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FiberFix Is Like Duct Tape, Only Stronger, Possibly Better

FiberFix

That’s a blasphemy, isn’t it? To suggest that there may be a better candidate for all-around everything-fixer-upper-for-the-home than duct tape is like suggesting McGuyver wasn’t that handy a guy after all. And yet science and technology march on, and we find out about FiberFix. It’s a special kind of tape that hardens into a steel-like material, which is 100 times stronger than duct tape. Once your objects are fixed with FiberFix, they won’t break in the same spot again. The tape comes in special airtight pouches because the special resin that powers this product’s magical powers is activated with water. And while there is usually enough moisture in the air for FiberFix to work properly without any additional step, you can help it along by briefly soaking the material in water beforehand. After 5 to 10 minutes the resin hardens and you can start using your broken item, although it can take up to 24 hours to fully cure and reach maximum strength. Special care needs to be taken not to get any of the stuff on your hands or scissors, because you’ll have a hard time getting it off afterwards.

So, ok, FiberFix is not quite like duct tape because once you’ve applied it, you can’t remove it. And you need to be kind of careful when you use it. But if it needs to stay fixed, this looks like a good choice. Prices start at $6 for a 1 inch wide by 40 inches long strip.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

The T-EM50 is the World’s Smartest Tape Dispenser

T-EM50 Tape

Tape dispensers. Can’t live with them (especially during those times where they just keep getting stuck), can’t live without them (because, really, what other choice do you have?) The design of these office staples hasn’t changed much over the years. Frankly, it would be pretty hard to come up with a modern version of the tape dispenser because what can you really do to improve or add to its features, when all it’s meant to do is dispense tape?

That’s a question the folks over at Kokuyo S&T in Japan have pondered on a lot, because they’ve come up with the T-EM50, which is the world’s smartest tape dispenser. Why? Because it’s an automatic dispenser that spits out tape of the exact length that you specified on its LED display.

Given all that it can do, the T-EM50 is pretty pricey at 15,750 yen (~$200). But if you’re OCD about your tape, then this might be a worthwhile investment. The dispenser runs on four AA batteries and will go on sale sometime this September.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ New Launches ]