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Author Archives: David Ponce

Dexmo Exoskeleton Lets You “Feel” Virtual Objects

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With the success of the Oculus Rift, we’re currently seeing a renaissance of interest in virtual reality (yes, for you young’uns out there, were was a VR craze back in the mid-90’s). Not only are companies like Sony launching themselves into the fray, a ecosystem of VR-related peripherals is apparently being built. The Dexmo Exoskeleton by Dexta Technologies, pictured above, is a perfect example. It’s an input-output device that attaches to your fingers and wrists and not only tracks their position, but is able to stop their movement when the virtual object you’re trying to grasp is actually gripped, letting you actually feel it. It’s a force-feedback VR controller, basically, and yes, it’s probably not the first such device hitting the scene. It is, however, the first seemingly affordable one, with a basic input-only version going for a $65 pledge. The more complete version does cost a more hefty $159, but that’s still somewhat reasonable for what it is. There is a catch, however, and that’s the fact that only the index finger and thumb receive force feedback, allowing you to pinch, rather than properly hold objects. Perhaps 5-digit feedback will be included in the next generation of the device, but for the early adopters out there, Dexmo seems like a great way to expand your VR explorations.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Buy Your Own Boeing F-4 Phantom Ejection Seat

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What on earth are you going to do with a non-functional McDonnell F-4 Phantom II two-seat twinjet fighter ejection seat? Who cares?! It’s an honest-to-goodness ejection seat that was once in an actual airplane. It’s been ripped out and refurbished for your owning pleasure.

This genuine Mk.7 rocket-assisted ejection seat from an F-4 Phantom II was made by British manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., the world leader in ejection seats for more than 60 years. The seat has been professionally cleaned and refurbished and riveted to a durable, hand-finished sturdy steel base with a natural-looking weathered finish. It includes a seatbelt, grip handle on right side of seat, empty oxygen tank and release button on left side of seat, Boeing Custom Hangar plaque permanently attached to the seat back, and Certificate of Authenticity. Each piece is unique and may vary slightly from photograph.

Owning a piece of aviation history is rarely a cheap endeavour, and this seat is no exception. You’ll have to pay $15,000 for it, with shipping charges apparently not being included in that pricetag.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Hemingwrite Merges Old School Typewriter Mechanics With Modern E-Ink Display

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Committing word to screen requires at least a minimal amount of inspiration; we’d know, it’s sort of what we do. But not all inspiration is created equal and sometimes, for some type of writing, you need a device that has a little more cachet than today’s computer keyboards. The Hemingwrite is a new, single-purpose, distraction-free typewriter that merges an e-ink display with an old-school mechanical keyboard. It’s a dedicated writing machine with lots of cool features:

- 6+ week projected battery life – Pull a Thoreau and take the Hemingwrite to your off-the-grid cabin in the woods

– 1 million+ page memory – Never worry about having to delete old documents

– Best typing experience with the highest quality mechanical keyboard switches – remember those old keyboards with great tactile feedback? This is like that but better.

– Daylight readable, high contrast screen with backlight for writing indoors, outdoors in the daytime or at night

– Syncs with your favorite cloud apps like Evernote and Google Docs so you can review and edit your documents later

– Beautiful retro-modern design with built-in handle for easy portability

It even looks like it’s a real product in the making, though we have no idea at what price or at which point in time it’ll be released. You can sign up to be notified of that, along with updates to the project along the way.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Deal of The Day: 30% Off On Retro Classics Nintendo & Gameboy iPhone 6/6+ Cases

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If you’re over 25, there’s a good chance you feel pretty nostalgic about the GameBoy and the Nintendo Entertainment System. These were staples of our childhood, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to pay homage to our past in any way we can. How about these cool iPhone 6/6+ cases that mimic the GameBoy and Nintendo look? They’re not like the cheap silicone cases you’ve seen already for previous generation phones. These are tight fitting plastic cases that will protect your phone from scratches, while preserving all the phone’s functionality thanks to strategically placed cutouts. Better yet, they’re at $14 after today’s deal.

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BottleLoft Saves Some Space In Your Fridge

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Once again showcasing how we definitely do live in the first world, the BottleLoft is a device specifically designed to make more room in your fridge for beer. Because a full fridge is a problem, in some parts, and making room for beer is definitely an essential necessity. Ok… we’re only being a little bit sarcastic, because we actually do like beer and think this is a pretty cool device. It uses Neodymium magnets to hold on to your bottle caps, attaches to the “ceiling” of your fridge using a special 3M tape and can hold up to 88lbs under ideal conditions. That should be many times more than enough to hold 6 beers, so we’re giving the BottleLoft a hearty thumbs up. Especially at the $39 pledge pricing.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Semi-rigid Cubic Rubber Bands

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These are sort of neat. They’re rubber bands shaped like a wireframe cube. They keep their shape, but of course they stretch since they’re rubber bands. They’re easy to find in a drawer, and we suppose that’s it as far as their advantages are concerned. And here come the disadvantages, or rather the disadvantage: it’s $10 for 3! They’re 20mm per side, if you must know, though to be honest if you end up buying these we have something to tell you: you have too much disposable income!

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

PhotoMath Application Solves Algebra Equations Automatically

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Remember solving algebra equations in school? Ya, neither do we. It was one of those things you learnt just before the exam, and quickly expunged from your memory afterwards. It was hard, yo. But how different things might have been had we had something like PhotoMath back then. It’s an application that scans an equation on paper by using your smartphone’s camera, and then proceeds to solve it instantly. Not only do you get your answer right away, you get a step-by-step breakdown of the solution. This sort of immediate feedback can help kids know if they’re on the right track as they’re doing their homework, without having to wait until the next day to find out. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t just abuse the damn thing and skip the thinking part altogether, relying on it to get work done rather than to learn anything. Which is exactly what’s going to happen, so we’re not sure how to feel about it. And, in any case, it only solves simple linear algebraic equations, so you can forget about it helping you with your Calculus. And it’s not even out yet, with a “early 2015″ target. Still, if you’re curious about it, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready for download.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

[ Product page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 60% Off on Camera Lens Mug

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You could drink your gallon of coffee like a regular person and let it get cold as the day goes by. Or you could show the world you’re a fan of photography, while at the same time keeping your beverage hot (or cold) for longer thanks to this Camera Lens Mug’s insulated walls. It’s shaped to look like a 24-105mm lens, but instead just contains liquids. It’s normally $50, but today is a much more reasonable $20.

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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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