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Kittyo Lets You Creep On Your Cat From The Comfort Of The Interwebs

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Do you feel heartbroken when you leave your home because your cat has to stay behind with no one to play with? Kittyo would like to come to your rescue, allowing you not only to see your feline friend from afar, but to play with him, record videos of him, and even dispense treats. Once hooked up to your WiFi, Kittyo can be controlled through a smartphone app. Some of its features include having the ability to make a chiming noise to attract kitty; being able to project a laser pointer that you move around, to entertain your pet; committing your cat’s shenanigans to video so you can bore your friends with a YouTube upload. There’s even a speaker so that you can delude yourself into thinking your kitty knows your voice and can recognize it.

Currently doing the Kickstarter rounds, it’s more than smashed its funding goal and should be seeing the production line soon. Delivery is slated for November of this year, in time for the Holidays. A $120 pledge will get you yours, while Kittyo is expected to cost $180 retail.

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“Shoot Now, Focus Later” Camera Maker Lytro Releases Illum, A New Model With Fancy Lens

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Lytro made a huge splash two years ago with the introduction of their “light field photography” camera, which captured images that could be refocused after the fact. It was groundbreaking innovation, although its functionality has since then been replicated in smartphones with software trickery. The Illum being released now, however, raises the bar again. Aside from it’s slick futuristic looks, it packs a new 30 to 250 mm lens with a f/2 aperture across the range which contains only 13 pieces of glass, in contrast with an equivalent lens from Canon that contains 22. The result is a lighter, smaller lens that captures equally splendid pictures thanks to the complexity of its sensor and advanced algorithms.

It’s a futuristic camera that opens up a world of possibilities not previous available to photographers. Owning one will obviously cost a pretty penny, and in this case it’s $1,599. That’s a lot of dollars, but you’re also getting a lot of camera.

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Powdered Alcohol On The Way? Maybe

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Palcohol is a powder than, when mixed with water, will turn it into Vodka or Rum. It’s great for camping trips, for example, where lugging big bottles of liquor can be a pain. Instead, the powdered alcohol will take up less space and weight, and can be mixed with water from a stream, or liquids you bring yourself (like juice). Each packet of Palcohol contains enough powder to make a standard concentration drink, if mixed with 5 ounces of liquid. The company also plans on selling flavoured versions of the powder, so that you may have a full standard drink (like Margaritas, or Cosmopolitans) without needing to add anything more than plain water.

There is some discussion over whether the product is legal for sale in the US, with approval being granted and retracted only 13 days later. Upon closer inspection, it does appear to be a technical issue related to labels, rather than a rejection of the product for sale on US shelves. Which means that if all goes well, you’ll be able to get either type of Palcohol (Vodka or Rum) by this fall, though we’re not sure for how much.

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It Turns Out It’s Possible To Reinvent The Axe

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Oldie but goodie here.

Axes have been round for quite a while; after all, what’s simpler than driving a sharp metal edge into a piece of wood? Unlike the wheel however, the tool’s longevity doesn’t mean its design can’t be improved upon. Take the Vipukirves axe pictured above. It helps you split wood more easily by offsetting the center of mass to the side. This way, each time you drive the axe down onto your log, you’ll also generate some rotational torque. This torque, applied to the part of the axe that’s already in the wood, acts as a lever and splits the wood down its fibre, reducing the amount of force needed to accomplish the same results. It’s ingenious and simple, and if the video below is anything to go by, does actually appear to improve on the old design. Sadly, innovation often doesn’t come cheap, and the Vipukirves is no exception. Owning one will set you back €155.74 or about $215, plus €47.26 ($65) in shipping.

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If You Can’t Afford a Rocking Horse: Knee Horsey

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For most people, the first thing they ever took a ride on was a rocking horse. They aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, with the advent of newer and more high tech toys, but they still hold a special place in the hearts of those who remembered the fun they had just rocking in place on the wooden horse.

They’re also not very practical anymore, considering the tight spaces most people live in now. The fun, not to mention cheaper, alternative? The Knee Horsey, which is basically a plush horse head with buckles on the side that are meant to go around a fun-loving parent’s leg. It can even make horsey and galloping sounds, which can be activated by pressing its left ear. Once it’s in place, just call your tiny tot to come for a ride.

Here’s to making memories! The Knee Horsey is available online for $49.99.

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Drunk for Justice: Justice League Beers

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Ever wondered what superheroes did to unwind? They probably went out on trips or pretended to be mere civilians for a change. Or they could be huge beer fans and brew booze whenever they get the chance…or not.

These Justice League-inspired beer bottle designs were created by graphic designer Marcelo Rizzetto. Each one features a superhero’s iconic logo and is given an appropriate name, based on who inspired them. For example, Batman’s is dark ale beer with his bat logo splashed across the bottle, while Superman’s is pale lager that’s dubbed “Super Strong Beer.”Continue Reading

The Hulk Fist Nightlight is Incredible

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Isn’t this the awesomest night light ever? Hulk smash your fears of the dark and the boogie man and everything in between with the Hulk nightlight. It’s in the shape of Hulk’s fist, which, as you can expect, is quite massive, measuring 5 by 5 by 6.5 inches. It comes with a sticker that gives the illusion of a cracked wall, which you’re supposed to stick on the surface before mounting the it.

The Hulk fist nightlight is battery-powered and emits a soft, almost eerie green glow so you can avoid bumping into stuff and falling over when you’re heading to the bathroom or down the stairs for a midnight snack or whatever. It’s available online for $49.

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This Business Card Doubles As A Ring Sizer

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The road to the perfect proposal is a tough one. But before you drop down to one knee, there’s the matter of getting the ring made. Obviously asking for your significant other’s ring size gives everything away, so German ring maker Marrying and ad agency Jung von Matt/Alster teamed up to created the Ring Stick.

It looks like a business card, so you can carry it around 24/7 without raising suspicion while waiting for the opportunity to roll it around her finger so you can get her ring size. Continue Reading

‘Literally’ Plug-in Turns Everything ‘Literal’ Into Something ‘Figurative’

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Some people overuse the word “literally” while others erroneously use it when they mean to say “figuratively.” Whether you’re bored or simply have something against the adjective, then Literally can help you out. It’s a browser plug-in that swaps out “literally” with “figuratively,” so it literally gives blogs, posts, and other written tomes a different meaning.

The tagline boasts of a “better browsing experience,” and while I’m so convinced on that claim, I am sure it’ll make some web pages more interesting. In case you’re wondering why the plug-in site features Parks and Recreation actor Rob Lowe, that’s because his character on the show uses the word “literally” a lot.

You can download it here.

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