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NEEO Smart Remote Controls All Your Devices

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It’s possible to control many devices in your home through your smartphone. But if you’ve ever tried you’ll know it’s somewhat of a fragmented and annoying experience. You have to open one app for your lights. Another for your TV. Yet another for your alarm system. Well, the NEEO Smart Home Automation System hopes to take all those frustrations away by offering you a system that interfaces with everything, and includes a high-density touchscreen remote to navigate the OS. The system consists of two parts, the brain and the remote. The brain is a hockey puck-shaped device with more sensors and emitters than you can throw a stick at: 4 antennas for Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth BLE (low energy), Wi-Fi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Thread and Z-Wave protocols, as well as 360° infrared coverage. It stores information on about 30,000 devices, even older televisions, and knows automatically how to interact with them. The Remote features a 291ppi touchscreen (higher density that a Retina iPad), with which you control all your devices without having to switch apps or configure much of anything. “The NEEO remote comes with a unique patent-pending technology which recognizes your hand when you pick it up: sensors in the remote detect your palm to match you with your profile and display your playlists, films, and favorites, instantly.”

Think of NEEO as a universal remote on crack. It sounds pretty awesome, especially if your home is filled with AV equipment that you’re constantly struggling to control. It’ll set you back a $219 pledge on the Kickstarter campaign which is 1,000% funded at the moment. No joking, people are excited about this.

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Immersis Turns Your Entire Room Into A Giant Projector Screen

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This is a really cool product. It’s basically a projector that analyses your room and projects in 180 degrees so that the image looks right from your point of view. This means the entire room in front of you becomes the environment that is normally just projected onto the small rectangle of your television. It’s virtual reality minus the headset! It’s turning your entire room into a giant projector screen!

By carefully analyzing the angles and protrusions in your room, Immersis is able to automatically calibrate the image it projects, creating an immersive effect unlike anything else out there. And the best part is that it’ll work with any true 3D game. The company behind the product, Catopsys, has already created a plugin that allows Immersis to work with any game that uses the Unity 3D engine. And there’s a beta for Unreal Engine. What’s more, they’re releasing the SDK so that developers can quickly and easily make their games compatible with the product.

It’s not limited to gaming though. Panoramic photos can be displayed and enjoyed without having to pan. 360° cameras typically require either a VR headset or special software to let you explore the available imagespace. With Immersis you will be “able to experience as a group all of your sport accomplishments, your vacation memories, as never before.”

It sounds awesome, and if it works as promised, could be worth the $1,150 asking price. Yes it’s steep, but that’s as close to the forefront of innovation as it gets.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Put Some Carbon Fiber In Your LEGO Creations

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LEGO stuff is pretty darn popular amongst our audience; you can get a sense of just how true this is by looking at our coverage of LEGO material over the years. So we think you might like the above Carbon Fiber Tiles. They’re just 1X2 tiles that are covered in a glossy carbon fiber layer. You can use these to augment your regular creations, and give them a little flair. It’s purely aesthetic, and like anything made just for looks, costs a pretty penny. A 10-pack of 1X2 tiles will set you back a $14 pledge, while two of those packs costs $25, a $3 savings. Delivery, if the campaign fully funds, would be slated for January 2015.

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Scrub and Dance: Octaloofah is a Massager, Loofah, and Speaker In One

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This eight-legged thing is about to become your best bathtime bud. It’s the Octaloofah and it was built with one thing in mind: to make each and every bath a pleasure for you. The device is a loofah, massager, and Bluetooth speaker in one. Use it to scrub the grime from your body, hit the massage function to de-stress, and turn the volume up to play your favorite tunes while you shower.

It seems like a strange trio of features to have in one gadget, but somehow the Octaloofah is trying to make that work.

