Plug-in charges your phone twice as fast, so you can listen to music all day long

Tiny USB dongle packs some major power

Smartphones and our Bluetooth portable speakers work hand in hand.

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The problem, though, is the battery life for our speakers is significantly stronger than what you’d find in any of today’s smartphones. While our speakers can stream music for eight-plus hours, you’d be lucky to get four hours of constant music-playing from an iPhone or Galaxy.

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There are options to overcome this issue, of course. You can keep the phone plugged in all the time. But then you have extra wires involved, which kind of defeats the purpose of using a speaker that’s Bluetooth capable. Plus, the power’s draining while it’s simultaneously being juiced up, which causes unnecessary wear and tear on the device’s battery.

Your best bet is to unplug the phone or tablet and let it charge a bit. But today’s devices take well over an hour to get to a full charge, and no one wants to be without their music playing for that long. That’s what makes technologies like PLX Devices’ Legion Meter so great—the tiny USB dongle actually helps the user charge their smart phone 92% faster than today’s standard plug-in approach.

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The Legion Meter is on Kickstarter right now and has already secured over $200,000 in funding, well above the company’s original goal of $10,000.

Along with “safely accelerating your smartphone/tablet’s charging speed up to 92%,” the Legion Meter also has a built-in multimeter to show the user different details about the device, including current power, milliwatt hours, and voltage.

“The charge accelerator circuit has two modes of operation,” the company explains on their Kickstarter page. “Apple mode and Android mode. The user selectable mode dynamically converts any USB port to optimize the charge speed by signaling your mobile device to safely draw the maximum amount of charge possible. The PLX Charge Accelerator circuit is patent pending.”

Best of all, the Legion Meter is affordable. Those interested can purchase one through the Kickstarter page for $49 (shipping out October 2014). To learn more, check out the clip below:

Glow in the dark skatepark from down under

Skateboarders flock to amazing looking skatepark

A glow-in-the-dark skatepark was launched in Australia by — of all companies — Kellogg’s, as a way of showing appreciation for its customers and to also (naturally) promote their Nutri-Grain cereal.

Hundreds of skaters flocked to the “Fuel On Skatepark” during its initial opening, where they got to enjoy laser-rigged, projection-mapped on the various ramps:

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Check out the thinnest watch in the world

Project on Kickstarter looks to hit shelves with new e-ink watch

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Thin is in and damn—it’s beautiful. This contraption here, dubbed the CST-01, comes from Central Standard Timing and at 0.80mm, it’s the thinnest watch in the world.

What the CST-01 looks like

The patent is still pending on this innovative piece of technology genius, but according to the company’s press release, here are the details:

(The) CST-01 is assembled by laminating thin, flexible components into a 0.5mm pocket etched into a single piece of flexible stainless steel, making it different than traditional digital watches which typically use the same form factor of an analog watch. An embedded Thinergy Micro-Energy Cell that charges in 10 minutes from an external dock, lasts for over a month and has a lifetime of 15 years, eliminates the hassle and expense of changing batteries.

Inside of the CST-01

Yes, you read that correctly. An e-ink display on a wristwatch. If marketed properly, this stands to be something big, looking less like something George Jetson would wear, and something more along the lines of what the average Joe out there would likely wear. Throw in the fact that e-ink takes up hardly any juice, and the CST-01 stands to be something big for a long, long time.

It’s simple. Durable. And it goes everywhere with you. Quite frankly, it sounds like a pretty awesome portable speaker I know of—but I digress. Charging is conveniently done via micro-USB. It weighs 12 grams and will be available in black or white when it first hits the shelves. In terms of size, Central Standard Timing is still prototyping different size options, but there’ll likely be a small (14-17cm wrist circumference), medium (17-20cm), and large (20-23cm) option available.

As things stand now, the watch is on Kickstarter looking to raise $200,000. The good news is they still have 38 days to go—and have already doubled their goal with over $405,000.

The CST-01 promo video below:

Electric powered bulletin board holds things sans tacks or staples

Modern day technology solves another one of our mindless inconveniences

If this is what tomorrow has to offer then I have just one question – where do I sign up???

This is the Justick bulletin board and it uses electrical energy across its surface to create what’s called “Coulomb Forces”, or static electricity. The point — hold things up without having to use thumbtacks, staples, or tape.

Justick bulletin board

As you can tell, the things that the board’s holding up aren’t metal. They range from paper documents to fabrics, debit cards, DVDs, and more. All that’s needed to make it work is a set of four AA batteries or an available outlet to plug in the board’s adapter. There’s no risk of electrical shock—there’s not enough juice on the board itself to any sort of damage like that.

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What does hurt, though, is the price—at $110, it’s a big jump from your standard cork board / thumbtack set-up. But like wearing a portable speaker with a fresh hoodie, it sure looks cool – and that’s what really counts, right?

Group turns Surface tablet into skateboard to prove durability

Microsoft proves new Surface tablet is most durable in the market

There are not a lot of gadgets out there as durable as our ultraportable speakers, what with the fact that all these new electronics hitting the shelves nowadays are packed to the gill with smaller and more fragile components behind an increasingly cheaper touch-screen glass surface.

Fragile gadgets

There’s a new tablet hitting the market that’s looking to break the mold in this regard—the Microsoft Surface. The thing’s already generating plenty of buzz over its low price ($499) and high functionality (it’ll feature the much talked about Windows 8).

But the one thing that EVERYONE is talking about right now is its durability. That’s because the head of the Windows group, Steven Sinofsky, recently tweeted photos of himself riding the Surface . . . as a skateboard.

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^This dude^

Microsoft Surface tablet skateboard
^Made this^

Steven Sinofsky riding Microsoft Surface tablet skateboard
^And then did this^

Now, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Surface won’t come with a four-pack of board wheels, but the fact that Sinofksy was able to do something like this does demonstrate how ridiculously durable the new tablet is. Makes sense—after all, its case is made out of friggen titanium and vapor magnesium, and the glass is none other than Gorilla Glass 2.0—the brand that’s constantly upping the bar when it comes to toughness.

Sold on Microsoft’s new Surface tablet? You’ll have to wait a few more days to buy it—it doesn’t go on sale till October 26th.