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Powerlace tries to bring the auto-lacing shoe to life

Powerlace tries to bring the auto-lacing shoe to life

Even after all these years, it seems that Marty McFly's gadgets still inhabit the dreams of geeks, inventors, tinkerers, and visionaries, from the near-impossible time-traveling car, to the almost possible hoverboards, and now to self-tying shoe laces. Former Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, who conceived Marty's "power laces", predicted that this type of footwear would be possible by 2015. Given the timetable for this crowdfunded campaign, that might actually come true. And what better name to call it than, what else, Powerlace, the auto-lacing shoe.

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Pantelligent smart frying pan helps you stop burning dinner

Pantelligent smart frying pan helps you stop burning dinner

The love of home cooked meals is often foiled by the reality of burnt home-cooked meals, and the folks behind Pantelligent want to change that. Pantelligent is a smart frying pan that communicates with a mobile app to take would-be chefs step-by-step through the cooking process, including things like monitoring temperature levels, alerting when the food needs to be flipped, and giving a heads-up about what step will need to be taken next. This is largely achieved through an integrated temperature sensor.

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Tony Hawk rides hoverboard, stays airborne

Tony Hawk rides hoverboard, stays airborne

Forget everything you know” says Tony Hawk. The skateboarding legend is talking about the Hendo, a hoverboard that actually does what it says it will (and what we want it to). Taking to a copper-lined mini half-pipe, Hawk at least shows what’s possible with a hoverboard in the right environment. In the video below, we find Hawk floating freely, spinning like a figure skater, and never getting off the board unless he wants to. It almost seems to be second nature.

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Freedom Chair makes it easier for the handicapped get around outdoors

Freedom Chair makes it easier for the handicapped get around outdoors

Being confined to a wheel chair makes it much more difficult for people that are paralyzed or can't walk for other reasons to get around. A new wheelchair product has debuted called the Freedom Chair that looks a lot like a normal wheelchair, but has a novel way for users to propel themselves. A typical wheelchair requires the user to spin the wheels using their hands and rings attached to the wheels.

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Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

"Social headphones" might sound like an oxymoron, considering that wearing a pair shuts you in and shuts out the rest of the world. But that is exactly what Wearhaus is trying to pull off. Saying that music is also a social experience, they are designing the Wearhaus Arc, wireless headsets that can both let you enjoy your tunes by yourself or, if you're feeling pretty charitable, share it with others around you. And it's also designed to look fancy as well, with customizable LED lights.

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Flio is an ultra-thin collapsible laptop stand

Flio is an ultra-thin collapsible laptop stand

For all the things a laptop has to offer, gentleness on your wrists and neck aren't one of them. Typically when using a laptop one has to look downward slightly, and depending on the desk height, you may have to hitch your wrists a bit to type. Laptop stands solve these troubles by lifting the machine at an angle that requires less strain, but are often cumbersome and not something you'd carry around. The Flio laptop stand challenges that reality, however, with a thin and collapsible design.

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Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Now that wearable devices are solidly in the public eye, more makers are coming out with stylish options that can be worn without the device drawing attention to itself, unlike many wearables on the market. We've seen wearable jewelry in the past, and latest in that category is the oddly named "Ear-o-Smart", a fitness tracker that comes in the form of unassuming studded earrings. Ear-o-Smart is the brainchild of BioSensive Technologies, a Canadian company, and is decidedly targeted at women with three different styles.

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Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

The "Impossible" bike is making obsolete the days of having to load your bicycle on the bus rack, strap it to poles, and wheel it into storage. Many folding bikes are available, but many of them are cumbersome, and even when folded they're often either still large or are plainly awkward. That isn't the case with Impossible, which folds into a neat frame small enough to fit in an ordinary backpack -- and, as a plus, it's electric, able to zip you around for up to 15 or so miles.

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Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Some people have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and for that reason a nearby snooze button is its own sort of addiction. Ramos is a smart alarm clock designed specifically for these non-morning people, forcing users to get out of bed by limiting how many times the snooze button can be hit before they have to get up and take their phone to a paired off-site beacon. Bringing one's phone and the beacon together allows one to enter the "defuse code", which finally, mercifully, silences the alarm.

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Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

You can make time lapse videos on your smartphone easily enough using various apps, but moving on to a higher-end camera makes the task a bit more difficult. Here to simplify it is Mindarin, which has again taken to Kickstarter, this time to fund its latest project: Pico. Pico looks somewhat like a small deflated balloon and is a bit bigger around than your thumb, operating as a button that brings time lapse functionality to your DSLR or similar camera.

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