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Python Cords Keep Your Chargers From Breaking

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The problem isn’t the charger; it’s the cord. I’ve had several chargers for my laptop break and it’s not so much the charger itself than the cord connecting it to my laptop. This is a problem experienced by laptop and Macbook users, especially those who travel a lot. The cord bears the brunt of the stress as you wrap it around your charger or cram it haphazardly in your laptop bag because you’re in a rush to leave.

The solution comes in the form of the Python Cord, which wraps around your charger to fortify and provide extra support at the stress points (and common point of failure for the charger cords) to prevent the cords from breaking.

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Kittyo Lets You Creep On Your Cat From The Comfort Of The Interwebs

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Do you feel heartbroken when you leave your home because your cat has to stay behind with no one to play with? Kittyo would like to come to your rescue, allowing you not only to see your feline friend from afar, but to play with him, record videos of him, and even dispense treats. Once hooked up to your WiFi, Kittyo can be controlled through a smartphone app. Some of its features include having the ability to make a chiming noise to attract kitty; being able to project a laser pointer that you move around, to entertain your pet; committing your cat’s shenanigans to video so you can bore your friends with a YouTube upload. There’s even a speaker so that you can delude yourself into thinking your kitty knows your voice and can recognize it.

Currently doing the Kickstarter rounds, it’s more than smashed its funding goal and should be seeing the production line soon. Delivery is slated for November of this year, in time for the Holidays. A $120 pledge will get you yours, while Kittyo is expected to cost $180 retail.

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Lix is Everything a 3D Printing Pen Should Be

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Lix isn’t the first 3D printing pen on the market, but it definitely has a leg up against one of the first that were released (read: the 3Doodler) because its shaped and built more like a pen than some over-sized marker. That means the user can create three-dimensional renderings with better control and more precise strokes and movement.

The Lix 3D printing pen was developed by Anton Suvorov, who will be launching it on Kickstarter in the new few weeks.

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This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

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If Drifting Is Your Thing, The Verrado Trike Will Blow You Away

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When it comes to wheeled vehicles it’s easy to become obsessed with acceleration and power figures. But at the end of the day the important thing is how much fun you’re having while driving. To that end, the Verrado Electric Drift Trike by Local Motors might have a thing or two on its four-wheeled cousins, the cars. You might have heard of downhill drift tricking already, but this drift trike trades gravity assistance for an electric engine. Gone are the days where you have to ask your buddy with a pickup truck to haul you back up the hill. This vehicle “combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.” A 3 hour charge will give you 45 minutes of fun or up to 12 miles of travel if all you end up doing is going in a straight line. But let’s face it, if you’re going to pledge $1,560 for one of these, you’re really looking to be going sideways around a track, and that’s more than ok.

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FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

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Would You Buy A 3D Printer At $200?

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Where’s the price cutoff point at which 3D printers might hit critical mass? $400? $300? What about $200? Because that’s how much you would have had to pledge to get your hands on the Micro 3D (M3D) printer pictured above had you been an early bird; it’s $300 now. Currently well above its funding goals, this printer can construct a cup of tea, say, out of thin air in as little as one hour just by pressing a couple of on-screen buttons. Plug it through USB like a regular printer, browse through a library of objects, design a new one, or download some to the provided software and you’re more than halfway there. You’re free to use any type of plastic filament, whether ABS, PLA or Nylon, and your printed objects will have a 50-350 micron layer resolution.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Carbon Solar Watch Can Charge Your Battery On the Go

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Power banks come in handy when you need to recharge your device and are nowhere near a power outlet. Phone cases with built-in battery packs are another option, but they’re limited in availability to certain models only. An alternative to these is the Carbon solar watch by Energy Bionics.

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Is There Room In The Market For A Standalone High-Fidelity Music Player?

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Neil Young hates MP3s. He’s right to do so, to be honest. MP3s made sense in 2001 when broadband adoption was nowhere near what it is today, and where hard drives were a lot more expensive. But in 2014, there’s no real reason to degrade music to the point that the MP3 algorithm does. So that’s where Neil Young’s PonoPlayer comes in. Aside from handling traditional 256kbps iTunes store style files, the player chews up the following:

    CD lossless quality recordings: 1411 kbps (44.1 kHz/16 bit) FLAC files
    High-resolution recordings: 2304 kbps (48 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    Higher-resolution recordings: 4608 kbps (96 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files

You’ll also have access to the PonoMusic store, where you can actually find (and buy) these high quality files. To put things in perspective, the “CD Lossless” quality file still contains about 30 times more data than a typical MP3. If you’re going to pay for music (and really, you probably should), you may as well pay for all the music the artist intended.

It’s $300 for the player, and an extra $100 will give you a version autographed by artists like “Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Beck, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews Band, The Foo Fighters and others.” Granted it’s a lot of money for functionality that your iPhone technically already possesses. But if you really see it this way, then this product definitely isn’t for you.

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