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Sensor-laden NeuroOn Mask Can Help You Sleep As Little As 2 Hours A Day

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If you’re willing to give up on the idea of getting all your sleep done in one go (called monophasic sleep), then the NeuroOn mask might be able to help you cram more hours into your day by gradually inducing your body into a polyphasic sleep pattern, eventually resulting in as little as two hours of sleep a day (if that’s what you want). It does this by monitoring not just your movement, as less sophisticated sleep trackers do, but also your eye movement, your brain waves, and muscle tension. Through all these sensors it’s able to precisely detect the start of REM sleep, and will wake you up exactly after the last REM stage. Depending on your settings, you can train your body to get its rest through a series of power naps scattered throughout the day.

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This method of sleep has been used by many notable names throughout history, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Tesla, Churchill and even Napoleon. No, spending less time sleeping doesn’t mean you’ll be able to conquer Europe, but it does show that at least in these cases the strategy didn’t translate into decreased productivity.

Unfortunately, we missed the news when it was first reported and the Kickstarter through which you could have bought it has now closed. We imagine they’ll be busy manufacturing their first production run, after which the product will become available once more. It was a $250 pledge, so it’ll likely be around the $300 mark once it’s available for everyone.

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DrumPants Are Exactly What They Seem To Be

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You’re looking at a set of flexible, velcro-attached strips with three touch sensitive zones. Each one of these zones can be assigned one of 100+ sounds so that you end up with a 6-instrument percussion set right on your thighs (or any other body part you feel like using). The strips are connected to a control box, which in turn connects either to an external speaker with wires, or (with the upgraded version of the kit) through Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone for added functionality. DrumPants are slim and unobtrusive and will allow you to jam pretty much anywhere, without having to lug real instruments around. Anyone that’s ever tapped a rhythm out on a steering wheel, or a table or any other surface will likely have thought about how cool it would be if those taps made “real” sounds. Well, yeah… now you can. $99 will buy you the basic kit, and $129 the upgraded kit with Bluetooth. It’s on Kickstarter so don’t expect immediate delivery, but the project is fully funded.

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Fancy Headset Translates Dog Thoughts

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Have you watched “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”? If you did, you might remember the Monkey Thought Translator. Aside from being hilarious, this completely fictitious device also seemed like something we’d all like to own. After all, who wouldn’t want a gadget that reads your pet’s mind? Well… with the “No More Woof”, you might just be able to do that. Currently in the early development stages, the device uses electroencephalogram sensors and a Raspberry Pi to read your dog’s thought patterns, and blare out through a speaker their associated meanings. The developers believe they’ve identified a few key processes, which translate into rudimentary expressions like “I’m hungry!”, “I need to pee!”, and “I’m tired!”.

They stress that this is a research product and that if you acquire one, you will be helping in its development and not enjoying a final, polished product. Considering it’ll cost you between $65 and $1,200 to get one (depending on the level of complexity and the number of thoughts it’s able to “read”), you may want to make sure you really care what pooch has to say before you pledge to their IndieGogo campaign.

And that’s of course assuming this whole thing isn’t a giant hoax.

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Know How Hot Your Bathwater Is Without Even Touching It

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When you’re filling that tub up for a nice hot bath, you’ll often find yourself fiddling with the spout to get the temperature just right. It’s always a sequence of stick your hand in boiling water, turn the faucet down to something colder, ok now it’s too cold, let’s make it hot again, is it hot enough, damn it I burned myself. It’s not the apocalypse in terms of problems people can have, but this inconvenience can be solved with the above tub spout cover that displays the water’s temperature digitally. Adjust it without ever so much as touching the water, at least until it’s ready.

$30.

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See Sense Bike Light Packs Sensors

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You can get a bike light that shines bright all the time, or you can get See.Sense. This one shines bright most of the time, and then shines even brighter when it thinks you need it. Sensors in the housing detect road conditions and adjust both the blink rate and illumination intensity based on that. Whether you’re just reaching an intersection, or being approached by a car with its headlights on, See.Sense will detect that and vary its output to attract the attention of other motorists. But it doesn’t stay on at max power all the time because, the makers reason, it’s just too much and unnecessary. It’s £36, or roughly $58 to get your own on the fully funded Kickstarter.

