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Gecko Gives Any Smartphone Wireless-“Style” Charging Capabilities

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Notice the word “style” in that headline. That’s because Gecko isn’t true wireless charging… but it’s pretty darn close. The system consists of three parts: a dongle that goes into your smartphone’s charging port, a dongle that goes into a USB port, and an adapter that goes over the business end of your existing charging cable. Once set up, the strong magnets on the surface of each connecting dongle align themselves so that you can casually set your phone down and it’ll start charging. Yes, there’s still a physical connection, so it’s not really wireless, but it’s close in the sense that you don’t have to take the extra step to manually plug a cable in. You’ll laugh and say “how lazy are we that we can’t even plug a cable in?”, but then you’d be missing the fact that tons of people love the convenience that wireless charging has brought them. It’s cool to simply toss your phone down on a surface as you walk in from work and have it start charging without needing to pause even for one second. At least, that’s what the folks behind Gecko hope you’ll believe. It works with iOS and Android mobile devices, and the best part is how cheap it is: a $9 pledge on IndieGogo.

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Turn The Stem Of Your Bike Into A High-Tech Cycling Computer

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There’s all kinds of cycling computers on the market, which do a number of things from navigation, to distance and speed measurements. But there’s something to be said about Speedforce’s design. It seamlessly integrates into your bike’s overall aesthetics by simply replacing your current stem. That’s right, the stem is the device, and it does everything a cycling computer should do in a fantastically elegant manner.

The elegant, integrated design seamlessly incorporates a GPS cycling computer with a power supply, headlight, and navigation. It becomes the stem of your bike for a full integration rather than as an extra part.

SpeedForce has additional pedal and wheel sensors and a heart rate band that ensure the highest accuracy. With each pedal, SpeedForce can pick up and calculate your riding data: speed, time, distance, track, heart rate, altitude, temperature, and cadence .

SpeedForce can connect to the smartphone app to allow real-time transmission of data to your SpeedForce account in the cloud. The SpeedForce app not only stores data from the hardware, but also gives you access to the SpeedForce community. Here, you can share photos, share achievements, compete and comment on each other’s posts.

It only weighs 349g, so it won’t be adding any heft to your super light vehicle, and you can pre-order yours now for $149.

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This Fruit-Flavoured Cup Tricks Your Brain Into Thinking Your Water Is Sweet

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Obesity is rampant, and sugary drinks play a huge part in this epidemic. You can replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but some people will tell you they’re bad for you (we don’t believe this), or maybe you don’t like the way they make your liquids taste. Well, there’s another option. The Right Cup is a regular drinking vessel that’s had fruit flavours baked right into the material its made of. This way you can drink plain water while smelling sweet aromas, and trick your brain into thinking you’re drinking something sweet; 80% of what you taste comes through your nose anyway, which is why you don’t taste a thing when your nose is blocked. Considering it’s a $25 pledge for one, and the smell will allegedly last up to 6 months, we say it’s a worthwhile purchase.

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Slopes for GoPro Gives You The Angle You’re Looking For

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Slopes for GoPro is a cool little stand that gives you exactly what its name implies: a panoply of slopes with which to angle your GoPro for the best possible shot.

“SLOPES” is the world’s first polyhedron support for Gopro. Thanks for its polyhedron bottom and 3-in-1 slot, “SLOPES” provides 20 different ways to put your Gopro, with a body even smaller than a Gopro housing. No tripod is needed any longer.

It’s a really handy trick up the sleeve of any aspiring action cam enthusiast, and at $21 is cheap enough to toss in a bag and carry around with you everywhere. Funding is complete, and Slopes should ship in December of this year.

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Starling Makes Sure Your Child Hears Enough Words For His Intellectual Development

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Studies have shown that the more words a toddler is exposed to when growing up, the more developed his social, emotional and intellectual abilities will be. In other words, the more words he hears, the smarter and well adjusted he’ll be. Everyone talks to their child to one degree or another, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and become inconsistent. That’s when Starling comes in. It’s a device that attaches to a baby’s clothing and simply tracks the number of words spoken in its presence. This way you can set realistic goals, and see whether you’re on track to expose baby-you to an appropriate amount of conversation. If it turns out that you’re feeling uninspired on any given day, the app can suggest “age-appropriate lexical activities”. You can check on your progress at any time by pressing button on the device, and there should be no privacy-invasion fears as the unit only counts the words but doesn’t record them. It’ll stay powered for up to 5 days at a time, is waterproof, and even has an LED to indicate when you’ve reached your target. It’s a $129 pledge to their Indiegogo, with shipping in April 2016.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

The Ember Mug Will Keep Your Drink Warm For You All Day

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Drinking coffee at the exact temperature you enjoy is like trying to hit a moving target; first it’s scalding, then it ends up lukewarm or cold within minutes. Ember is a pretty brilliant smart connected mug that first cools down your beverage quickly to your preferred temperature, then keeps it there all day. You set the temp by twisting the base, or by connecting the mug to your smartphone. If you do that, you’ll have the added benefit of being notified when your drink has cooled down to its optimal temp. The internal battery will then warm your liquids for up to two hours, or all day if you set Ember down on the wireless charging coaster that it comes bundled with. It’ll pair with an Apple Watch as well, or any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later. It’s a $129 pledge, down from its expected $149 retail cost.

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Aetho Aeon Steadycam Will Make Your GoPro Videos As Smooth As Butter

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Everyone and the mailman is taking action videos these days. One thing most of them have in common however is how shaky they tend to be. The Aetho Aeon aims to fix that by providing you with a fairly high-tech stabilizer for your GoPro. It features a 3-axis gimbal powered by brushless motors, a 32 bit Cortex processor, and an accelerometer making 1,000 measurements per second, which all combine to keep the camera completely steady. There’s a viewfinder LCD and a joystick to help you point the camera right where you want it, as well as an accessory mount. The battery is good for 5 hours of use on a 2 hour charge, and the kit weighs all of 1.1lbs (500g).

It’s a pretty fancy way to stabilize your videos, and considering the amount of tech, we’re surprised the asking price is only a $349 pledge to their fully-funded IndieGogo campaign, with shipping in Q1 2016.

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

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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

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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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