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Would You Pay $1,000 For A Glass Toaster?

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Because that’s apparently how much the Noun, from Bugatti (not the car makers) will cost. It’s a toaster consisting of two panes of glass with a layer of semiconductor heating elements. You can toast bread of course, but also meat if they’re in a heat-resitant bag. The appliance also connects to your smartphone, with which you can select temperatures and cooking times among other things. And it actually looks like this might make it onto the market, since the company is currently seeking regulatory approval. If granted, you could get yourself a fancy see-through toaster to impress all your friends with sometime in 2015.

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Domino’s Launches ‘Pizza’ Where The Dough Is Fried Chicken

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We’re calling Domino’s new Specialty Chicken dish a ‘pizza’ mainly because the concept involves putting pizza toppings on top of a bed made out of fried chicken bits. And while that’s not exactly a pizza, it’s close enough. In other words what you have here is 12 chicken morsels arranged in the shape of a flat, somewhat longish base on which they’ve put cheese, sauce, and other things that normally would go on a pizza. It’s an odd proposition, and the company is aware. They’re launching a promotional campaign along with it called “Failure is an Option”, where they admit to the product’s outside-the-box nature in the hopes that people will keep an open mind.

We’re intrigued, all the more so since it’ll cost all of $6. If any one of you tries it, leave a comment here to let others whether to take the plunge.

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Celebrity Religious Candles Are A Must Have

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You can take a joke, right? None of you are going to get your panties in a roll over this item, we hope. We certainly got a kick from these celebrity religious candles. There’s nothing like seeing Nicolas Cage’s happy mug gracing the outside of the type of candle you’d normally find… well, we don’t know where you’d usually find these types of candles. Church souvenir shops? Yeah, no clue. We skipped out on Sunday school and our knowledge is rudimentary. We can tell you that they’re 8 inches tall, cost about $12 and there are tons of celebrities depicted: Dave Grohl, Tom Hanks, Ron Swanson…

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Mini Mobile Printer Glides On The Page To Print

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Ever tried carrying a printer in your backpack? Not exactly the most portable things, right? If ever you need to be printing a few quick pages and don’t want to have to walk to the nearest copy center, the Mini Mobile Printer could definitely help you out. It connects to your laptop or smartphone through Bluetooth and works by moving itself across your page while printing, instead of the traditional method of swallowing a whole sheet of paper in one end and spitting it out the other. The cartridge will last 1,000 pages and the battery a full hour. However, considering it only prints at 1.2 pages per minute, you’ll only be able to crank out 72 sheets before it runs out of power. And it’s grayscale only at the moment.

Still, considering its small size (4in. by 4.5in) and portability, it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Currently undergoing funding on Kickstarter, a $200 will secure a white unit with a January 2015 delivery date.

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This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

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Get Your Beer Mug Frosty In As Little As 10 Seconds

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Those of you who partake in an occasional malt liquor ingestion ritual will surely know how satisfying it is to have your libations served to you in a mug that’s cold enough to be frosty. But frosty glasses aren’t always at the ready, so that’s where this Beer Glass Froster contraption comes in. Powered by a CO2 tank (sold separately), it’ll get a room-temperature glass down to the required temp in 10 seconds.

Its spout emits a frosty cloud that converts a typical, room temperature beer glass into an ice-cold mug in seconds. The unit’s wide spout allows the CO2 to completely cover a rocks glass for a margarita or a beer stein. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop with the included clamp (requires a minimum 2″ overhang) and takes up as little counter space as a coffee maker.

Cooling your glassware down in 10 seconds is obviously the kind of luxury that doesn’t come cheap. The unit itself is $400, and that’s not even including the CO2 canisters which usually cost around $20 with a $5 refill.

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Origami-Based Concept Toothpaste Tube Looks Cool, Doesn’t Seem Practical

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Believe it or not, there’s an entire segment of society that obsesses over the optimal mechanics of toothpaste tube emptying. It’s generally accepted that rolling up the tube from below is good, but squeezing it in the middle haphazardly not so much. But design student Nicole Pannuzzo’s idea is interesting, if not seemingly practical. It’s inspired by the art of origami and is said to collapse smoothly and elegantly. It does also look look sort of cool for a toothpaste tube. But alas it’s also over-engineered and will likely leave a good amount of paste even when it’s fully collapsed. And no, there are no plans to make this commercially available but good on Nicole for displaying some creativity.

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Life Size Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Replica Can Be Yours For A Lot Of Money

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We find it interesting just how significant an icon Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite is. Follow this link to get an idea of what we mean. But no matter how many fridge decals, ice molds, and blankets become available for purchase, it’s hard to top an actual 1:1, 7ft. tall hand-crafted replica of Boba Fett’s most prized possession. That’s exactly what you’ll be getting if you can manage to stomach the $6,999 asking price. If it’s any consolation, there are “flexible payment plans” available, though if you need to get into debt to own something like this, we’d like to suggest you don’t have your priorities in place. It becomes available for pre-order today.

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Would A Transparent Hood Be A Feature You Want?

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Say you’re off-roading and it’s critical to know exactly where your wheels are landing; common sense says that experience is paramount and that if you don’t know exactly where your wheels fall, maybe you shouldn’t be going into treacherous terrain. But a little bit of visual encouragement never hurt anyone, and Land Rover seems to think a grille-mounted camera system coupled with a Heads Up Display should do the trick for those of us with more guts than skills. With this system you’ll be able to virtually see right through your hood, straight to the road below, along with a visualization of where your wheels are and are pointing. That big rock you shouldn’t roll over? It’s right there.

It’s an ingenious solution, though it’s one that’s only at the prototype stage at the moment. It’ll be shown off at the New York International Motor Show next week, but there’s no word on when or if it might actually make its way onto new models.

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