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KFC’s Paper Keyboard Protects Devices from Grease: Finger Clickin’ Good

KFC’s Paper Keyboard Protects Devices from Grease: Finger Clickin’ Good
The KFC Tray Typer is a paper-thin Bluetooth keyboard made so that you don’t get chicken grease on your devices. It was created as a promotional item for new KFC locations in Germany. Apparently they were a big hit. The idea is that with a paper keyboard, you don’t get grease all over your stuff.

Sprite Tubular UAV: Torpedrone

Sprite Tubular UAV: Torpedrone
Most quadcopters and consumer drones have a central case that holds its other electronics and rotors branching out of it. But Ascent AeroSystems’ Sprite looks like a toy propeller, with two pairs of rotors mounted on top of a tubular frame. Ascent Aero didn’t just design the Sprite to stand out; its unique form lends to its portability and durability.
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Nobot Robot Lets You Hire People to Control It: Mechanical Mechanical Turk

Nobot Robot Lets You Hire People to Control It: Mechanical Mechanical Turk
Online services like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk or Fiverr let you hire people for small tasks. NOVP Limited’s Nobot is a… strange extension of that. The idea is that you’ll buy a small robot to perform manual labor.

Electroloom Fabric 3D Printer: Seamless Seamstress

Electroloom Fabric 3D Printer: Seamless Seamstress
We’ve seen 3D printed clothing before, but it’s usually not made of fabric or if it is, it’s basically made through a hybrid of CAD and knitting. The Electroloom could be the first 3D printer that creates clothes out of fabric, combining the familiarity and comfort of traditional clothing with the efficiency and personalization of 3D design. Electroloom co-founder Aaron Rowley says he and his colleagues were inspired by one of their university projects, which involved the creation of artificial blood vessels.

Nexpaq Smartphone Case Has Modular Electronics: Casebloks

Nexpaq Smartphone Case Has Modular Electronics: Casebloks
Google’s Project Ara and similar smartphones could help us personalize our mobile device like we do our PCs, but if you’d rather stick with your smartphone of choice, the Nexpaq phone case appears to be a viable half-measure. Nexpaq works exactly like Dave Hakkens’ revolutionary Phonebloks concept.

Modulo Modular Programmable Electronics: Slidestorms

Modulo Modular Programmable Electronics: Slidestorms
We’ve seen programmable electronics that use magnets or Bluetooth instead of wires and solder to connect its parts. But those kits are mainly meant for beginners, and are not as powerful or versatile as more advanced computers such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino boards.

3D Printed Game Boy Pocket Case for Raspberry Pi: Pocket PiGRRL

3D Printed Game Boy Pocket Case for Raspberry Pi: Pocket PiGRRL
Last year Adafruit showed us how to make the PiGRRL, a Game Boy-inspired handheld NES and MAME emulator. Now the electronics shop presents the Pocket PiGRRL, a multi-console emulator with a case that’s inspired by the Game Boy Pocket. Measuring about 5″ tall and 3″ wide, the Pocket PiGRRL is about half the size of the PiGRRL and is actually a bit smaller than the Game Boy Pocket.

Mint Tells You if Your Breath Stinks or If You Need a Drink

Mint Tells You if Your Breath Stinks or If You Need a Drink
My wife often says I have bad breath. I think she’s is a bit hypersensitive on the issue, but it’s her nose. Luckily, soon there will be a tool available so that I can test my level of halitosis and either start brushing more often or prove that my wife’s odor-sniffing abilities are too finely tuned. A new crowdfunding effort from Breathometer, who also produced a breath-based blood alcohol monitor in 2013, is called Mint.

Brease Lets You Use External USB Drives as Cloud Storage: Cumolomodular

Brease Lets You Use External USB Drives as Cloud Storage: Cumolomodular
We’ve long been able to backup our files on external storage devices. And more recently we’ve had access to affordable cloud services that make our data omnipresent. But what if you could get the benefits of local and online storage in one system?

SmartChutes Automatic Parachute for Multicopters

SmartChutes Automatic Parachute for Multicopters
Zwier Spanjer became Internet famous back in January when he uploaded a video of himself saving his brand new and expensive quadcopter from falling into a ditch after its battery died. It’s hilarious to watch, but it could have ended horribly.

Wii U Laptop Case Mod: Nintendo NW

Wii U Laptop Case Mod: Nintendo NW
Last year, professional modder Ed Zarick figured out how to make laptop versions of the PS4 and the Xbox One, and then topped both efforts by stuffing the two consoles into one laptop. It turns out the current gen console laptop trifecta was completed around the same time, thanks to ModRetro member Anthony aka RedmagnusX. Anthony used a 17″ 1920×1200 Samsung laptop screen and the bezel from a Dell Inspiron 9300 for his mod.

Computational Hydrographics Applies Patterns Precisely: Copy Paste Connoisseur

Computational Hydrographics Applies Patterns Precisely: Copy Paste Connoisseur
Hydrographics or water transfer printing lets you apply graphics to objects in one pass. It gives a uniform finish and can be used even with large objects. And watching it is a great timewaster. But it’s not ideal for items with complex shapes, and it can be used to apply only graphics with repeating patterns, because it’s hard to align the film that holds the pattern with the substrate object.

TeeBot 3D Printer in a Suitcase: Literally Print Out of the Box

TeeBot 3D Printer in a Suitcase: Literally Print Out of the Box
A few months ago we checked out a custom made 3D printer that folds into a suitcase. If you don’t have the time or skills to build your own, check out the TeeBot. It’s built on the same idea – a portable standlone 3D printer – except you’ll be able to buy one. Emmanuel Adetutu and Paul Lammerts are the makers behind TeeBot.

Makey Makey Go: Turn Objects into Keyboards Anywhere, Anytime

Makey Makey Go: Turn Objects into Keyboards Anywhere, Anytime
Jay Silver is back on Kickstarter with an even smaller version of his simple but versatile USB keypad, the MaKey MaKey. Aside from its smaller form the Makey Makey Go also has a keyring and a magnet. 

Better Re Turns Used Phone Batteries into Battery Packs: Power Cycle

Better Re Turns Used Phone Batteries into Battery Packs: Power Cycle
Enlighten Today is working on the smartphone battery equivalent of hard drive enclosures. The Better Re is a housing that turns used phone batteries into external battery packs. Not only does this reduce waste and make the most out of what would otherwise be hazardous waste materials, it also means you have an expandable battery pack that could last a lifetime. Better Re’s battery compartment is expandable, allowing it to work with practically any battery used in smartphones today.

Iron Man Magnetic Charging Station: Attractor Technology

Iron Man Magnetic Charging Station: Attractor Technology
Charge your legion of mobile devices the Tony Brando Stark way with the Iron Man 3 Maghub Charging Station. Its cables work like Apple’s MagSafe cables. If you pick up your device while it’s connected to the charging station, the cable will safely snap off from the hub’s magnetic connectors.
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