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Somabar Is A Robotic Drink Maker For The Home

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Making tasty cocktails can take a little bit of skill, which is why many people just opt for a good ole beer or wine when drinking. But Somabar hopes to take most of the effort out of the equation by giving you the ability to make hundreds of cocktails at the simple press of a button. The WiFi-enabled appliance carries six special pods that you are meant to fill up with your own combination of liquors, spirits and chasers, as well as a smaller ‘bitters’ pod. Once you’ve told the related application just what’s in these pods, you’ll instantly have access to a list of available drinks.

When you press that button on the app, your SOMABAR will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds. The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails. Our on-board software and sensors make it easy to make new recipes and manage your inventory (liquid gold).

The pods are dishwasher safe, easily attach and detach from the device, and can be stored in the fridge so your booze is cold.

It’s a $399 pledge for now, with expected delivery in July 2015.

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Coffeeboxx, The Rugged Single-Serve Coffee Maker You Can Park A Car On

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Ever been out on the job and hankered for a coffee? You don’t need to tote your Thermos around: with the Oxx Single-Serve Coffee Maker you can make a fresh cup in less than a minute, no matter where you are. Build to IP55 specifications, the Coffeeeboxx is waterproof, dustproof, impact resistant and even crushproof; it is apparently tough enough to withstand the weight of a car parked on top of it. Whether you’re camping, on a construction site, or having the ultimate tailgate party, the Coffeeboxx can put up with your abuse. It uses standard K-Cups, and has large, rubber-coated buttons that allow gloved operation, while the huge 2.5L / 84.5oz water tank holds enough liquid to fuel up yourself as well as a bunch of your buddies throughout the day. A carrying handle makes it possible to easily bring the 11 lbs. package anywhere you go, and a retractable 3 ft. cord gets out of the way for your convenience. All in all, the Coffeeboxx seems like the perfect coffee brewer for the serious outdoorsman or “dirty jobs” kind of guy. For a reasonable $225 pledge, you won’t even have to pay much of a premium on regular single-serve machines.

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Hush Earbuds Block Outside Noise, Let Important Sounds Through

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These earphones are made with one goal in mind: to give you some peace and quiet. Hush earbuds are noise masking earplugs that don’t stream music at all. Instead they play from a variety of pre-installed sounds, with the intention of masking out external noise. Coupled with a memory foam plug, they allegedly give you the ability to isolate yourself from your surroundings when you need it most, for up to 10 hours at a time. Pre-installed sounds are

– White Noise
– Brown Noise
– Pink Noise
– Ocean Waves
– Rainfall
– Fan
– Crackling Fire
– Babbling Brook
– Waterfall
– Thunderstorm

However since Hush is connected to your phone, pre-selected notifications can still make it through, that way you’re not completely in the dark. It’ll let your morning alarm through, for instance. And if they fall out of your ears as you sleep and your alarm rings for more than 30 seconds, Hush will assume they’ve fallen out and allow the phone to blare out as usual.

It’s a cool concept for anyone looking at an inexpensive way to block out the world; a $115 pledge will get you a pair, delivered by May 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

Foldio 2 Lets You Take Studio-Quality Pics on the Go

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These days, the image quality that you can get with some smartphones can rival those of images taken with an actual camera. That said, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that people use smartphones to take pictures of stuff they’re featuring on their blog or selling online. The Orange Monkie team knows this, which prompted them to come up with the Foldio last year.

This time, they’re back with Foldio 2– an upgraded version of the mobile studio that’s twice the size of its predecessor. It comes with three backdrops and is lit by dual LED strips which provide more-than-adequate lighting for your shoot.

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‘Hush’ Noise-Masking Earplugs Will Help You Get Some Shut-eye

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For some, sleep doesn’t come so easily. If counting sheep and a glass of warm milk does nothing for you, then you might want to check out Hush. It’s a pair of noise-masking ear plugs that silences external noises and distractions while creating a soothing sleep environment by playing some calming sounds.

Hush works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone. Aside from helping you go to sleep, it also lets you set up an alarm and private notifications. It also has a tracking feature in case you misplace the ear plugs.

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