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Author Archives: David Ponce

Imperial Spherificator Turns Almost Any Food Into Edible Pearls

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You might have heard of Spherification. It’s a trend among food lovers that involves turning common ingredients into caviar-like pearls of flavour. The process usually revolves around turning the food into mush, mixing it with Alginate (a seaweed extract), putting it into a syringe and injecting little droplets into a mixture of water and calcium chloride to create the pearls. You can then use these to flavour and accompany your foods while elevating your presentation to that of an actual chef. Well, with the Imperial Spherificator, you can do all this more easily. The device handles all the aspects of spherification for you, so that what you’re left after each batch is between 200 and 250 pearls to use in your cooking. It comes with a recipe booklet and clear instructions on how to achieve the best results each time.

It’s still doing the Kickstarter dance, so it’ll cost you a $125 pledge to own one. It comes with 100g of Alginate and 100g of Calcium Chloride, the two key ingredients.

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Stick-Lets Branch Connectors Make Fort Building A Breeze

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These have been on the market for a couple of years, but news tends to go in cycles and here we are discussing them again. The Stick-Lets are a set of silicone connectors that are used to, well, connect branches together in an effort to create a self-standing structure. They come in different shapes, allowing you to build your treehouse/fort with whatever loose sticks or branches you find. You can stretch them over and over, and use them and reuse them almost indefinitely. It’s a fun activity to do with your kids, or by yourself if you fancy the outdoors a lot. Prices start at $2.75, while an 18 piece kit costs $48.50.

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This Car Racing Simulator Costs More Than A Racing Car

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You’re looking at the world’s “Most Realistic Racing Simulator”. It looks pretty badass. And it costs $185,000. That’s a lot of dollars. For that amount of dollars you could probably buy a half decent racing car, and you know, actually race it. You could buy a bunch of cheap racing cars and practice crashing those if you’re not very skilled, then still have money left over for an upgrade or two once you get better. But hey, don’t let our practical minds deter you from this piece of tech.

This is the simulator that provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. Faithfully reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis’ front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and “doors”. Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch—all from real race cars and modified for simulator use—provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators. Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108″-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system

So yeah, there you have it. The racing simulator to end all racing simulators. It weighs 2,100lbs, and costs, as mentioned, $185,000.

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Arckit Is Like LEGO For Budding Architects

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Building stuff out of LEGO is great, but you’re always aware that you’re looking at LEGO pieces; stuff made like this has a distinctive look and feel to it. But if you’re into creating more realistic structures, Arckit may have what you’re looking for. It’s dubbed “The Architectural Model Building Tool”, and contains modular pieces allowing you to construct modern looking homes in all shapes and forms.

ARCKIT is a freeform model building tool that allows architects and everyone to physically explore designs and bring their projects to life. The interconnecting components use no glue and are completely modular, making it possible to create a diverse range of scaled structures that can be used as working models to communicate ideas to clients and to showcase finished projects.

The kits come in four sizes, called AGo, A60, A120, and A240. The numbers represent the possible maximum floor area in square meters, and kits feature 160+ pieces, up to 620+ pieces for the A240. Additional component packs can be purchased, although prices for the entire range are not on the lower side. AGo costs €59.99, or roughly $65USD, while A240 will set you back a hefty €339, or about $376USD.

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DIY Paint Roller That Paints Rainbows

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If you have to ask why you’d want a paint roller that paints rainbows, we can’t offer you a sensible answer. Just because it’s cool, we guess? It’s the same reason we have for thinking Unicorn Finger Puppets are great. Because why not? In any case, the paint roller you’re looking at is not sold in stores. You’ll have to put in a little effort to make your own, but clear instructions are provided. Once you’ve finished, you can then set to add some color to your environment, which we urge you to do in a legal manner, of course.

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Kira Clip-On Ring Light Will Help You Capture Angelic Selfies

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Ring lights make subjects’ eyes have that ethereal glow sought after in many cosmetics advertisements. Or many advertisements, period. It’s an easy gimmick to add a little flair to any photograph, and the Kira Clip-On attachment for your phone wants to help you get that effect with your selfies. Created by Japanese photographer Julie Watai, the Kira Ring Light will be powered by AAA batteries, so it won’t drain your phone’s. The light’s intensity will also be adjustable. It currently seems to be at the prototype stage, and we have no word on pricing or availability, though the idea is that it’ll go up for crowdfunding soon.

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Deal Of The Day: 56% Off On Mighty Floating Bluetooth Speaker

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You’re an active person, always outdoors, finding ways to get dirty and occasionally submerged in water. It would be nice if your music could follow you. The Mighty Floating Bluetooth Speaker is rugged enough to withstand your shenanigans and provide you with a soundtrack.

Turn up the volume on your next outdoor activity. This durable little speaker will provide you with 6 hours of crystal clear sound whether you’re at the beach, kayaking in open ocean, or just busy around the house. Wherever you go, Mighty can keep up and then some.

– Easily pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device
– Durable build that is waterproof, sand-proof and dust-proof
– Can be submerged for up to 30 minutes at 1 meter
– Added floatation for worry-free aquatic activities and listening
– Suction cup for flat surface application (showers, kayaks and just about any other flat surface)
– Small and portable design
– Speakerphone capabilities for answering and making calls
– 6-hour audio run-time

It’s a fun device that you can toss around, and that’ll keep on blasting your tunes in any environment. Normally running $80, it’s only $35 with this deal!

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This Is The Purse You’ve Been Looking For

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Yes, the endless stream of cliche headlines continues. I mean, what else would you have put there? Because hey, you are looking at a purse that’s fashioned after everyone’s favourite droid, R2-D2. And not only does it look amazing and loudly proclaim your love for all this Star Wars, this purse has got some features too!

– Star Wars R2-D2 Blue/White/Silver Patent Dome Bag
– Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
– Double-zipper closure
– 2 interior pouches (1 with a zipper closure)
– Metal feet on bottom to prevent wear and tear
– Materials: Simulated leather
– Care Instructions: Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent
– Imported
– Exterior Dimensions: 9 1/2″ wide x 8″ tall x 5″ deep
– Interior Dimensions: 9″ wide x 7 1/2″ tall x 1-4 1/2″ deep (gets smaller toward the top of the bag)
– It won’t fit your laptop, but it might fit your netbook, tablet, or eReader
– Double handles have 4″ drop

And the best part about ThinkGeek merchandise is that it’s rarely overpriced. This applies to this bag too, as you’re being asked $60, which seems more than reasonable to us.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Um, No Thanks! Windows 10 Will Share Your WiFi Passwords With Your Friends By Default

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Sharing is caring, but Windows 10 may have pushed the sentiment a little too far. A new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 is called WiFi Sense, and it aims to create a network of shared hotspots between you and your contacts. Unless prompted otherwise, the OS will share your WiFi passwords, albeit encrypted, with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook friends and contacts. This means whenever they wander within range of a hotspot you’ve previously logged in to, they will automatically have access. And this is enabled by default. Sure, you can uncheck the sharing box when you log into a new network, but if you’re upgrading from a previous version of Windows, all your previously stored passwords will be shared by default. In order to avoid this, you have to know about it in the first place, and then go to “Wi-Fi—> Network settings—> Manage Wi-Fi settings, and uncheck basically all the boxes you can see.” Considering most of our “friends” are barely friends at all, but are people like former high school classmates that we looked up to see if they’d gotten fat and bald as we hoped… Microsoft may want to turns this admittedly well-meaning feature into an opt-in, rather than an opt-out.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]