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    Paris-based entrepreneur Guillaume Rolland has invented the “SensorWake,” the world’s first scented alarm clock that will wake you up using smell instead of sound.  Currently it is funding on Kickstarter.
    "Choose from a wide assortment of scents, like coffee, croissants, the ocean, or even the smell of money. Setting your Sensorwake is as easy as setting your espresso machine, and changing out the scents is even faster. All this is brought to you by Guillaume Rolland, an 18-year-old French entrepreneur with a vision of making everyone wake up happy!
    Even Google recognizes SensorWake’s potential, awarding it as one of the top 15 inventions “that can change the world” at the 2014 Google Science Fair
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    The IKAWA, a home coffee bean roaster that is currently being funded on Kickstarter.  The digital roaster is then controlled through an accompanying app for iOS or Android, where the user can control everything from a roasting time of between 3 – 10 minutes, temperature, and even the air flow to unlock the full aromas of the bean.  The user can also choose from a bevy of preset roasting recipes, following the progress of the roast through a procession of real-time graphs and stats.
    "Then if you’re feeling adventurous, adjust recipe to create your own perfect roast: change roast duration, temperature and even the air flow with your smartphone or tablet to open up a world of flavours.   "
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    This funny project by Pablo Garcia uses Trompe-l'œil optical illusion effect to add visual symbols to your selfie-stick photography:
    "To reduce vainglory and self-importance, victorious Generals in Ancient Rome would receive Memento Mori: a constant reminder of the fleeting nature of celebrity and acclaim, and that “Thou art mortal.”
    Derided as “solipsistick” and the epitome of narcissism, perhaps the Selfie Stick needs an accessory to rein in runaway vainglory. Or maybe just a way to add emoji to your selfies.
    Using principles of anamorphosis, or obliquely distorted perspective, the printed graphics are applied to the selfie stick. The smartphone camera is the only vantage point capable of decoding the image, inserting a graphic into your selfie. Perhaps it’s a sober reminder of your mortality in the midst of your vainglory, or simply a pile of poop with eyes."
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    The Trilobite Plushie by the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York is a cuddly stuffed replica of Greenops boothi, a trilobite that lived 380 million years ago. You can order it via a Kickstarter campaign to help fund PRI and its national outreach program.
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    The Boozie is a seemingly normal looking hoodie that has two hidden flasks in the back of the hood, each with its own drawstring straw. The bladders hold 20 ounces of liquid, in total, and are reinforced so you don’t have to worry about a leak.  $95 will get you one if they meet their $50,000 funding goal.
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    No glue. No cables. No steel reinforcements. British artist Steve Messam has installed a weight-bearing bridge across a stream in the UK's Lake District using about 22,000 sheets of bright red paper (+ slideshow). It’s called PaperBridge, commissioned by the Lakes Culture tourism organisation.  First, an arched plywood form was placed between the two supports, enabling the blocks to be stacked in position across the river. A 1.5-degree wedge was placed between each block and the final wedge was hammered into the apex to create the correct compression along the bottom edge, before the wooden former was removed. The bridge is held in place entirely by compression; no glue or other fixings are used. As you can see, the finished product—which will be removed and recycled after today—is more than strong enough to support its own weight. And the weight of at least a couple rubber booted-humans, dogs, and children, too. More pics after more.
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    Inspired by 3D printers, the idea came from a gang of entrepreneurs after working at California Polytechnic State University. This unique process of creating fabric from scratch is called electrospinning, "an electrospinning process to convert liquid solutions into solid fibers which are then deposited onto a 3D mold. We call this process Field Guided Fabrication, or FGF. Essentially, an internal electric field inside of the machine's chamber guides fibers onto a 3D shape, where they bond together."  Currently, the Electroloom has crafted tank tops, skirts, and hats, but you can seemingly make anything you design.
    "What it is
     The Electroloom Developer Kit is a tool for designing and manufacturing custom 3D fabrics. When interacting with our machine, there is no need for thread, needles, or sewing. Instead, our users need only some simple CAD skills to design their patterns, and the Electroloom does the rest.
    Behind the scenes, our technology reduces the traditional textile manufacturing process into a single step. Instead of sending raw material through factories where it undergoes numerous processing steps to create a traditional textile, we are able to directly convert raw material to finished good
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    The Electroloom, currently is funding on the Kickstarter, here.
