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Aura: wirelessly powered Christmas lights

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Aura is a wirelessly powered Christmas lights. No Charging. No Batteries. Select the WiFi Aura Power Ring and you can control your lights from the app on your smartphone. Turn all lights on and off, set schedules, and timers on the go.
"From the beginning, Aura was designed to be a safer Christmas light. By removing the wires that short circuit, heat, or spark in your tree, Aura eliminates the potential fire hazards of traditional Christmas lights. For even more safety, we only use LEDs which produce close to zero heat."
They are looking to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to out them into production. Unfortunately they will not be available for this Christmas, but if they get funded then they will be available next year.
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Superman Space Travel

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DesignSpark sent a Superman action figure to the edge of space and back for Mattel Toys Italy. This video shows the launch.

Lantern Satellite Receiver Provides  Free Data From Space

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A company called Outernet launched the Lantern, a satellite receiver for Outernet.
"Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive. To view the content stored in Lantern, turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to Lantern with any Wi-Fi enabled device. All you need is a browser.
...Free data forever. Initially, Lantern will receive about 2 MB/day, though we will increase this number in the future. Depending on the success of this campaign, we could stream data at up to 100 MB/day. And you will never have to pay for data, ever. "
Lantern also has internal storage so you can view content even when you’re offline and solar panels to charge its battery if there’s no outlet nearby. Pledge at least $99 (USD) on Indiegogo to get a Lantern.
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Lunar Mission One, a Private Crowdfunded Mission to send an unmanned robotic to the moon

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Lunar Mission One is an private crowdfunded mission to "send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon – an area unexplored by previous missions."
"We’re going to use pioneering technology to drill down to a depth of at least 20m – 10 times deeper than has ever been drilled before – and potentially as deep as 100m. By doing this, we will access lunar rock dating back up to 4.5 billion years to discover the geological composition of the Moon, the ancient relationship it shares with our planet and the effects of asteroid bombardment. Ultimately, the project will improve scientific understanding of the early solar system, the formation of our planet and the Moon, and the conditions that initiated life on Earth."
This project is currently up for funding on kickstarter (get £271,836 till now).

The World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path by Studio Roosegaarde

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This is the world's first Glow-in-the-Dark bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bike path (Nuenen is the hometown of Van Gogh and the city commissioned the path as a tribute) is coated in light-emitting paint and embedded with small, mosaic-like LEDs that suck power from a nearby solar array. Charging all day, the path glows nearly all night.
"The new Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. It charges at daytime and gives light at night. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883."
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B4RM4N, a  Smart Shaker

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You have to look up a recipe on your phone, measure each spirit using little tumblers, you end up spilling some every time. Ok, not that hard, it’s pretty simple but it can be even simpler with the help of B4RM4N. The B4RM4N is a smart cocktail shaker laden with tech: there’s an accelerometer, a bluetooth module, and a weight sensor. Once connected to your smartphone, simply load up the recipe you want and start pouring the ingredients straight into the shaker. It’ll tell you when you stop pouring, when to switch ingredients, how much ice (and which kind) to put, and even how long to shake. It’s a Kickstarter project at the moment, with expected delivery in time for summer 2015.
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Kickstarting a book of amazing body-painting

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Astounding bodypainter Paul Roustan is running a kickstarter to publish a book of his unbelievable work.
The 290-page book is printed and ready to go. $30 gets you a PDF, $50 gets you a signed hardcopy. The book includes tutorials for doing your own bodypaints.
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Mind-Blowing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

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Pumpkin Carvings by  New York based artist Ray Villafane. Ray Villafane carves some of the most incredible pumpkins on Earth, garnering international acclaim and notable clients around the world. Ray also works with sand sculptures in addition to designing his own toys and action figures. More Pumpkin Carvings art after more.
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Baku Maeda's Leaf Beasts

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Baku Maeda is an artist in Sapporo, Japan. With just a few alterations, his Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia tree leaves turn into animals of the autumn forest. Cool.
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Virus and Cactus Icecream

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Have you ever licked a cactus? Probably not. But it might be interesting to try it out, in another form.
 Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening viruses. What will happen when we put these dangerous things on one of our most sensitive organs, our tougues?Does pain really bring pleasure? Is there beauty in user-unfriedly things?
Dangerous Popsicles create a unique sensory experience. Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes and mind. The popsicles are nothing but water and sugar, but ideas of deadly viruses and the spikiness of cacti are enough to stimulate your senses, even before your first taste.
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Zap&Go Portable Charger Fills Up In Just 5 Minutes

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The Zap&Go charger gets topped up in just 5 minutes! It contains a 1,500 mAh supercapacitor, itself mostly made up of graphene instead of the more typical aluminum. This, coupled with a special power supply that funnels power in much faster, means that you could top-up the Zap&Go, then use that to recharge your mobile device at a more leisurely rate later on (since it won’t charge as fast, no matter what). 
Currently a prototype only, it is undergoing a crowdfunding campaign with hopes of delivery in October 2015. A $99 pledge will secure you one.
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Air umbrella Keeps You Dry Using Jets Of Air

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Air umbrella is a real“invisible umbrella”, which uses jets of air to create an invisible canopy over the user. Watch the video of it in action. The Air Umbrella weights roughly 850 grams and is equipped with a battery that can power it for around 30 minutes and it is currently up for funding on Kickstarter.
"Air is everywhere on the earth. The flowing air can change the moving path of the object. The faster the air moves, the greater the energy is. The jet airflow can isolate some objects. So when we make use of the airflow, we can protect ourselves from the rain drops. Then the airflow forms an umbrella without a visible cover. "
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Portable Standing Desk: StandStand

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Anther protable standing desk. StandStand is a portable standing desk, an invention by Luke Leafgreen. StandStand is super lightweight, sturdy and folds down in seconds. It is currently up for funding on  Kickstarter.
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Refold Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

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Refold has created a unique cardboard standing desk. It is a portable desk, that is both lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and also 100% recyclable.  Created by New Zealand-based design company Refold. It is on the Kickstarter website for US $115.
This desk enables your lifestyle. It folds into a lightweight, compact carry case, allowing you to work and live the way you want.  The flexible, user-friendly design caters to endless applications. It could be used for offices, schools, creative studios, events, or even mobile offices and disaster relief. The desk is yours to decide how it can work for you.
The desk is designed to take everything you can throw at it, and then some. Capable of holding the weight of a person and made using durable 7mm thick, twin cushion, kraft cardboard, this desk will last!  The portability facilitates a modern workflow, allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration. It enables project teams to assemble a unique collaborative working environment in minutes and adapt it to their needs as they change
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World's most tricked out door lock

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"The Haven smart lock is anchored at the base of your door, so it's immune to picking and can withstand more stress than deadbolt locks."
$269.
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