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    Running out of power for your smartphones and battery hungry devices will soon be a thing of the past. A new Kickstarter project HandEnergy is building a pocket-sized electricity generator that can produce energy simply by using your hands, enabling you to charge your smartphone, tablet and gadgets anytime and anywhere.

    How is that possible? The team has designed a unique generator that can reach an average speed 5000 RPM simply by rotating your wrist with the Poké ball like object. The magnetic rotor then transmits mechanical power to the stator to produce an electric current, charging the built-in batteries.

    What you can charge with HandEnergy

    Devices you can charge with HandEnergy

    Other than not running out of battery ever, the generator also gives your wrist a workout and a good break from sitting with your laptops the entire day. Further more, eco-friendly HandEnergy charges your device the same speed as if you were to plug your device into a socket.

    HandEnergy is a brilliant idea and is a product everyone needs when commuting, travelling and doing their part for the environment.

    Work your wrist to charge HandEnergy's built-in batteries
    Work your wrist to charge the built-in batteries

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      Skarp Razor

      Update: 13 October 2015

      Skarp Razor has been suspended from Kickstarter due to the lack of a proper prototype. This comes after it had raised more than $4 million in funds from more than 20,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform. Its initial project goal was $160,000.

      According to The Register, Kickstarter said in an email to Skarp Razor backers that the company had violated its rule of presenting working prototypes of physical products which are given as rewards. Also, decisions to suspend crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter cannot be overturned.

      Check out the Skarp Razor product demo video below and tell us whether Kickstarter made the right call.

      If you feel aggrieved about the suspension of this project and would still passionately back it, don’t worry; the controversial project has now appeared on Indiegogo, another popular crowdfunding platform.


       

      Shaving is an inevitable task that needs to be done periodically, for men and for women. Well, unless you are keeping a beard. In shaving, you typically require the use of a razor blade and the optional shaving cream.

      The Skarp Razor looks just like a traditional razor but is instead powered by a small laser which cuts through hair for an incredibly close shave without irritating to damaging the skin. Skarp founders Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun wanted to create a razor that can shave smoothly and doesn’t cause infection, cuts and most importantly the dreadful ingrown hairs.

      Those aren’t just the benefits of a laser razor. Having a laser razor also means that there are no blades or blade heads to dispose off, making Skarp Razor environmentally friendly. According to the EPA, approximately 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away each year in the US alone. And because of the hazardous nature of these razor blades, they can’t be recycled and usually end up in land fills and garbage dumps.

      Founder Gustavsson is someone who has been working in the medical and cosmetic laser industry for three decades. And get this, he is also the person who invented and patented the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), a popular technology that used for hair removal and anti-aging treatments today.

      How the Skarp Razor works

      Although wavelengths of light had been identified to cut through dark hair, finding a way to cut through light coloured hair was difficult. After years of research, the founders discovered a chromophore that is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race. This discovery of the molecule allows the laser to cut hair of any colour clean off the surface of the skin.

      According to the Kickstarter page, the Skarp Razor is absolutely safe to use as the wavelength they use doesn’t emit UV and is a low power laser that doesn’t penetrate the skin.

      The laser has a life of 50,000 hours and runs on a single AAA battery that can last up to a month with normal usage. The razor is also waterproof and can be use in the shower. Now, if you will excuse us, we need to go fund this project and get a copy.

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        Man cutting tomatoes with Misen chef knife

        The most important tool in the kitchen is finally getting a dose of technology. Misen wants to make a high-tech premium quality knife that not only slice like a dream but lasts a lifetime for home cooks and aspiring chefs.

        The Misen team – Omar Rada, industrial designer Peter Muller, and Josh Moses is creating a knife that is of high quality, attractively designed (it looks like a typical chef knife by the way) and affordable by manufacturing and delivering it straight to you. And after hundreds of sketches, several prototypes and a lot of cutting, the team believes that they finally have the solution. According to them, the knife’s thermoplastic handle is able to provide proper grip and comfort while the high carbon steel blade that incorporates features from Japanese and Western-styled knives is perfect for chopping, slicing and cutting.

        Parts of the Misen Chef Knife

        Any chef or home cook knows that there is nothing more hazardous than having a dull knife. Misen have undertaken the huge responsibility to keep your knife sharp for life. Come again? Yes, Misen is planning on offering free lifetime knife sharpening. So, no worries if you have no idea how to use a sharpening steel or sharpening stone. The caveat is you having to pay for the shipping both ways.

        The Misen Chef Knife is going for US$55 (S$77) and Misen is confident that they can start shipping these knives starting from March 2016. To back the project, go to Misen: Cook Sharp.

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          Looking for an inexpensive PC for simple tasks like reading documents, word processing, surfing the web, and checking your email? The Remix Mini may be your answer. With its super low price point and minimalist form factor, this  project is taking the tech world by storm.

          At the time of writing, the Remix Mini has raised over US$500,000 — 10 times more than its target of US$50,000, with 40 days remaining before the project is funded.

