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Author Archives: David Ponce

Retrofit A Backup Camera With The Pearl RearVision

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You car didn’t come with a backup camera, but you’ve bumped into enough luxury sedans while parking that you’ve determined you should totally have gotten that option? It’s not too late to get your own, and with the Pearl RearVision Backup Camera, you can do so elegantly. Integrated into a nicely designed license plate holder, the camera will stream wirelessly to your smart device, you so can easily keep an things. The best part is the ease of installation; the RearVision is battery-powered and charged through a little solar panel integrated on the bottom bezel. That means no wiring, drilling, or modifications needed on your ride. A car adapter then plugs into your OBD port, and serves as a link between the camera and your phone. The only downside is the hefty $499 price tag. But if it stops you from damaging your bumper even once, we say it’s worth it.

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Here’s A Marshmallow Crossbow

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How badly do you want to be able to shoot marshmallows 60 feet across? Would you pay $90 for a crossbow designed specifically for that purpose? No? Well, that’s how much the folks at Litchfield are asking for the item you see above. There’s no information on build materials or, or anything other than price and function, really. But there you have it, a $90 Marshmallow Crossbow that shoots the delicious doughy cylinders as far as 60 feet away.

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The Four Most Common Uses of Electric Linear Actuators

Linear actuators refer to the devices used to convert rotational motion into the corresponding linear motion. The monitor load feedback of a linear actuator is used in regulating the amount of force applied by the linear actuator. These devices have widespread applications in both the industrial and domestic settings. The various forms of energy used to drive electric linear actuators include piezoelectric, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical. However, DC or AC power is predominantly used to operate such devices. Electric linear actuators present many advantages to the user.

Repeated Linear Movement
Linear actuators are used for performing the task of moving a particular load repeatedly. They can continuously move a single load or various loads to specific consistent locations. Such repeated linear motion of the actuators requires synchronization of various axes in order to achieve coordinated motion. As such, linear actuators are the preferred choice for repeated, continuous and coordinated movement of loads.

Adaptable Movement
Adaptable movement refers to the motion that adapts or changes. Electric linear actuators are also applied in adaptable movements. In this regard, the motion’s nature, positions or load changes. These devices are used to attain and control adaptable movement by synchronizing them with various other machines. For example, linear actuators are used in the electric wheelchairs to improve their movements and thus enhancing the independence of persons with disabilities.

Deal Of The Day: 26% Off On Armour Charge Steel Charging Cable (2 Meter)

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How many iPhone cables have you had to replace? Admit it, they suck. So if you’re going to be dropping some cash on a replacement cable, or if you just need a longer one, we’d like to point you to the Armour Charge Steel Charging Cable (2 Meter).

How many iPhone chargers have you had to replace due to fraying or ripping? Think it might be worth it to invest in a tougher cord? We definitely do, which is why we’re offering a great deal on the MFi-certified Armour Charge stainless steel cord with USB and iOS Lightning hook-ups. Connect to your computer or a wall charger and never worry about ripping a cord again.

– 100% stainless steel-woven cable
– Detailed aluminum housings & stainless steel cabling make for a durable & tough cord
– Equipped w/ USB 2.0 & Lightning hook-ups

Woven stainless steel sheath on a 2 meter charging cable for $32.95? Shipped for free? Sign us up.

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Gallium, The Melt-in-your-Hands Metal That You Can Buy

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It’s kind of safe too, or at the very least, it’s safer than playing with Mercury. Gallium is a metal whose melting point is at 29.76 °C (85.56 °F), below your skin temperature. That means that simply handling a little block in your hands will melt it and you’ll have liquid metal in the palm of your hand! We wouldn’t recommend ingesting it since it is metal, and it will temporarily stain your skin as it gets into the crevices on your epidermis, but it’s still safe enough to play around with and show your friends and even kids. You can get a 20g chunk of it on Amazon for $10, which is dirt cheap for anyone with a slight scientific inclination, or that just likes anything remotely cool.

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Smart Toothbrush Promises To Speed Brushing Up Significantly

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No one genuinely enjoys brushing their teeth, it’s just something you do because you have to. At least that’s how we feel about it. But if the tedium of having to move a plastic stick up and down your teeth is just too much work for you, the folks behind the GlareSmile brush have something for you. Featuring three rotating and pulsating brushes, you simply have to glide the head over your teeth and the brushes take care of the rest automatically, cleaning three surfaces at once and speeding the process up significantly. A touchscreen on the handle lets you switch between the different brushing modes, which include ‘sensitive teeth’ and ‘gum cleaning’, among others. Interchangeable heads mean several people in your household can use it, and a clever charging dock means you can keep the entire kit nice and tidy. Smartphone connectivity brings data tracking and analysis, letting you see info like brushing time, pressure applied, and a bunch of other variables for the data geek among you. It’s a reasonable €99 pledge (around $112USD) to get your own, with shipping expected around December of this year.

