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Author Archives: Randy Donack

B.E. is A Powered Brush That Uses No Electricity With One Major Flaw

Look, I know that powering your toothbrush is a problem that has never crossed your mind, but stick with me here and I’ll get us through this. I’ll crack some jokes, it’ll be great.

Imagine a toothbrush with a rotating head for a deeper clean, that never uses electricity. Sounds too amazing to be true? Well, don’t call me a liar, and check out the B.E. toothbrush. It’s a powered toothbrush that converts kinetic energy to its brushing head to become a powered brush.

You power it by rotating the base dial of the unit, which stores the wound-up energy and converts it into its rotating brush head. Just like a wind-up toy car! Simply rotate the dial before each use and the B.E. brush gives you 2 minutes of teeth-cleaning action. You can even switch off the mechanism and save that kinetic energy for its next use, like rollover minutes for your cellphone.

One thing to note is that the mechanism can only support up to 120g of force against it, which sounds rather light to be honest. They sort-of promote it as a feature to stop you from brushing too hard, but’s its more likely a limitation of the mechanism. So press just a bit too hard and the brush won’t move. Honestly, that’s kind of deal breaker when you’re talking about a $99 toothbrush.

Anyway, it’s available on Kickstarter starting at $49 for the early birds, and moving up to $89 and $99 for everyone else. Though this is one campaign that has limited availability on all tiers.

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Star Wars ‘Star Destroyer’ Ring is Probably Not For The Financially Responsible

How much do you love Star Wars, a lot? Enough to buy a $450 ring designed to look like a Star Destroyer? Because that’s what geek.jewelry is offering to the biggest and least fiscally responsible Star Wars fans.

I have to say, the ring actually looks really great, and it’s available in combos of Sterling Silver/Cubic Zirconia all the way up to 14k White Gold/Diamonds.

You’d have to be a serious fan to want to spend this much on a piece of Star Wars jewelry though. Like, ‘I know all the words to the original trilogy’ serious. Or, ‘I only watch the movies on original VHS, because it doesn’t have any special effects added’ serious. Or even, ‘I’ve sent death threats to George Lucas over his handling of Jar-Jar Binks, and last year I was convicted of felony harassment, but had my sentence lessened because I cried like hell and told the judge I was super sorry’, serious.

Cool ring though.

[ geek.jewelry ]

Muse is An Echo Dot Designed For Your Car

Want to bring Alexa into your car, of course you do. You could buy that Garmin Speak for $150 that we wrote about last month, but honestly it would just be cheaper to slap a Amazon Dot in your car. Well, apparently another company figured this out as Speak Music, a San Jose based company, have just announced the Muse, a $49 Dot for your car. Genius.

It works like a regular Dot, though it’s ergonomically designed for use in the car, and ships with a car charging cable. And like its land-based sibling, Alexa can either be activated though a tap of the button or saying ‘Alexa’. Though, do they really expect Alexa to pick up my voice when I’m blasting the Spice Girls at full volume?

The Muse seems like a no-brainer for anyone who enjoys the Alexa Assistant, as it brings the full power of the service right to your car with no compromises. Those interested can pre-order the Muse now for pre-holiday delivery at $49.

Seems like a winner, but, and I’m dead serious here, hit the jump to watch the worst acted video of all-time.

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Chain Chomp Lamp For The Super Mario Fan In Your Life

Remember World 1 on Super Mario 64? Bob-Omb Battlefield? Man, when I was a kid, I used to be so afraid of the Chain-Chomp that would jump at you and make that barking noise, those were the days.

Anyway, relive those memories with the Chain-Chomp desktop lamp. Its adjustable head will allow some degree of movement, though the chain itself doesn’t move as it’s welded steel. The lamp also has a 60 lumens LED, which’ll light up that last-minute homework with much more natural light than a traditional lamp. “Wow, I can really see my procrastination.”

The Chain Chomp Lamp is available for $50, and will begin shipping in mid-December.

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The Key Armory Has Keys Modeled After Famous Swords

If you’ve ever dreamed about owning your own house so that you could get a house key in the shape of the Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword or Kingdom Hearts’ Keyblade than…maybe you should aim higher. But, I suppose you’re in luck as now as that oddly-easily fulfilled dream can become an reality.

The Key Armory sells blank keys that look like you’re favorite video game swords. You have the ‘Hero’s Sword’ or the ‘Kingdom Key’ *wink wink*, as well as plenty of other great designs that will have you hiding your keys in embarrassment everytime you visit your family.

Some of the designs are great and they’re super cheap at only about $12 per blank key. Check them out.

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Tongue-in-Cheek Grammar Book is For The Grammar Nazi In Your Life

Tongue-in-cheek sounds like it’d leave a bad taste in your mouth.

We’ve all had those moments where we don’t know how to use proper grammar. Hell, I’d say every single semicolon I’ve ever used has been a complete shot-in-the-dark. But now there’s a book that’ll take your hand and guide you though the do’s and don’ts of grammar.

It’s called ‘Know Your S**t or Know You’re S**t’ and sure, you could get it for yourself to try and improve your grammar, but let’s be honest, this is the book that you get for that friend that won’t stop correcting you.

“Oh God Derek, I could care less about the new iPhone.”

“That means you do care, at least a little.”

The book is available on Amazon for $12, though you could always just find a new Derek.

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Spotify Will Soon Start Selling Makeup

It seems like Spotify is trying to make a little extra dough on the side, as they’re expanding their platform to offer a makeup selection that will be offered on artist Maggie Lindemann’s Spotify page.

Now, Spotify has been allowing artists to connect with their service called Merchbar in order to sell things like posters and band tees, but this is the first time Spotify has allowed an artist to expand beyond that.

What’s next? Is Lady Gaga going to start selling cuts of beef from her dresses, or maybe Taylor Swift is going to sell the posters of Kanye that she been using as dart boards? These are slippery slopes, my friends.

The collection will be available from November 17th, and prices will range from ~$21 for lipsticks to ~$125 for full face palettes.

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Bose Announces Sleepbuds For People Who Can’t Fall Asleep

Bose is trying to make it easier for people with sleep difficulties with their newest offering, the Bose Sleepbuds. They are designed to work like modern ear plugs, blocking out as much sound as possible while maintaining comfortability and have a few tricks to hopefully make catching some ZZZ’s easier.

Unlike traditional ear plugs, the Sleepbuds can play soothing noises in two different styles; one for drowning out noises, and another for relaxation. These sounds are also built-in, so you don’t need to worry about streaming from your phone all night. There’s even an alarm feature to wake you up without disturbing your partner, or the vagabond that snuck into your bed.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to add other audio, so you’re stuck with the built-in sounds. And despite Bose being known for their noise-cancelling features in the headphones, it seems the Sleepbuds don’t include this feature at all, most likely due to size constraints.

Bose is selling the Sleepbuds though Indiegogo, and a pair will set you back $175 and should ship in February 2018.

Hit the jump to see Bose’s pitch video for the Sleepbuds.

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We Want Your Feedback To Improve OhGizmo!

OhGizmo! is going to be undergoing some changes over the coming weeks. We want to make the site easier to navigate, faster, and feel more modern, but we need your feedback!

Let us know what changes you’d like to see come to the website. They can be anything at all; from asking us to do more reviews to letting us know that you want to see more posts about Star Wars Toasters, we want the feedback of our loyal readers.

Ultimately, this site is about you guys, the OhGizmo! readers, so leave a comment or send an email to [email protected] and let us know what you like, what you hate, and what you want.

Cheers, Randy.