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Semester Bike; Bamboo + carbon fiber composite bicycles

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Semester Bike: Bamboo + Carbon Fiber bicycle on Kickstarter. Cool idea.

The Annoyinator

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It’s essentially a targeted loudspeaker of sorts for your iDevices. The Annoyinator was conceptualized by the Henry, who is the son of Caleb Crome, the Kickstarter project’s listed creator.
Henry:  Hey Dad, can you make a loudspeaker that aims only in one direction?
Dad: Well, sort of.  Because of the way sound works, you need a very wide loudspeaker to make it directional and 'point' in some direction.  For a reasonable size loudspeaker, you can make it very directional only at high frequencies.
Henry: Awesome.  Can I make something that attaches to my iPod Touch and aims the sound from the 'Dog Whistle' app?
Dad:  Yes, you can do that.
Henry:  That's what I want to make!

After working on the design, the first Annoyinator was 3D printed. The Annoyinator recently reached its funding goal on Kickstarter.
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OFF Pocket

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The OFF Pocket is privacy accessory for mobile phones that blocks wireless signals. Simply place your phone inside the case and close it. Your phone is now OFF. Untrackable. Unhackable. Undistractable. The OFF Pocket is available in 2 sizes and blocks frequencies between 800MHz – 2.4 GHz s well as CDMA/GSM/DCS/PHS/3G/4G and WiFi (2.4GHz), Bluetooth (2.4Ghz), and GPS (1-2GHz). The OFF Pocket project is currently funding on the Kickstarter website.
The OFF Pocket has been tested on all major networks, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It is compatible with mobile phone hardware including iPhones, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, BlackBerrys, Nokia and all other modern phone hardware and operating systems.”
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The 3D Printed Car

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A Solidoodler in Auckland, New Zealand, named Ivan Sentch, who is building himself a replica for a 1961 series II Aston Martin DB4, using a Solidoodler 3D printer. He started his project in January, when we saw photos of his project in progress, it was a bit hard to believe that this was his first time using 3D printing or that anyone would undertake something so massive with a desktop 3D printer. You can find out more details about Ivan’s progress at his website, here. Cool.
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Mythbuster Adam Savage Builds Han Solo’s Blaster

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In the latest Jamie and Adam Tested video, Adam turns his attention to one of the most famous guns in the galaxy. After having made a Blade Runner pistol and an Indiana Jones revolver he sets out to make Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  watch the video above!
"Fortunately, the makers at the Replica Prop Forum have thoroughly researched the details of this prop and have faithfully recreated the components needed to build it. Adam and Norm run through the blaster's signature details and then work together to assemble this iconic space gun."
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The Lomography Petzval Lens

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In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840, the company is launching a Kickstarter to aid in the development and manufacturing of a 21st century version of the lens complete with the Petzval's signature bokeh effect. The brand new Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens is designed to work with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras. The new model will be built by Zenit in Russia, and 85mm focal length, a maximum aperture of f/2.2. Kickstarter($500) 

The Ubuntu Edge Phone

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The Ubuntu Edge is a smartphone and desktop PC in one state-of-the-art device. They described the Ubuntu Edge as a device that will "dual boot Ubuntu and Android, and will transform into a PC when docked with a monitor—with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone’s files. For this it needs the power of a PC, so Ubuntu Edge will be equipped with the latest, fastest processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of (SSD) storage."
Its technical specs:
- Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
- A fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
- Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM
- 128GB of Solid State Device (SSD) storage for photos, music, content
- A 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD display with a pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after the diamond
- Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front
- Faster connections all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Connect to HDMI TVs and monitors easily with MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
- GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
- Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
- Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
- 64 x 9 x 124mm size.
The company is looking to raise $32 million in one month to build the device using crowdfunding website Indiegogo. You can read more about it here.
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Nubrella, the world's first hands-free umbrella.

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Nubrella is a hands-free umbrella, worn backpack-style, the project is currently on Kickstarter website. We have reported it before.
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Urban food art

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The hilarious series of food art installations are created by German artist Peter Pink from vegetables. Sunglass-wearing potatoes and cucumbers are positioned throughout various public spaces and venues, necessitating an audience reaction.
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Pocketable Bluetooth Keyboard for your iPhone

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This myType keyboard is a flexible Bluetooth keyboard that is designed to be the most convenient keyboard to take with you on the go while also providing the efficiency of a full-size keyboard when you need it.
“The myType Keyboard is designed to be the most comfortable and convenient keyboard to take with you on the go while also providing the efficiency of a full-size keyboard when you need it. When folded, it fits comfortably in a pocket. It is lightweight, ultra-slim and compact allowing you to easily take it with you just like you take your smartphone or tablet.
When it’s open, it provides a laptop/desktop feel and efficiency. And it is perfect for any normal work environment, school or travel, offering completely wireless Bluetooth technology and a long battery life that connects quickly and easily to smartphones and tablets. With the myType Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, you can increasingly use your smartphone or tablet as a replacement for your laptop.”
The myType Keyboard project is currently over on the Kickstarter looking to raise enough pledges to make it from concept to production.
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Exotic birds rendered in flower petals

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The Malaysian artist / architect Red Hong Yi has developed a collection of images in which she depicts exotic birds rendered in flower petals, herbs and twigs.
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Kii

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Kii is a compact charger-connector that fits on a keychain allowing you to plug in to charge or sync devices from any computer without having to carry a charger or tote around a cable connector
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The Hibermate Tells People You Want To Be Left Alone

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The Hibermate is a Kickstarter project, by covering your eyes and ears and enveloping you in a quiet cocoon, and by looking so conspicuous that anyone around you will get the hint that you’d like to be left alone to sleep. The cozy luxury eye mask is coupled with removable ear soft, medical grade silicone with sound-reducing memory foam inserts on the ear muffs.
The Hibermate is a " super-comfortable sleep mask with removable ear muffs. It’s perfect for side sleepers and back sleepers!"
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Watermelon Grill by Sandra Denneler

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Sandra Denneler has transformed a watermelon to look like a miniature barbecue grill, the tutorial for the Watermelon Grill, here
Ingredients and supplies:
1 round watermelon
3 celery stalks (soak in cold water in the refrigerator overnight to stiffen)
Blackberries (for the "charcoal")
Assorted fruits for kabobs
Small cucumber or zucchini
Wooden skewers
Toothpicks
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Gondola Lift Car Turned into a Huge Vending Machine

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The Design Miami/Basel 2013 show highlighted hip designs in the Swiss city of Basel. Several designers found new purposes for old gondola lifts from the ski resort town of Verbier. Baker Wardlaw's 'vending machine' displayed at this event. Baker Wardlaw turned one into a huge vending machine that dispenses toys, Cool.
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