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Pantelligent Is A Smart Frying Pan That Takes The Guesswork Out Of Cooking

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Frying something up is simple once you’ve done it a few dozen times and burnt or undercooked enough things to know how hot to make the pan. That’s called experience. But if you lack that and still hope to make a nice dinner for your date tonight and not look too stupid in the process, you’d do well to get yourself the Pantelligent Frying Pan. It has a temperature sensor embedded inside, which communicates with your smartphone. This way you just select a recipe and it tells you when the pan is hot enough, when it’s too hot, when to add which ingredients, etc. It takes your hands and walks you through the entire process of cooking, while removing the fear that you’ll burn something or leave the center raw. You’ll still have to exercise some caution because the right temperature on the pan doesn’t mean you can leave stuff on it indefinitely, but having that extra piece of data can still go a long way to preventing some culinary disasters. It’s a $200 pledge, which seems atrocious considering you could get a regular pan for maybe $20… but that’s the price of technological advancement, we suppose.

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Tabletop Fireplace Fits Better In Cramped Apartments

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There’s something about a crackling fireplace that just screams Holiday Season, but that’s a luxury that apartment dwellers have long ago given up. It doesn’t have to be that way, and The Tabletop Fireplace is quite possibly the easiest way to approximate the experience, without burning the whole building down. It’s a self-containing fireplace that burns recycled liquid ethanol and gives off nothing more than CO2 and water vapour in the process. The flame gets up to around 7″ high, which is quite a bit less than a legit fireplace, but come on people… call it a compromise. For a bit of festive spirit right on your kitchen table, you’ll have to spend $160.

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Insanely Useful Camping Gadgets

Every weekday, our friends at Faveable compile a list of awesome gadgets and gear that men would love to discover.

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Dreaming of the warmer summer months and days spent lolling about the campsite? Or, perhaps you’re trying your best to find a sweet gift for the camper in your life. Whatever your reasons, we know how you feel. And, that’s exactly why the faveable team has put together this list of the most incredible and insanely useful camping gadgets available now. These gadgets make it easy to feel at home in the wild. Think hot showers, comfy beds, fresh (real) coffee and electricity when you need it most. Featured image above is of the iPhone Binoculars that attaches itself to an iPhone for making the phone’s screen a viewfinder and easy video recording. We bet you’re dreaming about camping now!

Check out: 20 Insanely Useful Camping Gadgets for Your Wishlist

Wakie App Lets You Get Wake-Up Calls from Strangers

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You can hit snooze on your alarm, but you can’t exactly hit snooze on someone, can you? That’s what the developers of Wakie are counting on to make sure that you’re awake when your alarm goes off. It’s an app that makes alarms social in the sense that it works by having a complete stranger give you a wake up call.

Just set it up so that you’ll get a call at the desired time and go to bed. No contact information or numbers will be exchanged, and the call will automatically be disconnected after a minute to save everyone from awkward goodbyes.

Wakie is available for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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Deal Of The Day: The Apple Watch Giveaway

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The year 2015 may not bring flying cars and ubiquitous honverboards like BTTF II promised, but it will bring the Apple Watch. Some of you are already saving up for the purchase, while others gripe at how expensive this stupid watch is while simultaneously sort of wanting one. Well, how about winning one? Just enter our Apple Watch Giveaway for a chance at this $400 timepiece.

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Stocking Stuffer: Scotch Infused Toothpick

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Man, it’s the Holidays. It might as well be called the Eatingdays, because everyone knows you’ll be stuffing your face with stuffing. After you’re done, however, you might want to pick at your teeth, so having these Scotch Infused Toothpicks will definitely put the fun in functional.

- Finest quality northern white birch
– Soaked in barrel aged Islay single malt scotch from a 200 year old distillery and then kiln dried leaving behind flavors deep in the wood of the toothpick
– All natural ingredients
– Each bottle has a minimum of a dozen toothpicks

It’s $9 for a pack, but they seem to be sold out at the moment.

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Somabar Is A Robotic Drink Maker For The Home

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Making tasty cocktails can take a little bit of skill, which is why many people just opt for a good ole beer or wine when drinking. But Somabar hopes to take most of the effort out of the equation by giving you the ability to make hundreds of cocktails at the simple press of a button. The WiFi-enabled appliance carries six special pods that you are meant to fill up with your own combination of liquors, spirits and chasers, as well as a smaller ‘bitters’ pod. Once you’ve told the related application just what’s in these pods, you’ll instantly have access to a list of available drinks.

When you press that button on the app, your SOMABAR will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds. The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails. Our on-board software and sensors make it easy to make new recipes and manage your inventory (liquid gold).

The pods are dishwasher safe, easily attach and detach from the device, and can be stored in the fridge so your booze is cold.

It’s a $399 pledge for now, with expected delivery in July 2015.

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Self-Tightening Bionic Bra Being Developed

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It’s a dilemma most men are unaware of: that of what type of bra to wear? Something comfortable will usually not provide enough support at the gym or during vigorous activity. And sports bras will keep your boobs in place, but at the cost of comfort. A two-bra approach is the most common solution, but researchers at the University Of Wollongong in Autralia have spent the last 25 years trying to develop a bra that does well in both situations. It’s only recently, thanks to new materials and 3D printing, that they are starting to see good results. The ‘Bionic Bra’ they’re developing would feature smart materials that tighten when needed, providing extra support when physical activity is detected, and relax when calm returns.

The bra isn’t quite ready for commercial release, but a working prototype seems to have been developed and work is underway. How far away from prime time this is, and at what cost, is a mystery for now.

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Coffeeboxx, The Rugged Single-Serve Coffee Maker You Can Park A Car On

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Ever been out on the job and hankered for a coffee? You don’t need to tote your Thermos around: with the Oxx Single-Serve Coffee Maker you can make a fresh cup in less than a minute, no matter where you are. Build to IP55 specifications, the Coffeeeboxx is waterproof, dustproof, impact resistant and even crushproof; it is apparently tough enough to withstand the weight of a car parked on top of it. Whether you’re camping, on a construction site, or having the ultimate tailgate party, the Coffeeboxx can put up with your abuse. It uses standard K-Cups, and has large, rubber-coated buttons that allow gloved operation, while the huge 2.5L / 84.5oz water tank holds enough liquid to fuel up yourself as well as a bunch of your buddies throughout the day. A carrying handle makes it possible to easily bring the 11 lbs. package anywhere you go, and a retractable 3 ft. cord gets out of the way for your convenience. All in all, the Coffeeboxx seems like the perfect coffee brewer for the serious outdoorsman or “dirty jobs” kind of guy. For a reasonable $225 pledge, you won’t even have to pay much of a premium on regular single-serve machines.

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