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The Tempescope Will Recreate Tomorrow’s Forecast For You In A Plexiglass Cube


If you want to know whether you’ll be needing your umbrella tomorrow, you could just fire up a weather app on your smartphone and check. But it’s a lot more fun if you use the Tempescope to get that information. It’s a plexiglass cube that doesn’t tell you the weather: it recreates it. The device is able to generate microclimates within its transparent enclosure, and it’s currently able to do rain, clouds, and lightning. The company is working on making it snow, but we imagine that’s quite the engineering challenge. It goes online and is able to retrieve the forecast for your city, or any place you designate, allowing you to share your current weather with your loved ones, for example.

The IndieGogo campaign launches on September 30th and the first 2,000 unit run will be offered to anyone willing to pledge $200 for it.

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This Ear Thermometer Plugs Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Jack


There are many ways to take a person’s temperature, and some are less pleasant than others. The Tympani Ear Thermometer is the more pleasant type, gathering its data with an in-ear infrared sensor. It then transmits the information to your smartphone through its audio jack. A companion app lets you track your temperature, or email it to your doctor when necessary. It does its measurement in two seconds, which is great when your patient is an uncooperative baby or a really grumpy adult. Tympani requires no batteries, and best of all, costs very little at $25. It’s a fully-funded Indiegogo project, with expected shipment due in December.


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With Opal, Nugget Ice At Home Is Possible


Not all ice is created equal, and a lot of people are fans of nuggets. What’s that? It’s the kind of irregularly shaped ice pellets offered by some restaurant chains like Sonic. This ice is softer, easy to chew, and the increased surface area means your drinks will get cooled down faster and will absorb some of the flavour they’re immersed in. The Opal machine pictured above is able to make this kind of ice by the bucketloads, making it possible for you to have BBQs with fancy nugget ice any time you want. At full steam, Opal is able to make up to 24lbs of ice a day, in 3 lbs. batches. So how is this ice made?

Opal nugget ice is made by scraping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled aluminum cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into frozen nuggets of air and ice. Nugget ice is about 50% air by volume, and those tiny pinholes of air between the ice flakes are the secret to soft, chewable, flavorful ice.

Sounds pretty cool. Opal is back by GE Appliances, which means you’ll get a quality product for a fraction of the cost of regular nugget ice machines: the appliance is a $399 pledge on IndieGogo, with the campaign being almost 1,000% funded as of this writing. Clearly people have a hankering for this, so get yours before the price goes up to $499.


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GravityLight Is Back, Brighter, And More Robust


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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The Dog Collar Goes High Tech, And Connected


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


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


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


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


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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