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Redditor Recreates the Weasleys' Magic Location Clock from Harry Potter

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Unfortunately, magic isn't real and those waiting for a letter from Hogwarts are probably going to be waiting a long time. Luckily, science and technology can accommodate our whimsical needs. Redditor tbornottb3 demonstrates this fact beautifully with a Harry Potter-inspired location clock

As fans of the series will recall, the Weasleys kept a handy clock in their home that showed where each family member was in real-time—whether that was home, work, or in mortal peril. In the Redditor's version, the locations are slightly different. Using GPS technology, the replica clock indicates whether the user is at "home," "work," "holiday," "mortal peril," "forest," or "on the way." (In this case, "work" means the university library and "mortal peril" means being near a rival school.) The clock, which took three months to complete, also takes other factors into consideration, like weather and personal preferences. For example, it switches to holiday mode when the weather calls for snow.

Inside, the clock has what the inventor describes as a "Particle Photon connected via a breadboard to an addressable LED strip," and what appears to be an elaborate bit of coding. The whole thing is housed in a beautiful wooden clock that was laser cut and etched by friends.

[h/t Engadget]

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Heated Mats Keep Steps Ice-Free in the Winter
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The first snow of the season is always exciting, but the magic can quickly run out when you remember all the hazards that come with icy conditions. Along with heating bills, frosted cars, and other pains, the ground develops a coat of ice that can be dangerous for pedestrians and drivers alike. Outdoor steps become particularly treacherous and many people find themselves clutching their railings for fear of making it to the bottom headfirst. Instead of putting salt down the next time it snows, consider a less messy approach: heated mats that quickly melt the ice away.

The handy devices are made with a thermoplastic material and can melt two inches of snow per hour. They're designed to be left outside, so you can keep them ready to go for the whole winter. The 10-by-30-inch mats fit on most standard steps and come with grips to help prevent slipping. A waterproof connector cable connects to additional mats so up to 15 steps can be covered.

Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a price: You need to buy a 120-volt power unit for them to work, and each mat is sold separately. Running at $60 a mat, the price can add up pretty quickly. Still, if you live in a colder place where it's pretty much always snowing, it might be worth it.

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This Washing Machine Fits Anywhere—and Takes Just 5 Minutes Per Load
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In-unit laundry is a luxury that many apartments lack. Laundromat trips can be annoying (and expensive) if you’re not washing in bulk, but many people don't have the space, or ability, to purchase their own units. That's why Dutch company gentlewasher has created an affordable, hand-powered device that’s expressly designed for small loads—and small spaces—according to Inhabitat.

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The gentlewasher is technically designed for clothing items that should be washed by hand, but it can accommodate all kinds of garments, including those that can be thrown in a regular washing machine. The zero-electricity device, which is small enough to fit on top of a table or counter, uses just five gallons of water and can reportedly tackle 12 T-shirts or eight dresses in just five minutes.

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Simply attach a water hose, toss in your clothes and some detergent, and begin cranking the gadget’s ergonomic handle. The process is broken into a two-minute wash cycle, followed by two-minute rinse cycle. Once you’re done, hang-dry your clothes.

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The gentlewasher costs $269, and can be purchased online.

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