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TellSpec Is A Real-Life Tricorder For Your Food

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Imagine being able to point a device at a piece of food and having it tell you exactly what ingredients and chemicals are in it. Well, that’s exactly what the TellSpec claims to be able to do.

The device utilizes a small Raman spectrometer, a unique cloud-based algorithm and a simple smartphone app. Scanning a food item on the plate or in a shopping aisle is as simple as aiming TellSpec at it and pushing a button. It beams a low-powered laser at the item and analyzes the reflected light waves to identify the chemical makeup of the food.

The team behind the TellSpec analyzed 3,000 different foods and created an expansive database based on the spectrographic signature of those foods. Technically, it’s also able to analyze foods that aren’t in this database, with a claimed 97.7% accuracy. However, there are limitations. It’ll scan the surface of foods, but anything buried beneath an opaque layer won’t register, for instance; it’ll tell you what’s in the Twinkie dough, but stay mum on its delicious filling. The team is also hoping to expand on the database by allowing end users to add to it.

TellSpec will set you back $320 with a pledge to their fully-funded IndoeGogo, with shipping slated for August 2014.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Fancy Headset Translates Dog Thoughts

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Have you watched “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”? If you did, you might remember the Monkey Thought Translator. Aside from being hilarious, this completely fictitious device also seemed like something we’d all like to own. After all, who wouldn’t want a gadget that reads your pet’s mind? Well… with the “No More Woof”, you might just be able to do that. Currently in the early development stages, the device uses electroencephalogram sensors and a Raspberry Pi to read your dog’s thought patterns, and blare out through a speaker their associated meanings. The developers believe they’ve identified a few key processes, which translate into rudimentary expressions like “I’m hungry!”, “I need to pee!”, and “I’m tired!”.

They stress that this is a research product and that if you acquire one, you will be helping in its development and not enjoying a final, polished product. Considering it’ll cost you between $65 and $1,200 to get one (depending on the level of complexity and the number of thoughts it’s able to “read”), you may want to make sure you really care what pooch has to say before you pledge to their IndieGogo campaign.

And that’s of course assuming this whole thing isn’t a giant hoax.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

ThingCHARGER Is A Smart Charger

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This charger is smart, but not smart in the way the word is normally used in tech circles. It’s a smartly designed wall outlet that plugs right into your existing one, but features an interchangeable tip on its top surface that lets you to charge any mobile device you want, while still keeping both plugs free for other things. It stores up to three different tips in recessed areas at the back. Better yet, you can daisy-chain a few ThingCHARGERs and juice up several gadgets at once. There are no wires to mess around with, and there are two regular USB outlets at the bottom, just in case the tip isn’t enough.

They’ve blown through their crowdfunding goals already, with $29 pledges pouring in by the thousands. A Lightning connector tip is an extra $9.

TIPs-Yes

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Game Makers to Fund Kickstarter Campaign Through Indiegogo Campaign

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Crowdsourcing is pretty popular these days, and for good reason. It helps people raise funds so they can turn their ideas and concepts into a reality, and get a little press in the process if their project rises to the top on the crowdfunding platform. Kickstarter is the main player and gets the most coverage, but Indiegogo is a worthwhile alternative which provides more flexible funding options.

Most people just choose one over the other and get on with their project. Others, like Baron Von Husk, want the best of both worlds. What he did was start a campaign on Indiegogo…to fund his project on Kickstarter! He doesn’t talk about his project in detail on Indiegogo but he does explain why he wants to get his campaign on Kickstarter. All Baron says is that he’s working on a “great game” which involves social media integration and actual plastic game cards.

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A Wireless Charger For The iPhone 5 For $25

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Love it or hate it, it’s no secret that the iPhone is trailing competitors in some areas. Specifically, there are some hardware changes that Apple fans have been clamouring for for years, and Cupertino seems to be ignoring. High among that list is wireless charging (alongside a bigger screen, NFC, etc.). The Qi wireless charging standard has been established for years, but there’s no word on when or even if it’ll ever be integrated into the iPhone. This means that the most common way to recharge the phone wirelessly is with the help of bulky, often expensive cases.

The iQi Mobile product, however, is neither bulky nor expensive, costing all of $25. It’s a paper thin inductive coil, connected to another really thin strip that plugs into the phone’s Lightning connector. That’s it. It’s slim enough to be sandwiched between your soft case and the phone, and as soon as it’s hooked up, you just have to drop your phone on a charging pad and watch the battery replenish. If you don’t have a charging pad, you can get one in the same order for an extra $40. This is on a fully funded IndieGogo campaign, so you should be expecting delivery around December 2013/ January 2014.

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[ Project page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Skulpt Aim is the Ultimate Workout Companion

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Now you can gauge and evaluate the effectiveness of your workouts without needing complicated or expensive equipment with Skulpt Aim. It’s makers boast that it’s the “world’s first device to measure muscle fitness with one touch”–and you know what? It probably is, because we definitely haven’t seen anything like it.

The device is just about the size of a smartphone. All the user has to do is press Aim against any major muscle to measure its fat percentage and muscle quality. The measurements are lightning quick (they apparently take less than a second!) and the measurements are displayed instantaneously.

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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.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

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.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]