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Author Archives: David Ponce

Scorpion Chair Is Very Scorpion-y

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Thats a sick looking chair if we’ve ever seen one. Made by painter, sculptor, and woodcarver Vyacheslav Pakhomov. If the translation on his website is correct, it does seem to be available for purchase for the relatively modest sum of 230000 Russian Rubles, which translates to about $5,730 USD. Considering the amount of work that must’ve gone into something like this, evil hell Lords in the making should immediately go check if they have the available funds before it’s sold.

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iFingerLock Biometric Padlock Doesn’t Need Keys Or Combination

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If nothing else, the Touch ID sensor on the newer iPhones is getting people used to the idea of using their fingerprints to unlock things. The trend carries over to other items, like this iFingerLock Biometric padlock. It can store up to 10 fingerprints, unlocking itself in seconds as soon as one is used. There’s no need for a computer, all the programming is done on-device. Should the 2 AAA batteries run out of power, it still stores the prints in its internal memory, while an alarm will ring when power is low to save you the hassle of having to run to the store when you’re at the gym or something. It’s a simple way to avoid having to carry a key around, or worse still, remembering a combination. It’s $94.

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Whisky Wedge Perfects The Drinking Experience

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When drinking whisky, you want to chill your liquor as much as possible, while diluting it as little as possible. There are many ways to accomplish this, from using chilled metal pucks to shaping your ice into a giant ball. You can now add the Whisky Wedge to that list. It’s a combination tumbler and silicone mold that shape your ice into a wedge that perfectly fits the glass. This way your liquor rests against an inclined surface of ice, but not more, preventing the melting of too large a volume of water and the diluting of your drink. It also looks kind of slick. It’s $15 and comes with the glass and the mold.

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New Pencils Feature Shock Absorbers And Shields To Prevent Lead Breakage

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Oh the frustration of breaking the lead on your automatic pencil. There you are, in the zone, when snap!, and you lose your train of thought. Mindful of your very real first world problems, Japanese company Zebra Co. designed the DelGuard pencil, which features a pretty sophisticated system of shock absorbers and retractable shields used specifically for preventing the lead from breaking. One spring takes care of vertical pressure by retracting the lead, while the other senses diagonal pressure and extends a lead-proteting shield. Combined, they should save you at least seconds of frustration.

The DelGuard pencils come out November 12 in Japan, and will sell for about 450 Yen (about $4).

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Deal Of The Day: Last Chance For 27% Off On LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank

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You’re looking at 1,200 mAh in a device the size of 5 stacked credit cards. It’s the LithiumCard, and it’s awesome. See, not only are 1,200 mAh enough to charge an iPhone back up to about 70%, but the LithiumCard cranks out an amazing 2Amps of power! That means you can charge fast. It’ll charge your device as fast as 1% per minute! Your phone is dead, you can get back up to 15% in the time it takes to have a coffee. And it comes with a special Nanostick pad to keep the charger stuck to your phone in case you don’t want to fit it in your wallet. It comes in Lightning and MicroUSB versions, and costs next to nothing.

No really, it’s super cheap. Normally $55, with this deal it’s $39. That’s barely $40 for that extra bit of power in a slim and light form factor that you’ll be happy to carry around, for once. This deal is good until 10/8 at midnight PT, so get it now!

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On SoundFreaq DoubleSpot Bluetooth Speaker

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Bluetooth speakers are great, but the fact that they come in all shapes and sizes means you have to do a little bit of research to find one that does what you value most. If it’s ruggedness you want, there’s the RAW Beats speaker we posted about a few days ago. But if it’s sound quality you’re after, we’d like to bring attention to SoundFreaq’s DoubleSpot. The sound from this device is reportedly booming, and even “award winning”, though we’re not sure what award the literature is referring to. The battery gives you 6 hours of playback, while a line-in port allows you to connect non-Bluetooth devices. Normally selling for $150, you can have one for $112 today.

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Kernel Filtering Popcorn Bowl Means No More Busted Teeth While Watching Movies

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Ok, we don’t actually think you can break a tooth if you accidentally bite on an unpopped corn kernel, but it’s sure as heck unpleasant. The above Kernel Filtering Popcorn Bowl tries to mitigate the “danger” by featuring a small compartment at the bottom, covered with a sifting filter that lets only kernels pass through. Fill your bowl up, give it a few good shakes and in theory, you should be able to scarf your popcorn down without worrying about your chompers. It’s made from ceramic, which might help explain its outrageous price: $75.

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4K TVs For Less Than $1k? Yes, It’s Possible

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4K TVs (or Ultra High Definition televisions) are the way of the future, but it’s a future that up until now still would cost a pretty penny or ten. If you’re an early adopter who agreed to pay a princely sum for a 4K set, we’re sorry to inform you that you might’ve overpaid by quite a bit. See, Vizio’s P-Class televisions are giving its major competitors a serious run for their money. A 50 inch set is $999, while a mammoth 70 inch model sells for $2,599. That’s less than some people recently paid for a Sony 55 inch 4K TV. And the p-series are crammed with features, like “Full-Array LED backlighting and advanced local dimming technology with 64 Active LED Zones, Advanced Color Management and Active Pixel Tuning [that] provide viewers with precise color operation for richer, more accurate colors and micro-brightness controls at the pixel level for luminance adjustments, further increasing contrast and picture detail accuracy.”

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Minispresso: A Shot Of Joe On The Go

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Up until now, there were pretty much no products that allowed you to make a cup of espresso while away from a power source. The Minispresso changes all that, giving you the ability to brew anything from a Risretto to a double Espresso without needing any electricity. The integrated pump generates 116psi of pressure, driving hot water through your coffee at the optimal rate, and producing espresso that comes very close to what you would get from a traditional machine. You can use the Minispresso with loose coffee grind, or Coffitaly capsules, while water tanks of varying capacities determine the shot size. And if you have nothing to drink your coffee in, the lid doubles as a handy cup.

Best of all, it’s relatively cheap at $39 during the pre-order process, and only $49 afterwards.

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