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Paper Speaker is Feather-Light But Offers Heavyweight Sound

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Get ready for some sweet sounds the next time you step into a room and see this. No, that’s not a paper fan or some flimsy-looking decor. That’s actually the Phonon Kamome and it’s a speaker made from paper. It’s shaped in the form of a feather and the cool part is that it’s feather light too, weighing in at only 129 grams.

So how does it work? The Phonon Kamome uses micro vibrations technology between the paper to generate sound. It’s connected to an amplifier with an output connection, which you can use to hook the speaker up to your MP3 player or phone/

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Airtype is a Keyless Keyboard From the Future

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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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If Heels Could Kill: Iron Shoes, Krueger Heels, and More

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The shoes are deadly, in both the figurative and literal sense. For the former, that’s because they’re inspired from elements with particularly deadly themes, such as Freddy Krueger for the Krueger heels. The latter is true because most of them are sky high and will probably give you a bad sprain if you walk around a little too carelessly while wearing them.

Aside from Freddie-inspired shoes, the most impressive from the bunch has to be the Iron Shoes, which is inspired by none other than Game of Thrones, where death is unfortunately all too common. You can check out the rest of the shoes from the series after the break.Continue Reading

Shell Stool Showcases Explosive Design

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You don’t have the bite the bullet to show everyone how tough you are. Instead, sit on one, and look cool while you’re at it with these Shell Stools designed by Jake Phipps.

They might fit best in the dens of hunters and other hobbyists, but don’t count them out just yet because they’ll add some glitz to whatever room they’re added to, regardless of the homeowner’s particular hobbies or interests. The stools basically look like giant spent ammunition cartridges. They’re available in a bronze or silver finish, and the coolest part? They can be joined together to form a low table or a bench. Pretty neat, eh?

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Printeer – the Kids-friendly 3D Printer

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There is no denying that modern day kids are smarter than we were at their age; being exposed to tons of new and cool gadgets has given them the upper hand, at least where technology is concerned. One piece of tech, however, has long been out of reach because of the level of technical expertise required – and that’s 3D printing. But thanks to Mission Street’s Printeer, kids can now get hands-on with three-dimensional printing as well. Involving no complex CAD programs and software, the 3D printer just requires kids to have an iPad and a drawing tool. Once an image has been drawn, they simply send it to the 3D printer. With a pledge amount of $549, Printeer is likely to be made commercially available sometime after November – after they’ve met their crowd-funding target. Pledge-givers, however, can get their hands on limited inventory as early as October.

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Data King: Game Of Thrones Direwolf USB Drive

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Larger and stronger than wolves, with a ferocity unmatched by no other. Yes, that’s the direwolf, and now you can call upon it from the depths of extinction to keep your files and data safe. The Game of Thrones Direwolf USB features a a direwolf who looks ready to pounce. Just remove the mane-y cover to reveal the USB, which you can use to store up to 64GB of data.

The USB case is crafted from a super-strong alloy and comes with a necklace/keyring attachment. It’s waterproof, too, so no worries if you accidentally get it wet. It’s available online for $29.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ This Is Why I'm Broke ]

Write in Whatever Color You Want with Scribble

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You know that eyedropper tool in most image editing programs that lets you lift and use whatever color you want to, as long as it’s there on your screen? Well, the Scribble pen works like that, only it’s infinitely cooler because it’s a pen, for crying out loud. One end is the scanner (aka the physical eyedropper), while the other end is the pen which does all the writing.

Scribble uses 16-bit color sensors and Bluetooth technology to make it happen. What’s impressive is the fact that it can store up to 100,000 different colors. So scan that shirt, the rose that you just got, or your neighbor’s curtain–every color is within reach, now that you’ve got a tool as nifty at this.

Scribble will be available in two versions: the ink version, which comes with ink cartridges so you can write, scribble, and draw to your heart’s content; and the stylus version, which works with the Scribble+ app to make colors come alive on your mobile device. A Kickstarter campaign is planned for the pen. You can sign up on the Scribble website here for updates.

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Sole Power: Charge your Phone by Walking!

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Everyone’s heard of green energy sources – solar power, water power and the like; but have you heard of footstep power? This new gadget is the brainchild of a 15-year old boy from the Philippines – Angelo Casimiro. Unveiled at the Google Science Fair 2014, this piezoelectric device uses the pressure generated in the sole of the shoe while walking, to charge your electronic device. A clever idea, no doubt, but quite similar to inventor Rajesh Adhikari’s idea of a ‘shoe charger’ revealed a few months ago. Unfortunately, you can only get about 10 minutes of battery power after a two-hour game of basketball, but it’s definitely a promising technology for the future. Getting the gadget into production might be quite a challenge, so you may not be able to buy one just yet – but at least you’ll know you saw it first on OhGizmo!

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Hammock Backpack: So You Can Nap On the Go

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Nothing beats lying back on a hammock with little to no cares in the world, as a gentle breeze blows to keep you cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, thoughts of lying on a hammock remain just that–thoughts–unless you’re the type who takes one with you wherever and whenever.

That’s not always a very practical thing to do, what with the added bulk and weight, unless you’ve got one of these HackedPacks. As the name implies, these backpacks have been hacked. Aside from having enough space to carry all of your gear, it also has a built-in hammock crammed into it.

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