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TrakBelt360™ Rotates Your Tools Around Your Waist

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On the job with your super loaded toolbelt, it can become pretty tedious having to move the entire thing around when you have to access a tool on either end, or do anything else that might require getting the bulk of the weight out of the its current position. The TrakBelt360™ pictured above solves that by featuring a special track system that lets your pouches rotate 360 degrees around you. This way you can easily enter doorways, climb ladders or do anything else with ease. It’s not just for construction workers either, but photographers might also enjoy the system, easily accessing their lenses and other accessories. The system works with any pouches or tool holsters, and a pledge of only $60 will get you one at this point.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

Hive-like Shelving Needs No Tools For Assembly

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Anyone who’s ever bought anything from IKEA knows the joys of fiddling around with L-shaped Hex keys and screwdrivers for assembly. Much as we grumble about the process, this tool-assisted assembly process is what makes the items sturdy and keeps their cost down. But Israeli industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir wants to take things a step further and altogether remove the need for any tools in the assembly process of her hive-like shelf unit, called Ruche. It’s made from either aluminum or cardboard sheets that slot into one another, and offers surprising sturdiness given the lack of any structural fasteners. The cardboard version can support up to “10 kg (22 lb) for the small 15.5 in (34.5 cm) high version, to 64 kg (142 lb) for the large (39.4 in (100 cm)). In the sturdier aluminum model, the small version can bear 18 kg (39.6 lb) and the large 80 kg (176 lb).” That’s a lot for something that can allegedly be assembled in around 6 minutes.

Currently on Kickstarter, pledges start at $30 and go up to $180 for the large aluminum Ruche.

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BeON Smart Lightbulbs Double As Burglar Deterrents

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There are a good number of “smart LED” bulbs on the market, but most of these just allow you to control them from a smartphone, opening the door to things like picking a color, turning them on remotely, etc. BeON takes things a step further and provides you with a layer of burglary protection we haven’t seen in other bulbs yet. It does this by learning your lighting habits, turning themselves on and off at intervals when you’re not home, giving the appearance you’re there. They’ll even listen to your doorbell and turn on to spook would-be thieves checking to see if you’re home.

Aside from these security features, the bulbs have backup power that will keep them on even if your power goes out. They’ll detect your fire alarm sounds and light the way to an exit in case of a fire, and they’ll fade in an fade out when switched on and off to give your eyes a fighting chance against getting blinded.

Overall the BeON bulbs seem like a pretty decent, full-fledged smart bulb definitely worth considering. Until you see their price, that is: a 3-pack will set you back $229! At that price, maybe it’s better not to look at them as smart bulbs, but rather as a theft deterrence system with an integrated LED bulb…

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

KARV Sustainable Wooden Cufflinks Are Awesome

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If you’re looking to stand out, look no further than KARV’s wooden cufflinks. Each pair is handmade from sustainably harvested mahogany, by artisans in Peru. KARV puts an emphasis on craftsmanship, ensuring that each cufflink adheres to high fabrication standards while still exhibiting the individual markings of a truly handmade product. Finishes comes in a natural or ebony look, and there are skull, knot, lion, and stud configurations. A pair will set you back $70 for the studs, and $115 any of the others. That may seem like a lot of money, but keep in mind that a good portion of each sale goes directly to the artisan that created the cufflinks, allowing artists to thrive in a time where mass production techniques have all but eliminated the need for their existence.

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B4RM4N Smart Shaker Hopes To Take The Guesswork Out Of Making Drinks

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Not everyone is adept at making tasty libations. You have to look up a recipe on your phone, measure each spirit using little tumblers, you end up spilling some every time… heck, it’s harder than it looks. Ok, not that hard, to be honest, it’s pretty simple but it can be even simpler with the help of B4RM4N. This is a cool cocktail shaker laden with tech: there’s an accelerometer, a bluetooth module, and a weight sensor. Once connected to your smartphone, simply load up the recipe you want and start pouring the ingredients straight into the shaker. It’ll tell you when you stop pouring, when to switch ingredients, how much ice (and which kind) to put, and even how long to shake (or whether you need to stir). There are social features that let you share the recipes you develop yourself with other users, add well as the ability to share online.

It’s a Kickstarter project at the moment, with expected delivery in time for summer 2015. A $119 early bird pledge will get you one.

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BottleLoft Saves Some Space In Your Fridge

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Once again showcasing how we definitely do live in the first world, the BottleLoft is a device specifically designed to make more room in your fridge for beer. Because a full fridge is a problem, in some parts, and making room for beer is definitely an essential necessity. Ok… we’re only being a little bit sarcastic, because we actually do like beer and think this is a pretty cool device. It uses Neodymium magnets to hold on to your bottle caps, attaches to the “ceiling” of your fridge using a special 3M tape and can hold up to 88lbs under ideal conditions. That should be many times more than enough to hold 6 beers, so we’re giving the BottleLoft a hearty thumbs up. Especially at the $39 pledge pricing.

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Illumibowl Lights Up Your Toilet Bowl

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It’t the middle of the night and you have to pee. You get to the restroom, then are faced with a choice. Pee in the dark and risk missing your target, or turn the lights on and blind yourself for a couple of minutes. If only there were other options. There are, my friend, there are, and the Illumibowl is the latest. It’s a combination motion detector and bright LED that turns on as soon as you walk into the restroom. It simply clips to the side of the commode, so requires no installation or fussing about. It’ll cycle through some colors while you’re there, and then turn itself off after a minute if it senses no motion. Best of all, it’s super cheap, costing only a $15 pledge to get yours by January, and that’s including shipping.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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‘Refold’ is a Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

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Standing desks are all the rage these days. There are a number of purported health benefits to working while standing up, although they come with several risks and warnings too. At the end of the day, it all boils down to preference. If portability and cost are high up on your list, then you might want to get Refold.

It’s a foldable standing desk made from cardboard components, which makes it light enough to be assembled, disassembled, and transported by a single person. And since it’s made from cardboard, it’s 100% recyclable. Just don’t get it wet, and you should be fine.

Refold is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $115 will get you one of your very own.

[ Refold ] VIA [ Like Cool ]