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Keep Your Bag Safe No Matter Where You Go

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Shady hostels, back alley bars, public libraries… heck, anywhere can be a bad place to leave your bag unattended. But if you really want to see it when you come back, you could spend a bit of effort protecting it. The Pacsafe steel mesh Bag Protector wraps around your valuables, and allow you to secure them anywhere.

Featuring patented smart eXomesh® cage system, the Pacsafe is an adjustable high-tensile stainless steel locking device, designed to cover and protect a variety of bags and packs from tampering, pilfering and theft.

Perfect for small backpacks, smaller luggage items or those who carry just the bare essentials.

They come in a variety of sizes, and prices seem to start around $60.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Soup Straws Adds Suction As A Way To Enjoy Ramen Noodles

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There is a right and a wrong way to eat certain foods. Ramen noodles are meant to be picked up with chopsticks and slurped. That, fun as it is, doesn’t sit well with many wet-chin-averse Westerners, so Julian Lechner has created Soup Straws. These are hollow chopsticks with a series of holes at the tip to channel that tasty broth all the way up to your mouth, without making a messy detour through your beard. It’s a simple enough idea, but is sadly one that hasn’t been turned into a commercially available product just yet. We’re not sure what’s holding Justin back from Kickstarting this, but with a bit of effort, should be simple enough to do. Or, well, now that the idea is out in the wild and no patent on the design presumably exists, maybe someone else can get on it?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Sprayable Energy Caffeine Spray Will Perk You Right Up

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Sometimes, a cup of coffee just doesn’t do it for you. Even if it does, there’s the dreaded crash that often comes sooner than you’d like. The alternative? Sprayable Energy. It’s a patent-pending caffeine spray that can be absorbed for “energy through your skin without the jitters, crash, chemicals, & cost of other caffeinated products.”

Most energy-boosting drinks and products out there contain loads of calories, sodium, and sugar. Others contain doses of caffeine that are masked with the addition of artificial ingredients. Sprayable Energy wins on several counts because it’s odorless, colorless, and does what it promises to do.

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Thumbs Up For This Adult Sized Trike

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Just look at this thing: there’s your youth right there, all yours to recapture. The High Roll is a big and tough, adult-sized tricycle that features a pneumatic 26 inch front wheel, as well as molded plastic, 14 inch rear wheels. Why plastic? So you can drift and slide around, of course. The patent pending steel frame and fork have been tested to support grown men up to 6’6″ and 275lbs, and the alloy V-brakes are more than sufficient to stop them once they get rolling downhill. Sure, you’ll look a little strange if you’re a 45 year old man in a tricycle, riding down the street with a grin on your face… but should you care? We reckon that if you’re willing to spend the $600 asking price, you’re way past giving a damn what people think.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Haters Gonna Hate: Here’s A Golf Cart Hovercraft

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You know you’re going to get all kinds of looks if you show up at the course in this monstrosity. But if you’re the kind of guy that’s willing to drop $58,000 on a hovercraft golf cart, you’re also probably the kind of guy that doesn’t give a crap.

Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment. Motorcycle-style handlebars steer the craft, controlling its patented fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which provides braking and backwards hovering up to 25 mph – the only hovercraft in the world to do so.

Granted, you’re going to have to find a gold course that even allows you to use this thing in the first place, but hey… while you’re at it, you may as well have one built on undoubtedly humongous estate, no? Save ya all kinds of hassles…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Cole-Bar Hammer Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Demolition Tools

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You had us at ‘demolition’. But since we’re sticklers for details, we might as well tell you a bit more about the Cole-Bar. It’s technically a hammer, but it also does duty as 6 other tools: a crow bar, a demolition tool, an angle measurement tool, a ruler, a socket wrench and nail pliers. Granted some of these “tools” are somewhat of a stretch; anyone can call a hammer a ruler as well if you use its straight edge to draw a line. But the point is that the Cole-Bar features a patented locking gear mechanism, meaning it can be opened and extended from 0-180 degrees and locked in place at 15 degree increments. This turns it into a full fledged crow bar for instance, but you can also split it in two and use each half as a separate tool. There’s a socket wrench mechanism at the end of one of the halves, and angle measurement notches at the end of another. The current prototype is made out of a #45 carbon steel with electro-plating which is likely to survive repeated attempts to destroy it. The final production model’s composition hasn’t been determined yet, and yes, this does mean that the Cole-Bar isn’t a finished product. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance as we speak, 64% into a $100k goal in $65 increments. If you pledge, you can expect to see it in the Fall.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Combimouse is a Keyboard and a Mouse, Combined into One

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There have been a number of modded keyboards and computer mouses released in the market in the last few years, but none are quite like the Combimouse. As its name suggests, this gizmo is basically a hybrid keyboard and mouse that have been combined into one. There are essentially two parts that make up the keyboard-slash-mouse: the left, which contains the keys on the left part of the keyboard; and the right, which contains the rest of the keys and doubles as the mouse at the same time.

The Combimouse is an invention that has been a long time coming. It was invented and patented by Ari Zagnoev in 1999, and has been in development since 2003. Now, a decade later, they’re finally ready to start manufacturing the Combimouse.

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MedVault Pill Dispenser Helps Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

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Prescription pills are bad, m’kay? Well, they’re not, but abusing them is. Or taking them at incorrect intervals or dosages. So we’re a little intrigued by the MedVault Pill Dispenser, created by a group of students from Brigham Young University. It’s essentially a tamper-proof safe in which you are to store all your pills, and which dispenses them at a set time and specific dosage.

The device is capable of dispensing any kind or size of pill and has to be connected to a computer via the USB port so that an authorized pharmacist can access and load the pills into the dispenser. The software created for this pill dispensing device is used by the pharmacist to specify how many and at what time the pills can be dispensed by the user. After Med Vault is disconnected from the computer it automatically locks and dispenses pills strictly according to the instructions. To make things full proof even further, the user has to enter an access code on the dispenser each time a pill needs to be dispensed.

The device isn’t commercially available yet, but is undergoing testing and is patent pending.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

On the Road to the Big Reveal: Samsung Galaxy S4

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If there’s anything Apple made clear with their lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement, it’s that the latter has become a threat too big to ignore. People used to begin talking about the next iPhone even though a new one had just been released the other week, but it looks like Samsung’s up-and-coming Galaxy S4 is taking center stage and pushing all those iPhone 5S rumors to the side. Do we finally have an iPhone killer in the form of the S4?

Images from purported leaks of Samsung’s latest smartphone, along with features and specifications that the phone might come equipped with, are already flooding a number of media outlets. In case you’re late to party, we’ve got the details right here for you.

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