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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Superhero Backpacks Let Kids Take Flight at School

Superhero backpack I used to be one of those kids who would cry when it was time to go back to school. Not my proudest moments, I know. For whatever reason, some kids just don’t like going to school and it’s up to their parents to find a way to motivate them and make them understand that it’s for their own good–and for their future. After all, school is their gateway to a world of knowledge, where they can let their imagination and creativity take flight as they grow and learn.

Driving that point across are super moms Daphne and Rena, who created the SuperME backpack. Each one features generic designs and doesn’t feature any commercial characters. The best part? Each SuperME backpack comes with a hoodie cape, which might come in handy in bad weather.

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Someone Kickstart This: Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Fridge

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No… no, you can’t buy this fridge. It doesn’t even exist. It seems to be a photoshop entry from “Hanasonic” for a photoshop contest on B3ta, where the one word theme was “fridges”. We’re not sure who/what the q4nobody watermark on the image is, but in the end we’re not very motivated to dig into it because well, it’s not that important to us. What matters is that this image has gone viral, and that we’re now really motivated to buy this exact fridge and are frustrated by the fact that we can’t. Maybe someone with more ambition, resources, and time than us can kickstart this? There’s a ready and willing market for it…

VIA [ NerdApproved ]

Awesome Ring-Worn Clock Could Be Real, Isn’t Yet

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Here’s to hoping that an ambitious crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo not only reaches its funding goals, but that the product in question turns into reality even if funding is met (which is not always guaranteed). It’s called the Ring Clock, and is meant to be a time telling device worn on one of your fingers. It allegedly uses “ultra-thin mono-color LEDs” and a “6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery” to display the time at the twist of its body. The battery, though small, would be enough to give the ring one week of autonomy. Charging would be done wirelessly, through induction using the Qi standard and would involve nothing more than placing it on a charging plate. It’s an eye catching product, which would be sure to start several conversations at parties and altogether make you look like an Alpha geek.

But here’s the rub. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. So far, the only concrete thing they have is a work-in-progress prototype which appears to be nothing more than the external body with laser cut numerals. They admit that they will use a third of the funds to complete said prototypes… so we’re not even sure if the concept can actually be pulled off. We’re not informed of any track record they may have, and considering how ahead of its time it is, we’re worried that even if they manage to reach their goal, that the Ring Clock will never be successfully manufactured. Still, this is the nature of crowd funding: to give an opportunity to people to produce innovative products when they might not otherwise have fit traditional criteria for doing so. Let’s hope they pull it off. It’s an $185 pledge to get in line for yours, which might arrive in April 2014 if all goes well.

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Credit Card Sized iDevice Charger Is Convenient

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Who goes out with their iPhone charger? No one, that’s who. And who’s always crying, wishing they had? Yeah, that’s what we thought. But we bet that if you’d had the ChargeCard, which is the same dimensions as a credit card (only a little thicker, of course), you might have saved yourself a few hours of hand wringing after your phone died following a marathon session of Candy Crush. It’s $25 and works with pretty much every iDevice and Android machine.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

USB Locket is For Files That Are Close to Your Heart

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Why put just one picture in your locket when you can put hundreds, even thousands? I don’t mean in the old-fashioned sense though, because there’s no way a locket can hold a hundred tiny cut-up pictures of your loved ones. What you can do is save these photos onto a USB drive, which you’ll then put snugly inside the USB Locket. Obviously, you’re not limited to just storing pictures in the drive. Save videos, important documents, crucial contracts, and other files that you might need or can’t do without.

The USB Locket is available in silver or in 24-karat gold-plated brass and comes with a 2-gigabyte USB drive. It’s available online for $200.

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Armadillo-T Car Folds Into Itself to Save Space When Parked

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Late again because you had trouble finding a parking spot? Yeah, we feel you. It seems like the world is becoming more and more congested with humans and their cars these days, and it’s our fellow humans who end up getting inconvenienced due to the lack of available parking spaces. The Armadillo-T wasn’t created because of that quandary, but it might as well be, because this unusual car literally folds into itself when it’s parked. The name of the vehicle was inspired by the animal that it was named after, the armadillo, which can roll itself into its own body in order to hide in its shell as a defense mechanism.

Developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Armadillo-T is an electric vehicle that can travel up to 37 miles per hour with an approximate 60-mile range in a single charge. Instead of typical fold-out rear view mirrors, the car is equipped with surround-view cameras instead in order to accommodate the folding feature.

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Women Fashionably Dressed as Web Browsers

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These women are web browsers, personified. Inspired by the logos of various web browsers, photographer Viktorija Pashuta came up with this creative series of women dressed up in outfits that bear the same color palette on the logos. From Internet Explorer and Safari to Firefox and Google Chrome, each model is totally rocking their browser looks.

Internet Explorer is my least favorite browsers, although I love this browser’s fashion ensemble best. On the other hand, I don’t care much for Google Chrome’s look, although it’s the only browser I use these days. Now isn’t that ironic?

Hit the break to check out each of the images in the gallery up close.

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Groove to Your DNA-Inspired Theme Song

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Want a song that you can truly call your own? Then create one with IDNAtity. It’s an app that lets you create your own theme song of sorts, even though you know close to nothing about writing or composing music.

IDNAtity mixes a bit of science with a lot of art. It essentially asks for information about your genetic makeup by asking you to upload a photo of yourself and answer questions about your appearance, like your hair color and eye color. The app also asks if you have dimples and if you can roll your tongue, because these details are, apparently, crucial in determining your genetic make-up..not.

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Rumor Mill: Budget-Friendly iPhone 5C Might Have Scratch-Resistant Plastic Backs

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As we inch closer to the purported announcement of the budget-friendly iPhone 5C, more information about the yet-to-be-announced unit has surfaced. Apple is really deviating from their usual style, as the cheaper version of their smartphone will reportedly come in a bevy of bright-colored plastic backs. You might recall that the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS both featured plastic polycarbonate housings, and they were pretty much well-received by users worldwide.

A shift back to plastic definitely sounds possible, given that it’s a lower-budget phone, after all. But Apple won’t be going back to the same plastic. According to Apple Daily, the smartphone maker will be using a tougher kind of plastic that is scratch-resistant. They were reportedly able to get their hands on the rear case for the phone and attempted to scratch it with keys to no avail.

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