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Author Archives: David Ponce

ScoopTHAT! II Is A High-Tech Ice Cream Scoop

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Scooping ice cream: it’s a serious first-world problem. Heck, it could even be a second world problem, since these guys do have ice cream, right? The issue is that most scoops get as cold as the frozen cream they’re trying to extract, making hard to carve a ball. The ScoopTHAT! II however features a biodegradable gel in the handle that transfers its heat to a special “thermo-ring” around the edges of the scooping bowl. This keeps the edge hot, cutting through ice cream like a hot knife through butter. The non-stick bowl prevents the frozen treat to stay glued, simply and easily dropping onto your awaiting cup or cone. There’s no need to heat the ScoopTHAT! II as the large gel heat basin in the handle will just absorb the cold as you scoop away. It’s a brilliant design, and better yet it’s super cheap at $25. Sure that may seem like a lot for an ice cream scoop, but consider the frustrations of the alternative and you might see the value.

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Furoshiki Shoes Wrap Around Your Feet Like Bandages

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Are we the only animal species that requires footwear? I’m no zoologist, but the whole idea of having to wear shoes always struck me as odd, considering we are animals, yet we absolutely require some external item on our feet in order to go about our business. They always feel a little clunky and external to our bodies. The Furoshiki Shoes however really look like the most comfortable shoes on the market. They wrap around your feet like bandages, conforming to your foot’s shape rather than forcing them to conform to the shoe. They are produced by the Italian company Vibram, but are designed by Masaya Hashimoto. Each feature elastic velcro straps that you simply pull around and tie down. They cost around $140, and come in several different colors.

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Stealth Beer Koozie Makes It Look Like You’re Drinking Coffee

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Where I live, bars stop serving alcohol at 3am. A local pizza join used to have a racket where they’d keep on selling frosty suds after last call, as long as you ordered “Cold Tea”. That was code for beer, which would be brought out in a metal teapot. The owner made a killing until he was busted a couple years later. But this product, the Lolo Lid, reminded me of that story. It’s a special lid that holds on to a standard can of beer. You then have to attach it to a paper coffee cup to turn the whole thing into a beer-insulating Koozie that looks like a coffee cup. The air barrier between the beer can and the outer wall acts as insulator, while you look completely incognito, drinking suds while making it look like you’re just trying to perk yourself up. Well… you are, in a way. And if you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $20.

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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable (US)

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The cable that Apple includes with new iPhones is 3 feet long. And when it breaks outside of warranty, it’s another $25 to get a new one. That sort of sucks. So today you’re looking at an extra long MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable (US) which will set you back only $18.99 after rebate. That’s a deal.

With this handy Apple MFi-certified 10-foot (3 meter) cable in your tech arsenal, you’ll never have to compromise your comfort again. It can easily stretch across the room to conveniently power your iOS device wherever you may find yourself.

– 10-ft (3 meter) length to allow for comfortable charging and use
– Resilient MFi-certified cable for safe charging
– High-quality design for long-lasting use
– No more slouching by the outlet while charging, sit back and relax

Normally this longer cable is $40, but as mentioned above, today’s deal lowers that down to $18.99.

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Ferrolic Display Makes Good Use Of Ferro Fluid

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You’ve probably seen Ferrofluid before: it’s a black goo that contains iron particles and reacts to magnets in a fascinating way. Zelf Koelman became so enamoured with the little blobs that he and his team spend “a few thousand hours” developing Ferrolic, a special display piece that uses Ferrofluid in creative and mesmerizing ways.

In the front, the display has a basin comparable to an aquarium in which Ferro Fluid can move freely. Behind the scenes powerful electromagnets enable Ferollic to influence the fluid’s shape, to pick it up and move it around. Both modules, the basin and the electronics, sit secure in an aluminium frame.

The software behind these electromagnets, and thus the shapes and information displayed, can be edited. Ferrolic is controlled by an intelligent internal system that is accessible trough a web-browser. In this way users can assign “the creatures” to display time, text, shapes and transitions. Experienced users can create animations from their own custom shapes.

