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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Revitalizer Is A Lava Lamp Re-Invented

A staple of the 1960’s, the Lava Lamp was always kind of hypnotizing to watch. We suspect that was sort of its point anyway. And even though its popularity has waned, sales are still relatively strong on the back of nostalgic hippies, modern day stoners, or anyone looking for a little kitsch. But designer Merve Kahraman has taken the classic and reinvented it: meet the Revitalizer. Instead of submerging the blob of wax underwater, he’s wrapped it around a high-powered halogen bulb and suspended it above a heated mould. As the wax melts and slowly drips into the mould below, it creates surreal shapes and light play. Once it’s all fallen down, simply let the mould and its wax cool down, extract it and re-attach it around the bulb to start the process over.

As interesting as it sounds, it also looks like a recipe for a nice fire. But maybe it’s actually safer than it looks, what do we know. And sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any information about purchase.

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Meet Ubi, The Voice-Activated Computer That Plugs Into A Wall Outlet

They call it “Ubi” because it’s meant to be a ubiquitous, essential and seamless part of your home environment. Just plug this tiny Android-based computer into a wall outlet and a WiFi chip will allow it to get online. From there it’s a matter of talking to it, and waiting for its answer. What can you expect from it? Well, the limit’s really in the programs that become available for it, but it will ship with: the ability to take notes, do web searches, give you access to recipes, control the climate of your home, serve as an alarm clock, and more. It’s running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 1GB of RAM, which should be enough for its intended use. There’s temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensors, as well as an ambient light sensor. All of these, along with its many other components, make Ubi the kind of device that would fit right into the home of one who seeks to make technology an integral part of his life, rather than an awkward add-on.

It’s $189, but hurry because almost all pre-order slots have been filled. It ships in February.

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Speed Up Your Internet By Combining Multiple Connections Into One

You’re at an Internet cafe and you’re surrounded by a ton of WiFi networks. You got your phone in your pocket, which has a 4G connection. And there’s an Ethernet cable if you don’t want to use any of the hotspots. Normally, you’d pick one of these and download as fast as that one lets you. But what if you could combine all of them and create one super connection? Connectify’s Dispatch software lets you do exactly that. You can even combine several WiFi connections into one, by purchasing a secondary USB WiFi card (or getting a free one if you pledge more than $100). Whether it’s your 4G/3G tethered cellular device, along with another WiFi connection, with a dial-up to boot, you can easily double or even triple your download speeds. The program features a cost-awareness feature that can set priorities for Internet connections so that more expensive connections like 3G/4G will only be used when cheap or free connections become slow or disconnect.

It’s brilliant, only it’s not quite available. It’s on Kickstarter and needs some more funding. $40 pledges gets you the software, while $65 gets you early access to it. Bump that up to $100 and you’ve got the complimentary USB WiFi card as well as a T-Shirt.

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The Oatmeal Partners With J&D’s And Creates Sriracha Popcorn

Are you seriously addicted to the Rooster sauce? You’re not alone. Our favourite webcomic TheOatmeal, shares your passion, and feels Sriracha is “a delicious blessing flavoured with the incandescent glow of a thousand dying suns.” You’re a poet, The Oatmeal. And we also love J&D’s, who believe everything should taste like bacon. So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out about Sriracha popcorn, the result of an alliance between the two.

It’s a Thai-inspired kick-in-the-face with red chilies, garlic, sugar and a hint of vinegar. Just like the Rooster Sauce that inspired it, we think you’ll find yourself getting as addicted to it as we are.

Unfortunately, we’re not the first ones to hear of this wonder-product, and it’s now currently backordered 5-7 business days. At $6 a bag, it’s super cheap and in our opinion, definitely worth the little wait.

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The Paq Chair Is Also A Bed

Living in cramped quarters means doing all manners of space saving sacrifices, and having a guest over in a studio apartment often means someone sleeps on the ground. But it doesn’t have to be that way; ugly inflatable mattresses aren’t the only solution. The Paq chair is a creative piece of furniture that doubles as a bed when it’s not being used as a chair. The foam mattress wraps around a hard cylindrical core and when one side is pushed down and in, becomes a suitable chair. Not only does it look relatively stylish, it performs two functions, saving space.

You can get yours for $160 to $187.

Hit the jump for a video of it in action, and links.

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Slap Bracelets Sure Have Come A Long Way

Remember the 90’s? Yeah, neither do we. We did everything we could to erase them from memory, consciously repressing all the neon colours, the Dawson’s Creek characters and the dated music that we could. But some memories survived. The Slap Bracelets? Yeah, we have to admit those were kind of fun. So we’re happy to see them again, even if they look nothing like their 90’s counterparts. The Ritmo Mundo Reflex is a watch, albeit a fun-looking, LED-laden one. You have to make a tiny effort to tell the time, reading the time from three different banks of LEDs, but it’s really not that complicated. It is however much more expensive than the toys of 20 years ago: $150.

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Therapik Device Takes The Sting Out Of Bug Bites

Even though summer is drawing to an end, there are parts of the world where that doesn’t matter and the bugs bite, and bite like they just don’t care. And while there’s a bunch of lotions and creams you can rub on the stinging bites, we think it’s better to use a device that has actual FDA approval. The Therapik pictured above features a heating tip that dissolves the bug venom through the use of, well, heat. It seems venom is thermolabile, which means that within a certain temperature range, it simply melts away. Apply the Therapik to your bite for 30 seconds to a minute (it gets pretty hard to hold it in place any longer) and if it didn’t work at first, apply again until it does. Gizmodo tried it, and loved it. It gets rid of the itch as well as some of the swelling.

It’s $13 and the website looks like one of those scam websites, but we’re told this actually works.

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Canned Air is the Best Souvenir that Money Can Buy

Canned Air

The best souvenirs you can get while you’re on vacation are the ones that remind you of the places you visited and of the sights that you’ve seen. It’s the sights, the sounds, and the smells that you came across while you were there.

When you emerge from the plane, the first thing that hits you isn’t the view or the food or the tourist attractions–it’s the air. We all know that you can’t really take it with you, since you just inhale it and then exhale it and all. But Prague artist Kirill Rudenko has found a way to capture the essence of some of the world’s greatest cities by canning their air. Of course, it’s more in the packaging rather than the actual contents of the can, but each of these little treasures can give you an instant reminder of all the fantastic sites you visited while you were there.

Check out what each of these cans contain, along with links to where you can get them after the jump!

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Now You Can Charge 16 iPads at Once with the InSync Transport Case

InSync Transport Case

Why anyone would need a gadget that can charge and carry 16 (yes, that’s right, sixteen) iPads is beyond me. But hey, it probably still has its own place and target market in a world where some people would pay a thousand dollars to chew on a popsicle with gold flakes in it.

In all seriousness, the InSync Transport Case was probably designed and meant for use by sports team managers or executives who might need to handle or carry around over a dozen iPads at a time. Measuring 26 x 20 x 15-inches, the case is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at 39 pounds. It’s pretty tough too, since it’s made to withstand heavy impact and the harsh elements of the outside. (But then again, why would billionaires be trekking out in the great outdoors with 16 iPads in tow?!)

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