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Krossblade SkyProwler Is One Badass VTOL Drone

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Most drones you hear about these days are in the $100 range. They do flips, maybe there’s a low-res camera on there, but it’s not like you’re looking at anything too serious. The Krossblade SkyProwler on the other hand seems to be the bee’s knees. It’s a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) drone, which means that you don’t need a runway to have it take to the skies, but once airborne it’s able to fly like a legit plane, rather than a heli. It’s able to switch back and forth between the configurations, so you’ll be flying at up to 83mph one minute, filming the countryside or whatever, only to slow down and hover for a bit when the fancy takes you. The powerful motors give it a payload capacity of 500g (a little more than 1lb.), which is enough for some high quality, gimbal-stabilized cameras. Three 5,000mAh cells give it great endurance of 40 minutes in plane mode, and 24 minutes in helicopter mode. The controller features a high-gain 6dB directional antenna for a range of 1.5 miles (2.4km), with an optional video screen so you can see what it sees.

As you can imagine, since this isn’t a toy, it doesn’t cost toy prices. You can get in on the action with a $699 pledge and a July delivery window, but that doesn’t include all the options. When it hits retail a fully decked out SkyProwler will cost $2,199, so now’s the time to get on the list if you want to save a few dollars.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Podo Is A Stick-Anywhere Selfie Camera

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Cashing in on people’s unrelenting desire to take pictures of themselves, the Podo wireless camera features a special microsuction pad that sticks to pretty much any surface (cement, metal, drywall, etc.), and simply needs to be washed now and then to preserve its sticking powers. Podo then connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you frame your shot, enable or disable flash, set a timer and eventually take your picture. The 8MP sensor is able to also shoot 720p video at 30fps, and an accelerometer ensures your photos are always oriented the right way. The front pivots out so you can adjust the angle and have it pointed where you want it. It’s really small at 2X2X1 inches and can easily be carried in a pocket.

This is a really cool product because you won’t have to use a darn selfie stick, nor will you have to be asking strangers to take pictures of your group. Costing a small $89 pledge, the camera could be yours by August.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Umbrella Packs Bluetooth, So You Don’t Leave It Behind

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Like most people, we like to get cheap umbrellas so that we don’t feel too bad the next time we forget them somewhere. And that happens often enough, so it’s not necessarily being overly cautious. But if we wanted to get an umbrella that isn’t made from cheap materials, and doesn’t turn inside out the second the wind picks up, we’d have to consider the Davek Alert Umbrella. There’s a Bluetooth chip in its base, powered by a watch battery with a life of 1-2 years, which will connect to your phone automatically. Then, once it senses you’re more than 30 feet away, you’ll get a notification alerting you that you might be leaving it behind. Sure, there’s the possibility you’ll get notified if you simply walk to the kitchen after leaving the thing in the entrance lobby, but you can just dismiss it and carry on, we suppose. At $80, the Davek Alert Umbrella isn’t cheap, but you should know it’s made by a company that sells even more expensive umbrellas, and has been doing so for years; presumably their stuff isn’t low quality, and your pledge is safe with them.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Touchpoint 2.0 Are The NFC-Enabled Leather Gloves You Want

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In the frigid claws of winter, the last thing you want to be doing is freezing your fingers off while answering a text. And while you’ve seen gloves with touch-sensitive tips, the Touchpoint 2.0 takes the concept a step further by incorporating four NFC chips. Made from soft sheepskin leather, and finished with a stylish quilt pattern, the gloves not only let you control anything on the screen as if your skin is bare, but each of the four NFC chips (located on the middle finger and wrist, in each hand) is completely customizable through a companion app. This means you can trigger any number of actions on your phone, from launching apps, to taking pics, to pretty much anything you can think of since the program is open source. Unfortunately, due to Apple restricting their NFC to Apple Pay, you’ll only get full functionality on devices in this list.

Now, think of this scenario. You’re out in the cold and suddenly see something worthy of a pic. Normally you reach for your phone, take your gloves off, start the picture app and snap your shot. With Touchpoint 2.0, you only need to reach into your pocket, touch the NFC area to one of your fingers (which you’ve programmed to trigger the launch of the camera app), and snap away. That’s quite a few steps less, and a lot less freezing.

