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The summoning of truth and knowledge with the help of the dead

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The thought is eerie and can bring shivers to the majority of us. Modern times linked it to darkness and everything bad. Thanks to the present-day depiction of this practice, the custom that was rooted from the old age has evolved into something fearsome as what has been shown on television shows and movies.

Necromancy is the art of calling the dead to get answers, foretell the future and even defend against something. There are no distinct accounts that prove the origin of the practice. However, ancient literature connotes that summoning ghosts has been an established custom of past cultures.

A good example of this would be found in Homer’s Odyssey when Odysseus had to travel to Katabasis, conduct rituals and utter prayers in order to call the gods and spirits of the underworld.

While there is no solid proof about necromancy’s origin, evidence from a number of countries confirms that this practice is part of the farthest corners of their culture. Chronicles in Persia, Greece, Egypt, Babylon and Rome state that the calling the dead is practiced especially by elder shamans and spiritualists.

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Just like other rituals that spread out from different places, versions of conducting necromancy vary. Usually done during the wee hours, necromancers perform the deed at isolated places. It is important to focus while reciting the repeated prayer because the duration can take a long time.

The calling of a ghost might take hours, days or weeks. There are talismans involved, but extreme cases might also suggest the use of a dead person’s belongings like clothes, eating rotten food and worse, the flesh of an animal or person.

The ritual is performed within a circle because the said shape is believed to protect everything inside it – even from bad spirits that are called during the course of ritual.

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While necromancy is used primarily for guidance, the birth of Christianity proved the opposite correlating the tradition to demonic acts and Satanism.

Since this mostly originated from pagan belief, the demolition of this tradition by regarding it as evil was beneficial for Christianity because it was in the pursuit of domination during that time.

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Do not misunderstand necromancers as uneducated, though. Far from estranged hermits, necromancers actually hold important positions in society. As a matter of fact, some of them are scholars and advisors of leaders in some territories.

Most of these people are well versed and have great knowledge when it comes to astronomy and other sorts of divination. This is important, especially when it comes to defining signs and symbols that are used while calling the dead.

See More:

Necromancy – rituals, body, life, history, time
http://www.deathreference.com/Me-Nu/Necromancy.html

Necromancy, divination by communication with the dead
http://www.occultopedia.com/n/necromancy.htm

Aira Algado

Being More Connected through Technology

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The world nowadays is leaning towards the power of connection.

Gone were the days when one must write a long, handwritten letter which would then skim through the process of being delivered to another person from the opposite side of the globe.

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We rarely see people sending each other constrained messages through the paid-by-word concept of telegrams.

Devoid are the ways of letting an argument pass due to the tedious process of conversing, the long wait for delivery men and the unwritten thoughts masked by the inability to express it.

The world is now a carousel of instants: messages, voice and a wide array of items.

Global Village, as how it’s now tagged, is where we are reveling and would be in for a few decades to come.

We are all introduced to a new way of communicating which can fit inside our pockets, write through a swish onto touchscreen glass, thoughts now being transcribed into digital media that’s convenient, concise and less time consuming.

The amazing ways of being in touch with almost anybody have given us the relief that in one way or another, we would never ever be alone, again.

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The use of telephones to clearly express emotions, the flick of a mobile phone entitling us to converse in such a way that a second seems long and the help of fast-paced deliveries let us experience business transactions as if the one we’re doing business with is at arm’s reach.

We all have taken advantage of the distance now made closer, and while there are a lot of ideologies that are negative most of the time, we can all agree that it aids us in more ways than it doesn’t.

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We are now subscribed into being in the loop for new information, the latest updates and even the simplest things that we are not really interested in knowing.

What’s more exciting to ponder is the probability of having more innovation in the future, and how small the world can get when these developments are deployed.

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We can expect better ways to talk, upgraded and digital methods of being in the know, and endless options for information that will certainly improve our way of life.

Human beings won’t be content and this would only shed light onto the fact that everything just keeps getting better.

See More:

Modern forms of Communication
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/business-communication/modern-forms-of-communication-fax-email-and-videoconferencing/27654/

The Impact of Modern Technology on Communication
http://nodramamamaconclusion.blogspot.com/2011/03/impact-of-modern-technology-on_11.html

Paul Intalan

The Online World Can Be Unsafe, Guard Your Own Credentials

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With the advent of technology, it is quite clear that people have succumbed into the idea of finding comfort and convenience in this interconnected society.

We have witnessed developments brought about by technology in medicine, mobile phones and the Internet. So far, most of us can agree that these feats in technology are advantageous and exciting. One trend that has resulted from this is online shopping for everyone.

