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Student makes an ID case with a power bank and USB flash drive

From the same guy who made a life-sized BB-8

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Image credit: Angelo Casimiro

Back when I was still in high school, I always carried my 128MB USB flash drive with me. Since it was very expensive back then, I made sure I didn’t lose it by tying it to my ID lace, along with my house keys. Today, there’s another necessity you should carry around: a power bank. You surely don’t want to hang a bulky battery on your neck, but that won’t be a problem with this ID case.

Angelo Casimiro, the Filipino student that created a working life-size BB-8, has a new creation: an ID case prototype with a power bank and a USB flash drive. Portable batteries are already built in to modern wallets and cardholders, so putting it into an ID case is a great idea for students.


Image credit: Angelo Casimiro

Casimiro’s ID case prototype is made using a 3D printer. It has a sizeable 3000mAh Li-poly battery and a pull-down USB flash drive with a whopping 128GB of storage. According to him, the overall weight of the ID case is just 50 grams.

The battery capacity of the ID case should be able to fully charge an iPhone or Android smartphone depending on battery size, while the 128GB storage is more than enough to store software, videos, and games.

Image credit: Angelo Casimiro

On the side, the ID case has a full-size USB port for charging portable devices and an LED battery level indicator. The built-in battery is charged through a micro-USB port just like a typical power bank. A pull-down USB connector is hidden beneath the case when you have to plug it into a computer.

“I usually offer my 3D Printing services and electronics expertise to fellow La Sallians for product prototyping and fabrication, but never have I had a client with such a brilliant idea. David Zinampan and his groupmates had an idea to sneak in a compact 3000mAh Li-poly battery inside a custom 3D-printed ID holder while stuffing in a 128GB pull-down USB flash drive,” said Angelo in his Facebook post.

The ID case is just a prototype and a college project, so you won’t see it in stores anytime soon. But, it could actually be a product designed for students by students.

This prototype is just one of the many creations of Angelo. He has his own YouTube channel called TechBuilder where he showcases his inventions and DIY projects.

Update (July 23, 2018): I reached out to Angelo to ask more details about the project. His post regarding the ID case power bank was just meant to be a showcase of another finished DIY project in collaboration with David Zinampan, Sarah Tan, Celine Solis, Andreana Gabrielle Yu Santos, and Ivan Yeung. He didn’t expect it to go viral outside his circle. The demand pushed them to work on its patent and look into mass production. If things go well, there are plans to start a company and sell the ID case power bank as a consumer product.

SEE ALSO: 17-year-old Filipino student creates a working life-size BB-8 from household materials

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9 gifts to enhance your kid’s multiple intelligence

There are more ways to learn!

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Every kid has its own potential. As grown-ups, we excel in different fields simply because we are smart in different ways. In Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, there are eight types of intelligence which are a big factor in how a kid learns.

Simply put, learning isn’t limited to school and there isn’t a single style of learning. The way your children play, interact and behave strongly shows how they learn differently, and what kind of field they will excel in.


Here are gift ideas for any occasion that you can get your children based on their intelligence:

For the word smart

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Kids exhibiting high linguistic intelligence are typically good at reading and writing. They’re also great storytellers and showcases strong memorization skills.

Help them enhance their verbal and written skills by giving them a Kindle Unlimited subscription, offering over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. These can be easily accessed using your Kindle device, or through Kindle reading apps on your tablets or smartphones.

For the number smart

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Some kids are great at reasoning and critical thinking. Additionally, these are the kids that are great at logic, abstract, and numbers. In Gardner’s terms, these are the kids with logical-mathematical intelligence.

Let them polish their strategic and critical thinking by giving them an electronic chessboard, such as Square Off’s Chess Set.

For the picture smart

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Visual-spatial intelligence revolves around the ability to visualize and think through images. Kids exhibiting this style of learning are highly imaginative and creative, often they set on career paths related to arts and multimedia.

Hone their creativity by giving them a LEGO set, maybe The Rexcelsior ones? 

For the body smart

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There are kids who have higher energy compared to his/her peers. Most of them can’t sit still and would rather move around. Their learning style is a bit different, which requires them to use their bodies or observe someone’s movement. Kids like these exhibit bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.

Gift them a badminton racket and let them play to their heart’s content.

For the music smart

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If your kid recognizes sounds with ease, he/she probably exhibits strong musical intelligence. In other words, they have a good ear for music, and they can easily learn songs and melodies. Most of the time, they’re also gifted at singing, composing, and playing an instrument.

