• Check Out These 20 Cool Products From Fred And Friends Fall 2014 Lineup

    Check Out These 20 Cool Products From Fred And Friends Fall 2014 Lineup

    We’re huge fans of Fred and their off-the-wall takes on erstwhile humdrum home and office staples.  Check out what they have in store for fans in the Fall 2014. 1. Nested Measuring Cups   This nesting set of measuring cups consists of a mother hen that opens to reveal an egg, which then opens to reveal a baby chick.  Each of the pieces (hen, egg, and chick) can be split into two halves, the bottom of which serves as a [...]

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  • This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    Once you’ve solved the Rubik’s Cube multiple times, going back to the same puzzle again and again can become impossibly boring.  When you find your brain aching for some new stimulation, maybe this X Cube will present the challenge it so deservedly craves. Originally a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, the puzzle takes the original Rubik’s Cube and fashions it into a three-dimensional X-shaped monstrosity.  We’re not sure if it’s easier or more difficult than Brando’s 12-Surface IQ Pentagon puzzle, but it’s [...]

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  • Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    If building an arcade cabinet is among the unrealized dreams of your younger self, you’ll be happy to know that you can still have a chance to strike it off your bucket list.  And it’s going to be drastically easier this time around with the CupCade, a DIY mini-arcade kit. Made by Adafruit, the kit contains all the parts you need to build a proper miniature cabinet with all the electronics it requires to function.  Even better, it comes with [...]

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  • Meta M1 Smartwatch Focuses On Stylish Design, Simple Software Features

    Meta M1 Smartwatch Focuses On Stylish Design, Simple Software Features

    Originally unveiled at CES 2014, the Meta M1 is a smartwatch that puts a premium on style and fit over the more tech-focused considerations of other products in the category.  After all, it is still a watch you would want to look good wearing. Similar to the Pebble, the M1 uses a proprietary software and an e-paper display.  Unlike it, the latter corrals the software experience to the core features baked into the system, so there are no third-party apps.  [...]

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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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  • Code Deck Playing Cards Is A Fitting Gift Idea For Developers In Your Life

    Code Deck Playing Cards Is A Fitting Gift Idea For Developers In Your Life

    Sure, your can play poker, blackjack, and any card game on a computer. But when you already spend all day writing code, getting a break from staring at an LCD-backlit display starts to sound like a considerably more attractive proposition. So turn off the PC, hide the tablet, pocket the smartphone, and play a round of your favorite card game on the Code:Deck instead. Described as “playing cards for developers,” it’s an erstwhile regular 52-card deck that you can use [...]

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  • These Recycled Hard Drive Clocks Ring Perfectly With Our Inner Geek

    These Recycled Hard Drive Clocks Ring Perfectly With Our Inner Geek

    Ever wondered what happens to dead hard drives when they aren’t permanently mangled by the Hard Disk Destroyer? Turns out some of them get fashioned into Hard Drive Clocks, which use the hard drive’s nonfunctional electronic components as backdrop to a desktop-sized analog time-teller. Made by Teco Art, the upcycled pieces use the hard drive’s disk platter as the clock face, which they then combine with a variety of other throwaway electronic parts for various aesthetic and utilitarian purposes. With its [...]

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  • Dress Pant Yoga Pants For Office: Thank You!

    Dress Pant Yoga Pants For Office: Thank You!

    Yoga pants are light, comfortable, and extremely flattering on women, making it no surprise that the ladies love them.  A quick Google Image search of yoga pants will tell you everything you need to know about why men love them, too.  Hnnnggggg.  As much as everybody loves leggings, though, it’s just short of impossible to pass them off as appropriate workplace attire.  At least, that’s what we thought until we saw the Gray Dress Pant Yoga Pants. Designed to work [...]

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  • Cork Globe Pins Down Your Globetrotting Adventures

    Cork Globe Pins Down Your Globetrotting Adventures

    Travel scratch maps are fun and all, but wouldn’t you rather mark all the places you’ve traveled around the planet on a spinning world globe? Now you can with the Cork Globe. Designed by Chiaki Kawakami, it’s an erstwhile standard three-dimensional raised relief model of the world where you can see all the continents and countries in the planet. Except the entire thing is covered in a corkboard material, allowing you to tack pins onto the places you’ve previously visited. [...]

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  • Fred And Friends Spring 2014 Lineup, Exclusive Picture Gallery!

    Fred And Friends Spring 2014 Lineup, Exclusive Picture Gallery!

    We caught with up Fred and Friends at NYNOW for a scoop on new products coming out in Spring 2014. You can see more cool stuff and Fall 2013 Pics here. Bear Paw Oven Mitts Bendy Straw Shaped Wine Aerator  Boogie Bites Stand-Up Party Picks  Booz Foos Foosball Drink Stirrers  Cluck Egg Yolk Separator  Crack A Smile Breakfast Mold  Daily Grind Pepper Mill  Frozen Smiles Ice Tray  Hot Or Not Heat Sensing Mug  Lemon Tea Citrus Tea Infuser  Steam Ship Steamer [...]

