January 2011 - Posts

Bullet Counter - Just like a Video game!
Monday, January 31, 2011 1:28 PM

I love little toys and gadgets but I also love video games and guns. This product, which according to the video's description is going to go into production at some point, allows you to keep track of how many bullets are left in using a digital display.

The little box is basically a micro controller that has an accelerometer in it. When a shot is fired it measures the recoil and if it's over 22.5g it's registered as a shot. The counter then times out to prevent secondary vibrations from being counted as a shot. It's a pretty interesting device and could come in handy. Though to be useful in the field it would need to auto-reset after a reload which I'm not sure it can do.

The maker of this product has said there was a patent out for something like this, but it has since expired and is now in the public domain. He is currently working on a website and is going to produce the product as soon as he irons everything out.

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Flipit - Charges USB when all outlets are full
Thursday, January 27, 2011 1:24 PM

Have you ever been at a hotel or coffee shop and can't help but see people jockeying for an outlet. All you want to do is plug in your Laptop and charge your phone but you don't want to be a jerk and take up an entire outlet to do so. Well the flipit is here to solve that problem. The Flipit is a little device that you put a regular outlet plug through which then allows you to only use one outlet rather than hog both of them.

The little dongle swings from the tab and gets it's power from the plugs contacts. You can now be courteous to your fellow laptop toting businessman, but also get to charge your devices and be on your way.

It think this is a great idea I only wish the Flipit also came with a plug so you could use it without another device plugged in. Also the $16 price tag might be a bit much for me considering all you really need it a splitter which cost a couple bucks and is still pretty portable. All in all a cool product check out the link below.

Flipit 

 
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Snowdozer - Finally an ice scraper that is double sided!
Monday, January 17, 2011 11:02 AM
This little guy is called the Snowdozer and it's an ice scraper. What's so great about this ice scraper is that it has two blades letting you can scrape in both directions. I have mentioned in other posts that I'm new to winter weather and the traditional design of ice scraper was starting to get to me. Why not have blades on both sides? 

The Snowdozer also features a telescoping handle and grip at the head for more force and leverage while scraping. It also comes equipped with a brush on one side for sweeping the snow off, which is a must. 

I think this product is great, so much so I have already committed to purchasing one when they reach their pre-sale goal. I don't know why someone hasn't come out with this before, but I think it's a great idea. You can pick one of these up for $17 on presale over at quirky. 

SnowDozer  $17 on presale 
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Menas Zoom - A Magnifying Glass with Zoom!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:02 PM

This little product lands in the category of not very practical and expensive but cool. It's a reading stone that uses the benefits of aspherical magnifying glass. It's the best of both worlds you get the benefits of aspherical hand-held magnifying glasses, but with the light accumulating effect of a reading stone. That and you can adjust the zoom on the glass without distorting it. All in all pretty cool, but I'm not sure it's worth the $135 price tag. I don't spend enough time looking at documents or reading books to make it worth that kind of money.

Menas Zoom
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Lego iPhone 4 Case - Turn your iPhone into a Lego Playground
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 12:12 PM

If you are a fan of the iPhone and love Lego then this is perfect for you. This case features a Lego like pattern on the back which are compatible with Lego bricks. It can't be a Lego iPhone case officially because of licensing issues but Lego bricks fit this imitation. If you are the kind of person that like to build Lego accessories for your electronics this could make things a lot more interesting and fun. You can pick one of these cases up from Amazon for $19.99

Lego iPhone 4 Case
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The Vyne - Moldable Plastic Strap that Lets you Wear Your iPhone
Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:49 PM

The Vyne is a flexible piece of plastic with a clip on the end for holding your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can bend it to fit around different objects and like in the picture around your neck. It's sort of like a gorilla pod, but with only one long plastic leg.
 
I'm just not sure about this contraption. I think this falls in the category of "would be useful if I were geeky enough to wear it." I mean could you really see a business man on a play wearing this thing around his neck? Maybe it would be better to simply wrap it around an object for hands free viewing.

No word on what the price will be, stay tuned.
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