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Author Archives: David Ponce

Darth Vader Outdoor Wood Stove Lets You Join The Smoky Side…

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As a writer, it’s nearly impossible to resist the temptation to make Star Wars puns when writing Star Wars related headlines. Our apologies for that. But, unnecessary apologies aside, it’s a pretty cool project you’re looking at. Instructables user “doddieszoomer” took an old bottle of propane, a grinder, a welder and a marker, and created a wood burning stove that would look great in anyone’s backyard. The Instructables link below gives you a step by step, and it looks like the kind of thing easily accomplished in an afternoon by any moderately capable handyman.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Lap Mug Is Made To Rest On Your Lap

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The logistics of drinking coffee are pretty straightforward: find a flat surface and set your cup down. But for those long lazy sessions on the sofa, you might want to get the Lap Mug. It’s wedge shaped, which allows you to easily set it down between your legs. However the wedge angle isn’t so pronounced that you can’t set it down (tilted) on a table. Just don’t do that while the cup is too full.

It’s £10, or roughly $17.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ OddityMall ]

Deal Of The Day: 35% Off On XiStera XS Plus, The 8-In-1 Multitool For All Your iPhone Needs

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Think of the XiStera XS Plus as a swiss-army knife for the iPhone 5/5S. It does octuple duty as a:

Lens Adapter
Comes with a Fisheye, Macro, and wide angle lense
Dual Tripod Mount
Multi Position Stand
Capacitive Stylus
Ear Bud Wrap
Bottle Opener
Key Chain

It’s a small divide that fits in the palm of your hand, and which normally sells for $70. Today you can have it for $45.

[ 35% Off On XiStera XS Plus, The 8-In-1 Multitool For All Your iPhone Needs ]

Every Beer Pong Tournament Needs A Ball Washer

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If you’ve been to college and haven’t participated in any beer pong related shenanigans, you haven’t been to college. Like it or not, it’s a staple drinking game, but it is also one in dire need for a product like the The Clean Cup. Yes, many beer pong sessions involve a “wash cup” to remove the dirt, dust and crap that sticks to your wet ball every time it falls to the floor, but how effective is a simple dunk in the water? The Clean Cup goes a few steps further.

“Using a combination of a high pressure stream of water and bursts of air to ensure full cleaning coverage, the ball is then returned to the user, “floating” on a stream of air as if it was sitting in the regular wash cup. The entire cycle lasts only five seconds, perfect to get a good rinse in before your next turn.”

There’s a filter that removes the hairs, crumbs and other particles that normally remain floating in the wash cup, so that every rinse returns a fully clean ball. Granted, when you’re drunk you may not really care. But if you’re organizing an evening where you know people will play this, maybe getting a Clean Cup isn’t such a bad idea. You’ll have to pledge $60 to get your hands on one, which is a tall order given its marginal utility. Still, if you take the game seriously, it might be worth it.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Soto Pocket Torch Turns Any Regular Lighter Into Powerful Windproof Torch

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Did you know that that disposable lighter you bought for a couple bucks can actually be turned into a powerful, windproof torch capable of outputting a 2,300ºF flame. You just have to get the Soto Pocket Torch pictured above, and insert your disposable lighter in it. It won’t work with any lighter; they do have to be of a certain size and type, but it’s not brand specific. And at $20 for the device, it’s a really cheap way to light stuff on fire around the house.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Water Balloon Fights Will Never Be The Same

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There’s nothing quite as much fun as a water balloon fight on a hot summer day. But it’s safe to say that water balloon warfare is a field that’s seen relatively little technological innovation over the years. That’s about to end with the introduction of the “Bunch O’ Balloons” product. It’s a device that allows you to fill up 37 water balloons at once, using nothing but a garden hose. It unites the 37 balloon stems into one large stem which is then simply screwed onto the end of the hose. Open the faucet, fill them up, then just shake them loose; a special clamp automatically ties them shut as you shake so you don’t even need to tie them individually. At this rate, you’ll be able to fill about 100 a minute, which should be plenty fast enough to keep you armed through an entire afternoon.

The Kickstarter understandably blew right past its $10,000 goal, and is sitting at $537,000 at the time of writing. People are excited about this, and at $17 for a pack of 100, it won’t break the bank. Shipping is slated for September, however, so unless you live in a hot climate, you might not be able to get this in time for this summer.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ The Verge ]

iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Case For Electronic Cigarettes

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The following article is brought to you by 21st Century Smoke. -Ed.

If you’re a longtime smoker, you’re probably already aware of all of the downsides to smoking. Aside from health concerns, smoking cigarettes is an expensive proposition, and the social downsides of being a smoker are many. Not only is there a severe lack of areas to legally smoke; smokers are stuck with smelly clothes, cars, and homes, and have less disposable income than a nonsmoker. Since the primary aim of smoking is delivering nicotine to your system, switching to a product like 21st Century Smoke e-cigs or liquid vaporizer pens can help solve these problems. Let’s break down the advantages to e-cigarettes versus traditional cigarettes.

Cost: This is really the big one, the reason that should motivate anyone. Continue Reading

Deal Of The Day: 38% On iZZi Slim, The 4 Lens-In-One Ultimate Photo Kit

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The slow death of the point-and-shoot in favour of the convenience of the cellphone camera means that a vibrant ecosystem of accessories always seems welcoming to yet another entrant. You’ve seen the detachable iPhone lenses that allow you to take macro, fisheye, macro and wide-angle shots, but you’ve likely not often seen them done in the way that iZZi Slim does it. This iPhone 5/5S case features a rotating wheel with lenses attached, which means you can quickly switch from one lens to another. This is convenient, because you don’t have to fish around your accessory bag while the shot you want to take vanishes. The lenses are a Fisheye lens, a 2x Telephoto Lens, a Macro Lens, and a Wide-Angle Lens. Normally costing $155, it’s $95 today.

[ 38% On iZZi Slim, The 4 Lens-In-One Ultimate Photo Kit ]