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Author Archives: David Ponce

Point Is An Alarm System That Doesn’t Watch, It Listens

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Many people rely on cameras for home security, and surely it’s a good idea. But it has its drawbacks as well, such as making you feel like you’re being constantly watched, even if it is by yourself. Point, from Scandinavian firm Form Devices (Scandinavian team, based in San Francisco, actually), tries to take a softer approach to home security by doing two things: listening and sensing the air. With these, it’s able to tell if a window has been broken, or if someone is smoking, or if the humidity suddenly went straight up (maybe a water pipe broke somewhere?), and notifies you immediately. It can keep track of your home’s temperature day round, so as well as keeping your home safe it can help save you some money on energy bills. Point is also entirely customizable, so you decide which events trigger a notification. It doesn’t require complex wiring, only a yearly change of batteries. It connects to your WiFi network, and once setup can be completely forgotten, until you need it, of course.

It’s a fully funded Kickstarter project, and a $79 will get you one. Shipping in July 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Coffee Gourmet Is A One-Cup Brewer

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There are all kinds of coffee-making products on the market, and here’s Coffee Gourmet’s take on it. It promises “superior” flavour thanks to the way in which it prepares your coffee. You insert the device inside your cup, and expose as much or as little of the filter as you want, as this will set the strength of the brew; a more exposed filter means water flows out faster, resulting in a weaker coffee, and vice versa. Then you pour near-boiling water and wait a bit. Initially the ground coffee will block the filter, allowing the beans to “bloom” and release their essential oils. As this happens they’ll also release carbon dioxide, which will make them float to the top and coffee will start flowing into your cup. Keep adding hot water until the cup is full and voila, a perfect cup of joe. The entire process takes about 40 seconds, which prevents over extraction and the associated bitter taste.

It’s a $16 pledge, assuming they reach their funding goals.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Deal Of The Day: 41% Off On SKEYE Nano Drone

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Quadrotor copters are all the rage these days, and the SKEYE Nano Drone stands out. The thing is tiny, measuring 4.0 × 4.0 centimers (or 1.57 × 1.57 inches), and literally fits in the palm of your hand.

The Nano Drone is high thrust, low weight, and has incredibly responsive controls that are complimented by sophisticated circuitry, piezoelectric gyros, and accelerometers to give the Nano Drone outstanding stability and maneuverability.

You’ll love this drone because anyone can fly it anywhere. It offers three distinct flight modes – one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, ‘expert’ mode for seasoned flight veterans.

A 30 minute charge will give you about 8 minutes of flight time, with a 50m range. No, there’s no video camera on this one, but at $35 that would be asking for a miracle. Still, it’s the time to be thinking of Christmas presents and the SKENE Nano Drone seems right in the sweet spot.

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2015 Is Upon Us, Might As Well Get A Flux Capacitor Wristwatch

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Who wears wristwatches anymore? No one, but don’t tell Apple that. Still, if you fancy yourself old school and don’t plan on getting a smartwatch, you might want to take a look at this cool Flux Capacitor watch instead. With 2015 (the year that Back to the Future II mostly takes place in) right around the corner, it seems fitting to consider its purchase. It has an LED flux capacitor in the middle, looks ok, and tells the time in an obtuse manner that may add to its charm in the eyes of some.

Reading the time on the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch is pretty fun. Press the bottom button and then get ready to count lights. Time is divided into hours, minutes first digit, minutes second digit – so it looks confusing, but is very easy to read. (Example: 10 lights, 5 lights, 3 lights = 10:53 – and it repeats). At the same time, the time circuit LCD display will show you the date.

