this is something we never gave too much thought to it – a shoulder strap for your cameras and bags. who would think a contraption as simple as a shoulder strap could be further improved? as a matter of fact, these guys over at Custom SLR think a strap can be further improved. it turns out that traditional strap does not distribute its weight on our shoulder equally which often results in strain to the user. Continue reading Split Strap improves comfort of your carrying bags→
now that Little Big Planet 2 has been officially launch, why not get a Sackboy action figurine to celebrate this joyous occasion? this time round, the lovable Sackboy is in a computer outfit, complete with a dangling non-functioning two-pin electrical plug. this officially licensed product with posable arms, legs and head is constructed of textured painted plastic. Sackboy Computer Gear comes in two sizes: the 3-inch tall figurine and the limited edition 6-inch figuring. the 6-inch item is limited to just 10,000 units worldwide. in case you are wondering, the monitor has clear plastic protecting Sackboy’s head. 3-inch and limited edition 6-inch Sackboy Computer Gear retails for £4.99 and £12.99 respectively and are available over at Firebox.
people tends to associate eyewear with video-capturing capability as a spy gadget but there is a more meaningful purpose other than espionage intends, like capturing your adventure in first person view during a ski trip. for this, you will need a pair of shades to shield your eyes from the glaring sun. this is where the Immortal Video Sunglasses comes in. it is a pair of sunglasses with a built-in 3-megapixels video camera located just above the nose bridge. this pair of sunnies has a 4 GB internal storage and is capable of capturing videos in 736 by 480 pixels resolution at a decent 25 frames per second (fps).
power comes in the form of 500-mAh internal battery which is good for two-hours of continuous recording. retailing at £299, this sunnies come packaged with three sets of interchangeable lenses to suit different light conditions. included lenses are polarized flame orange, polarized dark grey and clear. though it is aimed for those with a taste for adventure, it is not entirely waterproofed. therefore submerging it in liquid is a definite no-no. it is, however, splash-proof so it is still good for those ski-trips you been looking forward to.
looks pretty cool or at least, it doesn’t spot a LED to announce that you are in fact capturing a video with your eyewear.
integrating technology into garment isn’t new and usually consists nothing more than addition of slits or holes for headphone wires to pass through, or for the more ‘advance’ style, would be the inclusion of photovoltaic cells. what if the cloths itself is the technology? i’m not talking about advance textiles here, it’s a jacket that incorporates a zipper that volumes up when you zip up and volumes down when zip down. simply known as Zip: Control your music is designed by Jennifer Damour of electricfoxy, who is no stranger experimental prototyping or better known for her social networking garment, Ping.
we are met with many dilemmas in our everyday life. this jacket could potentially add another to the list. how so? examples: if the lady is feeling cold, but can’t zip way up cos’ the music would be too loud or what iif it’s too warm, but she has to keep it zipped up to hear the music? to zip or not to zip? decision. decision. decision. before you come to decision, lets just enjoy some images of this beautifully designed jacket first or if you prefer moving images, check out the (equally beautiful) video after the images.
this dude over in New Zealand, not satisfied with the toy NERF Maverick’s performance, decided to build a better NERF gun. the result is this more powerful, spring actuated pistol that looks like something that came out of the 70s James Bond movie. when i first saw this, the first thing i related it to was the Golden Gun from the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with The Golden Gun.
completely hand-built, this awesome looking toy pistol was constructed out of metal, PVC pipe, wood and plastic. if you think you have what it takes to built a similar unit, you can head on to Asciimation blog and follow his instruction. i think i will stick to my transparent NERF Maverick for now.
an age old toy finally gets a tech-boost to keep up with times. this upcoming 1/64 scale toy vehicle from Mattel, dubbed the Video Racers, comes with a built-in camera up front that is capable of capturing video at 30 to 60 frames per second (fps) and a miniature LCD display on its underbelly.
with the video cam, kids can review the loops and crazy crashes in the Hot Wheels vehicle perspective. it will come supplied with an USB cable to download the captured video to your computer for editing with an included special Hot Wheels video editor. there’s even a case to house the video racers, allowing it to be clip on your skateboard or helmet and do some outdoor adventure recording. it another word it doubles up as an action cam. sweet.
