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Access Common Shortcuts Using Hand Gestures, With Flow

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When you’re doing labour intensive work on the computer, be it CAD or Photoshop or even video editing, you come to learn all kinds of shortcuts by heart. It’s essential to establishing a good workflow. But despite your best efforts, the keyboard and mouse can still limit the things you can do, and that’s where Flow comes in. It has a multitude of sensors that detect your hand’s position with great precision, allowing you to control your applications the way you want to. See, aside from making it easy to use your hand, Flow is entirely customizable so that you can use any way you like. Currently, the developers have created gesture shortcuts for over 30 apps, like Autodesk (CAD software), RhinoCeros (3D CAD), YouTube, Spotify and many more. However, the shortcuts to each of these can be tailored to your needs, and there’s going to be support for even more apps as time goes on, so Flow gets progressively more useful. Finally, the open SDK means you can develop for Flow as well, paving the way for even more opportunities.

It’s a $99 pledge to get your own, with shipping in June 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Coffee Gourmet Is A One-Cup Brewer

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There are all kinds of coffee-making products on the market, and here’s Coffee Gourmet’s take on it. It promises “superior” flavour thanks to the way in which it prepares your coffee. You insert the device inside your cup, and expose as much or as little of the filter as you want, as this will set the strength of the brew; a more exposed filter means water flows out faster, resulting in a weaker coffee, and vice versa. Then you pour near-boiling water and wait a bit. Initially the ground coffee will block the filter, allowing the beans to “bloom” and release their essential oils. As this happens they’ll also release carbon dioxide, which will make them float to the top and coffee will start flowing into your cup. Keep adding hot water until the cup is full and voila, a perfect cup of joe. The entire process takes about 40 seconds, which prevents over extraction and the associated bitter taste.

It’s a $16 pledge, assuming they reach their funding goals.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Buy a Brick, Help Build the Nikola Tesla Museum

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The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman is a huge fan of Nikola Tesla. So much so that he’s made several comics explaining the awesomeness of Nikola and his contributions to the field of electricity. Back in 2012, Inman launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy the property of Tesla’s former laboratory. Now he’s back on Indiegogo with another campaign, and this time, he wants to build a museum honoring–you guessed it–Nikola Tesla.

Inman got Elon Musk to donate a million dollars to the cause. Now it’s time up to us to raise the rest. The goal of this campaign is to fund the removal of hazardous materials on the property and the renovation of the Stanford White building.

Donate $125 and your name (or whatever message you choose) will be engraved on a brick that will be used to build the Tesla museum. Pledge larger amounts and you’ll get bigger brick and some extra perks to book. You can check out the campaign on Indiegogo here.

[ Indiegogo ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Deska Board Packs Some Features

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The aim of most long boards is to recreate the feeling of surfing, of calmly floating above the road on a little cloud while carving your way around town. Many succeed in this regard, and the Deska board appears to have every chance of pulling it off as well, and look great doing so. The wide deck has a dropped foot platform to lower your center of gravity, while the deck itself remains light thanks to a carbon fiber, Kevlar, wood, stainless steel, aluminum and fiberglass sandwich construction. There’s a foot retention strap running along the top, which helps you keep your feet on the board, but which can also be removed in an instant. And should you have some windsurfing ambitions, there’s a spot on which you can attach a sail. The three oversized, 200mm wheels should do an easy job of absorbing road imperfections, and a hand-held braking system is available for those of you who prefer slowing down that way.

Getting your own Deska board will require a $390 early-bird pledge on their IndieGogo campaign.

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[ Product Page ] AND [ IndieGogo ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Gum-Sized Device Can Tell If Your Drink Has Been Spiked

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Date rape is a real problem. Anything you can do to put the odds back on your side is a good thing, so we’re excited to report on the pd.id, the Personal Drink ID. It’s a small device, roughly the size of a stick of gum, that once dunked into your drink will alert you to the potential presence of drugs. To determine the contents of the drink, the device appears to analyze its spectroscopic signature, its reaction to an electric current, and its temperature. These three tests are combined and analyzed against the company’s database to determine if you’re in the clear. This technology is based on what the DEA has been using for years, only considerably shrunk down. And if it works properly, should become a must-carry accessory for anyone at risk.

The company is raising funds on Indiegogo, and a $100 pledge should get you one of your own, with an estimated delivery date of April 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

3D-Printing Pen CreoPop Doesn’t Use Hot Plastic As Its ‘Ink’

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Th 3D-printing pens we’ve seen thus far work by melting plastic “ink,” which then harden as it cools into whatever shape the user chose to draw or form. Think of it like a glue gun in pen form that extrudes plastic instead of glue, and there you go. Bringing something different to the table, however, is CreoPop.

CreoPop takes the heat out of the equation, and it’s all possible thanks to the type of plastic that it uses: a light-sensitive resin that hardens upon exposure to UV light. Since it doesn’t use heat, it opens the door for many more applications and makes it safer to use for those who are normally clumsy and for kids, too.

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Peek-I iPhone Camera Attachment Lets You Take Sneaky Shots

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We’re not sure how to feel about this product. It’s a tiny pivoting mirror that attaches to your iPhone’s camera and allows you to capture a shot of something that’s not directly in front of you. It pivots 360 degrees, but opens at a 45 degree angle, which means you’re limited to capturing something that’s exactly to the side of the phone’s plane: straight up, down, or sideways.

Now, you could make a case that there may be situations where you want to capture someone candidly, and that having a camera pointed at your subject may well draw their attention and cause them to lose whatever pose interested you in the first place. That’s the artistic argument. But then you have the creeps… So the question is, do you judge a product negatively because it has the potential to be abused? We’re leaning on the “no” side, which is why we’re telling you about Peek-I. It’s a cool device, as long as you don’t use it stupidly.

It’ll set you back all of $15 on their very well funded Indiegogo campaign.

[ Project Page ]

What Your Android Device Needs Is More Buttons

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a physical button on most Android devices, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a legion of tactile-obsessed customers longing for one. Well, with the Dimple, you can add four of them! You simply stick it anywhere on your phone, and assign each of the buttons to a different function. It connects to your phone via NFC, and doesn’t require a battery at all. Usage scenarios could include: speed-dialing a loved one with one press of a button, launching your non-life-wasting Candy Crushing endeavour in less than 2 seconds, capturing a photo before it’s too late, etc. It’s quite useful, even if it may make your phone look just a little bit weird. And you can own one (as long as their crowdfunding goes well) for a small $27 pledge.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Korner Is Home Security On The Cheap

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Lots of homeowners own alarm systems, but it’s more rare to see them in rented apartments; who, after all, is going to go through the trouble of wiring an entire system on a property that doesn’t belong to them? That doesn’t mean your stuff is any less valuable or your dwelling less prone to burglary, so we’re happy to see a product like Korner. It’s a cheap and super simple alarm system that anyone can install in a couple of minutes. It consists of small motion-detecting tags that attach to the corner of your windows, and a wireless dongle that you plug into the ethernet port on your router. If one of the tags detects movement that it associates with the window being opened, it’ll send a signal to the dongle, which will then notify you on your smartphone. You can then either call the police, or contact a neighbour to check in on your place. While that’s all happening, the key fob will emit a high-pitched audio alarm to deter the intruder from sticking around, stealing your belongings.

You can pair up to 15 corner tags, and an $89 pledge will get you a set with three of these, and one fob. Each tag is easily removable and reusable, making it dead simple to move and take the system with you.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]