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Reusable Fold-Out Shopping Bags Are A Must-Have For Grocery Shopping

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Ok, so, let’s list the reasons why buying these Trolley Bags is a good idea. First off, plastic is bad, m’kay? These bags are reusable, so there’s less plastic waste. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real innovation comes in the way they fit within a shopping basket. The stainless steel rods span across the basket, allowing you to simply drop your items right in the bags as you normally would while browsing the aisles. Granted, you’ll have to take them out again at checkout, but then you just drop them right back in and walk away without fuss. They’re held together with velcro, so they can easily be detached when needed. It’s a great system, and only $70.

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RightShears Solves A Problem We Didn’t Know We Had

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Look, scissors have been around for a while, and for the most part, they do their job just fine. But just fine didn’t seem to be enough for ReExcite, a startup whose website was clearly designed in 1998. They’re making a set of scissors called RightShear and while they do exactly the same thing regular scissors do, they do so at a 90 angle. This way you can keep your hand out of the way of whatever it is you’re cutting. It may seem a little useless for small tasks, but if you’re cutting large pieces of cardboard that better lay flat for some reason, RighShear will get the job done much more easily. As a matter of fact, if you look at videos of the item in action you’ll see the ergonomics are actually quite improved. They’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign soon at an undisclosed pricepoint, and you can sign up on their page to be notified of when this happens.

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A Tiny Candle Powers The Lumir C, An LED Lamp

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You take electricity for granted, my friends. But there are parts of the world that are off the grid, and guess what, these folks need to see in the dark too! The Lumir C is meant to work without batteries or any form of external electrical source, and be used in settings like camping or simply as an effort to conserve energy. The device powers its LED light through harvesting the heat from a burning candle. You see, a good portion of the energy given off by a candle goes right into the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, being released as heat-carrying infrared radiation. The Lumir C harvests this “wasted” energy and uses it to power its LED light, giving off a light output of 15 lumens via four 0.2W LEDs… about as much as a candle, actually. But remember, you also have the light from the burning candle still going, so the Lumir C effectively doubles the visible output from a candle. With this arrangement, you can open up mood and lighting possibilities candles alone couldn’t provide. It’s a $59 pledge, with shipping in July.

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A Contraceptive Switch For Men? Vasectomies Could Be On The Way Out

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When it comes to contraceptive measures, men have far fewer than women. Aside from condoms, there’s always a vasectomy, but that requires surgery and although it can sometimes be reversed, that too requires surgery, making the option rather unappealing. But now a company claims to have invented a device that can stop the flow of sperm at the flip of a switch, and allow it to flow through again without further surgery. The Bimek SLV is a spermatic duct valve that is surgically attached to the ducts that carry sperm, and can interrupt this flow if the wearer flips the switch beneath his skin. Flow remains interrupted until the switch is flipped back, finally giving men simply, easy and fast fertility control.

The device is currently being tested and isn’t ready to market, and once it does get approval, will likely not be covered by many insurance plans. Still, given its appeal, we expect hordes of men to pay for this out of pocket. Price is still unknown.

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This Alarm Rug Won’t Turn Off Unless You Step On It

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Look, we’re all for snoozing our alarm clocks until the cows come home, but your boss might see it another way. There’s a number of products on the market to help you fight the almost irresistible appeal of the endless snooze cycle, and the Ruggie is one of the nicer one’s we’ve come across. It’s a pressure sensitive rug that contains a loud alarm that won’t turn off unless you step on it for 3 seconds. You can load your own custom tones, and set the wake up time through hidden buttons on the side. The soft memory foam will cushion your feet as you step out of bed and launch you onto a productive day, right on time.

It’s a $79 pledge on Kickstarter, with the price going up to $99 once it hits retail. Delivery is in September of 2016.

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DigniCap Helps Prevent Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

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Getting the dreaded cancer diagnostic isn’t only traumatic for what it entails for your survival chances, it also brings with it a host of realities that are inevitable even if you’re lucky enough to be treated early and make it out alive. One of these is learning to cope with the hair loss that comes with the chemotherapy treatments. In an effort to reduce this unwelcome side-effect, a company called DigniCap has invented a special silicone cap that contains channels for cooling fluid to flow through. Cooling your scalp during treatment constricts the blood vessels, allowing less of the drug to reach the hair follicles and minimizing the damage. It’s not a perfect solution, since 7 out of 10 patients still lost about 50% of their hair during the company’s US clinical trial. Still, the FDA-cleared device does offer some improvement over doing nothing at all, which could give already-traumatized patients the extra boost of morale that they desperately need.

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So Now You Can Buy A Self-Drying Jacket, You Know, Like On BTTF…

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It was Back to the Future Day not so long ago, and the entire Internet was talking about it. But we’ve moved on apparently, so perhaps news of The SDJ-01 by Falyon Wearable Tech is a little passé. The SDJ stands for Self Drying Jacket, and that’s exactly what this garment claims to be able to do. It integrates a battery and a blower fan that pressurizes the inside of the jacket and dries it from the inside out in a couple of minutes at the press of a button. Of course you could just get a jacket with a waterproof coating, but then you wouldn’t be able to tell people you have a Marty McFly-style self-drying jacket from the future. Apparently the batteries will provide up to 30 minutes of drying time, and the circulating vents near the neckline not only allow pressurized air to escape, they’ll provide the wearer with a gentle breeze that could prove pleasant when hot. It’s a $149 pledge with shipping in April 2016.

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PumpTube Uses A Wheels Rolling Motion To Inflate, Stay At The Right Pressure

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We like ideas that use clever ingenuity to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before. At least, we think something like the PumpTube hasn’t hit the market, but we could be wrong. It’s a system that uses a special valve and an inner tube to inflate your tire at the exact pressure just by using the rolling motion of your wheel.

Air is drawn in from the atmosphere through a one-way valve, which sits in the valve stem. Instead of going directly into the inner tube, however, the air goes into one end of the tube-like pumping mechanism, which runs along the outside perimeter of the main inner tube. As the tire rolls against the ground, the pumping mechanism is compressed, forcing air into the inner tube. The resulting absence of air in the pumping mechanism creates a vacuum effect, drawing more air in through the valve.

That said, if the inner tube is already at its desired pressure (which can be set on a dial on the valve stem), no additional air is pulled in.

It’s a smart idea, and the better feature is that it can be used with your current tires. It is compatible with third-party 700c and 26-inch tires, and plans are for it to retail for US$30 to $55 per unit. You’ll have to wait for their Kickstarter to launch next year though, once they’ve perfected the design.

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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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