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Portal Mirrors For Your Home


After you spend so many hours trying to complete the puzzle game Portal, you may become obsessed with its aesthetic. So it would make sense to honour your new obsession with a real life reminder of the time you spent teleporting yourself from place to place. The Portal Mirrors pictured above are outfitted with orange and blue LEDs to give them a look very similar to the portals used in game.

They’re hand-made and it will take up to two weeks after you place your order before they’re shipped. But they certainly are distinctive, and worth the $249 asking price to fanatics of the game.


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Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On FosPower International AC & USB Charger


We already told you about a travel adapter charging station the other day. That one was pretty cool, and looked kind of nice. But maybe you didn’t want to spend $35 on something like that. Well, the FosPower International AC & USB Charger is cheaper, and it pretty much does the same thing.

Technology keeps up with our international travel schedules, but plugs and converters are still living in the ‘90s. It’s time to ditch them all and switch to the FosPower all-in-one charger and converter for use in over 150 countries. Not only does it pack an AC plug to power your computer or appliances, but it includes a dual USB port for charging up your phone, e-reader, camera, and more.

– Keep your devices safely charged wherever you go w/ built-in 6A 250v safety fuse
– Charge up in 150 different countries w/ the four built-in plug standards (US/EU/AU/UK)
– Simultaneously use the AC power & USB charging
– Never worry about loose wires & parts again due to the single-piece construction
– Plug small appliances or a computer into the AC power port
– Power your other mobile devices via the dual USB ports (maximum output of 3.1A)
– View the build-in blue LED charging indicator, which helps identify when the adapter is ready to be used
– Conveniently change to any plug w/ the easy-to-use, slide-out plug release button

It’s normally $30, but with today’s special the price goes down to $14.99.


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This Needs To Be Made: Finger Cookies


Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: these don’t actually exist. Or at the very least, they can’t be bought right now. The Finger Cookies are a design by Paolo Ulian, and they allow you to do pretty much what the picture already tells you. You put the thimble-shaped cookies over your fingers and dip them in any delicious liquid you want. Rinse and repeat. It’s a genius idea, and one that really shouldn’t be too hard to bring to market. Now… let’s get someone on this case, shall we?


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Arachnophobia Timepiece Costs $18,000, Will Scare The Dollars Out Of Your Bank Account


We don’t really understand the world of high-end timepieces, but that’s mostly because we never had the budget to really look into it. For those of you with a deeper wallet, and a discerning sense of aesthetic, comes the Arachnophobia timepiece. It’s designed by high-end watchmaker MB&F, and made by Swiss manufacturer L’Épée, and at the very least is striking enough to impress even someone who’s no expert in luxury clocks.

If you happen to know anything about these types of items, we’re going to list some of the features in case they make sense to you.

– Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5Hz
– Power reserve of 8 days
– 218 components and 11 jewels
– Incabloc shock protection system
– Mechanism in palladium-plated brass or gold-plated brass
– Winding: key winding and time setting on underside of clock
– Movement finishing: includes Côtes de Genève, anglage, polishing, sand-blasting, circular and vertical satin finishing
Dimensions: 203 mm in height (legs extended); clock diameter (legs flat) 405 mm; movement dimensions 75.3 x 134.9 x 63.8 mm
Weight: gold-plated version 1.96 kg; black version 0.98 kg

So if you can swing the $16,000 to $18,000 these cost, they’ll definitely make a more an eye-catching item to display in your home.


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This Star Wars TIE Fighter Watch Costs $28,500


That’s a lot of dollars to spend on a timepiece, but then again, some people really do have too much money. They might even be delighted to splurge on the Darth Vader/TIE Fighter wristwatch, which is made by Devon, and is limited to 1,500 pieces. Aside from the Star Wars aesthetic, it’s got a bunch of features that presumably make sense to the discerning watch enthusiast. Here they are:

– 16L stainless steel
– True black diamond-like coating
– Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
– Numbered 1-500 on back plate
– Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
– Lubricant-free ruby bearings
– Four micro-step motors
– Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
– Temperature-compensated crystal
– Onboard microprocessor
– 313 electrical contacts
– Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
– Powered for two weeks on one charge
– Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

So yeah, sure, it costs as much as a new car, but you should know it comes with a complimentary pair of TIE Fighter cufflinks, so… that’s a deal, right? You can pre-order it right now with a $2,500 down payment, but there’s no mention of how long you’ll have to wait to get it, exactly.


