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Ampy Turns a 30 Minute Jog Session Into 3 Hours Of Battery Life

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Harnessing kinetic energy in order to power consumer electronics isn’t a novel idea. Some of you may remember the nPower PEG from 2009’s CES, a gadget that promised to recharge your electronics from power gathered through your walking. Well, Ampy is pretty much the same thing, only in a smaller and more refined package. It packs an internal 1,000 mAh battery which is itself charged by a “proprietary linear inductor” that turns kinetic energy into electricity. Other devices use a magnet that slides back and forth along a coil, generating electricity in the process, though the proprietary nature of Ampy’s mechanism doesn’t allow us to confirm it’s the same thing. Regardless of how it works, its creators affirm that a 30 minute jogging session (or 1 hour cycling, or 10,000 walking steps) will top up its battery, which you can then use to fill a typical smartphone back up to about 75% charge. For any outdoorsy types, this could be interesting, especially at it’s early-adopter price of $75, on their Kickstarter.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Deal Of The Day: Last Chance On 33% Off On Karma Go LTE Hotspot

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Whether it’s your laptop, your tablet, your cellphone or yet another of a slew of mobile devices, one thing is constant: they need an Internet connection. You can pay through the nose with your cellular contract, and even then you’ll leave some devices stranded, like your laptop. Or, you can get the Karma Go LTE Hotspot. This is a tiny (2.6″ wide x 2.6″ high x 0.5″ deep, weighing in at 2.1 oz), portable WiFi Hotspot that works with a pay-as-you-go data plan. There’s no contract, you simply pay for the data you need, at rates varying between $9.90-$14/GB. You’re looking at nationwide coverage, “6-8 Mbps downloads, with peaks up to 25 Mbps” speeds, and a battery life of 220 hours (stand by) and 5 hours (in use).

Normally, $150, it’s $99 for the next few hours. Hurry!

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Power Bar Integrates Battery Pack

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The Pickup Power is a three-outlet power bar and surge protector. It’ll give you 1080 joules of surge protection, which we’re hoping is a lot… but could be very little since we know nothing about electrical engineering. We can tell you that aside from being a power bar, it houses a portable battery, which you can take with you to charge any of your devices. There is a 4,000 mAh and a 6,000 mAh version, which cost $80 and $100 respectively.

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Cucumbo Makes Cucumber Coils

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There are those who cook because they have to eat, and then there are those who do because it’s fun. If you’re in the second camp, maybe you’ll get a kick out of Cucumbo. It doesn’t really do anything other than to slice a cucumber in a coil pattern. Stick it in there, and twist. The end product looks kind of cool, and we suppose presentation is important. It’s a cheap and simple way to have a little fun in the kitchen. $13.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On iRest For iPad

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The iPad is the kind of digital content consumption. Whether it’s a website, videos or an eBook, you’re likely to spend a good number of hours staring at its screen, and unfortunately this will not always be done in the most optimal position. If you’re sitting down and want to angle the tablet just right, you might want to take a look at the iRest, pictured above. It’s a stand that places your iPad at a comfortable, but adjustable, 60 degree angle. Made from a brushed aluminum finish, the iRest looks like it could have been made by Apple and fits perfectly with your tablet. And most importantly, it’s fairly cheap at $36, down from $50.

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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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