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The Hand

Why make gestures to other drivers on the highway when you can get a gadget to do it for you? The Hand is an animated picture of a hand you stick on the back window of your car. Parts of the hand light up to make different finger gestures.

Using electroluminescent technology, combined with animation, The Hand will create a attention grabbing sensation wherever it is used!  Includes the ever popular: I love you, Hang Loose, Devil Horns, The Bird, Loser , Power and Peace gestures.   Use at night for the best effect.

You decide what gesture is displayed with a wireless remote control. There are no guarantees that the driver behind you will understand a particular gesture, but odds are that all will understand the one that you shouldn't use unless you're willing to fight about it. If you happen to see blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror, it would be prudent to turn The Hand completely off.

Yes, this is the kind of thing you may be tempted to buy someone for Christmas. Stop and think about whether that person has enough sense not to get into trouble using The Hand. I'm also concerned about how The Hand would affect visibility through the rear window. It's bad enough to block the glass, but you're also shining a light, which may produce glare in your rear view mirror.
Available through Perpetual Kid for $39.99.

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Now's the Best Time to Buy a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
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Acquiring a KitchenAid stand mixer is considered a home cook's rite of passage for a reason—while endlessly useful for baking, it's also one of the more expensive gadgets you can have on your countertop. If the stand mixer's usual $260 price tag has turned you off in the past, now's the time to reconsider adding one to your kitchen. According to Cooking Light, Target is offering the standard silver 4.5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer for a special price of $190.

The standard silver KitchenAid is the classic model. It comes with a dough hook, a flat beater, and a wire whisk that can be set to one of 10 different speeds—perfect for kneading dough or whipping cream without straining an arm muscle. And if you want to spend the money you save from the deal on even more kitchen tools, you can spring for one of the many accessories that attach to the front of the mixer, like the pasta maker, the veggie spiralizer, or the meat grinder. The standard mixer, like all of KitchenAid's countertop appliances, comes with a one-year warranty.

The silver mixer isn't the only KitchenAid product on sale through Target. The KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus mixer, which normally retails for $350, is currently available for $280. With that item, buyers will have a variety of colors to choose from, including ice blue, cobalt, and red.

Looking for an even cheaper way to upgrade your kitchen? There are plenty of game-changing cooking gadgets out there that won't drain your bank account.

[h/t Cooking Light]

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The Fun Optical Illusion You Can Make With Your iPhone X
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Peder Norrby, YouTube

You can use the iPhone X’s powerful depth sensor for more than just face recognition. The technology also allows you to create wild optical illusions on your phone. The phone’s 3D camera allowed Swedish artist Peder Norrby to create a depth illusion that makes an image on the phone look 3D, as Co.Design reports.

The app Norrby created with ARKit face tracking, TheParallaxView, uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, a style you might have seen before in the form of pavement art. It uses hyperrealistic art to give the illusion that a 2D image is really 3D.

The eye tracking makes the image move as the camera does, making it look like you’re manipulating a 3D object, either one that recesses deep into the phone or pops out from the screen. As Mark Wilson explains on Co.Design, this face tracking “allows the screen to create not just one static 3D illusion, but dozens a second, tricking your mind into believing that there’s a whole other world behind the screen of your phone.”

It’s a monoscopic effect, according to Norrby, so the illusion works particularly well in video form, but in person, you’ll need to close one eye to make it work to the same degree.

You can see how it works in the video below. Norrby has submitted the app to Apple’s App Store, but it’s still pending approval. He’s also planning on submitting the source code for developers, which means that anyone could incorporate it into their apps—which we imagine could lead to some pretty amazing video games.

[h/t Co.Design]

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