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Tag Archives: quirky

Power Bar Integrates Battery Pack

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The Pickup Power is a three-outlet power bar and surge protector. It’ll give you 1080 joules of surge protection, which we’re hoping is a lot… but could be very little since we know nothing about electrical engineering. We can tell you that aside from being a power bar, it houses a portable battery, which you can take with you to charge any of your devices. There is a 4,000 mAh and a 6,000 mAh version, which cost $80 and $100 respectively.

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Pixel Waffle Maker Lets You Create Custom Pixel Waffles

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This is a cool waffle maker featuring a 9 X 9 silicone tray where you can push individual “pixels” in and out, lock them in place, and create a custom design. Yes, the number of things you can draw with 81 pixels is limited, but just think of it as a challenge not so unlike the one facing early 8-bit game designers.

The appliance is currently being considered by Quirky for production, which means there’s no price set yet.

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3D Printed James Harden Flash Drive: Pull Beard to Access Data

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If you’re a fan of the Houston Rockets, then you probably know who that USB–er, guy–up there is supposed to be. He’s James Harden and he’s an NBA player known for his foundational type of play. He’s also known for his ever-present bear. He probably won’t be shaving it off soon, but you can remove his beard anytime with this fun and cleverly designed Harden flash drive.

At first glance, it looks like a mere miniature model of Harden. But pull the beard and you’ll see that it’s actually a USB drive. Clever, clever.

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Tell Tale Push Pins Tell All At a Glance

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Too much of something often turns it into something undesirable. Take notes and reminders, for instance. A few tacked onto the board might be useful to remember the stuff that you should, but tacking everything from to-do lists and press releases to inspirational photos and other random stuff takes that usefulness away.

If you’re having a hard time unpinning stuff, then an alternative are these Tell Tale Push Pins. They basically tell you what they’re holding onto the board even before you check it out, so you’ll have a clue what it is without having to check every single note.

Each set of 8 is priced at $9.

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Spiky Vest To Preserve Personal Space In Public Transport

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An enduring bastion of the socialist utopia, public transport also represents an essential infrastructural element of any major metropolis. And for those slightly xenophobic daily commuters that have to endure being crammed right up against other human beings for a short while, it can be an unnerving experience. Design student Siew Ming Sheng from Singapore recognized this and created the above jacket to address the situation. Called Spike Away, the non-piercing and non-dangerous rubber spikes are meant to encourage others to stay away and give you your personal space right back. It’s made from a product which is normally used to keep pets away from plants (perhaps fittingly?), attached into a vest shape through zip-ties.

It’s intriguing at the very least, if not appropriate or even practical. Space considerations are the main drivers for overcrowded train wagons, and if everyone wore one of these, the efficiency of the entire public transport system would be greatly affected. Still, it does make a statement about one of the indignities of modern urban life and serves as a visual reminder that efficiency often comes at a price.

There doesn’t appear to be any plans for commercialization, thankfully.

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Chip Dispensing Shoehorn Slap Bracelet Thing Is Awesome

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Tilt Pringles can, access chips, eat. It’s simple, so why would you need a gadget to help you stuff your face with those delicious slivers of fried potato starch pulp? Well, because you can, is why. Say you’re not the can-tilting type. Or you simply prefer the presentation of a neat stack of chips outside their container. Whatever the reason for using the EntreX Chip Dispenser, we’re just sort of amused it exists. It’s a silicone device that wraps around the can of Pringles much like a slap-bracelet when not needed, but when unfolded can be used to scoop up the goods and pull them out in one go.

Now, we say it exists, but we’re not actually sure it does. We can’t find a way to buy it, let alone to figure out how much it costs. We’ll give you the link at the bottom, and maybe you guys can harass the company until they send you one.

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The Holiday Spirit? Nope

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We’ve entered that period called “The Holidays.” It stretches between the end of Halloween and December 26th… or maybe January 1st… but the Christmas-y stuff ends on the 26th. That means you have to prepare to hear the jingles everywhere you go, on every radio station, ever TV ad. It’s omnipresent and drives some people nuts. Why not express your discontent by co-opting everyone’s favorite grumpy feline’s image? Start your day right (or wrong) with a cup of joe, and a pretty clear statement about the commercialization of what some people still see as a religious occasion.

It’s $10.

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World’s Worst Alarm Clock Could Actually Be The Best

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Alarm clocks are supposed to wake you up. But depending on where you stand in life, the ALARMclock can either also fill your day with a sense of delight and motivation, or just depress you to death. See, when you first set it up you’re supposed to enter a wealth of information onto its related application. That data involves passwords to your social networks, bank accounts, investments and anything else you chose to provide it. Then you determine which one of these datasets it displays to you as you waken. Want to know how many days you have left to live? It’ll display that, based on a calculation centered on your current age, lifestyle, diet, family history, etc. What about how many friends you have? It can display that too since you gave it access. The options are almost endless and easily configurable through a website. It sounds silly right off the bat, but there can be situations where you’d want to know a particular thing the minute your eyes are open. Or maybe a specific type of information can motivate you to get out of bed. Whatever the case, it’s nice to know that a product exists that’s able to do this, if this is what you’re into. An $85 pledge will get you yours.

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Anti-Theft Backpack Could Keep Your Valuables Safe

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If you ask around in your circle of friends, you’re pretty likely to find at least one person who’s had stuff stolen right out of their backpack, either while traveling or even just while taking public transport. Pickpockets are of course more common in some countries than in the States, but that doesn’t mean that buying the Anti-Theft Backpack is only a good idea if you’re planning on backpacking it through Europe. It features a main zipper that is pressed up against your back, making it harder for someone to sneakily open it without you noticing. And there are quick-access pockets covered with noisy velcro which become an audible alarm when unauthorized access is being sought. Finally, there’s a Zip Pouch located on the shoulder strap for quick phone access.

The backpack is currently sitting in the Upcoming portion of Quirky, a website where designers submit ideas and where only certain products end up being made by the company. Depending on support, the Defender (the current proposed name) may or may not see the light of day at a proposed price of $24. If this seems to be for you, head on over to the link below and show your support.

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