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Pumpkin tap kit for Halloween

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Halloween is around the corner, and it's time to get something special for the exciting festival. Prepare a big, hollowed-out pumpkin and turn it into a drink dispenser instead with KegWorks' Pumpkin Tap Kit for $30. The set includes a 3″ cylindrical shank and tap faucet, both made of sturdy chrome-plated brass, and comes packed with easy to follow instructions to rig one up. Plus, its use is absolutely not restricted to halloween since it’s also compatible with watermelons.
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Fitbit Force

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Fitbit is introducing the $129.95 Fitbit Force, a bracelet that combines smartwatch and fitness tracker. It has a new small OLED screen right on the band so you can easily tell the time and how many steps you have taken or how many miles you've gone. It can show most of that information on the screen or you can view it through the Fitbit app, which pairs with the tracker via Bluetooth 4.0. It also features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to iOS and Samsung devices. When paired with an iPhone running iOS 7, you see incoming call notifications right on the display. "At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm." I like this.

Nest Protect

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The Nest Protect($130) is a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector that won't wreck your ear drums if you left the turkey in the oven too long. It features a glowing status ring (green means everything is okay, yellow gives you a warning about a potential problem, and red means there's an emergency), real voice alerts, and with a simple wave of the hand the detector knows to not go into full red alert mode. It can also give you updates to your phone or tablet if the detector goes off or needs its batteries changed.

Garmin Head-Up Display(HUD)

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The Garmin Head-up Display($150) receives navigation information from your smartphone and projects it onto a transparent film on your windshield. It display system, showing turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. Place HUD onto your dashboard and pair it wirelessly with your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Using Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone, choose your destination and HUD will project turn-by-turn directions to get you there. [ Amazon link ]
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This Power Bar Politely Steps Aside So It Doesn't Block Other Outlets

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The Contort Power supply offers a pair of USB ports as well as an AC outlet. It features an angled plug so the extra outlet and USB ports don't end up blocking anything. $25
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P12 Jetpack Will Be Available To Buy In two years for $200k

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New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft's latest re-design of its Jetpack—the P12, technically still a prototype, the P12 is promised to be very close to the final version of the Martin Jetpack that could be available commercially sometime in mid-2014. As for pricing, it’s predictably high. The Martin Jetpack will cost anywhere between $150,000 and $250,000, excluding the cost of premium gas as well as any costs associated with getting a sports license in the U.S., and purchasing the necessary flying equipment. The P12 is said to reach a top speed of 46 mph, with a max flight time of around 30 minutes.
"The Martin Jetpack is the result of inspiration and many years of development work by Glenn Martin and an enthusiastic team of engineers and other experts. It uses sophisticated composites and a highly efficient propulsion system to achieve the goal of personal flight, with many safety features including a ballistic parachute.
Originally designed with the leisure market in mind, the Martin Jetpack has found strong demand from a wide range of markets, including military, civil defence and recreation. It is in the final stages of development for the first commercial customers, mainly Government users such as Search and Rescue and Police."
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Steam Controller

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Valve has announced has announced a unique gamepad that would be a good fit for your living-room gaming needs, the Steam Controller.
"Steam gamers, who are used to the input associated with PCs, will appreciate that the Steam Controller’s resolution approaches that of a desktop mouse. Whole genres of games that were previously only playable with a keyboard and mouse are now accessible from the sofa."
"The Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support. (We’ve fooled those older games into thinking they’re being played with a keyboard and mouse, but we’ve designed a gamepad that’s nothing like either one of those devices.)"
The Steam Controller features two main circular, high-resolution trackpads that take advantage of the latest haptic technology and are also clickable.
In the center of the controller, there is a touchscreen that can display information related to the game. According to Valve,
"In the center of the controller is another touch-enabled surface, this one backed by a high-resolution screen. This surface, too, is critical to achieving the controller’s primary goal – supporting all games in the Steam catalog. The screen allows an infinite number of discrete actions to be made available to the player, without requiring an infinite number of physical buttons."

Booooon! envelopes

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Japanese graphic design studio D-Bros makes opening an envelope even more fun than reading what's inside. "Booooon!" (an onomatopoeia often used by children to imitate the sound of vehicles) comes with an illustration of an automobile, locomotive and airplane. When torn open they create trails of exhaust plumes!
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Cat Ears Self-Defense Keychain

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The cute cat ear keychain is not a toy, but are in fact a very serious defense weapon. When holding this keychain, your two fingers will be placed in the eyes of the cat and the face of the cat will rest securely in the palm of your hand. This keychain is made for striking at the eyes of your attacker or attacking any fleshy part of the body. $6
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Boob-shaped weights

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The Kiev-based ad agency 306 Creative Communication Agency is producing boob-shaped weights for an October launch in sporting goods stores. "Sports equipment for real men, who think about women all the time even when the iron is held in the hands," reads the copy on the ad platform site.
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LED Knit Hat

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Good idea?
From the website:
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Knit cap with LED lights keeps you warm and lights your way in the dark.
Comfy black acrylic pullover hat features 5 super-bright LED bulbs stitched into the brim.
Provides 7 hours of forward directional lighting for navigating through the dark or working in low-light situations.
Ideal for joggers, bikers, hikers, and outdoorsmen.
One size fits most.
Has on/off switch.
Batteries included.
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$11.
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iPhone Paperback Notes

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The Paperback Notes are a ream of 80 sheets of sticky notes sized perfectly to fit on the back of your iPhone 5. Simply stick them to your iPhone, refrigerator, computer monitor, or other surface, and they could remind you of everyday to-do list. $8
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Prong PocketPlug case charges your iPhone

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With the PocketPlug case, charging cable is no longer needed to charge your iPhone. The black shell looks like a typical extended-battery case, except for the two metal prongs that fold flat when not in use. To charge your phone, you just pop out the prongs, then plug the whole thing into an outlet. It's only merely an iPhone case, but a charging adapter. $70
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon releases its new version of the Paperwhite. The new Kindle Paperwhite($120) is brighter and faster features a new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor. It’s easy to read in bright sunlight, won’t tire your eyes in the dark, weighs just 7.3 ounces so you can read comfortably for hours with one hand, and has eight weeks of battery life and built-in WiFi and free 3G. The storage will get you enough room for ove 1,000 books. The new Kindle starts Paperwhite starts at $119 and will ship at the end of September.
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Bionym Nymi Bracelet Replaces Passwords, You Heartbeat Is Your New Password

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A new device called the Bionym Nymi in the form of a bracelet has been designed over the last 10 years and is hoping to replace your passwords and logins.The Nymi($79) wristband proves your identity by listening to your heartbeat's unique rhythm.
A person'selectrocardiogram(ECG) is dependent on the size, position, and physiology of their heart, and it's completely unique to every person. It's as unique to you as your fingerprint, and unlike your fingerprint you're not leaving your ECG on glasses or windows or cell phones everywhere you go. That ECG is what Bionym uses to identify you as you.
The Nymi is the first wearable authentication technology that allows you to take control of your identity through cardiac rhythm recognition. Authenticate once and remain authenticated until the wristband is removed. Move beyond passwords, pins and locks and interact with the technology that fills your daily life with proximity detection and task-based gesture control. The Nymi presents a new and exciting system that grants you access for being you!”
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