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These tiny motors give DIY and classroom robotics a huge boost

Servo Socks are cases that snap over a common, replaceable servo motor adding material to work with. Unlike a kit motor, you don’t have to feel guilty about drilling a hole, carving a corner or cutting part of it away, that’s the point!

Made from 100% recycled plastic, Servo Socks are simple cases that fit over servo motors (used in Education, Prototyping, Robotics, Animatronics, Garage tinkering, etc.) … they help make stuff move!

Known as the “Anti-Kit,” Servo Socks encourage the use of everyday tools and materials that take the place of more expensive, complex parts normally found in DIY builds. With Servo Socks on board, makers can cut, carve, sand, drill, screw and shape them to fit their individual projects. Plus each Servo Sock installs with a quick snap, so their super easy to use.

ServoSocks are eco-friendly, inexpensive and perfect for educators as they help develop hands-on skills in building and being creative while solving problems.

Servo motors needed more material around them so that regular sized hardware, screws, and fasteners can be used to effortlessly make stuff that moves.  You can cut, drill, carve, shape, sand, and screw into Servo Socks because they are just like wood. Oh, and no screws to install the servo so it only takes a few seconds to snap a servo into a sock.

This all started as a desire to make the connection between common materials and servo motors much, much easier.  When we came up with a great solution, it only made sense to want to share it with all of the other makers out there.  Running this campaign is going to allow us to test the waters and strategically build a company that not only produces our product but ideally supports a great community of makers with the same mind-set that drove the creation of Servo Socks.

Check out http://www.servosocks.com for more information about Servo Socks.

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ORBIT: THE SMART RING CLEANER KEEPS GOLD, DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE JEWELRY SPARKLING LIKE NEW

Everyday activities ranging from cooking or chores to exercising or commuting to work can lead to a grimy buildup on diamond and gemstone jewelry. What’s more, putting on makeup, lotion, hair products, sunscreen or perfume leaves a film on rings, making it look dull and dingy. Even food, soap or oils from fingers can cause problems. While it’s always best to try and avoid getting a ring dirty to begin with by removing it or wearing gloves when appropriate, it’s not always practical to keep taking the ring on and off.

To keep rings looking sparkling and beautiful, clean them easily at home with ORBIT: The Smart Ring Cleaner.  ORBIT safely cleans all types of diamond and gemstonerings, as well as men’s and women’s wedding bands in gold and platinum.  With a patented 360-degree
“twist-brush” design, this innovative cleaner gently reaches under and around the stones with a simple spin of the wrist.  In just 60 seconds, using water and dish soap, ringswill come out sparkling clean.  Depending upon a person’s lifestyle, rings should be cleaned at least once a month.

“I’ve been in the fine jewelry business for over 20 years,” says ORBIT creator Adam Shatz.
“My customers are always asking how to protect their investment by keeping their rings clean.
I wanted to design something that is effective, yet quick and easy to use, affordable and safe for both the jewelry and the environment, without the use of harsh chemicals.  The result is ORBIT, a one-of-a- kind jewelry cleaning device.  With proper care, you and your rings can live happily ever after.”

The ORBIT cleaner is not only for diamond and gemstone engagement, wedding and anniversary rings, but also for gold and platinum wedding bands to help keep them from looking discolored. It’s also not just for women’s jewelry.

“More and more men are choosing rings with intricate patterns or gemstones which need the same upkeep to stay looking their best,” adds Shatz.


It’s important to keep anything abrasive like bleach or household cleaners away from jewelry. These can damage the metal.  In addition, contrary to popular belief, do not use baking soda or toothpaste, as they are not good for diamonds. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners should also be avoided for home use since the strong vibrations could possibly cause stones to become loose.  Other safety tips for rings include making sure to keep them in a designated jewelry holder or box when removed and keeping drains closed whenrings are near sinks or tubs.  Use soft lint-free cloths for drying rings and hands when possible, and periodically check for loose stones or prongs.

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Audio-Technica Honors Online CRM with Its President’s Award

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is pleased to announce that Online CRM has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica professional audio products during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

Online CRM principal Glen Cordial accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication.

Phil Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., presented the A-T President’s Award at a ceremony during the 2019 InfoComm Expo on June 11 in Orlando.

Cajka commented, “Online CRM has been awarded this honor for its outstanding results in marketing, customer service and sales performance over the past year. We have a long association with Online CRM, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication. We look forward to their continued service for the A-T brand.”


Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

Lulu’s Favorite Audio-Technica Product:

ATH-ANC100BT
QuietPoint® Wireless In-Ear Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The ATH-ANC100BT QuietPoint® wireless in-ear headphones combine Audio-Technica’s proprietary active noise-cancelling technology with Bluetooth® wireless technology to give you greater freedom and listening pleasure in areas of high ambient noise. Featuring a convenient pendant-type design with mic and controls, these headphones make it easy to answer calls and control music playback from connected devices.


