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The Alien V. Predator Wood Burning Stove Has Personality

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Look, you can burn some wood the old fashioned way, in a good old classic wood burning stove. Or you can spend a not-too-ridiculous amount of money and do the same thing in something that’ll at least get you a couple of amused nudges at your next garden party. Or wherever it is that you’d wanna use and display this thing. It’s made by a company called “Burned by Design LTD”, and each stove appears to be carved out of a propane tank, with metal pipes and bits welded on. Prices start at $460, and go up to $995 depending on the design, which include Storm Trooper, Boba Fett, R2D2, and Alien Xenomorph, as pictured. That one’s $995, incidentally.

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The Giraffe Measuring Tape Is The Best Measuring Tape

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We live in such politically correct time that I feel sort of bad suggesting you should get this for your girlfriend. But… I mean, it’s not like it’s meant as an insult or anything; guys could love the Miss Meter Measuring Tape by OTOTO. It’s just that it’s so darn cute, as opposed to functional, that we’d like to imagine girls will be more likely to care. But whatever, look, all I’m saying is there’s a measuring tape where the tape is also the giraffe’s neck. It’s a cool design trick, and it only costs $14.90, so that’s not a lot of money. We think you should buy it, guy or girl, because good design is good design, regardless of gender.

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With The Blandito Transformable Pad, Nap Time Can Also Be Taco Time

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Taking a nap on a sofa or on your bed is great, but if you really want to get cosy, you might want to look into the Blandito Transformable Pad. It’s a reconfigurable circular pad that can be tied into all kinds of different shapes, one of which includes the delicious taco, apparently. You and your loved one are then free to spoon while cosplaying as guacamole and beans. It uses wooden ball hooks to tie itself into knots, and will set you back a very cool £306.56 (around $440USD).

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OhGizmo! Review: The ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator

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You would think car chargers are a dime a dozen, but it turns out some of them stand out from the rest of the crop due to their design and features. We’ve been playing around with the ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator for the last couple of weeks, and we’d like to spend a minute talking about why we like it so much.

Winner of the 2016 IF Design awards, the ZUS Car Charger by Nando does look pretty slick, as far as car chargers go. Integrated LED lighting (which the company calls ElegantShineTM) makes it easy to find in the dark and gives it a bit of a touch of class. It’s a slick, solid piece of kit, and nothing about it feels flimsy (especially the USB connector).

More importantly, it features two angled USB ports, so you can power up two devices simultaneously. Integrated circuitry detects which device is plugged in and automatically adjusts power output to the maximum. In this way, charging time is minimized while reducing the risk of damaging the electronics. And in our testing we did find that our iPhone 6 Plus does get juiced up considerably quicker than when we were using a competitor’s charger.

The “Car Locator” part of its name refers to its ability to direct you back to your car after you’ve parked. It does this by pairing to your smartphone through bluetooth, and keeping track of your car’s whereabouts through the companion app. When it senses the phone disconnect (by your walking away), the system knows you’ve parked and remembers the location the car was in. When it’s time to find your way back, just start the app up and follow directions. In our testing we found this feature worked relatively well, but the compass directions were mostly hit and miss; it was better to just find the car on a map. Also, it has its limitations, such as when you’re parked in an indoor car park,for which you’re prompted to “take a picture of your car’s location”. Of course, this is not the fault of the ZUS, but just how GPS signals work.

Overall we’re extremely satisfied with the ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator. You’re purchasing a solid, titanium-coated charger with a construction rated to “US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard. Temperature as high as 100ºC”. The best part is you get all this for $35, and until March 31st, OhGizmo! readers can use promo code SMM-AKZUSSUMMER16 to get 10% off, when buying on Nonda’s website below.

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The Coconut Paddle Looks Awesome, Costs An Arm

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Well, as far as ping pong paddles go, this has got the be the most eye catching one we’ve ever come across. It’s called the Coconut Paddle, and there is no coconut involved in its making. Instead, there’s a Blonde 3 Ply Bamboo Wood, with custom inserts in the handle. The shape of that handle is not only ergonomic but allows for left or right handed play. And like anything that looks unusual and seems overengineered, the price is through the roof: $108. For reference, that’s about $100 more than we’d be willing to pay for a ping pong paddle, but then again we know nothing about the game and wouldn’t be surprised if professional grade paddles fetch even higher prices.

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Reusable Fold-Out Shopping Bags Are A Must-Have For Grocery Shopping

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Ok, so, let’s list the reasons why buying these Trolley Bags is a good idea. First off, plastic is bad, m’kay? These bags are reusable, so there’s less plastic waste. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real innovation comes in the way they fit within a shopping basket. The stainless steel rods span across the basket, allowing you to simply drop your items right in the bags as you normally would while browsing the aisles. Granted, you’ll have to take them out again at checkout, but then you just drop them right back in and walk away without fuss. They’re held together with velcro, so they can easily be detached when needed. It’s a great system, and only $70.

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RightShears Solves A Problem We Didn’t Know We Had

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Look, scissors have been around for a while, and for the most part, they do their job just fine. But just fine didn’t seem to be enough for ReExcite, a startup whose website was clearly designed in 1998. They’re making a set of scissors called RightShear and while they do exactly the same thing regular scissors do, they do so at a 90 angle. This way you can keep your hand out of the way of whatever it is you’re cutting. It may seem a little useless for small tasks, but if you’re cutting large pieces of cardboard that better lay flat for some reason, RighShear will get the job done much more easily. As a matter of fact, if you look at videos of the item in action you’ll see the ergonomics are actually quite improved. They’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign soon at an undisclosed pricepoint, and you can sign up on their page to be notified of when this happens.

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Beautiful 3D Printed Flatware

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3D printing tech keeps advancing, and we’re starting to see some pretty eye-catching stuff become available for purchase. This set of utensils from Francis Bitoni Studio uses 3D metal printing tech, and is finished in sterling silver. It’s called Setae Flatware, and features four metal strands that intertwine gracefully to finish in a point. Or… in little bowl in the case of the spoon. Or… an edge, in the case of the knife. Well, you get the point. They’re very nice looking and would fit right in the Lord of the Rings universe. Luckily for you, they’re available in this universe, although we don’t know for how much.

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Sacrificial Chair Serves As A Clothes Rack

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You know that chair in the bedroom you just toss your clothes on, only to finally take them off twice a month and toss them in the laundry hamper? Yeah, well, it’s not doing its purpose of letting you sit now, is it? So why bother? The Sacrificial Chair elegantly acknowledges this common habit and is made for the sole purpose of tossing garments haphazardly on. It’s a simple metal wireframe, easily assembled after being shipped flat, and serves absolutely zero sitting duty. We imagine the philosophy is that if you can’t change your bad habits, you may as well embrace them. You will, of course, have to pay $140 for the privilege.

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