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Grow Your Own Herbs At Home With Little To No Effort

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There’s something satisfying about enhancing your home-cooked meals with herbs and spices you’ve grown yourself. But that’s an argument that often falls on deaf ears due to the effort involved and the fact that most people are, sadly, clumsy plant killers. It doesn’t have to be that way, and the Click And Grow Flowerpot might just have enough tech to make the endeavour attainable. The idea is simple: add water, the flowerpot will take care of the rest. It comes with its own soil and seed cartridge, LED light and sensors. Your job is to fill the water tank, and insert four AA batteries. The device waters the soil when needed, and regulates the light to ensure that your plants are constantly in an ideal growth environment. Every now and then you have to refill the water thank, but that’s it. Within four months you can have a new crop of hot peppers, or whatever else you might have purchased. If you wish to start over after you’ve eaten it all, just buy a new cartridge. Cartridges come in several flavors, from hot peppers to basil, to mini tomatoes.

Ok, you’re going to be paying left and right to do something that can be done for a fraction of the price, that’s true. But this product is really only for those of you who’ve tried to grow something in the past and have failed miserably. It happens. With the Click And Grow, you can succeed, even if you did have to throw $79 worth of tech at the problem. Oh, and $20 for every new soil cartridge.

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The Future Will Be 3D Printed

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I’m getting tired of everything 3D, but mostly because I’m an old curmudgeon, aggravated by the sudden wave of 3D related tech. Most of it is actually quite good; it’s really only 3D movies and TV I don’t like. So I’m kind of intrigued by the Structure Sensor, a stereoscopic sensor that attaches to mobile devices and captures structures in 3D. It has two lenses (hence the ‘stereoscopic’) and allows you to model anything from objects to rooms, and import them into a CAD program for manipulation. In other words, a scenario where you scan your coffee table vase by walking around it with your iPad, then make a copy of it in your 3D printer is now possible. If you want your own, it’s going to cost you a $379 pledge on the fully funded Kickstarter campaign.

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Throwable Camera Prototype Takes Stunning Pictures Of Everything While In Flight

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Boston-based inventor Steve Hollinger has been hard at work developing a throwable panoramic digital camera with image stabilization that produces awesome in-the-air images. The prototype is called Squito, and seems to be the size of a large baseball, or a small softball. Decked with several cameras on all sides, and packed with a bunch of sensors, the Squito knows which way it’s spinning, and where it is in the air at any given time, which allows it to reorient pictures and stitch them together into panoramas and 360 views, all on the fly. Captured images and videos are then sent wirelessly to a smartphone, for your enjoyment.

There is no detail concerning commercialization plans, other than to say that Steve is looking for funding to bring this to market. Why he hasn’t put together a Kickstarter, we’re not sure, but we feel he’d be quite successful. Check out the video below to get a sense of why.

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Tracking Your Blood Alcohol Level Just Got More Social

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Data nerds who also enjoy an occasional pint of ale will rejoice in discovering the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. It goes a few steps beyond your traditional portable breathalyzer by integrating some pretty solid social features, as well as playing nice with your smartphone. It accurately tracks your blood alcohol level (by using the more professional fuel-cell technology, rather than cheaper semiconductors) and plots it on a graph over time. You can see how drunk you’re getting, how fast and more importantly, when you’ll be back to an acceptable level for driving. Take pictures of your drinks, and a personal drinking diary lets you take notes of each as you go along. And if you’re in the mood of sharing, you can set four levels of privacy, from private and personal, to fully social. You can also pick an intermediary step for alerting only a designated driver, and another for sharing, but anonymously. Sadly, the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer only works with iDevices, but at $150, we think is reasonably priced given the feature set.

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