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This Ear Thermometer Plugs Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Jack


There are many ways to take a person’s temperature, and some are less pleasant than others. The Tympani Ear Thermometer is the more pleasant type, gathering its data with an in-ear infrared sensor. It then transmits the information to your smartphone through its audio jack. A companion app lets you track your temperature, or email it to your doctor when necessary. It does its measurement in two seconds, which is great when your patient is an uncooperative baby or a really grumpy adult. Tympani requires no batteries, and best of all, costs very little at $25. It’s a fully-funded Indiegogo project, with expected shipment due in December.


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Keurig Teams Up With Campbell To Launch K-Pod Soup

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Did you ever say to yourself “Gee, I really wish I could make a soup as easily as I make my morning coffee!” No? Neither have we, but the good folks at Keurig and Campbell are undeterred anyway. They’re announced the launch of Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup, which is probably as delicious as it sounds (note sarcasm). Basically the noodles and the broth come separate: you pop the noodles in a bowl, place the pod in your Keurig machine and let the hot broth cover the noodles. After two minutes your soup is good to go. Initially you’ll be able to choose from Homestyle Chicken Broth & Noodle Mix, and Southwest Style Chicken Broth & Noodle Mix. These are pretty basic flavours, and that’s just as well since we can’t imagine how something more creamy or thick might taste. We also don’t know if your coffee will end up with a bit of a poultry aftertaste after brewing your soup, or if your soup will have coffee undertones, but that’s for you to find out. The company does recommend running a hot water cycle before and after the soup-making, so that might help. It’s $12 for an 8-pack.


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Infento Rides Provides Kids With Transformable Transportation To Assemble As They Grow


You buy your kid a tricycle, only to realize a couple years later that he’s outgrown the thing and now needs a small bike. Fast forward a couple more years, and the same thing happens again. It’s normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Infento Rides offers a completely different approach to this reality: completely reconfigurable and transformable rides that your kids can assemble themselves as they outgrow their current model. Think of it like a Meccano set that your offspring, ages 0-13, gets to ride. “With just a hex key and a couple of hours, an adult and child can make a sledge, a recumbent bike, a trike with a cargo box, and more.” Unlike other similar offerings, Infento provides your child with a huge assortment of builds ranging in assemblage complexity from a few minutes up to six hours. It’s a great activity to do with your kid, and it’ll teach him valuable skills in the process. Prices start at $299, and go up to $599 for the Master Creator Kit, with which you can make up to 11 different rides; this works out to around $55 per ride, so as expensive as it is, you’re still getting plenty of value.


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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On ‘Clean Bottle’ Square Water Bottle: 2-Pack


Drinking bottles are great for many reasons: easily available hydration, eco-friendliness, etc. There’s tons of designs on the market, but the ‘Clean Bottle’ Square Water Bottle happens to be one of the nicer ones.

The Plastic Square Water Bottle makes it a snap to get your recommended eight cups of water daily. It’s a piece of cake to use, opening from both ends for easy cleaning, and boasts a square design that keeps it from rolling away. Ergonomic, durable, and sleek, this is one bottle you’ll be eager to carry wherever you go.

– Keep yourself hydrated on the go
– Give the second bottle to a friend or loved one, or keep it at the office
– Easily wash w/ dishwasher-safe design
– Protect your health: composed of BPA-free material
– Enjoy a square design that keeps the bottle in place
– Easy to transport: fits in most cup-holders
– Seamlessly grip from the top w/ wide handle on cap

Normally you’d have to pay $24 for this, but with today’s deal, it’s $17.99.


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