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ZeroHour Relic XR Provides Emergency Lighting and Power

ZeroHour Relic XR

 

The ZeroHour Relic XR lights up your path when you find yourself in the dark and powers up your mobile devices when you need to use them the most. It’s a flashlight-slash-power bank that’ll definitely come in handy in times of emergency. It’s also pretty handy to have when you’re out in the great outdoors or when you’re travelling.

The ZeroHour is crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and illuminates with its 1000-lumen capacity Cree XLamp XP- LED. It’s up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $130 will get you one of your very own.

[ ZeroHour ] VIA [ Damn Geeky ]

Hit Start to Enter: 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat

16-Bit Game Controller Doormat

 

Doormats don’t get any more quirkier than this! You don’t have to be into video games to appreciate these 16-bit controller-inspired doormats. They’ll catch the attention of your guests right off the bat, which is a good thing, because then they’ll remember to run their soles on it so they won’t bring the dirt and grime from the outside world into your home.

These doormats feature a non-skid back and are made from 100% polyester. They’re available online for $19.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Holy Cool ]

Deal Of The Day: $25 Off On 3DRobotics IRIS+ Super Drone

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You’re looking at the Super Drone backed by none other than Richard Branson. It’s called the IRIS+ and is a serious drone meant for the serious enthusiast. Capable of payloads of up to 400 g (.8 lb), the IRIS+ features flight times of 16min to 22min depending on conditions, as well as a ton of other features:

- Ready to fly: spin on the props, charge the battery, and get flying
– Flight protection: lands itself automatically & returns to a home point if out of range or low on battery
– Follow Me technology allows it to follow and film you w/ any GPS enabled Android-device
– Auto mission planning: draw a flight path on any Android tablet or phone for hands-free flight control
– 16 -22 minute flight time based on weather conditions, load, and altitude
– Pairs w/ a GoPro camera (not included) using a stabilizing gimbal to get clear and steady video & 3D digital mapping

You’d normally have to pay $750 for this drone, but today it’s $725.

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Tuna Knobs For The Tablet DJ

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It used to be that DJs would do their work on a physical mixer, with actual dials, knobs and buttons. Now you can have all that jazz right on your tablet, and the convenience has caused tons of DJs to flock to the new medium. But for those of you still longing for a bit of physical feedback, the Tuna Knobs can be placed directly on your touchscreen and will give your music-making somewhat more of a natural feel. They work just like a stylus, and can be removed when you’re done playing your set. They’re relatively cheap, at €22 (about $25) for a pair, or $67 for 6 and a travel case.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Parting Fools From Their Money: $5,500 AudioQuest Diamond Cat-6 ‘Directional’ Ethernet Cable

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You want that MP3 to sound even better? Got some crazy sound system and you want to make sure you get the best possible sound from it? Why not turn to AudioQuest’s Diamond line of Ethernet cables? Their CAT-6 cables come with silver-plated plugs are actually directional! Wowsers!

AudioQuest’s Diamond RJ/E is a directional Ethernet cable made with the same hallmark materials, philosophy, care and attention that is applied to all their interconnects, whether it’s an entry level introduction to hi-fi or a died-in-the-wool music connoisseur. Another upgrade with Diamond is a complete plug redesign, opting for an ultra-performance RJ45 connector made from silver with tabs that are virtually unbreakable. The plug comes with added strain relief and firmly lock into place ensuring no critical data is lost.

All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio cable. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality. For best results have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music. For example, NAS to Router, Router to Network Player.

Directional cables… right. Because we only need to send data, and never receive any. Because bits of data can be “lost” at the interconnect. Sure.

Ugh… this is so depressing, because you know full well that some poor sod is going to buy some of these, and then totally “hear” the difference. And you know how much he’ll pay? How about $5,500 for 26ft. of the thing? And if you think that’s a lot, you should check out the company’s $13,500 52ft. HDMI cable.

[ Product Page ] VAIA [ SlashGear ]

Retired Spanish Naval Mechanic Builds World’s Smallest W32 Engine

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You’re looking at a fully functional, though air-powered, W32 engine. Yes, that’s 32 cylinders, 32 pistons, and who knows how many valves, springs and assorted pieces. Actually, we do know: it’s made up of 850 pieces, 632 screws/bolts, and took 2,520 hours to complete. Made by one José Manuel Hermo Barreiro (also known as Patelo), a retired Spanish naval mechanic known for his miniatures, the engine appears to measure less than 1ft. in length. When the power source is turned on, it’s a marvel to watch everything move in unison. His craftsmanship is so precise that even when the engine is running, the vibrations are kept to a minimum and it’s possible to balance some coins on it. Jose machined all the parts himself, and you should totally watch the below video to get a sense of the complexity involved.

VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Tactus Phorm Brings Magically Rising Buttons To The iPad Mini’s Keyboard

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Hearing people cry about the lack of physical feedback when typing on a touchscreen used to be a familiar thing five years ago. Now it’s not as common, since most people have adjusted, but there apparently still are enough out there to warrant creating products like the Tactus Phorm. It’s a special case that wraps around your iPad Mini and that normally looks like any other old case… but toggle a switch on the back and, just like that, you’ll see physical buttons magically morph on the screen! The transparent shield on the product is filled with a special liquid that semi-solidifies on demand, creating an optional physical keyboard when you feel you need it, and disappearing when you don’t. Users have reported a moderate increase in typing speed, but a definite improvement in typing satisfaction. The better part of this story is that despite the use of pretty innovative technology, the Tactus Phorm isn’t phenomenally expensive: $99 as a pre-order right now, or $150 when it hits retail this summer.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

International Spy or Just a Pair of Glasses?

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

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Google Glass was just the beginning. And, even though these smartglasses prompted a whole lot of sweet tech developments, they’re still difficult to get your hands on. Fortunately, you can get your wearable kicks from any number of tech glasses. If you’ve ever wanted to play super-spy with an information bank on your eyes, your moment has finally come. And, thanks to the faveable team, you can narrow down your choices (and spend) right now.

Check out: What’s Happening in Wearables: Wearable Tech Glasses are all the Rage Right Now

Deal Of The Day: 22% Off On MOOV Wearable Fitness Coach

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Most of the time we like to describe the items ourselves, but we feel like StackCommerce’s copy is just perfect as it is, so we’ll paste it here, if yawl don’t mind. You’re looking at a deal on the MOOV Wearable Fitness Coach. What’s that, you say?

Moov doesn’t just track your distance and calories, its intelligent motion detectors reconstruct your movements in 3D to give real-time performance insights. The Moov tells you what you’re doing wrong, and how to correct it while giving you the inspiration to get in in the best shape of your life.

– 9-axis precision motion sensors (used in aerospace technology) to capture exact athletic movement
– Scientifically-designed hyper-intelligent coaching programs
– Settings for specific workout variations such as: run, walk, cardio boxing, swimming, body weight, etc

There are lots of fitness trackers out there, but MOOV is priced to, well, move (see what we did there?) at $69, down from its usual $89.

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