• Blacksmith Genesis Combines 3D Printer And 3D Scanner In A Single Compact Frame

    Blacksmith Genesis Combines 3D Printer And 3D Scanner In A Single Compact Frame

    If you’re going to own a 3D printer, you’re going to need a 3D scanner.  It’s just impractical having to design everything you want from scratch when there are perfectly usable real-world items that you can copy to accomplish what you need.  The Blacksmith Genesis is the first machine that does both, combining a 3D printer and a 3D scanner in a single rig. That means, if you want to 3D print a broken part, you simply take the broken [...]

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  • StretchWrite Turns Any Pen Into A Soft-Grip Stylus

    StretchWrite Turns Any Pen Into A Soft-Grip Stylus

    Stretchwrite is a piece of rubber that, when worn around any pen or pencil, turns it into a functional capacitive stylus.  Basically, it’s like a prophylactic for pens so they can safely make physical contact with your mobile gadget’s display.  No glove, no love. Designed to wear on a pen from end to end, it gives the writing instrument a soft rubber grip that could prove just a bit more comfortable than your ballpoint’s plastic body, whether you’re drawing on [...]

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  • Polaroid Cube Has To Be The Cutest Rugged Action Cam Ever

    Polaroid Cube Has To Be The Cutest Rugged Action Cam Ever

    Apparently, Polaroid entered the action cam market this year.  And their latest model, called the Polaroid Cube, could very well be the cutest action cam ever.  Seriously, it looks like a child’s toy camera, rather than a daredevil’s recording instrument of choice. Just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it isn’t rugged.  It’s shockproof and water-resistant (up to 2 meters) just like the leading action cams in the market, with an optional waterproof case for capturing your underwater adventures.  The outer [...]

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  • Navdy Puts A Voice-Controlled HUD On Your Car’s Windshield

    Navdy Puts A Voice-Controlled HUD On Your Car’s Windshield

    Turning the windscreen into a heads-up display is sounding more and more like it’s going to be a definite part of the future of cars.  It just makes so much sense.  While Jaguar’s sophisticated windscreen HUD will probably take a few years to realize, motorists can get a pseudo-taste of that future with the Navdy, a dashboard accessory that displays important items through a transparent display set against the vehicle’s windshield. While it’s not the first device to bring a [...]

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  • Vocca Adds Voice-Activation Powers To Any Existing Light Bulb

    Vocca Adds Voice-Activation Powers To Any Existing Light Bulb

    The idea behind Vocca is simple: using a smartphone to switch the lights on and off isn’t necessarily more efficient than simply getting up and flicking the switch.  Instead, its creators argue, things will be a lot simpler if you can just activate the light using straightforward voice commands. “Vocca switch light,” that’s all the system needs to hear to switch the bulb on or off in any room.  No reaching for your phone, launching an app, and digging through [...]

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  • Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Fully-Functional Tablet Convertible

    Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Fully-Functional Tablet Convertible

    Ever wondered what a Retina MacBook Pro will look like when converted to a tablet?  Turns out it’s going to be awesome.  Even better, you can have your existing unit turned into one with the Modbook Pro X. The outfit, which calls itself Modbook, will take any late 2013 or newer Retina Macbook Pro and convert it into a functional OS X tablet.  Even better, they’re adding a digitizer pen into the assembly, allowing you to fine tune sketches, diagrams, [...]

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  • TouchPico Turns A Wall Or Pretty Much Any Surface Into A Touchscreen

    TouchPico Turns A Wall Or Pretty Much Any Surface Into A Touchscreen

    Just like other mobile projectors, the TouchPico crams hardware that can beam enlarged images up a wall, all while measuring no bigger than a regular smartphone.  Unlike them, it comes with a stylus that can interact with the projected image, effectively turning the projection into an interactive touchscreen. Unlike most pico projectors that work with smartphones, the TouchPico can be operated all on its own.  Powered by a dual-core 1GHz Rocketchip CPU, it runs a full build of Android 4.2, [...]

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  • This Rubik’s Cube Mini-Fridge Is The Perfect Desktop Companion For You Soda Addiction

    This Rubik’s Cube Mini-Fridge Is The Perfect Desktop Companion For You Soda Addiction

    I’ve never been a fan of desktop-sized mini-fridges.  Simply put, they use way too much power for the amount of stuff they can chill.  But, man, I’d be lying if said I’m not tempted by the prospect of having this Rubik’s Cube Mini-Fridge right by a corner of my work desk. When it sits there, it looks just like a giant Rubik’s Cube waiting to be solved during the next downtime in your busy afternoon.  Once you get the hankering [...]

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  • Sense Sleep Monitor Will Track Not Just Sleep Patterns, But Bedroom Conditions

    Sense Sleep Monitor Will Track Not Just Sleep Patterns, But Bedroom Conditions

    Still haven’t found the sleep monitor that does exactly what you’re looking for?  Maybe you’ll like Sense, which tracks not just your sleep patterns, but the environment inside the bedroom to give you more accurate insights. It will combine sleep patterns with ambient factors like noise, light, temperature, humidity, and particles in the air to create reports that can detail how a variety of things are affecting the quality of your sleep.  Noise will be recorded, too, so you can [...]

