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Check Out Dart, The World’s Smallest Laptop Adapter

Dart Laptop Charger

If you work out of the office a lot, then chances are you’ve had to deal with lugging a bulging laptop bag around because of the bulky adapter that it came with. Leaving it really isn’t an option, considering there’s only so much–or rather, so little–that you can do on limited power. It’s a problem people face, day in and day out, and it’s one that the folks behind Dart pretty much solved with its release.

Dart is dubbed as the “world’s smallest laptop adapter” and that might very well be true if you look at the images of it. It’s roughly four times smaller than the average 65W charger, with a volume of only 2.5 cubic inches. It comes with a six foot cable and comes with an integrated USB port, allowing you to charge your laptop and another device, like you tablet, at the same time.

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Chat Off the Grid Without WiFi or Mobile Coverage with FireChat

FireChat

With FireChat, you’ll be able to chat with anyone close to you location-wise, even when there’s no WiFi or when you’re outside the coverage area of your mobile network. It works by making use of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework built into Apple’s iOS 7. Think of it as being a peer-to-peer WiFi-Bluetooth connection of sorts where you’ll be able to send text messages and even images without the usual service or connectivity requirements.

FireChat works best in “Nearby Chat” mode where you have to be within 30 feet of the person you’re chatting with. The app is available for free on iTunes.

[ FireChat App ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

The Lean, Mean Weaponized Mecha Machine Smartphone Holder

Mecha Smartphone Holder

Transform your smartphone into the ultimate fighting machine–well, sort of–with the Mecha Machine Smartphone Holder. As the name implies, it’s a contraption that’s designed to hold your phone in the most menacing way possible. The holder might look like it was put together using random screws, hinges, and other spare gear that you can find in a typical tool shed, but we’re willing to bet that making it called for a bit of skill and loads of creativity.

A variety of other holders are available on MechWorld‘s Etsy shop. He’s also got some pretty nifty-looking robot toys and Transformers figures on display.

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Print Photos Anytime, Anywhere With LifePrint

LifePrint

LifePrint brings something different to the table when it comes to wireless printers. It connects to your iOS or Android device via WiFi or Bluetooth so you can print pictures mere seconds after you’ve taken them. It works with an app that lets you print 3″ x 4″ photos even when you’re away from home or wherever the printer is. You’ll also be able to beam and print images on your friend and family’s printers when you want to share moments as they happen.

LifePrint is also a “physical” photo social network as it lets you follow your favorite photographers, celebrities, family, and friends, printing out images they share to you in turn.

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Wake Up to the Smell of Deliciousness: Oscar Mayer’s Bacon Alarm Clock

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Whoever invented alarm clocks got it all wrong. If you want to get people out of bed, then you might want to give them a better reason to do so. A wailing alarm clock (with an occasionally defective snooze button that makes the entire process a hundred times more annoying) is clearly not what most people have in mind.

Alarm clock makers should take a cue from Oscar Mayer. They’ve come up with the Wake Up and Smell the Bacon app and iPhone dongle duo that basically wakes people up with the delicious scent of bacon.

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Point and Click, Point and Shoot with the Camera Mouse

Camera Mouse

What’s one thing that you constantly take with you when you’ve got your laptop? Unless you’ve mastered scrolling and maneuvering through documents, spreadsheets, and canvases on image-editing software with just your touchpad, then your answer to that question would be your mouse.

When you’re in front of your computer and on a roll and happen to see something worthwhile that you want to take a picture of, would you actually stand up and walk across the room to grab your camera or smartphone to take a shot? If you answered no, then you’ll find this Camera Mouse worth having.

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Power Brick Battery Pack: Charge It, Build It, Brick It, Mod It

Power Brick Charger

This is probably the coolest smartphone charger that we’ve seen in a long time. Built from lightweight materials, the Coi+ Power Brick comes packed with a 4,200 mAh battery pack and four official LEGO bricks that can be attached onto it to transform it into a stand for your device. The entire thing is compatible and connectable with minifigs and the other bricks that you have in your LEGO stash.

Put a LEGO Mario on your Power Brick or customize it with your initials using LEGO bricks. The possibilities are endless–as long as you’ve got the bricks for them, that is.

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μGO Provides Expandable SD and Micro SD Storage for Android

uGo Expandable Storage

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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In Potholes, There is Power: Tech Harnesses Vibrations to Charge Your Phone

Vibration Tech Charges Phones

 

Nobody likes driving on roads filled with potholes. Not only is it a huge pain to everyone on board, but it can also damage your car (and ruin people’s moods), especially on long drives. There’s nothing that can be done about car damage, but this concept might just change people’s perceptions towards potholes.

This wasn’t the goal of Dr. Xudong Wang from the University of Wisconsin when he teamed up with researchers researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Rather, their goal was to come up with something that’ll make the most of all the bumps and humps, and they did so by developing a novel material that generates energy every time it’s jostled or moved.

The nanogenerator takes advantage of a common piezoelectric polymer material called polyvinylidene fluoride, or PVDF. Piezoelectric materials can generate electricity from a mechanical force. The researchers incorporated zinc oxide nanoparticles into a PVDF thin film to trigger formation of the piezoelectric phase that enables it to harvest vibration energy. 

No timeframe yet for when this concept will actually be released commercially.

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