Myst gives the humble inhaler a stylish, contemporary-tech makeover

Just as walking sticks went from physical aids to objets d’art, most medical/health equipment can be passed through the same filter, turning them from clinical looking products into products that are desirable. Designers at RISD transformed the white and blue plastic inhaler into something much more worth cherishing. Taking CMF cues from contemporary technology, the Myst comes with a slick, rounded form, no sharp edges, and perhaps one of the most enchanting material and finish combos. Combining black and gold, a classic pairing, together, the Myst looks less like a medical device and more like a premium piece of gadgetry, something of a design direction we’re seeing in those not-so-healthy vapes in today’s market. If only medical device got that sort of fashion-forward design approach.

Designers: Walmen Dumaliang, Rance Pritchard, Scott Seung-Hyuk Noh & Chris O’Connell.

The FlexTILT Head 2 gives your camera knees so you don’t have to bend yours

You don’t have to stand on one leg or bend over backwards to get that perfectly composed shot. If you’ve got a tripod and the FlexTILT Head 2, your camera can do the bending for you! Edelkrone’s FlexTILT Head 2 is a small intermediate connector that sits between your camera and your tripod, giving your camera the stability of three legs, and the flexibility of two knees.

It’s a simple idea with powerful applications, really. The FlexTILT Head 2 comes with a CNC machined aluminum body and friction hinges that allow you to position your camera in multiple ways. You can lift the camera up, set it down, face it at any angle without messing with your tripod’s settings, or even face it downwards. The FlexTILT Head 2 supports a load of up to 5 kilograms, allowing you to work even with those big, heavy lenses. The friction hinges only work when you operate them (much like a laptop’s screen), and there’s even a spirit level as well as an angle-adjuster so you can tilt and even rotate the camera with relative ease. Moreover, the FlexTILT Head 2 even lets you swap your camera’s batteries without needing you to unscrew it off the tripod.

The FlexTILT Head 2 sort of opens a wide variety of possibilities. It can be used independently, as a makeshift stand, on a tripod, or even with dolly-sliders too, and is compatible with practically every camera that uses the traditional threaded mounting system.

Designer: Edelkrone

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Justice Department launches sweeping review of competition in tech

The US is intensifying its already stepped-up scrutiny of the tech industry. The Department of Justice is launching a comprehensive antitrust review of "market-leading online platforms" to see if they're abusing their leading positions. There's no...

Star Wars Action Figures Go Retro

If you love the original Star Wars saga, you might remember the classic action figures that Kenner made back in the 1978. While Kenner is long gone, Hasbro has picked up the baton and created a new series of 3.75″ action figures, inspired by the highly collectible originals.

The Star Wars Retro Collection Wave 1 comes with six action figures, based on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and a Stormtrooper. Unlike today’s detailed and highly articulated figures, these ones are intentionally inaccurate likenesses, and only have six points of articulation.

Like the original figures, both Luke and Vader have telescoping lightsabers. Each figure comes with a retro style 6″ x 9″ cardback, which has been given a faux aged look.

Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for the set of six figures for $63.99, with shipping expected to start in August 2019. They also are selling an exclusive figure of Han Solo disguised in Stormtrooper armor, just like he work in A New Hope. That figure is being sold separately for $13.99. That one ships starting in September.

A new bill could ban facial recognition in federally-funded housing

Now that facial recognition is more common, so are the laws aiming to limit its scope. San Francisco, Oakland, Calif. and Somerville, Mass. have all passed laws prohibiting city use of facial recognition. Now, a group of Congresswomen hope to pass th...

Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ casts Janelle Monáe as its new lead

When Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming returns for its second season, it'll have a new star. Actor and musician Janelle Monáe is taking over the lead role from Julia Roberts. She'll play a woman who wakes up a canoe with no idea how she got...

How clean is your drinking water? This tiny gadget can tell you in seconds.

We often take the quality of the water we drink for granted. Food is often tested for hygiene and safety, but that level of scrutiny doesn’t extend to water. With water, we usually take for granted that it’s clean if it looks, smells, and tastes okay. If only purity worked that way!

Lishtot TestDrop Pro does what our senses cannot. Tests water for contaminants that we can’t see, smell, or taste. It scans water without needing to be immersed in it, and in a matter of 2 seconds, tells you if the water you’ve got is safe to drink or not. In what outwardly seems like magic, the TestDrop Pro is capable of analyzing your water in mere seconds, without even being in contact with it. Turns out, water emits its own local electromagnetic field, which the TestDrop Pro reads. Using this electromagnetic reading, the TestDrop Pro can tell if your water is safe to drink or not, because pure water emits a marginally different field from water with lead or chlorine in it, water with E. coli, or water with any other contaminants in it. Using this electromagnetic reading, and a simple red and blue light, the TestDrop Pro can, within seconds, tell you whether your water is pure or not. It goes even a step further with Lishtot’s smartphone app, telling you the exact percentage of purity with remarkable accuracy!

Designer: Lishtot

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Quakecon’s Steam sale offers steep discounts on ‘Doom’ and ‘Wolfenstein’

QuakeCon is right around the corner, and Bethesda is determined to capitalize on the wave of good vibe for id Software's gaming legacy -- including, we'd add, the looming 25th anniversary of Doom II. To that end, it's launching a QuakeCon sale on Ste...