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3D Printed Lacelamps Project Intricate Patterns On Your Walls

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Artists Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques have created a collection of lamps that integrate a 3D-printed element reminiscent of lace. When the lights are turned on, they project a cool web of patterns all over your room, while the lamps themselves do look kind of neat. We’re not sure how much they cost or whether they’re even for sale, but we can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be. There are two types, filed under “Sky” and “Land”, meaning one hangs from the ceiling while the other stands on a surface.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pics.

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Inexpensive Incubator Wins Dyson Award For Best Invention Of The Year

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It’s pretty amazing the number of things we take for granted here in the “developed world”. Post-natal care is a flagrant example, where a child dying of hypothermia (or other complications) shortly after birth is almost inconceivable, yet is the stark reality facing over 1 million children in developing nations yearly. Incubators go a long way to preventing these deaths, providing pre-term babies with the warmth and humidity control that’s essential for their survival, but they cost about $45,000, an amount so outrageous that it’s inconceivable for many impoverished hospitals. That’s where 23-year-old British student named James Roberts comes in. He designed MOM, an inflatable incubator that cost about $400. It’s designed to pull power from unconventional sources like car batteries and thus keep working in areas with inconsistent power supplies, and provides temperature and humidity controls, as well as special lights for fighting jaundice. It works so well as such a low cost that James recently won the James Dyson Award for Best Invention of the Year and received $45,000 to further develop his prototype into a marketable product.

While many of you reading this won’t directly benefit from James’ invention, it’s always nice to hear about programs like the Dyson Award spurring innovation in today’s youth. As much as we like to think we do, we don’t live in isolation on this planet and the more we do for the less fortunate, the better many of us will be able to sleep at night.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

BeON Smart Lightbulbs Double As Burglar Deterrents

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There are a good number of “smart LED” bulbs on the market, but most of these just allow you to control them from a smartphone, opening the door to things like picking a color, turning them on remotely, etc. BeON takes things a step further and provides you with a layer of burglary protection we haven’t seen in other bulbs yet. It does this by learning your lighting habits, turning themselves on and off at intervals when you’re not home, giving the appearance you’re there. They’ll even listen to your doorbell and turn on to spook would-be thieves checking to see if you’re home.

Aside from these security features, the bulbs have backup power that will keep them on even if your power goes out. They’ll detect your fire alarm sounds and light the way to an exit in case of a fire, and they’ll fade in an fade out when switched on and off to give your eyes a fighting chance against getting blinded.

Overall the BeON bulbs seem like a pretty decent, full-fledged smart bulb definitely worth considering. Until you see their price, that is: a 3-pack will set you back $229! At that price, maybe it’s better not to look at them as smart bulbs, but rather as a theft deterrence system with an integrated LED bulb…

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

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Yes, you can enter to win a $650 Apple gift card, with which to buy yourself an iPhone 6. It’s pretty simple. Just enter to win!

Do we need to give you more details? No, we don’t think so. It takes a couple of seconds, and you’ll find out in 5 days if you’re the lucky winner!

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Undo Feature Comes To Tinder… For A Price

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You know how it is. There you are on Tinder, swiping left, left, left, left… oops, that was such a cute one! Oh no! Now you have to deal with the pain of knowing you’ll never see them again. Unless of course there was some way to undo that left swipe. Well, now there may be. Tinder has confirmed that it will be rolling out a paid version of its service, Tinder Plus on Thursday. This will give paying users the ability to Undo a left swipe and correct their blunder. We’re not sure what the pricing will be, and nor is Tinder apparently. This is a test for now, and different markets will likely see different pricing as the company tries things out.

Another rumoured paid feature, aside from the Undo button, is one called Passport. This would allow you to search for people outside of your geographical region. This is particularly great if you’re planning a trip somewhere and wouldn’t mind making some friends beforehand.

Nothing is official until Thursday, when the announcement is expected.

[ TechCrunch ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

KARV Sustainable Wooden Cufflinks Are Awesome

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If you’re looking to stand out, look no further than KARV’s wooden cufflinks. Each pair is handmade from sustainably harvested mahogany, by artisans in Peru. KARV puts an emphasis on craftsmanship, ensuring that each cufflink adheres to high fabrication standards while still exhibiting the individual markings of a truly handmade product. Finishes comes in a natural or ebony look, and there are skull, knot, lion, and stud configurations. A pair will set you back $70 for the studs, and $115 any of the others. That may seem like a lot of money, but keep in mind that a good portion of each sale goes directly to the artisan that created the cufflinks, allowing artists to thrive in a time where mass production techniques have all but eliminated the need for their existence.

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MB&F Have A $230,000 Space Pirate Watch. Yes, $230,000

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Well that’s a lot of money for something that sits on your wrist. But then again, these timepieces are meant to be bought by the kinds of people that own yachts and private planes and mansions, so what’s a quarter million dollar wristwatch to them? MB&F is known for their lavish watches, and the HM6 Space Pirate is no exception. Looking otherworldly with its various bulbs, the piece is sure to attract attention at the country club.

In each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case is a 360° sphere, capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes. Up forward, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically, displaying hours and minutes. Back aft, driven through multiplying gearing by the automatic winding rotor, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce stress and wear.

The transparent central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of HM6’s Engine. This flying tourbillon can be protected from UV radiation, which speeds up oxidation of lubricating oils, by a retractable shield operated by a crown on the left side of the case.

While the transparent cupola on top of HM6 Space Pirate offers a tantalising glimpse into the sophisticated Engine below, the sapphire crystal display portal on the back reveals more of the 475 finely finished components..

There will only be 50 of these watches made, so order yours now. And then give us a call… we need funding.

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Nixie Wearable Drone Takes Your Pics, Is Worn On Your Wrist

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Imagine this scenario. You go outdoors to do some cool outdoorsy activity, all by yourself. Suddenly you realize you’re doing something awesome and you’d like to immortalize it, so you unclip your fancy wristband… which immediately turns into a fully functional quadcopter drone with a camera. It flies out, takes a few pics or video, then flies right back to you. And just like that, you took a third person selfie, from angles that would normally be impossible. If that sounds too science-fiction for you, be aware that it’s a real product in development. It’s called the Nixie Drone, and the project literally just got wings: it recently won $500,000 through a design competition held by Intel.

That’s right, Intel was holding a MakeItWearable Challenge, aiming to further invigorate the wearables market. Nixie recently got the top prize, giving it enough cash to take the rough prototype much closer to becoming a product you can buy. We’re not sure how far away they are from being able to ship it, but the technology presumably exists to make something like this. So keep an eye out on this space.

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Delightful Gadgets to Ease Workday Boredom

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

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Sometimes, you just need some fun in your life – or your office. And, it’s a lot more fun when it comes in gadget form, isn’t it? Perhaps the Faveable team has gotten a little stir crazy, or maybe they’ve become pranksters; either way, they’ve been collecting the best gadgets that’ll add enjoyment to any work day.  True, some of these gadgets are useful, such as turning any surface into a mouse pad or finding your keys. But then, you should really take a look at the number one Fave on the list, it’s sure to drum up some laughs no matter where you use it.  Featured image is of the Keyport Slide 2.0 Bundle which helps you organize your keys and also offers a 32GB Flash Drive. Whatever your thrills and jollies may be, Faveable has found the best gadgets to ease your winter workday blues.