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WiperSwiper Squeegees Your Car Window As It Rolls Back Up

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We have a rule: no lowering the car windows for at least two hours after getting a car wash. Doing otherwise means streaks that you can’t get rid of without physically getting out of the car and wiping them. For anyone obsessed about keeping their vehicle clean, this is a reality. But now with the ViperSwiper, those days may come to an end. It’s a strip of rubber that you install on the outside of your car, sandwiched between the window and its regular rubber lip. The ViperSwiper then squeegees your window clean as you roll it back up, getting rid of any streak marks that would normally be there after a wash. It does require self-installation, but it seems pretty straightforward and requires no tools other than a scissor. And it will need changing every 3 to 6 months, like regular wipers. Fortunately, it’s pretty cheap, at $20 for two 40 inch strips that you cut down to size. If the Kickstarter funds, you can expect them by February 2016.

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The Aquabook Is A Water Bottle That Fits In With Your School Books

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Most water bottles are sold to sports enthusiasts who like to stay hydrated during their workouts. Or to regular people who simply want to have some H2O handy. But the Aquabook is a little different. Shaped a little bit like a book, flat and rectangular and the size on an A5 sheet, it is meant to fit perfectly in a backpack or carrying case already full of books and papers. Cylindrical bottles will obviously take up a whole bunch of room and leave empty, inefficient spaces in your bag. The Aquabook carries 25 ounces of water, is made of BPA-free plastic, comes in 5 colors, and ships with cleaning tabs and brushes to ward off bacteria. It’s a €20 ($22USD) pledge to get your own, and you’ll have to wait until February 2016 to get yours.

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Mogees Turns Just About Anything Into An Instrument

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Finding yourself always tapping away on surfaces, creating a beat from stuff that wasn’t meant to be musical? Well then, Mogees is just for you. It’s a special vibration sensor that attaches to anything, and allows you to map different vibration patterns to different instruments. This way you can turn your living space into a whole percussion set. You first have to program the app and tell it which vibrations correspond to which instrument (eg. tapping with open palms on a door could be the snare drum, using the knuckles could be the high hat, and hitting it with a key could be the kick drum), it’ll then recognize the vibrations and communicate the signal to your phone, which in turn emits the corresponding sound. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and kicking out a whole drum set by tapping on your drawers, your stapler or anything else that comes to mind. It sounds ridiculous, but you really have to watch the video to see the potential.

It’s not limited to drum sounds, incidentally. Mogee outputs MIDI signals, so you can map just about any instrument to your vibrations and get creative. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, and a £96 ($147) pledge will get you one with delivery in November!

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Best Paper Plane Ever: PowerUp FPV Transforms Your Useless Toy Into A Live-Streaming Drone

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Throwing a paper plane around is great when you’re about 6 years old, but it gets stale quickly as an adult. Unless of course you outfit it with the PowerUp FPV kit. It’s a super lightweight camera-and-propeller rig that keeps your plane up in the air for up to 10 minutes per charge, going at speeds up to 20mph, with a range of up to 300ft. That in itself is great, but what’s truly amazing is that the PowerUp FPV kit also has a 360 degree camera that can transmit an image back to the operator in real-time! Amazingly, it can be controlled with Head Mounted Display gestures, an in-app gamepad, or better yet, Google Cardboard. Yes, not only do you get to see what’s straight ahead, but you can look around as you fly! Features also include an Auto-Pilot mode for easy flying, using a 3-axis compass sensor, 3-axis gyroscope sensor, 3-axis accelerometer and a Barometer.

The product is a collaboration with Parrot, who already has tons of experience with their own drones, so there’s a good chance this will be a quality product. It’ll be priced around $200 with early bird discounts when the project launches on Kickstarter in three weeks.

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Meater Is The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer

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You know, a well-done steak is also known as “overpriced beef jerky”; anything above medium-rare is just a travesty. Now, it’s true that you can avoid ruining a beautiful cut with an array of tools: experience as a cook, using fancy techniques like sous-vide cooking, or getting a meat thermometer. Bringing some innovation to the field of thermometers, Meater bills itself as “The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer”, and has enough features to make its purchase palatable. Each thermometer connects to your smartphone and instantly transmits the internal temperature of the protein it’s inserted into. Simply tell the app what you’re cooking, and as soon as it’s reached its desired internal temperature, you’ll get a notification. Gone are the days where you have to stay by your food’s side, obsessing over whether it’s ready, freeing you to entertain your guests or prepare some other dish.

