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Grasp Can Perch An Instructor On Your Shoulder, Enables Easy Remote Coaching

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Let’s say you have to learn some complex manual task, like rebuilding an engine. There are many ways you could go about doing this, from being taught in person, to reading myriad steps in a specialized manual. With Grasp, you can add yet another: remote instruction. This device perches on your shoulder and beams your activities to an instructor, who could be anywhere in the world. “It has a mic, a camera and a laser pointer, all powered by an Arduino Yún board, to make real-time remote teaching more hands-on.” Created by Copenhagen designer Akarsch Sanghi, the concept behind Grasp “provides the mentor with a real time insight into the learners environment through the coupling of a first person point of view and an instructional laser pointer. Therefore, the mentor can communicate to the person learning via the device and instruct using the laser pointer. It is the idea of having a companion looking over your shoulder and instructing you while learning something new irrespective of distance.”

It’s a novel idea, and one which could have many applications in an educational setting. Unfortunately, there appear to be no solid commercialization plans at the moment. You can, however, follow Akarsch’s work on his website.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: 72 Duracell AA Batteries For $37

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Think about that for a minute. Do you remember how much you paid last time you were at a gas station and needed just two darn AA batteries? Probably around $4, right? If not more. Well, with this deal you’ll be paying $0.51 per battery, which is cheap. And not some generic crap, but Duracell batteries. That’s 72 of them, AA, for $37. That’s a deal.

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Colorful Ferrofluid In A Bottle Is The New Lavalamp

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You can choose to adorn your desk with an almost infinite number of trinkets, but we beg of you to ignore the Newton’s Cradles, or the Lavalamps, or even the decorative Rolodexes of old, and consider the Colourful Ferrofluid In a Bottle instead. Ferrofluid is a thick liquid that is mixed in with nano-scale iron particles. It doesn’t mix with water and tends to clump together. But in the presence of a magnet, the liquid comes to life. You can delight yourself and your guests, for at least 30 whole seconds, with the shapes the liquid will take inside the bottle. You can even “double your fun” by using two magnets. It’s a fun tabletop toy that costs $60.

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Crystal Wash Balls Let You Do The Laundry With No Detergent

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These balls are filled with “bio-ceramic” pellets that allegedly change the pH of the water to 8.5 an above. This creates alkaline water that is able to wash your dirty clothes without needing harsh chemicals, and they’ll be able to do so for 1,000 cycles. The pellets also create Hydrogen Peroxyde, which kills bacteria and gets rid of odors, all without irritating your skin, or releasing pollutants into the environment or even running the risk of fading your colors. The only catch is that the balls need to be “recharged” every 30 washing cycles by being put outside in the sun for a day. The Crystal Wash 2.0 contains a Bluetooth module that will remind you when it’s time to recharge them, as well as a pH sensor that lets you keep track of the alkalinity of your water during a cycle. Other stats available through these sensors are “Wash Complete Alerts; Wash Cycle Tracking Stats – Graphs, Counters, Social Sharing; Savings Tracking…” It’s a novel way to do your laundry, and if it works as advertised is one that would bring many benefits over traditional detergents. The only drawback is the lack of nice smelling clothes, but we suppose you can still stick a sheet of fabric softener in the drying machine, no? It’s a $75 pledge, or $100 for two balls, although this is only because the $50 price point is sold out. Retail, the ball would cost $60.

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Watch What Happens When This DeLorean iPhone Case Reaches 88mph

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Remember that Batmobile iPhone case from a week ago? Well, retailer Bandai is back with another cool case, and this time it’s a DeLorean. Right in time for 2015’s BTTF2 “future”, the case lights up when you get a call, and various ports let you access common buttons as well as create an opening for the camera. So that means your phone will remain mostly functional while you can still proclaim to the world “well, damn, I may not have a hoverboard like I was promised, but at least I got my DeLorean phone.” Which is totally not something anyone would say, and is just filler fluff we had to write because there’s really not much else to say about the $50 case.

“It’s a $50 DeLorean iPhone 6 case that lights up and stuff.”

That would have done it.

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Walter White Would Be Proud Of This Breaking Bad Fries-enberg Mr. Potato Head

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Recently shown off at the NYC Toy Fair, the Mr. Potato Head Fries-enberg is the perfect toy to get… well, not your kids, that’s for sure. Well… maybe your young kids were allowed to Watch Breaking Bad so it might not be that inappropriate for them, but we like to think this particular toy offers more appeal to the grown-ups who have an appreciation for the famed TV franchise, and who still carry a bit of youthfulness in their hearts. You can of course argue about the ethics of having a potato head also be a meth dealer, but we imagine you’re not supposed to overthink this $25 purchase, which will be shipping in April and is available for pre-order now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Deal Of The Day: $29 TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger

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One day we’ll solve the battery problem, but for now it’s an unavoidable reality: you will likely run out of juice before your day ends. Yet, no one wants to carry a bulky external battery on them. What about if it was wallet-sized though? The TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger is the size of a credit card, and 3/16 inch thick. It packs 1,500 mAh, which is enough to get an iPhone 6 back up to about 70% charge. The Lightning cable connection is built right in, so you’re all set. And the best part is the price: $29 with today’s deal!

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Hasbro To Launch A Make-Your-Own Line Of Lightsabers

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It’s pretty clear there’s a new Star Wars movie in the works because the merchandising machine is starting to run full steam. Hasbro has announced a cool line of lightsaber toys that can be customized in many ways, allowing children young and old alike to create lightsabers that are as weird as they’d be potentially lethal to the person who wields them.

The main Jedi Master Lightsaber set (for ages 4 and up, $49.99 includes a lightsaber with lights and electronic sounds, a pair of lightdaggers, an expansion hilt and a variety of connectors.

From there, kids can mIx and match from three other assortments with connectors and lightsaber blades tied to various characters. The electronic lightsaber ($19.99) comes in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker flavors, the foam lightsaber ($14.99) has Yoda, Vader and Luke variants, and the extend lightsaber ($9.99) offers something for Luke, Vader and Anakin Skywalker fans.

The line was on display at New York’s Toy Fair last week and will be launching this fall, in time for the release of the new movie in December.

[ USAToday ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Keep Your Shoes Clean With The Shifter Boot Protector

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Riding season is upon us, which is hard to believe considering the gargantuan amounts of snow currently on the ground. But it is, and that means you’ll have to once again start making choices about what to wear on your motorcycle. If you haven’t adopted specialized riding shoes, you might be familiar with the issue of having to pick footwear that you don’t mind getting a little dirty or scuffed where they contact the clutch lever. That concern might have limited your options before, but if you get the Shifter Boot Protector, you can just slip it over your shoe and wear any fancy boots you like without damaging them at all. It’s elastic so it will fit over any size boot and costs all of $8.

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