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ElectroVine: A Green Extension Cord

ElectroVine

You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. That applies to a lot of things, extension cords included. Okay, so it’s not like they’re that offensive, but they do make nightstands and shelves and wherever else they can be found look very unsightly. If you’re particular about how your home looks and want an alternative to the usual bright orange cord you’ve got, then here it is: the electroVine.

It gives your home a touch of green, even if it’s artificial. It’s basically an extension cord dressed up in the guise of vine. It adds to the decor of your home while being completely functional at the same time. What’s not to like?

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Fully-functional 3D-Printed Drone Made Using 3Doodler pen

3D printed drone made using 3Doodler pen

We have come a long way since the 3Doodler – the 3D printing pen, surprised the world by raising over $2 million on Kickstarter. One thing that has changed for good since then is that some of the most incredible works of 3D art have been designed using the 3Doodler. Case in point is this 3D printed flying hexacopter drone made entirely with the 3Doodler. Created by Louis DeRosa of Plasticity Productions, the 3Doodler printed hexacopter can actually fly like an efficient drone.

Except for the motor, motherboard and battery, everything on DeRosa’s drone is made from 3D printing. Like many 3D creators would affirm, working with the 3Doodler is just like working with the pen on paper, but it wasn’t as simple for DeRosa. The first version of the drone he conceived had some design flaws and proved to be a little off balance. If you’ve built your own drones, or have used a hexacopter like this, you’d know – complete balance is key to a hexacopter’s consistent flight.

Working more cautiously on the things he’d done incorrectly, DeRosa created the second version as a 6-winged flying drone. It took DeRosa a few hours to work upon the first version and arrive at a fully tested second and final version.

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TowlHub Holds Paper Towels, Charges Phones

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It’s a towel holder, it’s a charging hub–no, it’s the TowlHub and it’s actually both. Everyone needs a holder for paper towels because it’s just inconvenient to use them without one. At the same time, people use their mobile devices so much that they need to be recharged every day (or a couple of times a day, if they’re really used that much.)

So presto: instead of being just one or the other, the TowlHub combines both so you can make the most out of your space and your towel holder. Win-win.

The TowlHub retails for $49.99.

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Deal Of The Day: 36% Off On Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack

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You’re looking at a 15,000 mAh battery pack, called the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack. That’s a lot of mAh’s, which means you can charge phones several times. Better yet, it comes with two USB ports, so you and a friend can both get juiced up at the same time. No more arguing over who gets to use the external battery! A digital display tells you just how much power is left, and it even has a built-in flashlight, though we’re not sure why. It might as well have had a lighter… Anyway, it’s normally $55, and today it’s $34.99.

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Vapshot Mini Vaporizes Your Favorite Liquor For An Instant Buzz

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The Vapshot Mini is a home-use machine that takes your favourite liquor and vaporizes it so you can consume it through your lungs, rather than through your stomach. This means you feel the effects much more quickly, and actually use much less alcohol to achieve the same blood alcohol concentration. In fact, you’re using about 1/60th of the normal volume of alcohol, which also means you’ll sober up much more quickly; insufflation (the act of blowing vapour into a body cavity, like your lungs) is a much more efficient method of consumption, which explains these particular dynamics (quick to get drunk, quick to sober up, little alcohol use). It’s an entirely different experience than drinking, and doesn’t appear to be as unsafe as some people might have made it out to be. You can use your own spirits, and you will still taste them as you inhale them. It’s $899 for the machine, which comes with two “serving bottles”, which are necessary to consume the vapour.

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3D4C 3D Printer Brings Full Color Printing To The Game

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Getting stuff 3D printed is neat, but you usually end up with a monochrome item that later needs to be painted. While some see this as an opportunity to get creative, other might prefer to have the option to output in colour immediately. The 3D4C 3D printer pictured above combines 4 filaments to create a wide range of colours in your prints. It’s billed as the first CYMK 3D printer, and we’re inclined to believe them. And despite featuring relatively novel technology, this printer claims to be able to achieve 100 microns of resolution, which is on par with the Replicator 2X. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, an £850 ($1,420 USD, roughly) pledge should get you a unit. But hurry since this is Early Bird pricing, and it goes up once the initial 100 units are sold.

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SharkStopper Repels Sharks With Acoustics

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Sharks are deadly creatures. Movies and media make them out to be bigger villains, but the threat they pose to surfers and to those who are enjoying a swim at the beach is very real. Whereas Batman had his shark repellent, the rest of us now have a better option than shark-repelling rash guards with the development of the Sharkstopper.

It’s a wearable device that emits the sounds of killer whales, which is one of the shark’s natural predators. The signals have been tested on various species of sharks, including hammerheads and the great white shark, with positive results.

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Deal Of The Day: 53% Off On iStablizer Glass Mount

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Driving while holding your phone in your hand is not only dangerous, it’s also quite illegal in most states. Save yourself the trouble by getting a phone mount. The iStablizer Glass Mount places any phone that’s less than 2.75 inches wide directly at eye level, so you can see who’s calling and follow GPS directions without taking your eyes off the road. You can place your phone vertically or horizontally, and the powerful suction cup will insure it doesn’t just fall. Normally costing $30, the iStabilizer Glass Mount is $13.99 with today’s deal.

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This Is What The Metal Extracted From A Single Mine Looks Like

West O'okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s) Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

West O’okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s)
Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

Ever since we realized we could exploit our planet for its resources, we’ve been digging holes and just taking stuff. But of course, the holes are always much bigger than the total volume of stuff extracted from them. Ever wonder what it would look like if you put all the metal from one mine in one pile? Dillon Marsh did, and created the following series of images to illustrate this. This reminds us of this image from 2012, depicting the total volume of water on Earth in one spot.

Dillon’s project is called “For What It’s Worth”, and this is his description of it:

Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain. Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labour and specialised engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price.

These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine. The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine, a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted.

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