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Monthly Archives: September 2012

GO!Scan 3D is a Point and Shoot 3D Scanner

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3D printing is all the rage these days. There’s no shortage of 3D printers on the market, but there are limited choices when it comes to 3D scanners. One is the Photon scanner, which generated a lot of buzz a few weeks ago and is currently up for funding on Indiegogo. Then there’s the GO!Scan 3D, which is basically a 3D scanning gun.

Manufacturer Creaform boasts that it can provide the ‘easiest portable 3D scanning experience’ with it being a point-and-shoot and all. The GO!Scan weighs 2.4 pounds, so it’s lighter than most scanners out there and makes it the most portable of its kind. Since it easily fits into a carry-on case, you can take it with you to scan stuff on the go.

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Awesome Smart PJs Will Read Bedtime Stories to Your Kids

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Pajamas don’t get any smarter than this. The aptly-named Smart PJs not only provide warmth and comfort, but they’ll also read your kids a bedtime story. Those patterns might just look like dots to you, but they’re more than just some design the pajamas’ makers decided to go with. Instead, they’re actually QR codes in disguise that’ll make your smartphone read a bedtime story or two to your child once you scan them.

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Lets Bikers Generate Power for Their Devices By Cycling

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Gadgets or contraptions that charge up while you use them are fairly uncommon. For example, some treadmills have been hooked up so that they power a small television or radio while a person’s running on it. Another example is Siva Cycle’s Atom generator, which can charge your connected device while you’re pedaling around town.

What sets it apart, though, is that it also charges up an on-board battery which you can detach and then use to charge compatible devices while you’re on the go.

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Can This Bike Really Hit 100mph On Pedal Power Alone?

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No, not really. Or not yet, rather. But not for lack of wanting to. It’s made by Tom Donhou from Donhou Bicycles and was on display at the Bespoked Bristol exhibition, which showcases handmade bicycles from around the world. The Good to A Hundred bike by Donhou features “a 104-tooth chainring, with a diameter of nearly 17 inches (for comparison, most road bikes have about 50 teeth in their largest ring).” This could theoretically allow the rider to reach speeds of 100mph, although the bike has only achieved 60mph so far. Speeds of up to 167mph have been achieved by riders before, so it’s not so much the speed which is at issue here, but the fact that this bike is hand-built from common materials. The handlebars have been lowered to position the rider in an impossibly uncomfortable aerodynamic position, and with a bit of luck, Donhou will hit the goal for which the bike is named after sometime soon.

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Bathing Bad Bath Salts

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That seems like a combination made in Hell. Bath salts are all the rage amongst the drug-consuming, face-eating scum of the Earth. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that Breaking Bad is only three months away from returning to the tube, so it only makes sense to combine the excitement of one with the… allure of the other in a product that Walter White would surely approve of. Bathing Bad Bath Salts are “a blend of coarse and jumbo ancient salts and organic essential oils, which create a relaxing and rejuvenating bath time experience.” And if truly made in Albuquerque, New Mexico (as the label seems to indicate), we would be impressed enough to keep these around as a prop, and just not use them to even bathe in.

It’s £15 or roughly $23.

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Tracking Your Blood Alcohol Level Just Got More Social

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Data nerds who also enjoy an occasional pint of ale will rejoice in discovering the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. It goes a few steps beyond your traditional portable breathalyzer by integrating some pretty solid social features, as well as playing nice with your smartphone. It accurately tracks your blood alcohol level (by using the more professional fuel-cell technology, rather than cheaper semiconductors) and plots it on a graph over time. You can see how drunk you’re getting, how fast and more importantly, when you’ll be back to an acceptable level for driving. Take pictures of your drinks, and a personal drinking diary lets you take notes of each as you go along. And if you’re in the mood of sharing, you can set four levels of privacy, from private and personal, to fully social. You can also pick an intermediary step for alerting only a designated driver, and another for sharing, but anonymously. Sadly, the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer only works with iDevices, but at $150, we think is reasonably priced given the feature set.

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It’s About Time: Holder for French Fries That Fits Your Car’s Cup Holder

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One rule prevails when it comes to French fries: Eat it while it’s hot. It gets soggy fairly quickly, especially if you keep it inside the take-out bag. Unfortunately, you can’t eat while driving, because you’d have to hold the fries in one hand and drive with the other–and that’s just a very unsafe thing to do.

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Predator Helmet Could Help You Get Some Respect On The Road

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This is one badass looking helmet. Based on a regular helmet structure (and thus, safe), Russian-based NLO Moto sculpts with fiberglass, carbon fiber and polycarbonate a crazy looking helmet reminiscent of the Predator. It’s complete with a dreadlock mullet and a tri-laser LED light, which can be upgraded to become a (possibly illegal) actual tri-laser. Other upgrades include carbon spearheads that attach at the tip of the dreadlocks, and “top level airbrushing”. Keep in mind that this is all on top of the base price, which stands at a hefty $780. That’s a lot of money to spend on a motorcycle helmet, so here’s hoping your ride is equally impressive.

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Is Your Posterior Deserving Of A $6,600 Toilet?

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Kohler makes some fancy kitchen and bathroom fixtures, one of the most notable of which is the Numi toilet. It’s notable mostly because you’ll have to spend $6,600 to own it, and it does a variety of things that you may or may not want a toilet to do:

[It includes] a Bluetooth receiver for users to stream audio from their mobile devices, an SD card to access custom playlists or personalized welcome messages, a USB port for software updates, and ambient lighting that features seven different colors to choose from.

We’re all for entertaining ourselves while on the John, but what’s wrong with just looking at your phone for a bit? You’re not supposed to spend 30 minutes there… drying…

Other features include an advanced bidet functionality with integrated dryer, a remote control and a wall-mounted docking station.

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