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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stow-Away Lens Cap Holder Is Convenient

Being out taking pictures is fun, but there’s always the pesky problem of the lens cap. What do you do with it? Let it dangle from a string? Gets in your way. Put it in a pocket? That’ll be fun when you sit. Forget to bring it? Scrat-ahoy, matey! No, what you need is the Stow-Away Lens Cap Holder. This plastic accessory attaches to the underside of a dSLR and accommodates lenses in 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, and 72mm sizes. Its graduated design means you just have to push the lens in, and it’ll click in place right where it belongs, without you even having to look. It’s simple, and convenient and at $14 on pre-order, a no-brainer. This is a project on Kickstarter, but they’re almost fully funded, so if you pledge now, you’re promised a December ship date.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Smart Undies Prevent Bedsores by Shocking Its Wearers’ Behinds

Smart Underwear

It’s kind of sad how sick people sometimes get sicker, just because they have to (or prefer to) stay in bed a lot. You know what I’m talking about: bedsores. While I don’t exactly know what it feels like to get one, I’ve heard that it’s painful, agitates the patient even more, and might even cause an infection.

Simply turning over once in a while might help prevent the onslaught of bedsores, but if you’re extremely sick and tired, chances are you won’t be moving around like you should. That’s where the smart underwear comes in. It’ll send tiny electric shocks periodically on the patients’ bottoms to make their bodies think that they’ve been moved around or re-positioned. Sounds like an interesting concept, doesn’t it? But the coolest thing is that it’s pretty effective, too, since results from a trial showed that none of the smart undie-wearing patients developed any sores.Continue Reading

AirTracks Is A Camera Slider System That Inflates

Shooting video like a professional means many things, like a good camera, a good set of lenses and obviously a good videographer. But it also means being able to move the camera like a pro, smooth and steady (unless you’re Blair Witchin’ it). Big budget shoots will have slider systems with really long tracks and elaborate contraptions to move the camera from here to there smoothly. More modest setups will involve smaller tracks, like the MobiSlyder that we featured last year. What these solutions all have in common is an unwieldy, usually hard to carry solid track. The AirTrack in an inflatable slider system, featuring a portable track that inflates to up to 1.5m (5ft.) in length at the (repeated) squeeze of a hand pump. The dolly (the part that rolls on that track) uses a fairly standard 3/8in. tripod screw so you’re free to use almost any type of camera available, up to 8 lbs. That’s sturdy enough to handle most (if not all) dSLRs. And since the track is inflated and very light, there are grommets you can use to attach it to the ground and prevent it from flying off in the wind.

Early backers can still get the AirTrack for a $250 pledge to their Kickstarter campaign. After that it bumps up to $275.

Hit the jump for a demo video, another picture and links.

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Ninja Star Fridge Magnets

This is as old as the world… if the world was magically created in 2008. Still, we stumbled on them, and thought you’d like them. Not going to spend much time on it. Hit the jump for another pic and purchase info.

$17.

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Atari Paddle Earrings And Cufflinks

We’re suckers for retro gaming. We imagine we are because it reminds us of our childhood and lets us forget for a little bit that we’re aging old farts. Also, retro gaming rocks! There’s a purity and a focus on gameplay that isn’t always present when it’s possible to dazzle with graphics and effects. But whatever, we’re just saying all this so we can segue onto the above earrings. They’re tiny versions of Atari’s iconic paddle controller. And if you lack holes in your ears and/or inclination to wear fleshy-lobe ornaments, there’s also some cufflinks you can get. The earrings are about 1cm in length (or 0.39 in.) while the cufflinks are about 1 in. Being a bit larger, they can afford to have some “functionality”… if you call having the ability to turn the paddle from side to side that. Still, it does give you something to fiddle with at a party, one at which you might actually be fidgety if you’re the kind of person who’s uncomfortable enough in a dress shirt to want to liven it up with retro gaming accessories.

It’s $25 for either of these. And this being Etsy, they’re handmade to order so expect to wait some time before getting them in the mail.

As usual, hit the jump for more pics and links.

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CSI’s Stupid “Enhance” Feature For Photos Now A Possibility

How many times have you face palmed while watching a show like CSI because of technicians magically “enhancing” an image, somehow finding digital information where there clearly isn’t any? Well it turns out that if software designed by one Vladimir Yuzhikov works as advertised, we might have been wrong to laugh. It’s called SmartDeblur and it uses some pretty advanced mathematical algorithms to try and minimize blur that comes from three sources: shots that are out of focus, shots that were taken while moving and something called gaussian blur, which Wikipedia assures us is different than the other two. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding and the image you see above was restored using this very application. Color us impressed.

Matter of fact, it gets better. Not only are there quite a few more such shots for you to look at after the break, there’s also a link to download Vladimir’s software! Yes, it’s free and as long as you have a PC, you can go ahead and try and save all those shots that you thought were ruined forever. It won’t produce images that are as sharp as a proper picture, but hey, this is some cool tech right here. Also after the jump, a link to a detailed explanation of what’s actually going on here. Math-phobes might want to abstain.

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‘Ask Me About My Zombie Shirt’ is Perfect for Halloween

Zombie Shirt

Halloween is just a week and a couple of days away. If you don’t have the time to put a costume together, then go for something simple like this (seemingly) basic black tee. People are always saying how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, this time, you shouldn’t judge a shirt by its exterior because sometimes, they might just surprise you.

There’s something special about this ‘Ask Me About My Zombie Shirt’ T-shirt, and that much we’ve made clear in the image above. When everyone starts saying what a killjoy your are by showing up to the party, just point to the text in front and challenge them to ask you about your shirt. When they do, lift your shirt up. Some guys might think that they’re getting lucky since someone’s about to flash them (not!) but by doing so, you’ll instantly turn yourself into a zombie with a bloody mouth.

Pretty awesome right? The shirt retails for $14.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Let’s All Creep It Up This Winter With Integrated-Goggles Jacket

Ten points for creating a jacket that positively will not let any cold air touch your face. You’ll be able to roam the frozen tundra, safe in the knowledge that not an inch of your peachy skin will freeze. But that’s where the positive things about the “AI Riders on The Storm” jacket end. Or is that just the start? We’re a little torn. On the one hand, we kind of dig a piece of apparel that makes little old ladies cross the street to avoid us. It does look sort of badass. But we suspect that we’d also attract more than our fair share of stares from a public generally disapproving of anyone dressed as one would imagine a mass murderer would suit up. The question then is whether we should care? Well, at $454, the jacket pretty much prices itself right out of any sort of “hey, that could be cool to try out” sort of vibe we might have been feeling. Those with deeper pockets could of course disagree.

Hit the jump for a close up.

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Miniature Portal Gun Replica More Affordable Than Its Larger Cousin

People are clearly in love with the game Portal. Why not? It’s a great way to spend a weekend and once you’ve contorted your brain through its mountain of puzzles, you too will likely develop an affection for its various artifacts. Just this summer we told you about Portal Turret replica. And today we’re bringing news of a smaller version of the Portal Gun that came out a while ago. It’s only 1 ft. long and weighs about 1 lb. It’s got orange and blue LEDs and emits a unique sound that corresponds to each color and it works pretty much like the gun in the game, minus the portal creating abilities. Purchase-o-mania (aka Christmas) is coming, so this could make a pretty cool gift, especially considering the “handsome, full-color gift box” it comes in. $60 will tick one box from that list of yours. It’s designed and sold by ThinkGeek, so you know it’ll be great!

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]