The gloves are available for a $60CAD ($52USD) pledge, with delivery slated for September 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

The Keybiner Is Not Your Average Carabiner

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Carabiners are cool because you can attach your keychain to them, and then hang this from your belt loops, or from a backpack. But the Keybiner takes the concept a couple of steps further and itself becomes the keychain. This fully-funded Kickstarter product fits up to 14 keys within its frame, allowing each one to pivot out when it’s time to use it. But the innovation doesn’t stop there, since the device is also a multi-tool, packing things like wrenches, bottle openers, screwdrivers, and even a file. This means that for as little as a $35 pledge, you can carry around a smattering of essential tools right on your beltline and be ready to deal with any number of broken/needs-fixing things that life could throw your way.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Laser-Powered Earphones Glow To The Beat Of Your Drums

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Call it a gimmick, but it’s an interesting one. Glow earphones features cords that are wrapped in Corning’s special Fibrance material, which diffuses light and allows for a single strands to become wholly illuminated with a single source at its base. This means the cords on the Glow earphones will light up in multiple colors, and will pulsate to the rhythm of your music. Seeing as this is a crowdfnded project, the makers will add a glow-to-motion features if they reach $750,000 in funding, and a pulse-to-heartbeat function if they reach $1M. Currently sitting around the $350,000 mark, Glow earphones will pulsate to your music only, although you do get a few additional features, like a mic to take calls, as well as a small puck-shaped controller to summon Siri, trigger the shutter on your camera, and quickly respond to texts.

It’s not exactly a revolutionary offering, but it’s Tron-like feel might be enough to justify the $149 asking price to some. Granted there’s no promise of excellent sound quality from these as-yet-to-prove-themselves manufacturers, but those of you with a penchant for the novel and more disposable income might consider them a good purchase.

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The MainDrain Is An Add-On Urinal That Clips Onto Your Bowl

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As a man, peeing while sitting is probably the most sensible option. You avoid sprinkling droplets all over the floor (inevitable). And you avoid leaving the toilet seat up, only to have your significant other yell at you (also inevitable). But of course, you won’t pee sitting down, so what’s a guy to do? Well, there’s this funny looking contraption here called the MainDrain. It’s a plastic urinal that simply attaches to the side of a standard toilet bowl, and routes your urine safely where it needs to go. Yes, it’s ugly as sin, but think of the advantages: you can leave the toilet seat down at all times since it’s possible to sit without having to move the MainDrain, and you won’t have to clean the toilet seat or floor as often. It’s easy to clean, is installed and removed in seconds, is made from lightweight, high quality, hydrophobic materials, and the height can be adjusted. All in all, it’s a great product, but we imagine its appearance will deter many people from getting it. At $45 however, it’s priced just right for the right kind of people: we’re thinking college students in a dorm, roommates, etc. You know, somewhere where appearances don’t matter.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Blocks Smartwatch Lets You Customize The Hardware To Your Heart’s Content

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Modularity is all the rage these days. Just look at the excitement over Project Ara, the modular smartphone, for proof. And why shouldn’t it be? Modular gadgets mean that we can reconfigure them to our liking, adding more of the hardware elements that we want, and less of the ones we don’t care about. Blocks, the modular smart watch being discussed in this article, is a project by the same people who were initially behind Project Ara, before Google got involved. They’re now trying the same approach with a timepiece where each link in the wristband can be a different hardware component. Modules can be dedicated extra batteries, GPS chips, contactless payments, SIM cards, and even heart-rate monitors. Don’t care about heart-rate monitoring? Swap that link for an extra battery!

It’s a great idea, but the success will depend on execution. Early prototypes, as shown in these pictures, look chunky and unattractive. The team is planning a Kickstarter for Q2 2015, so hopefully by then they’ll have refined their hardware enough to make it visually attractive. Pricing starts at $150 for the watch face itself, plus $20-$40 for each module. If you want the whole thing decked out, you’d be looking at $330.

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VIA [ Gizmodo ]

NEEO Smart Remote Controls All Your Devices

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It’s possible to control many devices in your home through your smartphone. But if you’ve ever tried you’ll know it’s somewhat of a fragmented and annoying experience. You have to open one app for your lights. Another for your TV. Yet another for your alarm system. Well, the NEEO Smart Home Automation System hopes to take all those frustrations away by offering you a system that interfaces with everything, and includes a high-density touchscreen remote to navigate the OS. The system consists of two parts, the brain and the remote. The brain is a hockey puck-shaped device with more sensors and emitters than you can throw a stick at: 4 antennas for Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth BLE (low energy), Wi-Fi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Thread and Z-Wave protocols, as well as 360° infrared coverage. It stores information on about 30,000 devices, even older televisions, and knows automatically how to interact with them. The Remote features a 291ppi touchscreen (higher density that a Retina iPad), with which you control all your devices without having to switch apps or configure much of anything. “The NEEO remote comes with a unique patent-pending technology which recognizes your hand when you pick it up: sensors in the remote detect your palm to match you with your profile and display your playlists, films, and favorites, instantly.”

Think of NEEO as a universal remote on crack. It sounds pretty awesome, especially if your home is filled with AV equipment that you’re constantly struggling to control. It’ll set you back a $219 pledge on the Kickstarter campaign which is 1,000% funded at the moment. No joking, people are excited about this.

[ Kickstarter ]