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Author Archives: David Ponce

Lily The Drone Hits The Sweetspot Between Approachability And Professionalism

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The world of drones is generally populated with two types: the cheap drones with either no camera or cheap cameras, which are more akin to toys and would never be considered by a professional photographer. And the fancy rigs that cost thousands and require you to attach your own expensive cameras on them. Lily falls somewhere in between. It’s a self-flying drone that comes with its own camera capable of shooting 1080p video at 60FPS, and 720p slow motion at 120FPS. But the real magic happens in how hands-off Lily is: you simply attach a wrist-worn wireless tracking beacon which the drone then just follows, or leads, or circles, depending on your wishes. Capturing cinematic shots, or exciting action shots has never been easier. Lily is waterproof, so even if it lands in a lake, you haven’t just fried it. Lily starts by being tossed up in the air, and will keep going for up to 20 minutes on a 2h charge. Lily is awesome, just watch the video below if you aren’t convinced.

It’s very similar to the Airdog we wrote about last year, only Lily is a $499 pledge at the moment, with full retail expected to be twice that. This is considerably less than AirDog, and to be honest, Lily is much, much cuter.

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Deal Of The Day: Ending Soon – 33% Off On ‘Blue Pine Studio’ 3D-Illusion Lighting Sculpture

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You guys always seem to enjoy when we tell you about the ‘Blue Pine Studio’ 3D-Illusion Lighting Sculpture. Well now the deal is on its last days. It’s a cool piece to have in your home, and is sure to get a few conversations started when you have guests over.

Transform your space with an ultra-modern, dazzling 3D light sculpture crafted by the genius designers at Blue Pine Studio. One part practical, one part decorative—this piece lights up a room, and takes any onlooker on a visual journey.

– Set to 16 different colors
– Adjust design with 4 light-changing modes
– Dim lights to set the mood
– Comes with a convenient remote control
– Use day after day w/ long-life LED light (over 30,000 hours)

Normally $120, with today’s 33% rebate, it’s $79.99.

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Wallet Drone Fits In Its Controller, Which Fits In Your Pocket

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Drones are getting smaller and smaller. Right now you’re looking at the Wallet Drone, which is small enough to fit inside its own controller, which itself is small enough to fit in a pocket, albeit a little snugly. The rest is pretty standard drone fare, which means it’ll fly for 5-7 minutes, do flips on command, and charge back up in 20 minutes. The fun part is the controller itself has a battery which can charge the drone, so you don’t have to make a trip back home to get it going again. There are even some bright LEDs for night flight. All this in a $40 package seems like a winning proposition. It’s a fully funded crowdfunding campaign, so delivery should happen in July of this year. Super early Christmas gift?

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Single-Serve Coffee Pods Are So Yesterday. Meet Genie, The Single Serve Food Pod Machine

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Most people who buy a Keurig machine love it: it makes coffee, hot chocolate, and even tea in less than a minute, with barely any maintenance and fussing around. So it stands to reason that the same principle could be equally successful if instead of liquids, a similar machine would be able to handle foods. Well that’s exactly what the Genie claims to be able to do. “Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco are the Israeli entrepreneurs behind the device”, and they claim that all you have to do to get a hot meal is pop a pod of freeze dried foodstuffs in the machine, press a button and wait a minute. The Genie then… does its magic and spits out complex things like muffins, chicken and rice, and chocolate soufflé. The inner workings of the machine are a bit of a secret, so we’re not sure how it does what it does, but the pictures of the resulting foods look promising. The food in the pods have a shelf life of 1 to 2 years, and can be tweaked for those with dietary requirements.

It’ll cost a few hundred dollars when it’s released in Israel in the coming months, with a wider roll-out planned for later if successful there. The food pods will cost about as much as a similar, non-pod meal would normally cost.

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Here’s Something Fun You Can 3D Print

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Buying a 3D printer is all fun and games until you realize you’re running out of fun things to print. Now and then, however, we see something cool, like this Dremel Devil. It’s a plastic fan inside a cylinder, and it’s meant to be launched off a Dremel rotary tool. If done right, you’ll see this little toy soar up to 200 feet up in the air.

