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The GoBQ Is A Foldable, Ultra-Portable Grill

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Being able to carry your BBQ anywhere you go seems to be an increasingly popular ability these days, as seen in products like the BBQ Briefcase we covered a while back. But even that one didn’t have the ability to roll up into a bag, like the GoBQ does. Made from a fireproof silicone-coated fiberglass fabric that can handle temperatures up to 1,200° F (648° C), the 8 lbs. GoBQ unfurls into a “14 x 14-in (35.6 x 35.6-cm) cooking grate that offers more cooking area than the Weber Smokey Joe 14.” A chain-mail like charcoal holder keeps your heat source well ventilated, and the folding legs to which the entire assembly attaches are easily collapsed and transported. The special fabric is also insulating, helping to keep more of the heat within and keeping the outside cooler; we still wouldn’t touch it when grilling, but you get the idea. It’s a good, convenient way to transport your grilling gear anywhere you want, and at $120, is priced just right. If fully-funded, you can expect to catch the tail end of Summer 2015, with a projected shipment date of August.

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You Can Apparently Now Buy A Handheld Flamethrower

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There are other flamethrowers on the market, but they all require you to strap a canister of fuel to your back. The XM42 doesn’t. It’s a fully self-contained fire spitting’ machine that can throw a flame up to 25 feet. It uses a variety of fuels, which are stored in a canister on the device itself; this way, when you’re done burning stuff, you can just set the XM42 down.

So is this legal to own? Apparently in 48 states, it is; only California and Maryland seem to think it a bad idea to let people own these. And we can sort of understand their reluctance. What constructive things can you do with one of these? Well, the XM42 guys have some suggestions:

- clearing snow/ice
– eliminating weeds between pavement cracks
– controlled burns/ground-clearing of foliage/agricultural
– insect control
– pyrotechnic event displays
– bonfire starting

Right… because we can totally see ourselves starting a bonfire from 25 feet away with a flamethrower…

But you know what? This is America, and if you want to toast a marshmallow with a thrower from afar, then that’s your right. You wanna show those ants who’s boss? Do it. It’ll cost you $699 for an XM42 finished in brushed Aluminum, and $799 for a powder coated version.

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This Smart High Heel Shoe Features An e-Ink Display

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Imagine a pair of high heel shoes that can change appearance to match your outfits. The Volvorii shoes are just that. Featuring an e-Ink display and a Bluetooth module, they can change their look to some degree at the touch of button. Just… connect your shoes to your smartphone and pick from any of the available patterns that might best suit your outfit that day. Granted the panel is in black and white, and it’s not the entirety of the shoe that’s covered, but still. Being able to switch up your footwear’s look in a couple of seconds is functionality you don’t find elsewhere. The shoe even comes with two fasteners (one in front, the other in back) that allow you to further customize the look, allowing you to add ankle straps or a monogrammed plate or jewelry. It’s a really cool concept, but one that will cost you a $249 pledge with a December delivery date… if the project is successful, which it is far from being at the moment.

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The Pointie Is A Sharpie For Stabbing

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Ok, don’t go around stabbing anyone, yeah? But if you have to carry a stabbing tool of some kind, for some reason, the Pointie is just about the sneakiest of them all. At first glance it looks just like a regular Sharpie, but when you take the cap off you reveal a solid 17-4 stainless steel point CNC machined and hardened to condition H900. We don’t know what that means but it sounds impressive and we suppose it’s got something to do with how hard, and how corrosion resistant it is. And it’s not just the point; the entire length is one solid block of steel simply surrounded by a plastic body. The tips come in two obvious “dagger style” shapes, and one even more incognito Sharpie-look-alike that keeps up the charade even with the cap off. They’ll cost you a $25 pledge, for a delivery in April of this year.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]

iTraq Is A Cellular Tracking Device That Doesn’t Require GPS

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There are a good number of tracking devices on the market, which allow you to keep tabs on your kids, your car, your luggage or anything else that you might want to keep track of. But they all use GPS to determine their location. While that’s precise and normally sufficient, it comes with a few drawbacks, like increased battery drain. The 5-thick credit-card sized iTraq drops the use of GPS altogether and instead opts for triangulating cellular towers to determine its location. The concept is interesting. See, you buy this device which comes with its own battery and SIM card, with prepaid service, and you’ll be able to locate it for up to 3 years without having to do a single additional thing. iTraq is set to report its location at a rate you determine, between once an hour to once a day, and the battery can last for 1,500 of these connections. No matter where you are in the world, as long as there is a GSM cellular tower, you’ll be able to find iTraq. Ok, the level of accuracy is nowhere close to that of GPS, but it is sufficient for you to know if, for instance, your kids are in school or ditching class (assuming they don’t know they’re being tracked), or if your car is in the parking lot, or joyriding somewhere in town. Service is prepaid until the battery runs out, and once it does you’ll be provided with the ability to replace it and pay for a new round of service. It’s a $49 pledge with an August 2015 delivery date.

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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 ]

Candle-Powered Heater Is Efficient Enough To Heat A Small Room

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You don’t typically think of candles as effective heat sources, at least not to heat up an entire room. However, the Egloo terracotta heater claims to do just that. By using four small candles and two nested clay domes, it is able to generate enough heat to warm up an office sized room for up to 5 hours at a time. After that, just get a new set of candles. These are super cheap, going for as little as $4 for 100 at IKEA.

The nested dome design, as well as the use of clay ensures that as much of the heat generated by the candles is distributed back to the room at a rate that allows for comfortable enjoyment. It won’t warm your entire home up, but if you’ve got one chilly room you find yourself in often, you might want to consider this innovative alternative. It’s a $60 pledge on their well-funded Indiegogo, and comes in various finishes.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Carbon Flyer Is The Coolest RC Toy Plane Ever

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You’re looking at a remote controlled toy plane made out of carbon fiber, which you can steer with your smartphone. The carbon fiber construction means it’s tough and durable, and will withstand crashing into buildings and things repeatedly without taking on damage. The wings are even glued on to the body using super tough “carbon nanotube enhanced epoxy which creates bonds stronger than steel welds.” The long range Bluetooth module gives you a 240ft. range, and about 3 minutes of flight time. That may not seem like much, but the batteries are hot-swappable, so a pocketful of these and you can fly all evening. Dual high power motors with differential thrust take care of steering, and do away with fragile moving parts. But perhaps most impressively, the Flyers are outfitted with a camera! It’s only 640×480, but that’s still better than 0x0.

A $99 pledge will get you a Carbon Flyer, with a slated delivery date of August 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ LaughingSquid ]

HDD Watches Look Cool, Just Tell Time

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We’re used to seeing smart watches in the news, but the HDDWatch is nothing of the sort. It just shows time, and pretty much nothing else. But it does so with the innards of a 1 inch hard drive. Considering memory cards have pretty much taken over, old disc-based drives have dramatically dropped in price, so you’ll be able to get a HDDWatch for €150, or about $184. It’s actually €100 ($123) as an Early Bird if you don’t mind wearing it on the right wrist, because all the left wrist Early Bird watches have sold. It’s a project from Frenchman Jean Jérôme, and the Indiegogo is fully funded.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ GeekyGadgets ]