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Air Umbrella Creates An Air-Based Forcefield Above Your Head

We’re not sure why you’d want this Air Umbrella instead of a regular umbrella, other than to maybe feel like you’re living in the future. See, it basically replaces the canopy with a circular curtain of air that blows the raindrops clear out of the way. The large shaft contains a battery, while the dome has both an impeller and propeller, drawing air in only to blow it back out with force. Depending on the model, the battery should last between 15 and 30 minutes, and the entire thing weighs between 500g and 800g. So, yeah, you’re looking at a heavy umbrella that can protect you from the rain for 30 minutes at most. Oh, and it’s expensive too, with models becoming available with a $118 pledge. That’s a lot of things working against it, but hey, you pair this with some Back To The Future shoes and you can legitimately go around pretending you just traveled back in time.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Walyou ]

Razor Makes Adult-Sized, Driftalicious Crazy Cart XL

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A while ago we heard about the Crazy Cart, by Razor. This was a small, one-wheeled, battery-powered cart with a hand-actuated lever that would lift the back end and allow it to swing freely from side to side. This meant one thing only: drifts galore! But it was pretty small and would handle people up to 140 lbs at most. Now, however, comes news of the Crazy Cart XL, a version made to handle adult-sized adults. Along with the larger frame (which can accommodate a person up to 240lbs) comes a more powerful 500W electric motor that can reach a speed of up to 17 mph. The one high-torque wheel can turn 180 degrees in either direction, providing propulsion forwards as well as backwards. And battery run-time will have you doing donuts and going sideways for up to 40 minutes at a time.

Watch the video, you’ll understand why this little cart is deserving of the “crazy” moniker. At $800, it seems reasonably priced. But know that they’re only making 1,600 units, which are available for pre-order on Toys R’ Us.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Finally!: Groot Toy Dancing to Stores This December

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You’ve been waiting for it, and it’s finally here. Well, almost here. Guardians of the Galaxy enthralled audiences and broke box office records, and the ending sequence made people fall in love with dancing baby Groot. Figurines, models, and toys featuring Groot have been released, but none of them ever danced the way Groot did.

That’s going to change with the release of the new dancing Groot toy in a few months, which was a product of Marvel’s collaboration with KIDdesigns. The best part? He’ll be grooving to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It’ll be available for $14.99 by December, just in time for Christmas. Check out a clip of dancing Groot after the break.

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That Cork Ain’t Got Nothin On The SKIL iXO Vivo Power Corkscrew

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You’re not impressing anyone with your cork removing skills, manually inserting your corkscrew in there like a Neanderthal. Better get with the times and put some power behind it. The SKIL iXO Vivo is a small 4V powered screwdriver with a corkscrew attachment that will have your wine breathing in seconds. It even comes with a wine stopper, and a foil cutter. And when you’re not popping corks, the things will of course do its job as a screwdriver. It’s pretty neat and at $49, totally worth the expense.

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The Haven Smart Home Lock Prevents Your Door From Opening, No Matter What

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Break-ins are unfortunately on the rise, especially given how easy to obtain some lock picking tools have become. The Haven system hopes to fight back with a clever system of its own. It’s a solid plate that bolts to the floor directly in front of your door (on the inside, of course), and which features an electronically actuated lift gate that completely blocks the door when activated. It can be raised or lowered through a smartphone, either voluntarily or automatically as you get near. Better yet, should you want to grant access to someone while you’re away, you can log in and remotely lower the gate, since the unit is WiFi enabled. Made from steel, glass reinforced nylon and aluminum, the Haven system can stand up to kicks, battering rams, sledge hammers and more. And if the idea of bolting it to the floor doesn’t sit well with you, it can also be installed using a special 3M VHB Command Tape, which can withstand up to 3,000 lbs of tension.