The electronics won’t overheat since they’re insulated by the surrounding meat, so you can safely use the probe in the oven or on a grill. The external probe even monitors the ambient temperature, perfect for smoking or long BBQ roasts where maintaining the external cooking temperature is extremely important.

It’ll cost you a $59 pledge for 1 Meater probe and its charger, or $148 for the Meater Block (which provides multi-storage for the probe, Wifi range extension, as well as a display) and two probes.

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The Looblade Is A New Take On The Toilet Bowl Brush

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They say that when something isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it. But improving isn’t the same as fixing, and the Looblade creators make some good points about why their design is an improvement on the venerable bathroom staple: the toilet brush. For one, it’s made from flexible silicone TPU elastomer material that doesn’t trap bacteria as brush bristles tend to do; to clean it you simply shake it before re-inserting in its holder. The material itself has anti-microbial properties that are said to kill 99.9% of germs. Additionally, the cleaning tip features 8 spiralling blades that perform a kind of squeegee action as they’re being inserted at the bottom of your bowl, cleaning both faster and more efficiently. The lack of bristles also mean you won’t get any disgusting dirty water drips as you carry the Looblade back into its holder. All in all, it’s an interesting design that totally justifies the $23 asking price. It’s a Kickstarter, so you will have to wait until December of this year to get yours if you decide to purchase.

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Nora Promises A New Approach To The Problem Of Loud Snoring

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There are many products on the market to help you curb your snoring ways. They range from nostril widening strips, to shock therapy machines, to an entire cornucopia of nasal creativity in between. Nora, a Kickstarter project, hopes to help you out in a relatively novel manner.

Nora is sleek pebble-shaped device that sits on the bedside table and listens for snoring sounds. Once it detects the sound, Nora stops the snoring by slightly moving your head through a padded pillow insert that sits under your pillow.

In order to move your head it uses a small pump placed in a case that goes beside your bed; the pump gently inflates the bladder, which in turn causes you to move your head without waking up, making you tighten your relaxed throat muscles and stopping your snores. The setup allows you to use any pillow you want, is completely silent, and even comes with a companion app that tracks how well you slept, and how much you snored. To get one, you’ll have to pledge $179 to the company’s Kickstarter, and expect to receive your product in May 2016.

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Protein Infused Beer is A Thing That Exists

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They’re calling it “Where your weekend meets your workout”, and as unlikely as it seems, this seems to be a real product: protein infused beer. It’s called Brewtein and Nutribeer, and one is a regular American wheat ale that’s had some whey protein mixed in, while the other is lower calorie lager with slightly less protein and almost half the carbs. Brewtein has 7 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs and clocks in at 178 calories, while Nutribeer has 4 grams of protein and tips the scales at 122 calories. That’s… not a lot of protein when you consider a standard post-workout protein shake can sometimes have 40g+, but if you plan on swigging a six-pack by yourself, you’ll still get in that range. And you’ll be barely able to walk, which will only complement your already wobbly post-legday legs. It’s a win!

The makers claim you won’t notice the taste of the whey, and each one comes with some interesting rewards, since it’s a Kickstarter project that’s honestly unlikely to get fully funded. But hey, we’re doing our small part by telling you about it.

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Wildcard is A Slim Multitool With A Detachable Blade

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Multitools on Kickstarter are just like wallets on Kickstarter: there are way too many! But every now and then one comes around that adds a little innovative twist and stands out. The Wildcard is yet another multitool stamped out of solid stainless steel, except this one features a fold-out serrated edge blade. Better yet, the blade is detachable so if you forget you’re carrying it at the airport, you can just surrender the blade and order a replacement, instead of having to ditch the whole thing. It’s also got a screwdriver, a prybar, and a bottle opener. The whole thing measures just 2mm thick and is credit card sized, so it’ll fit in your wallet easily. It’s a smart design, and definitely worth the $25 pledge necessary to secure one.

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