The rules are simple: products are posted online, you choose which one sparks your interest, enter the necessary details to fill up an order form and your product is delivered to your doorstep in a jiffy. This is beneficial for those who have little time to go to a mall and shop, but since technology made the populace smarter, we should all be cautious about online transactions.

One tip before you hit that enter button is to limit your shopping to trusted websites. Do a little bit of research like checking reviews of social media sites. When shopping online, know that your payment information will be gathered so ensure that it is protected.

As a simple logic, your payment method is an extension of yourself and your fiscal stability, so keep it private. Make sure that all costs are listed clearly on the webpage before you making a purchase.

Any costs for shipping, value added tax and tips must be itemized. Your chosen payment method should also be insured with buyer protection so if worse comes to worst, and then you have a company to aid you in getting back what you spent.

Check-out pages for online websites must be encrypted and you’ll immediately see this with a little ‘lock’ icon on the URL bar. If there’s no encryption, try to purchase your chosen product from another online store. Your bank account statements should be checked frequently if you’ve successfully made a purchase online, as this would be your cue if something weird is happening.

Passwords should be strong and it is best for you to follow the instructions given for password creation. You must also be keen on your web transactions and ensure that you have a detailed record of your purchases and government-recognized receipts. Studies have also proven that for online transactions, buyers are more comfortable with communicating via live chat, instead of e-mail and calls.

See More:

8 Tips on How to Protect Yourself Online
http://home.mcafee.com/advicecenter/?id=ad_ost_tohtpyo&ctst=1

10 Ways to Protect Yourself Online
http://www.rd.com/advice/10-ways-to-protect-yourself-online/

Paul Intalan

The Best of the Best BMW Cars Ever: A Shortlist

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The illustrious brand tagging as ‘the ultimate driving machine’ is one of the key reasons why BMW cars have stayed this respectable within the automotive industry.

Known for its exemplary fusion of luxury and utter driving performance, this once humble company has proven to every critic that it is not just a fly-by-night gig.

BMW cars have long withstood the itching demand for something new, the side-glances it receives when parked beside other automotive behemoths, and the incessant craving of car enthusiasts for a better version of their last model.

It is no wonder why the brand became so successful after all these years because they simply surpassed all the tests that a demanding market presented.

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BMW cars hail from the town of Bavaria and are now considered one of Germany’s prides in the world of automotive manufacturing and impeccable car engineering.

They have created legendary cars, all equipped with style, pizzazz and power. BMW cars always thrive to offer cutting-edge design, unique form and comfort brought about by luxury.

Truly, BMW cars shook the world and stayed afloat in the market as if they were made to be winners. As for their production models, below are some of the versions that people have drooled over and craved for, because this brand really has no room for disappointing its patrons.

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Ironically named the 2002 Tii even though it was released in 1969, this car changed the game in the field of car engineering and was tagged by BMW as the ‘new class’.

This is one of the most innovative cars that the brand produced, all boasting its new uni-body design that is square-edged and spiky. The 2002 Tii also introduced independent rear suspension for optimum driving efficiency.

Direct injections, 2.0 liter inline, 130 horsepower and its upgraded engine made this 1969 model one amazing experience that thousands of people have succumbed to purchasing it. The 2002 Tii is also dubbed as one of the spearheads in the advent of luxury sports sedans during that time.

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BMW Cars have never faltered in being adept craftsmen, and so comes the Z8 Roadster. This car release is BMW’s approach in combining the old and the new, as the classic design now comes with modern car engineering.

The convergence of these two scopes generated a car that’s second to none when it comes to performance and the overall physical attributes. Car enthusiasts are faced with an aluminum space frame that is sleek and dashing, which is truly eye candy for BMW fanatics.

Housed within its body is a very powerful 400-horsepower 4.9-liter V8 engine that solidified the brand’s claim that this car boasts extreme driving performance. The smoothened curves, unique design and effort injected into creating its engine make the Z8 Roadster more than legendary.

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The company also delved into providing reliable city cars fit for daily use in the BMW i3. This bold electric version came off as a surprise to those who thought that BMW is concerned with upgrading their older models.

The BMW i3 is equipped with some of the most stunning features including a hybrid-synchronous electric motor, a 170-horsepower engine and an impressive 184 lb.-ft. of torque.

The BMW i3’s body is created to deliver faster speeds through the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic with an aluminum chassis.

