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Wonder Cube Is A Swiss Army Knife Of Smartphone Accessories

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You’re looking at a 1 inch cube that packs a bunch of different tools for your smartphone. Here is a sampling:

Phone charger. Through the flip-out USB and either micro-USB or Lightning connectors, you can connect your phone to the mains and get it charged.
MicroSD Card Reader. A built-in card reader means you can add up to 64GB of storage on the go.
Phone Stand.A micro-suction cup plate lets you stick it to the back of your phone and props it up at an angle for your viewing pleasure.
Sync.The same connectors that you use to charge can be used to sync.
Emergency charger.If you’re nowhere near an outlet, you can just pick up a 9V battery and use this to give yourself up to 3.5h of extra talk time.
LED Torch. Use it to light your way with its built-in LED torch.

The thing is splash-proof and is meant to be taken with you everywhere. Considering how much functionality it packs, it’s hard not to recommend it. Better yet, at $49, it’s really not expensive. The campaign is fully-funded and shipping should start in August.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

How About A Cube Of Tungsten, For Your Entertainment?

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This is really cool. You can apparently purchase a solid block of 95% pure tungsten. Why would you want that?

– It’s 70% denser than lead
– Denser than Uranium
– Nearly impossible to melt
4x harder than Titanium
19x denser than water

This means you can proudly display the cube on your desk and when someone passes by and asks you what the heck it is, you can just tell them to pick it up and watch them be amazed by how improbably heavy it is. It doesn’t do anything, really, other than make you aware of how amazing some the universes’ elements is. And look cool on display. A 1″ cube will set you back a $69 pledge. But the real fun begins if you’re willing to drop $199 to get the KILO, which is a 1.5″ (3.8cm) cube that weighs exactly one kilogram. Shipping will happen in April, since this is a fully funded Kickstarter project; as of this writing it’s exceeded its goals by $150,000!

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LithiumCard PRO Can Output Up To 3 Amps

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There are tons of external batteries with varying features that make them more or less compelling to the discerning consumer. The LithiumCard has been a popular offering, with a tiny footprint and significant power capacity. But the LithiumCard PRO takes things a couple of steps further:

Our Engineers were faced with a design principle that was coined the 1-2-3 challenge.

Our Unparalleled R&D Efforts Resulted In:
1 Full charge on an iPhone 6
2 Times the thickness of the original LithiumCard but 3X the capacity
3 Amps of class-leading power. It’s equivalent to the combined speed of 3 Apple iPhone wall chargers. Means less time charging, up to a third of the wait for a full charge!

To give you an idea of what this means, the iPhone 6 Plus can demand up to 2Amps of power when charging, even though the cube that Apple provides can only output 1A. So with the LithiumCard PRO you’ll be able to get it charged twice as fast as if you were plugging it into the wall. And even though it comes with its own Lightning (or MicroUSB) connector, there’s also a USB port to allow charging of other devices.

Another interesting feature is that if you plug your iPhone to your PC through the LithiumCard, not only will you be able to sync, you’ll also charge the LituhimCard PRO and the iPhone simultaneously. There are even more features, but we’re running out of space. All you need to know is that for a $39 pledge, you can get your hands on one of the smallest, most convenient and ingenious external chargers on the market. And that’s half the expected retail price. Delivery is expected in May.

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Blue Freedom Is A Portable Hydro Power Plant

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Going off grid always requires some planning, and fortunately there are lots of accessories to help you keep your gadgets powered in those situations. The various offerings range from hydrogen fuel cells, to solar chargers, and now you can add hydro power to the list. The Blue Freedom device is a small power-generating turbine that you place in a nearby stream. As the water flows through the impeller, it generates enough power to charge its own 5,000 mAh battery, with which you can then power your electronics. 1 hour in a stream generates enough electricity to power your phone for 10h. At least these are the numbers the company is providing, though we suppose that’s an approximation. In any case, it’s a cool product and a $179 pledge will get you one with delivery in October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

PancakeBot Brings Automation To Your Breakfast

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Everyone’s used to eating their pancakes in a bland round shape. It’s not like having them be any other shape than round is going to make them taste better, but if you’re easily amused (or have young children), the PancakeBot might interest you. It’s kind of like a 3D printer, only for pancakes. And it’s not quite 3D since it doesn’t build them up vertically. It’s also not completely automated, since you do have to flip them yourself. But if you’re looking to make your pancakes into all kinds of creative shapes, this is the way to go. The PancakeBot comes with an SD card pre-loaded with shapes, and there’s also tracing software that lets you create your own. An extruder will pump the batter out in any shape you want, although you do have to be careful with the kind batter you use and not have anything too clumpy or with fruits or chocolate chips in it. We also suspect the novelty will wear off after your 25th Eiffel Tower, but hey, there are definitely worse ways to spend the $179 pledge necessary to get your own.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Krossblade SkyProwler Is One Badass VTOL Drone

