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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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Nevermind Baby Wipes, Adults Use Life Wipes

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Baby wipes are great, and not just for babies. I know enough girls who carry them around everywhere because they think their skin is as soft as a baby’s bum, and deserves the same kind of treatment. Ok, fair enough, but for those of us who need a good wipedown and aren’t so fussy about hypoallergenic this, or no-scent that, there’s Life Wipes. Their claim to fame isn’t that they’re not super soft, because they probably are. No, it’s that they’re super big. One wipe measures 1′ X 2′! That’s not a wet towelette, it’s straight up a wet towel. So when do you need it? How about when you go camping, get all muddy and dirty and shit, but what… you’re gonna shower? Soak in a cold stream? Didn’t think so. You’re gonna wipe yourself down with these and call it a day. It’s great!

A 10-pack will set you back $25, which seems like a lot until you remember these aren’t freaking baby wipes. These are Aloe Vera soaked, “all-natural spunlace biodegradable cotton”, Vitamin E totin’, adult-wipes for when you don’t wanna wash properly but don’t wanna look all dirty. There’s a place in the market for them, for sure.

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Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler Gets Up To 970C/1700F To Cook The Perfect Steak

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Did you know that a lot of fancy steak houses cook their meats by broiling them? Yeah, it’s not just by dropping a good cut on a hot grill that you can cook up a steak; given the right temperatures, infrared radiation will get there faster, and possibly better. Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler uses two separately adjustable infrared gas units that reach their 970?C/1700?F operating temperature within 3 minutes. You then just have to place your steaks inside and broil them one minute per side to create a delicious crust that locks the juices in, while the interior remains moist and tender. The size of the grid accommodates even the largest slabs, ensuring even Texas-sized portions get cooked to perfection. It’ll cost you €590 or about $665USD to own, and if you live stateside, you’ll have to wait until October 2016 to get it.

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The RokPak Keeps Your Stuff Dry, Charged, And Protected

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There are times where you’re going to want to go outdoors. We know, it’s weird, but it happens. In those occasions, especially when you’re off the beaten path, you might want to consider putting your delicate electronics in a safer place. The RokPak is a waterproof container that keeps your phone safe, dry, and protected from bumps and scrapes all the while charging it thanks to its 12,000 mAh battery and solar panel. There are two USB outputs, as well as a net to keep your other items away from your phone, like your keys and a few cards.

The RokPak consists first and foremost of a tough waterproof case measuring 9.6 x 5 x 2.8 inches (246 x 128 x 70 millimeters). The case is lined with silicone, which makes a nice soft home for your delicate electronics; the makers told Gizmag that the RokPak can even take a fall from four feet (1.2 m) against a hard surface and still keep things safe. There’s a also a silicone net on one side that holds items in place. The case also floats and insulates against extreme heat (temps up to 176°F/80°C) and extreme cold (-4°F/-20°C).

Additional features include an LED flashlight, as well as an emergency beacon that will flash for up to 200 hours if the case falls in the water, making it easier to find.

You’ll have to pony up a hefty chunk of change to get your own: “you can get the RokPak for the early bird price of US$159. After those are gone, the price climbs to $169, then $179, which represents $50 off the eventual retail price of a whopping $229.”

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]