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  • Toasted Selfies Toaster: Put Your Face On A Toast So You Can Eat It

    Toasted Selfies Toaster: Put Your Face On A Toast So You Can Eat It

    Want everyone in the office to know you by face?  Replace the toaster in the pantry with one of these Toasted Selfies and you’ll be the most popular person at work in no time.   Hello, promotion. Unlike that puny radio toaster currently sitting in the counter, this custom-built model will imprint your face on every single slice of bread that pops out of its slot.  That way, everyone who dares have breakfast in the office will have no choice but [...]

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  • Use The goTenna To Send And Receive Texts Without Internet Access or Cell Service

    Use The goTenna To Send And Receive Texts Without Internet Access or Cell Service

    The goTenna is a radio antenna that can communicate with other goTenna units.   Designed to work with a mobile app, it lets you send text messages to other goTenna users even without cell service or internet access in the area. Designed for off-grid use, it lets you have a way to communicate even with no access to cell towers, WiFi networks, or communication satellites in sight.  Need a way to text friends who split with the main group during a [...]

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  • Victorinox SwissCard Lite Puts A Pocket Multi-Tool In Your Wallet

    Victorinox SwissCard Lite Puts A Pocket Multi-Tool In Your Wallet

    With smartphones and other gadgets now taking up the bulk of room in our pockets, few people have the space to carry a conventional Swiss Army Knife around.  If you still feel the need to keep a set of miniature tools on hand, however, your wallet remains a viable option for storage.  And that’s exactly where you can keep the Victorinox Swisscard Lite. Sized like a credit card, it consists of a plastic container holding a selection of miniature tools [...]

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  • Napwrap Helps You Maintain Good Posture While Napping On A Seat

    Napwrap Helps You Maintain Good Posture While Napping On A Seat

    We’ve seen plenty of products designed to keep people comfortable while they catch a nap during trips, with solutions that range from strapping the person to their chair to supporting their heads with a goofy-looking brace.  The Napwrap is a new offering that keeps thing a lot simpler, using a single strap whose sole purpose is to support the user’s arms. Why the arms?  Apparently, the position of the arms has a significant bearing on a person’s ability to take [...]

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  • Smash Coffee Cup Can Collapse Into A Flat Pile That Fits In Your Pocket

    Smash Coffee Cup Can Collapse Into A Flat Pile That Fits In Your Pocket

    Travel mugs are great, letting you enjoy a hot cup of coffee from home while you go about your business on the road.  It’s convenient.  Only problem is, when you’re done drinking that coffee, you’re still stuck having to carry the same mug throughout the rest of the day.  And that’s not convenient.  The Smash Cup solves this problem with a collapsible design that lets you slip it in your pocket once you’re finished with the drink. While you can, [...]

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  • Make Your Own Weather Forecasts With The Skywatch Windoo

    Make Your Own Weather Forecasts With The Skywatch Windoo

    There are thousands of widgets and apps that you can download to put instant weather forecasts on your phone, not to mention the dozens of weathermen giving their own reports of tomorrow’s weather on TV.  But if you think you can do a better job than what they’re doing, you may want to try the Skywatch Windoo. Described as a “complete weather station,” it lets you do the same work metereologists from the local weather bureau are doing to predict [...]

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  • Tool Pen Screwdriver Changes Bits Like Pop-A-Point Pencils From Elementary School

    Tool Pen Screwdriver Changes Bits Like Pop-A-Point Pencils From Elementary School

    Somehow, I never saw the design of pop-a-point pencils (you should remember them from grade school) ever being used to make a screwdriver with interchangeable bits.  But someone did.  And it works so much better than I ever would have expected.  Called the Tool Pen, it’s the portable, multi-bit screwdriver you’ll actually want to carry around. Made by Taiwan-based Mininch, the tool is, literally, a pop-a-point screwdriver.  Just like the pencil counterpart, it comes with multiple bits stacked inside the [...]

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  • Refuel Lets You Know How Much Propane You Have Left In The Tank

    Refuel Lets You Know How Much Propane You Have Left In The Tank

    Propane tanks have needed a gauge to inform users how much gas is left in the tank since forever.  And since no one appears to be doing anything about it any time soon, someone made Refuel, a third-party device that lets you check your tank’s gas levels at any time. Another product of the growing partnership between Quirky and GE, the device consists of a plastic and rubber scale that you place under the tank, which is tethered to a [...]

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  • This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    Sure, it’s not likely to provide anywhere near the sophisticated immersion experience of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and ANTVR, but the Google Cardboard VR Toolkit sure makes serviceable VR perfectly convenient.  And, you never know, it might end up being awesome, too. Basically, Google made a software SDK called VR Toolkit, which lets you write virtual reality apps for Android smartphones.  It’s experimental, at best, so don’t expect the same level of support as core Android SDKs, [...]

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  • NomadClip: This Carabiner Doubles As A Charging Cable

    NomadClip: This Carabiner Doubles As A Charging Cable

    From bracelets to cards to Swiss army knives, there’s no shortage of alternatives to charging cables that offer better portability.  A new one called NomadClip has to be one of my favorites, taking the form of an erstwhile carabiner. Designed to eliminate the mess of wires while making it difficult to lose, the accessory can clip to anything a regular carabiner would.  Like your keychain.  Or a zipper on your backpack.   Or in one of your belt loops.  Once clipped, [...]

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