Support their talent by getting them a smart keyboard like The ONE’s Light Keyboard, which has keys that light up with sheet music, video lessons, and games when connected with The ONE Smart Piano app.

For the people smart

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Nowadays, technology makes it difficult for people to connect with someone. We’ve developed a culture where everyone would rather look down on screens than interact with the people they’re with. But there are kids who enjoy talking to people, and these are kids with high interpersonal intelligence.

Highlight the importance of engaging with people real-time and how fun it could be. Gift them a board game like Scrabble.

For the self smart

Some kids are more attuned to their self and have a far better understanding than their parents do. These are kids with high intrapersonal intelligence, and they are adept in figuring themselves out and knowing what they want.

Help them explore their inner selves by giving them a journal to write their thoughts down.

For the nature smart

Kids with naturalist intelligence are natural-born explorers, who know how to enjoy and appreciate nature. They love the great outdoors and they would thrive in activities that involve discovering the wonders of nature.

Next time you’re traveling with your family, instead of arcades and malls, bring them to a zoo or a botanical garden, like the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest in Singapore.

For the life smart

There are highly sensitive kids who have the capacity to tackle deep questions, and in Gardner’s theory, these are the kids who have existential intelligence. They ponder about human existence and they have a lot of questions about life (and even death).

Allow your children to be curious. Give them a book that makes them think and ask questions (and possible get answers), such as Stephen Hawking’s Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

What other gift ideas do you recommend for children? Sounds off in the comments below.

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Nomad releases new line of Kevlar charging cables

You’ll never see cables the same way again

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Until the world adapts a fully wireless lifestyle, we’re going to have to succumb to buying charging cables one after another. It’s typical for anyone to fall into the trap of buying inexpensive ones as they easily break anyway.

Nomad is here to change that mind set. The accessory maker rolls out a collection of 11 cables wrapped in Kevlar outer sheath as well as Kevlar internal reinforcement.


Kevlar is a synthetic fiber known for its durability and heat-resistance. It’s commonly used in creating gear to protect users from cuts and heat. Uniforms and body armor worn by firefighters, police officers, and military forces also use Kevlar as a key component.

Nomad’s Kevlar cables also feature internal components that ensure fast charging and data transfer. Each package includes a Kevlar badge to indicate the licensed partnership, as well as a 5-year warranty. It’s entirely possible that these cables will outlive your smartphone or your laptop.

The new collection includes:

18W USB-C to Lightning Cable

  • 1.5m – US$39.95
  • 3m – US$44.95

100W USB-C Cable

  • 1.5m – US$29.95
  • 3m – US$34.95

USB-A to Lightning Cable

  • 1.5m – US$34.95
  • 3m – US$39.95

Universal USB-C: USB-C core cable capable of up to 100W charging speeds. One end features a USB-A adaptor, while the other end is micro USB.

  • 0.3M – US$24.95
  • 1.5M – US$34.95
  • 3M – US$39.95

Universal USB-A: Standard USB-A cable with Micro USB, USBC, and Lightning adaptors on one end.

  • 0.3M – US$29.95
  • 1.5M – US$39.95

Get Nomad’s Kevlar cables on hellonomad.com.

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Xiaomi launches affordable Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones

20 hours of non-stop playback

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Xiaomi is known for its feature-packed smartphones, but the brand has a massive presence in the lifestyle segment. For now, a lot of these products are limited to Mainland China, but the brand is slowly releasing them in its core markets like India.

Today, the Chinese company launched the Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones in India and they’re priced quite aggressively. This week is going to be even more exciting because the Redmi K20 Pro is scheduled to launch on July 17.


The headphones come with a 400mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In simpler words, it is sufficient to listen to 300 songs in one go. Equipped with 40mm drivers, they are tuned to deliver high bass and pressure-less earmuffs provide a comfortable listening experience over extended periods. The head beam is adjustable and has elastic shafts to rotate the ear muffs.

Lastly, they connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0, offering wider range and capability to connect two headphones simultaneously to one phone. They can also be used along with a wire if you want truly acoustic output. Operations can be handled via voice commands thanks to an in-built mic and support for virtual assistants.

They’re priced at INR 2,199 (US$ 32) and can be purchased via Amazon.in. Prime Day sale is going on and they can be grabbed for just INR 1,799 (US$26). Color options include Black and Red, as well as Black and Gold.

Previously, Xiaomi has launched its range of smart TVs, air purifiers, and light bulb in India. A couple of weeks back, they also unveiled a trimmer. We expect the brand to launch more of these in the coming future as it slowly scales up operations.

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