Welcome to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your guide through the tundra of gadget announcements towards the oasis of miraculous gizmos. Or is it just a mirage?

In our luscious garden, this week there are probably none. Flora is a crowdfunded Flemethrower, a liquid-powered clock and a safe to help you do the right thing.

The rating means nothing, other than to suggest how interested I am in using each item.

Also note that these are not reviews, and I have not actually tested the Flemethrower on ice that is in any way on the ground in late March.

On fire

Somehow, somehow, it apparently owns the XM42 Flamethrower (pictured above) in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland.

I can’t fathom under any circumstances, under which there is no weapon – don’t jump the words here – anyone capable of shooting 25 feet should be available to take if they have US $ 700 from Ion Productions Crowdfunding is lying around the campaign.

This said, it is incredibly cool and fulfills all my childhood superhero fantasies.

As an adult, I would love to use these portable, handheld flamethrowers to clean the ice.

No one solvable solution has been found to solve all the obstacles to living comfortably from December to April in the North-East of North America, so why not give it a shot?

Dripping time

We’ve talked about a ton of smartwatches around these parts in recent months, so it’s time to look a little more regularly.

The H3 of HYT uses a liquid-mechanical hybrid to tell the time. It pushes the liquid through a narrow tube, indicating the hour, while a hand slides along a 60-minute readout of how far we are in that hour.

It is visually impressive and there is no doubt that the parties will have a powerful say. They should be fairly high-end, however, as the H3 will set you back $ 290,000 if you can get your hands on one of the 25 limited-edition pieces.

For that cost, I would at least expect him to tell me more precise times. I mean, at least the Apple Watch would have an exact time rather than a vague minute hand.

Apple juice

Talking about Apple Watch, one of my main issues is battery life. I doubt very much that it would be able to get me through a day and would certainly annoy myself enough with a watch to charge me every night.

So I’m glad to see that someone is already taking on the challenge of a portable external power source for smartwatches. Nomad’s pod has a dedicated port to charge the Apple Watch, and it can pay four full charges before the device needs its own recharge.

This is not just the powers of the Apple Watch, as the Pod has a USB-C connector to hook up to the new MacBook. It also comes with a regular USB connector and micro USB charging port for additional connectivity.

At $ 60, it seems to be a solid, inexpensive backup power supply for the Apple Watch. If there was only one way, he could also promote some things.

Smart cookies

I admit for the first time that I would gain a little more time than working on my body in the gym. I want to do well – but it is so easy to kick back on the couch to never consume garbage food as well as trash on Netflix.

Trying to do something to increase motivation is kSafe, a smart safe that unlocks only when the user has completed some self-created tasks. The key is to motivate people to do short-term activities for quick rewards – which is certainly more motivating than a long-term goal like a chiselled stomach.

As the crowdfunding campaign video shows, you can lock your TV remote to the casf. Probably a game console controller. Or maybe cookies. It unlocks only after achieving some personal goal that you have set.

After you have achieved a certain level of activity (such as the number of steps determined by your smartphone or fitness tracker), a certain location (eg, pavement is checked in the middle of a gym, library, or park), or day K waited for a certain time, the safe is unlocked and you can enjoy your reward.

In theory, this is a great idea. I lack the will skills. Although this is just the point, but I can’t see how kSafe solves that problem.

TV remote off? I’ll just watch Netflix on my smartphone – I can’t take it away, or I won’t be able to free it. Need to walk 10,000 steps to reward yourself with some cookies? I’ll just walk 400 to the grocery store and buy some more, thanks.

This does not solve the problem when there are many ways to cheat the system. The only way this would work is if a network of kSafes organized all the treatments in the world to prevent me from having a mars bar in my pocket while jogging.

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