Fully Charged: Doctor Who Lego and the solar charger you wear on your wrist

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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]

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 (RM315) 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 (RM157,320) with 30 days left to go.

[Source: Kickstarter]