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Here’s What Your Smartphone Always Needed: An Integrated E-Cigarette

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They’ve been talking about convergence for years; once separate items now fuse together into one device, the way GPS units and video cameras now both conveniently co-exist within our smartphones. But sometimes we see unusual items declare themselves bedfellows, like this questionable fusion of e-cigarettes and smartphone called Jupiter IO 3, by Vaporcade. It’s a full-fledged smartphone running Android KitKat 4.4, and has 16 hours of runtime thanks to two batteries, one for the phone and the other for the vape. They are shared, so if you don’t smoke much you’ll get more phone time, and vice versa. It uses liquid cartridges that cost $15 a piece, come in several flavours and last about 800 puffs, about as much as 4 packs of smokes. With the companion app you can track usage, liquid levels, and other metrics, which could come in handy for anyone trying to cut down on their smoking habits. The 3G version will set you back $299, while a forthcoming 4G variant is expected to fetch $499. The device has been cleared by the FCC since November 2015, so it seems they’re ready to hit the market. Whether anyone will think this has any worth beyond a cool party trick remains to be seen.

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Coolbox Is The World’s Most Advanced Toolbox

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Last summer we told you about the Coolest Cooler, a smart cooler that integrated so many extra features that it went on to become the most successful crowd funded project of all time ($13.2M pledged!). Its existence seems to have inspired the Coolbox, a toolbox with a suite of features you might be interested in. They include: “a 12v rechargeable battery, two USB ports, 270-degree LED lighting, a 10-foot extension cord with three built-in plugs and an iPad stand. The box also has a Bluetooth speaker.” The lid is magnetic, there’s a powerbar, and even a whiteboard on the inside of the lid. And of course, there’s enough room to accommodate your power tools. The entire thing will set you back $179, with expected delivery in June 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

A Fridge With An Integrated Keurig Machine? GE’s Got That

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We have spent the last decade seeing once independent devices slowly converge into one; the calculator, altimeter, telephone, music player, handheld gaming device, digital camera, and more were once standalone products. They are now just a part of a smartphone. Well, it’s conceivable that the same thing could happen with our home appliances, and the first few steps in that direction can be seen in GE’s new Café French Door refrigerator. It looks just about the same as a regular fridge, but comes with an integrated Keurig brewer in the door. Simply pop a K-cup into the receptacle, and the LCD touchscreen will present you with the familiar brewing options that the standalone machines normally give you. A minute later and voila, fresh brewed coffee! GE’s connected fridge also allows you to set brewing times through an application, so that water can be pre-heated the moment you wake up, ready to infuse your morning brew without a moment’s wait.

Seeing as fridges also already make ice, it’s tempting to imagine a future where they also gain something like microwave capabilities. Heck, we can even envision a fridge with a toaster… Or maybe we’re just getting carried away. In any case, the Café French Door refrigerator will go for $3,300 and be available around Fall.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]