A Shower Curtain That Can Hold Phones And Tablets Is Now A Thing

Ever wanted to use your phone in the shower? How about your tablet? If you answered yes, you should probably reevaluate your dependence on technology. But there’s finally a solution to make your addiction a little more bearable.

What you see is what you get folks, there ain’t much for me to describe here. It’s a clear shower curtain, made of PVA, with pockets for you to stick your gadgets in. It even includes various pocket sizes to  allow you to use tablets or smartphones in a horizontal or vertical position.

In case you are wondering, by the look of it, the thing seems to have 17 pockets to store gadgets. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems a bit overkill, I think 12 or even 9 pockets would’ve been enough.

Unfortunately, It’s currently unavailable on Amazon, but that’s probably a blessing in disguise.

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Watch A Surprisingly Sharp Knife Being Made Out Of Pasta

Have you ever thought that regular knives get a little too boring? I mean, sure they’re sharp and all, but there’s not much to get excited about in the advancement of knives. Well, now you make your own knife out of pasta.

YouTuber and cutlery lover Kiwami Japan shows us how you can take regular pasta and turn into it’s own dicing tool. Now, basically he just hardens some pasta in a knife mold and spends the next 16 months sharpening it on a whetstone, but it’s still a lot cooler than whatever you did last weekend.

Oh, and when you done using you fine Italian cutlery to slice tomatoes for a sauce, you can boil the knife itself for a hearty meal.

Hit the jump for the video.

The Wanle iPhone Case Doubles As A Tetris Machine And Looks Kind Of Like A Gameboy

This is the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone, it’s an iPhone case that does double duty as a Gameboy clone with pre-installed games. You know, in case you ever wanted to play a dumbed-down version of Tetris on the back of your $1,000 smartphone.

As you can imagine, the Wanle attaches to your iPhone like any normal case and allows you to select from 10 pre-installed games including Tetris, Tank, Formula One Racing, Snake & Block. And in addition to raised physical buttons, it even comes with a small speaker to playback that glorious 8-bit Tetris theme.

Now, obviously playing Tetris on a super thin, cheap iPhone case isn’t going to be the best version of the game, but it still looks fun. Does anyone remember fun?

It’s available now for a very reasonable $25 and works with all modern iPhones. Sorry Android users, but technically it doesn’t have to ‘fit’ your phone in order to play games, so just grab a roll of tape and make that sucker work for you.

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This Canon Flash Can Adjust Itself For The Best Light

This is the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI, it’s a flash that you attach to your DSLR for better light. Normally, I wouldn’t talk about something so boring. But this ain’t your granddaddy’s boring old flash, this guy’s unique, like your cousin with the hyphen in his name. 

This flash has motors that allow it to automatically change its position and direction for the best light at that moment. Depending on the shot you like, the flash can rotate to do things like bounce light off a wall to the side for a softer light.

Now, if automatic isn’t your thing, you can manually adjust the position of the flash, but knowing myself, I’d probably mess up shots so bad the flash would automatically adjust itself anyway.

Now, $400 may seem like a lot, but just think of all the things that cost more than this flash, when you look at it that way, you really can’t afford not to buy one. 

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I Hate Everything About This Pimple-Popping Toy

Ok, so toys that you can mindlessly play with have become incredibly popular over the past year (e.g. fidget spinners), but that doesn’t mean every two-bit idea has to become a disturbing reality. Enter the Pop It Pal. It’s a silicone bar-of-soap shaped atrocity which you squeeze to replicate the feeling of popping a zit.

I hate everything about this thing; I hate the idea, I hate the images and numerous GIF’s of it in action, I even hate the creator just for good measure. It’s an unholy creation that serves only a testament to man’s hubris. Besides, if I wanted to relive the countless hours standing in-front of the mirror squeezing my face as a teen, I’d just start eating greasy food again. At least it’s more appetizing.

