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Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle Does Temperature Control

Every morning I make coffee in a French Press by boiling water and immediately pouring it over the grounds; this tastes fine by my unrefined standards. However, more discerning coffee enthusiasts might prefer a different and more specific water temperature; apparently some beans are better enjoyed when brewed at lower temps. The 1-litre Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle gives you precise temperature control, and can hold your water at that precise spot for up to 30 minutes. Like many appliances these days, it’s connected and can be remotely controlled through an app. It’s $149.

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Special Wine Glass Lets Your Nose Get All Up In That Wine

We’re sure you’ve seen it: wine snobs sniff their wine. There’s a reason for that, of course, but if you’re the type to buy $5 twist-offs, you might not care. That’s fine. The more discerning folks however might actually take a liking to this Wine Glass Mask, a wine glass designed specifically to enhance the bouquet of a wine and make it possible for you to get as much of it in your nostrils as possible. It’s shaped kind of like a facemask with some ventilation holes to allow for better airflow, which should go a long way to maximize that oxygen/wine scent mix. And yes you’re right, it does look stupid and we’re hoping that what it lacks in the looks and class department, it at least makes up for in taste and aroma.

It’s currently getting crowdfunded, and a $15 pledge will get you one… but only if it funds, which seems doubtful at the moment. Still, with 22 days to go, anything is possible.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Fret Zeppelin System Teaches You How To Play A Real Guitar

Learning how to play any instrument is hard, but luckily we are now starting to see products like the Fret Zeppelin, which should go a long way to make things a bit easier, at least for guitars. It’s a set of thin LED strips that fit right next to each fret on a guitar’s neck, and light up the spots where your fingers need to be, guiding you through the song. The app detects when you’ve played the note, and moves on to the next position as you play. Each strip is about half the height of a fret, so it won’t interfere with your playing ability. And once you’ve mastered a song, you can enable a multicoloured light show, giving you a bunch of “extra flair” as you play. It’s a fantastic idea and if done properly, will totally be worth the $199 pledge necessary to secure your October 2017 shipping date.

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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.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

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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