The ATH-ANC100BT headphones are equipped with 12 mm drivers that deliver powerful sound reproduction with exceptional clarity. The drivers are enclosed within compact housings that offer increased comfort over standard in-ear headphones. The comfort and sound isolation are further aided by the inclusion of four sizes of silicone eartips (XS, S, M, L) and a pair of medium-size Comply™ foam eartips, allowing you to construct the best fit possible. A 0.6 m (2.0′) audio cable with 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug is also included to let you use the headphones without a Bluetooth wireless connection, if desired.

An internal lithium polymer rechargeable battery powers the headphones, giving you approximately 10 hours of continuous Bluetooth and ANC use on a full charge. The headphones come with a 30 cm (1′) USB charging cable and a protective carrying pouch.

  • QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling technology greatly reduces environmental noise
  • Bluetooth wireless technology with in-line mic and controls for convenient handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
  • Convenient pendant-type design
  • Powerful 12 mm drivers provide excellent sound reproduction
  • Compact housings for greater comfort
  • 0.6 m (2.0′) cable provides a wired connection for times when wireless operation is not available or when battery power is low
  • Up to 10 hours of continuous use on a full charge
  • Includes silicone eartips (XS, S, M, L), Comply™ foam eartips (M), 30 cm (1′) USB charging cable, and protective pouch

About Audio-Technica:

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.

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Audio-Technica To Exhibit Its Latest High-Performance Headphones, Turntables and More at AXPONA 2019

At AXPONA 2019, AudioTechnica demonstrated its latest high-performance headphones and showcasing a selection of turntables from high-end to entry level.

In addition, the AT-ART1000 state-of-the-art phono cartridge played in four rooms at the show, and AudioTechnica in partnership with Music Direct had headphones and phono cartridges for sale at special pricing.

ATH-AP2000Ti
Over-Ear High-Resolution Headphones

ATH-CK2000Ti
In-Ear Headphones

ATH-CM2000Ti
In-Ear Headphones

The new over-ear ATH-AP2000Ti (US$1,250.00), in-ear ATH-CK2000Ti(US$750.00) and in-ear ATH-CM2000Ti (US$400.00) headphones feature a host of AudioTechnica‘s latest engineering and materials technologies. All these Hi-Res Audiomodels employ driver diaphragms with a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating and a Permendur magnetic circuit to deliver exceptional musical detail.

ATH-M50xBT
Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

The ATH-M50xBT wireless over-ear headphones (US$199.00) bring Bluetooth capability to one of the world’s most acclaimed pro audio and consumer headphones, the ATH-M50x.

  • Wireless, on-the-go design delivers the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH-M50x professional studio headphones
  • Touch control provides convenient access to voice assist
  • Mic and button controls built into the earcup allow for easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers deliver exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Over-ear design for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material for long-lasting durability and comfort
  • Up to 40 hours of continuous use on a full charge
  • Compatible with aptX and AAC codecs

ATH-ANC900BT
QuietPoint® Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The ATH-ANC900BT (US$299.00) is AudioTechnica‘s new top of the line QuietPoint® wireless active noise-cancelling model. The headphones feature exclusive digital hybrid active noise cancellation along with exceptional Hi-Res, aptX and Bluetooth 5.0-compatible audio quality.

ATH-ADX5000
Audiophile Open-Air Dynamic Headphones

ATH-DSR9BT
Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Pure Digital Drive

AudioTechnica also exhibited its flagship ATH-ADX5000 open-air headphones (US$1,999.00) and the ATH-DSR9BT headphones (US$549.00) featuring the Pure Digital Drive system, which keeps the audio signal completely digital from source to driver for unmatched wireless sound quality.

AT-LP120XUSB
Direct-Drive Turntable (Analog & USB)

AT-LP60XBT
Fully Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Turntable

AT-LP7
Fully Manual Belt-Drive Turntable

AT-LP5
Direct-Drive Turntable

The new AT-LP120XUSB USB turntable (US$249.00) and AT-LP60XBT Bluetooth turntable (US$149.00) come with built-in phono preamps, pre-mounted cartridges and everything needed to enjoy high-quality record playback. AudioTechnica also showed its top of the line AT-LP7 and its AT-LP5 turntables (US$799.00, US$449.00).

About Audio-Technica:

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.

Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, house-of-worship venues, and more. A-T microphones are chosen for critical government installations such as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems are also selected for major broadcast music events, including the GRAMMY® Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.


