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Tickle Generates Fake Phone Calls to Get You Out of Awkward Situations

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What do you do when you find yourself in an awkward situation? Some people overcompensate by talking a mile a minute, while others fiddle with their phones or even fake making a call, just so they can excuse themselves. If you’ve ever tried going the latter route, then you know just how hard it can be sometimes to keep a straight face while having a fake conversation with no one.

Cue Tickle, a service that generates fake phone calls so you won’t have to pretend anymore. Developed by Alex Cornell and Phil Mills, the app “calls” you when you find yourself in a sticky situation or when you want to leave a potentially awkward or embarrassing scenario. All you have to do is move the phone in a jerky or “awkward manner” (check out the video after the break to see what the developers mean by this) and the app will get to work.

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You Can Never Have Too Many Cupholders, Especially On Your Umbrella

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Morella is a cupholder for your umbrella. Before you laugh… ok, no, after you’re done laughing, you’ll want to notice that it’s not such a ridiculous idea after all. First off, the killer feature of Morella is that your liquids remain upright thanks to a special hinge, no matter what you do with the umbrella that the device is attached to. This means you can more or less walk around normally while carrying your drink and umbrella in one hand, while still having the other one free to take calls or do whatever. Sure, it looks silly, but if you think of the number of times when you’d actually enjoy having this (rainy music festivals, walking to work with a hot coffee in the morning, etc.), it actually looks to be worth the $16 pledge on their Kickstarter campaign.

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Burp Is a Social Network For Foodies

Burp Food Community App

People are always posting food shots on Instagram and other social networks. However, Facebook and IG aren’t exactly teeming with foodies who might appreciate all the food shots that people are uploading from all over. The solution? A dedicated community called Burp where foodies, chefs, amateur cooks, and food lovers can unite and share their love for food.

Its founders goals are summed up pretty succinctly below:

People need a way to share their food experiences. People need an outlet to announce their food discoveries. People also need a way to discover different types of food. Our goal is to do just those and become the medium that people use to further the food tech revolution.

Aside from joining communities, you can also start your own if you don’t see any that you’d like to join. On Burp, you’ll be able to share photos, tips, reviews, and virtually anything else under the sun–as long as it has to do with food, that is.

If this sounds like a movement that you want to be a part of, then you can pledge to make Burp into a reality on Kickstarter.

Help Make Realistic Barbie Into a Reality

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Barbie’s makers have gotten a lot of flak for making a doll with unrealistic body proportions that give kids the wrong idea about what “sexy” or “healthy” looks like. Over the past couple of years, people have called for a change to Barbie’s vital stats, and it has prompted artists like Nickolay Lamm to create more realistic versions of Barbie.

What started out as a work of art that carried a strong message might now become a reality, as Lamm has launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn realistic Barbie into a reality.

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Miracle Machine Turns Water Into Wine

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Jesus may have performed this trick some time ago, but he didn’t do it with technological panache. The Miracle Machine pictured above however claims to turn water into wine using sophisticated electronics… only not really. See, it does make wine and it does use water as a starting ingredient, but then you have to add “grape concentrate, yeast, and a finishing powder that imbues the liquid with barrel-aged flavour.” Ok, that’s not quite as impressive as Jesus’ magical trick of yore, but it is arguably less painstaking than making wine the traditional way. The Miracle Machine uses an array of “electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps”, and churns out what’s being called a “$20 bottle of wine” from $2 worth of ingredients in about 3 days. Using a smartphone app, your job is simply to select the type of wine you want, add the ingredients and wait. You’ll get a notification when your wine is ready to drink.

There’s going to be a Kickstarter soon, with the expected retail price at around $500, though the early adopter figure should be much lower. You can register on their website to be notified when the campaign goes live.

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Mind Boggling: Inceptor Board Game is a Game Inside a Game

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The ending to Inception is one of the most-debated movie endings of all time. Was Cobb still in a dream or was he back in reality? Will the top ever stop spinning or was it just about to fall over when the movie ended? While the Inceptor board game won’t provide any answers, it does play out similarly as it’s a board game within a board game.

Players are basically on a quest to plant a mission into the dreamer’s mind, which is known as the Mark in the game. Each player will have their own missions to plant, and whoever does it first wins. Other elements from the movie are also present in the game: the slowing of time as you move towards deeper dream levels, Mark’s subconscious that attacks and makes you lose a turn if you’re discovered, and of course, the Kick.

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Bumprz Anti-Cases are For Minimalists

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If you’re a fan of minimalist phone cases, then you’ll love Bumprz for sure. It’s not a case in the traditional sense because it’s actually comprised of four steel bumpers that are meant to be attached on all four corners of your phone. The coolest part? It seems to work better than other cases that cover the entire back of your device.

So how does Bumprz work? It emphasizes protecting the corners of your phone, which sustains the most damage when it’s dropped. In effect, it also prevents the seam of the screen from hitting corners. Bumprz is constructed from a strong metal and attaches to your phone using a 3M adhesive which directs “the forces from the impact to the face and side of the device where the device can handle the high compressive and shear forces without failing.”

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μGO Provides Expandable SD and Micro SD Storage for Android

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Need some extra storage space for your pictures, movie files, documents, and MP3s? No problem. If you’ve got an Android device, then μGO has got you covered. It’s a small device that promises to extend your phone or tablet’s storage capacity via SD or micro SD. The µGO itself comes with both an SD and microSD card slot so you can transfer data between your phone storage and memory card without any trouble and without having to hook it up to a computer.

Additionally, µGO also lets you charge and sync without having to remove it, as it also comes with an auxiliary micro USB port. It seems like they thought of everything, doesn’t it?

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Gesture Sensitive Bluetooth Ring To Control All Your Electronics

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Judging by how easily the company has surpassed its crowdfunding goal, it’s tempting to believe that people are really hyped over a Bluetooth connected ring that can recognize gestures and control your various applications. We’re not really convinced yet, but we’re open to changing our minds. The device is called, quite simply, Ring, and is made by a company called Logbar. It contains an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip, a vibrating mechanism, and a tiny battery. With it you can send texts, launch applications, make payments, and control external devices. Gestures are easily customized through the related application, and sensitivity and accuracy seem to be more than adequate. The point is, it seems to work, and appears sort of fun.

So what’s our issue with it? Well, aside from it being pretty “gee-whiz”, we just can’t imagine how this will be socially acceptable. Google Glass is already having some problems, so can you imagine a train car full of people with their index fingers pointed, air-writing their texts? Why not just text, then?

In any case, if looking odd in public is not a concern of yours, a $165 pledge will get you one.

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