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    These incredibly detailed, three-dimensional Star Wars scene is actually formed from just a single sheet of paper.  Artist Paper Dandy a.k.a. Marc Hagan-Guirey strategically cuts shapes,  then bends and folds paper to his will using an ancient art called kirigami. Hagan-Guirey describes his work to CNN:
    "He picked some of his favorite scenes from the original Star Wars movies and carved them out of 8.27 by 11.7-inch sheets of paper: "I use an X-acto knife and I'm never frugal about saving fresh blades. A metal ruler and a cutting matt. That's it really. Oh, and a few skewers to pop out small sections.""
    He’s started a kickstarter in hopes of displaying this art in a gallery exhibition titled “Cut Scene”.
    It’s simply to produce the exhibition so that Star Wars fans can enjoy seeing the unique kirigami models in their physical form. Every penny will go towards making a better gallery experience.”
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     The BusinessTown, the industrious anthropomorphic animals who look strikingly similar to the ones from your favorite childhood picture book—except these creatures are digital strategy “intrapreneurs” who give TED Talks on how nanobots will end poverty. The characters are by illustrator Tony Ruth.
    "An ongoing project attempting to explain our highly intangible, deeply disruptive, data-driven, venture-backed, gluten-free economic meritocracy to the uninitiated. With apologies to Richard Scarry. "
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    The nexpaq is smartphone case has a built-in 1,000 mAh battery along with six module slots. The modules that are already available for customization include a 400 mAh battery, an amplified speaker, a powerful flashlight with six multi-color LEDs, a microSD card reader, a temperature plus humidity sensor, a pair of customizable hotkeys, a 32GB USB flash drive, an air quality sensor, a breathalyzer, a laser pointer, and a 32GB backup memory module. Needless to say, these modules are OS-agnostic, so you can swap them between the Samsung cases and the iPhone 6 case. To pre-order your Nexpaq, visit the Kickstarter page now and donate.
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    Printednest  is an international group of designers and architects that is developing a 3D-printed bird feeder for urban environments.  The bird feeder can be attached to a building or home window using 2-sided adhesive dual lock tape.  The project is open source, which means users can download the designs and 3D print them for free. Or, if you prefer, you can buy a nest on the Printednest website for about $50.
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    The Barracuda Luggage is an all-in-one suitcase has a built-in tray, a GPS tracker so you never lose your carry-on, and a USB charger for on the go power and  an ergonomic handle trumps traditional suitcase handles with its 360 degree swivel ability.  Check out more at its KickStarter page, and pledge $230 USD for an early bird special.
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    The Flyte lamp features an LED light bulb that hovers in mid-air through magnetic levitation and is powered through the air.  Flyte was designed by Sweden-based designer Simon Morris, who is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.
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    Artist Joshua Ben Longo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for materials and the production of 300 monster rugs.
    "The Monster Skin Rug was born of a love of all things monsters and a passion for design. I have spent over ten years sewing, drawing, and designing monsters. Over those ten years I have exhibited around the world filling gallery spaces with critters and creatures. I hope to share this love by making the Monster Skin Rug available to you at a reasonable price while retaining the quality and details of the handmade original."
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    Better Than New is a short film that introduces Patagonia’s new biodiesel repair wagon and pays tribute to customers and repair techs who have kept our gear in use for over 40 years. Patagonia’s Reno Repair Department is the largest garment repair facility in the U.S. – completing about 30,000 repairs per year.
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    Brik Case is a fun customizable laptop cover created by San Francisco-based startup Jolt Team.
    "Some people like to spice up their laptops with stickers on the back. We couldn’t help thinking, though, that stickers are sticky. Plus, once they’re stuck, you’re stuck. So we designed a case that permits constant change, collaboration, and originality."
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    Imagine a pair of high heel shoes that can change appearance to match your outfits. Featuring an e-Ink display and a Bluetooth module, they can change their look to some degree at the touch of button. Just… connect your shoes to your smartphone and pick from any of the available patterns that might best suit your outfit that day. It’s a really cool concept, but one that will cost you a $249 pledge with a December delivery date. Cool project on indiegogo.
    "The Volvorii is streamlined, has an embedded flexible electronic paper display, a Bluetooth LE module with battery wireless charging, elegantly positioned fastener accessory anchors both on the front and back of the shoe."
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    Chinese artist Ren Ri works with honeybees in creating intriguing wax sculptures that live in transparent geometric containers. This project called Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry,  he transformed honeycomb into map of various countries around the world.
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    Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family.
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    Artist Roger Chouinard uses metal scraps, old tools, and other found objects as the basis for whimsical drawings. The project which is part of an artist picture book called "PLAYBOOK Fun with Found Objects", incorporates an array of old , used or discarded objects that he finds along the beach , in back alleys, or from friends who know his devotion to the oddities of life. More images after more.
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