Somebody recently called this thing “the iPod of bidets” and honestly I don’t know what else I could possibly say about it. That says practically everything you need to know. I’m not even going to try to explain more than that.
We’re at a weird point in human history right now. Somehow, “nanny cams” hidden in teddy bears are so common that, if you suspect you’re being watched, the nearest stuffed bear is the most logical place to check for a hidden camera. I’d argue that this is common knowledge at this point. So if you want to spy on someone without them knowing (though you probably shouldn’t, you goddamn creep), you’ll need something a bit more discreet — something like this HD security camera that’s cleverly tucked inside a standard-looking USB wall charger. I bet most people could look straight into the lens of this sucker without even realizing it.
Folding bikes just keep getting better and better, and at this point I’m not sure how it’s even possible. This latest entry into the category is called Flit-16, and in addition to the fact that it packs down smaller than any folding bike I’ve ever seen, it’s also fully electric. If you live in a place where suitable bike parking is scarce, or you’re simply worried about thieves, something like this would be ideal. Instead of locking it up, you can just collapse the frame, pick up the whole bike, and carry it to the safety of your office or apartment. Pretty neat, right?
Instant cameras are all the rage right now. Maybe it’s nostalgia for the Polaroid days of yore, maybe it’s a manifestation of our subconscious lust for tangibility in a world where everything is digital. Who knows. But regardless of the reasoning behind it, one thing is certain: instant print paper is expensive. Oftentimes you’re forced to buy a specific brand or style that’s compatible with your particular camera and have no choice but to pay whatever the price is. Alulu is an attempt to fix that problem. Instead of printing on proprietary photo paper, it’s designed to print photos on receipt paper. This way, it doesn’t use any ink, and is also extremely cheap. The only downside, of course, is that it’s only capable of printing in black and white. Still — what a great idea!
This one blows my mind. It’s essentially an A.I.-powered camera module that makes computer vision cheap and accessible to the DIY electronics community. Plug this sucker into your favorite single-board computer (it’s compatible with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LattePanda, and a host of others), and you’re off to the races. Thanks to its onboard computer vision software, it’s capable of recognizing (and tracking) faces, objects, lines, colors, and tags. You can also apparently teach it new things just by clicking on them. All that, and this thing only costs 40-50 bucks. It’s insane how cheap and accessible advanced A.I. has become in the past few years.