Audio-Technica products have provided seamless audio coverage and technical support in U.S. presidential debates since 1988. A-T mics also deliver versatile solutions at high-profile sports broadcasts, including World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl, and the Commonwealth Games, as well as the Summer Games in London (2012), Beijing (2008), Athens (2004), Sydney (2000), and Atlanta (1996), and the Winter Games in Sochi (2014), Vancouver (2010), Torino (2006) and Salt Lake City (2002).


Audio-Technica Corporation in Japan, in addition to offering a wide range of products under its own brand, is a leading OEM supplier of audio transducers, optical sensors and a variety of specialty devices. Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. markets and distributes A-T products throughout the Western Hemisphere. With other operating companies in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, Audio-Technica today is a global leader in its field, committed to providing superior performance and exceptional value for customers around the world.

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Mink Launches 3-D Makeup Printer: Stream Your Makeup On-Demand

The Mink printer is the world’s first 3D makeup printer enabling users to bring their beauty content to life, instantly transforming images into wearable makeup. Designed to be ultra portable and compact, the printer weighs only 2.2 lbs and measures 8″ x 6″ x 4″. Mink combines the endless variety of content from the internet, the newness and relevance of social media, and the convenience of the home. Enabling users to choose, control and create the exact makeup they want anywhere, anytime. Mink can be pre-ordered here.

Mink disrupted the beauty industry in 2014 with the revolutionary concept of printing makeup. Since the concept debut, the technology and methodology has been refined to deliver exciting and quality features for an incredible consumer experience. Prior coverage includes: NBC, CNN, CBS, Forbes, Businessweek, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Allure.

The go-to-market iteration of the Mink printer debuts today. The printer bundle features a single tri-color cartridge and Mink’s proprietary makeup sheets. Mink is safe and easy to use. Mink’s cosmetic ingredients are produced in accordance with the FDA rules for cosmetics, and manufacturing process follows the FDA guidelines.

“Growth of online media and entertainment gave viewers the choice to select how and what content to consume. This choice allowed viewers to uniquely curate content, guided by their personal tastes, opinions and preferences. Mink brings that aspect of individuality and putting the user in the driver’s seat to beauty,” said Grace Choi, CEO and co-founder. “Beauty content continues to move to digital and away from traditional TV and print. Users are turning to these images for inspiration, creating an opportunity to leverage image color data and transform them into physical makeup. I am thrilled to finally be able to share the Mink experience with everyone, and excited for the road ahead.”

The Mink printer is extremely easy to use, connecting with WiFi via the Mink app. Open the Mink app and import any image from the internet, camera roll or social media. Choose to print an entire image or a single color. Insert a Mink makeup sheet into the tray and press send to print. After printing is complete, makeup is immediately ready to apply. Mink makeup sheets maximize flexibility, convenience and portability.

“Consumers today have higher expectations on how and where the products they consume fit into their lifestyle. Mink understands the shifting landscape for on-demand and flexibility, and beauty is no exception. We are excited to provide a new distribution platform for beauty as well as connecting to the different consumer touchpoints across physical, web and social. Finally bridging images that inspire beauty and transforming them into makeup in a snap,” said Janet Kim, President and co-founder. “Our relationships with our partners and investors are integral to delivering the Mink experience to consumers.”

Grace Choi is a pioneer in digital cosmetics fabrication and the inventor of Mink, a makeup printer that can instantly transform any image into a wearable cosmetic. She has more than a decade of innovation and product development experience across a variety of industries, spanning from multinational companies to startups. Janet Kim is an experienced business executive with a keen understanding of consumers and technology. She is a leader in bridging global complex strategy with rigorous operational excellence and execution. Demonstrated success spans across financial, technology, and luxury industries.

The Mink printer is available now for pre-order on https://www.minkbeauty.com/products/mink-makeup-printer. Pre-order quantities are very limited. The special pre-order price is $295, 25% off the $395 MSRP. Images and additional information are available on the website. Pre-orders will deliver in fall 2020.

About Mink
Mink is an innovation driven beauty company rooted in technology. We drive bold ideas to push boundaries and unlock extraordinary possibilities. We strive to deliver exciting experiences that delight our users and celebrate their individuality. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City. Visit www.minkbeauty.com to learn more.

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The Fishing Caddy, the world’s first all-in-one fishing system, offers up tips on creating a memorable fishing trip

June 16 is Father’s Day,
making it the perfect time to start planning
a fun and memorable fishing trip for dad and/or grandpa.

The Outdoor Foundation reports that around 46 million Americans participate in fishing. Most fathers would be thrilled to be surprised with a special fishing trip weekend to celebrate the day in their honor. The good news is that planning a special fishing trip without dad knowing about it is not that difficult.

