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Author Archives: David Ponce

ThinkGeek’s Critical Hit d20 Mug

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There’s really not much to say beyond what you see in the picture, here. It’s a mug. It’s shaped like a 20-sided dice, which some of you may recognize as that D&D dice. It is dishwasher and microwave safe, and costs $13.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On a $70 Credit For A Casetify Apple Watch Band

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As expected, Apple is selling millions of its watches. This means there is plenty of room for watchband makers, since a good number of people won’t want to have a watch that’s exactly identical to that of millions of other people. The Casetify Apple Watch Band is stylish and comes in many different looks.

You change your clothes, change your socks, change your shoes—why not change your watch band? Get endless custom possibilities for your wrist with $70 to the Casetify store (which gets you pretty much any band on the site). With styles for every lifestyle, occasion, and mood, Casetify bands are easy to switch out for your current band, and are sure to help you get the most out of your iWatch.

”These Apple Watch accessories may be cooler than the Apple Watch itself.” TIME

– Use Instagram or Facebook photos as backgrounds for your band design
– Apply any 3 different layouts or 9 filters
– Select from hundreds of designs
– Choose from band sizes ranging from 38mm to 42mm
– Enjoy the sweat-resistant, ultra-comfortable material

You’ll be buying a $70 credit that goes towards the purchase of a band, but you’ll only have to pay $50 for it.

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Spivo Camera Pole Pivots 180 Degrees At The Touch Of A Button

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Ok, so everyone is sort of tired of seeing selfie sticks, but Spivo is a little different. First off it’s not quite a selfie stick, since it has no trigger; it’s a camera pole meant to carry something like a GoPro. But unlike similar devices currently on the market, Spivo features a button that rotates the camera 180 degrees back and forth in a split-second. If you’re a fan of action footage, you’ll know that sometimes the action isn’t entered around you; it’s nice to have to option to point forwards as easily as backwards. They come in 3 lengths: 12″, 18″, and 26″, and cost $49 at any of them.

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This $500 NES Was Inspired By Leica, Aims For Similar Craftsmanship

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You can get a simple emulator and run NES ROMs on pretty much any old machine. But the Analogue Nt isn’t any ole’ machine. It’s a super high-end gaming system that happens to only play NES cartridges. It’s crafted from a solid block of aluminum, and sells for $499. If you want HDMI output and hardware upscaling, that’ll be an extra $79, please. For that price you get a printed circuit board so lavishly designed that it costs four times as much as a regular PCB to produce.

It’s powered by original Ricoh CPU and PPU chips that have been salvaged from a batch of disused Famicom systems. The optional, internal HDMI adapter, meanwhile, is designed to optimize image quality on modern TVs — lead video hardware engineer Kevin Horton says it “upscales digitally, directly from the PPU and CPU. This means no lag and zero signal degradation.” There’s even a built-in scanline generator, if the resulting image is too clean for you.

Of course if you’re going to spend upwards of $500 on a retro gaming system, we imagine you’re a pretty big fan of retro gaming. Or you like finely crafted products in your household. Either way, you can pre-order now and expect to get your system by July of this year.

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Deal Of The Day: 12% Off On Cherokey 4WD Basic Arduino Robotics Kit

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Remote controlled vehicles are pretty cool to start with. When the vehicle is also a robot with sensors and some semi-autonomous behaviour, that’s better. And, as is the case with the Cherokey 4WD Basic Arduino Robotics Kit, when it’s a robot that you build yourself, well then… you’ve got our interest.

Meet Cherokey 4WD, a versatile mobile platform compatible with most microcontrollers, and the heart and soul of your robotic vehicle. By assembling the included hardware and tuning the software, you will construct a rapid, rugged, outdoor-friendly truck controlled by an iOS app on your phone. Learn to install sensors on the robot to trigger specific movements and actions, and take your newfound Arduino expertise onto limitless future projects.

– Enjoy high-quality micro-speed motors
– Drive your truck on rough terrain w/ its durable & solid aluminum body
– Expand upon the highly versatile modular design
– Easily control w/ your iOS device
– Write your own code to take advantage of its ultrasonic sensor, BLE-ready microcontroller, IR sensor & LEDs
– Start your project immediately without the need for an additional motor driver or wireless shield
– Use for educational purposes, robot competitions, home automation protyping or research projects

Normally you’d have to pay $109 for this awesome toy, but with today’s deal, you’re looking at $94.99.

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Corner Protectors Are Cute As Buttons

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New kid in the house? Might want to do something about those pointy table corners he’s inevitably going to smash into the second he starts walking. While we always advocate duct tape (duct tape FTW always and ever), there are those of you who don’t share our home improvement style. That’s fine. For you, maybe there is these cute Safety Bumper Corner Protectors. They’re made of foam, adhere with included 3M double-sided tape, and are shaped like ether a cat, a frog, or a bear. When they’re covering a corner, they also look like they’re devouring the table, which a tiny human is going to appreciate, we guarantee it. At $4.38 for 2 pieces, it’s a steal.

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It’s 2015 And Where’s My Hoverboard? Here. Here’s Your Hoverboard

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Ok, so it’s probably not what you had in mind. But let’s face it, this Back To The Future Desktop Hoverboard is about as close as you’re going to get to the ‘real thing’, at least for now. The pyrolytic graphite board hovers over a rare earth magnet base; give it a little push and it’ll go back and forth for a bit. Sure, it’s not as satisfying as carving some turns in the air, but at least it’s officially licensed merchandise and not come cheap trinket. The desktop toy will attract a bit of attention, and keep you excited about the possibility of seeing the real thing one day soon (Google might actually be able to build one, but won’t). It’s $40.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

New Condoms Glow In The Dark In The Presence Of STDs

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If you’re wearing rubber, you’re already doing something to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. Good for you. But not everyone is always 100% diligent with this practice, and all it takes is one slip up with an infected partner for you to catch whatever they have. A team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England have developed condoms coated in a special substance that glows in the dark in the presence of different kind of bacteria or virii. Better yet, they glow different colors for different bugs: green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis. Having this knowledge early on in a relationship can help you avoid making a more serious mistake later on.

Currently it’s just a concept, but the students behind it are hopeful that they can develop the idea further into a real product.

[ DailyMail ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: 58% Off On Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone

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Another day another drone? Well, not quite. You’re looking at a quadcopter drone that can fly for up to 30 minutes, shoot HD footage, and costs $70! The Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone seems to hit the sweet-spot between features and price:

Even a fear of flying shouldn’t prevent you from soaring to great heights! Fly up, down, and every way in between with the Striker Spy Drone. Encased in a hardy plastic shell, yet still light enough to maneuver, this drone handles even the most complex tricks you throw at it with ease. The internal gyro ensures a smooth flight no matter the conditions, and the built-in camera allows you to film and snap photos of your aerial shenanigans. In no time at all, gravity will be nothing more than a technicality.

– Film 30 minutes of aerial footage using the integrated HD camera w/ built-in shutter stabilization
– Take up to 50,000 photos from mid-air
– Fly the Striker right out of the box w/ limited setup required
– Seamlessly calibrate in order to handle long-distance flying
– Pull off tricks & flips in midair thanks to the 4 rotating motors and 4.5 channel gyro
– Guard against radio interference w/ the transmitter’s 2.4GHz frequency

Considering all the features, it’s well worth the regular $170 asking price. At $69.99, it’s a steal.

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