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Author Archives: David Ponce

Awesome Time-Lapse Video Of Things Being Sanded Down

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Maybe the title doesn’t sound that appealing, but you have to watch this video. It’s a fascinating piece by Laurin Döpfner, where he sands down various objects 0.5mm at a time and takes a picture, stitching them together into fascinating footage. There’s really not much more to it than that, so if you have 2 minutes to spare, check it out.

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InkCase Plus Lets You Have An Energy-Efficient eReader Display Slapped Onto Your Android Handset

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A few friends once mentioned, as they were preparing to drop $600 for a new smartphone, that they were excited at the prospect of using it to read books. Little did they know that most smartphones’ batteries don’t quite hold up to extended use of that sort and gave up on their efforts relatively quickly. Well, these people might want to take a look at the InkCase Plus. It’s a dedicated, modular e-Ink display that nestles into a specially made case. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and is able to go up to 19 hours without needing a charge. This means that you can read a book with no trouble, as well as use it for a variety of other things, like displaying a shopping list, notifications, boarding passes, etc. The device only uses power when it changes what’s on display, which allows it to literally sip on its battery for days at a time. Only turn on your phone’s giant, battery-devouring screen when you really need it.

Sure, it’ll add some bulk to your phone, although not that much: it weighs 45g and is only 5mm thick. The best part is that you can get in on the action for as little as a $79 pledge at the moment. It’s for the Galaxy S5 at the moment, though the company says that if there’s enough interest they can make cases for other devices.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Yeti Hopper Cooler Keeps Your Drinks Cold For Days

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It seems the time is ripe for coolers to receive an update. After the furore caused by last week’s announcement of the Coolest Cooler, it’s only fitting to see news about yet another kind of innovative drink-chiling container. The Yeti Hopper Cooler is a waterproof bag with a 1 inch insulation throughout. It holds a massive 5.2 gallons of anything, which in theory is supposed to be a healthy mixture of loose ice and beverages. The zipper is watertight, which means you can toss it around and not worry about contents spilling out. And the claims are that the insulation is efficient enough to keep things cold for days. Whether that’s true or a marketing stretch on the word “days”, we don’t know. We can tell you that it’ll be available in October for $300, which is a hefty price to pay for something like this. Still, we haven’t come across many shoulder-mounted 5.2 gallon cooler bags, so you might be limited in your options if this is something you really want.

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PyroPet Candle Melts Away To Reveal Skeleton

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Run-of-the-mill candles are a snorefest in our book, so we’re kind of happy to report on the PyroPet Candle. Initially it looks like a 3D rendering of a cat made in a computer in 1999, back when “omg look at all the polygons” was the rage. But then as the wax melts, it reveals a creepy little metal skeleton. It’s kind of neat, but at £35 (roughly $60), it’s also kind of very expensive. Sure, it’ll burn for 20 hours and makes a great present and all that… but $60 for a candle is kind of a lot to stomach.

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Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle

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Knowledge and education are probably the most precious “things” you can acquire. So when you get a chance to pay whatever you want for this, it would be foolish to pass it up. Today you’re looking at a bundle of 8 courses that can teach you how to code.

In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

Sample courses include Creating Responsive Web Design, Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS, and Web Programming with Python. What’s even better is that 10% of the amount you choose to pay will go to charity, and while the average price is currently $14.92, you’re still getting a value of $892!

[ NYOP 'Learn How To Code' Bundle ]

Cats Are Stupid, Yo

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Tee hee. That’s all, carry on.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

This Pan Uses Rocket Tech To Be More Efficient

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‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ goes the saying. But sometimes things are more broken than we realize, and this much is true of conventional saucepans. When you’re heating stuff in a conventional pot, the heat partially transfers to the liquids through the bottom, but the rest is lost up the sides. Oxford engineering Professor Dr. Thomas Povey and his team of master’s students thought there should be a more efficient way to transfer this heat, and the Flare Pans using FIN-X Technology are the result of their efforts. The fins make for a more even distribution of heat and actually reduce the amount of energy needed to achieve temperature parity by 44%. This is clearly seen with thermal imaging equipment.

So while you may not impress your guests with your cooking skills, at least you can “entertain” them with your tales of efficient thermodynamics. The Flare line of cookware will be sold starting next month through retailer Lakeland, with prices starting at £49.99 ($85 roughly) for a frying pan. Efficiency, apparently, isn’t cheap.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Telegraph ]

Deal Of The Day: A PS4 And Battlefield 4 Giveaway!

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Giveaways, giveaways, we love to give stuff away! This time you can enter to win a Playstation 4, along with Battlefield 4, and 2 controllers. That’s a $520 value, which you could win just by clicking a couple of buttons. The link is at the bottom, so don’t wait and enter!

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Bullets That Curve In Mid-Air? Yep, The Military’s Got That

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This tech is still in its infancy, but as the video below appears to show, the US military has developed bullets that curve in mid-air. Remember that stupid movie with Angelina Jolie, Wanted? Yeah, it’s like that, only for real this time.

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.

The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current state of the art.

When you’re trying to hit a target nearly a mile away, even the slightest mistake compounds into a huge miss, so this kind of tech is definitely useful. How much it cost to develop and how much of that money could have been used for something far less grim than ending lives… is a discussion best left for another day.

[ DARPA ] VIA [ Engadget ]