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‘Magic Wand’ is a reality on Kickstarter

Magic wands are the stuff of sci-fi and Cinderella. While once upon a time a Fairy Godmother used a special stick to sprinkle magic and turn pumpkins to coaches and mice into horses, it turns out a magic wand, of sorts, may actually exist.

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Developed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Gestor is “wireless air mouse” that can be used to control your computer, power point presentation, even your smart TV or smartphone.

How does the ‘Magic Wand’ work?

Gestor is a cool looking stick-shaped device with touch-ring buttons. If you rotate it in your hands, it scrolls the content on your screen. What makes this mouse different is that it doesn’t need to touch any surface to work. It functions by touching and holding its ring buttons, and pointing it; you can move a cursor on your computer screen by tilting Gestor up or down, back and forth. You can use it with any computer or any device that supports a traditional USB mouse. Gestor buttons have gentle ‘haptic feedback’, which means when you touch the buttons they vibrate gently back at you so you know it’s working.

Watch the video of how Gestor works

Using Gestor does feel like magic

I had a chance to play with a Gestor at CES 2016 where the company that makes the devices gave us a private showing. It’s actually a really neat experience and feels like you’re using some futuristic gadget.  It’s a bit strange to get used to the motions and gestures of using a mouse off a surface, but it worked perfectly and was very responsive.

Helpfully, Gestor will work with both Mac OS and Windows operation systems.

Made in Calgary, Canada

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While many companies outsource their production overseas, Gestor is making their air mouse locally. The company explains in their Kickstarter campaign they use, “local companies in Calgary for plastic injection molding, metal tubes cutting, painting, PCB manufacturing and final assembly.”

To check the Gestor campaign on Kickstarter click HERE.

  


 

 

This Epic Luggage Will Change the Way you Travel Forever (No, it really will!)

trunkster rolltopIt’s not too often I get blown away by something that lands in my inbox, but the Trunkster Zipperless Luggage has done that.  Just about wrapped up on Kickstarter, the company has definitely made it’s goal and then some, and that’s probably because they’ve taken a basic product we all take for granted, and completely redesigned it to make it handy, clever, and a travel necessity.

Trunkster has taken all the things you HATE about a carry-on (or they are making a full size version), and done away with them; the finicky zipper is gone, replaced by a rolling front door that gives you access to the bag without having to splay the whole thing open on the floor like you’re gutting an animal pre-flight. “The last major update to the core design of luggage was wheels. And while many cool new features have been introduced since then, most have failed to improve the actual experience of using luggage,” says trinkets on its Kickstarter page.

Trunkster keeps the wheels and handle part of luggage design, but the company says it’s made them better.  “Trunkster features a robust, side-to-side handle that gives you absolute control and enhanced balance through many grip positions. Plus, the handle’s special design allows for an uninterrupted cargo space for optimum packing capacity.”  I’m not exactly sure what a “robust side-to-side handle” means.  But if it means it doesn’t break or get stuck after a dozen uses, I’m in! I also appreciate the fact it appears the telescoping slides don’t infringe on packing space. I’d love to get hands-on with one of these bags to truly see how this all works.

The Lost Bag that Finds Itself!

Losing a bags sucks, to put it bluntly.  Especially when your airline gives you the line “We don’t know where your bag is, Ms Erin, but I’m sure it’ll turn up somewhere.” So reassuring.  So what if your bag could track itself and tell YOU, and the airline, where it’s snuck off to?  Amazing.  Why hasn’t this been thought of before? Especially when you think tracking devices like Tile and others are now so small, and that it would be so easy.  This is quite simply a brilliant, brilliant innovation for luggage.

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Power on the Go

Trunkster has made it easy to keep all those devices you need to keep connected or entertained on the go fully charged.  The Trunkster carry-on bag has a built in USB charger and battery that will charge a phone up to nine times.  Longer than the world’s worst layover! So while all the other airport zombies are crowded around the 11 available charging stations or licking musty airport carpet to access a hidden wall plug, you’ll be sitting in comfort with a glass of your favourite beverage in the airport bar, still fully charged!

The Bag that Weighs Itself

With all the new baggage fees out there, many people are choosing to carry on to save money.  Which means airlines are soon going to start cracking down on size, number and weight of carry-ons.  You won’t get caught, because the Trunkster has a built in scale that will display in pounds or kilograms.

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Other features:

  • World-Class Construction – made from brushed airplane grade aluminum and 100% virgin polycarbonate (durable, lightweight, and scratch resistant) with a matte finish.
  • Compression Panels – specially designed panels with a single hand closure mechanism to compress contents.
  • All-Terrain Spinner Wheels – robust, ribbed, omni-directional wheels that glide smoothly and silently over any surface.
  • Hidden Compartment – minimalist compartment for travel essentials like passport, notebook, pens, etc. Also holds removable battery.
  • TSA Lock – custom Travel Sentry TSA-approved combination lock to keep your bag safe from intruders.

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This Kickstarter campaign is overfunded, so congrats to Trunkster.  I’m really impressed with the thought and intelligence that’s gone into the design, but I’m curious about how well that rolling door design will work, especially after being banged around a lot.  The company  has apparently thought of that, because they’re offering Kickstarter backers a 5 year warranty on the bags, which I think is a smart idea. I hope to be able to review this product soon to let you know what it’s really like hands-on.  The company estimates the retail price of the carry-on with GPS to be around $500.  The Kickstarter price is $335, plus shipping (cheap to Asia Pacific and the USA, not cheap to Canada – its $100) The checked version would retail around $600.

Pure Camping Genius; Camp Caddy kitchen on wheels

campcaddy 6 As a camper who’s also a cook, I refuse to make hotdogs when we’re out in the woods.  We have 2 large bins of kitchen gear, plus a stove, and we use it all.  It’s definitely a pain in the neck to carry all that stuff back and forth.  But now, a pair of Albertans have come up with what I think is a genius way to run your camp kitchen; the Camp Caddy.

The couple has invented a kitchen on wheels; it comes with cupboard space, tabletop, racks for hanging towels, a slot for your campstove, and even pop up legs so you’re not scratching around at dirt level.

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The genius of this isn’t just in what it holds, it’s that it’s pop up and pop down, and it fits in your trunk.  I’d love to try it to see how much gear it will truly store, but even if I still had to lug one other bin along, being able to pull up the telescoping handle and pulling this one into place makes so much sense.  It’s one of those ideas that makes you wonder “why didn’t I think of that?”

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Check out the Camp Caddy Kickstarter Campaign, and check out their video below. They’re about $200, and there’s a price break if you pledge to buy 2!  Camp Caddy says it will ship in May 2015 if their campaign is funded.