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PARKS: The Board game

I might be alittle behind on this (the Kickstarter has ended, but was funded to over 2000%), but this looks like a pretty ace game.

There have been a few more additions to the National Parks since this was conceived and produced, but that’s the nature of the world, things are constantly changing.  I’m bummed that I missed out on this Kickstarter, but I think it would be neat to have in general.



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Anew Furniture

This KickStarter is fully funded and helps out a good cause.  Anew Nature helps to employ “at risk” men, making and selling furniture.  They started a Kickstarter to enable them to hire some of these men to produce the furniture that they are going to sell.

What caught my attention was the use of the Interactive LED panels.  The furniture they make has an interesting assortment of natural and modern.  It’s strange, but everything looks nice, I’d buy some if I wasn’t into building it all myself.

{Evil Mad Scientist}


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Astro Core

Having gotten more into the art of time-lapse, I’ve discovered that adding motion to them makes them that much better.  However, manually panning and tilting a tripod head is difficult and often gives poor results.  There are tons of dedicated motion controls out there.  However, I never really thought about how they are actually supposed to work.  Programming in motion is not a trivial task.  That’s where the people at Astro Core come in.  They have hooked up a normal rotating disc to Bluetooth and a smart phone app.  Using the gyroscope on your smart phone, move it in the motion you’d like to capture.  That gets translated into the code necessary to turn the disc properly.  They even work together, so you can have record movement in all 3 axis.

They have a Kickstarter, it still has 20 days left, but it’s already reached it’s goal.  They expect delivery by December 2016.  I’m thinking of getting one, I need clarity from the creators on if it will work with my camera though.  No use getting something that I can’t even use.

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Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

This post may be early, but if you had the Barisieur Coffee Alarm clock, at least you would be refreshed and relaxed while you’re reading it.  Unfortunately, this Kickstarter is still only about half way to it’s goal, and even then, you’d have to wait until 2017 before you could take delivery of it.  Regardless, it’s a nice idea.

I do have some issues with it though.  Firstly, it looks great on the model hotel room beds that they show people using it on, but in the real world, people’s night stands are crowded, cluttered, messes.  I wouldn’t trust all the fragile glass, and liquid to the amount of stuff I leave and throw there.  Secondly, it seems like there’s an awful lot that can go wrong here.  It’s dependent on timers, and boilers.  I’m sure most/all of this has been taken into account, but still, I don’t know if I would trust it.

And finally, wouldn’t the smell of fresh coffee grounds be enough to keep you awake?  Yes fresh brewed coffee is nice to smell, but fresh grounds, in my opinion, is a much nicer, stronger smell.


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DIY “Lava” Lamp

It’s more of a controlled reaction of acids and bases then the soothing blobs from a true lava lamp, but this instructable is dead simple to follow and can be quite fun.  I bet if you got something a little thicker then vegetable oil it might be a slower process that’s more true to the lava lamp.

In other news, did you know the Lava Lamp was recently updated to use ferrofluid?

It went through the Kickstarter campaign and was successful and now you can buy it!  It’s quite expensive for a lava lamp at $150, but hey, technology.

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LASER Headphones

I share this with you today not because I am willing to purchase them, but because I think they are pretty ace:

Lucky for you this Kickstarter has already reached it’s goal with just over a month left. Hopefully it will actually deliver on said item unlike other Kickstarters.
Anyway, the above headphones use LASER light (not sure why they need a laser and not just LEDs), and fiber optic cables to pulse light up the cords based on the beat of the music. It’s a pretty neat idea, but I have some issues with it.

  1. The best way to see it is to wear the headphones over your clothes.  That’s all fine and good, but I aren’t you afraid you’ll snag the wires on something?  Maybe it’s just a personal clumsy issue, but I snag wires, and shirts, and stuff all the time.
  2. There is glass here.  Headphones get tangled, especially in-ear headphones.  I do not expect these to last too too long.
  3. You’re paying $150 for in-ear headphones.  I’m sorry, I can’t justify that much for in-ear headphones.

Now, the maker says it’s tied to the Android OS, so that could mean that it could be paired with a phone, or other smart device.  Then you could send other messages or alerts to the wires.  I’m not sure what you’d gain from it, but it would be possible.