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Author Archives: David Ponce

So This Is What Pac-Man Looks Like Under X-Rays

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Who knew? Makes sense, though. And guess what, you can even buy the print.

You’re looking at artwork called ‘The Consumer’ by one Shok-1, and he’ll be selling each print for £125 (about $195) starting on December 5th. It’s a limited edition run of only 160, and each one measures 21″ x 21″. Also, each print will be signed, numbered and embossed by SHOK-1.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

HDD Watches Look Cool, Just Tell Time

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We’re used to seeing smart watches in the news, but the HDDWatch is nothing of the sort. It just shows time, and pretty much nothing else. But it does so with the innards of a 1 inch hard drive. Considering memory cards have pretty much taken over, old disc-based drives have dramatically dropped in price, so you’ll be able to get a HDDWatch for €150, or about $184. It’s actually €100 ($123) as an Early Bird if you don’t mind wearing it on the right wrist, because all the left wrist Early Bird watches have sold. It’s a project from Frenchman Jean Jérôme, and the Indiegogo is fully funded.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ GeekyGadgets ]

NoPhone Is A Piece Of Plastic That Helps You Cut Your Smartphone Addiction

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Your smartphone is always in your front pocket, reassuring you with its hefty weight, giving you a solid block to periodically touch and remind yourself that yes, you’re connected, yes you can be reached, yes you can Instagram any second you’d like… But if that life of an addict is no longer for you, and you’ve decided to ditch your phone for good (bold move, my friend!), the NoPhone might help you transition. It’s just a piece of plastic. But it’s a piece of plastic meant to mimic the look and feel of a phone. You carry it in your pocket as you would a phone, and it gives you the same tactile feedback, minus any functionality whatsoever. It weighs between 2.82 and 3.5 ounces (between 80 and 100 grams), and its measurements are as follows: Height: 5.5 inches (140 mm), Width: 2.6 inches (67 mm), Depth: 0.29 inches (7.3 mm). Standard smartphone dimensions.

A selfie upgrade is available, which consists of a mirror, and can send you your own selfies to yourself in realtime. You can even “add a verbal hashtag by syncing your brain and vocal cords.” It’s brilliant. Best of all, it’s only $12 and should be able to ship in time for Christmas.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On Mip Smartphone Controlled Robot

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What’s 10″ tall, is controlled by your smartphone, and looks cute as a button? If you answered the Mip Robot… you probably just read the headline. Yes, you’re looking at a self-balancing robot that you can control with your phone. But what, exactly, can you do with it?

Not only can you control it using the intuitive (and free) MiP mobile app, but it also responds to motions and can detect objects blocking its path using innovative ‘Gesturesense’ technology. In addition to its immersive personality and ability to balance atop some unique duel wheels, MiP has 7 distinct modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack.

In other words, it’s a fancy toy that can probably get a young child interested in things like robotics, and for that alone is worth the $90 asking price. That’s down from the regular $100 price tag.

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HashKey Is A 1-key Keyboard For The Hashtag

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Let it be a commentary on our lives today that someone somewhere thought it a good idea to create a one-key keyboard dedicated to the mighty hashtag. The HashKey for the social media junkies out there who spend their days tagging their posts with endless keywords in the hopes that they’ll get picked up in searches, and people will “like” the posts, and they’ll finally be able to convince themselves that it’s not really the posts all these strangers like, but actually them… Or something. The point is you’re looking at a USB-conencted gadget whose only purpose is to generate the ASCII character “#” on your screen. Yes, it’s an actual product but no, you can’t just outright buy it. You’ll have to pledge £18, or roughly $28, to get yours by March 2015. However, the campaign is far from fully funded, and no one is really surprised.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

‘You Suck At Parking’ Business Cards

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We’ve all seen ‘that guy’ with the Hummer, parking between spots like he owns the place. It’s infuriating, not the least of which because ‘that guy’ is usually not around for you to glare at and at least have a shot at letting him know just how pissed off you are. But if you’d been carrying these cool business cards, it would have taken you all of 5 seconds to send a clear message, just by slipping one under his wipers. You’d then be free to go inside your store and smugly shop, with the comforting knowledge that in a few minutes someone is going to get insulted, and you won’t even have to confront face to face.

It’s $5 for a 10 pack.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Student Invents Ultrasound Shoes For The Blind

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Blindness is, obviously, quite debilitating. But there are people out there working on developing tools that might make the lives of those deprived of sight just a bit easier. Argentinian student Juan Manuel Bustamante has developed a pair of shoes that uses ultrasound to help a blind person navigate his environment, removing the need for a cane. Dubbing his invention ‘Duspavoni’, the shoes feature sensors on the front, side, and back. They establish a 25-inch (63.5 centimeter) perimeter and will vibrate when a solid object is detected within it, vibrating the part of the shoe that corresponds with the location of the object. The closer the wearer gets to this object, the stronger and faster the vibration is, allowing them not only to know the direction but also the approximate distance to their obstacle.

The batteries that power the shoes are rechargeable, with a 5 hour charge lasting between 3 to 5 days. Unfortunately, there isn’t any information about commercialization or availability.

[ RT Article ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Kitten Shaped Marshmallows

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Hot chocolate and marshmallows, anyone? If you’ve got a pulse and are on the Internet, there’s a chance cats hold a soft spot for you. And if you’ve got a pulse and are on this planet, you’ll find yourself in a tiny minority by disliking hot cocoa. So what better way to liven up your cup than with a bunch of cute Kitten marshmallows? They float and look up at you as you sip, preparing themselves mentally for when the time comes to swallow them up. You monster.

It’s 860 Yen, or about $7USD for a box, and it appears to contain between 10 and 13 (if we understand the translated page correctly). Yes it’s Japan only at the moment, but they might deliver.

[ Product Page (translated) ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

DOTD: Cyber Monday Drone Roundup, 10% Off On All Drones

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Drones have shown to be pretty popular this Holiday season, so now’s the time to get in on the action. It’s Cyber Monday and for today only we’ll be giving you guys an additional 10% off all the drones in this roundup. They are already discounted, so this 10% is in addition to that. You have models ranging from $69 to $750, so take your pick.

To get the additional 10% off, simply enter “HAPPYCM10″ at checkout!

[ The Limited Edition Black Aerial Drone + Camera at $69. Camera drone for $70! ]

[ DJI Phantom FC40 for $499. Professional quality drone. ]

[ The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera for $75. Weighs an ounce, has a camera. ]

[ 3DRobotics IRIS+: The Elite Drone Backed By Richard Branson for $750. Autopilot, follow-me, pro-level. ]