“It doesn’t get much better than surprising dad with a family fishing trip for Father’s Day,” explains Joe Pippins, creator and founder of The Fishing Caddy. “Not only will it be something he doesn’t expect, but it will be something he loves doing, and it will create some great family memories.”

When it comes to planning a special fishing trip for the holiday, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to help create a perfect family fishing trip surprise:

  • Determine the perfect location. Try to surprise dad by taking him somewhere new. Ask around to get some suggestions on great fishing locations. Narrow down where you will go and decide if you want to make it a one-dayfishing trip, where you will be back home that night, or if you want to stay the night in a hotel or campground.
  • Check the regulations. While the regulation part of fishing is no fun, it’s something you don’t want to slow you down once you get to your destination. Find out what the regulations are and what you will need to be able to enjoy your day.
  • Keep it simple. When things get complicated it takes some of the fun away. Strive for planning a stress free trip with an emphasis on fun. Ask the kids to pitch in and do all they can to share in helping to get everything ready for the trip.
  • Take a camera. Take a good camera with you, even if you have to borrow one, so that you can get some good pictures. Those pictures can later be used to create special keepsakes from the trip, including framing a picture for dad’s office or having a wallet size photo made that he can carry with him.
  • Leave the other electronics behind. Rather than keep faces staring at the phone, opt to have family members not take their devices. If you are not comfortable with that idea, designate an hour per day when they can be used, and have them be off limits the rest of the time. To make a memorable family fishing trip, people need to look up and enjoy the people they are with.
  • Gear up. You will need to take along basic fishing gear, but you can help make the process easier by taking The FishingCaddy, which can be part of the surprise. Giving dad The Fishing Caddy for a Father’s Day gift will help ensure the trip is less stressful and he will enjoy it more, because it’s been designed for organization and to improve the anglers’ experience. The caddy is the world’ first all-in-one fishing system, offering a padded seat top or tackle box lid, a built-in cup holder, a life well for the fish caught, two rod holders, LED lights, and more. The water weight prevents it from tipping over, making a great piece of gear for sharing with a family that loves the outdoors.

“In addition to these things for creating a great fishing trip, you also need a great attitude,” added Pippins. “It’s hard to have a bad day when you are fishing. Start planning now and you can make this the best Father’s Day yet.”

The Fishing Caddy, which ranges in price from $69.95 to $129, was expertly designed for all types of fishing, and can be used by anglers of all ages. The organization system gives people everything they need for a great fishing experience. The fishing system has been designed to help make fishing more enjoyable, and give people more time to fish, rather than track down and organize their tackle and supplies. The Fishing Caddy is available online at Amazon, at select Scheels locations, Etsy, and at the company website: https://thefishingcaddy.com.

Like a golf caddy helps the golfer adjust to different weather and terrain conditions, the Fishing Caddy helps you maximize your fishing strategy. It helps you notice bites quicker and catch more fish with less stress. It combines five functions into one easy device that comes in three sizes for the whole family: XL (6.5 gallons), L (5.5 gallons), and Mini (3.5 gallons).

By holding your fishing rods with the Fishing Caddy as opposed to a “traditional” metal rod holder, not only do you have it all built-in, it’s right at your fingertips as opposed to yards away. When you get a bite, you know you’ll make it to your rods in time. Stop missing bites wasting bait and time fishing the “old” way. Make each cast count – fish smarter, not harder! You can even sit on top of the caddy, which allows you to actually feel when the fish take your bait.

Think of the Fishing Caddy as your Swiss Army knife for fishing. It’s a one stop shop combining a host of essential tools for fishing and camping in one lightweight product. Reduce clutter and enhance your fishing experience.

Some say fishing is just a man’s sport. Well, The Fishing Caddy disagrees. The Fishing Caddy believes that fishing is a great way for generations of families to come together and enjoy the simple things in life. So they designed the Fishing Caddy with men, women, and children in mind so that every member of the family has the perfect Fishing Caddy ready to assist them and improve their fishing ability.

I do feel The Fishing Caddy is a perfect gift for Father’s Day because my father, my father-in-law, and even my husband, all of them enjoy fishing and also keep looking for nice fishing tools for their hobby. I got this lovely Fishing Caddy for my husband for his birthday. He was so surprised how it works in an awesome new way. You should also get your fishing lover father or husband a Fishing Caddy and go fishing with them together. You will definitely feel more fun than a traditional fishing tour.

About The Fishing Caddy

The Fishing Caddy is the world’s first all-in-one fishing system. Created by Joe Pippins, the caddy offers anglers an easy and simplified way to head out fishing. Features on the caddy include two rod holders, a cup holder, live well for storing fish, tackle box, and a padded seat option. The Fishing Caddy is made in the USA and comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit the site at: https://thefishingcaddy.com.

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