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EDAR: Everyone Deserves A Roof

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What is the best way to help the homeless? Finding them a home and the means to keep it, of course, but the reasons people are on the streets are varied, and the most hardcore cases defy any formula for help. Cash is gone in no time, and possessions are difficult to keep without a place to keep them. Shelters are overcrowded, underfunded, and often dangerous. Many homeless people prefer to sleep on the streets.

Peter Samuelson, who produced Revenge of the Nerds and founded the Starlight Foundation, wrestled with this problem. He wanted to produce a single-person shelter that would work for the people who needed it most. Eric Lindeman and Jason Zasa won a contest Samuelson sponsored with their portable tent shelter design, which was tested and tweaked by  shopping cart manufacturer. The finished product is called called EDAR, an acronym for Everyone Deserves A Roof. EDAR is a four-wheeled device that resembles a shopping cart. During the day, it's a covered storage cart for possessions. At night it folds out into a military-grade tent on a platform. EDAR units are both flame retardant and waterproof, and can be locked. EDAR units, which cost a bit under $500, are given to those who can make the best use of them. Homeless shelters have ordered multiple units to use inside or to give to those who are "shelter-resistant". People who have them say they are quite comfortable, and make a hard life somewhat easier to deal with.

Not everyone thinks giving camping equipment to the homeless is a great idea. Samuelson responded to the idea that an EDAR encourages homelessness.

"Why is the EDAR not regressive?" he said. "Because it is not nearly as good as a shelter bed. There's no pretense it's as good as permanent or temporary brick-and-mortar housing." But it is, he says, "infinitely better than a damp cardboard box."

If you think this gadget is a worthwhile cause, you can sponsor an EDAR, or part of one. You can also volunteer your time for the program.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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