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Flic: One Button, Many Functions

Flic

Flic sounds too good to be true, but yet it’s here– well, almost here, anyway, since it’s currently up for funding on Indiegogo. It’s a wireless smart button that can be be programmed to perform a host of functions at the push of a button. It works in conjunction with the Flic app so you can assign which tasks to let it perform when you click, double-click, or hold the button.

Here are just some things it can do: take a picture, control lights, play music, find your phone, open the door (by working with your home automation system), navigate, share your location, and send a message.

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I Spy: Video Games, Consoles, Cameras and More for Black Friday 2014

Lego Batman 3 - Beyond Gotham

It’s that time of the year once again. I’m sure we all wish Black Friday happened every weekend, but since it doesn’t, it’s time to mark your calendar and check out which deals you want to take advantage of so you don’t miss out. Below you’ll find a couple of interesting Black Friday 2014 deals that we spotted that offer amazing value–take your pick, check out more guides, and start prepping that list.

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Portable is a Flexible, Wearable Smartphone

Portal Wearable Smartphone

You don’t have to worry about Bendgate with the Portal, because its makers let you know upfront that it bends and is definitely more flexible than your average smartphone. The Portable was designed to be a wearable phone, so it should bend to follow the natural curve of your arm. It’s also shatterproof and waterproof for up to 10 meters, so you can wear it even when you’re hard at work or play.

Portal is built with a multicore CPU that comes with 2GB of RAM. Its 3200 mAh battery is also flexible, as expected, and can last for up to 8 hours of talktime. Continue Reading

Check Out Acer’s Selfie Hat for London Fashion Week!

Selfie-Hat

In recent years, people have reached new heights when it comes to vanity. Maybe the era of selfies began when phone makers began putting a camera with each smartphone they made. It exploded when front-facing cameras were upgraded and when monopods (aka selfie sticks) made their way to Amazon.

Someone already came up with the Selfie Brush. Now are you ready for the Selfie Hat? The latter was created by fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis in partnership with Acer. The pink sombrero is eye-catching not only because of all that glitter, but because of an attachment on the brim where Acer’s Iconia A-1 840 tablet is tucked in.

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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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This Mirror Takes Your Selfies and Posts Them Online

Selfie mirror

Take a selfie every day? Then this mirror is for you. It’s aptly called the S.E.L.F.I.E.–which is the abbreviation of the “Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine.” It seems kind of forced, but at least they made it work with the acronym. Staying true to its name, the Selfie mirror takes your selfies without your outstretched arm or that monopod showing up in the frame.

It’s powered by a Mac Mini computer hidden on the other side. The mirror is equipped with a webcam and LED lights that are connected to an Arduino chip, which functions as your timer. All you have to do is say cheese, and voila! The mirror takes a snapshot and posts it to your social media profile in a snap.

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3D-Printing Pen CreoPop Doesn’t Use Hot Plastic As Its ‘Ink’

CreoPop 3D-printing pen

Th 3D-printing pens we’ve seen thus far work by melting plastic “ink,” which then harden as it cools into whatever shape the user chose to draw or form. Think of it like a glue gun in pen form that extrudes plastic instead of glue, and there you go. Bringing something different to the table, however, is CreoPop.

CreoPop takes the heat out of the equation, and it’s all possible thanks to the type of plastic that it uses: a light-sensitive resin that hardens upon exposure to UV light. Since it doesn’t use heat, it opens the door for many more applications and makes it safer to use for those who are normally clumsy and for kids, too.

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Robotic Limbs Give You An Extra Pair of Arms

Robotic Arms

Ever wished you had an extra pair of arms so you can do more things simultaneously? Well, that’s what these Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) will give you. The SRL is a strap-on robotic pair of arms that you can wear and control to do your bidding. They’re longer and stronger than your regular human arms, so you can use them to reach for something that would normally be out of reach or lift heavy loads that you normally wouldn’t be able to manage.

The SRL comes with a system of gyro and accelerometers that are hooked up to your wrists so it can determine what your arms are doing. The entire system weighs about 10 pounds, so they might find some use eventually in construction sites and other similar environments down the line.Continue Reading

Jins Meme Sensory Glasses Alerts You When You’re Too Tired to Drive

Jins Meme

Most wearable tech focuses on the external and social aspect of things. For instance, Google Glass comes with an impressive facial recognition system that could let you identify and look people up while you’re literally looking at them. And that’s fine, if you want to spend most of your time wearing smart glasses that let you do more with what you’re seeing.

But if you want to start looking within, then you might want to check out the Jins Meme sensory glasses. These smart specs make use of electro oculography, which is the process of sensing electrical potentials vie eye movement, thanks to its six-axis acceleration sensor. It also has three additional sensors on the frame on the touch points of the wearer’s face in order to detect and monitor changes in body physics.

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