Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gadgets August 31, 2011 posted by

Wacom Inkling captures your ink sketches as vector images

I do a bit of drawing now and then, and I like to convert my doodles into a digital format. Usually what I do is draw the original sketch on paper, then I scan it and re-work it with a Wacom tablet. I’ve often thought it would be cool to just draw my doodles straight onto paper, and have them magically uploaded to my computer, without needing to mess with a scanner. It appears that I will be able to…

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Wacom Inkling captures your ink sketches as vector images
diy August 31, 2011 posted by

Build your own Whack-a-Mole LED game

When you were a kid, did you ever go to an arcade and play the Whack-a-Mole game? It was a challenging game of fast reflexes that pitted you against several moles. Your object? To hit them on the head with a large padded mallet. Sure, that does seem a tad violent, but it was a lot of good fun. Well if you want to put your DIY skills to the test, you can recreate this iconic game, in a much…

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Build your own Whack-a-Mole LED game
Gadgets August 31, 2011 posted by

Philips Sonicare AirFloss blasts away your leftover food particles

There are always going to be new, high-powered toothbrushes out there that promise you clean, white teeth. The one neglected form of dental care is using floss. We have all been told a thousand times to remember to floss, but then we think we’re grown ups and we don’t have to. Pulling out a huge piece of minted string and running it through my teeth is not exactly a glamorous idea. Which is why the new Philips Sonicare AirFloss looks…

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Philips Sonicare AirFloss blasts away your leftover food particles
Gadgets August 31, 2011 posted by

O Car iPhone Stereo Controller

There are a plethora of cars out there that have a fancy stereo that allows you to connect your phone. This allows you to access your entire music library without having to resort to removable media such as CDs or old cassettes. If you have an older car that doesn’t have this capability, it might be time to upgrade. In that case, you might give the O Car iPhone Stereo Controller a look. This head unit is a great gadget…

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O Car iPhone Stereo Controller
Free Software August 31, 2011 posted by

FreeMake Audio Converter packs a lot of features

If you’ve had to work with audio files very often, you know how much of a pain it can be. Sure, it’s a piece of cake if everything is in the right format to start with, but that is rarely the case. You have to try and find software that is going to let you convert what you have into what you need. If this is an issue that you’ve encountered, you might consider giving FreeMake’s Free Audio Converter a…

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FreeMake Audio Converter packs a lot of features
Gadgets August 31, 2011 posted by

Dust Extinguisher Mini Vacuum

Don’t you love those products that are made to look like a specific object, but actually do something completely different? If so, I’d say that this Dust Extinguisher Mini Vacuum is perfect for you. It has a 4” nozzle that sucks up pesky crumbs, but doesn’t actually put out fires. For those of you with children, this will be a dream come true. It looks like a toy, and I’m about 90% certain that you could convince your kids that…

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Dust Extinguisher Mini Vacuum
Gadgets August 30, 2011 posted by

4GB Underwater Scuba Mask Camera records your scuba diving adventures

If you have ever opened your eyes underwater, you have undoubtedly wanted to take photos there. It’s a completely different scene in the aquatic world, but most cameras are not fond of being immersed in water. And even if you could lug a camera underwater, there’s always the chance that you will press it against your goggles too hard and they will start to come off. (not a good thing as we weren’t really made to see underwater without help)….

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4GB Underwater Scuba Mask Camera records your scuba diving adventures
but is it art? August 30, 2011 posted by

Make your own RJ-45 keychain and key rack

Keychains are simple fashion accessories that I have never found a reason to buy. My keys sit in my pocket most of the time, and thus, a keychain would only be seen when I’m driving, or when they’re hanging up at home. However, if the charm provided a useful function, I might consider adding it to my key ring. Take, for example, these RJ-45 keychains that not only look geeky, but can also be used to hang up your keys…

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Make your own RJ-45 keychain and key rack
but is it art? August 30, 2011 posted by

Limited Edition Star Trek Klingon Monopoly

When you hear someone say “Limited Edition” you know that something must be pretty special. If you are a fan of both Star Trek and Monopoly, you may want to hold onto your hat for this awesome combination. The Limited Edition Star Trek Klingon Monopoly set is bot rare, and not even available yet. There are only going to be 1,701 (Get it? 1701? Oh nevermind.) editions that will be available for pre-order from September the 1st-30th. This awesome set…

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Limited Edition Star Trek Klingon Monopoly
Gadgets August 30, 2011 posted by

Octopus Stand holds your tablet, or whatever else you need it to

We sometimes don’t know where to put our iPad or book. You want to set it down, but there’s always that fear that you aren’t going to be able to find it again. Even when you do pick it up again, hours of reading will start to cramp your wrist if you’re holding it, and once that starts, it only gets worse over time. That’s why the Octopus Stand seems like such a great idea. This stand is composed of…

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Octopus Stand holds your tablet, or whatever else you need it to
Free Software August 30, 2011 posted by

FreelyWheely is a place to find and give away free items

They say that the best things in life aren’t free, but once in a while you can find some pretty cool stuff that you don’t have to pay for. There’s quite a community of people who like to give away things that they no longer need to people who do. One of the most prominent seems to be Freecycle, however, I’ve not really been a fan. In order to participate, you have to sign into a group, and get updates…

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FreelyWheely is a place to find and give away free items
Bizarre August 30, 2011 posted by

iPhone SLR Mount turns your phone into an imitation DSLR

How many times have you tried to take a picture with your phone and thought “man, I wish I could use one of my really nice lenses for this shot”? Well don’t you worry, as it is now completely possible to use your fanciest lens with your iPhone 4. How? With an equally fancy case. This iPhone SLR Mount will let you take any lens from either a Nikon or Canon SLR and slap it on your phone. My only…

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iPhone SLR Mount turns your phone into an imitation DSLR
but is it art? August 29, 2011 posted by

MuteWatch alerts you with a silent alarm

I’ve never liked using the alarms on the various watches I’ve had over the years. They are always too loud with no volume controls, and I feel like an idiot if I’m in a public place when it sounds. The MuteWatch was literally a dream come true as I realized I will never have to panic from a loud alarm ever again. This awesome wristwatch looks like a bracelet with a bland color, and a rectangle as its centerpiece. The…

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MuteWatch alerts you with a silent alarm
diy August 29, 2011 posted by

Build a $10 Mini Fume Extractor

When working on various projects around the house, you’ll undoubtedly run into the need to use a soldering iron at some point. That’s why last week we pointed you to the Learn to Solder Kit. As you might know, the puffs of smoke you see when soldering are not good for you. In fact, you should always do this in a well-ventilated area, so as to avoid inhaling the fumes. If you are working in a small space, or just…

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Build a $10 Mini Fume Extractor
Gadgets August 29, 2011 posted by

LED Kitchen Scale is perfect for small spaces

If you have a tiny kitchen, but love to cook, I’m sure you are frustrated by how little you can have sitting on your counters. A kitchen scale can be quite helpful, but they can also take up a lot of room and be rather difficult to clean. That is, unless you have the LED Kitchen Scale. Though it looks a bit like an iPad, it can weigh all of your needed ingredients in 1 gram increments. With the smooth…

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LED Kitchen Scale is perfect for small spaces
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