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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lid Sid Keeps Your Lid Open In Style

By David Ponce

When you’re making a stew, there’s a simple way to keep pressure from building and making the lid shake, splatter and make a mess: you just put it kind of sideways. But hey, what’s the fun in that? Better to spend a little money and get Lid Sid to keep it ajar for you. It’s not exactly a technological revolution we’re talking about here. Just a little dude bent over the edge. Letting the steam out.

It looks kind of cute. And it’s $16 for 2.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Lid Sid ]

Pair Is An App For Long Distance Lovers

By David Ponce

Being in a long distance relationship sucks. If you download Pair, the application this article is about, it’ll still suck. You’ll just have a bit more fun while being miserable. Pair lets two people link up their phones and creates a private shared timeline. You’re then free to do a variety of things that both of you can enjoy privately, like posting pictures and videos, sending messages, drawing things, etc. One of the better features is the ability to give each other a “thumb kiss”: you place your thumb on screen and when both of you are in the same spot, the phone vibrates. You can also have joint “to-do” lists.

For couples that are in love, this can be a fun way to do what many are already doing very publicly on Facebook, at their friends’ sometimes too silent dismay. It’s a free download on the Apple app store, with an Android version in the works.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Handpresso Auto Lets You Brew Some Espresso On The Road

By David Ponce

You ever wanted to make an espresso in your car? No? Well, now you can anyway. For $200, the Handpresso Auto will gladly connect to your vehicle’s 12V cigarette lighter socket and make a cup of your finest. You just add the water, place an espresso pod and start it up. You then hold the thing over a cup (which, of course, you happen to have in your car) and it’ll pour what the company calls “premium quality espresso.” The device generates 16bar of pressure, which should be sufficient for a decent pull. We don’t know how stable the temperature would be however, so no one is expecting this to compete with its full-sized kitchen counterpart. It has a cycle time of 2 minutes, so you could conceivably make up to 30 espressos an hour; fast enough to turn your car into a mobile cafe… if you’re the enterprising kind.

It’s $200.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite iPhone Case

By David Ponce

It’s a recurring theme amongst geeks: Han Solo Frozen in carbonite will show up in a variety of products and will usually be a good seller. We suspect the above case will be no exception.

This ultra slim “barely there” style iphone case is designed to fit 4 and 4S models and simply snaps over your phone. My covers are designed and printed in my shop using a dye process which actually binds the ink with the surface, resulting in a durable, long-lasting imprint on your custom case! There are openings for your buttons and camera lens.

And even though it looks like it’s an embossed case, it’s not. That’s a flat image you’re looking at, albeit a pretty high resolution one.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Wrap Bowl Tupperware Dish

By David Ponce

We’ve all done it. You start eating something and decide you’ve had enough, put it in the fridge and come back two days later to find the food all dried up and gross. Some of the more enterprising of us sometimes try to use saran wrap to try and preserve some freshness, but it rarely works well. The Wrap Bowl Tupperware dish is a ceramic bowl and silicone lid. The lid fits snugly over the bowl and features a release valve to let out steam if you decide to reheat your food in the microwave, which is it safe for. It’s a smart design, but unfortunately not a cheap one: $37 for a single bowl. Comes in the colors: Avocado, Cafe au Lait, Mustard, Tomato.

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Make Your Own Miniature Junk Food By Just Adding Water

By David Ponce

This product is all kinds of awesome and weird rolled into one. Happy Kitchen Hamburger is a packet that contains different powders so that you may create your very own miniature cheeseburger meal, with fries and soda. The result ends up tasting like burger!

Your favorite fast food meal now comes in miniature candy form with the hamburger edition of the Happy Kitchen series! Mix the dough, cut the french fries, ‘bake’ the buns, shape the hamburgers, mold the cheese and even prepare your own ketchup. To wash it all down, you’ve got a cola to go along with your meal. From start to finish, you’ll have a smile on your face as your prepare you miniature treat!

To really get a grasp of just what this is, you have to watch the video. The best part is that it’s $4.50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

The Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot Looks Pretty Badass

By David Ponce

Slingshots don’t have to be all ghetto, made up of some discarded tree branch and rubber bands. There’s a small industry built around them, and some are pretty hardcore. While it may not be the most accurate or even the most powerful on the market, the Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot looks like it means business. Cut from a “1/2inch thick aluminum plate with a waterjet at 50,000 psi for unrivaled strength and low weight,” the hunting/target practice tool has a band made from Thera-Band Gold material (for a fast shot and long life) with a 16 pound pull weight at approximately a 28″ draw. The handle is wrapped in “550 test weight paracord for comfort. The paracord also provides a source of very strong cord (should you ever need it while in the field).” Clearly it’s designed for the outdoorsy type in mind, but at $100, you’ll have plenty of money left over to buy other outdoorsy gear as well. Due to recent spike in demand, there is a 3-4 week backorder.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Tabber Guitar Sleeve Promises To Help You Learn

By David Ponce

It seems to be a good time to try and pick up the guitar. After games like Guitar Hero eventually died down, we’re seeing a new wave of applications meant to get you to play an actual instrument, as opposed to a plastic controller. First Rocksmith came out and quite frankly did a pretty awesome job. But you’re limited to playing on your console, with the amps and pedals as virtual on-screen options. The Tabber system being developed here is pretty different. It’s a sleeve with 13 LED light strips (wedged in between the first 12 frets and open notes), which “are all connected to an Arduino Uno processor. Power is supplied through a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The kit will utilize Bluetooth technology to control all of the lights from your mobile device. You will have an application that you can download to select through songs, chords, scales, light patterns, and lessons, and that’s just the start.” Sure, it won’t teach you proper finger positioning technique, but it’s a start. It’s supposedly very low profile and does not affect sound performance at all.

It looks like a potentially promising system, but it’s a Kickstarter project at the moment. This means that if it doesn’t reach its $45k goal, it’s a no-go for the Tabber. It’s $150 on pre-order, so get yours now if this rocks your boat.

Get it? Rocks… No?


[ Kickstarter Tabber Project ]

Got $31k To Spend On A Camera? Leica Would Like To Talk To You

By David Ponce

Leica makes some very nice cameras. They also happen to be pretty darn expensive most of the time. And then, some of the time, they’re downright outrageous. The Leica M9-P is already pretty pricey at $7,995. But that’s the regular black and chrome version. The limited edition white one you see pictured above? Yeah, that’s 2,620,000 yen (or around $31,770). You could buy a new car, a nice one, for that price. Or you could snap pictures of cats.

It does come with a fabulous (and we mean fabulous) f/0.95 50mm lens, so there’s that. But aside from the exclusivity and the colour scheme, that extra $24 doesn’t go on any actual features. And it will only be sold in one of 9 retail locations in Japan, so if you’re not there you might want to factor in the cost of that plane ride.

[ Translated Source ] VIA [ Engadget ]