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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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‘Refold’ is a Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

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Standing desks are all the rage these days. There are a number of purported health benefits to working while standing up, although they come with several risks and warnings too. At the end of the day, it all boils down to preference. If portability and cost are high up on your list, then you might want to get Refold.

It’s a foldable standing desk made from cardboard components, which makes it light enough to be assembled, disassembled, and transported by a single person. And since it’s made from cardboard, it’s 100% recyclable. Just don’t get it wet, and you should be fine.

Refold is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $115 will get you one of your very own.

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The Haven Smart Home Lock Prevents Your Door From Opening, No Matter What

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Break-ins are unfortunately on the rise, especially given how easy to obtain some lock picking tools have become. The Haven system hopes to fight back with a clever system of its own. It’s a solid plate that bolts to the floor directly in front of your door (on the inside, of course), and which features an electronically actuated lift gate that completely blocks the door when activated. It can be raised or lowered through a smartphone, either voluntarily or automatically as you get near. Better yet, should you want to grant access to someone while you’re away, you can log in and remotely lower the gate, since the unit is WiFi enabled. Made from steel, glass reinforced nylon and aluminum, the Haven system can stand up to kicks, battering rams, sledge hammers and more. And if the idea of bolting it to the floor doesn’t sit well with you, it can also be installed using a special 3M VHB Command Tape, which can withstand up to 3,000 lbs of tension.

Currently getting funded on Kickstarter, a $269 pledge will get you one.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

Turn Cheap Whiskey Into Fancy Whisky In Just 24 Hours With This Little Wooden Stick

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The difference between cheap whiskey and the top-shelf stuff is how long they’ve spent aging in their wooden barrels. It’s the wood in the barrels that give the liquor its taste and colour, and also filter out some of the hangover-causing chemicals. But the problem with barrels (an ancient method of aging alcohol) is that due to the wood being cut perpendicular to its grain (a necessary process to prevent the whiskey from just seeping out), very few of the capillaries are exposed to the liquid inside the barrel. That means it takes a really long time for the alcohol to penetrate the wood and acquire the sought-after flavours.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, and Whisky Elements is the proposed solution. You’re looking at some wooden sticks that, when soaked in cheap whiskey for 24 hours, will give it the taste and richness of the top-shelf stuff. The idea is quite simple: instead of putting the whiskey in a barrel, simply put the barrel in the whisky! These wooden sticks have several cuts perpendicular to the grain, exposing the capillaries within, and giving the liquor easy access to the chemicals that normally take decades to leech into barrel-aged whiskey! It’s a patent-pending process the creators call “Accelerated transpiration through capillary action.”

To make matters even more interesting, Whiskey Elements come in various “flavours”, based on how long and how hot the wood is cooked at. You get cool flavours, like “Smooth Maple Vanilla Oak”, or “Almond Coffee”. And the best part is Whiskey Elements is cheap: $10 will get you a pair of sticks, enough to “fix” a half gallon of crap whiskey.

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Never Ties Shoelaces Again With Zubits Magnetic Shoe Closures

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Why tie shoelaces when you don’t have to? You won’t have to worry about your shoelaces getting untied ever again with Zubits. It’s a magnetic shoe closure that works with your existing laces to make lacing up infinitely faster– which makes sense, since no actual tying is involved. All you have to do is thread the laces into Zubits, cut off the excess lace (how long or how short you’d like your laces to be depends on you), and snap it closed. It’s that simple.

When you’re ready to slip your shoes off, just push your foot forward to break the connection. The downside is that they might not hold up to rigorous activity or sports (note the keyword there: might), but you could always give it a go to test its limits yourself.

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Nope Privacy Shield: Covers Your Camera, Protects Your Privacy

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You never know who’s watching you right now. They might not be there physically, but they could be watching your every move. How? Through your laptop’s camera. It’s been known to happen, and merely covering your laptop or tablet’s camera with tape and a piece of paper just won’t cut it because it’s bound to fall off after a while. Plus, tape looks tacky.

The solution? The Nope Privacy Shield. It’s a pair of magnets, with one going over your camera and the other positioned on the other side. Once in place, Nope doesn’t budge and it’s simplistic design looks good, too. The coolest part is the fact that Nope partially levitates on your screen, so it doesn’t touch your device at all.

Nope is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $5 will get you one of your very own.

[ Nope Kickstarter ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

Ostrich Pillow Mini Softens Up Your Arms For More Efficient Napping

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We’ve written about the Ostrich Pillows twice before, and each time the offbeat sleeping aids were a hit. But that was mostly because of how odd they looked. The Ostrich Pillow Mini also looks a little strange, making you look a bit like MegaMan or Popeye, but it is at least more practical than its predecessors. You simply slip your arm within and plop your head right down, presumably giving your nogging a more comfortable place to rest. There are holes for your hand and thumb, but the thing can be slid up and down your arm at your preference. It’s made from 95 percent viscose and 5 percent elastomero, which is presumably comfy as hell.

It’s currently undergoing the Kickstarter dance, and a $25 pledge will get you one. Hit the jump for another picture and links.

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Seatylock Is An Elegant Bike Lock

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Securing your bike in an urban environment normally involves carrying a separate lock, whether a chain or U-shaped. And while you may be able to tie down your frame and wheels, your seat will still remain vulnerable to theft (yes, it happens). With the Seatylock, your seat is the lock. Simply remove it and extend a 1 meter solid lock that will tie your bike down securely. “Seatylock has a universal adaptor that enables easy compatibility with any standard bicycle. After a simple installation it can be adjusted to your preferred saddle position.” Retail will be $129, but you can get it now for an $85 pledge, in either the narrow “trekking” configuration, or the wider “comfort” shape.

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Movpak is an Electric Skateboard and a Backpack In One

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Get to where you’re supposed to be fast and in one piece with Movpak. You could be on that board for years but still lose your balance if you’re carrying a particularly heavy backpack. Cue the Movpak, which is a cross between a backpack and an electric skateboard that solves your problem of finding a truly portable, convenient, and eco-friendly way of commuting.

The Movpak is capable of speeds of up to 15 mph and has a range of 9 km on a single charge. It comes with a wireless remote which features one-touch options for speed controls, brake, and reverse. Using it is so easy that its makers claim you can hop on a board and master it in about 10 minutes. Now isn’t that impressive?

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