Each Pop It Pal kit will set you back $20, and if I catch wind that any of you bought one, I’m calling your mom’s.

Hit the jump (or don’t) for a video of the abomination in action.

Papers, Please Has Now Been Turned Into A Short Film

Papers, Please is a hit indie game that turns players into border checkpoint inspectors for the faraway land of Arstotzka, the fictional country based on the Soviet Union. It’s a surprisingly fun game with themes surrounding the enforcement of cold, bureaucratic police states.

Well now, there’s a short-film based on the game. At 10 minutes, it’s rather short, but include all of the major details and emotions of the actual game. I don’t want to spoil anything more, so just check it out.

Hit the jump for the video and be sure to turn on English subtitles.

Rick Sanchez Hoodie Probably Won’t Make You As Cool

Just in case you wanted to look like an alcoholic scientist, without all the years binge drinking and mad experiments, I’ve got just the thing. You can now buy an officially licensed Rick Sanchez hoodie from Merchoid.

It comes in all sizes and would make for the perfect easy cosplay, but is it really that hard to buy a lab coat and an Etsy wig? Now Merchoid also claims that the hoodie adds +10 to your intelligence, but I really think its more like adding +10 to your ego.

But let’s be honest, now you’ll be able to show off to all your friends and brag about your superior intelligence, because at the end of the day, Rick and Morty really is a show for intellectuals. You probably wouldn’t understand, but there are many subtle references to classic works of art.

It’s available for pre-order now for $60 through Merchoid.

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Mario Is Getting His Own Encyclopedia Because It’s 2018 And That’s His Right

That’s right, for all you Nintendo fans that can’t get enough of that mushroom-hating Italian plumber, the man himself is getting his own encyclopedia.

The book contains 256 pages and chronicles the tips, tricks and just about everything you ever wanted to know from the games between 1985-2015 (sorry to all the Mario Odyssey fans out there).

One thing I always wanted to know was how Princess Peach managed to get kidnapped so many times, you would think that after the 3rd or 4th time she’d invest in better security. I doubt it’ll have answers to such ridiculous questions…maybe in the collector’s edition.

The book will release on October 23rd and will set you back $39.99.

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Sudski’s Shower Cup Holder Is For A Special Type Of Drunk

We all enjoy a nice beer right? Okay, well some of you probably don’t, but imagine you did. Even then would you want to drink beer and shower at the same time?

If so, than Sudski has just the thing. It’s a cup-holder that attaches to your bathroom tiles to let you drink any can-based beverage while standing under the shower head and singing [insert popular song]. It’s great for people who get thirsty a lot, oh and alcoholics, it’s great for them too.

At $15, it’s definitely a better solution than holding the beer between your thighs as you wash the soap out of your hair. Just remember, if someone comes over and sees your shower beer caddy, you’ll have to explain that, and I won’t be there to help you.

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Weird: A Lens That Basically Has An Instagram Filter Built-In

This is a very weird, premium lens made by Lensbaby. On the surface, it’s a fairly standard 35mm 2.8 lens, but it has one weird little trick built into it, a slider that adjusts swirling bokeh and vignette.

Basically, it’s like a built-in Instagram filter. Just adjust the little slider, and boom! You now have a photo with a pre-applied filter. That means you can save like, 4 seconds while uploading your image to Instagram. In all seriousness, I love the concept of having more built-in controls, especially when it comes to bokeh.

All that swirly goodness does come at a premium price however, as the lens will set you back $500. That may be a drop for many professional photographers (who probably wouldn’t touch the thing), but for that price I can pay a few dozen people to convince me that photography isn’t a worthwhile hobby, and I should follow my dreams of being a ballet dancer instead.

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Hit the jump for an example photo of what a $500 lens with a built-in filter can do.

