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Flic wireless buttons control smartphone functions at a click

Flic wireless buttons control smartphone functions at a click

Controlling all the features of a smartphone can be difficult for someone new to smartphones. People who have had a smartphone for a long time sometimes wish for shortcuts that can perform a specific action with a single press. For either of those groups there is a new product called Flic. Flic is a smart button that can be mapped to specific functions on a smartphone.

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Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Many people have a drawer in the kitchen where they shove all sorts of receipts and papers that you may not want to throw away, but know deep down you probably won’t need again. A pair of new portable scanners have launched that are aimed at helping you to go paperless with receipts and other paper so you can toss them and still keep records. The scanners are the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi.

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Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

We have talked about smartpens before, such as the Livescribe 3, these devices are able to write on paper and have what you write recorded on mobile devices or a computer. A new smartpen has turned up called the Neo smartpen N2 and like most smartpens, it does require special notebooks for the pen to be able to recognize your writing. The developers of the notebooks promise that they are the same price as regular notebooks.

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One Fast Cat keeps your cat in shape

One Fast Cat keeps your cat in shape

I love fat cats, they are cuddly and reminded me of Garfield, but if you have cats as pet, you want them to be healthy and fit – A Kickstarter project called One Fast Cat has raised over $250k to create an exercise wheel for cats aimed to keep your furry ones in shape.

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These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.

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Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Admit it, some of you are in the calories counting game; Yes, I am guilty of it too – but does the number on food packaging really accurate? There is a startup based in Israel called Consumer Physics Inc that is developing a laser-based gear called SCIO that would scan your food and tells you the chemical compound that is in the food, it will then return details of nutrition value including calories to user’s smartphone.

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GKILO web connected clock and kitchen scale looks like a wood block

GKILO web connected clock and kitchen scale looks like a wood block

An Italian company called Thingk has hit Indiegogo with an interesting internet of things product that aims at people wanting a dual function object for the kitchen that has more than one use. The product is called the GKILO and while it looks like a block of wood, it is actually two objects in one. Depending on which side you lay the GKILO on, it will perform one of two uses.

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Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light

Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light

Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn't a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight.

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Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Sous-vide cooking isn't new, but Mellow aims to make it mainstream with its eponymous "kitchen robot", a smart appliance that can not only cook but cool, and all controlled from your smartphone. Sous-vide, if you've not been keeping up to date with your kitchen trends, epitomizes the "low and slow" method of cooking. Ingredients are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and then immersed for several hours or even a couple of days in a warm water bath, gently cooking through.

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Goccia multi-sport activity tracker is the size of a dime

Goccia multi-sport activity tracker is the size of a dime

An activity tracker called the Goccia has turned up on Kickstarter and it claims to be the smallest and simplest tracker on the market today. While most of the activity trackers out there are designed to be worn on the wrist like a watch or bracelet, the Goccia is small enough that it can be worn on a sleeve or other out of the way location.

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Reflecta ProScan 10T 35mm film scanner totes 10,000 spi resolution

Reflecta ProScan 10T 35mm film scanner totes 10,000 spi resolution

Even with the prevelance of digital cameras and mobile devices, 35 mm film remains a mainstay of photography. But for those who want to bring this traditional medium to the digital age, the Reflecta ProScan 10T might offer the best way to preserve old slides or even just convert newer negatives.

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GateKeeper Bluetooth device locks your computer when you step away

GateKeeper Bluetooth device locks your computer when you step away

It doesn't matter how good the password is on your computer if you forget to lock the machine when you step away. A lot of people set up secure passwords to lock their machines and keep people from being able to access their computer without their knowledge. Many of these same people have their machines set to lock 10-15 minutes after the last activity.

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