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Ostrich Pillow Mini Softens Up Your Arms For More Efficient Napping

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We’ve written about the Ostrich Pillows twice before, and each time the offbeat sleeping aids were a hit. But that was mostly because of how odd they looked. The Ostrich Pillow Mini also looks a little strange, making you look a bit like MegaMan or Popeye, but it is at least more practical than its predecessors. You simply slip your arm within and plop your head right down, presumably giving your nogging a more comfortable place to rest. There are holes for your hand and thumb, but the thing can be slid up and down your arm at your preference. It’s made from 95 percent viscose and 5 percent elastomero, which is presumably comfy as hell.

It’s currently undergoing the Kickstarter dance, and a $25 pledge will get you one. Hit the jump for another picture and links.

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Seatylock Is An Elegant Bike Lock

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Securing your bike in an urban environment normally involves carrying a separate lock, whether a chain or U-shaped. And while you may be able to tie down your frame and wheels, your seat will still remain vulnerable to theft (yes, it happens). With the Seatylock, your seat is the lock. Simply remove it and extend a 1 meter solid lock that will tie your bike down securely. “Seatylock has a universal adaptor that enables easy compatibility with any standard bicycle. After a simple installation it can be adjusted to your preferred saddle position.” Retail will be $129, but you can get it now for an $85 pledge, in either the narrow “trekking” configuration, or the wider “comfort” shape.

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Movpak is an Electric Skateboard and a Backpack In One

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Get to where you’re supposed to be fast and in one piece with Movpak. You could be on that board for years but still lose your balance if you’re carrying a particularly heavy backpack. Cue the Movpak, which is a cross between a backpack and an electric skateboard that solves your problem of finding a truly portable, convenient, and eco-friendly way of commuting.

The Movpak is capable of speeds of up to 15 mph and has a range of 9 km on a single charge. It comes with a wireless remote which features one-touch options for speed controls, brake, and reverse. Using it is so easy that its makers claim you can hop on a board and master it in about 10 minutes. Now isn’t that impressive?

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Fresh Air Plus Does Away With Nasty Smells After You Do a Number Two

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There’s nothing pleasant about poop. Not it’s smell, not it’s appearance, not it’s texture–nothing. There’s little you can do about most of these without having to change your diet, save for the smell, because you can actually minimize it (well, sort of) if you get one of these Fresh Air Plus units. It’s basically a fan that’s specially designed to fit your toilet bowl.

When you sit on it, a sensor triggers the unit’s fan to turn on, which subsequently filters out the nasty smells of poop through a hose and out of the bowl. This way, the smell won’t overwhelm your senses by the time you’re ready to flush.

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Card Pen Fits In A Wallet, Reminds You That Pens Still Exist

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Pens are delightfully old school. And yet there are still times when they’re needed, like when you have to sign a check or fill out a customs declaration form. Now, the fundamental trifecta of pocket items includes the following: a wallet, keys, a smartphone. Notice the lack of pens from this group. But with the Card Pen, you can have a clever pen that’s about as thin as a quarter and is small enough to fit in a standard wallet. The ink cartridge is retractable, in a way, and the whole thing is customizable so you can use it as a business card. On Kickstarter now, $15 will get you two blank ones, while $30 will have them engraved.

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E-Bike Retrofit Kit Monitors Your Heartrate, Adjusts Assist Accordingly

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Many people use bicycles as an exercise tool, and not only as an outdoorsy activity. But sometimes, when you’ve ventured out a little further than you normally do, it’s nice to have a little assistance on the way back. The Falco Fusion Sports Electric Wheel is an electric motor hub that can be mounted on just about any bike, turning it into an electric assist vehicle. Its rugged design means that this also includes mountain bikes, by the way. The 50V 400Wh Li-Ion battery pack is good for up to 110 miles of assistance, which is great, but not the salient feature. That would be its compatibility with heart-rate monitors, which would allow it to precisely and automatically control the amount of assistance its sending your way, based on how tired you are. If your goal is to maintain your heart going in a specific range, but suddenly a hill shows up, this electric hub would let you climb it without pushing your heart above its target.

Granted this isn’t the first electric drive hub we’ve come across, but we believe it’s the first time we see it integrated with heart-rate monitoring. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, so we’re not sure if it’ll ever see light of day. A $495 pledge can get you on your way to owning one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Cardboard Jet Fighter Cockpit Big Enough To Accommodate Office Chair

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Getting work done or playing a sim game in a “real” cockpit, while having both feet firmly planted not the ground, is an ambition of some that usually requires lots of skill or very deep pockets. Dogfight Boss founder Lukas Homola thought he could do things differently, and decided to recreate the cockpit of an F22 fighter jet in an easy-to-asseble cardboard kit. He and a friend went to some aviation museums and took pictures of cockpits to recreate high definition textures for the kits. Since they’re made out of cardboard, it’s easy to cut out holes to fit any “instruments” you might want, like an iPad or a monitor or anything else you like. They’re made out of cardboard ribbing for durability, and all the parts except the center console are simply slid into place and not glue, which makes disassembly a snap.

It’s a $500 pledge for a physical version of the cockpit, though for $48 you can get a print-at-home PDF.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Memobottle Is Shaped Like A Standard Piece Of Paper, To Better Fit In Your Bag

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Reusable water bottles are great for the environment, but they’re used less often than disposable ones simply because they’re inconvenient to carry in a cramped bag. The Memobottle, despite its initially awkward appearance, could actually change a few people’s minds thanks to its shape. Flat and rectangular, the Memobottle comes in three dimensions: A4, A5, and Letter. Slip in into your bag or briefcase, and it’ll take up space alongside your other documents without disrupting the general shape of things too much. The A5 bottle carries 750ml (~25 oz.), while the other two carry 1.25L (~42 oz.). They are dishwasher safe and completely leak proof, and can be yours for a pledge starting at $20 for the A5 and $30 for the Letter sized Memobottle.

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LightMode Helmets Will Get You Noticed On The Road

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Motorcyclists have a bad reputation for attracting attention in all the wrong ways. But while a good portion of them do like to simply show off, getting noticed is also a matter of safety. Car drivers are used to look for other cars on the road, but motorcycles are smaller and easier to miss, especially at night. Increasing your visibility is never a bad thing, and these LightMode Electroluminescent light kits could not only help in that regard, but could do so stylishly. They’re light-up wires that connect into a small control module, which itself is wedged between the shell and the padding or glued on with 3M adhesives. You can order them as a kit and make your own design. Or if you don’t trust your skills, you can order a number of helmets pre-fitted with the wires. There are three mode selections: constant glow, blink and off. You can use regular AA batteries, but 2,000mAh rechargeables will reportedly squeeze 13 hours of operation before needing to be charged.

Currently on pre-order on Kickstarter, $72 will get you a kit, which comes in aqua, red, white, green, blue, yellow, and pink colours. The pre-installed helmets start at $295 for an HJC CL-Y Razz, and up to $770 for a Shoei RF-1200.

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