We actually have a soft spot for these types of watches, having been big fans of Tokyoflash for a while. And at $50, this Flux Capacitor timepiece is about half the price of pretty much any Japanese equivalent.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Make Your Own Bacon With This Kit

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For all the talk about how much we love bacon ’round these parts, we’re surprised to realize we’ve never written about making your own! But that’s exactly what the above Bacon Making Kit lets you do. There’s coconut sugar, cracked black pepper, flaked sea salt, a thermometer and complete instructions, which is all you need to cure your pork belly and turn it into crispy deliciousness. Of course you’ll have to provide your own meat, but the kit has enough ingredients to process five 2-lbs batches, for a total of 10 lbs of bacon. For $40 and a bit of patience you too can experience the joy of home made heaven flakes (yes, that’s what we call bacon at OG headquarters).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

FUGU Carry-On Suitcase Expands Into Full Size Baggage

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Whether you’re leaving for two weeks or just a couple of days, the FUGU Luggage has you covered. Featuring a set of inflatable air bladders and an expanding midsection, the suitcase goes from carry-on size, to full check in size in just a few seconds. When collapsed, the bag meets maximum carry-on sizes and while expanded, it reaches maximum check-in size as well. That’s 13.5″ by 21.5″ by either 9″ collapsed or a massive 27″ expanded. When at full size the bag supports not only its own weight, but also the strains and pressures of being stuffed in a cargo compartment with lots of other heavy bags. It does this through the help of an expanding ABS plastic reinforcement structure.

There’s even a shelving system that lets you organize your stuff and keep everything neat and tidy. “The shelves enable the suitcase to double as a storage unit, eliminating the need to unpack into a hotel closet and then later repack.” When opened, FUGU can even serve as a table.

It’s $219 to get in on the action, with an expected delivery date of August 2015.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On NES30 Bluetooth Controller

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If you want to play games on your tablet or smartphone, you have two choices. Use the on-screen controls like a peasant. Or get yourself dedicated controller. The NES30 is as good as any, and some would argue even better since it’s shaped to look exactly like an NES controller of old. The only difference is it connects through Bluetooth and has reconfigurable buttons. Oh, and there are two additional action buttons and two shoulder buttons. Because, well, today’s games might need more than three buttons. But there you have it, for $29 you can party like it’s 1986.

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The Knockout Is A Beer Shotgun, Water Bong, And Gravity Bong All At Once!

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So here’s a product that will do well. The Knockout is an attachment that goes onto your beer bottles and allows you to chug one in a couple of seconds, shotgun style. It does this by creating an air-tight seal around the mouth of the bottle, and inserting a tube all the way to the bottom; this lets air in and allows the beer to escape freely when tilted over. But that’s not all this product does. There’s an attachment (a one-hitter bowl) that lets you light up some herbs and use it as a regular bong as well, if your beer bottle is filled with water (or beer, we don’t judge). But it gets better. Fill it with water, fill the bowl with party herbs, turn it upside down as you put some fire to it and the vacuum will draw smoke in: it’s a gravity bong! And if you really want to kick things up a notch, do “The Knockout”. That’s when you do a gravity bong with beer. In other words, chug your beer as you light your herbs, only to do your hit once you’ve downed the entire thing. It’ll get the party started in a hurry.

As you can imagine, the product is sold out since they’ve had a viral week on the Internets. They’re trying to get shipments going out in January, and it’ll cost you $30 to pre-order it now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Ditto Is A Simple Button, Adds Lots Of Functionality To Your Phone

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If you’ve no intention of buying a smart watch (and really, you shouldn’t), you can still enjoy some of the benefits at a fraction of the price. Ditto is a simple-as-pie button that contains nothing more than a battery, a vibration module and a Bluetooth module. But what it does is allow you to customize which notifications make it through to your attention, and which stay on the phone. With the app, you can customize the vibration pattern to alert you of pretty much anything you like and care about, from getting a new Tinder match to getting a phone call from the wife. Whatever it is, Ditto will alert you if it’s important to you, so that you can put your phone away and stop obsessing. If you’re like pretty much everyone else, this will instantly seem like a great idea, considering the sheer number of notifications we get for just about everything. Additionally, you can use Ditto as a proximity tracker, which will vibrate when your phone gets out of range.

For $29, there are far more expensive ways to get one of the more important functionalities found in a smart watch.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]