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Lomo’Instant Camera: Instant Photos With Added Options

Lomo’Instant Camera

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

WalletM8

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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Marbel Electric Skateboard Trades Range For Looks

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There’s a number of electric skateboards on the market now, and they tend to share similar looks; bulky batteries and oversized wheels usually make them stand out, and not always in a good way. The Marbel board is lighter and definitely better looking than a lot of those other boards, but what it gains in looks it loses in range. You can expect to make it about 10 miles on electric power alone before your foot is requested for additional propulsion, but you’ll cover those 10 miles at speeds up to 20mph, which is zippy enough for most. And it’ll only take you 90 minutes to recharge. Weighing in at 9.9lbs., the board is very portable and could be attractive to those of you who find themselves running lots of little errands around the house. The deck is made from carbon fiber and kevlar, and is only 30mm thick at its widest point. Finally, the board will connect to your smartphone, allowing you to customize various features like its top speed and acceleration.

It’s a $1,199 pledge to get your own, with a January 2015 expected delivery date.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Move Files from Your PC to Your Phone and Back Again With iStick

iStick USB & Lightning Flash Drive

Moving files from your iPhone or iPad to your PC and back again can be such a pain sometimes. But it’s something you probably do on a regular basis, especially if you take photos or videos regularly or have a lot of apps installed on your device. An alternative to the usual mess of wires and cables is the iStick.

It’s USB flash drive with a lightning connector on the other end, so you can use it for your Apple devices and for your laptop or computer, too. Just slide the switch from one side to the other to bring out either the USB or the lightning connector. The iStick works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and works with a universal iOS app on these devices.

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Sabertron: A Foam Sword With Electronic Scoring

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Sword fighting over the last few thousand years has had the unfortunate tendency to leave one of the opponents somewhat dead. In today’s more civilized society, death during swordplay is often avoided through the use of, well, non-lethal swords. Sadly, these are analogue affairs, leaving you to decide amongst yourselves who scores how many hits, and opening the door to the cheat who won’t admit to losing. Sabertron is a foam sword that introduces a digital component, one that should help you determine a victor more accurately. Outfitted with sensors, it knows when a hit has been blocked, and when it’s made contact with a soft body. Hit that soft flesh often enough, and you can walk away victorious. Perfect for those long Larping sessions, a $99 pledge will get you a pair, while more money buys more sophisticated “blades”.

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SCiO Thumb-Sized Scanner Tells You What’s In Everything

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Think of the SCiO thumb-sized scanner as a “Shazam for things”. Point it at any object, and its spectrometer will analyze its chemical composition, sending the object’s spectral signature to SCiO’s servers for analysis through your connected smartphone.

In practical terms for dieters, just pointing SCiO at food reveals its ripeness, number of calories and nutritional value. You’ll be able to scan plastics to ascertain their recyclability, home brewers will be able to more accurately monitor alcohol levels, detect what’s in that pill your doctor prescribed, what’s in those cosmetics, how healthy your plants or potting soil are, and discern the difference between a diamond and zirconium, fake from real leather, and real from counterfeit cash.

It’s the closest thing to a Star Trek-like tricorder, and there’s a working prototype already in existence. The company is doing the Kickstarter dance, where they’ve exceeded their goal by over million dollars. It’ll cost you $200 to own, but hurry up because they’re going to be sold out fairly soon.

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Tado Thermostat Brings Nest-Like Functionality To Your Old AC

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You may have bought a fancy Nest thermostat, but what about that AC in the guest bedroom that’s not connected to the rest of your home’s system? Tado’s smart thermostat allows you to communicate with it through IR, while itself connecting to the Internet and your phone with WiFi. What this means is that you can remotely turn your AC on and off, while setting up a geofencing functionality that will automatically turn the unit off once you’re a certain distance away. It’ll also automatically turn the AC on once you’re back inside that fence, pre-cooling your room while saving money when you’re away. Finally, the fact that it’s a connected device means you can track usage through detailed graphs, and obtain insight into your own usage patterns.

It’s a $69 pledge to their Kickstarter campaign, with an expected retail price of $149.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Lunecase Eclipse is a Smart Case for Your Smartphone

Lunecase

 

You’ve seen one case, you’ve seem them all. Or have you? The Concepter team brings something new to the table with the Lunecase Eclipse, which is a case for your smartphone that’s equally smart. It has the capacity to receive notifications from the iPhone and display an icon accordingly at the back to let you know when you’ve got a new message or incoming call.

The coolest part is that it’s powered by electromagnetic energy, which is emitted and surrounds most devices, including your iPhone. In short, it doesn’t need any batteries and it doesn’t need to be charged to power up.

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