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Couchmaster Lets You Game All Day, Stay On Your Sofa

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If you’ve built a sweet gaming rig, but have come to realize that sitting at your desk all day isn’t the most comfortable of propositions, you might want to start looking at options, like the Couchmaster. As long as you’re ok with playing on your TV, the Couchmaster gives you the ability to feel just as if you were on your desk but while sitting in the comfort of your sofa.

The Couchmaster comes in two main variants, Basic and Pro. The main difference between the two is that the Pro version’s desk has holes and hidden panels for cable management. There’s also an even more pro Pro version that comes with a 4-port 900mA USB 3.0 hub and a 15ft USB 3.0 extension cable. All Couchmasters come with a pair of small bags, as well as stick-on Velcro strips for attaching the wrist rests and bags.

It’s a smart product that caters to a very specific niche, but anyone in this boat will likely be delighted to find out this exists. The convenience doesn’t come cheap, however. “Nerdytec sells the Couchmaster Basic for €99 (~$110 USD), the Couchmaster Pro for €129 (~$140 USD) and the Couchmaster Pro with USB hub and extension cable for €149 (~$170 USD). If you just want the Couchmaster Pro’s desk and not the armrests, you can get that too for €79 (~$90 USD).”

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Hub+ Is The Only Hub Your New MacBook Will Ever Need

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The new MacBook looks great, but you pay a price for its looks. Aside from its less-than-stellar computing performance, it also comes with only one USB-C port, which can make life complicated for anyone who’s, well, normal. And even though we wrote about a port hub before, we’re much more interested in the Hub+. That’s because it’s designed to look like it belongs with your Macbook, unlike the HydraDock. Connect it to your MacBook’s only USB-C port, and instantly gain access to the following:

– 2 USB-C ports
– 1 SDXC card reader
– 1 mini DisplayPort (mDP 1.2 video output, 4k displays at 60Hz refresh rate)
– 3 USB-A \ charging ports
– Built-in lithium ion 400mAh battery to charge ANY phone

And of course you can use it to charge and power your MacBook while you’re doing stuff with all these ports, since the company includes a USB-C to USB-C cord to connect the Hub+ to your laptop. It’s a $79 pledge, with a July 2015 delivery.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]

The Reserve Strap Could Boost Your Apple Watch’s Battery Life

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Did you know your Apple Watch has a hidden diagnostic port? Yeah, well, it does and it turns out there’s a team of engineers out there currently developing a strap that could use that port to supply the watch with extra battery life. Up to 125% more, actually. It’s called the Reserve Strap and is currently at the prototype stage. It’s not known whether Apple will be happy with a third party developer using the diagnostic port; while Apple is encouraging development of straps, going so far as to provide official guidelines, they’re expecting the straps to vary the aesthetics, rather than improve core functionality. Still, there’s very little Apple could do to prevent eventual Reserve Strap customers from accessing this port, and the company plans to provide a tool to help them flip the port’s cover. More than doubling your Apple Watch’s battery life does come at a cost, since a pre-order will set you back a cool $249, with shipping in the Fall. Yup, owning Apple’s latest gadget sure is expensive.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

DestapaBanana Is A Tool For Stuffing Your Bananas

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Ever felt like your banana was just too… healthy? Yeah, we thought so. So now that you’ve been having bananas stuffed with banana all your life, we’d like to open your eyes and turn your attention to the DestapaBanana. It appears to be a tool for boring a hole in a banana. You’re then free to fill that hole with other things that may not be quite as banana-y, like caramel, Nutella, Pop Rocks, peanuts… the sky is the limit.

To be honest, we’re not really sure this is a real product. The pictures look like a computer rendering, and we can’t seem to find where you can buy it. But we could be wrong, since this does seem like something that would be very popular among a certain demographic.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

The Artican Is The Koozie Reinvented

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Summer is upon us, and that means time in the sun with drink in hand, amirite? Nothing can ruin a lazy sunday quite as much as warm beer, so we expect koozies to be popular this year. But these drink insulators are limited in their effectiveness. The Artican is a brand new take on the koozie, featuring “2-layers of vacuum insulated steel & an ice-filled “cooling core” that screws into the bottom keeping your 12 oz. bevvies 3X colder for 3X longer—up to 3 hours in the sun actually.” The core is filled with a “proprietary freezing gel” with a high specific heat coefficient, meaning it can absorb a lot of heat before it starts to warm up, making for an effective temperature buffer. And while $20 may seem like a lot for a beer cooler, just remember the last time you sipped lukewarm lager and you might change your mind.

