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Author Archives: David Ponce

The Only Apple Watch We’ll Be Getting Is This LEGO Apple Watch

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Haven’t you heard? The Apple Watch is nigh! Hordes of people are getting ready to plunk down anywhere from $349 to $10,000 to own Cupertino’s first wearable, and to be honest… we won’t be one of them. We were happy enough not to need a watch anymore, once phones made them obsolete, that we’re not about to pay extra for redundant tech. But hey, we don’t judge. If you want to get in on the action, on the cheap, you could always spend some time building the above LEGO Apple Watch. Master LEGO builder Chris McVeigh has posted a very detailed and exhaustive document detailing exactly how you can make your own. With a bit of patience, and the right LEGO pieces, you’ll be able to wear… some sort of statement on your wrist.

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What Envy? This Giant Lens Attaches To Your iPhone 6

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Spying on your neighbours… Isn’t that America’s favourite past-time? You could try to be inconspicuous about it and just peek through your blinds like a normal person. But this is America, and if you’re gonna go, go big. That’s why we’re digging the Super Spy Ultra High Power Zoom 80X Telescope. It’s meant to be used with an iPhone 6, and will provide you with an eye-opening 80X zoom. That’s enough to make out faces from 100m away! It comes with a tripod, which lets you adjust height and pivot the entire ridiculous contraption 360 degrees. And it can also be used without a tripod, although that’s pretty obvious. There’s a cloth carrying case, since the 395mm long telescope does collapse down to a more portable size. And unlike the similar looking dSLR telephoto lenses that cost 5 figures, the Super Spy Ultra High Power Zoom 80X Telescope costs only $220. That’s some serious spying on the cheap.

Ok, look, no… we’re not going to condone looking through people’s windows and stuff, because that’s probably not legal. We’re not sure. So, uh, look at birds and stuff, ok?

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Jogger Parents: Meet The KidRunner

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You, dear active parent, want to go jogging. That cool! But the baby? Not so much. Jogging may be in his future, but for now he just wants to cry all day and suck on his thumb (do babies even suck on thumbs, or does that happen later? I have no idea). You could leave him at home with your significant other, but why not just pop him in the KidRunner? It’s a special stroller that, through “the composite frame and innovative, flexible “bow” that connects to the runner, decouples the up/down motion. It’s a smooth, safe, high performance ride for runner and kid.” This means you can run naturally, and your baby will simply feel as though he’s flying through the air, horizontally. It fits offspring aged 6 months to about 4.5 years, and from 10lbs to 45lbs. The KidRunner itself weighs 25lbs, so at most you’ll be trailing 70lbs. That’s quite a bit, sure, but think of it as an added workout challenge.

We don’t know how much it’ll cost nor exactly when it’ll hit the market (all we know is “in 2015″), but you can sign up on the company website to be notified of this.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On ‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock

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Whenever you’re charging your phone next to your laptop, there’s a good chance it’s just laying flat on the table as you work. That’s fine, but what if there was a product that lets you prop it up at whatever angle you want? The ‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock is a flexible, yet sturdy cable that can be bent and reconfigured in any number of shapes so you can easily make FaceTime calls, see notifications as they come in, or even use your iPhone as a second screen for whatever reason you want. It’s made of nickel-plated steel, and should last longer than the phone it’ll help charge and sync. It’s only got the Lightning connector, so if you have anything older than an iPhone 5, you’re out of luck. And it’s normally $35, but with today’s deal, you’ll pay $24.99.

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A CD Shattering, Seen At 170,000fps, Is Just Mesmerizing

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If you aren’t subscribed to the Slow Mo Guy’s YouTube Channel, you really should. They’re always coming out with cool videos showing what happens to stuff in super slow motion. The latest video of theirs to go somewhat viral is the one above, showing a CD being spun up to 23,000rpm and shattering. At that speed, the centrifugal forces are just too great and the disc disappears in less than the blink of an eye. But when filmed at 170,000fps with a Phantom V2511, loaned to them by Vision Research (and we understand the need for a loaner, since the thing starts $150,000!), you can clearly see what happens. It’s really amazing stuff. The GIF you see above is what it looks like at 28,500fps, but if you want the incredible 170,000fps footage, it’s just a click away.

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The AthleTitti Turns Dads Into Walking Jungle Gyms

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A fair number of professionals agree that it’s beneficial for your kids’ development to play with you in a physical manner. Roughhousing, doing flips, horsing around, and generally being a cute little monkey is apparently good for them. What better way to do this than to give them the ability to climb you like a Jungle Gym? Created by Atsushi Shiraishi, a graduating senior at Tama Art University, the AthleTitti is a special harness that lets young children climb around and hang off you in an easier manner. The name itself is portmanteau of the words athletic and chichi (or titti), which is Japanese for father, and we think it’s a great idea. Sure, you’re giving away some dignity in the process, but when it comes to raising and loving your children, that should be the least of your concerns.

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be available commercially, since it was a part of Apsushi’s graduating thesis. Still, we imagine given enough interest, it could fairly easily be made.

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360fly Does Action Vids In 360º

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You could strap a GoPro to your helmet and catch the action in front of you. But what if you miss something awesome happening behind your back? Better cover all your angles and get a 360fly camera. It’s dust-proof, shock-proof, and water-proof and is able to shoot video at 1504×1504, in 30fps. You can view the vids through the companion app, and then share them to your favourite social network. Unfortunately, despite having 16GB of internal storage, we can’t quite tell how much time that gives you. Still, it’s a cool product that we expect to do well on the marketplace… if they can manage to convince people to fork over $499. You can pre-order it now, with shipping “this spring”.

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Drivemotion LED Car Sign Helps You Communicate With Other Motorists

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There’s a fairly limited number of ways for you to communicate a message to someone else on the road, and the most popular one unfortunately involves a finger that should in most cases remain unflipped. That doesn’t mean you always want to convey a message of aggression; maybe you want to thank someone for letting you merge, or you just want the world to know you’re in a happy mood. The Drivemotion LED Car Sign allows you to quickly access 16 different preset messages or faces with the touch of a couple of buttons, ranging the gamut from “Sorry” to “back off”. They’re all displayed through LEDs on a 6-inch wide board that you affix to your rear window with a suction cup.

Now, be aware that this may not be legal in your state or jurisdiction, so it’s up to you to check on that. But if you’re in the clear and the idea fancies you, it’ll cost you $40.

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Deal Of The Day: The New MacBook Giveaway

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Another day, another giveaway. This one is for the highly anticipated new MacBook. It’s lighter, thinner, and more resolutioner than the current Macbook Airs, though Apple isn’t trying to replace them with this. It’s… a confusing entrant into Cupertino’s lineup, but we won’t start nitpicking. The point is the thing looks nice, has a nice screen, and costs a nice amount of money. $1,300 to be exact. But if you enter this giveaway, you have a chance of owning one for $0, which is quite a few dollars less than full retail.

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