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Most drones you hear about these days are in the $100 range. They do flips, maybe there’s a low-res camera on there, but it’s not like you’re looking at anything too serious. The Krossblade SkyProwler on the other hand seems to be the bee’s knees. It’s a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) drone, which means that you don’t need a runway to have it take to the skies, but once airborne it’s able to fly like a legit plane, rather than a heli. It’s able to switch back and forth between the configurations, so you’ll be flying at up to 83mph one minute, filming the countryside or whatever, only to slow down and hover for a bit when the fancy takes you. The powerful motors give it a payload capacity of 500g (a little more than 1lb.), which is enough for some high quality, gimbal-stabilized cameras. Three 5,000mAh cells give it great endurance of 40 minutes in plane mode, and 24 minutes in helicopter mode. The controller features a high-gain 6dB directional antenna for a range of 1.5 miles (2.4km), with an optional video screen so you can see what it sees.

As you can imagine, since this isn’t a toy, it doesn’t cost toy prices. You can get in on the action with a $699 pledge and a July delivery window, but that doesn’t include all the options. When it hits retail a fully decked out SkyProwler will cost $2,199, so now’s the time to get on the list if you want to save a few dollars.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Podo Is A Stick-Anywhere Selfie Camera

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Cashing in on people’s unrelenting desire to take pictures of themselves, the Podo wireless camera features a special microsuction pad that sticks to pretty much any surface (cement, metal, drywall, etc.), and simply needs to be washed now and then to preserve its sticking powers. Podo then connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you frame your shot, enable or disable flash, set a timer and eventually take your picture. The 8MP sensor is able to also shoot 720p video at 30fps, and an accelerometer ensures your photos are always oriented the right way. The front pivots out so you can adjust the angle and have it pointed where you want it. It’s really small at 2X2X1 inches and can easily be carried in a pocket.

This is a really cool product because you won’t have to use a darn selfie stick, nor will you have to be asking strangers to take pictures of your group. Costing a small $89 pledge, the camera could be yours by August.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Umbrella Packs Bluetooth, So You Don’t Leave It Behind

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Like most people, we like to get cheap umbrellas so that we don’t feel too bad the next time we forget them somewhere. And that happens often enough, so it’s not necessarily being overly cautious. But if we wanted to get an umbrella that isn’t made from cheap materials, and doesn’t turn inside out the second the wind picks up, we’d have to consider the Davek Alert Umbrella. There’s a Bluetooth chip in its base, powered by a watch battery with a life of 1-2 years, which will connect to your phone automatically. Then, once it senses you’re more than 30 feet away, you’ll get a notification alerting you that you might be leaving it behind. Sure, there’s the possibility you’ll get notified if you simply walk to the kitchen after leaving the thing in the entrance lobby, but you can just dismiss it and carry on, we suppose. At $80, the Davek Alert Umbrella isn’t cheap, but you should know it’s made by a company that sells even more expensive umbrellas, and has been doing so for years; presumably their stuff isn’t low quality, and your pledge is safe with them.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Touchpoint 2.0 Are The NFC-Enabled Leather Gloves You Want

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In the frigid claws of winter, the last thing you want to be doing is freezing your fingers off while answering a text. And while you’ve seen gloves with touch-sensitive tips, the Touchpoint 2.0 takes the concept a step further by incorporating four NFC chips. Made from soft sheepskin leather, and finished with a stylish quilt pattern, the gloves not only let you control anything on the screen as if your skin is bare, but each of the four NFC chips (located on the middle finger and wrist, in each hand) is completely customizable through a companion app. This means you can trigger any number of actions on your phone, from launching apps, to taking pics, to pretty much anything you can think of since the program is open source. Unfortunately, due to Apple restricting their NFC to Apple Pay, you’ll only get full functionality on devices in this list.

Now, think of this scenario. You’re out in the cold and suddenly see something worthy of a pic. Normally you reach for your phone, take your gloves off, start the picture app and snap your shot. With Touchpoint 2.0, you only need to reach into your pocket, touch the NFC area to one of your fingers (which you’ve programmed to trigger the launch of the camera app), and snap away. That’s quite a few steps less, and a lot less freezing.

The gloves are available for a $60CAD ($52USD) pledge, with delivery slated for September 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]