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I Spy: Video Games, Consoles, Cameras and More for Black Friday 2014

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It’s that time of the year once again. I’m sure we all wish Black Friday happened every weekend, but since it doesn’t, it’s time to mark your calendar and check out which deals you want to take advantage of so you don’t miss out. Below you’ll find a couple of interesting Black Friday 2014 deals that we spotted that offer amazing value–take your pick, check out more guides, and start prepping that list.

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Thanko Mobile Battery with Handy Mist Keeps Your Phone Charged, Your Face Moisturized

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Where’s that moisturizer when you need it the most? Winter is coming, and the cold air can be harsh on skin. Seeing as most people don’t leave home without their phones (and their power banks!), Thanko’s mobile battery seems like a smart solution to low power and dry skin. Aside from being a portable power source, it comes with a built-in spray that keeps dry skin at bay.

The battery itself has a 2,200 mAh capacity which should give you enough power to make a couple of emergency calls or send messages. To charge it up, all you have to do is plug it to your PC for three hours or so. The Thanko mobile battery with handy mist is available for 4,980 yen (or about $43.)

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Type Your Letter, and ‘Snail Mail My Email’ Will Write and Send It For You

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There’s just something about snail mail that makes it mean more than an email or instant message. By “it,” we don’t mean just the message, but the whole thing in general. I suppose a lot more effort goes into writing a letter and taking the time to mail it out versus typing it up and hitting the “send” button.

San Francisco artist Ivan Cash gets that a letter is often more than just a letter to the recipient. So in 2011, he started the Snail Mail my Email project where he invited people to shoot him an email, which he would then write and mail to the intended recipient for free. The project has since evolved into a week-long event where hundreds of people volunteer to write letters sent in by people from all over the world.

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Sleep Better Tonight with These 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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Everyone has experienced a terrible night’s sleep at some point in their lives. And, can you believe it? There are some people who continually suffer from something close to insomnia. Of course, the reason for poor-quality sleep ranges from person to person. Sometimes it’s stress, at others it is neck pain. The gadgets you need to deal with sleepless nights vary too. Whether it’s soothing sounds that lull you into sleep or the pillow that cradles your neck just so, the Faveable team has you covered. Just check out these gadgets that’ll transform the way you sleep. Featured image above is of the Sleep Sound Generating Pillow. Hit the link below to see rest of the items which made the list!

Check out: Sleep Better Tonight! 14 Gadgets to get Your Best Night’s Sleep Ever

Deal Of The Day: 58% Off On Limefuel LP200X, a 20,000 mAh Powerhouse

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You’re looking at a portable battery pack with a capacity of 20,000 mAh, and two USB ports, for $35. That alone right there should be enough to convince you that it’s an amazing deal. That’s because the Limefuel LP200X does at $35 more than the Energizer XP18000A does at $179! Not only will you be able to charge two devices multiple times over, you also get an integrated flashlight as well as a digital charge indicator.

It’s pretty small, clocking in at 6.4×3.1×0.9 inches and 15 ounces, and well… it’s $35!

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This Device Can Diagnose Hundreds Of Diseases With One Drop Of Blood

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The new fad in the tech industry is health. You can see this with Apple’s Health app, as well as a seemingly endless ecosystem of activity trackers like the FitBit or Nike Fuel band. But for all their focus on health, they’re really only scratching the surface; if you’re actually sick, they won’t do much to tell you what’s wrong. For serious illnesses, you still have to make your way to a doctor and often subject yourself to blood extractions. But if the xHEALTH X1 takes off, you may not even need to do that.

It’s a device being developed by Dr. Eugene Chan and his colleagues at the DNA Medical Institute (DMI), with grants from “NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Monday, the team received yet another nod (and more funding) as the winners of this year’s Nokia Sensing XChallenge, one of several competitions run by the moonshot-seeking XPrize Foundation.” With a single drop of blood it would be able to tell you if you have anything from HIV, to Pneumonia, or even Ebola within minutes.

One small drop of blood is dropped into a small receptacle, where nanostrips and reagents react to the blood’s contents. The whole cocktail then goes through a spiral micro-mixer and is streamed past lasers that use variations in light intensity and scattering to come up with a diagnosis,

The xHEALTH X1 is still under development, so it’s not quite ready for public consumtion just yet. There is no timeframe on that, but the work being done is well under way and should result in a viable product in the near future.

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Solar-Powered System Extracts Drinking Water From The Air

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There’s water all around you, and lots of it is in the air you breathe. Getting it out of there and into drinkable form, however, takes a bit of effort. Austrian design student Kristof Retezár has come up with an ingenious device called Fontus, which uses solar power to extract moisture from the air and funnel it into a bottle. It’s meant to be attached to a bicycle, and uses the passing wind (from the forward motion of the bike) to accelerate the extraction process, reaching speeds of 0.5L an hour. This means you could drink a standard bottle of water every for hour you cycle, given the right climactic conditions. The extraction is accomplished through the use of a Peltier Element, which features two metal plates of opposing temperatures, one hot and one cold. Running warm moist air through the cold element condenses the humidity, which then just needs to be collected.

It’s just a prototype at the moment, and there doesn’t seem to be any plans for commercialization. But the product could be very interesting for outdoors enthusiasts who might want to venture out, away from the grid, for extended periods.

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Fake Ad Campaign Mashes Up Pop Culture Characters Into Fake LEGO Minifigs

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Remember being a kid and cherry-picking superpowers from different characters in order to create your very own super superhero? That was fun. Clearly, mashing things together is something we’ve been doing since childhood, and Argentinian art director Alexandre Tissier hasn’t lost his touch. Pictured are his renditions of what some pop culture characters would look like if they were mashed together and turned into a LEGO Minifig. Homer and The Wolverine as a mining? Behold ‘Homerine’. James Bond with Spiderman? ‘Spider Bond’, of course.

It’s for a fake ad campaign, and it’s not a product, or anything. Just Alexandre having some fun. We thought you might enjoy.

Hit the jump for two more pics, and links.

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Connected Smart Litter Weighs Your Cat’s Poo, Keeps Track Of Its Health

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Cats are sleeping and pooping machines by design. And despite their limited use, we love them and want to make sure they stay healthy. To that end, a San Diego company called Pet Wireless has created the Tailio, a connected smart litter. After connecting to your home’s Wifi, the built-in scale starts keeping track not only of your cat’s weight as it does its business, but of the weight of its poo and pee as well. A healthy feline stays more or less at a constant weight, and so do its excrements; any unusual fluctuations could indicate a health issue. Tailio will send all the data to the cloud where it’ll be analyzed and communicated to you.

Aside from looking for possible health concerns, you can use Tailio to keep track of your cat’s growth, or to assess the effectiveness of a weight loss program. And if you fancy yourself a cat lover and a data nerd, a $99 pledge will get you your very own Tailio.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]