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PhotonGrill, An Inflatable High-Power Portable BBQ


The PhotonGrill is an inflatable, portable BBQ that uses the power of the sun to cook your food. It’s great for places where you’re not allowed to start a fire, since it uses no flames and no fuel to get the cooking pan scorching hot. It’ll reach temperatures of 500F/260C in as little as 5 minutes, which is faster than charcoal grills. It does this by letting you unfurl and inflate a parabolic mirror that focuses the sun’s rays exactly where the pan itself sits. The entire setup takes 3 minutes, and the pan provided with the kit is “solar-optimized”, whatever that means. The PhotonGrill neatly folds away into a backpack, making it easy to take with you on your adventures. If the idea of cooking your food with the planet’s only true source of extra-terrestrial energy tickles you, you’ll have to pledge around $225 to their Kickstarter campaign.


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Deal Of The Day: 13% Off On PPK Rubber Band Gun


Rubber band guns are cool toys, but you shouldn’t have to pay much for them. I mean, it’s cool to shoot rubber bands out of a wooden, gun-shaped object, but… you know? So that’s why we thing the PPK Rubber Band Gun is priced just right. At $24.99 after our 13% rebate (and free shipping), it’ll let you have some fun around the office for very little money.

Finally get revenge on your rubber band-shooting older sibling with the sleek, solid, one-of-a-kind PPK. Perfectly crafted to resemble James Bond’s Walther PPK handgun, this old school toy semi-automatically shoots five consecutive rubber bands at any given target. The PPK is equally fun for adults and kids, and will have the former ordering drinks “shaken but not stirred” in no time.

Modeled after the classic Walther PPK handgun
Handmade from solid white oak wood
Semi-automatically fires five rubber bands at up to 20 feet
Comes w/ 50 rubber bands
Easy to load & shoot

So yeah, instead of the regular $29, you can have it for $5 less.

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Modern Art: Explained


File this one under “pop culture”, or even just “culture”, but we’ve come across a handy image that we’d like to share with you all, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with tech or gadgets. It’s a drawing by John Atkinson, and it does a decent job of explaining the fundamental differences between the different types of art styles. From cubism to surrealism, this little guide will help you sound a little more cultured next time your girlfriend drags you to the museum.

[ John’s Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Because Why Not: General Mills Is Giving Away A Selfie Spoon


Who hasn’t had a hearty bowl of cereal and thought “Gee, I sure wish I could take a selfie with this spoon, right now.”? Someone at General Mills has, this much we’re sure of, because it seems the company is giving away a selfie stick spoon as a promotional item for their Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals. It’s a legit selfie stick that extends to 30 inches, and uses Bluetooth to trigger your camera… only at the other end of it there’s a spoon. The idea, we imagine, is to make it easier to take pictures of yourself while gobbling down some of their delicious cinnamon-y cereal. They even suggest a hashtag: #selfiespoon.

The spoon itself is free to US residents (you only have to pay for shipping) but it’s currently out of stock. We’re not sure if that’s because they’re understocked, or because there’s an actual market for this. However we suspect the folks at General Mills are aware of how ridiculous this is, since one of the items on their descriptions is “Really a Thing!”. Yes… it’s really a thing.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

The Jammock Hammock Means You Can Nap Anywhere


Did you know you could take a nap on top of your Jeep? Well, if you get the Jammock Hammock, you can. It fits Jeep Wranglers 1987 to present in the YJ, TJ, JK, and JKU models. It also will fit the bed of just about any pickup truck, where it’ll provide a bit of protection to your valuables, on top of giving you a soft area on which to lay down and sleep. It’s made from 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon and will easily withstand more than 350lbs, but the company won’t commit to a higher number for fear of lawsuits. Still, it’s a cool item to own, and at $138, won’t break the bank.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Deal Of The Day: 47% Off On Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit


With the emergence of small computing platforms like Arduino, the field of robotics is becoming increasingly approachable. But if you want to experiment, you have to start somewhere. The Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit will help you get your head around fundamental concepts, while building a functional robot in the process.

Who said mastering electronics and programming can’t be fun? This kit will teach you about programming a microcontroller board to control physical objects using sensors. Follow the detailed, beginner-friendly instructions to construct your choice of a robot tank or three-wheeled robot car. Then take the skills absorbed in this project and apply them to anything you think up—from a game console to a home alarm system.