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Video: Overwatch Re-Imagined As A 2D Fighter

Getting bored of the same old Overwatch, I mean can’t they just change it every so often from a FPS to a city-building sim or a puzzle-solving game? Well, thankfully the people of TGN showed us what life would like on the other side of the fence with a reimagining of Overwatch as a 2D fighting game.

It’s a super well-made video and even has the tiniest 2D fighting details. It’ll really make you want Blizzard to repackage the game. I can see it now, Overwatch: Turbo Hyper-Speed Street Brawler Edition. Make it happen Jeff Kaplan.

Hit the jump for the video.

Your HomePod Could Really Use This Leather Coaster

So, Apple finally released the HomePod last week, and while reviews are mixed, one thing’s getting people pretty upset. The silicone ring that keeps the HomePod from bouncing around on a table has been leaving ring stains on wood surfaces. Yea, bet you didn’t expect that with a $350 speaker, right?

But, thankfully there’s already a solution, a $20 leather coaster that’ll save your precious wood furniture from Apple’s innovative ways. Sold by Pad and Quill, the coasters are made of “Marine-Grade” stitched leather, whatever that is, that’ll really complete your HomePod. You know, by keeping it from destroying your furniture.

At $20, it’s not a bad deal. But, I don’t know why people are so quick to solve this ‘problem’, I know plenty of Apple-fanboys who’d kill for a Apple stain. And it doesn’t even cost extra, what a bargain.

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These Back To The Future Air Mag Slippers Are As Close As You’ll Get To The Real Thing

Quick, what’s the coolest thing you could own from Back to the Future? Okay, aside from a time-machine DeLorean or a hoverboard, those self-lacing sneakers that were on-screen for 3 seconds were super cool. Well good news, Nike actually made Air Mag sneakers back in 2016, that self-lace like in the movie. Except they were super rare and are now worth around $25,000 a pair.

Not to worry though because you can just buy a pair of knitted slippers that look and feel like the real thing, I’m guessing. Now you can enjoy all the attention of actually owning real Air Mags, if the person is standing like really far away.

Each pair will run between $59-$76 and is (probably) unlicensed, so don’t be surprised if the FBI comes breaking down your door, but it’ll be worth it the next time you go to a Back to the Future themed Halloween party.

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Netflix Surprise Releases Cloverfield Paradox During Super Bowl

Two years ago, the trailer released for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the long-awaited sequel to Cloverfield, came with a surprise trailer and a shockingly fast release date being released only 2 months after its trailer dropped.

Well tonight, the franchise upped the ante even further because during the Super Bowl, it was revealed that the next installment in the Cloverfield franchise was being released immediately following the game on Netflix. To be fair, this is Netflix we’re talking about, so they can release anything at anytime, but still it’s shocking how movies are released these days.

Cloverfield Paradox is available now through streaming on Netflix.

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Lexip Gaming Mouse Comes With Two Joysticks

It’s time to take your gaming mouse to the next level, and what better way to do so than to add joysticks onto your mouse. And not just one joystick, but two. That’ll show them at the AV Club.

This is the Lexip Gaming Mouse, a standard looking wireless gaming mouse with two joysticks. Well, kind of. Along with plenty of side mounted buttons, it has a traditional controller joystick on the side and a second analog joystick used by gyrating the top half of the mouse.

The idea behind the additional 2-axis joysticks is that it gives better control for game that would normally only play with flight sticks, like flight simulators. But the mouse seems customizable enough that you could use it to provide traditional control for racing games, first-person shooters and MMO’s.

Available on Kickstarter for a $99 Pledge.

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Hit the jump for more shots of the mouse.

Hasbro Releasing Special ‘Cheaters’ Version of Monopoly That I Would So Cheat At

Monopoly gets special editions for everything. Star Wars Monopoly, Sunmaid Raisins Monopoly, Bass Fishing Monopoly, I think I’ve even seen a Tide Pod Challenge Monopoly, but now they’re really pushing the envelope with a version that embraces the act of cheating (sort of).

