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Aspekt is a Modular SLR Camera System That Lets You Keep On Shooting

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Not all cameras are created equal. The same can be said for accessories. Photographers and hobbyists prefer different tools to create and capture their photographic masterpieces, which is why it’s so difficult to choose from only one brand because other lines might have more suitable options.

With this in mind, a team from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany created Aspekt, a modular mirrorless SLR camera system that lets users attach and use different accessories and older lenses that are not normally supported by SLR cameras.
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Recoiling Bicycle Mudguard Works Sort Of Like A Snap Bracelet

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Getting mud sprayed all over your back when you’re riding is fun. Ok, no, it’s not. But mudguards are often badly made, unsightly, and people generally tend to avoid them. If they had the Plume, pictured above, they might change their mind. Made from stainless steel and a flexible polymer, the Plume “extends out into a sleek mudguard or recoils back into a tight circle under your seat with the gentle press of a finger, even if you’re in motion.” The action is much like that of the snap bracelets of your youth, and doesn’t require springs, or any special mechanism. It’s $35, currently on pre-order on Kickstarter.

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Onnit Chimp Primal Bell Will Add A Little Flavor To Your Workouts

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Crossfit is gaining popularity and with it, the use of kettlebells. These have been around for a while, by the way, but now that they’re popular again, why stop at buying a simple ball-shaped one, when you can get yourself the Chimp Primal Bell from Onnit? It weighs 36lbs. (1 pood, for those of you who speak Crossfit-ese) and is made from “chip resistant iron.” That just probably means it’s made from iron, which tends to be more malleable and not chip in general, rather than some form of special iron that doesn’t chip.

It’s $86 for a kettlebell with some personality.

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LoungePac Chair Is For Professional Beach Bums Only

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Summer is on everyone’s mind these days, and that means trips to the beach are on the horizon. You can either go there like an amateur, with… a towel. Or you can gear up and bring the LoungePac Chair. When folded up, the 10kg (22lbs) chair is not much larger than a carry on bag, measuring 32″Lx25″Wx12″H. Once unfurled, ten seconds after you reach, you have got an adjustable umbrella, two large thermal Coolers with cupholders (coolers can hold wine bottles), and a removable tote bag. Even the leg support is removable if you fancy having your toes in the sand.

Versatility at the beach doesn’t come cheap, though: $259.

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These Are Some Awesome, Artful Knives

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Logan Pearce is a third generation knife maker. His grandfather made a name for himself forging knives out of railroad spikes, and although Logan carries the tradition still, he also makes them out of everyday objects like wrenches, pieces of rebar, and even heavy duty bolts. Granted knifemaking isn’t exactly cutting edge tech (see what we did there?), we kind of like Logan’s work and think he deserves some attention. Not that he’s not getting any to start with as there is a 3 week waiting time for any new orders. With prices ranging from $20 to $350, you can own a handmade blade no matter what your budget is.

If you’re wondering why we like them so much, head on over after the break for more pictures.

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Underwear Cools Your Family Jewels To Help You Reproduce

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 8.48.51 PM Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 8.48.43 PM They say that wearing tightie-whities is bad because it pushes your testicles closer to your body, making them warmer. That’s no good for the health of your little swimmers. The reverse logic would then be that cooling part of your reproductive organs could lead to higher fertility. The Snowball Underwear pictured above does just that, by featuring a removable gel-pack (the SnowWedge™) that rests atop that most vital of body parts, and could help boost your chances at conceiving. Luckily, the company isn’t promising miracles:

They should increase both sperm quality and quantity, and they should give you a better chance to conceive at minimal cost, but fertility science is complex, and you’ll also want to consult with a urologist (for varicoceles), as well as your fertility specialist. Snowballs may end up being just a supplemental treatment for you.

We have our doubts as well, mostly because such a small gel pack will end up getting warm pretty quickly, but hey, what do we know? If you want to try your luck, it’ll cost you a $55 pledge on Kickstarter, and for which you get three pairs of underwear along with 3 gel wedges.

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The Grub Hub Brings An Entire Kitchen To The Great Outdoors

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grub_hub For those of us on this planet that aren’t frozen solid, camping is still an acceptable activity. But being out in the wilderness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing all the amenities we take for granted at home. The Grub Hub is a portable kitchen that’s been around for a few years, but we’ve only now discovered. It packs everything, and yes, even the kitchen sink. No, this isn’t just a bad play on words: it does come with its own sink for washing your dirty dishes. Aside from holding your stove (not included), there are compartments to hold your pots and pans, telescoping rods to hang your lanterns or anything else that can be hung, and even 9 square feet of table surface for you to prepare your meals on. It’s a Swiss Army Knife of camping, and can be yours for $379.

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Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

Having a cabin in the woods doesn’t automatically mean you’re a rugged outdoorsman. You can enjoy the fine pleasures that being away from the city provides (fresh air, anyone?), while still indulging in the comforts and luxuries urban environments have accustomed us to. The Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log splitter will make stocking up on firewood as easy as pressing a button. Its 15 Amp electric motor can split logs up to 20 inches long and 10 inches in diameter, and its 20 second cycle time will give you just enough of a rest to not strain yourself from loading the logs up in the first place. It’s a $300 luxury that will have some more genuine woodsy types looking down on you, but one that you’ll be happy you purchased anyway when you’re watching Will & Grace reruns on your flatscreen TV “in the woods”, while sipping on some hot cocoa.

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DASH Wallet Lets You Use Card Without Taking It Out

There are lots of companies trying to make a better wallet. Any improvement over the scoliosis-inducing mammoths we carry today is welcome, and the DASH wallet pictured above is one of our favorites. It’s a slim wallet that intends for you to carry the essentials, and in this it’s fairly banal. But what sets it apart is the little window on the side of its “quickdraw compartment” that allows you to partially push out one card so that the magnetic stripe is exposed, and use it without actually taking it out. Everyone has that one card that they use all the time; set that one in the quickdraw slot and save, well… not a lot of time, but hey: it’s the convenience. There is another slot for a few more cards, and yet a third one for cash.

Fully loaded it appears to be not much more than half an inch thick. It’s made from black elastic fabric, and recycled materials and will cost you a $24 pledge on the almost sold out Kickstarter campaign.

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