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See More:

The Best BMWs Of All Time – AskMen
http://www.askmen.com/cars/car_reviews/the-best-bmws-of-all-time/

BMW – Top Gear
http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/find/make/bmw

Paul Intalan

An Ice-Cold Resolution in 2016 for Food Disposal

 

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Now that a new year has begun, it is quite expected that most fridges, from all over this planet, have serious issues with food left lying around from the Holidays. This year, be smarter with how you deal with food and identify ineffective disposal because after all, this all came from your hard-earned cash so you don’t want that to be wasted, do you?

In a world where everything is replaceable, it is very important to go back to our old habits of saving on things like food. We have all been victimized by the glorious effects of ordering Chinese take-out and when we have eaten too much, we usually just throw the leftovers away. We don’t even take a second look at all the food that ends up in trash, all the food that just withers away on the shelves and all the money wasted just because we don’t care.

Truthfully, one way of ensuring that you’re maximizing the shelf life of your food is through proper refrigeration. Commonly overlooked, refrigerating your food in a more knowledgeable way would not only make you a savvy homemaker but will save you time, energy and effort in getting the most out of your food. We find ourselves face to face with freezing daily, and it is quite proper to be well-informed about its use, benefits and features.

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Before you shove that spaghetti leftover into your fridge, ensure that the food is cooled down first. The reason behind this is that food in room temperature is best refrigerated, as hot food can damage the cooling mechanics of your fridge.

Also, it will take quite some time before the heat passes and it will cause your freezers to work double time in delivering what’s expected of them. If this happens, your trusty freezing companion would need more electricity, hence higher bills come payday.

One tip that you also might want to take note of is that a freezer that’s fully packed with items would be more ideal. Most households leave a small space in freezer storage, but little did we know that this can result in cold air not circulating well. A more productive freezer means more energy used, so save up and put all the food inside the fridge when necessary.

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In storing raw food, it is best for you to wrap it well to avoid freezer burns. Freezer burns not only leave an ugly mark in your freezer, but might be harmful to your food as well. One way of eliminating this possibility is to store raw meat with a marinade in a zip-lock bag for longer shelf-life. The liquid inside the bag would definitely keep your food from acquiring freezer burns.

If you want to store a whole kilo of onions in your vegetable bin, try to weigh things and ask yourself if it is necessary. In storing vegetables, it is best to just put in small partitions per type to ensure that the will stay fresh and crisp. Also, if you have perishable groceries, keep note that they must definitely be stored in the freezer to retain their original buying condition.

Adding labels to food would also be a nice touch for organization and spare you from reaching for the deepest recesses of your refrigerator when searching for something. Raw eggs, if not in the provided egg rack, must be stored in a container, beaten slightly and used when needed. Glass containers must be tempered to avoid any breakage despite the long freezing time.

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Some of the food types that you must avoid freezing include those with high-moisture content (lettuce, watermelon, oranges) as they can go mushy, dairy products (yogurt and custard) as they can become watery and inedible, herbs (parsley, chives, basil) as they would undergo discoloration and browning, eggs that are boiled as they will be rubbery, eggs that are in their shells as they will have the tendency to expand and burst, and fried food because no matter how much reheating and refrying you do, it will never be the same again.

Also, be sensitive enough to know if your freezer needs to be defrosted so that you can fully maximize its use.

See More:

Top tips on freezing food | BBC Good Food
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-tips-freezing-food

Guide to Freezing Food – Good Housekeeping
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/cooking/tips/a16211/guide-to-freezing-food/

Paul Intalan

Meeting the Promise of the Future via Hoverboards

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After the rush of the Holiday season, it’s quite certain that there are remnants floating around about some gifts that were never given. Maybe it’s your son, or your brother or even you who would wish to get this very item, but you are torn between purchasing it or not.

You want to blame the endless posts on Facebook about some lucky sets of people who have gotten the chance to own it, or the luring advertisements that scream of fun activities and modernized ‘toy’ manufacturing.

It was nevertheless a hit trend in the last quarter of 2015, and it’s sure to stay that way as we move along this year. Truly, hoverboards are the things that make you want to give-up all your worldly possessions just to cop a unit, attracting you into a realm that’s definitely hard to get out of.

Definitely, you’ve first seen hoverboards as a form of transportation in the Back to the Future series. Technically, these things should be levitating and need a personal transportation skill for it work. Contrasting the ones being sold in the market nowadays, the movie concept of the hoverboard is far more dynamic and futuristic.

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But people would always settle for something close to the original, and so hover boards are now dotting your favorite toyshops. Specifically, the one that your neighbor purchased and made you drool over is called an electric hands-free scooter.

Known to be one of the fastest selling toys of 2015, hoverboards managed to establish a strong foothold in kids pushing toward their teenage years.

Like its nearest kin known as the skateboard, hoverboards would certainly exude an arbitrary kind of cool for those who have it.

