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PicPaperie Turns Instagram Images Into Gift Wrap

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So you’ve bought the perfect gift. Now it’s time to get the perfect gift wrap. Nice wrapping paper is like icing on the cake; it’s not the main thing people bite into, but it adds to the whole gifting experience. You could go and buy generic gift wrap with Santa and his reindeers printed all over, or you could get specially customized wrapping paper from PicPaperie.

The service basically turns an Instagram image into wrapping paper. The whole thing will be covered in grids with the selected image, so choose wisely. So if it’s a gift for your sister, choose an image from her feed that you know she’ll particularly like. If it’s for your SO, choose a picture with you in it and wrap it up with a box.

PicPaperie was recently funded on Indiegogo and will be launching soon. You can sign up for updates on their website.

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Anti-Rape Underwear Could Be Just Around The Corner

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Like it or not, there are situations that are more risky for women, whether it’s walking down a dark street at night or going to questionable parties. Now a company is trying to put the odds a little more in the women’s camp by designing a line of underwear, AR Wear, that can’t be removed by someone other than the wearer. The hope is that they’ll help prevent rape, since studies have shown that “resistance increases the chance of avoiding a completed rape without making the victim more likely to be physically injured”. These shorts have special cut-and-tear-resistant bands around the waist, leg openings and central panels that prevent an unwanted assailant from removing them forcefully. Only the wearer can take them off by making use of the simple and elegant “clock-hand lock”, which involves placing two small levers on the front of the garment at specific angles. Each piece of underwear comes with it’s own combination, whether it’s 1:40, 3:50 and so on.

Of course this doesn’t guarantee safety, and precautions should always be taken when you’re in an unfamiliar and potentially risky environment. But this is just one more tool that could end up becoming the deciding factor between an assailant going through with his crime and giving up frustrated.

Unfortunately the line is still under development and there’s no clear timeline for when, if ever, it will hit the market. You can help the company along with a donation to their IndieGogo campaign, but know that this doesn’t automatically put you in line to receive the underwear. It only buys you a discount once development is completed.

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This Belt Vibrates In The Direction You’re Supposed To Go, So You Don’t Have To Pull Your Phone Out

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Walking around with phone in hand, looking for directions, almost immediately brands you as a tourist. Nothing wrong with that, really, but you may want to be more inconspicuous for whatever reason. Enter the Triposo Travel belt. Connect it to your phone with a cable, launch the app, point to where you want to go, and put the phone back in your pocket. As soon as you start walking, the belt will buzz in any of four directions, guiding you from corner to corner until you reach your destination. You’ll look as comfortable as a local, while having absolutely no idea where you are.

It’s a smart idea and we hope they reach their modest funding goal of $10,000. It would have been nice if it were wireless, but we imagine that battery drainage concerns killed that initiative. If you want to pre-order your own, it’ll cost you $50.

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Awesome Ring-Worn Clock Could Be Real, Isn’t Yet

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Here’s to hoping that an ambitious crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo not only reaches its funding goals, but that the product in question turns into reality even if funding is met (which is not always guaranteed). It’s called the Ring Clock, and is meant to be a time telling device worn on one of your fingers. It allegedly uses “ultra-thin mono-color LEDs” and a “6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery” to display the time at the twist of its body. The battery, though small, would be enough to give the ring one week of autonomy. Charging would be done wirelessly, through induction using the Qi standard and would involve nothing more than placing it on a charging plate. It’s an eye catching product, which would be sure to start several conversations at parties and altogether make you look like an Alpha geek.

But here’s the rub. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. So far, the only concrete thing they have is a work-in-progress prototype which appears to be nothing more than the external body with laser cut numerals. They admit that they will use a third of the funds to complete said prototypes… so we’re not even sure if the concept can actually be pulled off. We’re not informed of any track record they may have, and considering how ahead of its time it is, we’re worried that even if they manage to reach their goal, that the Ring Clock will never be successfully manufactured. Still, this is the nature of crowd funding: to give an opportunity to people to produce innovative products when they might not otherwise have fit traditional criteria for doing so. Let’s hope they pull it off. It’s an $185 pledge to get in line for yours, which might arrive in April 2014 if all goes well.

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High Tech Bling: Video Earrings with 2.2-Inch Screens

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Earrings. People wear them to make a statement or to complete their outfits. Others purposely choose wacky pairs to grab people’s attentions, while others design their own to show off their creativity and individuality.

