Assault Rifle Controller for PS3 features a built-in speaker

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(image credit: CTA) CTA Assault Rifle Controller for Playstation Move | US$56.99 | www.ctadigital.com

rifle or gun attachment gives added realism to your first person shooter gaming experience and what we have currently are mostly just attachment for you to slap your MOVE onto them. CTA Digital took a step further into realism with its new Assault Rifle Controller for Playstation Move. powered by a pair of AA batteries, this rifle replaces your standard PS3 Dual Shock controller and is compatible with non-MOVE games too. the rifle has a full featured control that your standard Dual Shock Controller has and features a built-in speaker that plays shooting sounds when you pull the trigger. shooting sound ranges from single shot to three-shot burst to fully automatic shooting and can be turned off when desired. Continue reading Assault Rifle Controller for PS3 features a built-in speaker

this pair of Skullcandy headphones takes to the sky

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(image credit: Skullcandy) Skullcandy ROC Nation Aviator | US$179.95 | www.skullcandy.com

in a retro-ish style that reminiscent of the 60s pilot’s cans, this pair of headphones is probably the most beautiful cans we have seen from Skullcandy. the Skullcandy ROC Nation Aviator in the brown and gold paint job has us drooling all over. under the unconventional egg-shaped cans are a pair of 40 mm Mylar-Neodymium drivers. constructed out of stainless steel and aluminum, this gorgeous cans also feature an optics-inspired polycarbonate speaker housing which let you have a peek of what’s inside. and it is designed to be foldable for easy storage. cool. of course, if you think the brown and gold combo is a little too ostentatious for you, there are two other color options, black or white, for you to choose from. the Skullcandy ROC Nation Aviator cost $179.95 a pop and is available on Skullcandy web store.

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Skeletonics is a power-free exoskeleton suit

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this group of Japanese engineering students proved that you don’t need to be a multi-national corporation with big bucks to build a real working exoskeleton suit and the best part is, it doesn’t required any form of electrical power. the project called “Sukerutonikusu” that translates to “Skeletonics”, which is a hybrid of the words “skeleton” and “mechanics”. Continue reading Skeletonics is a power-free exoskeleton suit

inflatable racing kart add realism to your racing experience on Wii

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(image credit: CTA) CTA Inflatable Racing Karts for Wii | US$39.99 | www.ctadigital.com

racing game fans will appreciate the realism that a racing simulator set-up can provide but often, these expensive set-up are reserves for consoles like xbox 360 and PS3. Wii fans are often left in the cold, until now. CTA, a firm specialized in gaming accessories, introduces the Inflatable Racing Karts for Wii – a inflatable kart designed in the style of a go-cart complete with a plastic steering wheel that holds your Wii-mote with or without MotionPlus. perfect for a game of Mario Go-Kart race. Continue reading inflatable racing kart add realism to your racing experience on Wii

want some free power? try this DIY wind powered turbine

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before the wind cube actually makes into the market (if it ever does…), here’s an alternative that you can actually build at your own backyard using commonly available materials such as stove pipe, metal brackets, plastic sheet and a trailer hub. sure, you can always get the Israeli company, WINFLEX to build one of those low-cost inflatable wind turbine but nothing beats the satisfaction of building your own wind harvesting contraption, besides, you don’t really need the immense power, unless you want to take everything off the grid.

it’s great that Applied Sciences has decided to make the knowledge of construction of the vertical axis wind turbine available freely. head on to Applied Sciences website to find out more. who knows, the mad scientist in you may be able to improve the design and functionality further? check out the vertical axis wind turbine, dubbed The Zoetrope in action in the videos after the break.

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Twelve South BookBook case for MacBook Pro, now for 17-inch

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Twelve South BookBook Case for MacBook Pro | from US$79.99 | www.twelvesouth.com

owning expensive mobile devices means putting your devices in two unwanted situations: the knocks and bumps associated with road-going devices, and potential theft. well, Twelve South’s BookBook case for MacBook Pro is here to solve these two issues. first, it protects your MacBook Pro with its hardback cover and spine, and secondly, the vintage book look advert the attention of potential thieves. it will be just another vintage literature unless you happen to be a town where books are more valuable than a MacBook Pro. aside from the mentioned points, you will no doubt score big for style factor for having your Mac inside a book. Continue reading Twelve South BookBook case for MacBook Pro, now for 17-inch

Pad & Quill introduces The Octavo case for iPad 2

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(image credit: Pad&Quill) Pad&Quill The Octavo for iPad 2 | from US$59.99 | www.padandquill.com

we always love a traditional book-like case for iPad, and here’s a latest from Pad & Quill: The Octavo for iPad 2. The Octavo for iPad 2 is touted to be the “slimmest design ever produced by Pad & Quill” and comes in three cloth colors, namely, Classic Red, Camden Blue and Field Green. the cover is of Italian bonded leather and the wrap around spine enables multiple viewing configurations. the case itself is made with lacquered 8 Baltic birch veneers. though, we would favor bamboo like the DODOcase item but the Octavo sports one feature that the book-like DODOcase doesn’t has: a hole for the rear facing camera. however, how well does the hole actually works for the iPad 2 camera is altogether another matter. Continue reading Pad & Quill introduces The Octavo case for iPad 2

Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad 2 for leather goods lovers

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(image credit: Vaja) Vaja Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad/iPad 2 | US$110.00 | www.vajacases.com

still sourcing for the ultimate in luxury for your iPad 2? well, this may just interest you a little but don’t expect glittering crystals or diamonds, though. Vaja is an Argentinean firm that specialized in leather products for your lovely gadgets and the latest to join the rank of luxurious leather products is the premium leather sleeve for use with iPad or iPad 2. did we mention that all Vaja cases are handmade as well? the combination of leather and handmade makes this a pricey case among the slew of iPad 2 cases currently on the market. in any case, this leather sleeve is made out of Vaja Exclusive Leather in a slim padded two tone design and the interior is of microfiber which protects your lovely device from accidental scratches. the handcrafting process requires 20 days and carries a premium retail price of $110. Vaja Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad/iPad 2 is customizable in terms of colors and is available via Vaja web store.

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Grove iPad 2 case is the alternative to Apple’s Smart Cover

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(image credit: Grove) Grove iPad 2 Case | from US$79.00 | www.grovemade.com

i guess you will reading a lot about iPad 2 cases for the next couple of weeks. for those who just got your iPad 2, Grove has an up coming iPad 2 case that works like the sleek Apple’s Smart Cover but with the added advantage of all round protection for your shiny new gadget. the case is made out of solid 100% bamboo, and of course, you will have full access to all controls and ports, plus a set of precision cut speaker grill to let the sound out. the stitched vegetable tanned leather cover can be folded to prop up the iPad for watching movie or typing, just like the Smart Cover. as with all Grove products, buyer can choose to go for plain cover or cover with laser engraved designs. the Grove iPad 2 cases price starts from $79 for the plain version and are available for pre-order on Grove web store. however, there is no indication on the estimated delivery time. head on to Grove website to find out more. in the meantime, check out some brilliant images of this quality crafted product.

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modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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