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Celebrity Religious Candles Are A Must Have

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You can take a joke, right? None of you are going to get your panties in a roll over this item, we hope. We certainly got a kick from these celebrity religious candles. There’s nothing like seeing Nicolas Cage’s happy mug gracing the outside of the type of candle you’d normally find… well, we don’t know where you’d usually find these types of candles. Church souvenir shops? Yeah, no clue. We skipped out on Sunday school and our knowledge is rudimentary. We can tell you that they’re 8 inches tall, cost about $12 and there are tons of celebrities depicted: Dave Grohl, Tom Hanks, Ron Swanson…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Mini Mobile Printer Glides On The Page To Print

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Ever tried carrying a printer in your backpack? Not exactly the most portable things, right? If ever you need to be printing a few quick pages and don’t want to have to walk to the nearest copy center, the Mini Mobile Printer could definitely help you out. It connects to your laptop or smartphone through Bluetooth and works by moving itself across your page while printing, instead of the traditional method of swallowing a whole sheet of paper in one end and spitting it out the other. The cartridge will last 1,000 pages and the battery a full hour. However, considering it only prints at 1.2 pages per minute, you’ll only be able to crank out 72 sheets before it runs out of power. And it’s grayscale only at the moment.

Still, considering its small size (4in. by 4.5in) and portability, it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Currently undergoing funding on Kickstarter, a $200 will secure a white unit with a January 2015 delivery date.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Reddit ]

This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Get Your Beer Mug Frosty In As Little As 10 Seconds

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Those of you who partake in an occasional malt liquor ingestion ritual will surely know how satisfying it is to have your libations served to you in a mug that’s cold enough to be frosty. But frosty glasses aren’t always at the ready, so that’s where this Beer Glass Froster contraption comes in. Powered by a CO2 tank (sold separately), it’ll get a room-temperature glass down to the required temp in 10 seconds.

Its spout emits a frosty cloud that converts a typical, room temperature beer glass into an ice-cold mug in seconds. The unit’s wide spout allows the CO2 to completely cover a rocks glass for a margarita or a beer stein. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop with the included clamp (requires a minimum 2″ overhang) and takes up as little counter space as a coffee maker.

Cooling your glassware down in 10 seconds is obviously the kind of luxury that doesn’t come cheap. The unit itself is $400, and that’s not even including the CO2 canisters which usually cost around $20 with a $5 refill.

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Origami-Based Concept Toothpaste Tube Looks Cool, Doesn’t Seem Practical

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Believe it or not, there’s an entire segment of society that obsesses over the optimal mechanics of toothpaste tube emptying. It’s generally accepted that rolling up the tube from below is good, but squeezing it in the middle haphazardly not so much. But design student Nicole Pannuzzo’s idea is interesting, if not seemingly practical. It’s inspired by the art of origami and is said to collapse smoothly and elegantly. It does also look look sort of cool for a toothpaste tube. But alas it’s also over-engineered and will likely leave a good amount of paste even when it’s fully collapsed. And no, there are no plans to make this commercially available but good on Nicole for displaying some creativity.

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Life Size Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Replica Can Be Yours For A Lot Of Money

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We find it interesting just how significant an icon Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite is. Follow this link to get an idea of what we mean. But no matter how many fridge decals, ice molds, and blankets become available for purchase, it’s hard to top an actual 1:1, 7ft. tall hand-crafted replica of Boba Fett’s most prized possession. That’s exactly what you’ll be getting if you can manage to stomach the $6,999 asking price. If it’s any consolation, there are “flexible payment plans” available, though if you need to get into debt to own something like this, we’d like to suggest you don’t have your priorities in place. It becomes available for pre-order today.

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Would A Transparent Hood Be A Feature You Want?

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Say you’re off-roading and it’s critical to know exactly where your wheels are landing; common sense says that experience is paramount and that if you don’t know exactly where your wheels fall, maybe you shouldn’t be going into treacherous terrain. But a little bit of visual encouragement never hurt anyone, and Land Rover seems to think a grille-mounted camera system coupled with a Heads Up Display should do the trick for those of us with more guts than skills. With this system you’ll be able to virtually see right through your hood, straight to the road below, along with a visualization of where your wheels are and are pointing. That big rock you shouldn’t roll over? It’s right there.

It’s an ingenious solution, though it’s one that’s only at the prototype stage at the moment. It’ll be shown off at the New York International Motor Show next week, but there’s no word on when or if it might actually make its way onto new models.

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Thermo-Electric Element Will Harness Your Body Heat To Power Your Gadgets

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Your body is using up energy every second you’re awake. Some of that energy is translated into your muscles moving, and some of it is lost as heat. Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable strip of material that can easily be woven into clothing and can convert your body heat into usable electric power. A thin strip about 4 inches in length can produce 40mW of power, which isn’t much, but is enough to power a semiconductor chip. Increase the strip to 20in.-40in. and suddenly you’re looking at 2W, which is enough to charge your phones or other electronics. The material is made from fibreglass, which makes it flexible, unlike current ceramic-based thermo-electric solutions. It’s also claimed it has a 14-fold efficiency improvement over other methods. According to Professor Jo Byeong-jin, the lead researcher, this technology could be commercialized within the next 2 to 3 years, pending “issues concerning element integration process optimization and mass-production.”

Gadget-charging jackets with thermo-electric strips woven into the sleeves? Yes, please!

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

In An Age Where Data Theft Is Rampant, An Office Shredder Is A Must

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According to the Ponemon Institute, data theft is is on the rise.  The year 2013 brought with it a 30% higher incidence of data breaches over the previous year, and with each incident averaging a cost of $5.4 million, we're talking about a serious issue.  And while many offices these days rely on off-site document shredding options, the cost of these can be up to 55% higher over a three year period than in-house alternatives, like the Fellowes AutoMax line of walk-away shredders.

These shredders have large bins that can accommodate up to 500 sheets of paper, which you simply have to drop in and walk away from.  A patented system of rotating paddles, called SureFeed Technology, ensures that anything that's in that drawer gets fed into the cross-cutting blades.  You also don't have to worry about anything jamming, thanks to the machines' JamGuard system, which will automatically reverse directions when it senses a potential clog. And it's not just paper you can shred: CDs, DVDs, paper clips and staples… the machine will chew it all up.  Finally, if you're worried about someone fishing something out of the bin after you've walked away, know that the SmartLock system will prevent them from doing so: once engaged, the drawer will lock until that batch is done.

Like doing periodic backups of your hard drives, getting into the habit of regularly shredding your documents is good office hygiene.  It's easy to ignore it until you become a victom, but then it's too late.  Fellowes AutoMax is a simple, cost-effective way to stay secure and it's one you should seriously consider.

 

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