          At the core of the Remix Mini is a custom engineered version of Lollipop – Remix OS. Combining the productivity features in its OS with over 1.5 million Android apps, Remix OS aims to provide a PC that’s both functional and easy to use. Jide Tech, the folks behind this, claims that it’s the world’s first true Android PC, which takes full advantage of intuitive PC features such as a taskbar, multiple window multi-tasking, and mouse and keyboard support.

          Let’s take a look at some of the features that stood out for us.

          Notable features

          Size matters

          Remix Mini - the world's first true Android PC

          In this case, the smaller the better. Measuring just 124.27mm by 88.20mm, with a thickness of only 26.00mm, the Remix Mini is even smaller than an Apple TV console.

          Capacitive touch power button

          No more fiddling with awkward on/off switches behind the device
          No more fiddling with awkward on/off switches behind the device

          The touch power button lies right on top of the device, which makes it super easy to activate.

          Stay connected

          Despite its small size, the Remix Mini does not compromise, or limit (e.g. the new Apple Macbook) the number of connection ports it offers. In fact, users can find a host of standard connections good enough to help you stay connected and get things done — ethernet, wifi, Bluetooth and USB.

          Stay connected with a host of standard options

          Energy efficient

          Leveraging on existing power efficiencies found in mobile CPU architectures, Remix Mini is able to save users a lot more power than in normal PCs — without sacrificing its performance. Here is a comparison provided by Jibe Tech.

          Remix Mini is energy efficient

          Final thoughts

          This device definitely offers the greatest bang for your buck — although we’re obviously not sure of its real world performance. Still, at a price point this low, there’s really no harm in giving it a try.

          Scroll down for more details on the Remix Mini’s technical specifications.

          Tech specs for the Remix Mini

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            Moment Case on Kickstarter

            They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and that’s our smartphone camera, for the most part.

            Right now, what most of us do is to whip our our camera from our pockets, activate the camera app, tap on the screen, then tap on the screen again to take the shot. While it’s certainly nothing too difficult, it’s definitely a tad slow, and we may end up missing the shot.

            That’s where Moment comes in. These guys are popular for their high quality smartphone camera lenses, and they have recently announced the Moment Case on Kickstarter, which transforms your iPhone 6 into an ass-kicking beast of a camera.

            “By the time we reach into our pocket, access our phone, unlock it, adjust the scene, and take a picture, we’ve lost valuable time. Especially with a moving subject, by the time you tap the screen you missed the shot.”

            Moment Case on Kickstarter

            Killer features

            Shutter button

            Comes with a half-press, full-press and half-press plus touchscreen capabilities – a first for smartphone camera cases. Not merely a gimmick, this button runs electronically and is powered by a coin cell battery. It is then connected to the phone via Bluetooth LE. This enables the Moment Case to behave exactly like what you’d expect from a real camera.

            Seamlessly connect Moment lenses

            Prior to the phone case, Moment was already popular for its high-regarded smartphone glass. However, the available wide angle and telephoto lenses had to be connected via a mounting plate (both Apple and Samsung mounting plates are available).

            However, in this case, only the iPhone 6 would be free of the mounting plate. Other Apple devices and Samsung phones would still require the mounting plate to hold the lenses.

            Moment app

            The app is the perfect accompaniment for the case and lenses, and it is actually built to recognise the Moment lens that is attached, which will then enable the app to display features unique to that lens such as exposure and lighting adjustments.

            Hang it on your neck

            Not exactly a “killer” feature, but it’s notable nonetheless. Having a camera on you and leaving it in your pocket or bag won’t do your photo-taking much good.

            Our thoughts

            We love our photography, and there’s no device we use more frequently than our smartphones. We’ve been very keen on getting the Moment lenses, but something about the mounting plate just didn’t sit well with us. That may change now, with the launch of the Moment Case. It also helps that some of us have the iPhone 6.

            We’re a little concerned with the size of the bottom part of the case, and can’t be sure if we’ll be comfortable with it. That said, it’s probably necessary for 1) providing the user a good camera-like grip of the phone, and 2) housing the electronics that go into what makes the shutter button so awesome.

            We’re also a little disappointed with the fact that only the iPhone 6 users can try this new product. That said, it’s early days yet and we could see cases developed for other phone models if this proves successful.

            Visit the Moment Case Kickstarter page for details on rewards for funders. Check out the images below for more.

            Moment Case on Kickstarter

            Moment Case on Kickstarter

            Moment Case on Kickstarter

            About Moment

            Together with the newly-announced iPhone 6 Moment Case on Kickstarter, Moment provides the pained smartphone photographer with arguably the best wide angle and telephoto lenses for smartphone cameras. If you haven’t read about Moment’s smartphone camera lenses, you absolutely have to check them out here

            Suffice to say, these lenses are absolutely top notch glass, yet incredibly portable and easy to install. Furthermore, they are compatible with Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as various phone cases from each brand.