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Löopa Gyro Bowl

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Kids spill things. It seems like one of the constants of the universe. Or maybe not, now that the revolutionary Löopa Gyro Bowl is available!

When children are old enough to carry things, they revel in the process. Manipulating their own world is a power trip for little kids. I know my daughters went through a period where they were always toting something, and often as many things as they could carry. Every time a toddler gets the chance, they will carry around something to eat. Melinda Shepherd came up with the idea for a gyroscopic bowl after her child spilled Cheerios in the car ...again. Her engineer husband Brad designed a prototype, and Everyday Edisons made it into the finished product. The bowl is weighted, and the hinged loops around it allow the bowl to swivel in three dimensions. Plus they make the bowl look like Saturn with its rings! The outer ring has holes that little hands can fit into, giving the bowl its own handles. The developers make it clear that this bowl is for dry snacks. When anyone calls it a "cereal bowl", that doesn't mean you are safe from milk spills. However, any parent would love to spend less time picking up crushed Frosted Flakes or popcorn that little kids leave in trails behind them. See a video of the bowl in action.

125_loopaWhere's the drawback? First, I don't know how durable it is. That really matters when you are paying $10 for a toddler's dish. Other than that, I would hate to see these become so common that children use them into their older years and never learn to keep a dish level on their own. Don't laugh -look how many adults use the equivalent of sippy cups to avoid spills. Those aren't serious drawbacks when you're talking about a genius item that will save parents a lot of work.

The Löopa Gyro Bowl is available from Think Geek and Amazon, among other retailers for about $10.

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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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