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Author Archives: David Ponce

Coolbox Is The World’s Most Advanced Toolbox

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Last summer we told you about the Coolest Cooler, a smart cooler that integrated so many extra features that it went on to become the most successful crowd funded project of all time ($13.2M pledged!). Its existence seems to have inspired the Coolbox, a toolbox with a suite of features you might be interested in. They include: “a 12v rechargeable battery, two USB ports, 270-degree LED lighting, a 10-foot extension cord with three built-in plugs and an iPad stand. The box also has a Bluetooth speaker.” The lid is magnetic, there’s a powerbar, and even a whiteboard on the inside of the lid. And of course, there’s enough room to accommodate your power tools. The entire thing will set you back $179, with expected delivery in June 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: 64% Off On MOTA Smartphone Battery Case

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The skinny: a $35 iPhone 6 case that carries a 3,800 mAh battery. That’s 125% the amount you have on your phone to start with so you’ll more than double your run time with this case. The MOTA Smartphone Battery Case also is made from lightweight and sturdy materials to keep your phone protected, has 4 LED lights to easily indicate the percentage of power remaining, and comes with a built-in kickstand for comfortable video viewing. All this for $35? That sounds like a deal to us.

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This Case Keeps Your iPhone On A Leash

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Ok, just admit it, you probably should keep your iPhone on a leash. You’ve dropped and shattered the screen a couple of times, haven’t you? Or maybe you put it on a table, got distracted and walked away? Look, it’s ok, it happens a lot and that’s why the Highline case exists. It’s specially designed to let you attach a coiled leash to it, so you can stop worrying about losing or damaging your phone. The leash features a Kevlar core so that it’s flexible yet secure, and it attaches to the case thanks to a patent-pending locking mechanism that uses the Lightning connector and a notch on the case. Sure, you’ll look a little special, but if you’re the clumsy type, that’s a small price to pay to keep your phone safe. The Highline Case will set you back $30 for the iPhone 6, and $35 for the 6 Plus.

[ Product Page ] VIA Werd ]

Weatherman’s Multi-tool Bracelet Looks Awesome, Is Of Dubious Use

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We like manly men accessories as much as the next guy. So we won’t lie and gladly admit we’re attracted by the Leatherman Tread, a bracelet that doubles as 25 different tools.

It’s an ingenious design. The bracelet is fully customizable and can be re-built with slotted fasteners. The user can rearrange links, add or remove tools, or just adjust the bracelet’s size for comfort down to one quarter of an inch. Even the clasp is functional, with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other tools include hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, a carbide glass breaker, and a hook-style box cutter that doubles as a SIM card pick.

The issue we have, however, is that we can’t find too many realistic real-life use scenarios, especially with tools this small… A carbide glass cutter? That’s cool, but do you really see yourself effectively hitting a car window with a slightly protruding bit of metal?

Maybe… But to be honest, we’re just skeptical of its actual use, yet we’re willing to be wrong. Or maybe we just want to be wrong since this thing is such a looker. If paying between $150 to $200 for an accessory that appears to value form over function doesn’t bother you, know that the Leatherman Tread will be available this summer.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Wired ]

Deal Of The Day: 31% Off On ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet (12000mAh)

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There are many external batteries on the market, but we’ve seen very few that come with an AC plug. Matter of fact this is the first one we see with one, and that’s great because there’s a number of things you can’t charge through USB alone. Your MacBook Air for instance, requires an AC plug. With the ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet, you can really charge anything, even two items at once. There’s only 12,000mAh, which isn’t really as much as some of its competitors, but that AC outlet really makes a difference. Normally $270, today it’s $185.

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Candle-Powered Heater Is Efficient Enough To Heat A Small Room

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You don’t typically think of candles as effective heat sources, at least not to heat up an entire room. However, the Egloo terracotta heater claims to do just that. By using four small candles and two nested clay domes, it is able to generate enough heat to warm up an office sized room for up to 5 hours at a time. After that, just get a new set of candles. These are super cheap, going for as little as $4 for 100 at IKEA.

The nested dome design, as well as the use of clay ensures that as much of the heat generated by the candles is distributed back to the room at a rate that allows for comfortable enjoyment. It won’t warm your entire home up, but if you’ve got one chilly room you find yourself in often, you might want to consider this innovative alternative. It’s a $60 pledge on their well-funded Indiegogo, and comes in various finishes.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Blocks Smartwatch Lets You Customize The Hardware To Your Heart’s Content

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Modularity is all the rage these days. Just look at the excitement over Project Ara, the modular smartphone, for proof. And why shouldn’t it be? Modular gadgets mean that we can reconfigure them to our liking, adding more of the hardware elements that we want, and less of the ones we don’t care about. Blocks, the modular smart watch being discussed in this article, is a project by the same people who were initially behind Project Ara, before Google got involved. They’re now trying the same approach with a timepiece where each link in the wristband can be a different hardware component. Modules can be dedicated extra batteries, GPS chips, contactless payments, SIM cards, and even heart-rate monitors. Don’t care about heart-rate monitoring? Swap that link for an extra battery!

It’s a great idea, but the success will depend on execution. Early prototypes, as shown in these pictures, look chunky and unattractive. The team is planning a Kickstarter for Q2 2015, so hopefully by then they’ll have refined their hardware enough to make it visually attractive. Pricing starts at $150 for the watch face itself, plus $20-$40 for each module. If you want the whole thing decked out, you’d be looking at $330.

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VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Hershey-Backed 3D Chocolate Printer In The Works

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3D printers have become the new must-have technology, at least if we go by how many exhibits showcased a 3D printer at CES 2015. But while most of them are busy printing plastic objects, 3D Systems and The Hershey Company have been collaborating on the CocoJet, a 3D printer that uses melted chocolate as its building material. Users can pick between dark, milk, or white chocolate and can print preprogrammed shapes or make new ones. And then eat them!

The printer isn’t currently available, but 3D System’s ChefJet printer is set to be released in the second half of 2015. That particular machine spits out three-dimensional sugar, chocolate, or candy confections, so it stands to reason that CocoJet could follow a similar path to market.

[ PSFK ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On Bluetooth Audio Beanie

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Have you looked around lately? Everyone seems to be wearing a beanie! It’s winter too, so you can say that it’s not just a fashion thing, right? So if you’re going to be wearing one, why not make it one that plays back your music and lets you take phone calls through Bluetooth? The Bluetooth Audio Beanie doesn’t cost much more than a regular beanie, but gives you a “60-hour standby time with 6 hours of continuous music/call playback” Normally costing $59, it’s $34.99 with today’s deal.

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