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Author Archives: David Ponce

ODii Grab-It Gadget Rescues Your Stuff From Your Car’s Black Holes

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Ever lost something between your car seat and the center console? Yeah, that’s the black hole. Usually once it falls there, it’s a goner. But with the ODii, a telescoping four-pronged claw and magnet, you stand a chance of getting it back. Measuring a total of 12 inches to fit in your glove compartment, the claw part extends to 18 inches, while the magnet attachment goes all the way up to 24 inches. That magnet, by the way, is a super strong neodymium magnet and is able to lift up to 2 pounds. There’s even a detachable LED light to make it easier to see when you’re getting closer to retrieving those earrings, or whatever. And the ODii’s uses aren’t limited to the car. Dropped something behind your couch at home and don’t feel like moving the whole thing? Reach for this instead. It’s an ingenious and useful tool to keep around, and at $20 as an early-bird in the Kickstarter campaign, is priced just right.

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Ultima Evolution Supercar Breaks All Kinds Of Records

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When you enter the dreamlike realm of the supercar, you’re not only paying for rubbernecking good looks and unrivalled exclusivity and status: you’re also paying for performance. British carmaker Ultima may just have put the world’s fastest accelerating car on the road with the Evolution. This thing is stupid fast. Just as a reference, know that the world’s current champion, the Ferrari LaFerrari does the 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, and completes the 1/4 mile race in 9.7 seconds at 149.1mph. Most supercars hover around the 2.7s-2.9s range in their 0-60 times. But the Evolution? It gets to 60 mph (97 km/h) [in] 2.3 seconds, [and does] 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, and 0-150 mph (241 km/h) in 8.9 seconds. The standing quarter mile (0.4 km) is reportedly achievable in 9.2 seconds, with the car hitting 156 mph (251 km/h)! That’s 0.5 seconds faster than the LaFerrari, which is huge!

Think about it: the Ultima Evolution reaches 150mph faster than some cars take to get to 60mph! It does this through a combination of a fuel-injected LS Chevrolet V8 engine, and a ridiculously low weight of just 950 kg (2,094 lb). Power options range from 350bph, to a blistering 1,020bph, which although lower than some competitors, is clearly more than enough given the car’s overall low weight.

There are lots of other things to say about this car, but you can read more on Gizmag’s article, linked below. And if you were hoping to get your hands on one, you’ll obviously have to pay, although not as much as you might imagine. Options start at £65,995 (about US$100,000), and we imagine go much, much higher than that for the top of the line models.

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Air Vent Safe Features RFID Lock

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If you have valuable stuff in your home, there’s a number of ways you can go about trying to keep it from the hands of would-be burglars. There are obvious safes, but these are typically a magnet for determined thieves, and then there’s the plain-sight approach, which might make some of you nervous. But what about an Air Vent Safe? This particular one comes with a set of RFID magnetic cards that, once hovered over a specific spot on the vent, will activate the locking mechanism and pop it open. There is no other way to tell this apart from a regular vent otherwise. It fits between two 16 inch center studs and instructions are included. It’s $219.

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Deal Of The Day: 13% Off On Ring™ Video Doorbell

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Your house is huge, and if someone rings your doorbell, maybe you want to know who it is before you rush to the door. The Ring™ Video Doorbell lets you do just that, and today it’s on special.

Ring™ connects to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can see who’s at the door, and talk to them, from anywhere. With live video streamed to your iOS or Android device and motion detection alerts, you can feel secure whether you’re home or away. Avoid missing package deliveries, ignore solicitors, see burglars before they see you—Ring™ has the tech world buzzing.

“You Can Finally Tell The Delivery Guy To Wait 30 More Seconds,” TechCrunch

– 1-way video & 2-way audio for ideal communication
– Cloud Recording add-on for storing clips to view later—1-year included free!
– Advanced motion detection system w/ configurable zones
– Convenient design connects to existing doorbell wiring or runs off built-in battery
– Easy installation
– 720p video recording
– Long-lasting battery provides 12 months of normal use

It’s normally $229, but with today’s deal you’ll just pay $199.

