-themed Lego set? Then we have good news for you: Lego has officially begun accepting Cuusoo designs concerning the world’s best known Time Lord.

If you’ve not seen it before, Cuusoo is like an officially-sanctioned Kickstarter for Lego sets. Users can submit designs for new models and, should their idea gain enough backers on the site, Lego will consider adapting it into a real-life retail package. The company has a “blacklist” of popular franchises it won’t accept submissions for; Doctor Who used to be on the list, because the BBC had licensed the rights to produce Lego-style construction sets to Character Building. But now Lego's reached an agreement that'll let users submit Doctor Who designs.

So far we’ve seen successful Cuusoo campaigns for a Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters and the Mars Curiosity Rover.

[Source: Cuusoo via Bleeding Cool]

Virgin Media launches 152Mb broadband

Virgin Media launches 152MB broadband

Virgin Media launches 152MB broadband

Virgin Media today announced that its top tier broadband package can now offer speeds of up to 152Mb – 19 times faster than the average UK broadband speed. The new ultrafast option is joined by a speed increase to 50Mb for the company’s entry-level package.

To publicise the new speeds, Virgin sent Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington around London in a moving living room driven by a man in a dog suit. We’re not really sure why, but here's a picture of it anyway.

Carbon wearable solar charger: a “watch” that tops up your phone

Another week, another brilliant Kickstarter idea pops up on the radar. This time it’s a solar charger that looks like a wristwatch but actually collects power while you’re wearing it – enough to give a phone, tablet or any other USB-charged device a much-needed extra jolt of battery life.

Carbon is a nice-looking (if perhaps a little chunky) device with a leather strap, and available in black and silver finishes. But it’s a seriously handy piece of gear: its creators say it can deliver up to three extra hours of web browsing or talk time to a smartphone.

Pledge US$95 (£60) or more and, if the Carbon campaign proves successful, you’ll receive your own charger around August of this year. The campaign is seeking US$48,000 (£29,000) with 30 days left to go.

[Source: Kickstarter]