Ken Block, Traxxas collaborated on RC version of Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta

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it make sense for a rally car driver to team up with a (long time) radio controlled car maker, especially when the driver in question is no stranger to marketing. seriously, this could be a hit. we are talking about Ken Block’s collaboration with TRAXXAS to create a 1/16th scale Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta.

driving this miniaturized monster is the Velineon 380 brushless motor, transferring its power to all its four Gymkhana-Compound slicks. out of the box, this Officially Licensed Ford Fiesta body covered with Ken Block Monster Energy graphics is capable of 30 mph (48 km/h) but throw in an optional pinion gear, a speed connector and a dual batteries set-up, it could reach an incredible 50 mph (80 km/h). wow.

and it doesn’t stop there. this RC speed maniac comes with Officially Licensed Volk Racing Wheels in its green glory and comes ready-to-race with included TRAXXAS Power Cell NiMH battery and charger. i want one!

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LEGO-style sockets let you expand your sockets as you desire

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being a gadget-geek, sockets are part of my life. i use the Belkin Concealed Surged-protectors to get the job done but there are two issues that always bugged me. firstly, the shape of plugs which sometime hinders other plugs from using the next socket. secondly, sometime i have more sockets than i actually requires which takes up unnecessary space. then again, what if i need more sockets but it ran out? it’s a chore and cost extra money to get another multi-outlet with more sockets in it.

looks like designers Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin has a solution to solve the aforementioned issues that i have: a Rotating 360DEG Multi-outlet Socket. it is modular, meaning that additional socket modules can be added if more are needed, or removed if not required. keeping things neat and tidy. aside from being modular, the individual sockets are rotatable to different angle, allowing odd-sized or bulky plugs to fit in without being hindered by its neighboring plugs.

the sockets are between two stand bases which also ‘streamline’ all the cable going out from the multi-outlet sockets, thus managing your cables. this is best practical concept so far and it is one concept that i hope to see productions. maybe a concealed variant could be even more ideal. i hate to see those black plugs sticking out.

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CLAMCASE turns your iPad into a full-fledged netbook, sort of…

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(image credit: CLAMCASE) CLAMCASE Keyboard Case | US$119.00 | clamcase.com

the CLAMCASE is by far the most impressive keyboard case for iPad to date. spotting a chiclet keyboard with 14 function keys, the CLAMCASE does make your iPad looks like a netbook. the unique torque hinge allows the keyboard to be flipped to the rear and props up the iPad for watching videos or turn it round to the front and it snaps close just like a netbook.

if you miss holding up your iPad, no problem, just fold the keyboard all the way back and use the iPad as a tablet. albeit, being a little bit more bulkier (it will add 771 grams to your iPad). the CLAMCASE boost a 90 hours continuous use and a 100 days standby time. charging of the CLAMCASE is via the mini-USB port with the supplied cable.

needless to say, the keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth connection and the internal battery means the keyboard case will not tax on your iPad juice. alas, now you can get the best of both world: a slate and a netbook in one device. not to mention the wonderful world of apps. awesome!

the CLAMCASE retails at $119.00 but shipping only starts in January 2011.

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new Mini Paceman concept to debut in Detroit Auto Show

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i am surprised BMW managed to come with so many variants under the brand name ‘Mini’. when the Mini first reappeared in the automotive market, i thought it would be another one-model lineup (what lineup?) car. never mind my skepticism, it has proven that there can be many Mini variants and more to come. Continue reading new Mini Paceman concept to debut in Detroit Auto Show

future: the tires of this vehicle becomes a pair of motorcycles

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the future is getting exciting with concept like this. what looks like just another ordinary car of the future, has a pair of unicycle bikes in it. i can’t help but to refer to the 80s cartoon series M.A.S.K., where the vehicles in the animated series are dual-function, for example a motorbike readily converts into a helicopter. Continue reading future: the tires of this vehicle becomes a pair of motorcycles

Livestrong Fitness Special Edition LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle

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(image credit: Livestrong Fitness) Limited Edition Livestrong LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle | US$1,699.00 | world.livestrongfitness.com

we thought we should spread the word for this. this Limited Edition Livestrong LS28IC Indoor Training Cycle in exclusive yellow and black design is limited to 500 units. it will be on sale next month (January 2011) for $1,699, in which $1,000 of the sale will goes to Livestrong Foundation, a foundation founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Amrstrong.

there are some subtle meanings to some aspect of this training cycle, for example the the number ’28’ on the front represents the 28 million people living with cancer and the seven stars on the seat post represent Armstrong’s record-breaking seven Tour de France wins. it will come with a Certificate of Authenticity and an autographed picture of lance Armstrong.

if you in the process of looking for a training cycle, why not do your bid to contribute to a more meaningful cause at the same time? besides, the training cycle does look cool. don’t you think so?