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Forever Alone: The Selfie Arm Makes It Look Like You Have Friends

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Oh, what a sad lonely world we live in. Think about it. There’s a product out there made specifically for you to take selfies while making it look like you’re in someone’s company.

Or not. There isn’t. Thank God. The Selfie Arm is actually a piece of art by Aric Snee and Justin Crowe.

It’s the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm. and better yet, it doesn’t talk or have emotions of any sort. you can even create fake accounts and use its finger to like all your images; its not you its the hand! ‘selfie arm’ is made of fiberglass, is lightweight and portable, and fortunately only a prototype. the collaborative project is a direct commentary on the growing selfie stick phenomenon, and the constant, gnawing need for narcissistic internet validation.

But of course, this kind of art is likely to be nothing but inspiration to some company turning the idea into actual product you can buy. Mark our words, it’s just a matter of time before this is a thing, at least as a gag item. If it isn’t already.

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Squeaky Clean Your Child Will Be With This Yoda-Inspired Bath Towel

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If your child runs away from you when the time comes to rub the grime off his body, perhaps a little brainwashing is in order. First, get him to fall in love with the Star Wars franchise. That should be easy enough. Then, introduce him to this awesome bath towel with Yoda ears. Done! He’ll be asking you when he can take a bath, and not the other way around.

It’s made by Etsy seller ‘MiddleBrainedCanvas’, but her page claims it’s currently sold out. However it seems she makes these to order, so you might try your luck anyway. Judging by the price of her other towels, this one should come out to about $28.

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Magnet Turns Any Audio Port Into A MagSafe Port

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When I was 7 years old I was given a Walkman (that should date me). On the first day of ownership, I set it down on a table, with the headphones on my head, and walked away. You can imagine what happened after. This isn’t such a huge problem now that electronic devices are drop tested and built to withstand regular freefall trips to the floor, but the idea of having a magnetic audio jack that disconnects when you tug is brilliant. It’s a lot like Apple’s MagSafe connector, only for your audio cables; plug one end into your device, while the other accepts your earbuds or headphones or anything you use to listen, and disconnects when pulled hard. More importantly, the makers have thought about making it possible to leave the MAGjack in (that’s the side that plugs into your device) without your phone thinking you have something plugged, so the sound isn’t routed to your earphones unless they’re actually plugged in. In this fashion, you don’t have any “installation” to do when you want to listen, you just have to snap the two halves together and you’re good to go. It’s pretty nifty, and it’s also cheap at $35, which gives you one MAGcap (the part that plugs into your earbuds) and two MAGjacks.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

What Envy? This Giant Lens Attaches To Your iPhone 6

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Spying on your neighbours… Isn’t that America’s favourite past-time? You could try to be inconspicuous about it and just peek through your blinds like a normal person. But this is America, and if you’re gonna go, go big. That’s why we’re digging the Super Spy Ultra High Power Zoom 80X Telescope. It’s meant to be used with an iPhone 6, and will provide you with an eye-opening 80X zoom. That’s enough to make out faces from 100m away! It comes with a tripod, which lets you adjust height and pivot the entire ridiculous contraption 360 degrees. And it can also be used without a tripod, although that’s pretty obvious. There’s a cloth carrying case, since the 395mm long telescope does collapse down to a more portable size. And unlike the similar looking dSLR telephoto lenses that cost 5 figures, the Super Spy Ultra High Power Zoom 80X Telescope costs only $220. That’s some serious spying on the cheap.

Ok, look, no… we’re not going to condone looking through people’s windows and stuff, because that’s probably not legal. We’re not sure. So, uh, look at birds and stuff, ok?

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