Relive Your Hypercolor Days With These Color-Changing T-Shirts From Amazon

Shadow Shifter, YouTube
Shadow Shifter, YouTube

Older millennials will no doubt remember the nation’s whirlwind romance with Hypercolor, a brand of heat-reactive clothing that lived and died between 1991 and 1992.

The garments were manufactured with two layers of dye—a permanent, colored dye overlaid with a thermochromic, colorless dye that would change color with the temperature of the clothing. If you’re thinking that sounds like a disaster for people who sweat profusely (or at all), you’re not the only one. But the chairman of Hypercolor manufacturer Generra insisted at the time that sweat-related blotches were abstract and relatively unnoticeable, and the public seemed to agree with him. The shirts, tank tops, and shorts were the hottest trend of 1991—so successful that Generra couldn’t keep up with the demand. By the time they did increase output, the novelty had all but worn off, and the company folded in 1992.

Hypercolor’s cultural impact may have been short-lived, but if you’re one of the many people who thinks color-changing clothing seems like tons of fun, there’s still hope: Shadow Shifter has its own heat-reactive line of T-shirts available on Amazon.

shadow shifter t-shirt
Shadow Shifter

According to the product information, the shirts use “improved color-shifting technology” from the Hypercolor days, and they’re safe for machine-washing and drying. The color combinations vary based on whether you’re ordering a men’s, women’s, or children’s size, but some of your options are green to yellow, purple to pink, and orange to white.

shadow shifter t-shirt
Shadow Shifter

Though wearing a color-changing shirt in your normal life might be amusing enough on its own, there are also plenty of activities that the shirts could make much more interesting—you’d actually be able to see who got tapped during a game of tag, for example, and anything with water balloons, squirt guns, or sprinklers would be way more colorful.

If you’re looking to relive your early-’90s Hypercolor memories or get in on the action for the first time, you can check out Shadow Shifter’s collection here, with prices starting at $25.

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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Find the Perfect Images for Memes and Websites With This AI Tool

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RossHelen/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Technology has made careers and hobbies in website design, journalism, and even meme creation accessible to anyone, and stock images play a huge role in getting your content out to users. To help you add the images you need to make your project stand out, JumpStory is offering a lifetime membership to its professional stock photography collections (including more than 25 million photos) and unique content-matching feature for just $99.99.

JumpStory is different from other stock photography catalogs; it uses a Photo Guarantee service to find exactly what you’re looking for based on categories or even copy you’ve already written. Authenticity and relevance are the keys to better performance, and if you’re selecting images for clicks and impressions, JumpStory’s HighJumper feature can help. The advanced artificial intelligence highlights the images anticipated to perform best, and with a quick click, you can remove the background and edit photos to fit your needs. The collections include over 25 million images, illustrations, vector icons, and videos, and more than 20,000 images are added to its library daily, so you’ll never run out of fresh assets.

If you’re putting together videos for YouTube or even corporate videos and ads, their video library will give you access to tons of relevant assets, specifically curated based on your script copy and performance predictions. Use a specific search term or even paste a sentence from your writing and watch the curation begin. You’ll see a tiny orange HighJumper icon on images the AI predicts will perform best.

JumpStory’s authentic stock photography is currently offering lifetime membership for $99.99—that's a 95 percent discount. Use their collection for your blog, social media, video content, or website and connect with your viewers by grabbing their attention with every image.

 

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