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This Lamp Has The Coolest Switch

Look, we’re actually getting excited about the switch on a lamp, which might sound sad until you realize it’s actually really cool. The Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t turn on like a regular lamp: “HENG lamp has a switch structure of two balls inside the wooden frames with embedded magnets. By moving them, these magnets will attract one another, thereby triggering the switch.” It’s not life changing, but it’s a cool design element that’s actually entirely fundamental for the device’s functioning. The lamp itself isn’t life changing at all either. It’s really just a nice looking lamp with two magnetic balls that serve as a switch. But when you realize it’s only a €42 ($44 USD) pledge, and not some ridiculous sum that these types of things usually cost, then it becomes even more attractive.

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This Duvet Cover Makes Itself

There’s now a duvet cover that can make itself at the touch of a button. Yes, that’s the kind of world we live in. The SmartDuvet is a $269 system that automagically straightens your duvet flat by inflating a lattice-shaped bladder at a preset time. The system connects to your smartphone and allows you to schedule when it does its thing, so that you can sleep in on Saturdays for example, but we imagine it can also inflate on demand. If it manages to fully fund, it should ship in May 2017.

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The Foldscope Is A Legit Paper Microsope That Fits In Your Pocket

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There exists and entire world at the microscopic level that we never get to see outside of pictures in textbooks and online. But there’s something really cool about being able to check out the inside of a cell you just scraped off the walls of your own mouth, or being able to examine the bulb of a hair you just plucked out of your own head. With the Foldscope, not only can you do that, but you can then unfold it and pack right back into your pocket. It provides 140X magnification, which is enough for “imaging live individual cells, cellular organelles, embryos, swimming bacteria and much more.”

The Foldscope has been around for 5 years, but started out as a project to provide third world countries affordable access to scientific instruments. So the company “built, designed and shipped (free of any cost) 50,000 Foldscopes to kids (and teachers, home-school moms, classrooms, naturalists, gem collectors, bee-keepers, tribal kids, camel herders, space scientists, parasitologists, scrap-metal collectors.. you get the point) around the world in 130+ countries.” Now it’s your turn to own one, and you’ll only have to pledge $20 to do so. Know that this money will get you more than just the Foldscope, but an entire scientific kit including slides, Petri dishes, strainers, pipettes, tweezers… If you’ve got even a passing interest in science, this could kick it into high gear.

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Auxillite iPhone 7 Adapter Is As Elegant As These Things Go

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Apple’s boneheaded decisions can often create opportunities for other manufacturers to develop products to fill in the gaps the company so courageously opens up. The lack of audio port on the iPhone 7 is creating a secondary industry of dongles and adapters, and the Auxillite is one of the more elegant ones we’ve come across. It allows you to do the most basic of things with your brand new phone: charge and listen to your normal freaking headphones at the same time. The device even features a Digital To Analog Converter (DAC) running at 16-bits with sampling frequency 44.1kHz/48kHz and 24-bits with sampling frequency 96kHz. It’s small, sleek, and fits-in with the overall aesthetic of the phone. And at $13 for one, it’s priced just right. The kickstarter is fully funded and the device should ship in June 2017.

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Redundant Clock Is Redundant

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This is the Redundant Clock, by graphic designer Ji Lee. It’s a clock that shows you what time it is by showing you what time it is… if that makes any sense. He conceived of it several years ago as a school project and ever since he posted the image to his portfolio, he’s had people all over the Interwebs ask him where they can buy it. It was just a concept until recently, but now he’s got a fully funded Kickstarter where you can get your own for all of $49.

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We’re Cool With The STK Multi-tool

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Look, multitools are a dime a dozen, and we’ve long stopped paying attention to the endless stream of pitches we get over this new one or that new one. However every now and then we come across one that stands out for one reason or another. We can’t quite put the finger on why the STK Multi-tool (STK stands for ‘Sliding Tool and Knife’) caught our attention, but there you have it.

A compact and elegant titanium and steel tool that combines a sliding blade with a money clip, a pry bar, 1/4? bit driver, flat-blade screwdriver, bottle opener, and wirestripper. Its blade has two edges – one for cutting, and one for scraping.

Maybe hit the jump and check out all the pictures, as this might help make sense of why we like it so much. Do we like it enough to pay the $185 pledge to own it? Well, maybe if we were adeventuresy types… but we’re not.

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AirSelfie Takes the Selfie Game Airborne

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Look, like it or hate it, the selfie is here to stay. And while you may have tried to up your game with the use of a selfie stick, you’re going to feel pretty “little league” when you see what the AirSelfie can do. It’s a tiny drone designed specifically to take selfies. How? It’s small enough that it fits inside a cellphone case. This means that whenever the fancy takes you, you just have to slide it out of the case and let it fly up to 20 meters (66 feet) away, where a 5MP camera will be able to take pictures of you and store it in its 4GB internal memory. The drone is also able to record HD-quality footage. There are three flight modes, with the simplest being “Selfie Mode”; presumably this means it’ll just park itself at a distance and take pics. The purpose-built case comes with its own battery, so it’ll charge the drone when not in use, giving it a 3 minute flight time.

Compatible smartphones include the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, Huawei P9, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. For those without a compatible phone, a separate power bank is available that can be used to charge the drone up to 20 times. It also sports a Micro-USB port that can be used for charging.

It’s currently undergoing some crowdfunding, with a €179 (US$189) pledge securing you a drone, a phone cover and a Micro USB cable. Shipping is slated for March 2017.

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The Fend Helmet Is Serious About Folding Down

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It’s never a bad idea to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, but their bulk makes them hard to carry after you’re done riding, and this makes it unappealing for many. To make your life easier, The Fend helmet is able to fold down to 1/3 of its original size, kind of like an accordion. Its proprietary hinge means it won’t collapse in case of an accident, and is designed to exceed all US CPSC and European EN1078 Safety Standards. It features excellent ventilation and a plush interior liner for added comfort. A $79 pledge will get you a helmet of your own, with expected shipping in May 2017.

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TRiLIGHT Motion Activated Light Uses LEDs For Maximum Efficiency

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The price of LEDs has dropped significantly over the years, and we’re starting to see some really useful products at an affordable price. The TRiLIGHT Motion Activated Garage Light screws into a standard socket but puts out 3,000 lumens, which is about 4 times more than a standard 60W bulb, and yet only needs 25W to accomplish this. Your garage will be flooded with light, with you can direct pretty much anywhere you want through the three adjustable panels. The motion sensing feature doesn’t use one of those old school sensors that require you to jump up and down and wave your hands around, it uses “Microwave Motion Sensing Technology” to detect even the smallest movements and light up as soon as you need it. One TRiLIGHT will set you back $99 right now, down from its expected $129 retail price.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]