The special Cheaters Edition of Monopoly comes with special rules that which are a cheaters paradise. One addition is 15 Cheat Cards with instructions to carry out risky tasks; you gain a reward if you’re successful and you have to hand over money, or be handcuffed to the board game, if you get caught.

Sounds like fun, but let’s be real here, I’d still cheat. I’d still stuff mountains of cash in my pocket when no one is looking, and trust me, no one is looking. I’m an expert of Monopoly Larceny. Hell, I’d steal the 15 cheat cards too, just for the fun of it.

Still sound like a fun way to switch up the most iconic and frustrating board game known to mankind. Monopoly Cheaters Edition will be available for $20 and will release in the fall.

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‘Die With Me’ Connects Users In Chatrooms With Phones About To Die

This is a new app made for iOS and Android that connect users and allows them to chat. Sounds kind of boring, right? Well, with this app you can only chat with others when your battery is below 5%.

The app is called Die With Me, and once booted up it will ask you to enter in a username and will then connect you with other poor saps without battery banks. The app even displays each persons specific battery percentage, so you can give a proper sendoff when ‘UgandanKnuckles42’ is at 1%.

The app is available now through the iOS and Google app store.

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Super Bowl Fanny Packs Make It Easier Snack/Humiliate Yourself

This is the No Fumble Fanny Pack, a waist wrapping solution for those who want to keep their chips, dip and beer as close to their stomach as possible.

Produced by chip dip maker, Heluva, the fanny pack is meant to keep you stocked up without having to waste precious time reaching all the way to the coffee table to grab handfuls of popcorn. It even comes with suspenders to ensure extra stability and make you look like a total dweeb.

Now, it takes a special kind of person to wear a fanny-pack snack-cozy harness, but unfortunately, the No Fumble Fanny Pack isn’t available in stores. In fact the only way to get one is to enter a sweepstakes through Heluva and be lucky (or unlucky) enough to win one.

But don’t be too upset, if want to keep you gameday snacks closer, you could always duct tape burritos to your chest like everyone else.

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Hit the jump for a short product video by Heluva.

Elon Musk Is Selling A $500 Flamethrower That May Or May Not Be A Joke

Elon Musk is a bit of a strange fellow. Instead of seeking capital for his new venture ‘Boring Company’ the normal way, it seems he’s decided to make the journey as exciting as possible (which, like totally goes against the name of the company) and has launched a branded flamethrower.

The flamethrower, which can shoot volleys of fire up to 10-feet, is a real product. Like, a real thing, by a real person, and will be available for the first 20,000 buyers at the low price of $500.

Now, the idea of 20,000 people suddenly owning a gun that shoots fire may seem a little…quirky, but it’s actually (mostly) legal as the 10-foot range is fairly short.

However, California seems to be the odd state out and wants to block the possession and sale of the flamethrower. I can’t imagine why though, why would good old, dry, drought prone, dead forest, California want to avoid people running around with flamethrowers? It’s a mystery.

So, is it a joke? I don’t know, but you can pre-order one now, though you better hurry because those pre-orders are filling up fast.

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Google’s App Can Now Match Your Selfies To Famous Paintings

Google Arts & Culture app had been around for some time, it’s a simple app that offers insight into culture and art pieces, including well-written and passionate articles. But, if you wanted a history lesson, you’d go to that public book blockbuster thing everyone’s always raving about. Thankfully, Google realized this and made the app a little more exciting with a new facial recognition and matching feature.

Now, the app can take your everyday selfies and match them to famous portrait paintings.  It’s gotten so popular over the last week that even celebrities are jumping on board to see who they look like.

Maybe this will be the new craze that sweeps the country, I can see it now. “oh man, I got Galileo!”. “That’s cool, but I got Margaretha Leuveling.” Hey, anything’s better than idiot kids munching on packets of laundry detergent.

Google Arts & Culture app is available to download for free on the iOS and Google app stores.

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