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  • 10 Absolutely Useful No Nonsense Gift Ideas For Anyone Who Drives A Car In Your Life

    10 Absolutely Useful No Nonsense Gift Ideas For Anyone Who Drives A Car In Your Life

    Car enthusiasts aren’t really hard to shop for. You can always just pick up any novelty accessory they can hang on the rear view mirror or put on the dashboard, after all. If you’re the type who actually want your gifts appreciated, however, you probably want to put a little more effort into what you’ll get the cousin, friend, or boyfriend who treats their car with a tenderness typically reserved for more intimate companions (hopefully, not TOO intimate, lol). For [...]

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  • Motorized Paper Boat Kit: Mobilize Your Naval Forces In The Papercraft Wars

    Motorized Paper Boat Kit: Mobilize Your Naval Forces In The Papercraft Wars

    PowerUp’s Paper Plane Kit lets frustrated pilots finally take their origami aircrafts to the skies. But flying machines are only half the fun of papercraft warfare. What about your naval forces? Apparently, PowerUp has got you covered there, too, with their Motorized Paper Boat Kit. Granted, you can’t use it to steer the boat in navigating the treacherous waters of the bathtub the way you can pilot with their airplane kit. However, you can use it to propel the boat [...]

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  • Cool Reads: The Bentley Book

    Cool Reads: The Bentley Book

    What do you get a rich dude who has everything?  Well, it depends.  If you can afford it, more expensive things.  If your budget is under $100, then things get dicey.  Unless, of course, your rich friend is into Bentleys.  If that’s the case, you get them The Bentley Book. An epic anthology spotlighting the 90-plus-year old carmaker, it chronicles the numerous masterpieces the luxury company has produced in that long stretch of time.  It delves deep into the heart [...]

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  • 15 Actually Useful Travel Gifts For The Wanderlust Stricken In Your Life

    15 Actually Useful Travel Gifts For The Wanderlust Stricken In Your Life

    The best thing about having friends and family that are constantly globetrotting?  They’re frequently away during holidays, so you rarely have to worry about getting them gifts. But, alas, even the most adventure-starved nomad seeks the comfort of home every once in a while.  And sooner or later, you’ll end up seeing them around the holidays.  Might as well be ready with a gift tucked around somewhere. We think these 15 travel items make for practical gifts that the jet-setting, [...]

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  • Smartphone Controlled Smartplane Is A Slow-Flying RC Plane That Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

    Smartphone Controlled Smartplane Is A Slow-Flying RC Plane That Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

    Who says only home items like door locks, kettles and doorbells can be smart?  Toys deserve to be smart too and a thinking brain is exactly what the Smartplane, an RC flyer, boasts in its favor. How intelligent is it?  Thankfully, not smart enough to start a revolt of the machines and stage a robot coup in your home.  With an onboard microprocessor, a 256-level proportional rudder, and a system called FlightAssist on board, however, it is sophisticated enough to [...]

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  • Just Shut Up And Take My Money: R2D2 USB Car Charger

    Just Shut Up And Take My Money: R2D2 USB Car Charger

    Shame is a funny thing.  When you embrace the source of shame, it becomes a newfound source of identity.  Rather than something to hide from the world, it becomes a point of pride.  Why the heck am I telling you this?  Because you need to stop hiding your Star Wars toys in the closet and bring them out for the world to see.  Carry them to lunch, bring them to work, and, heck, get this R2D2 USB Car Charger then [...]

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  • 25 Kitchen Gadgets Under $25 That You Will Actually Use And They Make For Great Gift Ideas Also

    25 Kitchen Gadgets Under $25 That You Will Actually Use And They Make For Great Gift Ideas Also

    Kitchen tools make for great holiday gifts.  There’s plenty you can find that are affordable enough not to send your wallet hurting, compact enough to make wrapping a breeze, and practical enough not to end up merely tucked away in an attic box like a lot of gifts we receive during Christmas.   Here are 25 kitchen gadgets under $25 that can make for gifts both friends and family can appreciate. 1. Sushezi Sushi Bazooka $24.99 Perfect For: family and friends [...]

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  • Laser Guided Pizza Cutter, Yes It Exists Now. You Got A Problem With That?

    Laser Guided Pizza Cutter, Yes It Exists Now. You Got A Problem With That?

    We’ve long maintained that everything is better with lasers.  From TVs to beard clippers to your iPhone, it steps up the awesomeness by a factor of infinity.  So when you want to have the greatest tool ever invented for slicing pies baked off your Pizzeria Pronto, there’s nothing greater than this Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter.  And it’s all because of lasers. Styled to look like a military scope or weapon of sorts, it’s a downright ugly pizza cutter.  Seriously.  Get [...]

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  • Beer Nerd Board Game Puts Your Brew Knowledge To The Test

    Beer Nerd Board Game Puts Your Brew Knowledge To The Test

    “I don’t have a drinking problem,” you tell people over and over, “I’m just a beer connoisseur.”  Deep down, you know it’s a lie  — you probably really have a drinking problem and just aren’t ready to fix it.  To keep up the facade that you’re some sort of connoisseur, you decide to learn everything you can about beer in an effort to transform yourself into a veritable human Wikipedia of malty brews.  How to do that?  Get yourself the [...]

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