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Shaper Origins Handheld CNC Router Is Awesome

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I don’t have a single thing that I’d need a CNC router for, but after seeing what the Shaper Origins can do, I wish I did. It’s a handheld CNC machine, which in itself is amazing since these devices are usually pretty huge and static. The way it works it also pretty impressive: you create your design, then simply follow the lines through the onboard display. The Shaper Origins automatically corrects for your hand errors and even retracts the bit if you go too far off course. This way you can achieve 1/100 inch accuracy, creating intricate designs out of a slew of materials. For anyone passionate about DIY work, who wants to output more sophisticated creating, the Shaper Origins is almost magical. Again, I wish I had the time and inclination to use this machine. And also the $1,499 it currently costs to order your own.

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OvRCharge Levitates Your Phone While It Charges

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This thing is completely unnecessary, but damn if it ain’t cool. Sort of. It’s a charging base for your smartphone that simply levitates the phone while it charges it wirelessly. It uses a special case that contains a magnet and induction charging hardware. The case plugs into your phone’s charging port, and the magnet is strong enough to support the weight of the phone above the base, which itself is plugged into the grid. The phone will slowly rotate while it charges, and when you want to leave you just have to pluck it out of thin air and go. It’s useless in the sense that you’ll have to pay for something that doesn’t give you any added functionality, but if you want to impress your friends or loudly tell your visitors that you’re an early adopter that’s into tech, the OvRCharge is the way to go. How much will you pay? Right now, it’ll take an $180 pledge to reserve yours, and hope to get it by December 2016. It’s compatible with a bunch of phone models, so hit the link to find out which.

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Germophobes: Elevated Titanium Silverware Will Keep Your Radar Quiet

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If you’ve gotten to the point where you worry about what surfaces your utensils touch, as you’re eating, you may have a germophobia problem. But it looks like instead of making fun of you, at least one company will accommodate you. Called Untouctable (and pronounced “Untouch Table”), the silverware set pictured above shifts the weight distribution to the back of the utensil, elevating the eating surface off the table when you set it down. It’s made from Titanium, looks kind of neat and modern, but yeah, more importantly it makes it possible to never have to set your dirty utensils down on anything other than the food you’re eating. One set (1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 knife) will set you back a pretty hefty $79 pledge, but don’t forget you’re getting yourself the one set of silverware that could keep you from looking too crazy at your next dinner party.

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Levitating Drinkware

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You can drink alcohol to get drunk, or you can try to class it up and turn it into a whole experience instead. In your quest to do so, you might opt for high end liquors, fancy glasses and now, levitating drinkware. Levitating CUP uses a magnetic base and special glasses that float above it trough Electromagnetic Suspension, to awe your guests and give the evening that little extra flair that many people look for. There’s a permanently wired base, and a battery-powered one that allows you to carry the glass-base duo around your home. The drinking vessels are solidly anchored in place, so it’s relatively easy to transport without worrying about spillage. They come in different shapes accommodating all kinds of liquids, even mundane drinks like coffee. That’s right, you can get your cup of Joe to float, if that will somehow spice up your day. Prices start at $139 with Very Early Bird pricing.

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So Meta: The Poo Emoji Toilet Plunger Is A Thing That Exists

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There are items in your home that exist for purely functional reasons, never being given any thoughts of aesthetics because frankly, who really cares what your toilet plunger looks like? Well, Carl Hickerson and the folks behind The Plunger Project seem to. They’re launched a Kickstarter for a plunger shaped like the Poo Emoji everyone loves so much, and it’s called the Poo Plunger. There’s some peaceful beauty in a smiling poo being used to force real, less smily poo, make its way down your home’s plumbing. So kudos to them for bringing some levity to a topic most people just pretend doesn’t exist. If you want yours, you’ll have to pledge $15 and wait until October. They’re still far from reaching their goal though, with 20 days to go, so who knows if this will ever see the light of day… or the darkness of your toilet.

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STEPDive Is A Snorkel That Turns Into A Kind Of SCUBA Device

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The difference between snorkelling and SCUBA diving is like night and day. Snorkelling can be done by inexperienced tourists on an island hopping trip, by clumsy grandmas looking for adventure, and even by young kids. SCUBA diving on the other hand requires heavy equipment, some formal training, and some degree of physical ability. The STEPDive system hopes to provide its users a taste of real diving, with the ease of snorkelling. The system is simple: it’s a snorkel attached to a 5 meter long hose, whose open end stays on the surface thanks to a floating buoy. 5 meters is a decent depth to explore and opens a ton of possibilities not normally available to casual snorkelers, without subjecting them to the rigours of learning SCUBA. The issue? Well… it’s kind of expensive, costing an eye-watering €430 ($457USD) super early bird pricing, and going up to €613 ($678USD) Early Bird and €700 ($774USD) (!) regular retail price. And the campaign funding its production is far from having reached its goal. Despite that, we think it’s a great product and we’re kind of hoping some enthusiasts will jump in.

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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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Get Some Levitating Plants For Your Office

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You’re looking at LYFE, a zero-gravity growing system that allows you to cultivate your favorite plants in mid-air. A set of magnets in the base and in the geodesic pot makes it literally float in mid air, gently rotating and exposing the plant to sunlight from all sides; you do have to plug it in by the way, since things don’t just rotate on their own. If you live in the US and the EU, purchasing one of these even comes with its own Air Plant, which is a type of plant that only requires sunlight and water to grow, as it absorbs its nutrients from the air, rather than from their roots. The silicone-based planter pot features a reservoir to mitigate against over-watering. It’s a $199 pledge to get your own.

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This Hodor Door Stopper Is A Hit

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So… not to spoil the show for those who haven’t watched yet, interesting things happen to Hodor in Game of Thrones. It involves several things, among them being him holding a door in a very important scene. So it stands to reason that you’d see a Hodor door stopper skyrocket in popularity on Kickstarter: a project that started out seeking a modest $5,000 is up to $84,000 as of this writing. It’s 6 inches tall and 3D printed out of, well, plastic. Apparently making this out of metal would raise the costs “to over $500 per unit”. We question the company’s ability to accurately gauge the cost of metal door stoppers, but it doesn’t matter anyway, since it’s a freaking door stopper and who really needs it being made out of metal. If you want your own “Hodoor” Hold the Door Doorstop, you’ll need to pledge $37 or more.

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