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NextGen use 3D printing to make ergonomic chef knives

NextGen use 3D printing to make ergonomic chef knives

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know having a solid set of knives is important. The blade is a big deal, of course, but one shouldn’t neglect the handle — that is the part you’re going to interact with the most while cooking, and so a comfortable fit in your palm will ramp up your wielding powers. Enter NextGen, which has decided to take things to the next level using 3D printing. Rather than sculpting knife handles for an element of comfort, they're 3D printing them with a finely tuned ergonomic design.

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Adaptive Saber Parts introduces modular battle-ready lightsabers

Adaptive Saber Parts introduces modular battle-ready lightsabers

If you're a Star Wars fan, you probably have one of those toy lightsabers that springs to life if you flick it open hard enough. They're fun to play with, but certainly don't make you feel any more like a Jedi. Enter Adaptive Saber Parts that allow you to build a far more realistic lightsaber. They are modular, kind of like those smartphones we keep talking about, and include embedded electronics to make them seem as close to real as you're going to probably ever get.

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Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Saffron has introduced its new Silk LED light bulb, and unlike some of its competitors that allow users to play music or set it to different colors, the Silk bulb has a more utilitarian purposes: it is designed to "bring sunlight inside", says the makers, combating the problems of artificial lighting. While artificial light has big effects on one’s internal clock, the Silk light adjusts its lighting colors automatically over the course of the day to mimic the sun.

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Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Kickstarter has made dreams come true, whether it be some maker's dream product or a backer's dream game. But the promise of crowdfunding isn't completely foolproof, and Kickstarter has seen its fair share of people trying to take advantage of loopholes and fine prints, like this latest issue surrounding Shenmue 3. It was revealed that Sony was somewhat "supporting" the game's production, ruffling a few feathers and raising some questions. Has Sony found a way to game the Kickstarter system or is it completely within bounds? Or has Sony set a pattern that could potentially ruin Kickstarter for indies and smaller groupus?

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iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

When it comes to a smartphone’s camera, many users side-step the flash — for day time and incognito snaps, it doesn’t serve much purpose. There are times when the built-in flash is needed, though, and in those times it usually proves inadequate, perhaps just strong enough to illuminate nearby subjects but not much else. iBlazr presented a solution to that with its first external smartphone flash by the same name, and now it is back with a refined version called the iBlazr 2.

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Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Years ago if you wanted to buy your favorite new album, it came on a big vinyl record. As time went by those records were replaced for the most part by tapes, CDs and MP3s. There are still a lot of audiophiles that love the sound of vinyl and prefer to buy music in that format. Audiophiles looking for a new turntable will want to check out the Floating Record turntable.

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Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

The Floating Record vertical turntable launches to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd-funding audience. With a $50k funding goal in place at its morning launch, this project reached a cool $85k by the time the afternoon rolled around. Instead of another digitally-enthusiastic piece of "high-res audio" nonsense, this piece of equipment works with audiophile-grade materials for vinyl records. And it plays these records on their side - because any person willing to take the time to pull a record out of its sleeve to play music can also appreciate the awesomeness of seeing said record play on its side.

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US DoD to develop and build HoverBike in the US

US DoD to develop and build HoverBike in the US

In August of 2014, we got our first look at one of the coolest Kickstarter projects ever when the HoverBike broke cover. This device was developed by Malloy Aeronautics and was seeking money from people to help further develop the project. The HoverBike is sort of, like a cross between a helicopter and an ATV designed to allow a rider to take to the skies. If you thought that the HoverBike sounded too farfetched to actually work, the US Department of Defense doesn't agree.

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CST-01 watch project may be dead

CST-01 watch project may be dead

Some of the coolest products that we see around here come from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The problem with any project that turns up on these sites is that there is no guarantee no matter how legit it sounds or how much press the product gets that it will ever come to market. The most recent case in point is that slick CST-01 e-ink watch we saw back in 2013 at CES.

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Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

One of the factors that made Shenmue such a hit back in 1999, aside from its story, of course, was it was one of the very few to advocate and open world gameplay, something that we may be taking for granted these days. So imagine the surprise, and probably some disappointment, when creator Yu Suzuki, answering questions in a Reddit AMA thread, revealed that the dream of a truly open Shenmue world can only be realized if the campaign's fund reaches the $10 million mark.

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Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Those who do a lot of typing know the strain it can put on one’s wrists over time. There are ergonomic alternatives to traditional straight keyboards, and they are commonly used, but not everyone finds them attractive. Model 01 is similar, but with a sleek, sophisticated design instead — it features two angled and curved keyboard halves nestled in shaped wood. It features mechanical switches, as well, for a mixture of modern and classic for a wholly unique way to type.

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Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

You don’t have to talk hard online to find a bunch of stories about how sitting at your desk all day will kill you. This has led to multiple standing desk options being available that allow you to stand up to work. The problem with standing up to work for some people is that having all of their body weight on the knees and feet all day can cause pain, this is where the LeanChair comes in.

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