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Monthly Archives: November 2012

PhoneSoap Charges Your Phone And Sanitizes It, Too

Phonesoap Charger

 

Would you press your cheek against a toilet seat? I wouldn’t. But like me, you probably wouldn’t think twice about picking your phone up and holding it up to your face to make or answer a call. But here’s the kicker: a study done a few years ago has revealed that some phones are actually dirtier and more germ-infested than toilet seats.

It makes sense, considering how people don’t really wash their hands before tapping the screen or wipe their phones down with alcohol regularly. If this little tidbit bugs you, then you might want to get the PhoneSoap. It’s a charger that also works as a phone sanitizer. Just pop your phone into the chamber and activate the built-in UV-C lamps to sanitize your phone in just four minutes. It comes with a built-in 5V USB port, which works with most phone cables nowadays.

The PhoneSoap Charger is available for $50.

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iRecorder iPhone Speaker: Play New Beats With a Vintage Vibe

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Remember those vintage recorders that you used to carry around way back when they were the hottest gadgets around? Digital music players and smartphones have rendered them obsolete, but they’re about to make a comeback in a roundabout sort of way.

The iRecorder Speaker is a handy speaker that’s compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. It sports that vintage recorder look on the outside, but it won’t be able to play your old cassette tapes. However, it will be able to play the tunes on your phone. Just pop your mobile into the cassette slot and push down the orange play button.

The iRecorder comes with a pull-out carry handle and a USB charging cord. It can be powered by a micro USB or batteries, just like your old recorder. It’s available online for $50.

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Check Out This Batman and Harley Quinn-Themed Engagement Ring

Batman Harley Quinn Ring

 

Most guys go to great lengths to either find or design an engagement ring that their future partner will love. Whether it’s something that suits her personality or a ring that captures something that the couple share, it’s only truly perfect when it was a labor of love and when it symbolizes a relationship that will be able to stand the test of time and adversity.

That ring for Daniel Maffett happens to be this Batman and Harley Quinn-themed engagement ring that was made by Tom Sayers of Sayers Jewelers.

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Never Lose Your Ring With RingSafe

Ring Safe

 

Most rings tell a story. Your graduation. Your friendship with someone special. A lifelong commitment to the person you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with. So losing a ring isn’t just losing a piece of jewelry; to some, it’s like losing something concrete from those relationships.

Cue the RingSafe, which is basically a specially-designed carabiner that secures your ring in its clasp, in the event that you have to take it off for work or for whatever reason. The aperture can then be looped around a necklace or placed on a keyring so you won’t lose or misplace it while it’s off your finger.

RingSafe is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $25 will get you one of your very own. If you want to personalize it, just add $20 more dollars to your pledge.

VIA [ Cool Material ]

‘Everyday Racism’ App Shows You What It’s Like to Be In Someone Else’s Shoes

Everyday Racism App

 

In this day and age, you’d think that racism would no longer be an issue. Unfortunately, it still is. While it isn’t as widespread as before, racism is something a number of people have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether it’s microaggressions or a bit of unfair treatment here and there, it’s still racism all the same.

Shedding some light on the discrimination of racial minority is the Everyday Racism app by All Together Now, who worked with the University of Western Sydney, Deakin University, and Melbourne University on its development. It plays out like a game of sorts, where the user chooses to play as one of three characters, all of whom are based on actual people and their real-life experiences. Four scenarios will play out over the course of one week, where you will be subjected to discriminatory treatment that real people have faced while going about their day.

You can also choose to play as yourself, where you will be able to see how discrimination plays out in society and how it affects others from a third-person perspective.

Everyday Racism can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

VIA [ C|NET ]

WinkyMote Lets You Change Channels With The Blink Of An Eye

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Complete paralysis is awful. Imagine having to somehow navigate the world without being able to move anything below the waist. Even watching TV is nearly impossible. But the WinkyMote, a project headed by Katia Vega, is a type of “second skin” makeup that integrates some circuitry and has allowed at least one quadriplegic to control his television. By placing it near the eyes and covering it with makeup, Felipe, a 33-year-old master student in Administration (who was paralyzed 13 years ago in a Jiujitsu accident) was able to turn the TV on and off, as well as to change channels, simply by combining various blinking commands. “Winkymote was prototyped with Clio, an arduino based microcontroller from Seeed Studio” and while it has achieved some really cool results, we can’t find any information about availability for any other similar patients.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ MedGadget ]

Swallow This Balloon And Lose Weight

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You’re looking at the medical device called the Obalon. It’s a special balloon designed to be swallowed (prior to inflation, of course) and take up space in the stomach to accelerate the feeling of fullness for overweight patients. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes and doesn’t require sedation. You just swallow it in a capsule, and then an inflation catheter is used to fill it with Nitrogen gas. After reaching its full volume, the catheter is removed and the Obalon stays in place. Unlike other gastric balloons which are filled with saline, the fact that Nitrogen is used helps it stay afloat near the top of the stomach. Used in conjunction with lifestyle changes, the Obalon remains inside the stomach for up to 12 weeks, during which time clinical trials have shown a “potential 50.2 percent reduction in excess body weight, a potential reduction of 8.3 percent in total body weight and a 2.8 point reduction in BMI over the three month treatment period.”

Granted it’s not a miracle cure since the stomach doesn’t get a chance to shrink during treatment, but it is hoped that the simultaneous efforts to change diet and lifestyle will remain even after the Obalon is removed. It’s currently approved for use in the UK market, but is waiting on FDA approval for use stateside.

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VIA [ Gizmag ]

Maple Bacon Coffee Beer? Really? That Settles It: There Is A God!

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Like hitting a royal flush, this Porter beer by Funky Buddha Brewery straight up mashed all our happy buttons at once. Maple syrup, bacon, and coffee flavours in a beer? Good Lord, we’re so excited we’d rather let them describe it:

Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth from the glass. The mouth feel is luxuriously creamy, with layers of sweet malt, toffee, and roast giving way to waves of smoke, coffee, and salted chocolate. It finishes sticky, rich, and sweet, with the flavor of maple syrup lingering pleasantly on the tongue.

It’s a special release brew with 6.4% alcohol content. We’re not sure where it’s available, but the company’s website is solid and should be able to point you in the right direction.

Incidentally, you should check these guys out altogether. They have a bunch of other funky flavours, like Raspberry Habanero and Reece Peanut Butter Cup.

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The Accutrax Pencil Blade: For When Your Puny Old Pencil Is Just Not Manly Enough

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You’re doing all kinds of jobs, remodeling the house, cutting things, hammering others, and generally getting your hands dirty. Good on you. You’re probably using a boring old pencil to trace cut lines though, right? Bet you wish you didn’t get such a sad little tool, don’t you? Bet you wish you’d gotten these Accutrax pencil blades. Blades, that’s right! These will fit any standard box cutter tool, but instead of cutting stuff, they’ll do what pencils do and trace lines. But they’ll do so while being house in a freaking box cutter tool, man. If that’s not something you wanna be totin’ round the construction site, we don’t know what kind of a construction worker you are.

It’s $10 for 3.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]