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No More Sore Fingers: Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

It takes a lot of time and practice to master playing the guitar. It also requires steely determination and a high tolerance for pain because pressing on those strings for hours on end will eventually take a toll on your fingers. Cue the Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard that aims to make guitar playing less painful and easier at the same time.

As the name implies, it’s a cover of sorts for the frets on the neck of your guitar. Once it’s on, it replaces strings with color-coded buttons that shields your fingers from the pain while helping you learn how to play. Pretty neat, eh?

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Synek Countertop Beer Tap Is Kind Of Like A Kegarator Without Being One

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The Synek Draft System pictured above isn’t a kegerator for the simple reason that it doesn’t use any beer kegs. These are large and unwieldy anyway, and you’d have to be seriously committed to beer drinking to set a system like that up in your place. Instead, Synek uses special 1 gallon pressure pouches that are capable of handling up to 30psi of pressure, and block out UV rays. Simply fill them up at any local tap (if you know a place that’ll fill up a growler, they’ll fill these bags up too) and insert it in the device. Just like that you’ve got cold beer on tap, in quantities that are reasonable for any household. You won’t lose any carbonation on account of the special pouches, and once opened they’ll last for months and not days like a growler.

The device is doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, and a $300 pledge will get you one machine plus 5-10 bags.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]

Frebble Lets You ‘Hold Hands’ With Loved Ones Who Are Far Away

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To say that technology has changed how people communicate is an understatement. Where people used to send telegrams and letters, we now send emails, instant messages, or SMS. Where people used to pick up the phone and talk to each other, we now use video chat and video conferencing where we get to see and interact with the people we’re talking to.

Taking things one step further are the folks behind Frebble, which look like modified joysticks that you’re supposed to grab with one hand as you would, well, a joystick. It let’s people “hold hands” even though they’re far away by communicating these sensations to the other party.Continue Reading

LiquidOff Spray Repels Water, Minus the Haze

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Klutzes, rejoice! If you spill stuff a lot or walk around carelessly into puddles of mud, then you might want to get a bottle or two of LiquidOff. As the name suggests, it’s a hydrophobic spray that you can use to coat your shirt, pants, and shoes with a waterproof layer, so your stuff remains free from stains.

This isn’t the first waterproofing spray to hit the market, but it’s one of the few that are water-based. Creator Harold Stewart got the inspiration for LiquidOff after babysitting his sibling’s kids and noticing what a mess kids can make Harold explains: “Trying to learn as much about the technology and its intrinsic properties, as well as learning how certain chemical agents bond to create a desired effect, was a process.”

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Can’t Find It? Just Tag it With iFind

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People are forgetful by nature. Even those who normally aren’t have temporary lapses in memory work gets especially busy or if they happen to have a lot on their plate at the moment. Take a second to add up all the time that you’ve wasted looking for your wallet or keys or phone because you put it somewhere absentmindedly and forgot about it mere seconds later. Those are minutes or even hours of your time that you could’ve spent doing something else worthwhile or productive.

There are a number of tags in the market that claim to help you locate your stuff in a jiffy. But few are as hassle-free and easy-to-use as iFind. It’s different from the rest because it doesn’t need any batteries to run. Instead, it comes with a power bank that stores and recycles electromagnetic energy to keep working, day in and day out.

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Fund This: PocketScan Mobile Scanner For On-the-Go Scanning

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Most people turn to their phone camera when they need to get a copy of something when they’re out of the house. It doesn’t give the same results as a scanner would, obviously, but it gets the job done. However, you’ll be putting your camera away soon though because the PocketScan Mobile Scanner is here and it was made for one thing, and one thing only: to scan documents and pictures when you’re away from home or out of the office.

It’s sleek, it’s small, and it’s compatible with Windows and OSX computers and iOS tablets. PocketScan provides instant feedback while it’s scanning and can scan up to 400dpi. It also has optical character recognition (OCR) so you can extract text from documents so you can edit them later on a word processor.

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Make Dry Aged Steaks At Home With SteakLocker

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Dry aged steaks are the bee’s knees. They’re also typically your wallet’s worst enemy ($30/lbs to $50/lbs.), and therefore out of reach for most casual meals. It doesn’t have to be that way however, and with the SteakLocker, you could be on your way to making this wonderful beef concoction right at home. It’s a connected fridge that links to your smartphone, and monitors temperature and humidity closely. That’s important, because when you’re dry aging the meat, you’re basically rotting it in slow motion, allowing moisture to escape (concentrating the taste) while enzymes already present in the meat work to digest and dissolve connective tissue, all the while permeating the fibers with a buttery, almost nutty flavour. It’s awesome, even if it sounds gross. But if you do it wrong, you do end up with just that: rotted meat and a bad case of food poisoning. To put the odds on your side, the SteakLocker also contains a UV light that should be able to eliminate surface bacteria, as well as a fan to circulate air and an activated carbon filter to prevent less desirable smells from making it into your kitchen. So, simply place your chunk of beef in there and let it sit for at least 21 days.

It’s a fairly large appliance, measuring 34 inches tall. But at $600, you’re getting a machine that could cost almost 10 times as much, and steaks for a fraction of what they’d cost in restaurants.

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AirDog: Have Your Own Personal Drone Follow You Around And Film Everything You Do

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This is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a long time. AirDog is a system involving an HD camera-equipped quadcopter drone, and a ruggedized portable “leash” that you carry on your person at all times. In this fashion, you can have the drone follow you as you move around, filming your stunts from above. Since you have the emitter beacon (the AirLeash) on your person, it knows where you are exactly, and is able to keep the shot focused and somewhat centered in the frame. The camera is kept steady through the use of a gyro-stabilized gimbal, and produces some cinematic shots of incredible quality, at least if you judge by the sample footage.

The portable beacon has some controls on it which allow you to set the height and angle of the camera, while a smartphone app allows greater control over flight paths. There are a ton of presets, as well as the ability to create your own. You’ll get between 10 and 20 minutes of flight time, depending on speed, which maxes out at 40mph.

It’s a really fantastic system and unlike anything we’ve come across in this field. It won’t be cheap, sure, but if you pledge now you can get a $300 from its estimated retail price of $1,500. So that’s $1,195 for now, with an estimated shipping date of November of this year.

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Magic Phone Stand: Whatever Floats Your Phone

This phone stand is called Magic for a reason: it makes your phone look like it’s levitating. It doesn’t actually make your phone float in mid-air, but it does look pretty neat, having your phone held in place that way.

The Magic Phone Stand is more than what its name indicates it is, though, because it’s also a charging cable. You might be wondering how that stiff ol’ stand could also be a cable, but, well, New Jersey-based Martinka Magic figured it out and came up with this. The stand was successfully funded on Kickstarter a few days ago, but don’t fret: you’ll be able to order the unique stand-slash-cable soon on its maker’s website.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]