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Snooz Generates White Noise So You Can Sleep Better

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Random sounds keeping you up at night? There’s a few things you can do, from having a stern talk with your neighbours to taking prescription medication to knock yourself out. In between these options, there’s also white noise. Snooz is a device that generates white noise that masks the ambient sounds in your home, by using a real fan rather than some low quality speaker. A simple dial on top lets you adjust the intensity, which can range from a “light fan sound (think table fan) to a deep fan drone (think airplane cabin) and everything in-between.” White noise works to help you sleep because “it reduces the delta between your baseline sound and containment noise so many disturbances aren’t heard and the others sound much quieter (i.e. the “startle factor” is reduced).”

In a 2008 Consumer Reports analysis, 2,021 survey respondents found sound machines to be more helpful than over-the-counter drugs or supplements like Tylenol PM and Unisom (and almost as effective as prescription medication like Ambien and Lunesta).

Snooz’s design is modern, portable (at 2.5″ tall) and self-contained with room for the power cord within. You can control it with an app on your smartphone, and a “nursery calibration” feature will let you set the upper volume to a level that’s safe for your infant, if you were to place it near his crib.

All in all, Snooz looks like a great product to help you get to sleep, for which you’ll be asked to pledge $59 with shipping in March 2016.

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Kuju PourOver Means You Get A Real Coffee In The Woods

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The Kuju PourOver is a product for making real coffee while you’re away from the grid or far from a traditional coffee-making machine. It’s an alternative to using instant coffee, which some see as an inevitable reality in many cases. It uses a specially designed origami-style pouch that anchors on the side of a cup of pretty much any size, holding the already-ground beans in a small filter bag and allowing you to simply pour hot water over them to make your brew. Let it steep for a bit then simply throw the pouch. Sure, the beans aren’t freshly roasted and ground, but don’t forget you’re trying to make the best of a typically coffee-restricted situation.

It’s not the first such product on the market, but Kuju PourOver tries to distinguish itself with quality beans, and a nitrogen-flushed pouch that displaces oxygen in order to keep oxidation to a minimum. It’s a $30 at the moment for 6 Kuju PourOver pouches, which is a lot of money for coffee, but you’re being asked to keep in mind that 1% of the proceeds will go to One Percent for the Planet, an environmental conservation outfit.

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Kevlar Playing Cards

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From the folks who brought you Carbon Fiber Playing Cards come a new set, this time made of Kevlar. Kevlar Playing Cards are made of the same material found in bulletproof vests, and high end sports cars. It’s durable, incredibly strong, and lightweight. More importantly, they’ll give your deck a distinctive look that can add a little bit of flair to your poker nights. Also, unlike regular paper cards, these can be washed with water; anyone who’s played with the same deck for a long time will know that fingerprints and smudges tend to appear and give your set a worn out look. There are three colors to choose from, and they come in a metal carrying case. Of course, Kevlar is not cheap, so the deck will set you back a cool $155.

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The DrillBeach Umbrella Digs Into The Sand For You

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Its not like many people go around complaining about how hard it is to jam a beach umbrella in the sand. But then again, it’s not because something is already easy that it couldn’t be easier. That’s the entire point of technology, isn’t it? In any case, the DrillBeach is an electric beach umbrella that features a corkscrew at the bottom; press a button and it easily digs itself into the sand with barely any effort on your part. Since it’s electric, this means it uses a battery, which you can then use to charge your electronic devices through its integrated USB port.

It’s not a life changing product, to be sure. But if you’re already in the market for a beach umbrella, you might consider dropping the €30, or roughly $32 they’re asking in their Kickstarter. It’s far from being funded, so we’re not sure you’ll ever get a product, but if it does fund, shipping is expected in September.

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Wanna See What The Fish Looks Like As He’s About To Eat Your Bait? Now You Can With The GoFish Cam

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It’s a good time to be an action cam, so much so that manufacturers have started exploring which realms aren’t already ripe for capture. GoPros and the like are great for recording anything that happens to you, but what if you’re really curious to see how your fish react to the bait at the end of your fishing line? The GoFish cam was designed specifically to be attached securely to a fishing line, providing you with 1080p footage of the underwater action. A tough waterproof casing allows it to go down to 150m, and infrared lights make it possible to still see what happens even in low-light conditions. The rest of the features are much like standard actions cams of today, so it’s really that underwater, line-locking ability you’ll be spending $149 for. It’s being Kickstarted at the moment, so you’ll have to wait until March of next year for yours if the fancy takes you.

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The Lumenati Cinematic Smartcase Turns Your Phone Into A Videography Powerhouse

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Combining the modern convenience of an iPhone 6’s touchscreen, high-density optical sensor, and sharing capabilities with the old-school cachet, ergonomic form factor, and coolness of a retro lo-fi camera, the Lumenati Smartcase could quickly become the hipster’s favourite method of capturing video.

Cinematographers simply pop their device into the Lumenati CS1 just as grandpa would load an 8mm film cartridge. The lightweight, portable unit allows anyone to frame and film a steady, stable shot with the pull of an intuitive trigger. A cold shoe allows filmmakers to attach lights, microphones and extra handles for sport shooting. The real-time viewfinder allows WYSIWYG capabilities even in bright light, a feature that is elusive to modern mobile devices. Lenses can be swapped to shoot in wide angle, fisheye and telephoto.

The Lumenati CS1 uses an optical-quality glass lensing system. Our lenses range from wide angle to telephoto and deliver crisp stunning images. The lenses are designed for high resolution HD cameras and when paired with the CS1 create the perfect look for any occasion. Standard 58mm interchangeable lensing provides even more versatility with available super wide and fish eye lenses.

If it works as advertised, the Lumenati could be a fun way to capture footage. It’s a $200 to get your own, which comes with a wide-angle lens.

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Flailing Your Arms Around On A Bike Isn’t The Most Efficient Way To Signal, The Lumos Helmet Is

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Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable on the road, and despite many using their hands to signal their intention to turn, two cyclists a day lost their lives in 2013 in the USA. Especially in the dark, hand signals are hard to see, but the bright LEDs on the Lumos helmet? These are unmistakable. Directly integrated into the helmet, the LEDs allow you to signal with the flick of a wireless remote mounted on the handlebar. Additionally, a red triangle remains lit on the back, encouraging motorists to proceed with caution. On the front are white LEDs which also remain lit all the time, making you more visible from the front. And finally, an integrated accelerometer activates as a brake light! The helmet is waterproof, meets many safety certifications, and the batteries are easily rechargeable through USB. If you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $99 on their fully-funded Kickstarter.

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‘Albert’ Digital Clock Forces You to Wake Up, Calculate the Time

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Give your brain an early morning workout every day with Albert. It’s a digital clock that makes you think and do some mental math before giving you what you want– the time. It’s a neat clock to put in your kids’ room and in yours too, specially if the old noodle is in need of some sharpening.

The display shows a mathematical equation instead of the time, and you have to solve it before you can figure out what time of day it is. You can set it to different levels of difficulty and you can start it off at level one, if you’re really that rusty.

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MotorMood Lets You ‘Smile’ At Other Motorists

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It’s a jungle out there. Some people drive way too fast (or way too slow), while others overtake and cut lanes like there’s no tomorrow. Yep, I’m talking about the traffic in major cities and how crazy things can get. But there are drivers who are pretty awesome, too– those who give way or let you pass when you’re in a rush.

You can flash your headlights or raise your hand to say a quick “thank you,” or you can literally send a smile their way with MotorMood. With the push of a button, you can trigger the MotorMood that’s attached on your rear window to display a happy face.Continue Reading