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Magnifying Spoon Lets You Pick Out Tiny Hairs From Your Soup

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You must be a special person, if you worry enough about possible contaminants in your food that you’d consider buying the Magnifying Spoon. But if someone out there bothered to make it, there’s a chance people out there will buy it. It’s simply a magnifying glass shaped into a spoon-like apparatus. You can hover it above your grub, pick out any tiny things you spot that you think shouldn’t be there, and then take a sip. We don’t know how much it costs, but apparently you can contact the shop and have one made.

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Magnifying Spoon from Object Solutions on Vimeo.

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With The Powerlace, Self-Lacing Shoes Are Finally Here

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We’ve all been getting a good laugh these last few years at the fact that many of Back To The Future II’s predictions don’t seem to be coming true. Flying cars? The ones we have are middling at best. However… it’s almost 2015, and would you know it, we’re already seeing a working hoverboard, and how self-lacing shoes. That’s right, a startup in St-Hubert, Canada has created the Powerlace shoes, which use an internal mechanism powered by the wearers weight to automatically lace the shoes at a predefined tension. Simply insert your foot, press down with your heel, and the laces will tighten.

Inserting your foot triggers the mechanism, which locks into place at a tension level set by a pull tab on the outside upper section. The tension in the laces can be adjusted separately, too, by moving the lace lock.

A thermo polyurethane sole serves as support for the mechanism as well as anchor for the lever that unlocks the mechanism, while the tongue opens right out once pressure is released from the laces.

The team has tested the system up to 200,000 lacing cycles, which if it stands up to real-world use would mean the mechanism could operate without a hitch for 68 years if used four times a day

That’s definitely longer than the actual show will last, so you can buy with confidence. It’s a Kickstarter, with a pledge of $175 netting you a pair.

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Instant Happiness: Chocolate Cake in a Can

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Life can get pretty rough sometimes, but there’s no problem that a caring friend, a warm hug, or a slice of chocolate cake can’t solve. But why have just one if you can have all three? Not everyone has baking skills, but most people should find pouring water into a can simple enough–and that’s exactly all anyone has to do to “bake” the Food Ministry’s Cake in a Can.

They’re available in a bunch of yummy flavors, from classic chocolate and coffee to red velvet and chili chocolate. Each can contains a cake mix that’s measured to make a single cake, simply by adding water. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Cake in a Can is available online for £5 (about $9).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TIWIB ]

 

Deal Of The Day: 24% Off On The Pocket Kick Speaker

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SoundFreaq makes some pretty cool speakers, like the DoubleSpot Bluetooth speaker we featured last month. But this time we’re looking at something slightly different. It’s the Pocket Kick speaker. It’s small, yet rocks a big sound:

It features a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator which is set between two full-metal, open air grills to optimize airflow and project full-frequency sound with lower frequencies kicked out the back.

With 10+ hours of battery life, a tiny 5.9” x 2.5” x 1.2” footprint and a $75 price tag, it’s hard not to like it. Toss it in a bag, a pocket, and carry the party anywhere you go.

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Gymkhana SEVEN: Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Better

If you’ve ever looked at a car and thought “hm, that’s pretty!”, then there’s a chance you’ll like the above video; you don’t need to be a car nut to appreciate this kind of awesome. And if you’ve ever seen a Gymkhana video, featuring the legendary Ken Block, then you already know what it’s all about. But if you thought after 6 iterations of his iconic videos, you wouldn’t be impressed anymore, think again. This time Block is driving a 1965 Ford Mustang that’s been so highly customized, you can barely tell it’s a ‘stang. It clocks in at an astonishing 845hp, and was converted to an AWD for this occasion. In the video, Ken tears down the streets of Los Angeles in what is clearly a high budget shoot, with long stretches of road blocked off to circulation. But you’ll be hooked from the start, with a smoke show for the ages. Also, keep an eye out for the part where he “skips rope” with a dancing low rider.

This video is 12 minutes long but felt like 30 seconds. It’s definitely worth a watch.

VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

Prynt Case Turns Your Smartphone Into A Polaroid

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The days of having pictures printed on actual physical paper that you can hold in your hands are pretty much gone. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t lost anything in the transition. There was a certain magical element to being able to pass a bit of paper around your group (rather than a heavy and breakable smartphone), right after the pic had been taken. Heck, there’s even more nostalgia when stumbling on an old Polaroid stuck between old papers. So that’s why we have a soft spot for Prynt. It’s a case for Android and iPhones that will contain a tiny printer and up to 30 sheets of paper. The current prototype takes around 50 seconds to print one picture, but the hopes are that by the time all the hardware elements are properly integrated, this figure will be cut down to about 30 seconds.

Prynt is the brainchild of a French startup, who is now looking for funding and is planning a Kickstarter early next year. So expect to hear back from this product in the months to come. Expected retail price will be a very affordable $99.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

ComfortWay iPhone Case Provides Cheap Data Roaming

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Modern smartphone have transformed our data usage habits, which is fine as long as you’re in your home country, paying your reasonable rates. But the minute you travel you expose yourself to exorbitant roaming charges. ComfortWay is working on a pretty cool Travel Case for the iPhone 5/5S, and 6, that could give you up to 200MB a day for as little as $2/day. The case contains a configurable SIM that will download the proper carrier settings as soon as you launch the companion app, after arriving at your destination of course. Once logged in, it turns itself into a WiFi hotspot that your iPhone (and up to 9 other devices) then connects to. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 2,400 mAh battery in there as well?

The protocol is HSPA+, which boasts speeds up to 42Mb/s; that’s plenty fast even for HD video. After you’ve reached the 200MB cap, speeds are reduced to 128Kbps. It’s a pay-as-you-go type of product, with credits easily added through Visa, MasterCard or Paypal, in the companion app.

All in all, it sounds like a great product, but seeing as it’s a Kickstarter, it’s far from being available. A pledge of $79 will save you a spot, but that’s the Early Bird pricing. And if it does reach its goals, expect to see the case around May 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Spring-based Nut Cracker Is Perfect For The Holidays

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It’s November, which means you’re thinking about Christmas. Ok, maybe you’re thinking about Thanksgiving too, but either way, there will be food and there will be nuts. Maybe. Do people even eat nuts during the Holidays? Whatever, we just needed a reason to talk about Naomi, the awesome spring-based nutcracker. Instead of grabbing the regular two-pronged cracker, or that awful wooden Nutcracker man your aunt gave you five years ago, you can play with this dome shaped spring that simply smashes into your nuts after you’ve pulled it up. It’s cool, it’s a fun design, and we wish we didn’t have to jump through hoops to get one. See, it’s a Japan-only thing at the moment, which means if you want it you have to pay like $70 on Amazon to own it, or wait until Red Dot Shop has it in stock for 20 Euros. Or wait until the cheap knockoffs start being made.

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Burrito Scented Candle From the Stinky Candle Co. Ain’t So Stinky

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Wake up to the smell of burritos wafting through your flat. The scent of ground beef with choice spices like cilantro, cumin, and cayenne, with hints of salsa and guacamole here and there is what you should expect when you light one of these burrito-scented candles from the Stinky Candle Co.

Sounds dreamy, smells even dreamier, except for those who aren’t a fan of Mexican food. It’s best to steer clear of ‘em when you’re on a diet, though. The candles are available online for $9.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Green Head ]