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And This Is Why I Don’t Play RPGs

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Ain’t nobody got time for that! Geez, just show me where to point my gun, rinse, and repeat.

Anyone else can’t stand role playing games?

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Brick Lamp Doesn’t Have An On/Off Switch

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The Brick Lamp is an intriguing looking lamp with a minimalist design whose main “feature” appears to be the absence of a power switch. Instead, you turn the bright LED light on by placing it on its side, and turn it off by placing it face down. Integrated batteries provide up to 5 hours of use on a charge, while a charging cable lets you run the lights indefinitely. It’s great as a desk lamp, night light, or any other type of light that has to be directed at an angle down onto a surface, or straight up at the ceiling. One version is “made from a special mix of cement and fine grain sands. It is cast in a high quality rubber mold to create a super fine and smooth finish”, while the other is made from “an authentic single piece of wood lumber, coated with an all natural eco-friendly clear stain to give it an elegant finish.” They’re meant to look good, while providing a modicum of function, and you can get the concrete version for a $120 pledge, while the wood version will set you back $145.

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The Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy Looks Like The Perfect Coffee Snob’s Brewer

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When it comes to extracting a cup of Joe, there are just about a million ways to go about it. Many of these are considered inferior by coffee snobs, but we suspect The Pour-Over, a Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy won’t be one of them. This connected appliance holds 1 1/4 pound of coffee beans which are ground just before extraction to conserve freshness. The grinder uses a crushing rather than a chopping motion, which conserves essential oils. The beans are then dropped onto the awaiting paper filter, and hot water from its 50 fluid ounce reservoir is poured over them to fill the double-walled insulating carafe beneath. Through the app you can adjust variables like grind size, brew time, and water temperature to concoct the perfect coffee.

The appliance itself is a stunner, with its elegant lines clad in copper, and will look great on any discerning customer’s counter. We don’t know exactly when The Poppy Pour-Over will be available, nor for how much, but you can sign up on their website to be notified of this.

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Circular Skates “From The Future”

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Now that it’s 2015 and it’s clear we won’t be getting in our hoverboards anytime soon, maybe we can start thinking about some other futuristic-looking alternatives to our current skates and rolling boards. The Sidewinding Circular Skates are some people’s idea of what that might look like, except they’re available now… and they’ll make you look like a tool. But hey, we don’t judge:

These are the annular skates that are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard without having to push off the ground. Riders simply place their feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around the feet, propelling riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. Since the wheels are not connected, riders can easily perform 720° spins and turn on a dime, while stopping is achieved by placing toes on the ground. The wheels are 10″ in diameter, allowing them to traverse short grass and dirt surfaces.

There’s an included rod with which you can join the wheels and stabilize them to make your learning experience easier. And to be honest, we imagine we’d need that rod if we were trying to learn to ride these; “placing our toes on the ground” as a method for stopping sound like a few broken bones waiting to happen. If you like to live dangerously, it’ll cost you $100 to own.

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Deal Of The Day: Icon Bluetooth Speaker For $20

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Maybe you’ve been thinking of getting a Bluetooth speaker for a while, but you realize it’s not a necessity and didn’t want to drop more than $50 for one. Well now’s your chance. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is selling for $20, after a massive 80$ price drop.

With 4 hours of playback time, the Icon will keep your tunes rolling and calls streaming straight from your iOS or Android device. The Icon is conveniently compact and portable so you will never be without a soundtrack while on the go.

– Crystal-clear Bluetooth transmission
– 30-ft. wireless range
– Stereo sound w/ crisp highs and deep lows
– Rechargeable battery
– Up to 4 hours of playback per charge
– Speakerphone functionality with built-in mic
– Top-mounted buttons to play/pause music, answer/end calls & control volume

It’s great for when you go to the beach, camping, or even to toss some tunes around in your backyard. At that price, it’s hard to find a reason not to get it.

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