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E-Bike Retrofit Kit Monitors Your Heartrate, Adjusts Assist Accordingly

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Many people use bicycles as an exercise tool, and not only as an outdoorsy activity. But sometimes, when you’ve ventured out a little further than you normally do, it’s nice to have a little assistance on the way back. The Falco Fusion Sports Electric Wheel is an electric motor hub that can be mounted on just about any bike, turning it into an electric assist vehicle. Its rugged design means that this also includes mountain bikes, by the way. The 50V 400Wh Li-Ion battery pack is good for up to 110 miles of assistance, which is great, but not the salient feature. That would be its compatibility with heart-rate monitors, which would allow it to precisely and automatically control the amount of assistance its sending your way, based on how tired you are. If your goal is to maintain your heart going in a specific range, but suddenly a hill shows up, this electric hub would let you climb it without pushing your heart above its target.

Granted this isn’t the first electric drive hub we’ve come across, but we believe it’s the first time we see it integrated with heart-rate monitoring. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, so we’re not sure if it’ll ever see light of day. A $495 pledge can get you on your way to owning one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Cardboard Jet Fighter Cockpit Big Enough To Accommodate Office Chair

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Getting work done or playing a sim game in a “real” cockpit, while having both feet firmly planted not the ground, is an ambition of some that usually requires lots of skill or very deep pockets. Dogfight Boss founder Lukas Homola thought he could do things differently, and decided to recreate the cockpit of an F22 fighter jet in an easy-to-asseble cardboard kit. He and a friend went to some aviation museums and took pictures of cockpits to recreate high definition textures for the kits. Since they’re made out of cardboard, it’s easy to cut out holes to fit any “instruments” you might want, like an iPad or a monitor or anything else you like. They’re made out of cardboard ribbing for durability, and all the parts except the center console are simply slid into place and not glue, which makes disassembly a snap.

It’s a $500 pledge for a physical version of the cockpit, though for $48 you can get a print-at-home PDF.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Memobottle Is Shaped Like A Standard Piece Of Paper, To Better Fit In Your Bag

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Reusable water bottles are great for the environment, but they’re used less often than disposable ones simply because they’re inconvenient to carry in a cramped bag. The Memobottle, despite its initially awkward appearance, could actually change a few people’s minds thanks to its shape. Flat and rectangular, the Memobottle comes in three dimensions: A4, A5, and Letter. Slip in into your bag or briefcase, and it’ll take up space alongside your other documents without disrupting the general shape of things too much. The A5 bottle carries 750ml (~25 oz.), while the other two carry 1.25L (~42 oz.). They are dishwasher safe and completely leak proof, and can be yours for a pledge starting at $20 for the A5 and $30 for the Letter sized Memobottle.

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LightMode Helmets Will Get You Noticed On The Road

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Motorcyclists have a bad reputation for attracting attention in all the wrong ways. But while a good portion of them do like to simply show off, getting noticed is also a matter of safety. Car drivers are used to look for other cars on the road, but motorcycles are smaller and easier to miss, especially at night. Increasing your visibility is never a bad thing, and these LightMode Electroluminescent light kits could not only help in that regard, but could do so stylishly. They’re light-up wires that connect into a small control module, which itself is wedged between the shell and the padding or glued on with 3M adhesives. You can order them as a kit and make your own design. Or if you don’t trust your skills, you can order a number of helmets pre-fitted with the wires. There are three mode selections: constant glow, blink and off. You can use regular AA batteries, but 2,000mAh rechargeables will reportedly squeeze 13 hours of operation before needing to be charged.

Currently on pre-order on Kickstarter, $72 will get you a kit, which comes in aqua, red, white, green, blue, yellow, and pink colours. The pre-installed helmets start at $295 for an HJC CL-Y Razz, and up to $770 for a Shoei RF-1200.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Spreading Cold Butter Just Became Possible

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There are few things more frustrating than ripping a piece of bread apart with a chink of cold, hard butter. Solutions normally range from a quick stint in the microwave, to leaving it out of the fridge overnight, to using a newfangled bodyheat butter knife. This particular solution does seems to have them all beat, however. The ButterUp Knife has a string of grating holes that turn that hard butter into easily spreadable ribbons of salty dairy fat. Just run the knife atop your block of butter, and spread as you normally would.

It’s around $11, although you’ll now have to wait until March 2015 to get yours since the Kickstarter went through the roof and all the earlier batches are now sold-out.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

bKey Provides Emergency Power When You Need It

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Running low on power and desperately needing to send one last message or make one last call? The grab your keyring and look for the only key that can help you out in this situation: the bKey. It’s a small, white key-like device that gives your mobile device some much-needed power so you can do whatever it is you need to do before calling it a day.

Think of bKey as an emergency power source of sorts. Despite its small size, it can hold enough juice to keep your device powered up for an additional 30 minutes while you call, text, or surf the web.

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3D4C 3D Printer Brings Full Color Printing To The Game

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Getting stuff 3D printed is neat, but you usually end up with a monochrome item that later needs to be painted. While some see this as an opportunity to get creative, other might prefer to have the option to output in colour immediately. The 3D4C 3D printer pictured above combines 4 filaments to create a wide range of colours in your prints. It’s billed as the first CYMK 3D printer, and we’re inclined to believe them. And despite featuring relatively novel technology, this printer claims to be able to achieve 100 microns of resolution, which is on par with the Replicator 2X. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, an £850 ($1,420 USD, roughly) pledge should get you a unit. But hurry since this is Early Bird pricing, and it goes up once the initial 100 units are sold.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ WalYou ]

SharkStopper Repels Sharks With Acoustics

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Sharks are deadly creatures. Movies and media make them out to be bigger villains, but the threat they pose to surfers and to those who are enjoying a swim at the beach is very real. Whereas Batman had his shark repellent, the rest of us now have a better option than shark-repelling rash guards with the development of the Sharkstopper.

It’s a wearable device that emits the sounds of killer whales, which is one of the shark’s natural predators. The signals have been tested on various species of sharks, including hammerheads and the great white shark, with positive results.

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Noke Bluetooth Padlock Doesn’t Need A Key

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The venerable padlock has remained roughly the same for a long time, and Noke hopes to bring it into the 21st century with a design that requires absolutely no key. This digital padlock uses Bluetooth and a smartphone application instead, so that you can unlock it simply by walking up to it. You can also send a temporary digital key to a friend, so they can unlock it as well. This is great if you’re away from your stuff and need someone else to retrieve an item. And finally, if your phone runs out of battery, you can still unlock it by tapping a predefined pattern directly on the Noke.

The device is currently doing the Kickstarter dance, where a $59 pledge will get you an early-bird version.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]