Now available in major toy chains all over the planet, it is not difficult to look for one at all. It is the price tag that’s keeping parents and adults from buying it.

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As usual, while a demand shoots up, more manufacturers would come forth to supply hoverboards. So if you’re really interested in buying one for pleasure, or even convenience, toy enthusiasts have inked on reliable brands such as PhunkeeDunk, IO Hawk, Ninebot, Swagway and Hovertrax.

Hoverboards also differ in the specs they have and the resulting physical look. Though all hoverboards would have the same goal of giving you a more modern way of getting around, the technical features cause them to skyrocket in terms of end value.

Though a very famous toy at this present time, the safety measures attached to using it are very strict, even making some cities ban it from public use.

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If you’re one of the fortunate few who has a hoverboard lying around the house, make sure that it’s off limits to children as this might cause accidents.

Also, the habit of wearing protective gear and helmets is strongly advised to avoid possible physical injury if things get out of hand.

See More:

Everything You Need to Know About Buying A ‘Hoverboard’
http://www.wired.com/2015/11/hoverboard-buying-guide/

Hoverboard 101: What you need to know – USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2015/12/02/hoverboard-holiday/76621864/

Paul Intalan

Have a taste of this year’s exciting food trends

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The pursuit of staying fit and healthy will not stop as the curtain of 2016 finally unveils itself. Make this new chapter a little better by living healthier while being trendy as this year brings you new ways of being well and staying in good shape.

While exercise plays a big role in having that perfect shape, the contribution of the food we eat is also another factor we have to consider to reach the optimum state of being healthy.

There is no doubt that food bars claimed the top spot when it came to popularity last year, and health enthusiasts rummaged grocery shelves just to get their own piece of the food that dominated the arena in 2015.

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2016 is mostly about upgrading and improving the healthy staples that are classic favorites of the health conscious.

We are accustomed to yogurt being mixed with fruit flavors to make the taste even more appealing, but the new year is creating a new twist as spices are about to take over.

Consider adding a dash of paprika, rosemary or cinnamon and have a more functional tummy in doing so.

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We know how beneficial green vegetables are. New trends suggest bypassing the chewing process and extract the chlorophyll directly instead.

This way, the essence of nutrients becomes as pure as it gets. Do not be amazed if some specialty coffee shops and yogurt houses add a chlorophyll infused option to their menu.

Studies say that having a dose of this breaks down fats faster and is rich in antioxidants– goodbye muffin top!

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Delivery meal kits will continue to live on and will gain even more popularity in accordance to the busy lives people have.

Not only is it convenient, especially for those who do not have time to prepare their own food due to demanding schedules.

The goodness of these ordered kits is that it tailors to the diet a person currently has. Nutritional chefs mostly offer this fad, which is why dieting and slimming will become even easier and faster.

See More:

6 Healthy Food Trends for 2016
http://www.today.com/food/6-healthy-food-trends-2016-t65461

11 Healthy Food Trends We’re Psyched for 2016
http://www.bonappetit.com/trends/article/food-trends-2016

Aira Algado

Sound that cares, thanks to Aegis Pro headphones

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The dilemma is real – many people, especially those that who belong to younger age groups suffer from hearing loss due to excessive exposure to loud sounds from ear and head phones.

The modern population may be blessed with advancements in technology that mostly caters to entertainment, but abusing high tech electronics – no matter how useful they can seem – may still lead to unfavorable results if utilized in an unhealthy way. 16-year old Kingsley Cheng who designed Aegis Pro – a headphone that’s said to take care of the ear through its intricately designed audio output, discerned the same.

Driven by the research he conducted after getting numerous reminders from his parents, Kingsley proved that listening to music for a prolonged period of time in high volume poses a significant risk of hearing loss. Backed by World Health Organization, studies shows that over a billion people are at the verge of this perilous possibility by baring themselves to heavy music.

Though the market is loaded with earphones that utilize ear-caring architecture, none so far targets an in-depth concept down to its core. Accordingly, it is said that the healthy length of time that a person should listen to sounds would be 8 hours at the rate of 8dB.

Said to be the first of its kind, Aero Pro headphones are specifically made to take care of the ears by minimizing the unwanted noise through its noise canceling technology named ‘jamsDefender.’ This is said to take away unnecessary noise up to 95 % and maintains the sound at safe amount of 8bD.

Aesthetically made through its volume limiting engineering with the use of digital decibel equalizers, each earpiece comes with two speakers all with the aim of staying away from bass – heavy approaches that most brands pick up. Loud sounds may damage the nerves, which is one of the primary reasons why hearing depreciates.

