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Exercise Fabulously

There’s a new jump rope that will make you look fabulous while you exercise.

This LED embedded smart jump rope will make it fun to… well… jump. Because this LED jump rope is so pretty and shiny and it’s smart, it will also increase your productivity by recording the progress of your jumping number, time you’ve jumped and calorie loss. It’ll also display these metrics in front of you as you use it, through a “persistance of vision” effect. You can also set up your future jumping goals with your smartphone.

The LED embedded smart jump rope is around $89.99 to $258 based on the size you order from, meaning that for once short people have an advantage.

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While Everything is Getting “Smart”, Do We Really Need Smart… Socks?

It’s not just because you can do something that you should actually do it. Or at least, we fail to see why adding connectivity to your freaking socks is of any importance at all. That hasn’t stopped a company called Blacksocks from creating the Calf Socks Classic with Plus+. Yeah… Smart Socks.

Imagine your phone could communicate with your socks. Your phone would know:

– which socks belong together,and could help sort them out,
– how often you have washed your socks,
– when your socks were produced,
– when you ordered your socks and
– when your socks were dispatched.
– Your iPhone can also tell you if your black socks are no longer properly black and help you buy new socks.

This is something we dreamed about and we have made the dream come true. The result is Smarter Socks – probably the smartest socks in the world. They are undoubtedly the first socks which leave their mark on the internet via the Sock Sorter and your iPhone.

We can just imagine the company meeting where these socks were born, and how many ideas were thrown about until something stuck. We admire the company’s enthusiasm and hopefulness, but given the $189 price tag (for socks!!), we’re not sure the market will respond as enthusiastically.

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Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle Does Temperature Control

Every morning I make coffee in a French Press by boiling water and immediately pouring it over the grounds; this tastes fine by my unrefined standards. However, more discerning coffee enthusiasts might prefer a different and more specific water temperature; apparently some beans are better enjoyed when brewed at lower temps. The 1-litre Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle gives you precise temperature control, and can hold your water at that precise spot for up to 30 minutes. Like many appliances these days, it’s connected and can be remotely controlled through an app. It’s $149.

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The Growler Chill Is a Kegerator For Growlers

Getting your cold suds in a refillable growler is great way to bring fresh beer at home. But unless you’re going to drink the whole thing at once, there’s a good chance it’ll go flat in a hurry. The Growler Chill gives you options. It’s basically a tap for your growlers. It keeps up to three standard 60oz. growlers refrigerated and pressurized, right on your countertop. There’s even an oxygen purge system that goes an extra step towards keeping your brew as fresh and snappy as possible. It’s also a connected device that lets you control many of its features through your smartphone. It’s a $389 pledge, on a fully-funded campaign, with delivery slated for August 2017.

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Alchemy Makes Cider Out Of Your Leftover Fruit

We’re a wasteful culture, always throwing things out when we shouldn’t. And while the Alchema Home Cider Making System isn’t designed for recycling, it’ll make it 100% more likely that you won’t simply throw out all the fruit your kids stubbornly refuse to eat. Instead, you can use them to make delicious homemade cider. The Alchema will sanitize your materials with medical grade UV-C LED light, and monitor the entire fermentation process as your fruit turn into hooch. The connected smartphone app can even suggest a recipe, so you can make something that tastes even better than whatever random collection of flavours you might’ve haphazardly thrown together. In 1-2 weeks, you’ll have up to 2.4L of tasty cider (about 3 wine bottles), made right at home. It’s $429 on pre-order, with shipping slated for fall 2017.

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Foodsniffer Tells You If Your Meat Has Gone Bad

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How many times have you pulled out a three day old uncooked steak from the fridge and stuck it right up your nose, wondering if it’s still good to cook. Or taken a hearty whiff from that tuna steak in the hopes it hasn’t gone bad. It’s not always easy to be sure and I’ve found myself asking others for their opinion before taking a chance on some potentially bad meat. Well with the Foodsniffer, a handheld connected smart device, I wouldn’t have to ask anyone at all. I’d simply connect it to my smartphone, prop it up right against the meat and take a measurement of the gases emanating from it. In seconds I’d be able to know if it’s safe to ingest or if it gets tossed. No taking chances, no second guessing, and no botulism! It’s $89.

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HB Ring Lets You Feel Your Partner’s Heartbeat

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Being in a long distance relationship must suck, but we think it sucks a lot less now in the Information Age than it did back when you had to send a freaking letter by boat. Imagine waiting one month for a reply? Anyway, one of the things you can now do to make yourself feel physically closer to your loved one is to purchase these rings. Called HB rings, they pair with your smartphone and feature a heartbeat sensor. That information is then shared over the Internet, and reproduced on the matching ring, through tiny pulsations, so that each wearer can feel the heartbeat of their significant other no matter where in the world they are. It’s not like the ring beats non-stop either, you have to tap it to feel the heartbeat and your partner won’t be notified each time, so you can be as creepy as you want without scaring them off. There’s also a function that randomly initiates the pulsations, reminding you that your love is alive. Each ring is coated in sapphire which makes them scratch resistant and water proof, and the battery is rated to last 160 hours on standby and 14 hours while active. It’s a cool product, but it’s also one of those pre-production crowdfunded campaigns where you’re not 100% sure you’ll get what’s on the pictures. It’ll cost you $599 for a stainless steel version, and $2,990 for an 18K Rose Gold edition to find out. Shipping is slated to start in December 2017.

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Toasteroid Prints Custom Images On Your Bread

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We’ve seen toasters that can print a specific image onto your toast by using a custom shaped heating element. Heck, just last month we wrote about a Death Star Toaster that printed a TIE Fighter on your bread. The thing about these is that the image is fixed, and will always print the same thing. Toasteroid however is a “smart” toaster that connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and is able to print just about anything by using a “high density micro-filament heating system”, a kind of dot matrix heating element. The app lets you create your image, and upload it to the toaster, which then just browns your bread and brands it with your creation. Precise browning control is a feature, as is optional synchronization to a weather forecast service that can print its output directly on your bread. The possibilities are endless and if you have children or loved ones (and who doesn’t), consider how fun you could make their mornings by printing custom notes for them on their food. Prices start at $79 for Early Birds, and goes up to $85 afterwards.

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Cronzy Pen Scans Any Color You Want, Then Writes In That Color

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The headline pretty much sums up what this fantastic pen can do. It’s called Cronzy, and packs a special ink with a mechanism that will mix it on the fly and produce any of 16 million colors. You can pair the pen with a smartphone and select any of these colors through an app. Better yet, the Cronzy has a color scanner: just point it at any object and it’ll instantly start writing in that color! It works a lot like the eyedropper tool in most photo editing applications. The pen comes with 5 interchangeable nibs so you can write and draw in different styles, with different width lines. It’s stored in a special carrying case, which also doubles as a charger.

Imagine the possibilities for any artist out there. Provided it works as advertised, and the ink doesn’t run out too quickly or cost too much to replace, the Cronzy could be a hit. It’s being crowdfunded on Indiegogo at the moment, and they’re still far from their $200,000 goal. But given the nature of the product, we wouldn’t be surprised if they went viral at any moment and smashed through their objective. It’s still time to get in the Very Early Pricing of $139, and hurry up because it goes up to $219 after that.

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