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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Evaporative Misting Fan Requires No Hose

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It’s never too early to start planning for summer.

“The Auramist Milo is a portable 18″ cooling fan that releases ultra-fine evaporative mist to effectively reduce the surrounding area’s air temperature by up to 30 degrees, while keeping annoying flying insect squadrons at bay as well.”

The nice thing about this particular fan is that it doesn’t need to be tethered to a garden hose. Just fill up its 2.7 gallon tank and you should be able to get a cooler patio for up to 5.4 hours.

“It features three fan speeds, an oscillating fan head, wet or dry settings, three non-clogging nozzles that create almost dry to the touch mist, and wheels for easy mobility.”

It’s yours for $400.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Will Facebook Start Nagging You To Post Status Updates?

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Sometime last week, Bijan Sabet, a general partner at Spark Capital discovered a new “feature” in Facebook’s iOS application: notifications meant to encourage you to post a new status update. No… nagging you to post an update. We’re not sure exactly how he found it, but he tweeted a screenshot, which you see above. So what’s the deal?

Mashable reached out to Facebook for comment and was told that it’s “a small test they’re running.” Facebook of course does this all the time, trying things out to see what works and what doesn’t, always looking for new ways to boost engagement. There’s no way to tell if this is something that’s going to be made into an official “feature”, but we’re thinking that backlash on this one could very likely top the frequent privacy kerfuffles Facebook is known for.

Any of you want something like this?

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

How Could Google Glass Help You Out During A Date?

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Google Glass isn’t even really available to consumers yet (unless you’re a developer with a great idea and $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket), but it hasn’t stopped creative minds with fertile imaginations to conjure up potential uses. In the hilarious video below, we see how the futuristic glasses could help you out during a date. From allowing you to Google them on the fly to give you a leg up on their likes and dislikes, to providing you with entertainment as they drift off into boring talk of politics, the glasses are there to save the day.

Granted the imagined uses are very far off from how the device actually works, but the fact that videos like this are cropping up now show that if Google Glass takes off, there’s going to be an adjustment period where people have to figure out just how to act and react to their presence in civilized society. Already some bars are talking about banning them, while some lawmakers in Wrest Virginia are proposing legislation prohibiting their use while driving. There’s a long road ahead for the search giant’s latest project, and it’s going to be interesting to see if this turns into a Gmail-like success, or a Google Wave-like failure.

In the meantime, why not watch the video? It’s pretty funny.

VIA [ Coolpile ]

Viral Marketing Done Right: American Eagle Announces Paint-On Skinny Skinny Jeans

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Yes, they’re trolling. But it’s a darn good one. The 30 second advertisement featured below is about a purported new range of skinny jeans from clothing retailer American Eagle. “It’s our skinniest fit yet and is so comfortable you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all,” boats the narrator. And that’s when you realize that the pants are quite literally painted on. The campaign doesn’t end with a simple video however, as they provide you with a link to a special page on their website where you can contemplate buying a can of the spray-on fabric. There is even an option to add the $50 “Limited Edition” set to your shopping cart; pressing the button brings up an “out of stock” warning. Right.

Let’s be clear, this is absolutely a tongue-in-cheek hoax, as confirmed by the company’s vice-president last friday on the Today Show. But it does show the company hitting one out of the park in the field of viral marketing. The video has racked up over a million views in three days and got the Interwebs chatting.

Check out the video, below.

VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

There’s Food In Your Hair: Would You Like Fries With Your ‘Do?

Food Hair

I can imagine a bunch of crazy scenarios where food would somehow end up being spread all over your head. I don’t know when it became fashionable to ‘wear’ food on your head, either, but I guess I’m a little late on the trend because these foodie hair accessories are popping up all over the place–and I just heard about them today.

Apparently, walking around and looking like you’ve got some pancakes or fries on your head is hot these days. What’s even hotter is when you’re wearing a strip of bacon on your hair instead.

You can hit the break to check out a couple more shots of the delicious accessories.

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Sleep If U Can App: Take the Exact Same Picture You Set Earlier to Shut the Alarm

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The mark of a good alarm clock app is when people hate it–because then, it’ll mean that it actually works. The newest alarm clock app making the rounds is called Sleep If U Can. It’s funny that they should pose that challenge, because I’m sure most people who get this app won’t be able to once the alarm goes off.

What sets this app apart from the rest is what you’re supposed to do in order to shut it up. There’s no snooze button or password to enter. Instead, you’ll have to get up and take the exact same photo of whatever it was you chose to set as your wake-up shot earlier.

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Tetris Your House: How Many Tetris Blocks Will It Take to Fill Up Your Home?

Tetris House

They sure don’t make video games like they used to. There are only a few games nowadays that can truly make you use your old noggin. Remember Tetris? I remember spending many summer afternoons arranging Tetris blocks all over the screen with the game booted up on our old Family Computer.

You can still play the game provided you have the right emulator. On a related note, taking the classic game’s concept of building blocks is this neat little web app by Movoto that was designed by Megan Radich. If you’ve ever wondered how many Tetris blocks it would take to cover or build your entire house, then wonder no more…

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Billosaur: The Pre-Historic Piggy Bank for Your Paper Money

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A penny a day might save you a hundred dollars someday, but bills will get you to a thousand faster. Unfortunately, most piggy banks aren’t built to handle bills with their short, slim slots. Recognizing that people’s saving habits are changing, B.B. Billosaur eventually came to be. It’s a pre-historic piggy bank of sorts that accepts your bills without the usual muss and fuss of having to fold them up and push them so hard into the usual slot.

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Kickstartin’ Terror: COBRA Needs Your Help to Rebuild Cobra Island

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Think you’ve seen the last of Cobra? Think again. They’re getting ready to wreak terror once more, but before they can do that, they need to rebuild their secret headquarters that was destroyed by GI Joe. Unfortunately, that’s going to require a whole lot of money–money that the Cobra organization doesn’t have. Rallying behind them are their colleagues Destro and Dr. Mindbender, but they can’t spare that much cash as well.

The solution? Kickstarter.

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