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New Pencils Feature Shock Absorbers And Shields To Prevent Lead Breakage

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Oh the frustration of breaking the lead on your automatic pencil. There you are, in the zone, when snap!, and you lose your train of thought. Mindful of your very real first world problems, Japanese company Zebra Co. designed the DelGuard pencil, which features a pretty sophisticated system of shock absorbers and retractable shields used specifically for preventing the lead from breaking. One spring takes care of vertical pressure by retracting the lead, while the other senses diagonal pressure and extends a lead-proteting shield. Combined, they should save you at least seconds of frustration.

The DelGuard pencils come out November 12 in Japan, and will sell for about 450 Yen (about $4).

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Because You’re Super: Batmobile Slippers

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Real men wear pink…and plush slippers. Okay, so I made the last part up, but who can resist these adorkable Batmobile slippers? I’m sure even Christian Bale can’t. They’re fashioned after the Batmobile featured in the 1989 Batman movie. Granted, it’s not as sleek or tech-heavy as the Batmobiles of the recent past, but the Dark Knight’s 1989 ride is easily one of the most recognizable.

The best part? They do just what they promise to do: keep your feet warm and comfy. The Batmobile slippers are currently on sale and you can get your very own pair for just $16.

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Deal Of The Day: Last Chance For 27% Off On LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank

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You’re looking at 1,200 mAh in a device the size of 5 stacked credit cards. It’s the LithiumCard, and it’s awesome. See, not only are 1,200 mAh enough to charge an iPhone back up to about 70%, but the LithiumCard cranks out an amazing 2Amps of power! That means you can charge fast. It’ll charge your device as fast as 1% per minute! Your phone is dead, you can get back up to 15% in the time it takes to have a coffee. And it comes with a special Nanostick pad to keep the charger stuck to your phone in case you don’t want to fit it in your wallet. It comes in Lightning and MicroUSB versions, and costs next to nothing.

No really, it’s super cheap. Normally $55, with this deal it’s $39. That’s barely $40 for that extra bit of power in a slim and light form factor that you’ll be happy to carry around, for once. This deal is good until 10/8 at midnight PT, so get it now!

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VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools: Every Tool You Need in a Tube

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Space is limited. Not just in the major cities of the world, but in your backpack too. There’s only so much you can fit into your backpack: your sleeping bag, maybe a thermos, some rations. But one thing you should definitely make room for is this flashlight-slash-tube of utility tools by VSSL. It’s ingenious, really.

They’ve made better use of the otherwise vacant space in the handle of a flashlight by filling it up with tins containing potentially life-saving stuff. Three types of VSSL utility tubes are available: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter. Each one comes with a set of components all packed neatly into tin cans. For example, the Supplies tin comes with a Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, six Aquatabs water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fishing gear, firestars, and a signaling mirror, among other things.Continue Reading

Stylish Concrete Ping Pong Table Looks Cool, Will Cost You An Arm and a Leg

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Playing ping pong on concrete? That should be nothing new–but we don’t mean playing on a concrete floor. No, we’re talking about playing on a concrete table! Designer James de Wulf has built a name for himself when it comes to concrete furniture, and now he’s built what could be the world’s first concrete ping pong table.

From the legs to the tabletop, the entire thing is made from concrete– except for the net, of course. The price? A whopping $9,320. Not exactly sure if concrete makes ping pong tougher to play or not, but make sure to bring lots of extra balls.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Exercise Storage Belt: Stash Your Stuff So You Can Moving

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So you’re working up a sweat… when you suddenly remember you have to make a call or pay a workout buddy that five bucks you owed him from last week. Stopping your workout to get stuff from your locker can be a pain because it throws your momentum off. If you’d rather have you stuff on you and don’t mind the extra weight, then you might want to check out the Flip Belt.

It’s a storage belt made specially for exercisers so you can stash your essentials (like your keys, phone, some cash, your credit cards) and non-essentials (like your iPod, comb, some mint) and carry them with you while you work out.

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That’s Life: The Caffeine Causality Loop

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Your job. Your significant other. Your daily cup of coffee…and the list goes on and on. Can’t live with them, can’t bear to live without them. Such is life.

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On SoundFreaq DoubleSpot Bluetooth Speaker

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Bluetooth speakers are great, but the fact that they come in all shapes and sizes means you have to do a little bit of research to find one that does what you value most. If it’s ruggedness you want, there’s the RAW Beats speaker we posted about a few days ago. But if it’s sound quality you’re after, we’d like to bring attention to SoundFreaq’s DoubleSpot. The sound from this device is reportedly booming, and even “award winning”, though we’re not sure what award the literature is referring to. The battery gives you 6 hours of playback, while a line-in port allows you to connect non-Bluetooth devices. Normally selling for $150, you can have one for $112 today.

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Kernel Filtering Popcorn Bowl Means No More Busted Teeth While Watching Movies

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Ok, we don’t actually think you can break a tooth if you accidentally bite on an unpopped corn kernel, but it’s sure as heck unpleasant. The above Kernel Filtering Popcorn Bowl tries to mitigate the “danger” by featuring a small compartment at the bottom, covered with a sifting filter that lets only kernels pass through. Fill your bowl up, give it a few good shakes and in theory, you should be able to scarf your popcorn down without worrying about your chompers. It’s made from ceramic, which might help explain its outrageous price: $75.

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