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Lightskin LED seat post

April 27th, 2013

Lightskin LED seat post

The Lightskin LED is a stylish device that replace you standard seat post. It is a seat post that comes with 5 LED that keeps you safe on road. The Lightskin LED is powered by 2x AA batteries that last for 50 hours. Priced from $69. Video after the break. Read more…

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GDC Hook Knife

April 3rd, 2013

GDC Hook Knife

The GDC Hook Knife is designed to lives on a keychain and can be used to quickly cut yourself out of a piece of clothing, seatbelt or other safety strap, should you ever get stuck in a tight spot.

Seat belt is not 100% safe, in some accidents, victim just got stuck on seat belt – so at that critical moment, you just need something to cut the belt off and you know that seatbelt is pretty tough (some mechanic even use to pull up an engine). So if the unlucky who got stuck, this GDC Hook Knife will be handy. But if you were to compare, of course it is safer to use a seat belt than not to use.

$11 each and backed with Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty. Read more…

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Striker Magnetic LED Light Mine

January 2nd, 2013

Striker Magnetic LED Light Mine

This ball looks like a weapon, grenade or mines. But it is actually an intelligently clever task light. Striker Magnetic LED Light Mine sized like a baseball and features:

• 11 neodymium rare Earth magnets used to attach and aim light hands-free
• Use posts as tripods/quad-pods, creating a freestanding 360-degree light
• Four electronic light functions: low power, high output, red night vision, blinking red signal
• Lumen Tech high-output, wide-angle, intensely bright LEDs

It is priced at $20 with AAA batteries included. More pictures after the break. Read more…

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Uros’ Goodspeed hotspot packs 10 SIM cards, says roaming is for chumps

September 20th, 2012

Uros' Goodspeed hotspot packs 10 SIM cards, says roaming is for chumps

Snagging international data service usually involves either special agreements or steep roaming costs. Not Uros and its new Goodspeed hotspot. The pocketable, 21Mbps HSPA+ router carries a staggering 10 SIM cards and simply uses a local SIM for whichever destination country you visit. The brute force strategy helps Uros offer a relatively low flat rate for 1GB of data per day, no matter where you are on the coverage map: while the Goodspeed itself costs €273 ($352), Uros asks just €5.90 ($8) a day for occasional visits and €9.90 ($13) a month for frequent fliers. It’s a very sizable bargain for the jetset, even with a current scope limited to Finland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK.

The €9.90 fee covers account details and doesn’t “yet” reflect data — you’ll still need to pay €5.90 per day . There’s also a chance the rate could go up in future countries, although all the existing countries abide by that rate. A number of “important” countries are due before Christmas, which could make Uros’ hotspot a go-to choice for those who just can’t stay settled in one place.

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Fitbit announces two new fitness trackers: the Fitbit One with a vibrating alarm, and the $60 Fitbit Zip

September 19th, 2012

Fitbit announces two new fitness trackers: the Fitbit One with a vibrating alarm, and the $60 Fitbit Zip

It was about a year ago this time that Fitbit released a new fitness tracker, the Fitbit Ultra, so now would seem like as good a time as any for a refresh. Indeed, the company just announced the Fitbit One, which will replace the Ultra, and which adds a “silent” vibrating alarm to wake you up in the morning.

Though the alarm is clearly the marquee feature here, the One also steps up to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, allowing the data to sync to your phone automatically. Additionally, it sports a slimmer, flatter design (read: it looks less like a clothespin). The tracker is also splash-resistant, though not water-proof, so don’t even think of taking it in the pool with you. Other than that, it does the same thing as the last-gen model: it counts steps, flights climbed, calories burned and tracks your total mileage. And, of course, the device syncs with a personalized website, where you can log your meals and view all your stats in easy-to-read graphs.

Fitbit announces two new fitness trackers: the Fitbit One with a vibrating alarm, and the $60 Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit One will arrive in mid-October for $100. If that’s too pricey for you, the company also introduced the Fitbit Zip, a dumbed-down tracker that’s available now for $60. Though it’s every bit as water-resistant as the One, it offers just basic functionality (i.e., tracking steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned). Meaning, if the silent alarm or even the altimeter is of interest, you’ll want to shell out for the pricier Fitbit One. Oh, and one other big distinction: the Zip has a replaceable battery, rated for up to six months of use. As we said, the One won’t be around until later in the fall, but for now we’ve got a few publicity photos for your perusal.

Fitbit announces two new fitness trackers: the Fitbit One with a vibrating alarm, and the $60 Fitbit Zip

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ThinkGeek’s Power-Up brings the arcade controls to your room’s light switch

September 12th, 2012

ThinkGeek's Power-Up brings the arcade controls to your room's light switch

Sure, you could get one of Think Geek’s iCade controllers to play actual arcade-style button mashing games — or you just bring the nostalgia of the joystick to your light switch for $30 with its recently introduced Power-Up Arcade light switch plate. The unit can replace any standard light switch plate, turning it into a faux gaming control panel. A traditional joystick replaces your old switch nub to control the lights, while its two action buttons enable “pew pew” sound effects when pressed. If all that wasn’t enough, the Power-Up also acts as a nightlight after you use it to pwn hit the main lights in your quarters (you’ll have to provide of a duo of AA batteries yourself). Check out the video below to see it in action for yourself.

