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Kangaroo Light

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Kangaroo Light(on kickstarter) is a portable, playful and flexible lighting product designed to fit inside your bag. It glows only when needed so you can easily locate your belongings avoiding wasting time and possible frustrations. It was originally designed to fit inside your bag so you can easily locate your belongings, but I think I could find lots of other fun uses for it.
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Pencilism, Sculptures Constructed with Pencils

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"Pencilism" created by Miami-based artist Federico Uribe, an array of sculptures made out of colored pencils. He uses colorful pieces of fragmented pencils, sometimes held together with zip-ties, to create sculpted landscapes, animals, paintings, and even three-dimensional human figures.
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The Raglite, Flexible Roll-up LED

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The Raglite(on kickstarter) lighting system, which offers a flexible, roll-up LED bank of lights, can offer lighting in any situation.
"But the RagLites aren't just designed for professional photographers. They do allow for unique setups in studio sessions that traditional rigid lighting can't pull off, but its creators have made cheaper and smaller versions designed for regular consumer use as well. Whether it's mood lightning under a bed, or as an emergency work light you can just crumple up and toss in the trunk of your car."
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UrbanUndercover Underwear With A Hidden Pocket In The Back To Carry An Extra Pair

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UrbanUndercover Underwear (currently a nearly-funded Kickstarter campaign), a hidden pocket in the rear that allows you to carry a #sparepair wherever you go without fear of an embarrassing, unplanned reveal. You don't have to carry underwear in it though, you can also carry tampons, wet wipes, cash and ID -- anything that will fit. 
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'Heads' by Artists Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn

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"Heads" is a series of sculptural portraits inspired by medical imagery and created using found objects and recycled material, created by artists Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn of art duo EMnXW .
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Handmade, Artisanal Plungers

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This is a joke! Re Made does not exist. It's an elaborate lampoon of Best Made, a company that makes ridiculously expensive tools, most famously axes. Re Made's website, you may notice, is almost a clone of Best Made's.
Prof. Rebekah Mondrak of the University of Michigan created this satire. In an interview, she explained how her project explores a popular desire for authenticity--one that, it turns out, is often fake:
I was introduced to Best Made Co. (BMC) by The New York Times in their puzzling 2010 article about founder Peter Buchanan-Smith and his urban axe. The gist of the story was that BMC purchases the axes from another company, and then sands, brands, paints, and resells them for between $162 and $350. The Times described the axes as “useful, manly objects.” They also noted that celebrity executives were purchasing them, and that art galleries had been exhibiting them. So they gave a wide berth for these axes to exist in this incredibly free-floating space — luxury item, useful tool, sophisticated design, New York City-styled, outdoorsy, artisanal movement, art object — without noting any of the contradictions in these terms.
Here we were, just coming out of what they’re now calling the Great Recession, and the Times features an article about a tool symbolizing work, real work. Manual labor. For sale in the Prada “gallery” for $350. And all the symbolic properties of this tool are not lost on Best Made – they’re selling the mythical blue-collar working man identity with every axe. Yet there’s not one word in the article about how bizarre this is… Unintentionally, the article reads like parody...
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HAIR MUSIC The Experiment

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Tadas Maksimovas makes working musical Instrument using hair.
"To show that anyone can play any instrument and anyone is welcome no matter how good he/she is, we made this experiment and played music with hair. A material that looks impossible to play with at first glance."

Bags made from 'unwanted' Leather

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Victoria Ledig has created a collection of leather goods made from "unusable leftovers—faces, ears and tails."
"Leather is dead animal skin. This is perhaps the raw reason behind the human fascination with it. It is beautiful, precious and grotesque at the same time. We sometimes forget that touching leather is to handle a former living being’s hide. Most leather is processed to the point of becoming unrecognizable as what it is and this contributes to a general attitude, which I chose to question in this project.
I took those body parts not normally used in leather goods, as the cow’s head, tail or lower leg and turned them into leather, highlighting their natural forms and textures. These parts would normally be discarded within the process or be processed further into an unrecognizable animal ingredient."
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Lunecase Smart Case that receives notifications from the iPhone.

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Lunecase is a smart iPhone case that has the capacity to receive notifications from the iPhone and display an icon accordingly at the back to let you know when you’ve got a new message or incoming call. The coolest part is that it’s powered by electromagnetic energy, which is emitted and surrounds most devices, including your iPhone. In short, it doesn’t need any batteries and it doesn’t need to be charged to power up. The Lunecase Eclipse is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $39 will get you one of you very own.
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GoPlug Charging Bag

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The GoPlug Charging Bags($130+) which are currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The GoPlug is not just an ordinary set of bags that can be used to carry your travel essentials and gadgets, it also comes with a battery pack that has enough capacity to charge your phone up to six times and your tablet up to two times, and doubles the life on an average laptop on a single.
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Korner

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Korner is a cheap and super simple alarm home security system.  It consists of small motion-detecting tags that attach to the corner of your door or windows, and a wireless dongle that you plug into the ethernet port on your router. If one of the tags detects movement that it associates with the window being opened, it’ll send a signal to the dongle, which will then notify you on your smartphone. Using that app, the user can then contact the police, or forward the alert to someone else who can look in on their place. The app also lets them turn the system on and off manually, or set it to a program. They're currently raising production funds for Korner, on Indiegogo, $89 pledge will get you a set with three of these, and one fob.
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BULBING, a 2D LED lamp using 3D wire-frame

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BULBING(on kickstarter) is a 2D LED lamp, using 3D wire-frame images and transferring them onto 2D materials, to create functional and delicate design pieces. The base, is made from plywood birch. And the light is LED, with a lifespan of 50,000 hours and a warm glow.
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MyTask Swiss Army Knife Style iPhone Case

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The MyTask iPhone case(on kickstarter) has been designed and created in a prototype form by Addison Shelton, "a iPhone case with built-in scissors, mirror, USB or bike tools that can adapt to your lifestyle!"
"items you need everyday at the office or on-the-go.
Snagged nail, just use the nail file
Never have to ask for a pen again
Transfer photos onto your included memory card
Tame unwieldy eyebrows with the compact mirror and tweezers
Pop open that beer bottle with the bottle opener
Light up that beautiful face while using facetime with the LED
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Imogen Heap's musical gloves

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"Aa video interview with Imogen Heap describing her homemade electronic interface gloves that control her music interface software by the movement and positions of her hands"  Heap’s Kickstarter campaign aims to raise £200,000 to develop and produce a limited production run of Mi.Mu gloves.
"What this glove enables me to do is access mappings inside my computer so that I don’t have to go to a keyboard or a fader or a button," she says.
For example, instead of using a finger to push a fader on a mixing desk, Heap can raise her arm to achieve the same affect. By raising her hand, she can move through a scale of notes, or through pinching together her thumb, middle and forefinger and rotating it, she can apply filters to the sound.
Each gesture-control glove contains a wifi-enabled x-IMU board developed by x-IO Technologies containing an accelerometer, a magnetometer and a gyroscope.
These work together with a series of motion sensors incorporated into the fingers of each glove that track the degree of bend and the spread of the fingers. The gloves can also understand postures such as an open palm, a finger-point or a closed fist."
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Morella

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Morella is a cupholder for your umbrella. Good idea? It is $16 pledge on their Kickstarter campaign.
"Attaches to any umbrella and keeps drinks upright; leaving you a free hand to use iPhones, check Pebble notifications or anything else."
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