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Author Archives: Yulia Kluyko

Police Stations Becoming Safe Havens For Craigslist Meetings

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Perusing Craigslist for deals can be a tricky proposition, because alongside your great deal, you might find an occasional abduction, rape, or murder. That risk, albeit not a regular occurrence, has prompted several police stations across the US to offer up their lobbies for people to conduct (legal) transactions in complete safety. Started by Chicago police, the trend is now followed by Seattle, Beaufort, Boca Raton, Columbia, South Carolina, Missouri and Virginia Beach. Their stations are open 24/7, so if you absolutely must acquire a used single-speed bicycle at 3am, know you can do so without having to worry about carrying mace, batons, or any other futile weapons in case your seller is a maniac. Hopefully other police departments nationwide will take notice and follow suit.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Jogger Parents: Meet The KidRunner

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You, dear active parent, want to go jogging. That cool! But the baby? Not so much. Jogging may be in his future, but for now he just wants to cry all day and suck on his thumb (do babies even suck on thumbs, or does that happen later? I have no idea). You could leave him at home with your significant other, but why not just pop him in the KidRunner? It’s a special stroller that, through “the composite frame and innovative, flexible “bow” that connects to the runner, decouples the up/down motion. It’s a smooth, safe, high performance ride for runner and kid.” This means you can run naturally, and your baby will simply feel as though he’s flying through the air, horizontally. It fits offspring aged 6 months to about 4.5 years, and from 10lbs to 45lbs. The KidRunner itself weighs 25lbs, so at most you’ll be trailing 70lbs. That’s quite a bit, sure, but think of it as an added workout challenge.

We don’t know how much it’ll cost nor exactly when it’ll hit the market (all we know is “in 2015”), but you can sign up on the company website to be notified of this.

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A CD Shattering, Seen At 170,000fps, Is Just Mesmerizing

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If you aren’t subscribed to the Slow Mo Guy’s YouTube Channel, you really should. They’re always coming out with cool videos showing what happens to stuff in super slow motion. The latest video of theirs to go somewhat viral is the one above, showing a CD being spun up to 23,000rpm and shattering. At that speed, the centrifugal forces are just too great and the disc disappears in less than the blink of an eye. But when filmed at 170,000fps with a Phantom V2511, loaned to them by Vision Research (and we understand the need for a loaner, since the thing starts $150,000!), you can clearly see what happens. It’s really amazing stuff. The GIF you see above is what it looks like at 28,500fps, but if you want the incredible 170,000fps footage, it’s just a click away.

[ Watch on YouTube ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Where Will You Put All Those Batteries You Buy On Special?

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You guys remember our deal where you can get 72 AA Duracell batteries for $37? Well, where you gonna put all these batteries? Just in some drawer somewhere, haphazardly? Why not get this organizer instead, which fits up to 82 batteries of all kinds. Specifically, there are slots for: 25 AAA, 39 AA, 6 D, 8 C, 4 9V batteries. You can lay it flat in a drawer, or hang it up vertically on your shop wall. Either way, if you have a thing for keeping stuff tidy, this $18 organizer can go a long way. The best part is it even comes with a tester!

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Wearable Ultra Slim Laptop Sleeve/Backpack

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We’re being unimaginative and are having trouble coming up with scenarios where you might need a product like this, but we suppose they exist. It’s a laptop sleeve you wear on your back. This Laptop Sleeve Backpack is made from neoprene and a breathable air mesh back panel, and fits computers in sizes 10″ to 15″. It’ll sit flush against your back, and is slim enough to fit under a jacket. There’s a tiny bit more storage to accommodate other things, like the laptop’s charger we suppose. The exterior is water resistant, which means don’t stick it under water but it’ll withstand some rain without soaking up your delicate electronics.

It’s $25.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Google Is A Little Prudish, Not That We Didn’t Already Know It

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Tee hee… Just try searching for this. It’s funny.

Not that it’s anything new, that Google won’t autocomplete your searches for a long laundry list of words it deems offensive or obscene. The iPhone seems to have the same ducking feature, and it’s sort of patronizing… and so is censorship in general. But we’re not trying to make some kind of point here, we’re just laughing at the comic. We’re really just overgrown kids here, at OhGizmo! HQ.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Spine Optics Frame Hinge Brings Innovation To The World Of Eyewear

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Wearing glasses can be second nature for some, but that doesn’t mean their eyeglasses are perfect. No matter how well fitting they are, there’s always the possibility of forcing them too far apart, or of the hinge becoming loose after some time. The Spine Optics hinge pictured above is an innovation from Italian designer Guido Medana, and features a “5 vertebra design” that attempts to mimic the human spine in its flexibility and durability. Unlike traditional glasses, the Spine hinge creates a small tension that lightly hugs the wearer’s face, adapting to any size head. This means they won’t easily fall off during exercise, but won’t be uncomfortable in a wide range of head sizes. The hinge also closes the temples automatically when you remove the glasses, a function no one else has. There are no screws to tighten, since the mechanism of action is achieved thanks to two cables and springs, as well as precision parts manufactured with a process called Micro Injection Moulding.

Price and availability are unknown, although there is word that contracts have been signed for distribution with major companies throughout the US, the UK, and Canada.

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Moog Theremini is a Thermin For The Rest Of Us

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If you’ve ever heard a Theremin, you might’ve become intrigued by this otherworldly instrument. Used for decades as the eerie instrument in countless movies, as well as being popular with psychedelic rock bands of the 70’s, the Theremin is intriguing but also hard to play. The Moog Theremini Professional Theremin on the other hand tries to simplify the experience so that even amateurs can have a hope to, well, not suck.

First, it’s got a powerful sound engine derived from Moogs award winning synthesizer: Animoog. Second, and this is a first for Theremins, the Theremini has assistive pitch quantization, which allows you to adjust the instrument’s level of playing difficulty. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. As this control is decreased, more expressive control of pitch and vibrato becomes possible. The Theremini is a dream to play, a marvel to compose with, and a work of art to look upon.

This particular instrument is far from being a toy, since it is produced by the groundbreaking Moog Music company and costs $300. If you’ve got an experimental music inclination, this could be your chance to experiment with what many consider to be the very first electric instrument ever created.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

For The Laziest: Automatic Jar Opener

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Nothing is more embarrassing than attempting to open a jar of whatever–and failing to do so–when you’re in front of someone you’re trying to impress. For instances where you’re unsure of your lid-opening capabilities, just reach for the Automatic Can Opener and spare yourself from the shame and horror of having to admit that you’ve got muscle-less useless weak arms.

Just pop the opener on top of the jar, hit the button to get the lid off in a jiffy. It’s available online for $10.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TIWIB ]