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This Headband Monitors Brain Waves to Help You Sleep at Night

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Sleep Shepherd Blue via Kickstarter

According to NPR, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. While there are plenty of medications on the market designed to help this issue, Dr. Michael Larson was inspired to create a drug-free alternative.

The Sleep Shepherd Blue headband is a wearable device that tracks brain waves and uses binaural beats to help users relax into a deeper sleep at night. Binaural beats are created when two separate signals of varying frequencies are fed into each ear and the brain tries to compensate for the difference by producing a third signal. Dr. Larson was inspired to create his product by studies that suggest these pulsations can give listeners a better perceived night's sleep.

There are other devices for sale that claim to use binaural beats to improve sleep, but this one is unique in that it also monitors brain waves. The band starts by steadily playing the beats into each ear, and then gradually slows them until it senses that you've fallen asleep. Even after the signals have stopped, the headband continues to track your brain waves through built-in sensors. If it senses that you're about to wake up, the beats begin to play again until you've fallen back into a deep slumber.

The headband also records your sleep patterns, the amount of time spent asleep, and the position of your head throughout the night. After the device gently wakes you up (oh yeah, it has an alarm function as well), you can check out an analysis of your sleep habits on the companion app. Sleep Shepherd Blue is currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, where the campaign has already surpassed its goal of $25,000 more than 10 times over. Delivery is estimated for May of this year.

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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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