Mattel Hot Wheels Video Racers cost $69.90 a pop and will be available this Fall. check out the video after the jump.
we have been talking about how to conserve energy, reduce pollutions and congestions etc. it’s time to stop talking and get down to action. for ladies, here’s an experimental dress, dubbed ‘Herself’, that can literally purify the air while wearing it. designed in an evening gown style, ‘Herself’ textiles are sprayed with a concrete mixture containing titanium oxide and when exposed to the sunlight, the textile will absorbs airborne pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. apparently, if forty ladies donned in such dress in a 1-meter area is able to purify 2-meter of airspace. i don’t seems to get it. how to fit forty person in a 1-meter area? perhaps, not all at the same time? silly me.
‘Herself’ is part of a bigger project called Catalytic Clothing, which is a collaborative project between University of Sheffield, London College of Fashion and University of Ulster. Catalytic Clothing attempts to explore how clothing and textiles might be use to purify the air around us. excellent idea, but we would need some men’s clothing lines as well. as we men, also need an opportunity to clear the air around us.
campers would have noted that over the years, tents haven’t really evolve much but it would, if this concept pole-less tent from HemiPlanet becomes a reality. structurally, it may not be ground-breaking but its the innovative structure design that makes it different. the HemiPlanet tent has inflatable diamond grid structure with the grid being double layer airbeams divided into five major sections after inflation. makes sense, as you don’t want any puncture to bring down the whole tent.
the main grid is reinforced with polyester encasing which offers the structure the protection and extra stiffness required. the round base gives the tent structure more room, fitting up to six person seated or three, sleeping side by side. no further details are available at this point, except that this tent can be set up without assembly in under a minute. i suppose an air compressor would be required, else it should be using some air-release canister or the likes to inflate it.
anyhow, it looks cool and departs generally, from today’s tent design. it would be nice if it is light weight and all packed in for a ‘one button’ release where the tent will inflate itself and ready for use. wrapping it up is altogether another matter. we shall worry about that when its time for us to hit the track again. we also note that there should have some form of anchor if we were to use this tent in area as pictured in the video below (1:12). else it might just be gone with the wind before we know it.
(image credit: PixelOptics) PixelOptics emPower! | from US$1,000.00 | pixeloptics.com
showcased in the recent CES 2011 is an optic technology that could render Bifocal glasses obsolete. these lenses from PixelOptics, called emPower!, has liquid crystal sandwiched between standard plastic lenses. with a simple touch on the side of the frame, the glasses go from standard mode to reading mode – all without any visible dividing lines.
thanks to the built-in micro-accelerometer, the glasses can also be put into ‘automatic’ mode by simply swiping the side of the frame. the micro-accelerometer senses whether the wearer is looking down or looking up, switching the glasses focus to on and off accordingly. also embedded within the frame is a rechargeable battery which gives the glasses between two to three days of usage on a full charge. a full recharge will take about two hours and it comes with a charging tray for user to recharge their glasses.
Bifocals glasses doesn’t need to look like grandma’s glasses. the emPower! will have about 36 different styles for wearer to choose from but it won’t come cheap. expect to fork out between $1,000 to $2,000 for a pair of this technology-driven eyewear. it’s amazing how they managed to pack in the circuitry, accelerometer and the battery in such a thin frame.
i have no idea why in the world would we need a bullet-proof watch but here it is, the Devon Works Tread 1 which incorporates a crystal that is born out of polycarbonate that is said to be scratch-resistant, anti-reflective and has a bullet-proof durability. instead of the usual circular movements, Tread 1 has four overlapping belts displaying the timely information driven by four tiny microstep motors. Continue reading Devon Works’ watch has a scratch-proof and bullet-proof face→