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GravityLight Is Back, Brighter, And More Robust

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The GravityLight is powered by, well, gravity. You attach it to a strong beam, tie a 12kg weight to it (made from rocks or sand), and let gravity pull it down. As it does, it powers a set of gears inside, which drive a DC generator that produces one-tenth of a Watt. That’s enough to power the LED for up to 25 minutes at a time. When that’s over, just hoist the weight back up and keep going. This is great for developing nations which often rely on Kerosene lamps that are not only polluting, but noxious, and potentially dangerous. The makers of the GravityLight already made one last year, but this new model is brighter, more robust, easier to use, and can provide light even as it is being charged. More importantly perhaps, it is being assembled right in Kenya, which will provide some jobs to the very people it is meant to help. You can get one yourself for a $70 pledge, all the while knowing you’re contributing to a good cause.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

The Dog Collar Goes High Tech, And Connected

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There is more tech in the Connected Collar than there is in your average cellphone. It’s a dog collar that’s very much relevant in 2015, with a feature set that makes it a compelling purchase for anyone who’s passionate about their canine friends.

Introducing the worlds first all-in-one smart dog collar with Virtual Fence & Leash Technology, Health & Location Tracking, Dynamic Assisted Training, Built-in Anti Barking, 2-Way Communication, Share-ability. The Connected Collar has built-in vibration signaling and an ultrasonic whistle, like professional dog trainers use. The DogTelligent app includes pre-programmed commands like sit, stay, down, and come that makes training easier. The Connected Collar’s ultrasonic whistle can also be set to automatically detect and deter excessive barking. Our proprietary Virtual Leash and Fence Technology allows you to keep your dog safe anywhere, at any time. With the Virtual Fence, set your home’s wifi network to be notified if your dog goes beyond the approved zone.

There are LEDs to help you find your dog in the dark, and even a SIM to locate your pup in case he does roam outside of the range of WiFi or Bluetooth. It’s a comprehensive product that does just about everything you’d want this sort of technology to be able to do. And the best part is that at $120, it’s priced just right.

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Bolt Electric Skateboard Is World’s Smallest

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There are gaps in our transportation infrastructure, for trips that are too far away to walk comfortably, but too close to take the bus or car. For these instances, a device like the Bolt, the World’s Smallest Electric Skateboard, is awesome. Measuring only 23.5-inches long and 10-inches wide, and weighing in at a very reasonable 8.8lbs, the Bolt is extremely portable. But when it’s on the road, it’s able to carry a rider up to 6.5 miles on a charge, at up to 10mph, with a 1 hour recharge time. That’s just enough for a daily commute to school, or to get some groceries at that convenience store that’s just a couple of blocks too far for you to feel like actually walking to it. The battery can also be used to recharge your electronics, and can even be controlled remotely since it does connect to your smartphone. Control is achieved through a handheld remote, and a powerful 2,000 Watt motor should be able to handle riders of most sizes. To get your own you’ll have to pre-order it for $599. It was successfully funded on Indiegogo, but deliveries aren’t slated to start until October of this year.

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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 ]