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New Condoms Glow In The Dark In The Presence Of STDs

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If you’re wearing rubber, you’re already doing something to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. Good for you. But not everyone is always 100% diligent with this practice, and all it takes is one slip up with an infected partner for you to catch whatever they have. A team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England have developed condoms coated in a special substance that glows in the dark in the presence of different kind of bacteria or virii. Better yet, they glow different colors for different bugs: green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis. Having this knowledge early on in a relationship can help you avoid making a more serious mistake later on.

Currently it’s just a concept, but the students behind it are hopeful that they can develop the idea further into a real product.

[ DailyMail ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: 58% Off On Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone

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Another day another drone? Well, not quite. You’re looking at a quadcopter drone that can fly for up to 30 minutes, shoot HD footage, and costs $70! The Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone seems to hit the sweet-spot between features and price:

Even a fear of flying shouldn’t prevent you from soaring to great heights! Fly up, down, and every way in between with the Striker Spy Drone. Encased in a hardy plastic shell, yet still light enough to maneuver, this drone handles even the most complex tricks you throw at it with ease. The internal gyro ensures a smooth flight no matter the conditions, and the built-in camera allows you to film and snap photos of your aerial shenanigans. In no time at all, gravity will be nothing more than a technicality.

– Film 30 minutes of aerial footage using the integrated HD camera w/ built-in shutter stabilization
– Take up to 50,000 photos from mid-air
– Fly the Striker right out of the box w/ limited setup required
– Seamlessly calibrate in order to handle long-distance flying
– Pull off tricks & flips in midair thanks to the 4 rotating motors and 4.5 channel gyro
– Guard against radio interference w/ the transmitter’s 2.4GHz frequency

Considering all the features, it’s well worth the regular $170 asking price. At $69.99, it’s a steal.

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Floating Record Spins Your Vinyls Vertically

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The joke is getting old: kids won’t know what this is. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been made long enough that kids know what vinyl records, at least as the subject of a very lame joke. So we won’t make it… but we’ll use it as a segue to introduce the Floating Records Vertical Turntable anyway. Those of you who bother to have records probably feel very protective and fond of them, so you ought to get yourself a turntable that lives up to the quality of your affections.

An all-in-one solution, it features built-in, full-range stereo speakers, so it’s easy to get up and running. It uses an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tone arm, a DC manual belt-drive system to spin both 33s and 45s, and a high-mass acrylic plinth and platter. It has a headphone jack for private listening, and RCA outs with a built-in preamp in case you want to integrate it into your existing system. Assembled by hand in Chicago.

It’s a striking device, and it comes at a relatively reasonable price of $349. This is a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, so you will unfortunately have to wait until December to get your shipment.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Illumi-nation Visors Light Up With Laser Etched Designs

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We tend to relate more to people who are like us. So we can’t quite grasp who would want these visors, but we’re sure they exist. Perhaps people who go to raves? Do kids even go to raves anymore? What’s being 34 done to me?…

Anyway, you’re looking a some “cool” plexiglas visors by an Etsy shop called Illumi-nation. They have intricate laser-etched patterns on them, which light up when the integrated LEDs are powered up. And that’s pretty much all they do. They look… special, and attract attention. They’re a fashion statement of some kind, we suppose. And at $45 to $55 a pop, they’re also not outrageously expensive. The seller is going on vacation until mid-July though, so you won’t be able to place an order until then.

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iOS 9 Will Delete Apps To Make Room For An Update

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Did any of you have trouble updating to iOS 8 because you didn’t have enough storage space left on your iPhone? Well, plenty of people did, and Apple took note. In the upcoming iOS 9, Cupertino has made it possible to temporarily delete apps to make room for the update process. Of course these apps will be re-installed automatically once the update is done, and hopefully any user data along with them.

It’s not a groundbreaking feature, but for any of you frustrated that you weren’t able to take advantage of all the new features in iOS 8, know that this won’t happen for the next iteration of the OS.

VIA [ Engadget ]

This Deck Is Sizzling: Bacon Recipes Playing Cards

Bacon Recipes Playing Cards

Bacon, recipes, and playing cards. Put all three together and you’ve got these Bacon Recipes Playing Cards. You’ll be treated to card upon card printed with a heaping pile of bacon on the back, while the opposite side gives you bacon-centric recipes that should be a breeze to put together. The deck measures 2 1/2-inches x 3 1/2-inches and comes with a linen finish.

It’s available online for about $10.

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Check Out These ‘Magic: The Gathering’-Inspired Business Cards

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There are geeks, there are realtors– and then there are geeky realtors like Donna who represent the best of both worlds. It takes more than just determination and persistence to make a sale these days, so she decided to win over clients and potential buyers by becoming a legendary creature in her own right.

Instead of handing out plain old boring business cards, she customized a set inspired by Magic: The Gathering to make players and non-MTG players pay attention.

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With MyoWare, You Can Build Your Own Wolverine Claws

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You don’t need to a mutant to become Wolverine. Well, you won’t become him per se, but you will be able to build something that’ll extend and retract your claws on command. For that, you’ll need the MyoWare, which is a wearable muscle-sensing platform that lets you control bots, video games, and prosthetics (claws and all.)

MyoWare works by monitoring muscle activity and generating voltage when the muscles are flexed. The harder the wearer flexes, the higher the output voltage produced.

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Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On VOXOA Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds

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One more rep, five more minutes on the treadmill, one more song. Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to make the most of your workout, and as some folks can attest, music can do just that. It goes without saying that your gym bag isn’t complete without a good pair of earbuds. If you’re in the market for a pair, then these VOXOA Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds are worth checking out.

You can get up to 6 hours of listening pleasure on a single charge and make or take calls with outside noise reduction technology  The built-in controller lets you switch between songs easily, and you don’t have to worry about getting it wet (or drenching it in sweat) because its waterproof.

You can get the VOXOA Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds at half its retail price at $64.99.

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