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Magnetic Vest Holds Your Tools For You

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This is either a great idea, or an accident waiting to happen: it all depends on just how strong the magnets are. The Mag-Vest is being marketed to garage tinkerers for its ability to hold on to your metal tools with strong C8 Grade ceramic magnets, which reportedly can hold up to 10 pounds. If you’re working on something, you might find it more convenient to place some things on your chest, rather than in a tool box nearby or on the side of the hood where they might fall into the engine bay. It’s not a bad idea, but being untested we would worry that the 10 pound claim is optimistic. However, if they’re strong enough to prevent your hammer from flattening your pinky toe, it might be worth the $60 pledge.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Magnet Turns Any Audio Port Into A MagSafe Port

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When I was 7 years old I was given a Walkman (that should date me). On the first day of ownership, I set it down on a table, with the headphones on my head, and walked away. You can imagine what happened after. This isn’t such a huge problem now that electronic devices are drop tested and built to withstand regular freefall trips to the floor, but the idea of having a magnetic audio jack that disconnects when you tug is brilliant. It’s a lot like Apple’s MagSafe connector, only for your audio cables; plug one end into your device, while the other accepts your earbuds or headphones or anything you use to listen, and disconnects when pulled hard. More importantly, the makers have thought about making it possible to leave the MAGjack in (that’s the side that plugs into your device) without your phone thinking you have something plugged, so the sound isn’t routed to your earphones unless they’re actually plugged in. In this fashion, you don’t have any “installation” to do when you want to listen, you just have to snap the two halves together and you’re good to go. It’s pretty nifty, and it’s also cheap at $35, which gives you one MAGcap (the part that plugs into your earbuds) and two MAGjacks.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Ready, Aim, and Throw: Magnetic Key Target for Your Keys

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Improve your aim by taking a shot at this target every day. You don’t need any darts, because all you’ll need are your keys held in place with the metal keyring and its partner in crime, the Magnetic Key Target. The name is pretty much self-explanatory: it’s an unusual key holder that comes in the form of a magnetic board with a target printed on it.

Practice every day and you’ll be hitting the bulls eye in no time.

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Levitron Revolution Helps Your Stuff Levitate, Revolve

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By Evan Ackerman

Somewhere in your house, you have some small object that desperately needs to be levitated. Desperately. Me? I’ve got a single serving box of Cheerios that’s crying out for liftoff. The Levitron Revolution is capable of lifting up to 4 ounces of anything you want. The little bowl on magnetic fields, slowly rotating, illuminated by lighting from the base, forever. Or at least until you shut it off; I’m assuming it’s got an electromagnet in there somewhere. Yeah, you have to put your thing in a special bowl to get it to levitate… A machine capable of levitating small objects (like frogs) sans a magnetic platform is a wee bit more complicated.

Although there’s no specific pricing or availability yet, it should be out sometime before the holidays for (my guess is) somewhere between $50 and $100.

[ Fascinations ] VIA [ BBG ]

Magnetic Powered Concept Car Saves Fuel, Looks Like A Shoe

By Jonathan Kimak

Slovak designer Matúš Procháczka came up with this concept for a car powered by magnets. The MAG would require all roads to be made out of giant magnets, which is something that would be very expensive and logistically difficult to implement. If the road did have the magnets then the magnetic force between the road and the magnets in the car would push the car up from the road and reduce the effective weight of the car by 50%. The car also has a polarized electric battery powered engine.

The concept car won the unseen technology award at the Interior motives design award for 2007.

I wonder how many people would want to drive around in a cross between a slipper and a high heeled shoe.

[ The Design Blog ] VIA [ Tuvie ]