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Jul 232014
 

The Coolest Cooler Around - by Ryan Grepper At coolestkickstarter.com
Coolers (are) were one of those rare items that did not change much over the past 30 years of technological advancements!
But that’s over! Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler is set to bring the classic outdoors chillers to the 21st century! After an earlier unsuccessful crowdfunding try back in December 2013, Grepper improved the Coolest Cooler, added new features, redraw it’s outer design and brought it back to Kickstarter!

As of today (that’s 37 days before the project’s end), the Coolest Cooler pledged $6.9 million US (about 140 times more than what Grepper was looking for)!!! That’s the third most funded project ever (after the Pebble with 10.2 million and the Ouya Video Game Console with 8.6 million) and still has 37 days to go!!! Amazing, isn’t it?

Let’s see what makes The Coolest so cool that everyone wants to have one! Here’s a bullet-list of features:

  • 2 x 5V USB chargers (1A and 2.1A charging power), perfect for charging tablets, smartphones and other USB powered gadgets
  • Removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy your favorite music with your friends
  • Enjoy cool drinks with the built in ice crushing blender
  • Internal LED light to help you spot your drinks during night parties
  • Easy transportation system with gear tie-down and extra wide wheels for easy moving in sand and difficult terrains
  • Bottle opener
  • Incorporated essentials (reusable plates, a ceramic knive) and a cooler split lid to divide drinks and easily store eyes.
  • At last, but not the least … IT”S COOL!!!

The Coolest Cooler is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can get one for $185 (that’s $115 savings over the future regular retail price). Estimated delivery for February 2015.

Let’s hear you in the comments. What’s your take on the Coolest Cooler? Will you get one?

$185 | BUY NOW
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Jul 012014
 

3-in-1 Presentation Laser Pointer Tablet Stylus Pen
Most professionals out there (including freelancers, entrepreneurs and even corporate workers) have one thing in common: one way or another, they all have to take notes! Some might prefer smartphone or tablet note taking apps, some might use laptops, some might use voice memo recorders, some might prefer the good, ol’ pen & paper style! And some might even use more than one way of taking notes, combining paper with digital methods.

The 3-in-1 USB Tablet Stylus is an cool accessory designed to help you improve your work productivity by allowing you to always have on you a pen, a tablet stylus and a USB flash drive built under the form of a classic pen. The 3-in-1 pen sports a silicone tip stylus to help you better take note and easier navigate on your tablet and smartphone, a fine-tip ball-point black ink pen for paper notes, post it messages and quick scratchy memos as well as a 4GB USB flash drive useful to always have handy your favorite collection of apps or files.

The 3-in-1 also comes in a laser pointer version for people who often do live presentations and includes the above tablet stylus and pen but trades the 4GB USB drive for a laser pointer.

$39.99 | BUY NOW – USB Drive Version
$34.99 | BUY NOW – Pointer version
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Jun 172014
 

Hi Energy USB Rechargeable Batteries
Nowadays everything charges by USB! Smartphones, tablets, dumb phones, digital cameras and video recorders, MP3 players, power banks and even electric razors!

The Hi Energy USB Rechargeable Batteries expands the list of USB charged gadgets. While the concept is not new at all, these little fellows are very useful and allow you to keep your backpack light as you do not have to carry a regular battery charger to have power on the go. Simply uncap the battery and hook it in any USB charger you have around the house or in your car. You can use your smartphone or tablet’s charger, a USB port on your laptop, your car charger, an extended battery charger or any other USB charger around! The batteries are Ni-Mh, have a voltage of 1.2V, 1,450mAh storage power and take about 5 hours for a complete charge.

$16.25 | BUY NOW
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Jun 052014
 

ioSafe Rugged Portable 1 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0)
With so much data floating around, backups are no longer a luxury, but a must! Think about all those pics from your smartphone, all those videos with your kids, documents, contacts, personal files, music and the list goes on and on … I am not going to stress more the data backup importance, because I know you do it! Don’t you?

On the other hand I am going to speak about the safety of your backups! Let me start with a little story – a friend of mine, a real geek, used to keep not 1, not 2, but 3 backup sets for all his data (including his smartphone, tablet and his home and work laptops). One day, the inevitable happened, and his apartment got flooded by the neighbor above. He called the guy, they stopped the flood and the neighbor helped him clean the apartment. All good until now. This is when the disaster happened! He opened his laptop but it was not working. It was full of water. He grabbed his girlfriend’s laptop which was not water damaged, he opened his desk to grab one of his backup HDD’s to copy some files and … Surprise! As all three of his backup HDD’s were on the lowest shelf of his desk, they were all water damaged!

