All posts by Mike chua

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.

Fujiwara Tofu Store Sneakers: The Perfect Kicks For Fans Of Initial D

For those who can never get enough of Initial D, the Japanese anime that centers around downhill racing culture in Japan, here’s something that will surely brighten your day. Ok, maybe only if you are a fan of Takumi Fujiwara, the series protagonist and his bad-ass black and white AE86, powered by the legendary 4A-GE motor. Can’t help you if you are a hardcore fan of the Red Sun, though. Anyways, here’s a pair of canvas sneakers to celebrate your love for this evergreen anime. Called Fujiwara Tofu Store Sneakers, it is presented in the same colorway as Takumi’s Toyota, i.e. black and white, and features the iconic Fujiwara Tofu Store text in Japanese found on the hero’s AE-86. Continue reading Fujiwara Tofu Store Sneakers: The Perfect Kicks For Fans Of Initial D

This Is A Dual-zone Climate Control Duvet And It Will Make The Bed For You

Good news, lazy bums. Here’s a smart duvet called, well, Smartduvet Breeze, that will eliminate one of your early morning agonies because it will make the bed. Isn’t it wonderful? Nobody loves to make the bed, especially when getting out bed in the morning is in itself a struggle for some. The magic behind this awesome invention is a network of air chambers that, when filled with air, unfolds or unroll the duvet and thus, the bed is made. But making bed is not the only thing it is good at; it also boasts individual climate control, so you and your the other half can have your very own preferred temperature when buried under the Smartduvet Breeze. Continue reading This Is A Dual-zone Climate Control Duvet And It Will Make The Bed For You

This Speedboat Is Capable Of 30 Knots And It Is Also A 15 nm Submarine Too

In the recent IMDEX Asia 2017 in Singapore, defence contractors were again eagerly showing off their latest military hardware to entice governments from the world over. It seems like in this year’s show, marine-related technologies were in abundance (probably due to the maritime tension in this region) and among the sea of dark and light gray hardware, the JFD SEAL Carrier Swimmer Delivery Vehicle had most of our attention and for good reasons. As the product name implies, this dark, tube-like sea vehicle is designed with special operations in mind, but what the product did not explicitly point out is, it is actually a submarine/speedboat hybrid. Continue reading This Speedboat Is Capable Of 30 Knots And It Is Also A 15 nm Submarine Too

Italy Is Giving Away Run-down Properties, Including Castles, For Free

Whether you are inspired by the recent movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, or always have the dream to lead your own ‘kingdom’ complete with your very own castle, you’d be glad to know that Italy is now giving away over 100 run-dow properties, including a handful of castles, for free. I know right? It is hard to believe anyone can own a castle for absolutely nothing. Well, actually not quite. As many economists will tell you, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and therein lies the caveat: you see, those 103 properties are exactly as described, i.e. run-down, which means restoration is a must, but you have to restore it anyway because that is one of the conditions laid out by Italy’s State Property Agency in exchange for the free property. Continue reading Italy Is Giving Away Run-down Properties, Including Castles, For Free

This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security

This is O-R3, a four-wheel security robot from Singapore-based Otsaw Digital that is designed to take the place of humans to patrol large outdoor compound. With a chubby and somewhat diminutive stature, coupled with big round headlights that look like eyes, the O-R3 looks more like a cartoon character out to entertain kids. However, kids it will not entertain for it as more important tasks at hand. Beneath its cute appearance hides an array of sophisticated technologies, including high-tech sensors, advanced machine learning algorithm and 3D SLAM technology, that will allow it to execute patrol duties normally carried by humans. Continue reading This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security

Father And Son Turn A LADA Into A Transformers That Shoots Real Guns

If you visit Asia, you find a lot of interesting knock off toys and among them, was an interesting take of Transformers. Usually it comes as a battery-operated toy car that transforms into a rolling robot at some point as it travel. It was based on this toy which he came across during a visit to Singapore, Gennadi Kocherga toyed with the idea of a real life robot-transforming car and as you can see, you can’t say he did not succeed. Gennadi worked with his son to turn an infamously lacklustre Russian-made LADA VAZ-2110 into one that transforms into a robot while still remain drivable. I bet you will never look at a LADA the same way again. Continue reading Father And Son Turn A LADA Into A Transformers That Shoots Real Guns

China Is Now Home To The World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheel originated as a leisure ride that usually completes a cycle in matter of minutes, but since 2000, the idea of Ferris wheel is no longer carnival or amusement park exclusive when London Eye, which are basically fancy words for a huge-ass super slow-moving Ferris wheel with motorized capsules, opened to the public as a tourist sightseeing ride. Since London Eye (which stands 135 meters or 443 feet), a few other countries have followed suit to erect their own version of the Eye, though of course, those aren’t referred to as [insert city name] Eye. Continue reading China Is Now Home To The World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel

BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

Those who travel on land for leisure have aerial imaging drones to capture breathtaking images, handsfree, but what about those who prefer to sightsee in open waters? About that, there are actually quite a few underwater imaging drones that will do the same for avid sea lovers and this little fellow you see here, called BIKI, is one of the newest entrants to the still-growing underwater drone market. But unlike the offerings we have seen thus far, BIKI is a little offbeat in the sense that it is more like a robot, or a bionic unmanned underwater vehicle, to be precise. Continue reading BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

VRGE VR Charging Dock Charges And Keep Your VR Gear Organized

If you are an organized person who is into virtual reality, surely you do not want the VR gear you own to be in a mess, and if you are proud of the VR gear you own, you’d probably want it to show it off and therefore, dumping those high-tech equipment into a drawer or cabinet is definitely a no-go. Well, if that’s the case, I am pretty sure VRGE Virtual Reality Charging Dock is the gadget accessory you want to own. Without going into too much detail, VRGE is basically a dock that organizes and charges Virtual Reality hardware – the first of its kind, if we are not mistaken. Continue reading VRGE VR Charging Dock Charges And Keep Your VR Gear Organized

This Orb Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone When It Comes Within Range

While Disney Research is working on a room that charges your phone wirelessly, a start up in Columbia University Startup Lab called Yank Technologies already has a true wireless charging solution ready for your acquisition. When we talk about ’true wireless charging’, we do mean truly wireless, i.e. completely tether-free, i.e. induction charging is not it. Induction charging is the best we have today as far as wireless charging goes, but it requires your phone to be placed on an induction pad which is not exactly ideal because the phone has to be placed on charging pad and in a specific alignment. However, with Yank Technologies’ product, called The MotherBox, it offers a field, much like a force field if you will, that charges your device without restricting your movement. Continue reading This Orb Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone When It Comes Within Range