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New Service Texts Game Of Throne Spoilers To Your Enemies

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Someone piss you off lately? There’s lots of things you can do to get back at them, but none of these more cruel than using Spoiled.io on them. It’s a service that will ruthlessly text the latest Game of Thrones spoilers to your intended victim; you simply have to enter a phone number and pay $0.99. It’s a form of cruelty so raw and and unconscionable that we literally think the folks behind the service have to be possessed by Satan. Or something. Ok, granted, there’s only one episode left this season, so June 26th is kind of your cutoff date. But don’t you think ruining the season finale should make up for that friend bailing on your camping plans last week?

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OhGizmo! Review: The Cobra JumPack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cobra for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I consider myself an avid driver, even perhaps an automotive enthusiast.  I’m not saying I know a ton about cars (I know enough), but I just like spending as much time as possible on the road, enjoying the unrivalled freedom that piloting your own vehicle gives you. Because of this, I’ve clocked hundreds of thousands of miles over the years, and had more fun than I care to admit, or at least to write about in an article.  That said, I’ve also had plenty of opportunities to learn some hard lessons about vehicle ownership and operation.  Things… will happen, and the best you can do is prepare for them, since you won’t always be able to avoid them. 

In particular, it’s happened on more than one occasion that the car that was turning on just fine when I left the house decided it no longer had the energy to turn back on once it was time to come back.  A dead battery can leave you stranded in the strangest places, forcing you to have some adventures of questionable enjoyment.  Of course, traditionally a dead battery has meant having to call a friend or a taxi for a boost, but now that I’ve been playing with the Cobra JumPack for a bit, I can assure you it’ll never happen again.  This thing is amazing. 

It’s basically a 6,000 mAh battery that can do a bunch of stuff, the most impressive of which is being able to jump start pretty much any vehicle.  It’s able to provide up to 360 Amps of peak current, which should be enough to get just about any motor cranking.  And it comes with its own very compact cables, so you can store the entire thing in a glove compartment and drive with peace of mind.

I happen to also drive a motorcycle, and I was foolish enough to leave it outside through the winter.  So of course now the battery won’t hold a charge, and I’ve been meaning to get it replaced for some time.  As it turns out though, it’s given me the opportunity to try the JumPack to see if it works.  As you can see in the pics, you have to remove the seat and clamp the cables to the positive and negative terminals.  Then you plug the cords into the JumPack itself… and just crank the bike.  Yes, it started right up! The instructions say that the pack should be fully charged, but since I’d been using it to charge my iPhone, it was at 50%, and it still did the job.  Granted that might not have been the case had I been trying to get a car started, rather than a bike, but your mileage may vary.

The point is that if you’re going to be on the road a lot, it never hurts to be prepared.  The JumPack by Cobra is able to charge your electronic devices with up to 2.4A through its USB output, and to get your car started again should the battery happen to drain accidentally.  That, and the Escort Max 360 (which we wrote about a while ago),  are great products to get for yourself, for your dad, for your recent graduate child who just bought himself his first car, or for just about anyone that spends any significant amount of time on the road. 

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

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You guys seem to have enjoyed the FRESHeBUDS Bluetooth Earbuds we wrote about the other day. The were $30 Bluetooth buds, which is a great price point for that sort of item. But what if you’re not into sticking stuff into your ears? The REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are $35!

Tuck your smartphone or MP3 device away safely, and go about your business to the beat of your own playlist with 33 expansive feet of Bluetooth connectivity. These high-quality, well-designed headphones support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. Enjoy a wire-free, tangle-free, listening experience with the one and only REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones.

– Enjoy the 33-ft Bluetooth range capability
– Answer calls, adjust volume or switch songs w/ controls located on the headset
– Customize the fit w/ the adjustable headset
– Utilize the simple controls right on the headphones to easily change tracks & set your volume
– Get 15 hours of listening time or 160 hours of standby time on one charge

What you would normally have to pay $60 for is yours for only $35, shipped for free as always.

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