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Help Make Realistic Barbie Into a Reality

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Barbie’s makers have gotten a lot of flak for making a doll with unrealistic body proportions that give kids the wrong idea about what “sexy” or “healthy” looks like. Over the past couple of years, people have called for a change to Barbie’s vital stats, and it has prompted artists like Nickolay Lamm to create more realistic versions of Barbie.

What started out as a work of art that carried a strong message might now become a reality, as Lamm has launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn realistic Barbie into a reality.

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Miracle Machine Turns Water Into Wine

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Jesus may have performed this trick some time ago, but he didn’t do it with technological panache. The Miracle Machine pictured above however claims to turn water into wine using sophisticated electronics… only not really. See, it does make wine and it does use water as a starting ingredient, but then you have to add “grape concentrate, yeast, and a finishing powder that imbues the liquid with barrel-aged flavour.” Ok, that’s not quite as impressive as Jesus’ magical trick of yore, but it is arguably less painstaking than making wine the traditional way. The Miracle Machine uses an array of “electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps”, and churns out what’s being called a “$20 bottle of wine” from $2 worth of ingredients in about 3 days. Using a smartphone app, your job is simply to select the type of wine you want, add the ingredients and wait. You’ll get a notification when your wine is ready to drink.

There’s going to be a Kickstarter soon, with the expected retail price at around $500, though the early adopter figure should be much lower. You can register on their website to be notified when the campaign goes live.

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Mind Boggling: Inceptor Board Game is a Game Inside a Game

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The ending to Inception is one of the most-debated movie endings of all time. Was Cobb still in a dream or was he back in reality? Will the top ever stop spinning or was it just about to fall over when the movie ended? While the Inceptor board game won’t provide any answers, it does play out similarly as it’s a board game within a board game.

Players are basically on a quest to plant a mission into the dreamer’s mind, which is known as the Mark in the game. Each player will have their own missions to plant, and whoever does it first wins. Other elements from the movie are also present in the game: the slowing of time as you move towards deeper dream levels, Mark’s subconscious that attacks and makes you lose a turn if you’re discovered, and of course, the Kick.

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Bumprz Anti-Cases are For Minimalists

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If you’re a fan of minimalist phone cases, then you’ll love Bumprz for sure. It’s not a case in the traditional sense because it’s actually comprised of four steel bumpers that are meant to be attached on all four corners of your phone. The coolest part? It seems to work better than other cases that cover the entire back of your device.

So how does Bumprz work? It emphasizes protecting the corners of your phone, which sustains the most damage when it’s dropped. In effect, it also prevents the seam of the screen from hitting corners. Bumprz is constructed from a strong metal and attaches to your phone using a 3M adhesive which directs “the forces from the impact to the face and side of the device where the device can handle the high compressive and shear forces without failing.”

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μGO Provides Expandable SD and Micro SD Storage for Android

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Need some extra storage space for your pictures, movie files, documents, and MP3s? No problem. If you’ve got an Android device, then μGO has got you covered. It’s a small device that promises to extend your phone or tablet’s storage capacity via SD or micro SD. The µGO itself comes with both an SD and microSD card slot so you can transfer data between your phone storage and memory card without any trouble and without having to hook it up to a computer.

Additionally, µGO also lets you charge and sync without having to remove it, as it also comes with an auxiliary micro USB port. It seems like they thought of everything, doesn’t it?

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Gesture Sensitive Bluetooth Ring To Control All Your Electronics

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Judging by how easily the company has surpassed its crowdfunding goal, it’s tempting to believe that people are really hyped over a Bluetooth connected ring that can recognize gestures and control your various applications. We’re not really convinced yet, but we’re open to changing our minds. The device is called, quite simply, Ring, and is made by a company called Logbar. It contains an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip, a vibrating mechanism, and a tiny battery. With it you can send texts, launch applications, make payments, and control external devices. Gestures are easily customized through the related application, and sensitivity and accuracy seem to be more than adequate. The point is, it seems to work, and appears sort of fun.

So what’s our issue with it? Well, aside from it being pretty “gee-whiz”, we just can’t imagine how this will be socially acceptable. Google Glass is already having some problems, so can you imagine a train car full of people with their index fingers pointed, air-writing their texts? Why not just text, then?

In any case, if looking odd in public is not a concern of yours, a $165 pledge will get you one.

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Connected Toothbrush Keeps Track Of Your Habits

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Kolibree doesn’t only connect to your smartphone in order to keep track of how often or how long you brush (and nag you in case it isn’t enough), but its integrated accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer also allow it to know which part of your mouth you’re brushing. This means that it’ll point out the neglected teeth, so you can then spend more time on those molars you always forget. You can also then share your habits with friends and dentist, although to be honest we can’t imagine anyone would really be interested in sharing that information. Still, it’s there for the sharing along with all the other features that make this toothbrush about as exciting as connected toothbrushes get. There will be a Kickstarter soon, and you should expect to have to pay around between $100 and $200 for yours.

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Mini Museum Fits Right Into Your Pocket

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Lunar and martian rocks, mummy wrap, dinosaur eggs and dino dung–these are just some of the things you’ll find suspended in the Mini Museum. And when they say “mini,” they really meant mini because they measure only a couple inches long and wide. Conceptualized by Hans Fex, the mini museums will come in small sizes, with the small one containing 11 specimens, the medium one containing 22 specimens, and the large one containing 33 specimens.

Basically the relics will come from Hans’ collection, which he gathered from various continents for last the 35 years. He will be breaking these down into smaller pieces and embed them in clear resin for the mini museums.

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Smart Earbuds Pack A Ton Of Features In A Tiny Package

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The Dash, a set of Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones, pack so many sensors and features that it would take a pretty long article for us to cover them all. Consider this. There is a 3-axis accelerometer, a thermometer, a 5 field capacitive sensor, an ear bone mic, an ambient mic, and a red + IR LED & optical sensor crammed within two tiny buds that go inside your ear. Why? So you can “track your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent, [while] relaying the information back to your devices via Bluetooth.” You can stream songs to them, or use the integrated 4GB of storage. You can block ambient sounds through passive sound isolation, or you can allow some sounds to filter in so you don’t get hit by a car. All these features are accessible via touch gestures on the outside of the buds themselves, by the way. The battery will last between 3 and 4 hours, which is pretty much the only blemish we see on an otherwise impressive package. And we’re just skimming the surface here. These buds have some serious tech in them, and for a $199 pledge, they seem to not be overpriced once bit.

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