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Author Archives: Hazel Chua

Awesome Ads: Tap Your Beer Bottle, Unlock a Movie

Movie Unlocker

There’s nothing left to do with the bottle once all the beer is gone…or is there? Russian design studio Heads and Hands came up with a fun and unusual way to reward those who drink Grolsch beer by incorporating a movie unlocker right onto the bottle. After taking the final swig, beer drinkers can tap the empty bottle onto their phone, tablet, or laptop and enjoy a movie on the house (or is it, on the beer?)

The whole thing is possible thanks to iBeacon bluetooth technology and the Movie Unlocker app. A beacon is actually hidden under the Grolsch beer cap, which sends out a bluetooth signal to the device that in turn connects to the server to unlock the movie.

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Theater In Your Pocket: Cardboard Smartphone Projector

Cardboard Smartphone Projector

Sometimes, some things are more fun or better when done at home. Like watching a movie, for instance. You don’t have to worry about being seated next to a jerk or phone hogs who keep using their phones in the dark. At home, you can stretch out, relax, and have unlimited popcorn without burning a hole in your pocket while watching the best flicks and movie favorites with your best buds.

You don’t even need to have a top-of-the-line projector. All you’ll need is this £15.99 (about $27) cardboard projector and your smartphone, and you’re good to go.

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Smart Toilet Paper Holder Sends You ‘Low TP’ Alerts

Smart Toilet Paper Holder

 

Nothing sucks more than looking up to realize that you’ve only got a few squares of TP left after doing a massive number 2. The RollScout aims to save the day, though, by alerting people in the household when the toilet paper levels are in a dangerously low level. If you missed the alert on your smartphone, then the RollScout’s blinking LED light will remind you of that fact so you can replace the old roll before doing your thing.

The RollScout can run on a single A23 battery for an entire year, so maintaining it shouldn’t be a pain at all. Aside from home use, it’s ideal for businesses who don’t want to turn patrons off for the lack of fresh TP.

The RollScout is up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $49 will get you one of your very own.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Business Knife: Multi-Tool Card That Shows Off Your Skills

Business Knife Card

There’s no shortage of creative and unusual business cards these days. From interactive LED-infused cards to edible ones, the sky’s the limit. Another one to add to the list is this Business Knife Card by graphic designer Anthony Cole. It’s crafted from cardboard and draws inspiration from the ever-popular multi-tools on the market today.

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Want, Need, Now: Water Draining Soap Holder

Water Draining Soap Holder

 

Looking for a way to increase the useful life of that bar of soap? Not that it’s a big deal or anything, but goopy soap is a huge pet peeve. Aside from, well, wasting good soap, it also makes washing your hands a difficult process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make sense to dry the bar after every use (can you even imagine doing that?)

But here’s a bit of good news: a soap holder which does just that for you exists. The Water Draining Soap Holder basically drains away the excess water from the soap so it doesn’t slowly melt away in the holder.

One first world problem, solved. It’s available online for $5.25.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TIWIB ]

Coffee Socializing: Just Link ‘Em and Drink

Link Mugs

 

There’s nothing wrong with having breakfast all by your lonesome. But if you can enjoy your usual cup of Joe with a round of stimulating conversation to go with it, then why not? There’s only so many (or so few) cups that your two hands can carry though, and that’s where these mugs come in.

The Link Mugs look like typical, white ceramic mugs. Plain even, except for a cross protrusion on one side. Look on the other side, and you’ll find a similarly-shaped recess on the mug. It’s pretty awesome what such a design addition can do, because it allows you to link one mug to the other, so you can carry several of them with ease at a time without worrying about spilling stuff or burning your fingers.

They’re available online for $45.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Food Beast ]

Every Office Needs One: 4-Piece Tri Board Set

4-Piece Tri Board Set

 

Can’t decide whether you need a cork board or a white board for your office? What about for those times when a blackboard might be more appropriate? Don’t forget a magnetic board for all the other stuff you need to organize, too. No need to pick just one though with the 4-Piece Tri Board Set, because with this thing on your wall, you get all four.

The triangular design gives it an artistic look and feel, so it won’t be an eyesore on your wall. There’s a dedicate space for your chalky scribbles, plus a magnetic area and cork board where you can stick or tack on notes, reminders, ideas, and to-do lists. There’s also a dry-erase triangle in the mix in case you prefer writing with a pen than a chalk.

It’s available for $60.

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Chuck Norris Would Approve: Nunchops Chopsticks

Nunchops Chopsticks

Eat ramen the way Chuck Norris would with these Nunchops Chopsticks. As its name so cleverly implies, they’re chopsticks linked with a plastic chain like nunchucks. You won’t be able to flip ‘em and twirl ‘em around menacingly to scare off your enemies, but you will be able to eat your meal like a boss.

The chain also means you won’t misplace one or the other, since the chopsticks are linked together.

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For the Person Who Transformed You: Transformers Bumblebee Ring

Transformers Bumblebee Ring

Bumblebee is one of the most beloved Autobots from the Transformers franchise. He was the one of the first bots that we were introduced to in the first movie. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s been in every one of the movies, and that’s saying something, seeing as how Michael Bay doesn’t think twice about killing off some of the bots to get a point across.

That said, it makes perfect sense to feature Bumblebee on a Transformers-inspired ring–not only for his marketability, but for his bright and aesthetically-pleasing design. That and the fact that he turns into a snazzy Camaro seals the deal for me. The ring features Bumblebee’s playful mug right smack in the middle of an adorable sterling silver and gold-plated band.

It’s available from CustomMade for $299.

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