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Hive-like Shelving Needs No Tools For Assembly

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Anyone who’s ever bought anything from IKEA knows the joys of fiddling around with L-shaped Hex keys and screwdrivers for assembly. Much as we grumble about the process, this tool-assisted assembly process is what makes the items sturdy and keeps their cost down. But Israeli industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir wants to take things a step further and altogether remove the need for any tools in the assembly process of her hive-like shelf unit, called Ruche. It’s made from either aluminum or cardboard sheets that slot into one another, and offers surprising sturdiness given the lack of any structural fasteners. The cardboard version can support up to “10 kg (22 lb) for the small 15.5 in (34.5 cm) high version, to 64 kg (142 lb) for the large (39.4 in (100 cm)). In the sturdier aluminum model, the small version can bear 18 kg (39.6 lb) and the large 80 kg (176 lb).” That’s a lot for something that can allegedly be assembled in around 6 minutes.

Currently on Kickstarter, pledges start at $30 and go up to $180 for the large aluminum Ruche.

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Crispy Fingers No More With This BBQ Tong With Integrated Heat Shield

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As the northern world prepares for winter, a good portion of the world further down south keeps on trucking like nothing’s happening. These people may even have BBQs now and then, so someone might be interested in a BBQ tongs with an integrated heath shield for your hand. It’s not the most sophisticated gadget out there, but the simple things can sometimes make the most difference. For all of $20, you’ll be able to flip those steaks without turning yourself into on in the process.

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Deal Of The Day: 56% Off On MIGHTY Rugged Bluetooth Speaker

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Rugged Bluetooth speakers seem to be all the rage these days, but we like MIGHTY because it’s so inexpensive. For $35 you’ll be able to get a speaker that you can toss in your bath, your pool, or anywhere at the beach. It’s dustproof, sandproof, and definitely waterproof and will play back your music for up to 6 hours at a time on a single charge. There’s a suction cup included so you can stick it to a wall or flat surface, and that’s it really. There really isn’t much more to say about a Bluetooth speaker.

It’s $35, down from $80.

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QS2 Quadrofoil Will Have You Flying Above The Water, Pollution Free

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Look at this watercraft and tell us it doesn’t scream: the future is here! It’s an electric quadrofoil craft that gets up to 21 knots (40 km/h or 25mph) and has a range of 100km (62 miles). Its all-electric operation means it’ll be relatively silent while floating above water, and not one drop of oil will ever enter the environment. It’s easily steered, is allegedly unsinkable (with a Titanic reference in their material, it’s hard to take it seriously), sits two, and features an anti-collision system that will reduce impact forces in case you run into something.

Of course the future isn’t cheap and the Limited Edition QS2 will set you back a cool 22,500 €, or roughly $28,144USD. But at that price you’ll have the coolest watercraft on the pond, bar none.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

3D Printed Lacelamps Project Intricate Patterns On Your Walls

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Artists Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques have created a collection of lamps that integrate a 3D-printed element reminiscent of lace. When the lights are turned on, they project a cool web of patterns all over your room, while the lamps themselves do look kind of neat. We’re not sure how much they cost or whether they’re even for sale, but we can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be. There are two types, filed under “Sky” and “Land”, meaning one hangs from the ceiling while the other stands on a surface.

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Inexpensive Incubator Wins Dyson Award For Best Invention Of The Year

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It’s pretty amazing the number of things we take for granted here in the “developed world”. Post-natal care is a flagrant example, where a child dying of hypothermia (or other complications) shortly after birth is almost inconceivable, yet is the stark reality facing over 1 million children in developing nations yearly. Incubators go a long way to preventing these deaths, providing pre-term babies with the warmth and humidity control that’s essential for their survival, but they cost about $45,000, an amount so outrageous that it’s inconceivable for many impoverished hospitals. That’s where 23-year-old British student named James Roberts comes in. He designed MOM, an inflatable incubator that cost about $400. It’s designed to pull power from unconventional sources like car batteries and thus keep working in areas with inconsistent power supplies, and provides temperature and humidity controls, as well as special lights for fighting jaundice. It works so well as such a low cost that James recently won the James Dyson Award for Best Invention of the Year and received $45,000 to further develop his prototype into a marketable product.

While many of you reading this won’t directly benefit from James’ invention, it’s always nice to hear about programs like the Dyson Award spurring innovation in today’s youth. As much as we like to think we do, we don’t live in isolation on this planet and the more we do for the less fortunate, the better many of us will be able to sleep at night.

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BeON Smart Lightbulbs Double As Burglar Deterrents

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There are a good number of “smart LED” bulbs on the market, but most of these just allow you to control them from a smartphone, opening the door to things like picking a color, turning them on remotely, etc. BeON takes things a step further and provides you with a layer of burglary protection we haven’t seen in other bulbs yet. It does this by learning your lighting habits, turning themselves on and off at intervals when you’re not home, giving the appearance you’re there. They’ll even listen to your doorbell and turn on to spook would-be thieves checking to see if you’re home.

Aside from these security features, the bulbs have backup power that will keep them on even if your power goes out. They’ll detect your fire alarm sounds and light the way to an exit in case of a fire, and they’ll fade in an fade out when switched on and off to give your eyes a fighting chance against getting blinded.

Overall the BeON bulbs seem like a pretty decent, full-fledged smart bulb definitely worth considering. Until you see their price, that is: a 3-pack will set you back $229! At that price, maybe it’s better not to look at them as smart bulbs, but rather as a theft deterrence system with an integrated LED bulb…

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Deal Of The Day: The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

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Yes, you can enter to win a $650 Apple gift card, with which to buy yourself an iPhone 6. It’s pretty simple. Just enter to win!

Do we need to give you more details? No, we don’t think so. It takes a couple of seconds, and you’ll find out in 5 days if you’re the lucky winner!

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Undo Feature Comes To Tinder… For A Price

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You know how it is. There you are on Tinder, swiping left, left, left, left… oops, that was such a cute one! Oh no! Now you have to deal with the pain of knowing you’ll never see them again. Unless of course there was some way to undo that left swipe. Well, now there may be. Tinder has confirmed that it will be rolling out a paid version of its service, Tinder Plus on Thursday. This will give paying users the ability to Undo a left swipe and correct their blunder. We’re not sure what the pricing will be, and nor is Tinder apparently. This is a test for now, and different markets will likely see different pricing as the company tries things out.

Another rumoured paid feature, aside from the Undo button, is one called Passport. This would allow you to search for people outside of your geographical region. This is particularly great if you’re planning a trip somewhere and wouldn’t mind making some friends beforehand.

Nothing is official until Thursday, when the announcement is expected.

[ TechCrunch ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]