Bison Airlighter Lights Fires at 2600 Degrees

Posted in Grilling by Darrin Olson on May 8th, 2014

Bison AirlighterA gas lighter is almost a must these days for even somewhat frequent grilling or hanging out around the firepit, but even then fires can still put up some resistance. Enter the Bison Airlighter: a butane gas powered lighter that puts out 2600 degrees to start your flames without kindling or paper in under a minute.

In addition to the extreme flame, and not unlike the Looflighter we saw a few years back, the Airlighter blows air with a built in fan to oxygenate your fire and get it going faster. Bison even included a front-facing flashlight and a bottle opener on the bottom.

The lighter is refillable with a standard butane canister and the batteries for the fan can be recharged through a USB port. It appears that the lighter is not quite ready for the retail market but you can …

Cook and Stack Kitchen Utensils

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Tam Yue on May 7th, 2014

Cook and Stack UtensilsYes, please. This is really amazing way to save space in those cluttered kitchen drawers. Yes, you can get some kind of random jar to hold your utensils, but that’s what all of the regular old normal people do.

These are not utensils that someone just glued a extremely familiar shaped brick onto the end of a spatula. Those bricks are actually a part of the utensil. The set comes with the grey base plate, a spatula, ladle and pasta strainer. You can purchase this set for 34.99 here, which we feel is a little bit spendy. But if you are the chef in the house, this may come in super handy and should be well worth the expense.

Sony Launches PS Vita slim for North America

Posted in PS Vita by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2014

Sony PS Vita Bundle US ReleaseSony launched an updated, slimmer version of the Playstation Vita on Tuesday to North America including the US, as part of a bundle with a copy of Borderlands 2. The Vita Slim had already been released in Japan last year, Europe earlier this year and Europe and has now finally made its way west.

Data Scientist Assesses Rappers Vocab

Posted in Science by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2014

Unique Words By RapperRecently, a data scientist named Matt Daniels with interests in rap combined with skills with javascript created a nice visual chart to see who was the most garrulous word-slinger in the game. The chart is designed to show the number of unique words used by rappers and compare them against one another, with the works of Shakespeare thrown in as a benchmark.

Death Star cookie jar

Posted in Kitchen,Star Wars by Tam Yue on May 5th, 2014

death star cookie jarIn keeping up with our tradition of all things Star Wars here at SlipperyBrick, here is the ultimate addition to your kitchen counter top. This ceramic Death Star cookie jar is one of the cooler Star Wars kitchen accessories we have seen in awhile.  All that is needed is a never ending supply of cookies and you will forever have the cool house on the block!

via Mad Zombie

Apple EarPods will help make you healthy

Posted in Headphones,Rumors by Tam Yue on May 5th, 2014

apple earpodsIf we are to believe the rumors, we’re hoping this one is true. A user on the Apple app “Secret” claimed that Apple is working on upgrading their earpods to include a heart rate monitor, blood pressure sensor and a tracking device that will help you locate them if they are misplaced.

The Apple EarPods were updated in 2012 to have a sleeker design and better fit. Now, it appears that Apple is trying to get into the health monitoring market but updating them once again. If this is true and you are a workout junkie, imagine not having to strap that heart rate monitor band around your chest and one less thing to have to bring with you on your run. All you will need is your iPod or iPhone and you EarPods, everything you will need to listen to …

iPhone 6 Leaked Photo

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 5th, 2014

iPhone 5 Leaked Photo RumorWe’ve been reading more lately about leaked iPhone 6 photos, and some of these rumored images are starting to have a pattern in appearance. This makes me think we might be on to something, but there really is no way to know for sure.

Check out the photo here and others from nowhereelse.fr who claims to have multiple images or at least mock-ups of the rumored iPhone 6 model.

via UberGizmo

Forever Lock Unpickable Bike Lock

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

Forever Lock Unpickable Bike LockSecuring your bike is always a challenge and a good bike lock is an important part. One of the challenges with key-based locks is of course someone just picking the lock. An inventor here claims to have created an un-pickable lock since the key chamber is simply not exposed. Just opening the lock is fairly complicated and we suggest just watching the video.

