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Tag Archives: Concept

Smart Toilet Paper Holder Sends You ‘Low TP’ Alerts

Smart Toilet Paper Holder

 

Nothing sucks more than looking up to realize that you’ve only got a few squares of TP left after doing a massive number 2. The RollScout aims to save the day, though, by alerting people in the household when the toilet paper levels are in a dangerously low level. If you missed the alert on your smartphone, then the RollScout’s blinking LED light will remind you of that fact so you can replace the old roll before doing your thing.

The RollScout can run on a single A23 battery for an entire year, so maintaining it shouldn’t be a pain at all. Aside from home use, it’s ideal for businesses who don’t want to turn patrons off for the lack of fresh TP.

The RollScout is up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $49 will get you one of your very own.

VIA [ C|NET ]

1-Hour Photo App Makes You Wait For Your Selfies

1 Hour Photo

 

In this day and age, it’s all about instant gratification. From same-day delivery and courier service to instant messaging and email, you can now get what you want in as little time possible. Digital photography is another example. When people had to use film, pictures were shot few and far in between because film costs money, and it costs more money to get the roll developed. That’s in contrast to today, where people snap away whenever and wherever as their memory cards allow.

Changing the pace is the 1-Hour Photo app, which, as the name suggests, lets you view the photo that you’ve taken after one hour has passed. A black-and-white film emulation is applied to the photo, enhancing it and giving it that old-world feel. What the app aims to do, though, is keeping those moments special, without the distraction of reviewing photos as they’re being taken.

By the time people check out the shots, the moment will have been a memory, albeit one captured beautifully. You can download 1-Hour Photo on iTunes for free.

VIA [ Uncrate ]

Happy? These Happiness Blankets Will Let the Crew Know

Happiness Blanket

 

Love the food being served during your flight? Annoyed at how the front passenger’s reclined seat invades your personal space? Whatever it is you’re feeling, these Happiness Blankets will let British Airways’ people know in the hopes of providing better service to every passenger that comes on board.

The Happiness Blankets are hooked up to a headband made by MyndPlay that measures its wearer’s brainwaves, which are then monitored for changes that indicate anxiety or relaxation. The fiber optics woven into the blanket then turn blue when the passenger is relaxed, and red if they’re stressed, providing flight attendants with a visual cue on the current state of the passengers. They’ve been tested on first-class passengers so far, yielding results that were quite obvious. Maybe they should spread these blankets around to those in economy and work on reducing whatever it is that’s making people see red in that seat class, don’t you think?

VIA [ Damn Geeky ]

Airtype is a Keyless Keyboard From the Future

Airtype

Wearable tech is all the rage these days. Will wearable keyboards come next? That’s the concept the folks behind Airtype are working with. It’s a keyless keyboard that comes in the form of two plastic cuffs that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s not like those virtual, projected keyboards either, because when they say the Airtype is keyless, it really is keyless, even in the virtual sense.

Rather, it works by learning “the finger movements [that] you make to get the letters that you want.” Its designers go on to claim that using the Airtype should be no different than typing on a keyboard. What do you think?

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Donor Cable Bracelets Lets You Share Power to Those In Need

Donor Cable

So your phone’s running low on power and you forgot to bring your cable or charger (or both) with you. You’re in the middle of typing out an email for your boss or getting the hang of the game that everyone at your office is playing. Whatever it is you’re doing, you’re desperate for power. Unfortunately, nobody around you has a charger on them either. If only there were some way you could bum some power off of their phones…

Well, if you had the Donor Cable, then that’s exactly what you can do. It was distributed byAzerbaijani cellular network Nar Mobile to anyone who bought an Android phone. It starts out as a bracelet but unfolds to turn into a cable that allows you to connect your phone to someone else’s for battery power transfer.

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Strange, But It Just Might Work: Portable Folding Napkin Table

Foldable Napkin Table

 

Picnics are fun, but it’s hard to eat a decent meal without a table. That’s why most people pack finger food and sandwiches in their baskets instead to prevent any potential mess. A concept by Michael Jan, who’s an industrial design graduate from Taiwan’s Tunghai University, might soon change all that though.

Michael came up with this portable folding napkin table that’s essentially a cross between, well, a napkin and a table. Both ends are meant to be worn by people who are sitting opposite one another. The table-slash-napkin has slots for bowls and cups so you can have a proper meal without the fuss.Continue Reading

Drinkable Book Purifies Water, Saves Lives

Drinkable Book

 

Water is something a lot of us take for granted, considering how vast populations all across the world still don’t have access to clean water, even in this day and age. A lot of organizations are trying to change this or at least come up with concepts to help people in those areas get clean water.

One of these is the Drinkable Book. It isn’t exactly a book you can drink, because that simply doesn’t make sense; rather, it’s a book with pages on the inside that can be torn and used to filter water. The filter paper is effective in weeding out contaminants and bacteria that cause a range of waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

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Peril Sensitivity Glasses Shut Out Stuff That Might Freak You Out

Peril Sensitivity Sunglasses

Fight or flight. Which response would you choose if you’re faced with one of your worst fears? If you often go for the former, then you might want to look into these Peril Sensitivity glasses. As the name implies, these glasses are “sensitive” to things that stress you out or cause anxiety. It determines this by checking your vital stats, care of the temperature sensor, pulse sensor, ambient light sensor, sound detector sensor, and accelerometer crammed into the device.

Once your anxiety level is up, the glasses shut down and black out your vision by making the glasses opaque. In short, these glasses let you block out the problem by blacking it out. Out of sight, out of mind–do you agree?

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Edilble Business Card Gives You a Boost, Leads You to the Right Direction

Edible Business Card

 

High altitudes do weird things to the human body, even if it might be one that belongs to a seasoned trekker. Dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches–these are pains you wouldn’t want to have to go through in the middle of a climb. That’s what the folks from the Kokopelli Backpackers hostel had in mind when they rolled out their edible business cards that double as anti-altitude sickness remedies.

First of all, it’s a business card, so all the hostel’s pertinent contact information are printed on it. Then comes the interesting part: each card has a detachable, edible section made from coca leaves that gives climbers an extra boost as they chew on it.

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