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Even If Pebble Is Truly Having Financial Difficulties, The Show Will Go On

Briefly: Even if Pebble is truly having financial difficulties, the show will go on. The company writes that the first batch of Pebble Time smartwatches will ship to backers on 27 May and that every backer should receive a shipment tracking number by mid-June.


This 'Kettle' Rod Is A Brilliant Energy-Saving Way To Make Tea

Do you use an electric kettle to make tea? Then you’re using way too much water and too much power heating an overfilled vessel. But! We found this cool new Kickstarter project that saves energy and looks sleek in a kitchen.


Running Old Mac II Software On A Smartwatch Is A Great And Terrible Idea

Video: When Macintosh II debuted in 1987, it was the first colour display for Apple computers. It was a software leap forward to be sure, and now it fits on your wrist — if that’s something you want.


This Is An Agricultural Tool

You already know that vibrators are great for erotic release. It turns out they can do something similar for plants. In an article at Wired, Gwen Pearson discusses how vibrators found a home on the farm by mimicking the intense thrum of bumblebees.


This Life-Sized Iron Man Helmet Is Actually A Bluetooth Speaker

We all want our own Iron Man suit, complete with flying capabilities and palm cannons. The reality is none of us are billionaire geniuses, so we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got. And that’s this to-scale helmet from Tony Stark’s famous costume that you don’t so much wear on your head as, uh, listen to. Yes, it’s a speaker.


These Sping-Loaded Skate Trucks Make Me Wish I Knew How To Skateboard 

Skateboard suspension is an idea that sounds long overdue — modern skateboarding is a lot rougher than it was when my parents were young. Professional riders fly through the air, grind across metal rails and land on hard concrete after jumping down enormous flights of stairs. They do it all without suspension, forcing them to make hard landings. It sounds unpleasant.


30 Years Of Apple's Guided Tours, From Awkward To Amazing

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos produced to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984 — here are some highlights from over the years.


Huge Lack Of Local Support For The Nexus Player's Australian Launch

It’s all good and well Google’s Nexus Player is arriving in Australia very shortly, but one has to wonder what you’ll actually be able to use it for? Fortunately, Ausdroid’s Daniel Tyson has done some digging and discovered the answer is somewhat hit and miss.


A Comfy Compact Camping Chair That Packs Away Into Its Own Legs

Even if you’ve opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don’t want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cosying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.


A Self-Inflating, Self-Propelled, Stand-Up Paddleboard

This high tech board, whose Kickstarter campaign runs until mid-May, is the brainchild of Slovenia-based startup SipaBoards. Claiming to be the world’s very first self-inflating stand-up paddleboard (who knew?), the device includes a fully-integrated electric motor that gives the paddler up to three knots of boost.


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