Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Heated scarves, Edison LEDs, smart showers

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Heated scarves, Edison LEDs, smart showers

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

February 4th

The Rocket — Ferrofluid lava lamp

Ferrofluid is one of the best things to happen in the desktop toy scene in years. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a magnetic liquid that arranges itself into a spiky geometric pattern when in the presence of a magnetic field. NASA engineers originally developed it in an effort to solve the problem of pumping rocket fuel in zero gravity, but because it was so damn fun to play with, it quickly found its way into an array of different toys and gadgets. Ferrofluid toys are everywhere these days, and The Rocket is the latest one to hit Kickstarter.

It’s a bit different than most of the other ferrofluid gizmos currently out on the market. It’s not just a puddle of ferrofluid suspended in water and enclosed in a capsule. Instead, the fluid sits inside a lava lamp, so it will rise and fall naturally without any interaction from the user. If you feel like playing with the floating black globs of goop, however, you can manipulate the fluid with magnets. Sure, you probably don’t need this thing on your desk, but if you’re in the market for a desk toy to fiddle with, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Livin — Smart shower

We covered this one last week, so I’ll let DT’s Lulu Chang give you the lowdown.

“Your kitchen and living room are smarter than ever thanks to connected ovens, refrigerators, and televisions. But now, the brains of your house are no longer relegated to these rooms — you can enjoy a smart bathroom, too. Meet Livin Shower, a novel digital shower solution that lets you start (or end) your day with nothing but a touch of a button or a voice command. Rather than fiddling with overly sensitive knobs or faucets, the Livin Shower promises a straightforward shower experience that requires just one touch.

“By integrating new-age technology with classic design, this new bathroom solution just may be the redesign your bathroom needs. Compatible with both Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, this smart shower will turn on the water when you say, ‘Prepare my morning shower.’ Then, once the water has reached its optimal temperature, the Livin Shower will pause the stream until you’re ready to begin your washing routine. Moreover, Livin Shower claims that its ‘unique temperature control algorithm finds the shortest amount of time to reach the target temperature,’ thereby further reducing water waste.”

Flyte Arc — Edison-style LED bulb

Edison bulbs are awesome. They look cool, they give off a lovely warm glow, and they’re way less boring than your average, run-of-the-mill LED bulb. The only problem? They use a boatload of electricity, and are outrageously inefficient compared to LEDs. Thankfully, light bulb manufacturers have tried to remedy this issue in recent years by releasing LED bulbs that feature Edison-style designs — unfortunately, the vast majority of them look awful. The good news is that somebody finally made one that looks good enough to hang in your house. It’s called the Arc.

In addition to its clean, minimalist design, the Arc’s efficient light emitting diodes have a life expectancy of 30,000 hours. That means that if you were to use this bulb for six hours every day, you’d be able to get 14 years out of a single Arc light. Meant to beautify just about any interior, the Arc fits into any E27/E26 socket and is fully dimmable. Thanks to its shatter-proof polycarbonate shell, this should be quite the sturdy light fixture as well. Even at stratospheric altitudes, the bulb can withstand the elements.

iMicroscope — smartphone microscope

For all those moments when you wish you could examine an object in excruciating detail, it’s a shame that you can’t just whip a microscope out of your pocket. But lament no longer, friends. With the iMicroscope, you can finally carry around a professional microscope that fits in your wallet. The very niche (but very cool) device is about the size of a credit card, and connects wirelessly to your smartphone, allowing you to “discover the microcosm in all its facets wherever you are.”  If you’re ready to discover the tiny, creepy, crawly organisms that inhabit the world around you, iMicroscope is all you need.

As with most any device these days, the tiny microscope pairs with an Android or iOS app. To use it, just fire up the app, align your phone’s camera with that of the microscope, and stick them together using the included gecko pad. From there, you’ll be able to adjust lighting and zoom level by tapping buttons on your phone’s screen. According to the device’s creators, iMicroscope produces clean, undistorted images of your subject by leveraging an aspherical lens designed for aberration correction. And the beset part? It works with any smartphone.

Sustain Sport — heated scarf

Thanks to recent advances in battery technology, it’s now possible to put a heater in just about everything. If you’re looking to keep warm, you can buy heated blankets, heated socks, heated insoles, heated jackets, and even heated pants. And now, thanks to the magic of crowdfunding, we can add another option to the list: heated scarves. Taiwanese company Homi Creations has developed a high-tech scarf that not only heats up and warms your neck, but also keeps germs from accumulating in the fabric.

“Sustain Sport Heated scarf is a soft and lightweight scarf with an ultra-efficient graphene fiber heating core providing almost instant warmth,” the creators claim on their Kickstarter campaign page. “The scarf’s nano processed anti-bacterial fabrics, quick drying, and breathable properties keep your neck comfortable at all times. Silver nano is an effective agent in defending against bacteria. Since scarves are worn close to the mouth and nose area, it’s crucial to make this scarf anti-bacterial and allergen-free.”

Published at Sat, 03 Feb 2018 01:15:35 +0000

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