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Scrub and Dance: Octaloofah is a Massager, Loofah, and Speaker In One

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This eight-legged thing is about to become your best bathtime bud. It’s the Octaloofah and it was built with one thing in mind: to make each and every bath a pleasure for you. The device is a loofah, massager, and Bluetooth speaker in one. Use it to scrub the grime from your body, hit the massage function to de-stress, and turn the volume up to play your favorite tunes while you shower.

It seems like a strange trio of features to have in one gadget, but somehow the Octaloofah is trying to make that work.

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Somabar Is A Robotic Drink Maker For The Home

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Making tasty cocktails can take a little bit of skill, which is why many people just opt for a good ole beer or wine when drinking. But Somabar hopes to take most of the effort out of the equation by giving you the ability to make hundreds of cocktails at the simple press of a button. The WiFi-enabled appliance carries six special pods that you are meant to fill up with your own combination of liquors, spirits and chasers, as well as a smaller ‘bitters’ pod. Once you’ve told the related application just what’s in these pods, you’ll instantly have access to a list of available drinks.

When you press that button on the app, your SOMABAR will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds. The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails. Our on-board software and sensors make it easy to make new recipes and manage your inventory (liquid gold).

The pods are dishwasher safe, easily attach and detach from the device, and can be stored in the fridge so your booze is cold.

It’s a $399 pledge for now, with expected delivery in July 2015.

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Coffeeboxx, The Rugged Single-Serve Coffee Maker You Can Park A Car On

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Ever been out on the job and hankered for a coffee? You don’t need to tote your Thermos around: with the Oxx Single-Serve Coffee Maker you can make a fresh cup in less than a minute, no matter where you are. Build to IP55 specifications, the Coffeeeboxx is waterproof, dustproof, impact resistant and even crushproof; it is apparently tough enough to withstand the weight of a car parked on top of it. Whether you’re camping, on a construction site, or having the ultimate tailgate party, the Coffeeboxx can put up with your abuse. It uses standard K-Cups, and has large, rubber-coated buttons that allow gloved operation, while the huge 2.5L / 84.5oz water tank holds enough liquid to fuel up yourself as well as a bunch of your buddies throughout the day. A carrying handle makes it possible to easily bring the 11 lbs. package anywhere you go, and a retractable 3 ft. cord gets out of the way for your convenience. All in all, the Coffeeboxx seems like the perfect coffee brewer for the serious outdoorsman or “dirty jobs” kind of guy. For a reasonable $225 pledge, you won’t even have to pay much of a premium on regular single-serve machines.

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Hush Earbuds Block Outside Noise, Let Important Sounds Through

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These earphones are made with one goal in mind: to give you some peace and quiet. Hush earbuds are noise masking earplugs that don’t stream music at all. Instead they play from a variety of pre-installed sounds, with the intention of masking out external noise. Coupled with a memory foam plug, they allegedly give you the ability to isolate yourself from your surroundings when you need it most, for up to 10 hours at a time. Pre-installed sounds are

- White Noise
– Brown Noise
– Pink Noise
– Ocean Waves
– Rainfall
– Fan
– Crackling Fire
– Babbling Brook
– Waterfall
– Thunderstorm

However since Hush is connected to your phone, pre-selected notifications can still make it through, that way you’re not completely in the dark. It’ll let your morning alarm through, for instance. And if they fall out of your ears as you sleep and your alarm rings for more than 30 seconds, Hush will assume they’ve fallen out and allow the phone to blare out as usual.

It’s a cool concept for anyone looking at an inexpensive way to block out the world; a $115 pledge will get you a pair, delivered by May 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

Foldio 2 Lets You Take Studio-Quality Pics on the Go

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These days, the image quality that you can get with some smartphones can rival those of images taken with an actual camera. That said, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that people use smartphones to take pictures of stuff they’re featuring on their blog or selling online. The Orange Monkie team knows this, which prompted them to come up with the Foldio last year.

This time, they’re back with Foldio 2– an upgraded version of the mobile studio that’s twice the size of its predecessor. It comes with three backdrops and is lit by dual LED strips which provide more-than-adequate lighting for your shoot.

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‘Hush’ Noise-Masking Earplugs Will Help You Get Some Shut-eye

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For some, sleep doesn’t come so easily. If counting sheep and a glass of warm milk does nothing for you, then you might want to check out Hush. It’s a pair of noise-masking ear plugs that silences external noises and distractions while creating a soothing sleep environment by playing some calming sounds.

Hush works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone. Aside from helping you go to sleep, it also lets you set up an alarm and private notifications. It also has a tracking feature in case you misplace the ear plugs.

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HashKey Is A 1-key Keyboard For The Hashtag

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Let it be a commentary on our lives today that someone somewhere thought it a good idea to create a one-key keyboard dedicated to the mighty hashtag. The HashKey for the social media junkies out there who spend their days tagging their posts with endless keywords in the hopes that they’ll get picked up in searches, and people will “like” the posts, and they’ll finally be able to convince themselves that it’s not really the posts all these strangers like, but actually them… Or something. The point is you’re looking at a USB-conencted gadget whose only purpose is to generate the ASCII character “#” on your screen. Yes, it’s an actual product but no, you can’t just outright buy it. You’ll have to pledge £18, or roughly $28, to get yours by March 2015. However, the campaign is far from fully funded, and no one is really surprised.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Trunkster Suitcase Is Packed With Modern Digital Convenience

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Major luggage manufacturers are going to start playing catch-up soon if things like the Bluesmart suitcase takes off. Now there’s another entrant in this increasingly crowded field, and it’s called Trunkster. This one doesn’t have any zippers, opting instead for an easy-open sliding door. On the tech side, there’s a built-in scale as well as a 3 Amp, 15,000 mAh battery pack to charge your devices. A $40 option even gives you GPS tracking abilities, in case your suitcase ends up with Nermal in Abu Dhabi. An Aluminum and polycarbonate build ensures your stuff doesn’t get crushed in the cargo hold, and a hidden compartment keeps important documents in a slightly safer spot.

It’s a $295 pledge for the carry-on, or a $335 one for a checked Trunkster.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ The Awesomer }

Plan V Uses 9V Batteries To Charge Your Phone

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You may not know it, but there’s likely a drawer somewhere in your home where you keep all kinds of odds and ends that you need around the house. Screws, butterfly fasteners, IKEA wrenches, a hammer, and probably a couple 9V batteries for your smoke detector. Well it turns out if you get the Plan V, they’ll have another potential use: charging your phone. Plan V is a tiny dongle that takes a 9V battery and uses its power to charge your mobile device. It’s great if the power is out for an extended period and you really need to charge it. Or if you’re out somewhere and are desperate for some more talk time. It’s small enough to serve as a keychain, and costs all of $12… if it gets made. It’s a Kickstarter at the moment, and until they reach their funding goal they’re only making a Micro-USB version. They’re still far from the goal so nothing is sets in stone, but you can help them out with a pledge if this looks like something you’d use.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ WalYou ]