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The Power Strip Just Got Modular With YOUMO


Modularity is in, in the gadget world. The idea is that you can customize your device with hardware add-ons, so that it does more of what you want, and less of what you don’t care about. The power strip just got the treatment with the YOUMO. It lets you connect up to 7 different modules, that range in function from wireless charging, to multi-USB, to LED light. Simply plug the base cord into your wall socket, and configure the rest of the strip to your liking. The company is even planning to develop more modules with expanded functionality like WiFi Repeater, and Wireless Speaker. Prices start at €39 (around $42USD) for the base cord plus 2 modules of your choice, then it’s about a €10 increase for every additional module. It’s a Kickstarter campaign that’s now fully funded, with shipping expected in February 2017, almost a full year away.


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The Biem Butter Sprayer Turns A Hard Stick Of Butter Into Sprayable Delicious


Look, if there’s butter on it, it’s better. This is a fact of life. But it’s also a fact that butter will clog your arteries, and fatten your waistline if eaten in excess. With the Biem Butter Sprayer you can add the flavour without pouring on the calories. It takes a hard stick of butter, and lets you spray it on your foods. Sensors detect when you’ve picked the device up, which fires up the heating element to 95F, instantly melting the dairy goodness. A gentle air pump then sprays out the liquid onto whatever it is you want to enhance. You can use any butter you normally use, and the thing doesn’t melt the entire stick, just the part you need to get some spraying action on. What comes out is cool to the touch, and there are no chemical propellants used at all. It’s a $99 pledge to get your own, with delivery in September if the Kickstarter fully funds.


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Carry Your Pet On Your Bike With Pet On Wheels


As fun as it looks on YouTube, carrying your pet on your motorcycle can be hazardous. That’s why we welcome the carrier Pet on Wheels (POW). It’s a top-case designed specifically for carrying small-sized pets securely and legally on a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle. Made from injection-moulded plastic, it will easily fit pets up to 10 kg (22 lb). There are two ventilation holes, and a little cushion on the inside for your quasi-family member. POW can be installed facing forwards or backwards, and a special hook on the inside lets you tie a leash to prevent your best friend from getting too much adventure and jumping out. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, a €99 (about US$110) pledge will get you one, with delivery in April.


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Neit Collapsible Luggage Stores Easily


Travellers who live in smaller apartments will appreciate Néit, the “World’s First Smart Collapsible Hard Case Luggage.” When open, it’s a standard sized bag with a ton of modern, high-tech features you’d actually want in a normal bag, like GPS tracking, and YKK Aquaseal waterproof zippers. But the nice thing about Néit is that when you’re done using it, it collapses to about 30% of its initial size. It takes about 10 seconds to go from one mode to the other, and despite its transforming mechanism, the aircraft grade aluminum structure provides enough strength to withstand travel in cramped airplane cargo holds. The carabiner style handle even allows you to hang it easily, alongside your clothes in a dresser, and it won’t take much space since it’s about 3 inches wide when collapsed. Right now it’s a £150 (about $217USD) pledge for the carry-on, and £190 ($275USD) for the check-in sized bag.


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Foldio360 Turntable Makes It Easy to Take 360 Degree Product Shots


If you’re running a little online shop, getting good images of the products you sell is pretty important. To make the task easier, Foldio already sells a lightbox called Foldio Studio and now they’re adding another item to their lineup: the Foldio360. It’s a turntable that accepts objects up to 5 kg (11 lb) in weight, and rotates them slowly so you can photograph them from every side. To blur the line between the bottom of the table and the lightbox, it features a light at the back. It can trigger your iPhone camera through Bluetooth, and nicer dSLRs through IR. “Photographs can then be compiled into interactive 360 degree images using the app and the Foldio360 Online service. From there they can be embedded into websites and exported as GIFs or MP4s.” It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, with an $89 pledge ($139 with the lightbox) to secure yours with a July shipping date.


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A Tiny Candle Powers The Lumir C, An LED Lamp


You take electricity for granted, my friends. But there are parts of the world that are off the grid, and guess what, these folks need to see in the dark too! The Lumir C is meant to work without batteries or any form of external electrical source, and be used in settings like camping or simply as an effort to conserve energy. The device powers its LED light through harvesting the heat from a burning candle. You see, a good portion of the energy given off by a candle goes right into the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, being released as heat-carrying infrared radiation. The Lumir C harvests this “wasted” energy and uses it to power its LED light, giving off a light output of 15 lumens via four 0.2W LEDs… about as much as a candle, actually. But remember, you also have the light from the burning candle still going, so the Lumir C effectively doubles the visible output from a candle. With this arrangement, you can open up mood and lighting possibilities candles alone couldn’t provide. It’s a $59 pledge, with shipping in July.


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This Alarm Rug Won’t Turn Off Unless You Step On It


Look, we’re all for snoozing our alarm clocks until the cows come home, but your boss might see it another way. There’s a number of products on the market to help you fight the almost irresistible appeal of the endless snooze cycle, and the Ruggie is one of the nicer one’s we’ve come across. It’s a pressure sensitive rug that contains a loud alarm that won’t turn off unless you step on it for 3 seconds. You can load your own custom tones, and set the wake up time through hidden buttons on the side. The soft memory foam will cushion your feet as you step out of bed and launch you onto a productive day, right on time.

It’s a $79 pledge on Kickstarter, with the price going up to $99 once it hits retail. Delivery is in September of 2016.

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There’s a Tinfoil Hat On Kickstarter, And It’s Not Quite Tanking Yet


Albert Einstein famously said “Only two things are infinite, the Universe and Human Stupidity. And I’m not so sure about the Universe.” When we come across things like the Shield: Signal Proof Headwear, and we realize that they’ve got over 200 backers as of this writing, we are reminded of how right he was. This particular product is a hat you wear to help protect your brain from all that electromagnetic radiation that surrounds you, from “cell phones, wi-fi, satellites, tv and radio, microwaves, electric devices, lights or heavy doses of cosmic rays during the flight”. It’s made from a “special signal proof fabric (100% silver coated shielding fabric)” that allegedly blocks most of these signals. Never mind that there’s no scientific proof that electromagnetic radiation is dangerous to humans, better be safe than sorry, right? A £16 (around $23) pledge will get you a beanie or a cap.


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These Keys From Key Armoury Look Like Little Swords


Adding a little bit of whimsy to your life shouldn’t cost a fortune. If you get a set of keys from Key Armoury, it won’t. The company makes key blanks based on famous sword designs. At the moment, there are 4: “Link’s Master Sword from Zelda, the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, King Ellesar’s Anduril from Lord of the Rings, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber from The Force Awakens, and Sting from The Hobbit.” The keys are sent to you uncut, so you will have to take them to a shop to get them to work with your locks. Considering it’s only a $10 pledge to get your own, we say it’s totally worth it.

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