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ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

It's that time again - time to start diving in deep with the wide variety of product releases by device and accessory companies aiming to capitalize on the biggest comic book convention of the year. Today ThinkGeek is joining in on the fun with accessories from comic and cult-classic titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Knight Rider, the Avengers, and Star Wars. You've already seen the Star Trek entry earlier this month. You'll also find an action figure beach towel to turn yourself into a Legend with big muscles and a trim bod.

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Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Sketchbook for tattoo artists has synthetic skin pages

Imagine someone asks if you would like to see some of their artwork, but when they start flipping through their sketchbook you realize there is something unusual about it: the pages appear to be made of skin. Such is the nature of a new sketchbook designed specifically for tattoo artists, giving them the chance to practice or develop new pieces on life like synthetic skin rather than practicing on a person or less-than-ideal objects like oranges and pieces of leather.

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PomPom Mirror reflects your furry side

PomPom Mirror reflects your furry side

Sometimes it feels as if there is nothing new under the sun, and then something like the PomPom Mirror happens. This is a mirror made of cream-colored and black handfuls of fur, and it uses the contrasting colors to reflect the people and objects that stand before it (in silhouette form, that is). It’s perhaps the most bizarre mirror you’ll ever interact with, though as an art piece the mirror is peaceful and interesting, and incredibly unique.

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CH4 health tracker monitors your flatulence, judges your diet

CH4 health tracker monitors your flatulence, judges your diet

We've seen many trackers over the years, but this one is likely the oddest yet: it's called the CH4, and it monitors your flatulence to make judgements about your diet. Obviously it is bid as a health tracker, but it eschews the common calories/heart rate/water intake and other parameters commonly monitored by health trackers. As expected, the tracker comes with a related mobile app that keeps track of one's "gases", as the maker says, as well as the daily diet that is associated with it.

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Hulkbuster high chair makes dinner time unbeatable

Hulkbuster high chair makes dinner time unbeatable

There are a few different teams out there that spend their time creating fascinating versions of popular fictional items and movie props, and one such team is the folks behind Super-Fan Builds. We previously saw them create a version of the Batman tumbler vehicle as perhaps the most unique stroller ever, and now they're back with another build for a toddler -- this time, though, they've set their sights on Iron Man, specifically on the giant Hulkbuster suit.

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Iron Man glove replica shoots real lasers

Iron Man glove replica shoots real lasers

We’ve previously seen an Iron Man prosthetic, and now another rendition of the glove has surfaced, this one of a different sort: it is an Iron Man glove with functional lasers, as well as sound effects that make it sound like the real thing. It was created by Patrick Priebe, who has previously created some other things incorporating lasers, the latter of which have an important place in his latest creation. Both blue and red lasers are included, and they’re shown off on video, which we have after the jump.

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kSafe smart safe won’t open until you meet a goal

kSafe smart safe won’t open until you meet a goal

Some people can set a goal and hit it regularly using nothing more than will power. Others need a bit more, at least at first, and those are who the maker's behind kSafe are targeting. kSafe is a "safe" shaped something like a large flour jar or cookie jar, but it features smart technology and a locking mechanism designed specifically for forcing users to meet a goal...even if they change their mind later on. This can include everything from locking yourself away from cigarettes for a certain period of time to taking a certain number of steps before getting access to your TV remote.

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ArcLighter replaces your lighter’s flame with a stun gun

ArcLighter replaces your lighter’s flame with a stun gun

A regular lighter is, by all accounts, exceedingly archaic. A more modern twist on that old technology are electric lighters, which have batteries that heat coils to produce an area generally hot enough to light a paper or candle. ArcLighter is the next evolution in lighter technology, however, working somewhat like a miniature stun gun to create an electric arc that ignites whatever is passed through it. There are some obvious benefits to this, including the fact that it can be recharged and that it doesn't go out in windy conditions.

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Candy Rocket is a real rocket fueled by candy

Candy Rocket is a real rocket fueled by candy

If the Killer Klowns from Outer Space had a long-range weapon, this would definitely be it. Some industrious and fun-loving rocket scientists (and, apparently, candy experts?) from Japan put their brilliant minds together to bring to life a project designed to inspire the youngest generation upward, as well as maybe do something that has never been done before. What did they do? Created a rocket powered by candy, launching it with a fiery burst to over 800ft. in the sky.

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Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Some of us stuff a pillow in a box and make our cat's day; others buy their dog a miniature doggy mansion and go to bed at night knowing their pet could lounge in its own hot tub if it wanted. Such a reality has gotten a little more real with Samsung's new Dream Doghouse, a somewhat small clear-sided doghouse with all the trimmings Fido might want, including art work on the walls. The company only made one of them, so if you're already polishing your credit card, don't get your hopes too high.

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