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Wolverine claw glove is activated by flexing muscles

Wolverine claw glove is activated by flexing muscles

A bunch of weaponized gloves based on various superheroes exist, including ones that help kids and ones that shoot lasers powerful enough to pop balloons. Then there's this new Wolverine glove, which fits over one's hands and wrists and ejects pointed claws on command. That's nothing new. What is new is how you control it: by flexing your muscles, which causes the claws to pop out and presumably make some bad guy's day a little less productive.

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SensorWake alarm clock lets you wake up to smells of your choice

SensorWake alarm clock lets you wake up to smells of your choice

Having to wake up early in the morning sucks, and it doesn't matter whether your alarm is a loud buzzing noise, or music of your choice from your smartphone. But the SensorWake alarm clock at least wants to wake you up differently: by smell instead of sound. Currently on Kickstarter with a goal or raising $55,000, the SensorWake lets users choose the scent they'd like to wake them up, from the smell of coffee to chocolate, thanks to changeable and reusable cartridges.

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Noki home lock opens on its own when you get home

Noki home lock opens on its own when you get home

Smart locks are nothing new, but there has been no runaway success that has caught the popular attention of the average home owner. That hasn’t stopped manufacturers from pursuing the technology, and so it’s no surprise that “Noki” exists: it’s a new smart home lock that unlocks the door when you get home and locks it when you leave, nary a physical key necessary. Such is accomplished via smart technology and one’s own smartphone, which communicates with the smart door lock to control access.

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Raspberry Pi gets an ePaper display screen from PaPiRus

Raspberry Pi gets an ePaper display screen from PaPiRus

Raspberry Pi has practically unlimited possibilities in the hands of talented hackers and makers. Even Silicon Valley giants like Microsoft are realizing Raspberry Pi's potential, as Windows 10 will have support for the DIY developer's board. Now, the same e-ink that has been successfully used in various devices from the original Amazon Kindle to Pebble's smartwatch can be incorporated into Pi creations. Pi Supply is using Kickstarter to crowdfund its PaPiRus HAT, so hackers will now have the choice of an e-ink screen HAT for their mini computers.

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Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

There’s a new decorative lamp called the Pretty Smart Lamp, and while it doesn’t do super bright illuminating, it is both pretty and smart. There are several designs available with it, but more importantly there are several features that your average lamp won’t do. One of those features is finding your phone when you lose it; another is letting you know of (and dismiss) notifications. There’s temperature monitoring, brightness monitoring, support for home automation systems, and more.

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Bloxels lets you build your own video games one block at a time

Bloxels lets you build your own video games one block at a time

Video games on tablets are very popular with just about every age group from grandparents down to kids. One of the most popular games out there is Minecraft because it lets players build anything they want in the digital world with blocks of material. A new game system has debuted that brings that ability to build anything you want to the real world and keeps its digital component as well.

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Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

There are speakers on the market that show light patterns adjusted to your music, but the Sound Torch is different — it produces fire. Real fire. The Sound Torch is a small cube-shaped Bluetooth speaker with a grille on the top through which flames dance in sync with whatever audio the speaker is currently pumping. The speaker itself is powered from an internal battery, and the flames are gas-fueled, making for an altogether atmospheric cube. And, yes, there are some safety features to keep the party from burning down.

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Phree digital pen wants to turn everything into paper

Phree digital pen wants to turn everything into paper

Despite the strong beliefs of the late Steve Jobs, the stylus refuses to die. Just ask Samsung, Livescribe, Adonit, Wacom, and a whole host of other manufacturers that bridge the divide between the digital and the analog. Productivity experts will also testify to the psychological and mental benefits of writing by hand. But existing solutions so far have one critical limitation: they work only on screens or on special paper. Phree, the latest wonder Kickstarter campaign, wants to set you completely free, by turning the whole world into a writing surface.

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FOVE headset hits Kickstarter for eye-tracking VR

FOVE headset hits Kickstarter for eye-tracking VR

You might not realize virtual reality has an owl problem, but it does. Turn your head while wearing most VR headsets, and the scene you see will move accordingly; flick just your eyes around, however, and nothing happens. Startup FOVE believes it has the answer, a VR rig that can track eye-movement and in the process not only make games and entertainment more immersive, but potentially allow them to be run from something as humble as a smartphone.

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The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

Many people have a smartphone, but not everyone likes them. The non-smartphones lovers out there are finding that the non-smartphone handset options are decreasing, and so they resign themselves with owning one of the devices. Enter The Light Phone, a cell phone the size of a credit card that only does calls. It works with an existing smartphone, being bid as one’s “phone away from phone” as a prepaid GMS offering that uses an app that forwards calls from your smartphone when they arrive — and the two don’t have to be close to each other, meaning you can leave the smartphone at home.

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