In the display above, Ferrolic is being used as a clock, but that’s just one of the many thousands of things it can display.

It’s a work in progress, and a Kickstarter is planned for some time in the future. But for now there are 24 early production models available for anyone who’d like to develop for Ferrolic… at the princely sum of €7,500 or about $8,500USD.

Ferrolic from zelfkoelman on Vimeo.

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The Paxis Backpack Features A Handy Swingarm

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The Paxis Backpack is likely to appeal to any serious outdoors enthusiast. Its main claim to fame is that the lower third of the bag detaches from the upper portion and swings around to the front so you can access its contents without taking the whole thing off. Whether it’s your fishing lures, your first aid kit, or any other item that you’ll be needing on a more regular basis, having the option to access it without going through the trouble of removing everything, well, that’s just great.

– Interior tablet / hydration pocket
– 2 interior zippered pockets for small items
– Soft interior pocket for fragile item
– High visibility lining
– Exterior pocket for tripod/ski poles/ walking poles
– Exterior accessory pocketHighly water resistant fabric
– Waterproof zippers
– Free standing design
– Waterproof bottom

Of course we’re talking about a serious backpack, which comes with a pretty serious price tag at $236. Considering the features though, we figure this is reasonable.

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The Tannus Solid Tires Never Go Flat

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Getting a flat tire while riding your bike is a massive pain in the ass. But if you outfit them with a set of Tannus tires, this concern may become a thing of the past. These tires require no inflation since they’re a solid block made of a special foamy resin called “Aither”.

Made from a very special Micro Closed Cell Polymer Resin “Aither”, Tannus tire uses a foaming technology. And, it may look similar to that used in many lightweight sports shoes, but it is totally different from any other foaming technology both in terms of its process or the condition. It is made from the one-and-only material “Aithercompound” with a very unique foaming process.

They’ll allegedly withstand puncture, and never go flat, while suffering from very little rolling resistance. The tires come in 12 different colors, and 3 different hardness types (soft, regular, and hard). They’ll set you back between $50 and $70, and there are different types and sizes to accommodate bikes of all sorts.

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Deal Of The Day: 59% Off On First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera

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The First Generation Lytro Camera was ahead of its time. Back in 2011 we wrote about it excitedly, since it promised you to be able to “Shoot now, focus later”, allowing you to click on an image to choose the focal point, even after the image was shot. It was a novel, interesting approach to photography, but unfortunately the camera was expensive. Well, it no longer is!

Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing your average static 2D image. The Lytro dares to be different. Its cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo—meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.

– Take “living pictures” you can adjust afterwards
– Refocus your shots, change their perspective & view them in 3D
– Record 11-million light rays in each scene
– Store up to 750 photos at one time
– Easily carry it anywhere: design is compact, durable & lightweight
– Shoot photos at an optimal resolution for sharing online
– Access an array of tools including photo filters & uploading software
– Includes a sleek, durable carrying and storage sleeve to protect against lens scuffs and scratches

It’s a brilliant product, but not necessarily one that you’d want to pay $200 to try out. At $79.99 as it is in today’s deal, however, it’s a different story.

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Pocketbands Help You Carry Your Keys While Out And About

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It’s not always easy to find a place for your keys when out for a run. Some hide their keys. Some tie them to their shoelaces, and some will inevitably lose them. But now you can eliminate that problem with the new Kickstarter campaign, Pocketbands 2.0, the wristband with a hidden pocket.

Pocketbands’ slim new 2.0 design offers a quick and stylish solution for stashing your keys, cash, and other small items. Made from a stretchy, 100% surgical-grade silicone that’s comfortable to wear, Pocketbands also are the ideal wristband for the Fitbit One activity tracker.

The Kickstarter campaign is currently live and raising funds to get these new bands out to the world. They’re being touted as great for running, surfing, biking, skating, swimming and other sports or activities when you don’t want to carry things in your pockets.

Pocketbands are available in 4 sizes and come in a variety of cool colors. Pledges start at $10 for one Pocketband, or you can spring for a 3-pack with a pledge of $20.

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