It’ll require a little bit of trial and error to figure out just how much pressure to use when inserting the Dremel Devil in the adapter, but a small learning curve shouldn’t keep anyone from having fun with this for at least a day or two. The file is free on the Thingiverse.

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Deal Of The Day: 29% Off On Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger

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For all the talk of external batteries being able to charge your mobile devices, we hardly ever discuss at-home, wired solutions. Because for all the convenience a portable battery can give you, it does trade off some raw capabilities in doing so. The Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger is a perfect charging station for the whole family, capable of getting up to 6o devices powered back up simultaneously.

It’s time for a power upgrade— throw out that tired-out power strip and swap in this family-size USB charger, packed with 6 high-speed ports. With a built-in control chip, Kinkoo optimizes each port to ensure the fastest charging possible for all your devices. The Kinkoo is made from high-grade and durable materials so you can rest assured it will continue to power your devices for years to come.

– Made with quality, industry -grade materials & premium circuitry
– Charges 6 USB devices at a consistent high speed
– Contains an intelligent chip that detects your device & selects optimal charging speed
– Indicates when it’s ready for use w/ blue LED
– Charges up to 85% faster than conventional chargers
– Compatible with all 5V USB-charged devices
– Designed for US and international voltages (100-240v)
– Certified w/ CE, FCC and RoHS, enduring complete safety

It’s a great little device to have around the kitchen, or any other family gathering point. At $35, down from $50, it’s also a steal.

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Minimalistic Playing Cards

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Ever ask yourself why it’s necessary for playing cards to be covered in ornamental drawings? If you really think about it, a typical set of cards is pretty gaudy; we understand there’s a strong connection to royalty and the like, but how necessary is it? Joe Doucet designed the above set, and it’s called Minim. It came about by wondering just how many design elements could be taken away from a regular deck of cards, while still retaining full functionality. The result is the above, where each suit is represented by a simple geometric shape, and the back of the card is marked with a single diagonal line. It’s a clean and elegant design, and we’d be happy to play with them, if only they were available… The $10 set is apparently sold out, and we have no idea when they’ll get more.

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Go From Scrawny To Brawny In Seconds With These Muscle Suits

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Spending hours at the gym is for chumps. If you want to look ripped, at least at first glance, pumping iron isn’t the most efficient way to go. No, these muscle suits from Flex Design Constumes will get you looking like a Greek God in the time it takes to put them on, and that’s the kind of efficiency we can get behind. Hand-made and airbrushed for a natural look and feel, these suits come in various, uh, sizes: lean, standard, super, giant, and mega muscle suits. If ‘mega’ isn’t beefy enough, you can apparently ask for a custom build that might push you up to ridiculous proportions; maybe you’re going for that Incredible Hulk look… There’s an option to add veins, for even more realism. But of course, when it comes to quality hand-made items, you’re going to pay a premium. The Lean Muscle Suit starts at $919, and prices go way up from there, to $3,499 for the “Mega” suit. For that amount of money you could probably get some psychotherapy to help you figure out why you would want to spend $3,500 on a fake muscle suit, but hey, we don’t judge.

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Miito Liquid Heater Is A Little Convoluted, Intriguing Nonetheless

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If you want to heat up some water for tea or whatever, you’ve got quite a few options. From zapping it in the microwave, to putting it in an electric kettle, not to speak of a simple pot on the stovetop. Well, now you could add Miito to the mix, which is a strange device that uses a heating rod and electromagnetic induction to get your liquids up to temp. You just place the liquid you need in a non-ferrous container (glass, for instance), place the heating rod inside, and press a button. An electromagnetic current will heat the rod, which in turn will get a 200ml cup of water to a boil in as little as 60 seconds. There’s very little waste since you’re only heating the water you need, and it works with any liquid like soups, or milk.

We’re not sure it’s entirely worth the $101 (90 Euros) asking price, considering a similarly priced microwave will get you the same results. But if you think of it as a talking piece, perhaps it’s not that bad.

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