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Why-Tech Wednesday: Flatev Can Make Fresh Tortillas Like Kuerig Makes Coffee, But It’s Not Worth $199

For this first installment of Why-Tech Wednesday, I want to go back a bit to last year, to the first product that has been stuck in my mind like a bad tumor. It’s an appliance that uses dough pods to produce fresh tortillas, it’s the Flatev.

It’s a simple concept, but suffers from an unreasonable design, high price, continuous cost and poor concept. Let’s start with that, the concept, because as appealing as a fresh tortilla sounds, there’s no real benefit as opposed to store-bought tortillas. They may taste a little bit better, but at that point, you might as well make your own.

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Kniterate Brings Industrial-Style Personalized Knitwear To The Home

It’s one thing to learn how to sew, and it’s quite another to be able to customize the fabric with which you put your garments together. Up until now, if you wanted a particular pattern of material, you’d either have to crochet the darn thing, or pore over heaps of catalogues in the hopes to find what suits you. The Kniterate is a knitting machine that accepts pretty much any design you can throw at it, and recreates it for you in real life. You can either pick your patterns from pre-made templates, or create your own These then get output onto a knitting bed that’s 29 inches wide. The stitch density can easily be changed and up to 6 spools of yarn allow for extremely colorful patterns.

Granted, even though you can have this at home, with a starting price of $4,600 it’s not for the casual designer. If you’re building your design studio and wish to stand out early on though, you might want to give this a good look.

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The HeatBuff Keyboard Hand Warmer

Gone are the days where you have to do your typing with cold, rigid fingers. The HeatBuff Keyboard Hand Warmer uses infrared light to warm up your digits, while presumably leaving your keyboard and mouse cold enough to touch comfortably. The beams can be repositioned, so you can point one at your mouse and the other at the keyboard. It plugs into the wall outlet… which is strange for a product meant to be used on your desktop. It’s going through its Kickstarter funding phase, and it has reached its goal. If you want one for yourself, you’ll have to pledge $71, with delivery by December 2017.

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Mindset Headphones – Help For Your Work/Study

Are you a student? Do you work from home? Do you have trouble focusing when there’s too much going on around you? There’s a solution for you!

These headphones will maximize your productivity. They are mega comfortable and are wireless. They cancel out the noises around you. BUT WAIT! There’s more *laughs*.There are EEG sensors located in the headband that will read your brain activity in real time and will recognizes whether or not you’re focused. When it senses that you’re distracted it’ll send a light audio signal that will make you focus once again.

These headphones will also sense when your brain start getting tired and will suggest a break. Mindset headphones will help you in the long run as well. You will learn to recognize the distractions and ignore them. Over time, you will be able to focus deeper and for longer.

This incredible product will have the potential to help someone focus, increase their productivity but also cure someone with attention deficit disorders.

Early Bird pricing will set you back $229, with this figure going up to $249 once stock runs out on them. Shipping is all the way in December 2017.

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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.

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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.

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