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Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

The Mantis drone claw gives drones the one feature they’re all missing: a grasping tool. Given a drone’s remote nature, one could use the device to navigate into otherwise unreachable areas, but they’re of no use if something needs retrieved from those areas. Enter Mantis, a claw similar to the kind found in prize-based arcades games; it can be attached to a quadcopter or other drone for picking up small items.

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HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

It doesn't matter if you are camping at 12,000 feet in the mountains or laying by the pool reading a book on your Kindle; at some point, most of us will need power for our gadgets in a place where there is no outlet. A new solar panel system has debuted that can create power for your devices using noting but sunlight. The device is called the HeLi-on and claims to be the world's most compact solar panel.

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Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk, from start-up Little Riot, is a new wearable that aims to make the difficulties of long-distance relationships a bit easier for couples. While it can't replace those special moments couples have together just before they fall asleep, it aims to at least keeps some of the intimacy they would normally share while sleeping in the same bed. Each partner wears a wristband that shares their heartbeat in real-time with the other through a small speaker.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

City life all but guarantees you have a bicycle at home, and that bicycle probably takes up a lot of room, relatively speaking. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a balcony for storage, stowing the bicycle when not in use means taking up precious space that would be better used elsewhere. Enter Stowaway, a bike storage system that stores the bicycle overhead without hassle.

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Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Most desk lamps are the same variation of a standard lamp we have seen many times over the years. An entirely new lamp design has turned up on Kickstarter and it has a very interesting design. Lampster looks like a little robot with a head that happens to be an LED light. It has a torso, two arms, and two legs and stands up on your desk posing like some little superhero.

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Zafirro Z2 razor’s ultra-sharp sapphire blades are 80 atoms thick

Zafirro Z2 razor’s ultra-sharp sapphire blades are 80 atoms thick

Zafirro, Inc. has a new razor by the same name, and though at first glance it appears to be an ordinary shaving razor, it has a (very) thin secret nestled within: a razor blade made of white sapphire that is only 80 atoms thick at the tip. The company tasked itself with using nanotechnology and “the most significant technological advances” to revamp classic razors, and the result is a blade that is much thinner than stainless steel while being 100 times more durable.

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Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

For some, coffee is akin to art, a daily ritual deserving of one’s special attention and a little extra time. The Auroma One coffee brewer is aimed at those who feel that way, promising high-quality coffee in a single-serve fashion. The maker hawks Auroma as being a “coffee science machine,” and it has a design flavor to match. Counted among its features is the ability to learn the owner’s taste preferences.

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Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Today we've come across a crowd-funded accessory that'll work for most any smartwatch, but is aimed at the Apple Watch in particular. This accessory is essentially a series of pieces of die-cast zinc, twine strands, and a bit of silicone rubber. While the actual execution may seem like a strange use of $30 USD, the concept is sound. While it may look strange, the space between the base of your thumb and your index finger is the ideal place to glance for a smart watch face.

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