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Aftermarket Trucks Add Suspension To Your Skateboards

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Putting suspension systems on your skateboards is the kind of feature you never really knew you wanted. It’s not like most skateboarders are ever complaining about how rough their ride is. But now that we’ve come across the Avenue Trucks, we’re left wondering what took so long.

Unlike some other suspension skateboard trucks (such as those made by Seismic), Avenue Trucks don’t incorporate coil-type shock absorbers. Instead, they utilize a simpler leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate that can flex by up to half an inch (12.7 mm).

The body is able to pivot relative to that plate and unlike traditional trucks, it features a “floating” pivot point that reportedly results in smoother turns and more control.

Considering a very reasonable $45 pledge will net you a pair of these trucks, we think it’s a great idea, assuming of course that it results in a more comfortable ride with no drawbacks. It’ll be interesting to see the feedback from the skateboarding community once these hit the market, which should happen in September, assuming they reach their funding goals.

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No One Vacuums Anymore

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

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Don’t tell us that you still pull a vacuum cleaner out of the closet on Saturday morning.  We just don’t believe you.  But, if you are schlepping a vacuum around the house every week, we’d like to know why. Maybe you really love it.  (Do you also enjoy mowing the lawn?) These days, smart thing to do is have a robotic vacuum that handles the bulk of the work. Notice how we didn’t say Roomba?  That’s because there are plenty of alternatives available – and the faveable team has found some of the best. We are confident some of these are going to excite you – even if you love vacuuming on your own (which we’re not certain we understand yet).

Check out: Tired of Housework? Here are 7 Best Robotic Vacuums

“I Love You” “I Know” Rings Are Made For The Coolest Of Lovers

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When they were filming the original Star Wars, the scene where Han Solo is about to be frozen and carbonate, and he has to say farewell to Leia calls for him to reply a tepid “I love you too” to her expected “I love you”. Instead, Harrison Ford improvised the now-famous “I know”, and the rest is history. It sets the tone for his character, and makes for a scene so memorable that ThinkGeek has seen it appropriate to make two rings that commemorate the exchange. The “I love you / I know” rings are made from 316L surgical stainless steel, are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise, and feature the Rebel Alliance symbol secretly engraved inside the band. If you and your significant other consider yourselves fans of the franchise, as well as fans of each other, you might want to consider spending the very reasonable $20 asking price.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Got An Apple Watch? Starwood Hotels Opens Its Doors To You

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Well, more specifically, you’ll be able to open your hotel room door simply by walking up to it with your Apple Watch, after you’ve checked in, remotely. The Bluetooth functionality will be used to unlock the door from a distance, making your keyless entry seamless and effortless. Better yet, you’ll be able to bypass going to the front desk altogether, and skip any long lines that may be present. Note that this functionality is only extended to those who are members of the group’s SPG rewards program.

“After registering for SPG Keyless, the Apple Watch will automatically send guests their room number and will function as their hotel room key at any SPG Keyless enabled Starwood hotel allowing guests to bypass the front desk (where available).”

Not all of the group’s hotels will support the feature right off the bat, but the company is hoping to roll out the feature to over 30,000 of its hotel rooms soon.

While we can’t say we’re overly bullish on the Apple Watch, the truth of the matter is that many people will get one, so you might as well find out what sorts of things you’ll now be able to do with it, other than count the number of steps you take in one day.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Japanese Gymnast Game Looks Like Fun For A Few Minutes

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We’re not sure about the replay value of the Daisharin Tetsubo-kun Horizontal Bar Gymnast Game, but we can see us spending at least a couple of hours trying to get it right. It’s a tabletop game that only uses two buttons to spin a plastic gymnast on a horizontal bar, and then release it at the right time so it’ll stick its landing. It’s a little bit like a real-life version of QWOP, where you have to coordinate and time your button presses just right if you want to achieve your goal. It does require four AA batteries, and will set you back a pretty substantial $64 to own. But if it’s quirky fun you’re after, it’s money well spent.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Flyte Levitating LED Lightbulb Is Awesome

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What do you get when you combine the power of electromagnetic induction, and uh, magnets? You get the Flyte LED Lightbulb, of course. Much like the wireless smartphone chargers you see today, this LED bulb is powered from a distance through the magic of electromagnetic induction. But the added flair in this product is that the entire bulb and housing levitate above their base, slowly rotating. The base is plugged into an outlet and some electromagnets keep the bulb in place, while powering the LED. 5V of power are sent through the air, which is enough to generate a modest 60 Lumens. At $249 it’s on the very pricey side, but think of the amazed looks on your guests’ faces and maybe you’ll think it’s worth it.

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Ceramic Jellyfish And Squid Plant Holders Are Awesome

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If you’re going to have plants in your living area, you can be boring and put them in an ole’ clay pot. Or you can get creative and purchase one of California-based artists Cindy and James Searles’ many creations. Their hanging plant pots are shaped like jellyfish, squids, and other cephalopods, and they create a whimsical environment that looks like these creatures are swimming through the air in your apartment. They made them in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors, and the prices are more than reasonable, starting at around $30.

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Give Your 3D Printer Color Abilities With The Palette

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The 3D printing scene is thriving at the moment, but some realities still exist. Specifically, if you hope to be able to print in color, you will have to spend more money on more sophisticated multi-nozzle systems, which print slower, and smaller. But if you already own a printer, you should know that The Palette will be able to give it the ability to print in color, with the one filament system it already uses. The way is works is by sitting between the color filament spools, and your machine. It can take up to four different such coloured filaments, and cut them and splice them as needed to then feed them into your printer. It simply analyzes the model you hope to print, and creates a custom multicoloured filament on the fly. It requires no modification to your machine, so as long as it accepts standard 1.75mm filaments and runs on .gcode or .x3g, you’re good to go. It’s an ingenious solution that, while being expensive at $899, will still save you quite a bit of money versus current color-capable printers on the market.

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Deal Of The Day: 73% Off On AtmosRX Combo Vaporizer Bundle

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Vaporizers are all the rage, and they’re only poised to become more popular in a burgeoning market. The AtmosRX Combo Vaporizer Bundle is versatile device, with tons of features:

The discrete and stylish AtmosRx Dry Herb Vaporizer heats your preferred dry herbs or waxy oils in a wick-less ceramic heating chamber, for the freshest vapor with minimum aroma. With the included e-liquid adapter and two different e-liquid flavors, you can enjoy massive clouds and relaxing vapors even if dry herbs aren’t your thing.

– E-liquid adapter with a measuring scale
– Vaporizer works with dry herbs, waxy oils and e-liquids
– Durable and built to last
– Ready to use straight out of the box
– A wick-less ceramic heating chamber for an optimal vaping experience
– Fast heat up time
– Over 72 hrs of continual vaping per single charge
– 2 flavors of e-liquid

Normally the AtmosRx Dry Herb Vaporizer costs $230, but it’s down to $59.99 with this deal.

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