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Author Archives: Shudeep Chandrasekhar

Left Behind: DNA Time Capsule for the Immortal in You

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If you’ve ever dreamed about being able to live forever – at least, in a sense – then you’ve probably thought of or read about a dozen ways to make that happen. From having your ashes pressed into a diamond, to becoming a part of a coral reef, these are just two wacky ways to immortalize yourself – kind of. Now there’s yet another way to prolong that persona: the DNA Time Capsule. Preserving your DNA for up to 100 years, this isn’t just an ego-booster. It can potentially help your grandkids by telling future doctors what they’re genetically susceptible to, or help with screening for certain cancers. You can even display it on your mantle as a showpiece until it’s time to finally use it! Or why not use it as a gift idea for a senior friend or relative? It’s priced at $300 – cheap, considering that it preserves a part of you for over a century.

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[ Hammachar ] VIA [ Coolest-Gadgets ]

Printeer – the Kids-friendly 3D Printer

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There is no denying that modern day kids are smarter than we were at their age; being exposed to tons of new and cool gadgets has given them the upper hand, at least where technology is concerned. One piece of tech, however, has long been out of reach because of the level of technical expertise required – and that’s 3D printing. But thanks to Mission Street’s Printeer, kids can now get hands-on with three-dimensional printing as well. Involving no complex CAD programs and software, the 3D printer just requires kids to have an iPad and a drawing tool. Once an image has been drawn, they simply send it to the 3D printer. With a pledge amount of $549, Printeer is likely to be made commercially available sometime after November – after they’ve met their crowd-funding target. Pledge-givers, however, can get their hands on limited inventory as early as October.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ Engadget ]

More Star Wars Merchandize: Millennium Falcon Engagement Rings

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For the die-hard Star Wars fans out there, PaulMichaelDesigns has another treat for you. The creator of the Nintendo Controller, Triforce ring and other gadgets and gizmos has done it again – this time in the form of the Millennium Falcon ring. This unique creation comes in basic gold at a smart price tag of $995, going up all the way to $3,590 if you want platinum with a diamond. Featured on Paul Bierker’s Facebook page, the ring hasn’t yet hit the stands. Wait for it like all good Jedis should.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geektyrant ]

Let the Books be Hanged!

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Looking for a creative and appealing way to free up some space in your house? The all-new hanging book rack will allow you to do just that, or at least to get rid of your current bookshelves and racks, and give a unique appeal to your drawing room. You can hang up to twelve books along the wall, giving you a fresh perspective on space management. The strings that hang from the rack are wax-cottoned, and can act as bookmarks, too. You can either hang and display the books like in a normal book shelf, or swivel them a bit to display their titles; and if you adjust the position of the wooden plates, books can be uniformly hung in a straight line. With tons of varieties and wood types to choose from, the hanging book racks are sure to add some flair to your home. Available at Etsy in two variants – the MINI for $110 and the Standard for $210.

[ Etsy ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Say Hello to the Little Round Bumperboats

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Ever imagined an adventure ride on the waters of the Amazon? If your answer is a resounding yes, then we have an interesting little skiff to show you that will allow you to ride the river wild – on your own! Known as Ultraskiff Angler 360, the bumperboat is a little single-seater with a 360-degree view. Enjoy uninterrupted hours of sheer bliss as you squat in the middle of your very own private floating island without concern for wind direction – because it doesn’t really matter when your boat is round! But don’t think that this boat is a stripped down version of a real boat – it has all the storage and gear that any angler’s vessel needs. The product is currently under limited production, but you can contact the company directly through the contact form on their website (link below) and ask for availability in your city.

[ Ultraskiff ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

The MSR Flex 4 System – The ‘All-in-One’ Cookware System

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Most of us have a tendency to over-pack when we go trekking or camping. In fact, some of us are so concerned about our creature comforts that we often leave out the vital essentials like cooking utensils and other supplies, and end up surviving on berries and mountain water! With the MSR Flex 4 System, you can make sure that all “the bare necessities of life with come with you!” Comprising a nested design with a dual-handle aluminium pot (5.3 L) that contains another, smaller pot (3.2 L), strainer lids, 4 stainless steel mugs and 4 deep plates, this 13-piece non-stick cookware set is convenient and space-friendly. Get it on Amazon for $160 – and never leave home unprepared again.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Charge your Phone on the Go with Chargekey

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This is a time of continual technological evolution and constant movement. Portability has become one of the primary requirements today, and gadgets that offer optimum portability are more in demand than ever. The ChargeKey, a simple yet innovative gadget that allows you to charge your iPhone or Android and sync data from wherever you are, is a perfect example of this. The charger, made from a combination of silicon and rubber, is extremely durable; it can be twisted, bent and squished any way you like and it’ll still keep ticking. In addition, this USB device is scratch-resistant as well. Carry this simple gizmo and you can charge your phone anywhere, anytime. Available for about $30 in iPhone 5/5C/5S and Android variants, this is the perfect get-it-and-forget-it “gizmo on the go.”

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At Last! A Never-Ending Treat for the True Slinky Connoisseur

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If you love the Slinky so much that you can’t even go a day without nudging one down the stairs to see whether it will keep going, crash or simply get tangled up before reaching the bottom, then this is the gizmo for you. Project NESM – a severe-sounding acronym for Never-Ending Slinky Machine – is on the designer’s block awaiting crowd funding through Kickstarter. For a pledge of just $59, you can help push it through to production. The makers (Creatables Labs) have already reached their target of $33,660, so if you pledge you can count yourself among the few lucky people that will get a production model NESM. Designed with a simple conveyor belt mechanism tilted at just the right angle, this unique machine will keep your slinky going on and on. And on, until you tire of it and simply let it walk off the machine. USB powered and speed-variable, this is the hottest thing since…well, the Slinky.

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Tool Trolley Is Also Collapsible

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Now here’s an invention (or a technological concoction, if you prefer) that will raise the eyebrows of every garage guy in North America. The collapsible tool trolley from Hazet is perfect for when you want to tote your tools over to the neighbor’s to lend them a hand with whatever, or even just around your oversized garage. With sturdy tyres, wheel locks, big castors to level out uneven surfaces, a padlock and plenty of space, this is the perfect gift for that tool guy in your life that has everything – else! Priced at about $1,780 on Amazon.com, this Made in Germany masterpiece is a treat for the eyes and will keep that garage a lot less messy and disorganized.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Werd ]