Smart Projector That Fits in Any Light Socket

Smart Projector That Fits in Any Light Socket

Projectors are usually large, bulky appliances that take up room in your home. But Beam, a smart projector, changes the game with its screw-in-and-play design! Just fit it into any light socket in your home, download the Beam app, and control its operation from your smartphone or tablet.

The Beam app is available on Android and iOS systems so everybody with an enabled smartphone or tablet can download it. You have the option of controlling the app via its built-in buttons or Bluetooth devices. You can also connect it to any device in your home or office, from game controllers, Bluetooth speakers, and keyboard to smartwatches.

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There’s no need for battery charging, too, as the device is powered through the light socket. There’s a dedicated button, too, for turning on the smart projector or the dimmable LED light, whichever function suits your needs.  

Every flat surface in your home or office, such as a blank wall, can be turned into a large screen with crisp and clear images, too. As a fully-equipped smart projector, it can be used as a portable multimedia device for watching movies, playing games, and sharing content from your mobile devices. It can even be used for a wide range of everyday activities, such as your alarm clock in the morning, your daily schedule reminder, and your social media updates screen.  

The 1.3GHz dual-core processor powers its functions while its 8GB of storage allows for tons of space for photos, games, apps, and movies. It also boasts onboard Wi-Fi for fast connectivity to the Internet, as well as stereo speakers and Bluetooth capability.

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Beam also comes with an E27 to Bayonet adapter so it’s compatible in countries where Bayonet light fixtures are used.  With its power cable, it’s also suitable for horizontal projection.

The smart projector can easily blend in with contemporary décor with its modern minimalistic design. Its sleek black housing makes it appear like any standard lamp until you take a closer look at it.

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Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

In 2010, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel collaborated in the creation of what they termed as “LED-less tech art”.  Among their art projects was a split-flap art piece inspired by the old-fashioned arrival/departure signs used in train stations. Rosen, however, has to build his own mechanism from used ink-jet printer parts. Kinetic Artist Mark Arnon Rosen Invented a 

Despite the DIY quality, the duo’s first flip-art book became hugely popular so they worked on refining the flip mechanism and exploring ideas for animation. They created a series inspired by Edweard Muybridge’s iconic photographic sequences, which became hugely popular at a makerfaire in 2012. Known as the Mechanical Flip Books, these became the basis for the Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit.  

Basically, the kit allows DIY enthusiasts to create moving art via a motorized mechanism. The kinetic art tells stories from several frames while also encouraging a sense of nostalgia in its creators.

The FlipBooKit Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit is the cheaper and simpler version of Rosen and Marvel’s motorized flipbooks. The latter are also only available in limited editions while the former can be purchased easily by DIY enthusiasts.

The FlipBooKit team – and it includes Steve Goldstein, an inventor with more than a dozen patents to his name, manufacturing designer, and former imagineer at Disney – regularly receives art submissions using their inventions worldwide. The submissions range from original ideas to popular movie GIFs.  

Their sense of satisfaction comes from the knowledge that their kit encourages the creative growth of young makers and artists, among others. The kit has been used in art schools, high schools, maker spaces, and summer camps, too, so its magical appeal continues to spread.  

Each kit is relatively easy to assemble while the ideas for the images usually come from the users.  Once finished, the flipbooks attract and hold the attention of viewers so it’s a great way to send a message, entertain people, and just generally challenge one’s creativity.  

 

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Create Your 72-Hour Emergency Home Kit While Decluttering

Create Your 72-Hour Emergency Home Kit While Decluttering

Emergencies are by definition a set of unforeseen circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for a home emergency now while you have some free time to think things over. That’s especially true for home emergencies, as there’s risk to your family and property and so you need to be ready. A 72-hour emergency kit is a good precaution, as this kit can get your family going for up to 3 days even without power or any help from others.

The good news is that it won’t have to cost you all that much to gather the supplies you need for your kit. You can get these supplies from the knickknacks you gather during one of your decluttering projects. So be mindful of any items that can go to your kit instead of your trash can when you’re preparing for a garage sale or doing your spring cleaning.

Items You’re Likely to Find While Decluttering

When you’re going through every nook and cranny of your home and garage to get rid of stuff you don’t need, be on the lookout for the following items.

  • An additional pair of glasses or contact lenses, even if they’re old prescriptions
  • Batteries for the flashlight
  • Bleach, which you can make into disinfectant when you mix 1 part bleach to 9 parts water
  • Can opener
  • Canned goods, dry goods, and other non-perishable food items that may just be taking up cupboard space, enough for 3 days
  • Diapers and formulas if you have a baby
  • Duct tape
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Matches
  • Medications enough for at least 3 days
  • Personal items like books, toys, coffee, or anything else that helps particular members of the family feel more comfortable
  • Pet food and water if you have a pet
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Solar powered battery for a phone
  • Spare clothing, or at least a complete outfit from the bunch of clothes you plan to give away to charity
  • Tweezers
  • Whistle
  • Wrench

Just find an empty plastic bin or a duffle bag that no one has used for some time, and fill them up with these items. If you don’t find the item while you’re decluttering, include them on the list of things you have to buy.

Things You May Have to Buy

These are the other items that you’re less likely to find during spring cleaning, so you will have to buy them instead.

  • Additional first aid kit, which is separate from your regular home first aid kit
  • Cash, as card systems, may not work perfectly during a local emergency
  • Dust mask
  • Hand-cranked or battery-powered radio
  • Mylar thermal blankets
  • Safe baby wipes or extra-moist towelettes
  • Sealed cans, bottles, or boxes of water (not the water from the tap that you fill your water containers with) that are enough for everyone for 3 days
  • Waterproof local maps

Once you’ve completed your emergency kit, store it where it’s both safe and easily accessible. With this, you have a better chance of going through an emergency safely and comfortably.

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Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga Enthusiasts in LA

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

Aaron Thornton, a yoga enthusiast, invented the YoYo Mat as a better alternative to traditional yoga mats that are difficult to roll up, as well as become bulky when rolled up. The YoYo Mat, in contrast, rolls up on its own and stays tightly rolled up even without straps and carrying bags.  

This yoga mat is made from TPE, a latex-free, PVC-free biodegradable material that also doesn’t contain harmful substances like DEHP, BBP, DBP and DNOP phthalates. Suffice it to say that it’s safe to use even for people with sensitive skin.

Keeping a firm grip on the YoYo Mat even when it’s wet is easy, thanks to its anti-slip surface pattern. The round corners mean there are no jagged edges that will dig into your skin when you’re doing poses or carrying the mat.  

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts
Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

This has dual layers measuring 5.5 millimeters, the perfect thickness for support and comfort when in use. It’s also light enough to be carried from the gym to your car, or to any other place.  It doesn’t have straps and a carrying bag but these are unnecessary because the YoYo Mat can be easily carried in your hand or under your arm, even placed inside your gym bag.

Many traditional yoga mats become smelly because of the buildup of sweat and the like on their surfaces. With YoYo Mat’s closed-cell construction, which seals the mats against sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you won’t have to deal with malodorous smells.

How does it work? Its self-rolling mechanism was inspired by the slap-on wristbands. When you have to use it, place it on the floor with its top side facing up, unroll it completely, and lock it with a click so it stays flat.

When you have to roll it, just flip it so that its bottom side faces up and it lies completely flat at first. Then give it a click and watch it roll by itself – look Ma, no hands!  

The YoYo Mat measures 72 x 28 inches.  Its self-rolling bands are hidden within its folds so these don’t interfere with your yoga poses.

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