Adding yet another reason why people wear earrings is the team at MJ Mclaren with their Video Earrings. These high-tech accessories incorporate a 2.2-inch screen that can stream media and display slideshows. The earrings can be charged and loaded with files via USB.

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Sprayable Energy Caffeine Spray Will Perk You Right Up

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Sometimes, a cup of coffee just doesn’t do it for you. Even if it does, there’s the dreaded crash that often comes sooner than you’d like. The alternative? Sprayable Energy. It’s a patent-pending caffeine spray that can be absorbed for “energy through your skin without the jitters, crash, chemicals, & cost of other caffeinated products.”

Most energy-boosting drinks and products out there contain loads of calories, sodium, and sugar. Others contain doses of caffeine that are masked with the addition of artificial ingredients. Sprayable Energy wins on several counts because it’s odorless, colorless, and does what it promises to do.

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This Patch Makes You Invisible To Mosquitos

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Everybody loves to hate mosquitos, and the market is flooded with products aimed at getting you rid of the nuisance. The Kite patch, pictured above, claims to contain natural ingredients that, when worn, make you undetectable to the insects for 48 hours. Better yet, it doesn’t have to be worn on the skin, but will work just fine on clothing. We’re not sure what’s in it, but if it works as advertised, it should become an instant hit. Currently doing the crowdfunding dance on IndieGogo, the plan is for the makers to test the first batch in Uganda, where malaria is common. Once that’s done, and once they’ve received US EPA approval, Kite will become available stateside.

Meanwhile, the money you give to the campaign will not only go towards getting you some patches for yourself, but will contribute to getting the product to some of the parts of Africa hardest hit with the disease. The company received initial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, so we’re not looking at some random folks with a shaky IndieGogo campaign; this looks like the real deal and definitely worth getting into. They’ve currently blown past their $75,000 funding goal and are floating around $300k. The smallest contribution you can make that’ll get you some patches for yourself is $35. However, expect to wait 10 to 14 months before getting yours.

Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on Vimeo.

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This Is A Portable Seatbelt For Buses

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We’ve all thought it: “isn’t it funny that we put our seatbelts on when driving our cars, but don’t even think twice about getting on a huge bus that doesn’t even have them?” Granted, accidents involving buses are rather rare, but they do happen and it’s rarely pretty. So that’s why Blake McCauley and Charles Bedell have created the SafeHarness portable seat belt. It features two loops, one that goes around the seat back and cinches in place, and the other that attaches around your waist. It’s been tested and meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. And although you could theoretically buy your own, the idea is for current bus companies to buy them in bulk and retrofit them to their fleet. It would be much easier and cheaper to do than a regular seatbelt, but obviously it’s an uphill battle to get any company to do anything it doesn’t have to do, and from which it stands to profit very little. So if you do want your own, you can get it for a $60 pledge on Indiegogo, assuming of course that the campaign reaches its funding goals… which seems unlikely with $1,000 raised from a $50,000 goal and only 11 days to go.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Crowdfunded Project Hopes To Have A Working Hoverboard By 2015

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Let’s call this one a really long shot. One Robert Haleluk has launched an IndieGogo campaign, hoping to raise $1 million, with the aim of developing a working hoverboard by 2015. Yes, that’s the same year that Marty McFly hops on the device in the movie. And no, it doesn’t plan to use some form of magnetic levitation (or whatever it is in the flick), but good ole propellers:

The boards would be constructed from a honeycomb carbon fiber to keep weight to a minimum. In terms of power source, Haleluk is looking at two promising new lightweight battery technologies – a Lithium-Air battery in development by IBM with the goal of powering a car for up to 500 miles on a single charge or a unique energy device being researched by Stanford which can store power in a sheet of paper with special ink infused with carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires. Of course, neither of these technologies is in production yet, so that certainly creates a risk factor for the Hoverboard project. Current off-the-shelf battery technologies would likely be insufficient to lift a passenger for any meaningful period of time.

So we’re going to make another call here, and say that this isn’t just a long shot. It isn’t going to happen. The guy wants a cool million, just to possibly maybe find the technology that can make this a reality. And then to possibly perhaps assemble it all into a working product. Sure. Not to mention that the minimum pledge that will get you an actual hoverboard is $10,000! Yeah… we’re all for innovation and crowdfunding, but we like a little smidgeon of realism as well.

We’re not the only ones who think so; the project has raised $61 as of this writing.

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