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Deal Of The Day: 23% Off On DJI Phantom FC40, The World’s #1 Rated Drone

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We’re sure you must have come across one of those stunning aerial videos, only to gripe about how ridiculously expensive the drones they use must be. Well, we’d like you to know that there are some models that are actually affordable. The DJI Phantom FC40 is a quadcopter that can shoot 720p/30fps HD video through its integrated camera. The WiFi connection can send a live feed up to 980 feet away, but the 5.8Ghz remote control can actually operate the vehicle as far as 1,640 feet away. Integrated stabilizers and dampeners keep the image steady, while an autopilot and a “go-home” GPS landing feature ensure that even beginners can take to the skies. And if 720p isn’t your thing, the housing can also accommodate other cameras, like GoPros.

Normally $649, the FC40 is now $499 with today’s deal.

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Bistro Smart Feeder Uses ‘Cat Facial Recognition Technology’

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Being a busy professional sometimes makes it hard to keep pets, since you’re not often at home monitoring their eating habits and making sure they’re getting enough of what they need. But with the freedom now afforded from crowdfunding campaigns, products like the Bistro Smart Feeder are popping up, which could drastically change the way you take care of your cats. The automatic feeder features so much tech, it’s hard to know where to start. First off, a camera will analyze your cat’s face as he approaches the machine, so that it knows which one is feeding at any given time (assuming you have more than one). This allows the device to track specific metrics for each animal: its weight (through an integrated scale on the front), how often it eats, and how much. If the device notices any significant deviation from normal, you’ll be immediately notified.

Aside from tracking metrics, the Bistro Feeder can attempt to perform some smart portion control, in the case that one cat has a tendency to steal food from the other. It does this by limiting the amount of food left in the tray after a feeding, based on what its learned from each cat’s habits.

Given the campaign’s popularity, most early-bird slots have been sold out. But you can still get one for $219, and it’ll come with a “cozy Bistro cat tent”.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Pop-up Character Bread Molds Make Breakfast Fun For Everyone

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Making breakfast for a loved one, especially a kid, has never been more fun than with this set of pop-up character molds. Simply press them onto your toast, fold up the part that’s been cut out, and push back two cut-out flaps for support. You’ll get toast that’s both fun and whimsical, and should delight those young and old alike. It’s cheap, at $13.50, and comes in frog, panda and bear shapes.

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Navdy HUD Makes You Feel Like You’re Driving In The Future

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Let’s not pretend like we’re going to manage to curb the use of smartphones in the car. We get too many calls and texts, and need the GPS functionality too much to just believe we’ll put them away and not want to use them. The trick is in finding a responsible way to do so, and Navdy seems just about right. It’s a standalone device that sits just above your dashboard and projects a heads-up display (HUD) right onto your field of view. The image is projected on a transparent screen, which makes it look like it’s floating 2 meters in front of you, that way you never have to take your eyes off the road. Navdy lets you see who’s calling, who’s texting, and where you are and where you should be heading. It’s controlled through voice and gesture commands, has its own dedicated applications, and connects to both iOS and Android devices. Texts are read aloud through a text-to-voice function, and can be replied to in a natural manner. If a call comes in, the navigation screen is simply shrunk somewhat, but doesn’t disappear, so you won’t get lost.

All in all, it looks like a solid piece of tech for anyone who doesn’t already have something similar integrated in their car. It’s currently on pre-order for $299, but is expected to shoot up to $499 when it goes full retail. We’re not sure that the $500 price point is really the best place to be given the proposition, but we haven’t come across too many products like this before.

Incidentally, you should totally check out the promotional video below. The actor is giving off some serious Zach Galifianakis vibes.

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Bosch Laser Measure Lets You Get Rid Of The Tape Once And For All

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When you’re in your backyard building things, you’re inevitably going to have to use your trusty measuring tape. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using one, you’ll know what a pain in the rear end they can be. They’ll come unhooked, bend when you need them to stay straight, and snap back at you haphazardly. Sure, we sound like incompetent DIYers, but so are a great number of people who just want to build things, with limited experience. Bosch Tools has a line of laser measuring tools, the latest one of which is so small it could fit in a tight jean pocket. It’s the GLM 15, and can measure things up to 50ft. away with 1/8 inch precision. What’s more, it’s only $50, which is very little money to save you the kind of hassle a regular tape can give.

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Deal Of The Day: 60% Off On The Bluetooth Shower Speaker

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Last time we wrote about this Bluetooth Shower Speaker, you guys bought it in droves. Well, the deal is back for another couple of weeks. It’s a simple waterproof Bluetooth speaker that attaches to your shower’s wall through a suction cup. The battery lasts 5-6 hours, there are buttons to control your music, and even a mic to let you take phone calls while you’re getting clean. At $39 after the 60% rebate, it’s really a steal.

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Arby’s Has An Off-The-Menu ‘Meat Mountain’ Option

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A while ago, Arby’s got tired of people thinking they only serve roast beef. To fight that perception, they created the poster pictured below; it’s a gigantic creation featuring a sample of every type of meat served at the restaurants. It was only meant to be illustrative, but then of course customers started asking for the very sandwich on the picture. Can you blame them? Arby’s, loathe to turn down anyone’s money, accepted the challenge and started serving the ‘Meat Mountain’ to customers who’d specifically request it. It’s a $10 sandwich, and it’s not on the menu, but they’ll sell you one if you ask for it. And here’s what’s in it:

2 chicken tenders
1.5 oz. of roast turkey
1.5 oz. of ham
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1.5 oz. of corned beef
1.5 oz. brisket
1.5 oz. of Angus steak
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1.5 oz. roast beef
3 half-strips of bacon

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This Harness Lets You Strap A GoPro To Your Dog

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Man’s best friend probably has some crazy stories to tell, if only he could. Between those twigs he dug up, the butts he sniffed and the water he splashed around, doggie’s life is filled with adventure. With the Fetch Harness from GoPro, he’ll be able to tell you all about it, even if he has no idea what he’s doing. The strap securely attaches your camera to your pet’s chest or back, so you can get two angles. It fits dogs of all sizes, from 15 lbs to 150 lbs. It’s padded at all adjustment points for comfort, and is completely washable. At $60, it really is an inexpensive way to capture some interesting footage.

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Leather Beer Caddy For Bikes

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Making a beer run in the middle of the party can get annoying, but not so with the Fyxation Leather Bicycle Carrier. Instead of stuffing that six-pack in your backpack or bringing it back (gasp!) in your hands, just put the beers in this cool-looking brown leather carrier. It’ll fit right beneath your top post, making it super convenient. Ok… we’re sure some of you will complain that you have to take the extra step to remove each beer from its box and individually insert it in this carrier. It’s true… but just look at it! If you don’t have a backpack, this is still the superior option.

But hey, if you’ve been drinking, maybe it’s better to walk after all? Cycling while intoxicating is no better than driving, so be safe.

The caddy will cost you $57, from Amazon.

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