Timelapse Garden Video Camera

I am planning a major home renovation this year. I would like to make a time-lapse video of the process. I don't have a tripod, and even f I did, it doesn't seem feasible to anchor one in a neighborhood full of curious kids and free-range pets. So when I saw the Timelapse Garden Video Camera, my interest meter went off the chart.
This little camera does all the work for you to make a time-lapse video of growing plants. Stick it in the ground and focus it on the area you wish to record. You can set it to take a picture every five seconds, once every 24 hours, or several intervals in between. A light sensor will keep it from taking pictures in the dark, which makes editing easier or even unnecessary. The camera will assemble the still images into video form for playback. It has a 2GB removable flash drive that will take up to 18,000 pictures! Four AA batteries can run the Timelapse Garden Video Camera for up to four months. The danger here is forgetting that you set it out. It appears to blend in with the foliage, but if you don't trust your neighbors, I wouldn't trust its camouflage.

The description doesn't say anything about distance focus. What we know is that you can set it as close as 18 inches from your subject, or back it up to use its 54 inch field of vision. The product page doesn't specify how far it will focus, but it does say that you can watch your house being built! It would be a lot of fun to record your morning glories opening up, or your flower garden growing and blossoming. You could record a sunrise! If I were to spend $159.95 on the Timelapse Garden Video Camera, I would come up with more ways to get a lot of use out of it.


(via Neatorama)

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How to Remove Dents From Your Car Without Doing Further Damage

Car dents aren't pretty, and DIY methods for getting rid of them can leave entirely new eyesores in their place. In The Know Innovation has spotted a tool that erases unsightly dents without damaging your vehicle's paint job—no trip to the auto body shop required.

The Sealey RE101 Air Suction Dent Puller is a tool that attaches to your vehicle. To use it, stick the suction cup over the dented area and and open the air valve on the handle to seal it tight. A few pumps of the slide hammer are enough to restore your car to its original, dent-free glory.

There are plenty of at-home remedies out there for minor car dents, some of which involve boiling water, hair dryers, and dry ice. While it's always best to get your car looked at by a professional after any type of accident, especially if the damage is covered by your insurance, a dent puller at least won't do any additional harm to your vehicle (or your hands).

You can order a Sealey Dent Puller of your own online for $166.

[h/t In The Know Innovation]

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The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.


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