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Author Archives: David Ponce

Some Guy Makes A Batsuit Out Of Tree Bark

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Artists make pretty things; we get to look at them, say “gee whiz, look at that”, and then once we’re done, we just move on. That’s what we’re expecting will happen when you read about French artist Christophe Guinet’s work here. It’s a Batman suit made from tree bark, and well, it looks pretty neat-o.

Together with Warner Bros. France and the Splendens Factory, the artist has designed the iconic batman suit primarily out of tree bark, vegetal moss, lichen and fungus. A foam mold of the batman suit and helmet has been carefully wrapped and covered in layers of tree bark, forming the suit’s distinctive pointed ears, opening for the mouth and nose, and defensive shoulder covering.

Why? Apparently it’s Christophe’s thing, to appropriate plant life and create familiar objects. We suppose that in art, that’s as good a reason as any.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

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You guys ever notice how shoddily made Apple cables are? After a few months of use, many of them start fraying where the cable meets the connector, and need warranty replacement. That’s a heck of a hassle, and that’s when you’re lucky to still be under warranty. You could eliminate this problem altogether by getting yourself the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. It’s virtually indestructible.

Toss your frayed, tangled iPhone charger in the garbage; it’s time for an upgrade. The Titan is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel and packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors that won’t be falling apart in this century, or the next. With an Apple-approved certification, the Titan is tough on all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy.

– Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel
– Includes sealed one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place
– Certified w/ Apple’s MFi program for safe charging
– Made to last for life
– Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty

The 3.25ft cable normally costs $35, but with today’s deal you only have to pay $24.99.

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Transparent Practice Padlock For Budding Locksmiths

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Lockpicking kits are pretty popular on the Internet; we even wrote about one… 9 years ago. But what’s the point in getting one if you have no idea how to use it? It makes more sense to acquire some skills first, and that’s best done through practice. The Ehdching Transparent Professional Cutaway Practice Padlock lets you do just that.

– Lock with open chambers on all the moving parts that allow you to see how it work
– You can see clearly that how the pins work when a key is inserted
– It will come out in perfect smooth working condition with no loose parts or pins
– You actually can see the pins moving up and down as the key slides into and out of the lock

The best part is that this product comes with its own set of lockpicking tools, and the whole thing can be had for a paltry $30.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Black Diamond Knife Block Looks Stylish In A Modern Kitchen

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You have to put your fancy kitchen knife collection somewhere, but why settle for the traditional wooden block you see in almost any kitchen? When trying to design a beautiful home, every little detail matters, and the Black Diamond Knife Block from company Edge of Belgravia is as striking of a knife receptacle as we’ve ever seen. Designed by one Christian Bird, the block fits up to 11 knives, but will look complete with as little as two. Almost any type of knife will be supported, as long as the blade is thinner than 4mm. “Clever use of weighting secures the knives in their blocks, just as slight angling allows for easy extraction.” And for something that looks this expensive, we’re happy to report that it’ll only set you back £89.90 (about $140). Oh, sure, it’s a lot of money for a knife block, we agree. But these designer items usually tend to fetch a few orders of magnitude more than they should.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On SunLabz Rechargeable AA Battery Bundle

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Batteries: we all hate them. But like it or not, we have to live with them for now, so why not make our lives a little easier and go the way of rechargeables? The SunLabz Rechargeable AA Battery Bundle gives you eight 2,800mAh rechargeable batteries, along with a charger, for $30!

Rather than purchase pack after pack of AA batteries, switch to rechargeable. Not only will you be saving money on single-use battery purchases, but you’ll be throwing one less toxic battery into a landfill every time you run out of juice.

– Make an environmental difference by reusing your batteries
– Get 2 or 3 times the capacity of an equivalent NiCD cell
– Enjoy high-performance functionality
– Save money spent on single-use batteries
– Recharge 1000+ times
– Recycle the batteries once they finally tap out

Of course these batteries wouldn’t be very useful without a charger, so here’s the lowdown on that.

Rechargeable batteries mean nothing without a manner of recharging them. Choose the best option available—this charger is efficient, fast, and even boasts a convenient LCD screen to keep tabs on your charging status.

