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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”.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

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

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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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Anova Sous-Vide Circulator Is Smartphone-Controlled

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We are big fans of sous-vide cooking at OhGizmo!. We have a full review of the Nomiku immersion circulator right here. In case you don’t know, sous-vide is a technique that involves putting your food in a sealed plastic bag and dunking it in water of a precise temperature for a long period of time. The result is tender, perfectly cooked meats and other things. It’s being used by many high-end restaurants and now increasingly by the average consumer.

The problem is that most people don’t know which temperatures to cook things at, and that’s where the Anova Precision Cooker comes in. It’s an immersion circulator that attaches to the side of your water pot, heats the water to a specific temp, and keeps it there. But the temperatures and cooking times are determined through the application, and relayed to the device via Bluetooth.

The available SDK means several applications can be developed for it, expanding the device’s utility and convenience. And then there’s the cost. A $139 pledge will get you one now, while the full retail price is still a very reasonable $170. That’s much less than most professional grade circulators, and is reaching the point where every household should seriously consider getting one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Charge Phones and Laptops on the Go With the GoPlug Charging Bag

GoPlug Bag

In this day and age, most people can’t bear to be without their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile devices. However, this is inevitable as all these gadgets run on batteries and they’ll eventually run out. I mean, you can’t exactly charge ‘em up any time you want to if you’re away from home or traveling and currently don’t have access to an outlet. Sure, unless you’ve got your power bank, but even those need to be charged eventually, too.

Cue the GoPlug charging bags which are currently up for funding on Kickstarter! Aside from being a spacious and sturdy bag that can be used to carry your travel essentials and gadgets, it also comes with a battery pack that has enough capacity to charge your phone up to six times! Its makers add that it can be used to charge tablets twice over, and double the battery life of your laptop when it’s plugged in.

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