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Can’t Find It? Just Tag it With iFind

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People are forgetful by nature. Even those who normally aren’t have temporary lapses in memory work gets especially busy or if they happen to have a lot on their plate at the moment. Take a second to add up all the time that you’ve wasted looking for your wallet or keys or phone because you put it somewhere absentmindedly and forgot about it mere seconds later. Those are minutes or even hours of your time that you could’ve spent doing something else worthwhile or productive.

There are a number of tags in the market that claim to help you locate your stuff in a jiffy. But few are as hassle-free and easy-to-use as iFind. It’s different from the rest because it doesn’t need any batteries to run. Instead, it comes with a power bank that stores and recycles electromagnetic energy to keep working, day in and day out.

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Fund This: PocketScan Mobile Scanner For On-the-Go Scanning

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Most people turn to their phone camera when they need to get a copy of something when they’re out of the house. It doesn’t give the same results as a scanner would, obviously, but it gets the job done. However, you’ll be putting your camera away soon though because the PocketScan Mobile Scanner is here and it was made for one thing, and one thing only: to scan documents and pictures when you’re away from home or out of the office.

It’s sleek, it’s small, and it’s compatible with Windows and OSX computers and iOS tablets. PocketScan provides instant feedback while it’s scanning and can scan up to 400dpi. It also has optical character recognition (OCR) so you can extract text from documents so you can edit them later on a word processor.

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Make Dry Aged Steaks At Home With SteakLocker

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Dry aged steaks are the bee’s knees. They’re also typically your wallet’s worst enemy ($30/lbs to $50/lbs.), and therefore out of reach for most casual meals. It doesn’t have to be that way however, and with the SteakLocker, you could be on your way to making this wonderful beef concoction right at home. It’s a connected fridge that links to your smartphone, and monitors temperature and humidity closely. That’s important, because when you’re dry aging the meat, you’re basically rotting it in slow motion, allowing moisture to escape (concentrating the taste) while enzymes already present in the meat work to digest and dissolve connective tissue, all the while permeating the fibers with a buttery, almost nutty flavour. It’s awesome, even if it sounds gross. But if you do it wrong, you do end up with just that: rotted meat and a bad case of food poisoning. To put the odds on your side, the SteakLocker also contains a UV light that should be able to eliminate surface bacteria, as well as a fan to circulate air and an activated carbon filter to prevent less desirable smells from making it into your kitchen. So, simply place your chunk of beef in there and let it sit for at least 21 days.

It’s a fairly large appliance, measuring 34 inches tall. But at $600, you’re getting a machine that could cost almost 10 times as much, and steaks for a fraction of what they’d cost in restaurants.

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AirDog: Have Your Own Personal Drone Follow You Around And Film Everything You Do

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This is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a long time. AirDog is a system involving an HD camera-equipped quadcopter drone, and a ruggedized portable “leash” that you carry on your person at all times. In this fashion, you can have the drone follow you as you move around, filming your stunts from above. Since you have the emitter beacon (the AirLeash) on your person, it knows where you are exactly, and is able to keep the shot focused and somewhat centered in the frame. The camera is kept steady through the use of a gyro-stabilized gimbal, and produces some cinematic shots of incredible quality, at least if you judge by the sample footage.

The portable beacon has some controls on it which allow you to set the height and angle of the camera, while a smartphone app allows greater control over flight paths. There are a ton of presets, as well as the ability to create your own. You’ll get between 10 and 20 minutes of flight time, depending on speed, which maxes out at 40mph.

It’s a really fantastic system and unlike anything we’ve come across in this field. It won’t be cheap, sure, but if you pledge now you can get a $300 from its estimated retail price of $1,500. So that’s $1,195 for now, with an estimated shipping date of November of this year.

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Magic Phone Stand: Whatever Floats Your Phone

This phone stand is called Magic for a reason: it makes your phone look like it’s levitating. It doesn’t actually make your phone float in mid-air, but it does look pretty neat, having your phone held in place that way.

The Magic Phone Stand is more than what its name indicates it is, though, because it’s also a charging cable. You might be wondering how that stiff ol’ stand could also be a cable, but, well, New Jersey-based Martinka Magic figured it out and came up with this. The stand was successfully funded on Kickstarter a few days ago, but don’t fret: you’ll be able to order the unique stand-slash-cable soon on its maker’s website.

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The World’s Leanest Keychain from TIK

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Ever had a woman ask you “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me” and realize that it was that cumbersome, overloaded keychain in your pocket she was referring to? Now you never have to worry about an embarrassing bulge because the TIK keychain is here. It is literally the leanest keychain in the world because creator Daniel Farkas has done away most of the key, leaving the functional parts intact and attached to a link in a bike chain! He claims that it gives “greater leverage for each key in the chain” and expands the “grip surface” so it’s easier to hold. Originally featured on Gizmodo, the product is backed by a Kickstarter campaign, meaning it won’t see the light of day if the campaigners don’t get at least $23,000 worth of pledges for the product. Why not thin down your side profile, prevent those pesky pressure marks on your thighs from the keys you’ve been carrying around all day and invest in a unique product all in one go? It only costs $49 for the pledge, and you’d be doing yourself and everyone else a favor.

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Lomo’Instant Camera: Instant Photos With Added Options

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Instant cameras aren’t anything new, but Lomography manages to bring something new to the table with the Lomo’Instant camera. If you’ve ever used a Polaroid or a Fujifilm Instax, then you know that shooting options for instant cameras are quite limited. Basically, you just point and shoot and hope for the best as you wait for your photos to develop.

That’s where the Lomo’Instant camera starts to differ. First of all, it’s packed with a bunch of additional options and extra features so you can tweak settings and shoot more creatively. It’s programmed with three shooting modes, so you’re in control when it comes to lighting. Plus you can shoot unlimited multiple exposures so you can experiment and combine multiple shots into one frame.

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WalletM8 is a Tripod and Stand for Your Docs, Phone, Tablet, and Camera

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Nothing’s more of a hassle than having to pack up a whole bunch of accessories for your phone, tablet, camera, and all the other gadgets you’re bring on your trip or out-of-office assignment. Most of the time, what you need is a stand and a tripod for various media functions, like recording and streaming.

There are a number of stands-slash-tripods that are compatible with a range of devices, but few are probably as compact and versatile as the WalletM8. It’s a tripod and stand not only for most of your mobile gadgets, but also for your files and documents for when you want to view them upright. What makes it awesome is the fact that it’s the size of a credit card and is only 2 millimeters thick!

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Who Needs Mint When You’ve Got Castor’s Double-Flavored Gourmet Toothpick?

Castor Flavored Toothpicks

Dessert leave a bitter taste in your mouth? Not to worry, Castor’s double-flavored gourmet toothpicks are there to save the day! Well, they’re not available yet, but they will be if Castor meets their goals on Kickstarter for their unusual toothpicks. One tip is coated with flavored powder, while the entire stick itself exudes a delicious, long-lasting aroma.

Use them when you’re picking your teeth (because yeah, that’s what toothpicks actually are for), for hors d’oeuvres, or whenever you feel like overwhelming your senses with a burst of flavor.

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