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love Photoshop? like these PS-inspired Salt & Pepper shakers

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die-hard fans of photoshop will love these. a set of salt and pepper shaker in the shape of the photoshop application icon. photoshop is my life and this certainly looks cool on your dinning table. next i shall cover my dinning table with a table cloth printed with a Mac desktop screenshot. or maybe not.

PS: i still don’t understand what dinning and photoshop has in common.

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Reading Ruler enables measurement even in darkness

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unlike the usual measuring tape that has graduations on the tape, the Reading Ruler doesn’t have them. designed by Ho Sung-Woon & Woo Moo-Bum, the Reading Ruler gives you the measurement in different units of measurement via a display on the tape measure itself.

you can even see the result in the dark. though i can’t phantom why we ever need to measure anything in the dark. maybe not in pitch dark condition but i will say, more likely for low light condition where you weren’t able to read off from a conventional tape measure clearly. strangely, we already have laser-aided measurement device to measure quite accurately for a variety of distances and this concept seems rather redundant. but the device itself is nice looking though.

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Midland SubZero Headphones warm your ears with music

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(image credit: Firebox) Midland SubZero Headphones | £34.99 | www.firebox.com

for those living in ever-so-cold country, earmuffs are worn to protect your ears. that can be so dull and boring cos’ wearing earmuffs don’t give you music to keep you in the grooves while you are traveling or zipping down the snowy alps of Switzerland. you wish you could put on a pair of cans instead but not without getting frozen ears. not with the Midland SubZero Headphones though – it’s a headphones that keep your ears cosy and warm in the harsh wintery days.

the interior of the earmuffs, i mean the headphones are lined with soft cotton-fur with flush earphones built inside the lining. it comes with inline remote and mic for taking calls or skipping through tracks while you are trekking towards your destination, prowling through the snow. this pair of cans will work with iPhone, iPod and BlackBerry and it won’t impede you from wearing your headgear. the SubZero is worn around the back of your head, so it will go nicely along with your headgear or ski goggles.

the Midland SubZero Headphones comes in four different styles: Black, White, Camo (as in camouflage) and Luxe Black Leather.

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2010 Digital Life snazzy Dream PC cost $10,000

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if money is no object, this could be the PC you would build. the Dream PC is an annual project undertaken by Digital Life to build a, er… snazzy Dream personal computer that has the latest hardware in it. the result is this lean, mean Dream machine that packs a six-cores Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition cooled by a Corsair Hydro H70 closed-top water-cooling system.

there’s no point in trying to narrate the goodies packed into it because i am too overwhelmed by it that i am lost for words. lets settle for a run down what lurks within the mean Coolermaster HAF X tower casing:

Main board: Gigabit X58A-UD09
RAM: 3 x Geil Evo Two GET312GB2000C9TC DDR3 rated at 2,000MHz with heat sinks (total 12GB of RAM)
Hard Drives: Crucial Real SSD 256GB, OCZ Revodrive X2 240GB SSD, Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Optical: LG BH10 Blu-ray writer
Graphics: 3 x AMD Radeon HD6970 (from Sapphire, Gigabyte and AMD reference series)
Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200w
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Steel series 7G keyboard and G700 5700dpi mouse
Display: Dell U3011 30-inch LCD (IPS panel)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM)
Sound: Denon AVR-2311 AV amplifier and Jamo 102HCS6 home theater speakers

total cost: S$13,315 (approximately US$10,186).

one word: wow. life’s good when you have loads of money. unfortunately, the PC won’t last (i.e. not for sale, either). after it is built and showed off, it will be dismantled and all the parts return to their respective vendors. it is, after all, a test of what can be achieved when the best hardware comes together as one.

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