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GPS Adventure Box: Give Someone the Gift of an Adventure

It’s important to keep things in perspective. Sure, you didn’t get the laptop you wanted last Christmas, or the house that you thought you’d be living in at age 40. But things happen. That’s life, and the only thing that’s constant about it is that it keeps moving. So move along with it.

Sometimes people can be so wrapped up in work or with some trivial thing that they forget to look at the big picture and enjoy. If you know someone who’s currently at that stage in their lives, then give them the gift of adventure. Send them the GPS Adventure Box and give them the break that can change their current outlook.

That’s not how the GPS Adventure Box is being marketed, but that’s one creative (and very meaningful) way to use it.

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Silic is a Self-Cleaning, Spill-Proof Shirt

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If you’re a bit of a klutz and routinely spill stuff on your shirt, then you need to get a couple of these Silic t-shirts. They’re described as “self-cleaning” shirts that are made with hydrophobic nanotechnology to ensure that no stain will remain on the shirt, regardless of what you spill or splatter onto it.

The polyester fabric used to make Silic is layered with billions of silica particles that prevent liquids from attaching to the shirt. Silic’s creator, Aamir Patel, explains that the shirt can prevent stains from a multitude of substances, including sodas and foodstuffs like ketchup and sauces. The unique, anti-stain feature can last up to 80 cycles of washing.

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DrumPants Are Exactly What They Seem To Be

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You’re looking at a set of flexible, velcro-attached strips with three touch sensitive zones. Each one of these zones can be assigned one of 100+ sounds so that you end up with a 6-instrument percussion set right on your thighs (or any other body part you feel like using). The strips are connected to a control box, which in turn connects either to an external speaker with wires, or (with the upgraded version of the kit) through Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone for added functionality. DrumPants are slim and unobtrusive and will allow you to jam pretty much anywhere, without having to lug real instruments around. Anyone that’s ever tapped a rhythm out on a steering wheel, or a table or any other surface will likely have thought about how cool it would be if those taps made “real” sounds. Well, yeah… now you can. $99 will buy you the basic kit, and $129 the upgraded kit with Bluetooth. It’s on Kickstarter so don’t expect immediate delivery, but the project is fully funded.

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Rubber Band Machine Gun Will Make You Feel Like ‘Rambo’

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I still remember the rubber band wars during my school years. It was pretty annoying when you get hit by one, but shooting them at others appeared to be the best feeling. Keeping that feeling in mind, Alex Shpetniy and Brian Dinh have created a Rubber Band Machine Gun, yes, you’re reading it right. The Rubber Band Machine Gun consists of 672 rubber bands, with a firing speed of 14 shots per second. The machine gun comes with 700 spare rubber bands and will be available in three different colors.

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Gigs2Go Are Disposable Thumb Drives For Sharing Large Files

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Sharing large files is still surprisingly difficult to do these days. Many people sit behind firewalls and not everyone is tech savvy enough to create accounts on the few decent large file sharing sites. What’s needed is something like Gigs2Go. It’s a credit card-sized pack of 4 thumb drives housed in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper pulp enclosure; when you need to share something, you simply tear one off and give it to your client or friend. He can keep it, or even dispose of it. Being made from paper, the drives are mostly biodegradable and each one is cheap enough that it’s not an altogether terrible idea to do this. They come in three sizes: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, the cheapest one being only $30 and the 8GB drives setting you back $40. It’s still getting funded so we’re not sure if the product will see light of day, but you can do your part at the Kickstarter link below.

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Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

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Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

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Coffee Mug Keeps Your Coffee At The Optimal Temperature

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The Temperfect mug looks like a regular everyday coffee mug, but it isn’t. Instead of keeping your drink piping hot for as long as possible, this device aims to cool it to a drinkable temperature quickly, and then to maintain it there for an extended period of time. It does this by replacing the air in the double walls with a special material, which Dean Verhoeven, the creator, is calling “Material X”. It’s solid at room temperature but melts when heated, storing large amounts of energy in the process; this has the effect of cooling the liquid inside. But since the “Material X” stored all that heat, it is able to transfer it back to your coffee as it cools, keeping it warm for longer. It’s the same exact principle that we saw in the Coffee Joulies 2.5 years ago, only now in a more practical form factor than little metal pebbles that you carry separately.

Unfortunately, we seem to remember testing showed the Coffee Joulies didn’t do such an amazing job at what they claimed to do, extending the coffee’s temperature sweetspot by an almost negligible amount. However, that doesn’t mean the Temperfect will suffer the same fate. Thermodynamics is a complex field and for all we know, mug-shaped is more efficient than pebble-shaped. If you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $40 to the fully funded Kickstarter.

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Eco-Friendly Christmas: Plant Discarded Gift Wrap In Your Garden

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It also happens to be a season of excessive waste, considering the amount of gift wrap and packaging people discard after unwrapping their presents.

Then along came Eden’s Paper and their plantable gift wrap. It’s eco-friendly wrapping paper that’s made from two layers of recycled paper. The cool thing about it is the fact that it’s got actual seeds embedded within the paper. So not only is it recyclable, but you can also plant the entire thing in your garden instead of discarding it.

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Is The Neptune Pine The Smartwatch We’ve All Been Waiting For?

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Smart watches may be the way of the future, but most current attempts have been sort of clumsy. While the Pebble is doing well, Samsung’s Gear has been met with tepid reviews due to its clunky interface and smartphone-companion-only status. The Neptune Pine, pictured above, promises to give you exactly what the Gear was lacking, which is complete smartphone functionality with no need for an phone nearby. Aside from being able to make and receive calls, here are a few features.

At its core, the Pine is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean device (Android 4.4 KitKat will be supported after launch). It has a 2.4-inch (320 x 240 resolution) touchscreen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 dual-core processor, 3G HSPA+ connectivity (no 4G LTE here), 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, gyroscope and accelerometer, and two cameras (a 5-megapixel rear camera on the back and a VGA-resolution front camera; both with LED flash).

If it works as advertised, the Pine could be that Dick Tracy-esque device so many geeks have been waiting for. And you can still get in on the action at $229, on the more than fully funded Kickstarter campaign. If you wait until this hits retail, it’ll cot you $335.

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