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Wipebook is a Handy, Dandy Reusable Whiteboard Notebook

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People are always saying that you should write down thoughts or sketch ideas as they hit you, because you’re bound to forget them if you wait, even for a little while. There’s just something about seeing those doodles and notes in front of you that makes plans and concepts much more real. A lot of folks I know use a stylus with their tablets or smartphones along with a notepad app to do this. But sometimes, it’s just not the same as using pen on paper or whiteboard pen on whiteboard.

For the latter, there’s Wipebook. It’s essentially a notebook that’s got sheets of whiteboard inside instead of paper. Write, doodle, scribble, take notes, and construct graphs using a dry erase pen, and just wipe the pages clean when you’re done with your notes or change your mind about your ideas.

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Foaster is a Toaster-Inspired Dock for Your Smartphones

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Foaster looks like a miniature toaster, but you won’t be able to toast slices of bread using it. Instead, you’ll be able to charge two of Apple’s newer-generation devices, specifically the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, with this. Granted, it’s not something that you absolutely need to have, but if you’re looking for a new dock with a clean and minimalist design, then this might just be the dock for you.

Foaster’s toaster-like design looks great in your kitchen (beside your blender and actual toaster, even) and eliminates messy and tangled cords since you can charge two phones at once. It comes with two built-in MFI-certified Lightning connectors and USB cables, and comes in four neat color combinations: white or black body with silver or champagne gold aluminum trim).

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Foldio is the First Foldable Studio for Smartphones

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Most smartphones are equipped with shooters that rival digital cameras. In fact, some phones capture images that are better than those captured using digital cameras, giving rise to something called Phoneography. Studios are built for standalone cameras, so isn’t it high time for smartphone camera subjects to have their own studios, too?

Orange Monkie seems to agree with this, which is why they came up with Foldio. It’s dubbed as the “first foldable studio for smartphones” and its creators boast that users will be able to take studio-quality pictures with the ultra-portable studio.

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HydroBee Is Your Own Portable Hydroelectric Power Plant

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That’s a bit of a grandiose way of describing it, to be honest. It only charges a set of AA batteries, which you’re then supposed to charge your own gadgets with. But it is powered by the current in a stream of water, so the ‘hydroelectric’ part is correct. And hey, it makes for a better headline, so we’re not apologizing. What’s more, we kind of like what HydroBee is trying to do here. It’s supposed to be a replacement for other take-you-off-the-grid gadgets, which use a variety of methods for generating power in the wild. They usually have their drawbacks however, like solar powered chargers requiring, well, sunlight. And even hydrogen fuel cells will eventually run out, because you can’t very well carry thousands of hydrogen packs with you. The HydroBee’s achilles heel is of course that it requires the presence of a stream, but if you do have that, you can count on almost unlimited power, day or night. Just place it in the water with a tether, and come back two hours later to a charged set of batteries. And that’s 12,500mAh, which should be enough juice to charge your phone up a couple times.

Currently doing the Kickstarter dance, a $78 pledge will get you the whole system.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Send Messages Without Internet or a Cell Service with TinCan

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Most messaging services these days use your cell service or the Internet. But if you find yourself in a place with fluctuating signals and no Internet, then an alternative you can consider is TinCan. It’s an app that lets you send messages to other TinCan users who are within WiFi range, which is about 100 feet.

So how does it work? Well, the app appears as a WiFi hotspot with the ssid TinCan_(randomID) to users who don’t have the app. When the app detects someone with TinCan nearby, it automatically exchanges messages that they don’t have in common. That said, the messages are public, with its developer describing it as being “akin to Twitter or IRC.”

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Put That Lens Cap To Some Use, Aside From, You Know, Capping Your Lens

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Lens caps are essential. Lens caps are also pretty useless when they’re not protecting your lens. The Snapper Cap pictured above makes use of the little space between the lens and the cap by introducing a slim plastic insert that allows you to carry an extra memory card. And that right there’s pretty useful, considering how quickly cards can fill up if you shoot a lot. The inserts come in formats that accept SD cards with all size caps, CF cards with 67mm, 72mm and 77mm caps, and even little wipes in the same formats that accept CF cards. It’s cost you a $15 pledge on Kickstarter to get yours, if funding is achieved.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

World’s Worst Alarm Clock Could Actually Be The Best

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Alarm clocks are supposed to wake you up. But depending on where you stand in life, the ALARMclock can either also fill your day with a sense of delight and motivation, or just depress you to death. See, when you first set it up you’re supposed to enter a wealth of information onto its related application. That data involves passwords to your social networks, bank accounts, investments and anything else you chose to provide it. Then you determine which one of these datasets it displays to you as you waken. Want to know how many days you have left to live? It’ll display that, based on a calculation centered on your current age, lifestyle, diet, family history, etc. What about how many friends you have? It can display that too since you gave it access. The options are almost endless and easily configurable through a website. It sounds silly right off the bat, but there can be situations where you’d want to know a particular thing the minute your eyes are open. Or maybe a specific type of information can motivate you to get out of bed. Whatever the case, it’s nice to know that a product exists that’s able to do this, if this is what you’re into. An $85 pledge will get you yours.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Sugar Skull Spoon Adds A Macabre Flair To Your Morning Coffee

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There’s really not much to say here. It’s a sugar spoon, like the ones you use to scoop sugar into your coffee. Only this one has the shape of a skull stamped out of it. Neat-o. It does this cool sugar skull thing when you scoop some out. We’re not sure what setting or occasion would call for something like this (it’s too late for Halloween this year), but we can imagine there are people who’ll get a kick out of it regardless. It’s £8 ($13) for yours, on the more-than-fully-funded Kickstarter.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

See Sense Bike Light Packs Sensors

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You can get a bike light that shines bright all the time, or you can get See.Sense. This one shines bright most of the time, and then shines even brighter when it thinks you need it. Sensors in the housing detect road conditions and adjust both the blink rate and illumination intensity based on that. Whether you’re just reaching an intersection, or being approached by a car with its headlights on, See.Sense will detect that and vary its output to attract the attention of other motorists. But it doesn’t stay on at max power all the time because, the makers reason, it’s just too much and unnecessary. It’s £36, or roughly $58 to get your own on the fully funded Kickstarter.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]