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Make Dry Aged Steaks At Home With SteakLocker

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Dry aged steaks are the bee’s knees. They’re also typically your wallet’s worst enemy ($30/lbs to $50/lbs.), and therefore out of reach for most casual meals. It doesn’t have to be that way however, and with the SteakLocker, you could be on your way to making this wonderful beef concoction right at home. It’s a connected fridge that links to your smartphone, and monitors temperature and humidity closely. That’s important, because when you’re dry aging the meat, you’re basically rotting it in slow motion, allowing moisture to escape (concentrating the taste) while enzymes already present in the meat work to digest and dissolve connective tissue, all the while permeating the fibers with a buttery, almost nutty flavour. It’s awesome, even if it sounds gross. But if you do it wrong, you do end up with just that: rotted meat and a bad case of food poisoning. To put the odds on your side, the SteakLocker also contains a UV light that should be able to eliminate surface bacteria, as well as a fan to circulate air and an activated carbon filter to prevent less desirable smells from making it into your kitchen. So, simply place your chunk of beef in there and let it sit for at least 21 days.

It’s a fairly large appliance, measuring 34 inches tall. But at $600, you’re getting a machine that could cost almost 10 times as much, and steaks for a fraction of what they’d cost in restaurants.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

AirDog: Have Your Own Personal Drone Follow You Around And Film Everything You Do

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This is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a long time. AirDog is a system involving an HD camera-equipped quadcopter drone, and a ruggedized portable “leash” that you carry on your person at all times. In this fashion, you can have the drone follow you as you move around, filming your stunts from above. Since you have the emitter beacon (the AirLeash) on your person, it knows where you are exactly, and is able to keep the shot focused and somewhat centered in the frame. The camera is kept steady through the use of a gyro-stabilized gimbal, and produces some cinematic shots of incredible quality, at least if you judge by the sample footage.

The portable beacon has some controls on it which allow you to set the height and angle of the camera, while a smartphone app allows greater control over flight paths. There are a ton of presets, as well as the ability to create your own. You’ll get between 10 and 20 minutes of flight time, depending on speed, which maxes out at 40mph.

It’s a really fantastic system and unlike anything we’ve come across in this field. It won’t be cheap, sure, but if you pledge now you can get a $300 from its estimated retail price of $1,500. So that’s $1,195 for now, with an estimated shipping date of November of this year.

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Magic Phone Stand: Whatever Floats Your Phone

This phone stand is called Magic for a reason: it makes your phone look like it’s levitating. It doesn’t actually make your phone float in mid-air, but it does look pretty neat, having your phone held in place that way.

The Magic Phone Stand is more than what its name indicates it is, though, because it’s also a charging cable. You might be wondering how that stiff ol’ stand could also be a cable, but, well, New Jersey-based Martinka Magic figured it out and came up with this. The stand was successfully funded on Kickstarter a few days ago, but don’t fret: you’ll be able to order the unique stand-slash-cable soon on its maker’s website.

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The World’s Leanest Keychain from TIK

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Ever had a woman ask you “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me” and realize that it was that cumbersome, overloaded keychain in your pocket she was referring to? Now you never have to worry about an embarrassing bulge because the TIK keychain is here. It is literally the leanest keychain in the world because creator Daniel Farkas has done away most of the key, leaving the functional parts intact and attached to a link in a bike chain! He claims that it gives “greater leverage for each key in the chain” and expands the “grip surface” so it’s easier to hold. Originally featured on Gizmodo, the product is backed by a Kickstarter campaign, meaning it won’t see the light of day if the campaigners don’t get at least $23,000 worth of pledges for the product. Why not thin down your side profile, prevent those pesky pressure marks on your thighs from the keys you’ve been carrying around all day and invest in a unique product all in one go? It only costs $49 for the pledge, and you’d be doing yourself and everyone else a favor.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Lomo’Instant Camera: Instant Photos With Added Options

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Instant cameras aren’t anything new, but Lomography manages to bring something new to the table with the Lomo’Instant camera. If you’ve ever used a Polaroid or a Fujifilm Instax, then you know that shooting options for instant cameras are quite limited. Basically, you just point and shoot and hope for the best as you wait for your photos to develop.

That’s where the Lomo’Instant camera starts to differ. First of all, it’s packed with a bunch of additional options and extra features so you can tweak settings and shoot more creatively. It’s programmed with three shooting modes, so you’re in control when it comes to lighting. Plus you can shoot unlimited multiple exposures so you can experiment and combine multiple shots into one frame.

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WalletM8 is a Tripod and Stand for Your Docs, Phone, Tablet, and Camera

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Nothing’s more of a hassle than having to pack up a whole bunch of accessories for your phone, tablet, camera, and all the other gadgets you’re bring on your trip or out-of-office assignment. Most of the time, what you need is a stand and a tripod for various media functions, like recording and streaming.

There are a number of stands-slash-tripods that are compatible with a range of devices, but few are probably as compact and versatile as the WalletM8. It’s a tripod and stand not only for most of your mobile gadgets, but also for your files and documents for when you want to view them upright. What makes it awesome is the fact that it’s the size of a credit card and is only 2 millimeters thick!

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Who Needs Mint When You’ve Got Castor’s Double-Flavored Gourmet Toothpick?

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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

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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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