– Recharge your NiMh & NiCD batteries
– View the battery level/charge status of each individual slot on the handy LCD screen
– Contribute less hazardous waste to landfills
– Prevent overheating, excessive currents & short circuiting w/ this charger’s built-in features
– Save time by charging four batteries simultaneously
– Maximize your charge w/ the advanced integrated circuit control function

Usually you’d have to pay $50 for this bundle, but today it’s $30!

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R2D2 Bluetooth Speaker

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Well, we’re as excited as the next guy to see Star Wars merchandise flooding the Internet, but it is sort of getting to the point where you wonder what item will not be turned into Artoo or Threepio. But hey, this little Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone is sort of cute, and decently priced.

Plug this Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone into a USB port, and it’ll charge up. When it’s charged, either pair the speaker with your Bluetooth-enabled phone or plug your audio device into Artoo’s standard 3.5mm audio jack. Artoo will light up, literally, including the familiar indicator light and some new funky blue “underdome” lighting he’s had installed. Since he’s Bluetooth, you can even make calls on him when you have your phone paired up. But his raison d’etre is to play music for you. The first song we played through our Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone was the Cantina Song. It was also the second. And the third. And the… okay, we’ve got it on loop.

Product Specifications
Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone
– Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
– A ThinkGeek creation & exclusive
– Pairs with Bluetooth®-enabled devices
– On/off button on the front conserves battery
– Plays movie sound clips when the device is switched on, when pairing is completed, and when turned off
– Speaker allows for hands-free calls or playing music
– Wireless Range: 32 ft.
– Batteries: Internal rechargeable battery
– Recharges via micro-USB cable (included)
– Dimensions: 4″ diameter

It’s a fun and useful little tribute to the world’s most beloved franchise, and it’s only $50 at Thinkgeek.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Make Your Own Pocket Laser Engraver

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The main reason I haven’t bought a 3D printer is that I suspect that once that initial “gee-whiz, I can print objects” phase has passed, I’ll be hard pressed to find useful things to actually print. But projects like Thingiverse member Isolt’s Photon Printer, a Micro Laser Engraver, make me realize there are plenty of people working to provide us with things to do with these fancy printers. In this case, you’re looking at a little device that uses repurposed DVD drives as well as 3D printed parts to create a laser engraver, capable of, well, engraving anything you want on a variety of surfaces. It’s not a project for beginners, but if you’re got some time on your hands and know your way around electronics, you should be able to pull it off.

[ Thingiverse Page ] AND [ Instructables Step by Step ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Mega Love For Mega Man? There’s A Helmet For You

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I remember Mega Man fondly. However, I don’t think it’s the kind of fondness that would have me dropping $150 for a plastic replica helmet, no sir. But you know, we totally don’t judge and realize that there are those among you who might just go a little bananas seeing this officially licensed prop.

There’s been attempts at creating a wearable Mega Man helmet over the years, but its never been made officially. Everyone’s been clamoring for one – and now you really can be Mega Man with this full-size, wearable Mega Man helmet made of high quality ABS plastic with a high polish finish, authentic proportions and details, plus working LED lights! A unique clamshell hinge allows the front and back half of the helmet to easily open up to comfortably fit your head inside the soft padded interior for a perfect fit. This is a high quality replica of the Blue Bomber’s helmet – perfect for display in home or office, but it also doubles as the ultimate role play accessory!

Comes shipped in a decorated box suitable for displaying your helmet when not in use.

Extremely limited quantities will be produced based on advance pre-orders.

Order NOW! Pre-Orders will only be open for a limited time.

Ships Winter 2015 just in time for the holidays as the ultimate gift for the biggest Mega Man fans (including yourself!)

So there you have it: the best, most official way to proclaim your love for all things Mega Man.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

How to Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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The following article is brought to you by Unlockunit.com. -Ed.

Let’s face it, when it comes to smartphones, the best one you can get right now is the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. Since last year’s flagship, the S5 wasn’t exactly what fans were expecting, the South Korean manufacturer had to come up with their best phone ever. And guess what? They did.

After craving for it since the launch, you finally got your hands on it. No matter if you bought it or received it, your brand new Samsung is just one step behind achieving the “perfect phone” status.

It’s not something related to it specs, as we’re talking about the fact that it’s carrier locked. That’s right, you can’t use it in the network you want and this can be a bit frustrating. But what if we told you that you can unlock it in just a few minutes and give it some well-deserved freedom?

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