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This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

If Drifting Is Your Thing, The Verrado Trike Will Blow You Away

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When it comes to wheeled vehicles it’s easy to become obsessed with acceleration and power figures. But at the end of the day the important thing is how much fun you’re having while driving. To that end, the Verrado Electric Drift Trike by Local Motors might have a thing or two on its four-wheeled cousins, the cars. You might have heard of downhill drift tricking already, but this drift trike trades gravity assistance for an electric engine. Gone are the days where you have to ask your buddy with a pickup truck to haul you back up the hill. This vehicle “combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.” A 3 hour charge will give you 45 minutes of fun or up to 12 miles of travel if all you end up doing is going in a straight line. But let’s face it, if you’re going to pledge $1,560 for one of these, you’re really looking to be going sideways around a track, and that’s more than ok.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Would You Buy A 3D Printer At $200?

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Where’s the price cutoff point at which 3D printers might hit critical mass? $400? $300? What about $200? Because that’s how much you would have had to pledge to get your hands on the Micro 3D (M3D) printer pictured above had you been an early bird; it’s $300 now. Currently well above its funding goals, this printer can construct a cup of tea, say, out of thin air in as little as one hour just by pressing a couple of on-screen buttons. Plug it through USB like a regular printer, browse through a library of objects, design a new one, or download some to the provided software and you’re more than halfway there. You’re free to use any type of plastic filament, whether ABS, PLA or Nylon, and your printed objects will have a 50-350 micron layer resolution.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Carbon Solar Watch Can Charge Your Battery On the Go

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Power banks come in handy when you need to recharge your device and are nowhere near a power outlet. Phone cases with built-in battery packs are another option, but they’re limited in availability to certain models only. An alternative to these is the Carbon solar watch by Energy Bionics.

Aside from being a classic-looking timepiece, it also functions as a backup power source for your smartphone or mobile devices that charge via a microUSB port.Continue Reading

Is There Room In The Market For A Standalone High-Fidelity Music Player?

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Neil Young hates MP3s. He’s right to do so, to be honest. MP3s made sense in 2001 when broadband adoption was nowhere near what it is today, and where hard drives were a lot more expensive. But in 2014, there’s no real reason to degrade music to the point that the MP3 algorithm does. So that’s where Neil Young’s PonoPlayer comes in. Aside from handling traditional 256kbps iTunes store style files, the player chews up the following:

    CD lossless quality recordings: 1411 kbps (44.1 kHz/16 bit) FLAC files
    High-resolution recordings: 2304 kbps (48 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    Higher-resolution recordings: 4608 kbps (96 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files

You’ll also have access to the PonoMusic store, where you can actually find (and buy) these high quality files. To put things in perspective, the “CD Lossless” quality file still contains about 30 times more data than a typical MP3. If you’re going to pay for music (and really, you probably should), you may as well pay for all the music the artist intended.

It’s $300 for the player, and an extra $100 will give you a version autographed by artists like “Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Beck, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews Band, The Foo Fighters and others.” Granted it’s a lot of money for functionality that your iPhone technically already possesses. But if you really see it this way, then this product definitely isn’t for you.

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Tickle Generates Fake Phone Calls to Get You Out of Awkward Situations

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What do you do when you find yourself in an awkward situation? Some people overcompensate by talking a mile a minute, while others fiddle with their phones or even fake making a call, just so they can excuse themselves. If you’ve ever tried going the latter route, then you know just how hard it can be sometimes to keep a straight face while having a fake conversation with no one.

Cue Tickle, a service that generates fake phone calls so you won’t have to pretend anymore. Developed by Alex Cornell and Phil Mills, the app “calls” you when you find yourself in a sticky situation or when you want to leave a potentially awkward or embarrassing scenario. All you have to do is move the phone in a jerky or “awkward manner” (check out the video after the break to see what the developers mean by this) and the app will get to work.

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You Can Never Have Too Many Cupholders, Especially On Your Umbrella

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Morella is a cupholder for your umbrella. Before you laugh… ok, no, after you’re done laughing, you’ll want to notice that it’s not such a ridiculous idea after all. First off, the killer feature of Morella is that your liquids remain upright thanks to a special hinge, no matter what you do with the umbrella that the device is attached to. This means you can more or less walk around normally while carrying your drink and umbrella in one hand, while still having the other one free to take calls or do whatever. Sure, it looks silly, but if you think of the number of times when you’d actually enjoy having this (rainy music festivals, walking to work with a hot coffee in the morning, etc.), it actually looks to be worth the $16 pledge on their Kickstarter campaign.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Burp Is a Social Network For Foodies

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People are always posting food shots on Instagram and other social networks. However, Facebook and IG aren’t exactly teeming with foodies who might appreciate all the food shots that people are uploading from all over. The solution? A dedicated community called Burp where foodies, chefs, amateur cooks, and food lovers can unite and share their love for food.

Its founders goals are summed up pretty succinctly below:

People need a way to share their food experiences. People need an outlet to announce their food discoveries. People also need a way to discover different types of food. Our goal is to do just those and become the medium that people use to further the food tech revolution.

Aside from joining communities, you can also start your own if you don’t see any that you’d like to join. On Burp, you’ll be able to share photos, tips, reviews, and virtually anything else under the sun–as long as it has to do with food, that is.

If this sounds like a movement that you want to be a part of, then you can pledge to make Burp into a reality on Kickstarter.