So here you have a geeky guy who knew the importance of backups, with 1 set of original data and 3 sets of backups who lost all his digital life because the neighbor in the apartment above! Imagine that!
The good news is that in the end he was able to recover most of his data from the damaged HDD’s! The bad news is that this could happen to anyone, including you!

ALSO CHECK the ioSafe Waterproof, Fireproof 3TB External Hard Drive (SK3TB Solo G3) and the Rugged Portable LaCie HDD With USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt we featured earlier.

All this to say that backups are not enough to protect your data. You should also take steps to protect your backup drives from thieves and the elements! You can do this the hard way (as I do it) by using two encrypted HDD’s and always having one at a remote location (work, a friend, family member) or the simple way, by using disaster proof hard drives!

The ioSafe rugged portable 1TB external hard drive is one of the top disaster proof HDD‘s out there! The drive works on MAC and PC (USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt) features a full metal jacket that protects it against the elements, crushes and drops. The HDD mechanism inside the metal jacket is fully suspended in all 6 motion axes, so it will survives extreme shocks under most circumstances. The HDD is rated to with crush protection up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 KG), drop protection up to 20′ (that’s 6 meters), 30′ (9.15 meters) deep submersion in salty/fresh water for up to 3 days, full immersion in various liquids including diesel, oils, fuels, hydraulic fluids, continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain. All this without loosing not even one byte of data!
Regarding the anti theft protection, the ioSafe PA51000U3YR features a solid Kensington Lock compatible slot which should be enough to discourage a dishonest person as well as a theft protection software which allows full drive AES encryption.

That’s the good part about it! The bad part is that this ioSafe beast comes with a premium price of $600! Well … you probably see it as premium because you didn’t hit the floor yet, but, if you already lost your data once, you know it’s a real bargain!!! Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I am curious to see how do you manage your backup drives

$601 | BUY NOW

 

May 062014
 

PowerUp 3.0 iPhone Controlled Paper Airplane
Get hours of RC flying pleasure by combining your classic paper airplane making skills with modern propulsion and Bluetooth technology.
Simply build the best paper airplane you can (don’t worry, if you never got this right there’s a quick tutorial included to show you how to fold a sheet of paper into a solid airplane), attach the motor, fire-up the the free iPhone or Android app to control the plane and you’re set for the next adventure.

ALSO READ How To Make A Paper Plane Fly Forever – Infinity Paper Plane

The PowerUp 3.0 iPhone Controlled Paper Airplane works via low-power Bluetooth 4.3 smart technology, has a flight duration of around 10 minutes on a full battery charge, features a durable crash-proof design and comes with a spare propeller and rudder. Available for pre-order with delivery in mid July 2014.

$49.99 | BUY NOW
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May 012014
 

Finsix Dart - The World's Smallest Laptop Adapter
Did you ever ask yourself why power adapter are so big and bulky? In a world where mobility and adaptability are the main keywords in the business world, laptop chargers are as bulky as they used to be 10 years ago! I always get frustrated about this when I pack my laptop and get it ready for a trip or for commute. I even considered the charger size as decision factor for the purchase of my actual laptop – you can read about how I chose my laptop here.

ALSO READ about the Birksun Solar Powered Backpack Gadget USB Charger.

Now, after this little bitching session, let me show you a cool gadget – as ugly, bulky, heavy and big your laptop adapter is, you don’t have to worry about it! The Finsix Dart charger is here to save you from the hassle of carrying a bring in your bag. The Dart laptop adapter is similar in shape with an iPhone charger but twice as long and it also includes an USB plug for charging smartphones and tablets. The Dart packs 65W of power and it’s compatible with most laptops out there (validate your particular model’s compatibility on the product page).

Finsix Dart is is project mode over at Kickstarter and you can secure one for an early bird price of $89. Delivery scheduled as of November 2014.

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Apr 302014
 

Cota Or How To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone Up To 40 Foot (12 Meters)
Cota is a new technology that challenges everything you know about wireless power. Think of all the devices you rely on every day: smartphone, remote control, smoke alarm, electric toothbrush.” – This is how Ossia Inc presents their long range wireless charger – Cota.

ALSO READ Air Dock Wireless Car Charger Holder For Smartphones and iQi Mobile – iPhone Wireless Charging On The Cheap

The Cota works the same way your WiFi network works – it sends out power waves which are received by your iPhone, tablet or any other gadget allowing it to charge while in the charger’s range. The device sends out 1W of power (around 1/5 of a regular USB power), it’s supposed to be human-safe and it will be widely deployed sometime in 2015.

$TBA | BUY NOW
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