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Cronzy Pen Scans Any Color You Want, Then Writes In That Color

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The headline pretty much sums up what this fantastic pen can do. It’s called Cronzy, and packs a special ink with a mechanism that will mix it on the fly and produce any of 16 million colors. You can pair the pen with a smartphone and select any of these colors through an app. Better yet, the Cronzy has a color scanner: just point it at any object and it’ll instantly start writing in that color! It works a lot like the eyedropper tool in most photo editing applications. The pen comes with 5 interchangeable nibs so you can write and draw in different styles, with different width lines. It’s stored in a special carrying case, which also doubles as a charger.

Imagine the possibilities for any artist out there. Provided it works as advertised, and the ink doesn’t run out too quickly or cost too much to replace, the Cronzy could be a hit. It’s being crowdfunded on Indiegogo at the moment, and they’re still far from their $200,000 goal. But given the nature of the product, we wouldn’t be surprised if they went viral at any moment and smashed through their objective. It’s still time to get in the Very Early Pricing of $139, and hurry up because it goes up to $219 after that.

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RightShears: The Angled, Natural-Grip Scissors

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Last year we wrote about RightShears. These were wacky-looking scissors with a sharp 90 degree bend right in the blades, which made it possible to hold with a a more natural grip than standard scissors. If you look at the picture above, you’ll understand immediately why RightShears would be perfect for anyone with arthritis, or with a desire to cut things in a more natural and ergonomic fashion. Well, we’re writing about them again because you can finally buy some. Their Kickstarter failed last time, but we’re happy to report they’ve relaunched and it is now fully-funded, with 56 days to go. You can get yourself a pair with a $14 pledge, with an estimated shipping date of February 2017.

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Kink Proof Garden Hose Will Make Your Summer Smoother

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Look, those flowers aren’t going to water themselves. But those of you who’ve had the pleasure of pulling the garden hose out for a watering know all about tangles and kinks screwing up your workflow. As you move around, the hose will inevitably bend in a way that interrupts the flow of water, forcing you to walk back a few meters to angrily detangle it. Well, the Tuff Guard is a kink-proof garden hose has an “extruded three-ply construction with a polypropylene double helix exterior for stability to help resist kinks and knots.” It can work with 100psi of pressure, with up to 300psi in burst mode. It’s 100 feet long, can handle temperatures between -20 degrees F to 158 degrees F and comes with a one-year warranty for workmanship and material defects. At $73, it’s quite a steal.

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Golchi Modular Bottle Lets You Carry Drinks Of Different Temperatures

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Insulated bottles are great for when you want to keep a cold drink cold or a hot drink hot. But you do have to choose. With The Golchi Bottle however, you can have it both ways, since it features detachable modules that are independently insulated. In this way you can carry one cold drink (which stays cold for up to 24 hours) and one hot drink (which stays hot for 12 hours), as well as powders, nuts, medicines or other small items in the middle compartment. The modularity of the bottle even allows for more configurations, like splitting it into two smaller bottles, or connecting the top and bottom sections and making one large bottle. The spouts are adjustable so that you can get a slow flow for hot drinks and a bigger flow for cold ones. Everything is dishwasher safe. And the features go on and on. The Golchi bottle has clearly had plenty of thought put into it, and at a $35 pledge to get yours, its a steal.

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Foldimate Folds Your Laundry For You

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Moved out on your own and now you have to do your own laundry? Yeah, it sucks, we know. But if you’ve got some cash, you’ll soon be able to skip on one of the more annoying parts of the process: the folding. Foldimate is a rather large appliance whose sole job it is to fold your clean laundry. You clip the garments to the front, and the device brings them inside, folds them, steams them, and even perfume, softens, and sanitizes them. You’re left with a neat pile of folded clothes that you can then easily place in your dresser. If it works as advertised, it looks like an amazing device, albeit an expensive luxury at $700-$800. And it’s not quite ready for prime-time, as you’ll only be able to start placing pre-orders in 2017.

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Dyson Redesigns The Hair Dryer: Meet Supersonic

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Dyson, best known for their vacuum cleaners, recently launched its first foray into an entirely new area: beauty products. In revealing the Supersonic Hair Dryer, the company also gave reporters a glimpse into the four year effort that went into its creation. The dryer itself is said to be much quieter, and lighter than current top-of-the-line models. And… it also looks like the future!

Four years in development, the company spent $71 million (and took four years) to make its hair dryer, with the sort of specifications and research backstory of a car. The press release explains the 600 prototypes, over 100 patents pending, and a cast of 103 engineers that worked on it. It helps to explain the price ($400), but even salon-level hair dryers hover around the $300 mark.

The name at least partly comes from their efforts to make it quieter; by increasing the blades on the rotor to 13, from 11, they realized the device started generating sounds beyond the audible range for humans. Dogs, on the other hand, may not appreciate your morning blow-dry routines.

So yeah, it’s $400, and will only be available at Sephora starting this September.

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Can’t Eat Too Much Salt? This Fork Will Zap Your Tongue With Electricity To Simulate It

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Ever stick your tongue on a battery to see if it’s still got juice? Yeah, we all do. So you probably know that the tiny electric current it generates sort of tastes salty. Well, the Electric Flavouring Fork pictured above uses that principle to simulate the effects of salt, for those who are on low sodium diets. It’s being developed by Hiromi Nakamura at Rekimoto Lab, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, at the University of Tokyo.

The handle of the fork incorporates a rechargeable battery and electric circuit. When the user inserts the head of the fork into the mouth with food while pressing a button on the handle, a certain level of electric current is applied to the tongue. The degree of saltiness differs depending on eating habits, age, etc. This time, three current levels were available. The prototype costed ¥2,000 (approx US$17.7) in addition to the cost of a fork.

So clearly this is not a product you can buy just yet, but it’s interesting to see it’s something being worked on. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited though; we won’t rest until someone invents a fork that makes broccoli taste like fries.

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Triton Re-Breather: Artificial Gills Lets You Breathe Underwater With No Scuba Gear

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If this product works as advertised, it’s pretty revolutionary. It used to be that if you wanted to spend any significant amount of time underwater you had to either stay close to the surface and snorkel, or don heavy scuba gear with a large oxygen tank. Well, the Triton mouthpiece changes all that. It contains “Microporous Hollow Fiber” with openings allegedly smaller than water molecules, but big enough to let oxygen through. A battery then runs a powerful micro-compressor that extracts and stores the oxygen in a tiny tank. This gives the wearer the ability to go up to 15 feet underwater for up to 45 minutes at a time with no other specialized equipment, breathing normally while simply biting down on the Triton. 15 feet may not seem like much, but that’s still deep enough to explore coral reefs and a bunch of underwater stuff normally out of reach. It seems too good to be true, but we’ll wait on initial reviews to come out before passing judgement. If it checks out, the $300 asking price is more than bargain.

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Nike To Launch The HyperAdapt 1.0, A Self-Lacing Shoe

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Only one year after we were promised self-lacing shoes in a movie from the 80’s, Nike seems set to launch the technology in a shoe called HyperAdapt 1.0. Sensors in the heel know when you’ve inserted your foot, and a mechanism will then tighten the laces for you. Buttons then allow you to loosen or tighten further, making it dead simple to get the perfect fit. There’s no more details on the technology, so we’re not sure how long the battery lasts, whether you need to recharge it, etc. But the point is that self-lacing shoes are here, and the HyperAdapt 1.0 is only the first of many; the company calls it a platform, which they plan to use on other models going forward. It’ll be available ONLY to members of Nike+ beginning Holiday 2016 in three colors, for an undisclosed price.

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