What is more impressive about this noble technology is its alliance with Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding platform that aims to aid creative projects in the field of music, technology, photography, etc. Aegis Pro has gained substantial amounts of interest that it is already funded by backers to up to 400% as of today. Release of the first batch is expected to be in early January, and to convey gratitude to the public who made the project even more possible, the brand promises honest pricing with a special edition protective case for each head phone pre-order.

See More:

16 Yr Old Designs Headphones to Prevent Hearing Loss
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1488017874/16-year-old-designs-aegis-headphones-to-prevent-he

Aegis Pro Headphones Website
http://www.aegisacoustics.com

Aira Algado

Watch Urbane: The first android watch that has a SIM card

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LG releases a new version of the watch- Watch Urbane. The new LG Watch Urbane is the first Android watch that has a SIM card

Connected watches with cellular antennaes and SIM cards slot are not new. But lately, it is clear that the trend among large manufacturers was to offer smart watches that are lacking and therefore need to be associated with a smartphone to function properly. This is the case with the Apple Watch, the Samsung S2 Gear and other watches under Android Wear.

Indeed, as explained by LG, the new LG Watch Urbane is the “first wearable Android device with cellular connectivity.” With this cellular connectivity, the watch can connect to the Internet or make phone calls without using a smartphone.

Since the operating system used is Android Wear, it can use applications available for Google wearables and partner with an Android or iOS smartphone ( with limited functionality).

This would be perfect for sporty people or even busy people who tend to forget where they put their phone. Worry less about where they put it, since it will always be on their wrists.

The battery is 570 mAh and according to LG, the Watch Urbane will last a day through its power saving mode. This is relatively low but comparable to the capabilities of many competing products.

Finally, here are the full specifications:

Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Operating system: Android Wea (Version with cellular connectivity)
Screen: P-OLED 1.38-inch screen (480 x 480/348 ppi)
Dimensions: 44.5 x 14.2 mm
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
Battery: 570 mAh
Networking: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / 3G
Sensors: accelerometer / gyroscope / compass / barometer / PPG / GPS
Color: Space Black / Blue Opal / Luxury White / Brown Signature
Other: resistant to dust and water (IP67)

See More:

An early look at LG’s new Watch Urbane with LTE
http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/1/9432147/an-early-look-at-lgs-new-watch-urbane-with-lte

First look at the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
http://www.androidcentral.com/first-look-lg-watch-urbane-2nd-edition

Donna de Jesus

Channel imagination via 3D pen Creopop

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In an era where three-dimensional viewing is a fad, putting it into hobby isn’t impossible at all.

While sketching through a one-dimensional medium will always remain a classic, the emergence of another facet definitely appeals on the creative minds of the contemporary time.Creopop pen

Meet Creopop, the world’s first three-dimensional pen that unleashes the imaginative side of its handler.

The possibilities are endless because using it does not require any specific rule that would limit the creative juices of a person.

The idea is simple: Just hold the pen and let the free flowing interpretation be stimulated pushing its way out and be expressing it in multiple forms and characters using the special ink that comes out of Creopop.

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The technology is comparable to the previous hit ‘3Doodler’. H However, the innovation is different in a sense that it boasts attributes relating to safety.

Compared to scorching melted plastic that other 3D pens use, Creopop is cutting edge in a sense that it uses light sensitive photopolymers that can be touched even immediately after it goes outside of the pen because it is not hot at all.

This is great especially when manipulating small details for more intricate designing.

Due to the fact that it doesn’t use hot plastic as a medium, Creopop is safe to use even for children. This means a very low possibility of skin injury that usually occurs with 3D pens that resemble the handicraft arsenal staple glue gun.

The standard package comes with three colored inks. Each cartridge can produce a 46- foot line of photopolymers. Colors available would be white, black, pink, yellow, blue and green.

A rechargeable USB battery operates Creopop, which is convenient as opposed to electrical cords used by conventional pens of the same technology. This means a hassle-free, handy pen that results in continuous usage.

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Several types of ink includes glow in the dark, glittering, magnetic and aromatic. There’s also a kind that is safe to use for the skin.

This means having a temporary tattoo in a more fashionable and innovative way as opposed to the conventional henna that is commonly used to adorn skin with designs.

This crowd funding technology was co-founded by Andreas Birnik who is not a novice when it comes to the field of innovation and technology.

His expertise in management and strategy has worked wonders, considering the pursuit of success in this new project.

See More:

Website
http://www.creopop.com

Can We really Draw in 3 Dimensions?
http://mashable.com/2015/12/10/creopop-3d-pen-review/

Aira Algado