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The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine: paper sketchbooks and journals get connected

August 27th, 2012

The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine: paper sketchbooks and journals get connected

Evernote has trotted out an update to its iOS app and accompanied the software release with an announcement of a collaboration with Moleskine. Yes, you read that correctly. The digital note-taking application has teamed up with the analog sktechbook maker to produce the Evernote Smart Notebook. Designed specifically for the refreshed iPhone and iPad software, the notebooks allow users to snag written notes or drawings right off the paper and archive them with the app — making them searchable and organized for future reference. So where exactly does the tech angle come in? First, pages are lined using a dotted pattern that is optimized for the upated mobile software.

The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine: paper sketchbooks and journals get connected

With the new Page Camera feature, photos of pages are shot and automatically given a proper contrast adjustment. The add-on also finds the aforementioned dots are corrects a skewed photo. Last but certainly not least, each Smart Notebook comes with a set of Smart Stickers. Evernote will now recognize each of these and apply the appropriate tags before sorting. While the stickers come with pre-defined tags, they are customizable to accomodate your particular sensibilities. These pseudo-digital Moleskines will be available in both pocket (3.5 x 5.5 inches / 8.89 x 13.97 cm) and large (5 x 8.25 inches / 12.7 x 20.96 cm) sizes, carrying $25 and $30 price tags when they hit shelves October 1st. If you can’t contain your excitement, head on to the coverage link below to pre-order yours now.

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Logitech launches fully water-washable keyboard K310

August 24th, 2012

Logitech launches fully water-washable keyboard K310

You can’t deny it: your keyboard usually has something on it, whether it’s spilled coffee or crumbs from a snack. Keyboards are known to be one of the most germ-ridden devices on the planet, and once children begin pecking at the keys, you might as well kiss that cold-free season goodbye.

To help combat human nastiness, Logitech has introduced a washable full-size keyboard. From a light dusting to a rinse in the kitchen sink, the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is easy to clean and easy to dry, the company claims. It’s also designed for a comfortable typing experience with a familiar layout and sleek, thin profile.

“We’ve all experienced that moment of distraction – followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard,” says Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech. “Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.”

According to the company, not only can this keyboard be hand washed time and time again, it can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water (except for the USB plug — keep that dry). Drainage holes at the back of the keyboard allow for easy drying while key characters are laser printed and UV coated so that letters don’t fade in the wash. Even more, the keys themselves can last up to 5 million keystrokes, ideal for dirty, heavy-hitting fingertips.

Given it’s a full-size keyboard, Logitech’s peripheral comes packed with F-keys, a number pad, and hot keys for instant access to Internet, e-mail, play, volume and more. It’s also compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and requires no software setup — simply plug the keyboard in and you’re good to go.

The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in August, and Europe beginning in October 2012, for a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information, hit the product page here with your currently-dirty keyboard.

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Honda’s Miimo robotic lawn mower beats the heat, won’t pour your lemonade

August 22nd, 2012

Honda's Miimo robotic lawn mower beats the heat, won't pour your lemonade

If you’re looking to plan ahead for next summer’s grueling yard chores, Honda has something that will help you sweat a bit less. The company has unveiled Miimo, a robotic lawn mower that trims 2-3mm of grass in several shifts during the course of a week. The green-thumbed robot navigates with a combination of controls, timers and sensors while working inside the constraints of a buried boundary wire. As you might expect, you’ll be able to ditch the gas can as well thanks to a lithium-ion battery and docking station (similar to a Roomba). If you’re worried about adjustments, cutting height can be set between 20mm (0.79 inches) and 60mm (2.36 inches) with three operation modes will suite the size of each job. When the unit arrives in Europe in early 2013, 300 and 500 models will be available sporting monikers that indicate their respective maximum cut perimeter in meters (about 328 yard for the former and 547 yards for the latter).

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GameKlip lets you pair an Android device with PS3 controller

August 13th, 2012

GameKlip lets you pair an Android device with PS3 controller

As creatively entertaining some mobile gaming applications can be, any iOS or Android gamer can attest to the fact that many games are lacking in the controls department. Since there’s only so much that poking at a touchscreen and tilting a phone can do, some developers and accessory creators have focused their efforts on inventive gamepad attachments.

While some of these attachments are nice, none of them replicate the feel of current-generation consoles like the GameKlip. But that’s probably because the GameKlip actually uses a current-generation console controller as an attachment. Taking advantage of the Sixaxis Controller app for rooted Android phones, GameKlip conveniently attaches a PS3 controller to your compatible Android device, effectively transforming it into a much more versatile miniature gaming console.

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