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May 28 2017


Keyport Pivot Multitool Keychain Review

If you find that your keys are constantly jingling around your pocket and poking you, then you should definitely consider one of Keyport’s products. The company makes a series of modular pocket tools which not only organize keys, but offer additional functionality. The latest addition to their lineup is the Keyport Pivot, which functions a bit like a Swiss Army knife for your keys.

When fully loaded, the Pivot not only can hold keys, but a pen, flash drive, pocket knife, multitool, flashlight, a Bluetooth tracker, and more. The Pivot itself is a fairly simple contraption – a couple of sheets of aluminum hinged together on one end, and held together with a screw and a threaded post on the other end.

Adding keys and accessories is easy. No tools are required. Simply unscrew the side screw with a coin, stack your items on the post, and retighten. Depending on how many keys and tool inserts you install, you may have to add or remove the included spacers. The Pivot can hold up to nine keys or tool inserts, but that depends on the thickness of your keys. There’s an optional expansion kit which lets it hold up to five more.

It works quite well to keep typical house and mailbox keys in check, but things get a little wonky if you have any strangely shaped keys. For instance, I have one key with an offset hole, another with a big oval head, and yet another that’s a round bicycle key. The first stuck out quite a bit from the sides, while the bike key was too lumpy to fit at all. That said, if you have fairly normal keys, this shouldn’t be a problem. Just look how tidy things can be if you’ve got the right kind of keys:

My review unit shipped fully loaded, so it came along with all of the aforementioned tools, the most useful being the 10-in-1 multitool insert, which includes wrenches, a flat blade screwdriver, wire stripper, ruler, and bottle opener.

The pen is nothing to write home about (pun intended), but it’ll do in a pinch. Mine seemed to have quite a buildup of ink on the tip, so I’d be worried about it springing a leak in my pocket. The flash drives are available in 8GB and 32GB capacities, and they’re also offering screwdriver, scissor, and tweezer inserts, but I didn’t get to test those.

A couple of tools slide onto the outside of the Pivot rather than taking up precious key space. The lockblade pocket knife is super sharp, but you’ll want to leave that accessory at home if you plan on going through airport security.

You’ll definitely want to pick up the Locator + LED flashlight module, as it not only provides a source of illumination, but lets you track your Pivot using the TrackR app in the event that you misplace it. The flashlight isn’t super bright, but it’s perfect for lighting up a keyhole.

The base price for the Keyport Pivot is just $19.99(USD), but things can add up quickly with accessories. My fully tricked out review unit would retail for just under $100. Here’s an overview of all the available options and prices:

  • Locator + LED Module (Works w/TrackR) $29.99
  • Pocketknife Module: Black $19.99
  • Mini-Flashlight Module $9.99
  • Pen Insert w/Black Ink $8.99
  • USB Flash Drive – 8Gb $9.99
  • USB 3.0 Flash Drive – 32Gb $34.99
  • MOCA 10-IN-1 Multi-Tool for Pivot $9.99
  • Griffin Stowaway Tool for Pivot $12.00
  • Screwdriver Stowaway Tool for Pivot $12.50
  • Scissors Stowaway Tool for Pivot $12.00
  • Tweezers Stowaway Tool for Pivot $9.00
  • Pivot Expansion kit for five keys $9.99

Overall, the Keyport Pivot is a great way to reduce clutter in your pocket, combining a keychain a multitool, and keeping your keys from jingling and jangling. The basic unit is quite well priced, but it can get pricey with all the add-ons, plus it doesn’t work very well with unusual key shapes. That said, if you’ve got regular keys, and want to carry less in your pocket, the Keyport Pivot is a welcome addition to your everyday carry.


World’s Heaviest Weight Is Heavier Than Your Mom

Yo’ momma’s so fat, the only thing that weighs more than her is the world’s heaviest weight down at the NIST. Among its many wonders, the facility houses a stack of twenty precisely calibrated 50,036.27 pound masses. The massive stack can generate a maximum force of 4.45 meganewtons, or 1 million pounds, with an uncertainty of less than 5 pounds per million.

Check out Veritasium’s video for an explanation of how the massive tower of weights was assembled, and how it’s used to calibrate gauges, which are then sent into the field to measure extreme forces:

If you’re wondering what kind of things they’d need to test these sort of forces on, just think about jumbo jets and the force their engines can push out, or the incredible power produced by rockets.

[via Laughing Squid]

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May 27 2017

June 3 Marks Nine Years of the RI Mini Maker Faire
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Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey: The Devils Brew

You know that booze is gonna be good if the name has “Hell Water” in it. This is the officially licensed Hellboy ‘Hell Water’ cinnamon whiskey. It is made in collaboration between XXX Distillery and Dark Horse Comics. So, you know, feel free to get drunk and read comics.

