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Buy a Brick, Help Build the Nikola Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla Museum Indiegogo

The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman is a huge fan of Nikola Tesla. So much so that he’s made several comics explaining the awesomeness of Nikola and his contributions to the field of electricity. Back in 2012, Inman launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy the property of Tesla’s former laboratory. Now he’s back on Indiegogo with another campaign, and this time, he wants to build a museum honoring–you guessed it–Nikola Tesla.

Inman got Elon Musk to donate a million dollars to the cause. Now it’s time up to us to raise the rest. The goal of this campaign is to fund the removal of hazardous materials on the property and the renovation of the Stanford White building.

Donate $125 and your name (or whatever message you choose) will be engraved on a brick that will be used to build the Tesla museum. Pledge larger amounts and you’ll get bigger brick and some extra perks to book. You can check out the campaign on Indiegogo here.

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Movpak is an Electric Skateboard and a Backpack In One

Movpak

Get to where you’re supposed to be fast and in one piece with Movpak. You could be on that board for years but still lose your balance if you’re carrying a particularly heavy backpack. Cue the Movpak, which is a cross between a backpack and an electric skateboard that solves your problem of finding a truly portable, convenient, and eco-friendly way of commuting.

The Movpak is capable of speeds of up to 15 mph and has a range of 9 km on a single charge. It comes with a wireless remote which features one-touch options for speed controls, brake, and reverse. Using it is so easy that its makers claim you can hop on a board and master it in about 10 minutes. Now isn’t that impressive?

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Fresh Air Plus Does Away With Nasty Smells After You Do a Number Two

Fresh Air Plus

There’s nothing pleasant about poop. Not it’s smell, not it’s appearance, not it’s texture–nothing. There’s little you can do about most of these without having to change your diet, save for the smell, because you can actually minimize it (well, sort of) if you get one of these Fresh Air Plus units. It’s basically a fan that’s specially designed to fit your toilet bowl.

When you sit on it, a sensor triggers the unit’s fan to turn on, which subsequently filters out the nasty smells of poop through a hose and out of the bowl. This way, the smell won’t overwhelm your senses by the time you’re ready to flush.

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bKey Provides Emergency Power When You Need It

bKey

Running low on power and desperately needing to send one last message or make one last call? The grab your keyring and look for the only key that can help you out in this situation: the bKey. It’s a small, white key-like device that gives your mobile device some much-needed power so you can do whatever it is you need to do before calling it a day.

Think of bKey as an emergency power source of sorts. Despite its small size, it can hold enough juice to keep your device powered up for an additional 30 minutes while you call, text, or surf the web.

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ElectroVine: A Green Extension Cord

ElectroVine

You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. That applies to a lot of things, extension cords included. Okay, so it’s not like they’re that offensive, but they do make nightstands and shelves and wherever else they can be found look very unsightly. If you’re particular about how your home looks and want an alternative to the usual bright orange cord you’ve got, then here it is: the electroVine.

It gives your home a touch of green, even if it’s artificial. It’s basically an extension cord dressed up in the guise of vine. It adds to the decor of your home while being completely functional at the same time. What’s not to like?

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SharkStopper Repels Sharks With Acoustics

Sharkstopper

Sharks are deadly creatures. Movies and media make them out to be bigger villains, but the threat they pose to surfers and to those who are enjoying a swim at the beach is very real. Whereas Batman had his shark repellent, the rest of us now have a better option than shark-repelling rash guards with the development of the Sharkstopper.

It’s a wearable device that emits the sounds of killer whales, which is one of the shark’s natural predators. The signals have been tested on various species of sharks, including hammerheads and the great white shark, with positive results.

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SwivelCard is the Smartest Business Card Ever

swivelCard

Business cards just got smarter with swivelCard. At the outset, they look like typical cards. But fold it in half and push the tab at the bottom out, and it transforms into a fully-functional USB drive. The storage capacity is small, but you don’t really need more than a few kilobytes as it only serves to direct the recipient of the card to your website or portfolio.

The QR code on the back of the card makes it mobile friendly, too, in case the one who has the card doesn’t have a laptop or access to a computer at the moment.

Smart, isn’t it?

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No More Sore Fingers: Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

It takes a lot of time and practice to master playing the guitar. It also requires steely determination and a high tolerance for pain because pressing on those strings for hours on end will eventually take a toll on your fingers. Cue the Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard that aims to make guitar playing less painful and easier at the same time.

As the name implies, it’s a cover of sorts for the frets on the neck of your guitar. Once it’s on, it replaces strings with color-coded buttons that shields your fingers from the pain while helping you learn how to play. Pretty neat, eh?

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Frebble Lets You ‘Hold Hands’ With Loved Ones Who Are Far Away

Frebble

To say that technology has changed how people communicate is an understatement. Where people used to send telegrams and letters, we now send emails, instant messages, or SMS. Where people used to pick up the phone and talk to each other, we now use video chat and video conferencing where we get to see and interact with the people we’re talking to.

Taking things one step further are the folks behind Frebble, which look like modified joysticks that you’re supposed to grab with one hand as you would, well, a joystick. It let’s people “hold hands” even though they’re far away by communicating these sensations to the other party.Continue Reading