– Learn electronics, robotics & Arduino w/ beginner-friendly instructions
– Build a robot tank or a three-wheeled robot car
– Construct a solid machine w/ aluminum extrusion structure
– Easily wire w/ no soldering required
– Study Arduino programming w/ included guides
– Makeblock is an open-source arduino robot building platform with mechanical parts, electronic modules and software

There’s no better learning than hands-on learning, so we’re excited to see this kind of price drop. Instead of the usual $150, you’re being asked to pay $79.99 for the kit.


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Overengineered Growbox Lets Your Grow Your Own Weed At Home With Very Little Know-How


In 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, as well a the 4 where it’s simply legal, you can grow your own weed. Now, you could do this in many ways, from simply planting it in your garden, to creating a professional hydroponic setup. But both of these methods require some TLC from you, as well as a decent amount of know-how. It’s not like you couldn’t, you know, learn, but if you can’t be bothered, Leaf is for you. They call it a Plug-N-Plant device, which is kind of clever because well, it pretty much does everything for you.

The system will monitor everything that your plants need to grow, including light, ventilation, nutrient levels and pH of the soil.

The system will also react to these measurements, meaning that if it senses that your plants are low on nutrients it can dispense more, or if it needs more light it can automatically brighten the environment. Users can also control these variables manually, effectively creating their own grow “recipes.”

The 4′ by 2′ box can grow two plants, which will apparently yield between 4 to 5 ounces of weed. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well… that’s until you see the price: $1,499. That’s a lot of dollars for something you can do for a fraction of that cost, if only you take the time. But we suppose that’s what luxury is all about.

The company says that the machine will technically pay for itself after just a few months, as the “retail value” of 4-5 ounces (one growth cycle) is around $1,200.

Additionally, each grow will cost about $150 in nutrient cartridges and carbon filter refills. However, co-founder and CEO Yoni Ofir said that eventually the company hopes to drop the price of the actual device and generate its primary revenue from refills (à la Keurig).

Perhaps Leaf is then worth reconsidering when or if prices do drop, unless you’re the deep-pocketed early adopter type. If you are, you can reserve one with a $100 deposit, and shipping summer 2016.


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DeepCool’s New Case Looks Like That Star Wars Ship


It’s quite rare that we’ll discuss straight PC hardware on OhGizmo!, simply because there’s not a whole lot of actually interesting innovation in the field. It’s all about marginal increases in miniaturization, speed, or some other interesting-to-some-but-not-us metric. But DeepCool’s TriStellar S PC case, while not technically innovative, does stand out from the crop. For one, it looks like the Evil Emperor’s private shuttle from Return of the Jedi. And despite the creative chassis, functionality hasn’t been sacrificed:

It is split into three separate compartments that can accommodate mini-ITX motherboards, a 120 mm liquid cooler, full-length graphics cards and power supplies, an optical drive and two 3.5-inch drives.

The TriStellar S case is a limited edition model, with only 50 being sold worldwide. And it costs a whopping $599! That’s the budget some people put down on a whole PC build, but hey, when you’ve got the disposable income, luxuries can be afforded. That said, this particular case is almost identical to the TriStellar (no ‘S’), which is $399 itself; DeepCool simply added a window to see the garphics’ compartment, some lights, and Bill Owen’s signature on the side (with whom this was apparently co-designed). If you’re on the slightly more mature side of custom PC-building (because, let’s face it, you’re still considering the purchase of a PC case that looks like a Star Wars ship), you might want to save yourself the $200.


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3D Printed Modular Wine Rack is Ingenious In Its Versatility


We come across a lot of wine racks while sourcing content for OhGizmo! But we’ve rarely seen a product as ingenious as the GustaVino 3D printed modular wine rack. By using some clever hexagonal geometry, the modules are able to accommodate wine collections of varying sizes without leaving many empty spots as your numbers dwindle. The basic three-piece kit can handle between 1 and 4 bottles with just a little reconfiguration, for instance. And as your collection grows, you can simply add more hexagons; the modularity allows you to build out the overall rack in different ways, and let your imagination run wild.

You can purchase the digital file for £19, and print as much rack as you want at home. But if you don’t just happen to own a 3D printer, prices for pre-made modules start at £19 for a 3-piece kit, £39 for a 6-piece, and up to £137 for a 24-piece monster.


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