Currently getting funded on Kickstarter, a $269 pledge will get you one.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

C-3PO And R2-D2 Wedding Bands For Star Wars Geeks

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These are a pair of nice-looking Star Wars themed wedding bands. One is made out to look like R2-D2 while the other C-3PO. Who wears which is entirely up to you of course, but if you’re enough of a geek, disagreement over this might just be enough to fuel endless arguments ultimately leading to your divorce… I mean, do you really want to give your wife the C-3PO ring, while keeping the obviously cooler R2-D2 for yourself?

They’re the work of jeweller Juan Hidalgo, and we don’t know how much they cost.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Zap&Go Portable Charger Fills Up In Just 5 Minutes

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Here’s the scenario: you’ve got a tiny 20 minute wait time between flights, your phone is dead and you want to play Candy Crush real bad on your next flight. Normally, you’d find a plug and squeeze in maybe an extra 15% of battery life before it’s time to go. But if you’re carrying the Zap&Go, you have a shot at filling it up all the way. See, the Zap&Go charger gets topped up in just 5 minutes! It contains a 1,500 mAh supercapacitor, itself mostly made up of graphene instead of the more typical aluminum. This, coupled with a special power supply that funnels power in much faster, means that you could top-up the Zap&Go, then use that to recharge your mobile device at a more leisurely rate later on (since it won’t charge as fast, no matter what).

Currently a prototype only, it is undergoing a crowdfunding campaign with hopes of delivery in October 2015, a full year from now. A $99 pledge will secure you one.

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Get These Earphones to Revolutionize Your Sound

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

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Whether you listen to audio books during your lunch break or the latest jams while working out at the gym, you’ll need headphones of some sort to make that happen. And, if you’re the sort of person that needs sound everywhere, then you’ll absolutely need a pair of earbuds. For years, earbuds have carried a bad reputation around with them for not providing the sound you need – unless you really pay for it. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. You can easily pick up some of the best earphones in the market under $100. And you’ve got options to choose between – even if you use multiple devices, or enjoy listening even while riding your motorcycle.

Check out: These Earbuds Dramatically Boost Your Sound Quality (Under $100)

The iPhone 6 Is Upon Us, And eBay Wants To Help You Get More Cash For Your Previous Device

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of eBay for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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The demand for Cupertino’s new devices has been astronomical, as usual.  It was reported that 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses were sold within the first three days, and that the sales figures are reaching 20 million units as of this writing.  Clearly demand is high, but it’s pretty rare that new iPhone customers didn’t have a phone to begin with; most of them are upgrading, and when an old device becomes unnecessary, some seek to sell it in order to recoup some of the cost from buying a new one.

eBay happens to have a pretty slick promotion going on right now, where they are confident you can get up to $200 more for your current device than you could elsewhere.  As a matter of fact, they’re putting their money where their mouth is and you stand to receive a $100 coupon if your phone doesn’t sell, as long as it’s listed between September 1st and October 24.  It’s called eBay For The Win, and you should totally check it out.

Meanwhile, as part of their promotional effort for this initiative, they’ve asked us to write two Tech Guides over the last few weeks.  These are published on eBay and haven’t been getting the attention I think they deserve.  One of them is a list of 4 iPhone Cases Worth Taking A Look At.  Highlights include the perennial classic Mophie JuicePack Helium, as well as the quirkier Crossover X-Band Storage Case.  The other guide is 4 iPhone Photography Accessories.  It’s pretty amazing the kind of pics you can take, even with older generation iPhones.  All the more so when decked out with things like the Kogeto Dot or the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Solution.

If you’re aything like me, you’re likely still waiting for your pre-ordered iPhone 6 to ship.  It’s been three weeks since the launch, and I’m dying a little each day.  But it’s nice to know that any day now, I’ll list my iPhone 5 on eBay and recoup some of the $600 being asked for an iPhone 6 Plus 128GB up here in Canada.  

 Accept the challenge? List your phone today. Visit: eBay For The Win for details on the offer.

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