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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Travelon Toiletry Sheets Give You Some Hygiene In A TSA World: Just Add Water

By David Ponce

The best way to travel is light. No checked baggage means less time to get on your plane and less time leaving the airport at your destination. The only drawback is the TSA’s no fluids regulations that make it impossible to bring things like shampoo or shaving cream with you. You can always hope the hotel you’ll stay at has these, but you usually end up having to visit a convenience store and stock up. It’s stupid. But these travel sheets from Travelon might offer an alternative. They’re dry and packed with different kinds of products that become usable once you add water at your destination. And they’re clearly not subject to 3-1-1.

They’re not a new product, but it’s the first time I see them and will likely be placing an order. At $5 for 50 sheets of either body wash, conditioner, shampoo and a few others, it’s a steal.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]

MoneyMaker Camera Strap Lets You Tote 3 SLRs

By David Ponce

Looking like it should be holstering pistols, the The MoneyMaker Multi-Camera harness lets you pack a different kind of heat. Photographic heat. (Lord, that’s the worst joke of the week, someone shoot me.) The two shoulder straps let you carry a camera on each side while a D-ring on each allows you to string yet another thinner strap to your front. So you end up with a camera on each side and one in front. I’m assuming that professional photographers would like something like this, what with them spending an entire day shooting a wedding, getting tired and things like that. “The cameras are kept inline with the body and the weight centered over the upper back and shoulders taking strain off the lower back. ”

The MoneyMaker is made from oil tanned, top grain leather and the asking price is $175.

Now, I’d really like it if someone could tell me in what situation three different cameras might be needed.

[ Product Page (Caution: auto-playing video) ] VIA [ Wired GadgetLab ]

Film Both Sides Of The Action With This Simple Wooden Box

By David Ponce

There may be occasions where you want to see what’s going on on both sides of the iPhone 4/4S’s camera. Say you’re filming a dialogue. One way you can accomplish this is with a simple device like the one you see above. Some plywood, strategic grooves, and a mirror and suddenly you have “the world’s first handmade video mixer.” This is about as low-tech a solution as you can get, though the result is elegant if not professional looking. Sadly, the asking price is $90 for something that really looks like it could have been made in shop class. There’s some kind of attempt at justifying the it, what with it being a limited edition of 100 units and also the fact that it was “Conceived in Paris whilst recording a documentary about love and love after love.” So yeah, cute little product there. $90.

For love. *

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

* Pardon me while I vomit, a little.

Get A Ballista Kit For Some Mayhem At The Office

By David Ponce

Office warfare just got a little medieval looking with the Ballista Kit. What’s cool is that you can annoy your co-workers in style with this little contraption and not break the budget doing so. It’s $22 but you have to assemble it yourself.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Fancy ]

Rydis H800 Takes The Home Robot Craze To The Air Purifying Space

By David Ponce

There are robots to clean your floor, like the Roomba (which vacuums) or the Scooba (which scrubs). There are also robots like these to clean your windows. And now there is a robot to go around your house, purifying air. See the thing about air purifiers is that they’re static. They’ll try to cycle as much of your home’s air as they can, but there’s only so much they can do while just sitting in a corner. So the Rydis H800, from Moneual, goes around your home, filtering the air as it does. It has sensors to avoid bumping into obstacles and “you can use a multi-function remote control to turn filter settings from low to high, or to send the H800 into another room. In sleep mode, the H800 operates at a 22dB sound level, and in turbo mode it can go up to 48dB.”

There is no price or availability information at the moment.

[ Rydis Home ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Totem Went All Tetris On Your Desktop

By David Ponce

Lexon’s MINITOTEM is meant for the office. In one efficient stack, you get a pen cup, storage for paper clips, a clock, tape dispenser (tape included), and a 4 USB plug hub. All these objects nestle into one another more efficiently than even your best game of Tetris and make for a cleaner, neater work environment.

Price unfortunately is not available, though the item appears to be in production. It looks like one of those things that should probably not cost a whole bunch, but you can contact them at contact at lexon-design dot com (trying to fool them spam scrapers) to find out, if you’re interested.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Go For Some Warmth And Get A Wooden iPhone Back

By David Ponce

The list of textures you can get for the back of your iPhone is just as long as the one of cases you can purchase for it. In that sea of choice, every now and then we come across something that stands out, and we think this is certainly the case with these Material 6 wooden backs. These have been around for a couple of years so don’t go knocking on us for the tardiness, but we’re still certain some of you might enjoy knowing about Swirly Walnut, or Lacewood or even Figueroa back covers that this company makes. Now, they are complete back cover replacements, not stick on, which might help explain the $90 to $100 prices.

[ ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

The DoubleStar Zombie-X AK-47 Is A Production Zombie Slaying Rifle

By David Ponce

You’re going to see DIY guns with a zombie theme from time to time, but it’s not everyday that you come across a zombie rifle that actually appears to be headed to production. The DoubleStar Zombie-X AK-47 wants to keep you safe from the undead hordes by having a chainsaw attachment. However, it’s powered by a lithium-ion battery so it sadly lacks that gutsy chainsaw growl that you’d expect from such a weapon. And aside from the branding painted on the rifle, you also have a EOTech Zombie Stopper XPS2-Z Holographic Sight which replaces the standard reticule with a biohazard symbol. The sight itself is $559 so we expect the Zombie-X to be a whole lot more expensive than the company’s current $1,249 “Zombie Slayer” weapon. And no word on availability.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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The Future Of Wireless Charging

By David Ponce

[ Energizer sponsored OhGizmo! to attend CES 2012. Opinions are my own. -Ed. ]

A fundamental shift in the way we recharge our mobile devices is underway and most of us aren’t really aware of it. But over the last few years, wireless charging technology has been making huge strides and it’s now reaching the point where it might become ubiquitous. Here’s what you need to know.

Much like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are standard transmission protocols that allow connected devices from any manufacturers who use the technology to communicate with one another, there is now a new transmission protocol for wireless inductive charging called Qi (pronounced “chee”) which allows consumers to conveniently power smartphones and other devices today and in the future, regardless of manufacturer. It’s being curated by the Wireless Power Consortium, a conglomerate of more than100 companies of which Energizer was one of the early members.

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