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Author Archives: Eric Lazare

Lighting Candles In The Modern Era

Why use a flame to get a candle going, when you can use a super cool arc of electricity. Well, we shouldn’t say ‘cool’, you know, but… you get the point. It’s called the ARC Lighter, and it uses a 2,012F spark across a ceramic tip to ignite pretty much any combustible material. You’ll get 90 sessions out of a single charge, each one lasting up to 8 seconds, which is more than enough seconds to do your business. It’s $40.

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The Foldscope Is A Legit Paper Microsope That Fits In Your Pocket

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There exists and entire world at the microscopic level that we never get to see outside of pictures in textbooks and online. But there’s something really cool about being able to check out the inside of a cell you just scraped off the walls of your own mouth, or being able to examine the bulb of a hair you just plucked out of your own head. With the Foldscope, not only can you do that, but you can then unfold it and pack right back into your pocket. It provides 140X magnification, which is enough for “imaging live individual cells, cellular organelles, embryos, swimming bacteria and much more.”

The Foldscope has been around for 5 years, but started out as a project to provide third world countries affordable access to scientific instruments. So the company “built, designed and shipped (free of any cost) 50,000 Foldscopes to kids (and teachers, home-school moms, classrooms, naturalists, gem collectors, bee-keepers, tribal kids, camel herders, space scientists, parasitologists, scrap-metal collectors.. you get the point) around the world in 130+ countries.” Now it’s your turn to own one, and you’ll only have to pledge $20 to do so. Know that this money will get you more than just the Foldscope, but an entire scientific kit including slides, Petri dishes, strainers, pipettes, tweezers… If you’ve got even a passing interest in science, this could kick it into high gear.

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Redundant Clock Is Redundant

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This is the Redundant Clock, by graphic designer Ji Lee. It’s a clock that shows you what time it is by showing you what time it is… if that makes any sense. He conceived of it several years ago as a school project and ever since he posted the image to his portfolio, he’s had people all over the Interwebs ask him where they can buy it. It was just a concept until recently, but now he’s got a fully funded Kickstarter where you can get your own for all of $49.

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AirSelfie Takes the Selfie Game Airborne

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Look, like it or hate it, the selfie is here to stay. And while you may have tried to up your game with the use of a selfie stick, you’re going to feel pretty “little league” when you see what the AirSelfie can do. It’s a tiny drone designed specifically to take selfies. How? It’s small enough that it fits inside a cellphone case. This means that whenever the fancy takes you, you just have to slide it out of the case and let it fly up to 20 meters (66 feet) away, where a 5MP camera will be able to take pictures of you and store it in its 4GB internal memory. The drone is also able to record HD-quality footage. There are three flight modes, with the simplest being “Selfie Mode”; presumably this means it’ll just park itself at a distance and take pics. The purpose-built case comes with its own battery, so it’ll charge the drone when not in use, giving it a 3 minute flight time.

Compatible smartphones include the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, Huawei P9, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. For those without a compatible phone, a separate power bank is available that can be used to charge the drone up to 20 times. It also sports a Micro-USB port that can be used for charging.

It’s currently undergoing some crowdfunding, with a €179 (US$189) pledge securing you a drone, a phone cover and a Micro USB cable. Shipping is slated for March 2017.

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The Birdie Can Make Your GoPro Fly

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Think of the Birdie as a shuttlecock for your GoPro. What’s a shuttlecock? It’s that thing you hit when you play badminton. The idea here is that you stuff you GoPro inside the Birdie, and you then launch it up in the air as high as you can. The cone-shaped tail will straighten its flight path and slow its descent back down to earth. Meanwhile, a hole in the carrying receptacle allows your GoPro to shoot presumably more interesting footage than if you’d just held it at the end of a selfie stick. You’ll still have to make sure your GoPro is properly housed in a protective case, but the Birdie does float at least, and the whole thing disassembles after you’re done throwing it around. It’s $59.

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The Selfie Bottle Is A Sign Of The Times

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That headline sounds sort of ominous, but it’s really just meant to be a passing commentary about how we’re not surprised to come across something like the Selfie Bottle in an age where the selfie is so ubiquitous. The product is a smart concoction from Israeli advertising agency Gefen Team, and look, here we are talking about it so it works! It’s designed to attach to a 0.5L Coca-Cola bottle and automatically snap a selfie every time you tilt the bottle past 70 degrees. The picture is then presumably automatically uploaded to social media sites to share your ecstatic mug with the world. Now don’t think this is something you’ll be able to buy somewhere; it was designed specifically for the Summer Love Event, some sort of community event organized or at the very least sponsored by Coke.

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Sunflower Home Awareness System Is The Future Of Home Security

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If you live in the kind of property that Mr. Burns might’ve lived in, you might be in the market for a serious security system. Well, it doesn’t get much more impressive than the Sunflower Home Awareness System. Why? Because it comes with its own autonomous drone. That’s right, if something triggers the alarm, you’ll immediately be notified on your smartphone and you’re then free to deploy the drone. It will fly around your property and send back a live feed, so that you can see whether you’re dealing with possible intruders, or if it’s just the neighbour’s dog who wandered into your yard again. A set of ‘Smart Lights’ that you place around the yard serve as motion sensors, as well as pleasant illumination.

Pricing or availability hasn’t been announced yet, but you can pay $25 to reserve yours today.

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You’ll Never Get A Flat On Your Bicycle With The Nexo Ever Tires

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The best way to make sure your tires never deflate is simply to never inflate them in the first place. The Nexo Ever Tires feature a puncture-proof design using a unique polymer blend as well as a bunch of holes to promote a more comfortable ride. They are said to be as smooth as air-filled tires, and much more durable; a set will last about 5,000 miles, which let’s be honest, might actually outlast your actual bike. The design also makes for a lightweight tire that’s at least as light, if not lighter than traditional tubes. A $75 pledge will get you in on the action, with delivery slated for December of 2016.

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Here’s an Inflatable Unicorn, Because The Real Ones Won’t Stand Still

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See, the thing about unicorns is they tend to want to run around a lot, and they poop Skittles all the time. It’s simultaneously delicious and annoying. Better to opt for a calmer life and get yourself this Giant Inflatable Unicorn. At 7 feet tall, it’s almost as big as the real thing. It doesn’t do a darn thing, and that’s kind of the point. You could use it instead of a Christmas tree, we suppose. It’s £49.99, which is roughly $62USD.

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