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Author Archives: David Ponce

FUGU Carry-On Suitcase Expands Into Full Size Baggage

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Whether you’re leaving for two weeks or just a couple of days, the FUGU Luggage has you covered. Featuring a set of inflatable air bladders and an expanding midsection, the suitcase goes from carry-on size, to full check in size in just a few seconds. When collapsed, the bag meets maximum carry-on sizes and while expanded, it reaches maximum check-in size as well. That’s 13.5″ by 21.5″ by either 9″ collapsed or a massive 27″ expanded. When at full size the bag supports not only its own weight, but also the strains and pressures of being stuffed in a cargo compartment with lots of other heavy bags. It does this through the help of an expanding ABS plastic reinforcement structure.

There’s even a shelving system that lets you organize your stuff and keep everything neat and tidy. “The shelves enable the suitcase to double as a storage unit, eliminating the need to unpack into a hotel closet and then later repack.” When opened, FUGU can even serve as a table.

It’s $219 to get in on the action, with an expected delivery date of August 2015.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On NES30 Bluetooth Controller

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If you want to play games on your tablet or smartphone, you have two choices. Use the on-screen controls like a peasant. Or get yourself dedicated controller. The NES30 is as good as any, and some would argue even better since it’s shaped to look exactly like an NES controller of old. The only difference is it connects through Bluetooth and has reconfigurable buttons. Oh, and there are two additional action buttons and two shoulder buttons. Because, well, today’s games might need more than three buttons. But there you have it, for $29 you can party like it’s 1986.

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The Knockout Is A Beer Shotgun, Water Bong, And Gravity Bong All At Once!

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So here’s a product that will do well. The Knockout is an attachment that goes onto your beer bottles and allows you to chug one in a couple of seconds, shotgun style. It does this by creating an air-tight seal around the mouth of the bottle, and inserting a tube all the way to the bottom; this lets air in and allows the beer to escape freely when tilted over. But that’s not all this product does. There’s an attachment (a one-hitter bowl) that lets you light up some herbs and use it as a regular bong as well, if your beer bottle is filled with water (or beer, we don’t judge). But it gets better. Fill it with water, fill the bowl with party herbs, turn it upside down as you put some fire to it and the vacuum will draw smoke in: it’s a gravity bong! And if you really want to kick things up a notch, do “The Knockout”. That’s when you do a gravity bong with beer. In other words, chug your beer as you light your herbs, only to do your hit once you’ve downed the entire thing. It’ll get the party started in a hurry.

As you can imagine, the product is sold out since they’ve had a viral week on the Internets. They’re trying to get shipments going out in January, and it’ll cost you $30 to pre-order it now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Ditto Is A Simple Button, Adds Lots Of Functionality To Your Phone

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If you’ve no intention of buying a smart watch (and really, you shouldn’t), you can still enjoy some of the benefits at a fraction of the price. Ditto is a simple-as-pie button that contains nothing more than a battery, a vibration module and a Bluetooth module. But what it does is allow you to customize which notifications make it through to your attention, and which stay on the phone. With the app, you can customize the vibration pattern to alert you of pretty much anything you like and care about, from getting a new Tinder match to getting a phone call from the wife. Whatever it is, Ditto will alert you if it’s important to you, so that you can put your phone away and stop obsessing. If you’re like pretty much everyone else, this will instantly seem like a great idea, considering the sheer number of notifications we get for just about everything. Additionally, you can use Ditto as a proximity tracker, which will vibrate when your phone gets out of range.

For $29, there are far more expensive ways to get one of the more important functionalities found in a smart watch.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Nutshell Lets You Take A Break From The World

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Considering products like the Cozy Room (an isolation room) exist, it’s tempting to think the world is becoming increasingly hectic, enough so to warrant physical separation from your surroundings. And perhaps it is, so we won’t pass judgement on the Nutshell. It’s a simple… tent that unfolds around the upper portion of your body and allows you so block out the outside world. The visual part, anyway. With it, you can read a book even in a crowded hallway while pretending to be alone. You can take a break from having to interact with people, and you know, socialize. We sound critical, but we’re really not; it’s just a difficult need for us to wrap our heads around, but we acknowledge and respect the fact some may legitimately want this. Sadly, it doesn’t look like you can actually buy Nutshell. It’s the project of New York’s School of Visual Arts design student Eden Lew, and isn’t being commercialized.

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Deal Of The Day: 33% Off On LithiumCard AIR

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You’re looking at a 5-credit-card-thick external battery in a nice aluminum housing, one which packs a very respectable 1,200mAh. It’s called the LithiumCard Air, but it’s not the capacity that’s most impressive, it’s what they’re calling the HyperCharging feature. See, the battery cranks out an impressive 2Amps of power, which is a lot and is enough to charge your device up to 1% per minute. The cables are integrated and flip out, making it so that you don’t have to carry anything else but the card. There’s even a sticky pad included in case you want to glue it on to your device. And best of all, the LithiumCard AIR is all of $40, after today’s 33$ rebate. You have to pick a Lightning connector or MicroUSB option on checkout.

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The Mars Levitating Speaker

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This isn’t the first levitating speaker we’ve come across, but it sure it the nicest looking one. And aside from its looks, it also apparently sports a full subwoofer which, thanks to its levitating design, will radiate 360 degrees unlike regular speakers. Seeing as it isn’t connected with a cable, the battery will run you about 8 hours of playback time, after which he speaker will simply come back down to charge. There’s no word on price or availability, but a crowdfunding campaign will launch soon and you can sign up to be notified when that happens.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Magnifying Spoon Lets You Pick Out Tiny Hairs From Your Soup

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You must be a special person, if you worry enough about possible contaminants in your food that you’d consider buying the Magnifying Spoon. But if someone out there bothered to make it, there’s a chance people out there will buy it. It’s simply a magnifying glass shaped into a spoon-like apparatus. You can hover it above your grub, pick out any tiny things you spot that you think shouldn’t be there, and then take a sip. We don’t know how much it costs, but apparently you can contact the shop and have one made.

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Magnifying Spoon from Object Solutions on Vimeo.

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With The Powerlace, Self-Lacing Shoes Are Finally Here

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We’ve all been getting a good laugh these last few years at the fact that many of Back To The Future II’s predictions don’t seem to be coming true. Flying cars? The ones we have are middling at best. However… it’s almost 2015, and would you know it, we’re already seeing a working hoverboard, and how self-lacing shoes. That’s right, a startup in St-Hubert, Canada has created the Powerlace shoes, which use an internal mechanism powered by the wearers weight to automatically lace the shoes at a predefined tension. Simply insert your foot, press down with your heel, and the laces will tighten.

Inserting your foot triggers the mechanism, which locks into place at a tension level set by a pull tab on the outside upper section. The tension in the laces can be adjusted separately, too, by moving the lace lock.

A thermo polyurethane sole serves as support for the mechanism as well as anchor for the lever that unlocks the mechanism, while the tongue opens right out once pressure is released from the laces.

The team has tested the system up to 200,000 lacing cycles, which if it stands up to real-world use would mean the mechanism could operate without a hitch for 68 years if used four times a day

That’s definitely longer than the actual show will last, so you can buy with confidence. It’s a Kickstarter, with a pledge of $175 netting you a pair.

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