LeapFrog Announces LeapBand – Wearable Tech for Kids

Posted in Kids by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

LeapFrog LeapBand for KidsLeapfrog doesn’t want to leave anyone out of the latest wearable tech trends and has unveiled a smartwatch for kids called the LeapBand. The device is designed for children from 4-7 years old and features an activity tracker while taking care of a virtual pet.

The LeapBand is water-resistant with a high-res color display, built-in accelerometer to track activity, a rechargeable battery and also has a watch in either analog or digital mode. Kids wear the smartwatch to take care of one of eight different digital pets – dog, panda, cat, monkey, robot, dragon, unicorn, or a penguin. The device encourages healthy activity using the accelerometer to track challenges giving to them such as jumping, wiggling, hopping, etc. where they earn rewards and treats to care for their pet.

The LeapBand from LeapFrog comes in colors of blue, green and pink, …

May the Fourth Be With You!

Posted in Star Wars by Darrin Olson on May 4th, 2014

Star Wars Day May the Fourth Be With YouStar Wars Rebel Bass GuitarStar Wars day is upon us once more, and everyone seems to be getting into the spirit with deals on Star Wars gear throughout the internet. A couple of good hubs to find some deals: StarWars.com and Google Play. Oh, and of course check out this rebel bass!

Chinavision’s Affordable Solar Power Bank

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Chinavision Solar Power Bank ChargerIf you’ve ever wanted to take advantage of a solar charger without breaking the bank, Chinavision has a deal going with an affordable 4500mAh solar power bank. The charger is a mere 4 tall, 2 inches wide, and only half an inch thick.

In addition to its ability to be fully charged by the sun in 4-5 hours, it can also be charged directly from the wall if needed, as well. It has a standard and a mini USB port with 4 adapters for different phone types, but new iPhone owners will need to bring their own Lightning cord.

The solar chargers goes for around $18 USD, or less if you buy more.

Chinavision via TechFresh

Pebble’s Aria Charger Speaker Combo

Posted in Accessories by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Pebble Aria Speaker ChargerIt seems that regardless of the model, if you use your smartphone with its full smartphone capabilities all day long, you’re going battery is not going to make it through the day. There are a multitude of chargers available on the market to aid in this task, with one of those being the Pebble Aria.

This small, portable device carries a 3500mAh battery with enough juice to charge most phones a couple of times, but the Aria also comes with another significant feature. It has a built-in speaker that can run on its own for up to 70 hours. The speaker is not wireless however, undoubtedly saving on power, and connects with a standard 3.5mm jack. The charger works through a standard USB connection.

The Pebble Aria is available now and can be picked up for a little under …

Cougar Announces 700M FPS Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Cougar 700M Gaming MouseCougar has announced the 700M, a new gaming mouse targeting (pun intended) First Person Shooter (FPS) gamers. The general specs show a 32bit ARM processor, 512MB onboard flash memory, an 8,200 DPI sensor and eight programmable buttons allowing it to store over 16 million macros. The palm rest is actually detachable and the weight configuration is adjustable to your own preferences.

The mouse itself even looks like a future-age gaming weapon and comes with another interchangeable palm rest. It also has a specific sniper button to help provide more accurate shots without moving the mouse while pressing. No word on an actual release date or pricing on the M700, quite yet.

Guru of 3D

Twitter Testing Mute Option

Posted in twitter by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Twitter Testing a Mute OptionAccording to reports from some users, Twitter has been testing out a new “Mute” function in its Twitter interface. The mute option reportedly will allow a user to block another user’s tweets and retweets from their timeline.

Some Twitter users had posted screenshots of the new menu option with the ability to mute a particular person that they were following, but the feature has not been rolled out to everyone or publicly announced. Users of third party applications like TweetBot and TweetDeck with not find this feature as anything new, as it has been widely used and popular with those system.

PC Mag

Night Vision Contacts

Posted in Night Vision by Tam Yue on April 16th, 2014

Night Vision contactsUniversity of Michigan researchers have created a new material that detects infrared light. The super-thin material can be integrated with different devices such as cell phones or placed on top of contact lenses to allow users to see in the dark. The material, graphene, is a single layer of carbon atoms that can sense the whole infrared spectrum.

Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the lead researcher on the project said; “Our work pioneered a new way to detect light. We envision that people will be able to adopt this same mechanism in other material and device platforms. If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision. It provides you another way of interacting with your environment.”

Most devices with “night vision” now require a  built in cooling unit in order for …