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Non computer Technology

Recycled Hard Drive Clocks

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Made by Teco Art, the upcycled pieces use the hard drive’s disk platter as the clock face, which they then combine with a variety of other throwaway electronic parts for various aesthetic and utilitarian purposes. With its exposed circuit boards, chips, and various electronic components, they should make a cool, albeit very geeky, addition to any engineer or electronic tinkerer’s work desk.

All Hard Drive Clocks use a quartz movement for the clock and recycled electronic pieces for the various parts. That’s, pretty much, what they have in common collectively. Each one is, basically, styled according to the creator’s whim, so some are standard clocks with various exposed electronics, some come decorated as something else (e.g. they have a clock designed to look like a cat), and others get secondary functions (e.g. a clock with an integrated pen holster and another one with a business card holder). Materials for each clock varies, too, with units using everything from 60s-era disk platters to desktop hard drives to iPod drives (yes, the iPod is officially vintage now).

Visit Etsy store if you’re looking to shop for one.

Just Take My Money!

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The Biolite Camping Stove

Never run out of battery on your next camping trip. With the Biolite camping stove, you can charge your mobile device by simply burning wood in the stove.

Here is the website:

Get it  here (Amazon)

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Heated `butter Knife:

When you are in a hurry, a nicely buttered toast is something you miss as the butter is too hard out of the fridge. Well, with Warburton’s Toastie Knife, this problem is solved. 


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3 in 1 Breakfast Maker

Kick start your day with the revolutionary 3-in-1 breakfast maker. Enjoy coffee, bread and eggs – all made in one small machine.

Get it here

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Raptor Hoodie Available for purchase here.

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Flatulence-Filtering Underwear

Using the latest Carbon filter technology, Shreddies ensure that no odour escapes the body.Order them here

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Laser Keyboard is an innovative product that lets you convert any surface into a keyboard. The keyboard connects to any device with a bluetooth such as your iPad or cellphone. You can buy laser keyboard here.

The Google PhoneBloks to be Released by January 2015

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Project Ara is in-fact a sub-project of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects). Regina Dugan, former DARPA director, heads this division. After ending its brief venture into the field of hardware production by selling off its cell phone manufacturing business with Lenovo this year and the purchase of Motorola, going back in 2011, ATAP is the only division that was held on to by Google.

The Project Ara aims to provide an open structural platform to which you can add a variety of modules including keypad, display, battery etc, like Dutch designer, Dave Hakken’s Phonebloks concept.

At the recent conference, Eremenko’s announced release date of January 2015 will post a number of obstacles in the way that need to be covered if they really want to follow their timeline. And no, the obstacles are not just hardware related.

Drivers will need to be developed to support the modular components since the Android OS does not exactly work with that. December is the time Eremenko expects these drivers to be ready, which he also announced at the conference. So that leaves him only a month before the hardware is made available to the public.

Eremenko designed Ara is to have a long lasting metallic chassis that will use electro-permanent magnets to hold the delicate components in place. Unified Protocol (UniPro) standard, which is used for interconnection of ICs in cellphones will be used for inter-component communication in Ara.

The $50 price is not too much considering that it will include the Ara classic chassis, low-end application processor, a battery module besides the Wi-Fi module and Android OS, according to Phandroid.

The device is to come in three different versions that include mini, regular and the phablet.

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