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Toymail Lets Parents Send Voicemail to Their Kids’ Toy

Toymail

Being a working parent is hard. Aside from missing out on some of your kid’s firsts, it sucks not being able to hang out and bond with your offspring as much as you want to. You can, however, harness the power of modern technology and make them feel your presence one way or another, like with Toymail.

It’s a small, mailbox-shaped toy that lets you send voicemail straight to your kids. The awesome part is that your child can send you messages, too, simply by hitting ‘reply.’

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Want Pizza? Just Push for Pizza!

Push for Pizza

Want a pizza for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? No problem. Just fire up the Push for Pizza app on your phone and, well, push for pizza. You’ll be asked to enter your address and credit card info the first time you use it, but you can go straight to ordering pizza and specifying your toppings of choice the next time you use it.

Sure, you can order pizza online or by phone, but nothing beats ordering by just pressing that button. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

You can download Push for Pizza from iTunes here.

VIA [ Food Beast ]

‘Ignore No More’ App Gives You the Power to Lock Phones Remotely

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Nobody likes being ignored, especially mothers. Unfortunately, kids (and even hubbies) these days ignore parents or their SOs for one reason or the other. Sometimes, it’s understandable. Other times, it causes undue panic because one party might assume that the other is in trouble. With this premise, Sharon Standifird created Ignore No More.

It’s an app that locks a paired device at the push of a button. The app has to be installed on both “parent” and “child” devices in order for it to work. (In some cases, that could be “wife” and “husband” or “girlfriend” and “boyfriend.)

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bKey Provides Emergency Power When You Need It

bKey

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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TowlHub Holds Paper Towels, Charges Phones

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It’s a towel holder, it’s a charging hub–no, it’s the TowlHub and it’s actually both. Everyone needs a holder for paper towels because it’s just inconvenient to use them without one. At the same time, people use their mobile devices so much that they need to be recharged every day (or a couple of times a day, if they’re really used that much.)

So presto: instead of being just one or the other, the TowlHub combines both so you can make the most out of your space and your towel holder. Win-win.

The TowlHub retails for $49.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Intelligent Blinker is a Wearable Turn Signal for Cyclists

Intelligent Blinker

 

The dark is sometimes a cyclist’s worst enemy. Unlike cars, bikes don’t come equipped with lights and signals so other people on the road might misread the signals (or lack thereof) and, well, you know what happens next. As a response to this, PhD students from Electronics Laboratoryat EPFL have come up with the Intelligent Blinker, which is a solar-powered wristband that glows when the cyclist extends his hand to indicate that they’re about to make a turn.

The Intelligent Blinker is built with a microcontroller, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a compass. It comes with a solar panel and built-in battery, which can be charged via USB. Together, these elements might just save countless lives and prevent numerous accidents.

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Goal Zero Torch Uses Sun’s Energy to Charge Your Torch and Smartphones

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If there’s one thing you’ll be happy to have during an emergency, it’s the Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit. It’s bigger than your average torch, but that’s because it includes a Nomad 7 Solar Panel that turns sunlight into usable energy. It powers up the torch and also charges up the Goal Zero’s internal lithium battery so you can charge your smartphone and other mobile devices when you’re on the go.

The best part? The Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit is both lightweight and weather-resistant so you can take it with you anywhere. It’s available for $160.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Holy Cool ]

Awesome Ads: Tap Your Beer Bottle, Unlock a Movie

Movie Unlocker

There’s nothing left to do with the bottle once all the beer is gone…or is there? Russian design studio Heads and Hands came up with a fun and unusual way to reward those who drink Grolsch beer by incorporating a movie unlocker right onto the bottle. After taking the final swig, beer drinkers can tap the empty bottle onto their phone, tablet, or laptop and enjoy a movie on the house (or is it, on the beer?)

The whole thing is possible thanks to iBeacon bluetooth technology and the Movie Unlocker app. A beacon is actually hidden under the Grolsch beer cap, which sends out a bluetooth signal to the device that in turn connects to the server to unlock the movie.

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Theater In Your Pocket: Cardboard Smartphone Projector

Cardboard Smartphone Projector

Sometimes, some things are more fun or better when done at home. Like watching a movie, for instance. You don’t have to worry about being seated next to a jerk or phone hogs who keep using their phones in the dark. At home, you can stretch out, relax, and have unlimited popcorn without burning a hole in your pocket while watching the best flicks and movie favorites with your best buds.

You don’t even need to have a top-of-the-line projector. All you’ll need is this £15.99 (about $27) cardboard projector and your smartphone, and you’re good to go.

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