Drinking this small-batch Tennessee whiskey while reading the comics is bound to change the story in your mind. One comic book will become many. This spicy stuff is 66.6-proof and costs $20 per 750mL bottle over at Ace Spirits.

Real Hellboys drink Hell Water brand whiskey!

[via Geeks Are Sexy via Geekologie]

May 26 2017

Tips of the Week: Maker Faire Bay Area Edition
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Darth Vader Helmet Armchair: The Dark Side of the Furniture

This Darth Vader armchair is the perfect chair for anyone who is allied with the Dark Side and wants to show it. Emperor Palpatine probably has one just like it in his office that he makes Vader sit in when they’re having meetings.

From the front it just looks like a modern black chair, cool but nothing super special. But from the back it is all Darth Vader. I think it should have a button that makes Vader’s breathing sound, but sadly it doesn’t.

Its maker, DSDStudio plans on making just 10 of these, so that is all that will ever exist. Don’t get excited about having one in your office or living room just yet though, because it will cost you $11,999.99(USD). And then there’s the small problem of having one shipped from Russia.

[via Internet Vs Wallet]


Guy Plays Electric Guitar Through a Tesla Coil

A guitar and amp? Pffft! Real men play their electric guitar using Tesla coils. Musician and engineer Nabzim decided to attach his electric guitar to a handmade solid state Tesla coil using an audio interrupter schematic.

I have no idea what that means, but it’s very cool. Nabzim was able to precisely control the sound of the coil by playing the instrument. In other words, all of the sound you hear is produced only by the sparks created by the Tesla coil, and not by the guitar being amplified.

The second video shows some larger sparks. Now I want to see him play on a huge Tesla coil in concert, with gigantic sparks flying everywhere.

[via Laughing Squid]


What Is My Purpose? You Spray Kitties.

Every cat owner knows that cats love to get up on your countertops. Some are downright hard to train. My cats keep doing it and we have tried everything. CatNani may be able to help.

It is a little robot that patrols your countertops, and scoots your cat off onto the floor. CatNani uses two simple tactics: an ultrasonic warning, and a harmless citronella spray. It senses the edges of the countertop, as well as any objects that may be in its way. It senses when your cat jumps up thanks to a special collar, then it goes after the cat and sprays them.

Or your cat may just bat it it off the counter. Could go either way. So far, this thing has raised less than $1000 of its outlandish $500,000 goal so far on indiegogo, so it’s not looking likely that this thing will go into production anytime soon.

[via Nerdist]


AI Invents Paint Colors: Stanky Bean Anyone?

Research scientist Janelle Shane has been working with artificial intelligence and neural network software and decided to ask it do something different – create its own paint colors. The AI went to work and came up with some odd colors with really, really weird names.

The colors were created by feeding the system a library of 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint color names and their RGB values. At first the AI used combinations of existing color names and seem to like mixing the words blue, brown, and grey together. It ended up with Caae Brae, Caae Blae, and so on. As it continued, things got so much stranger.

How about a pink color called Bank Butt or a beige called Snowbonk? There’s a nice dark blue called Dorkwood and a mauve-ish color called Light of Blast. My favorite is a greige (my wife assures me that is actually a thing which is a grey-beige mixture) called Sindis Poop. Perhaps the funniest though are the last two colors, a pink called Stanky Bean and a brown very aptly called Turdly.

Janelle continues to fine-tune the algorithm, and it seems to be getting better in her latest experiments. I prefer the original AI, which clearly was about 10 years old mentally.

[via Ars Technica]

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Mattel Classic Retro Sports Games Still Suck

Anyone who didn’t grow up back in the early ’80s doesn’t really understand how awesome it was when video games started hitting the scene. In those days, if we found a quarter in the road, we were in the gas station arcade 60 seconds later. For some of my early childhood no one had video games at home until Pong came out, which was fun for about 5 minutes.

In those early days, every time I went to K-Mart with my parents I ended up in the toy section with these crummy Mattel football games in hand. Little red dashes ran after each other, and I never won a single game. Later, they came out with baseball and basketball versions, and I sucked at those even more. That all said, if you want to relive your childhood memory of mediocre handheld gaming, here you go.

ThinkGeek is offering recreations of these three Mattel retro games for $19.99(USD) each. There are a few differences, like “improved” buttons and sound effects, but for the most part they play just like the originals, so I’m certain I’d still suck at them. I’ll stick with Fallout 4 and Civ 6, thanks.


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