Omni-Bang is the sound of Triumph Motorcycles

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what do legendary motorcycle brand has to do with sound? no, we are not talking about the magnificent growl of the 865cc engine or the throaty exhaust note from Triumph motorcycles but a pair of speakers complete with a digital dock for iPhone/iPod, dubbed the Omni-Bang. the speakers, designed by Chang Sung-Ching, was part of the collaboration between MA Product Design, BIAD, and Triumph Motorcycles to create a series of prototype lifestyle accessories for Triumph Motorcycles. Continue reading Omni-Bang is the sound of Triumph Motorcycles

replica James Bond Golden Gun goes under hammer

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remember the golden gun that was assembled from a cigarette case, lighter, cufflink and a pen in the James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun (MGM, 1974)? here’s a golden opportunity for James Bond fans to lay your their hands on a replica item when it goes under the hammer on January 20, 2011. to be auctioned by Hansons Auctioneers, the golden gun replica is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500. this solid gold plated replica pistol comes complete with a gold bullet with ‘007’ written on it and can be assembled just like the original one featured in the movie.

i am impressed by the solid gold plating but not the gun. while the idea of assembling a pistol out of everyday item could be a novel idea back in the 70s, i still think the gun looks a bit off. so this item is strictly for die-hard James Bond fans. perhaps, we could take it apart and use the different item separately? if the individual items are indeed functional… but i guess the cufflink should at least works.

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a luxury superyacht that resembles the Streets of Monaco

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the world have seen many amazing concept yacht but nothing like this 155-meter “The Streets of Monaco” luxury superyacht that has a fully functional Go-Kart circuit. the boat, designed in resemblance of a section of the principality of Monaco, most notable for its Formula One city race track and the Monaco Yacht Show, looks almost like part of Monaco has been torn off and floated out into the open sea. the Streets of Monaco was designed by Yacht Island Design in collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee. Continue reading a luxury superyacht that resembles the Streets of Monaco

pristine 1964 Dodge HEMI Charger to go under hammer (update)

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those who live in the North America would fondly remember the days of muscle cars. for those who wish to relive those muscle car days, don’t just settle for any other muscle car. you will have your chance to lay your hands on the first Dodge to use the Charger nameplate. it is the 1964 Dodge HEMI Charger concept car, faithfully restored by multi-award winner Fran Rozas, complete with the ‘426’ badges to signify what lies beneath the hood. Continue reading pristine 1964 Dodge HEMI Charger to go under hammer (update)

Eton’s new solar-powered sound dock for iPod and iPhone

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(image credit: ETON) ETON Soulra XL | US$tbc |

if you are a tree-hugging gadget geek, the new Soulra XL from Eton should appeal to you. moving away from the rugged, radiator-like designed of the former Soulra, the new Soulra XL has a triangular side profile with a flip-up monocrystal solar panel to harness the power from the sun to power this portable iPod/iPhone speaker, and it also charges your iPod/iPhone when docked. the Soulra XL has an integrated carrying strap to let you lug this eco-friendly speaker around. no words on the pricing yet but i am guessing everything will come to light after the CES 2011. Continue reading Eton’s new solar-powered sound dock for iPod and iPhone

breaking down the water to power your portable devices

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Horizon MiniPak Handheld Fuel Cell Charger | US$99.00 |

hydrogen fuel cells and biofuel seems belittled by pure electric powered stored in lithium-ion batteries. over the years, we have heard less of the the two former technologies. however, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is set to bring back this technology, this time to the palm of your hands and it even has a desktop, home refueling system called “HydroFILL” to complement the portable pack, dubbed the MiniPak.

soon to release, the MiniPak integrates a passive air-breathing fuel cell and a metal hydride storage unit, where hydrogen is stored. power is delivered via its micro-USB port with different cable options and the portable charger itself, comes with a handy LED flashlight built-in. inside the MiniPak are the solid-state HydroSTIK batteries, a battery similar to the current alkaline battery in form factor, which can be purchase when more are required.

another option is to recharge the HydroSTIK yourself, right at your home. this is made possible with the home refueling system, HydroFILL which is touted as the world’s 1st personal hydrogen station. the science of breaking water into its H and O happens within this HydroFILL, all you need is to stick the HydroSTIK in the HydroFILL, add water and plug in to the electrical wall outlet. beside wall outlet, this charging station can also accept power supplied from solar panels, or power generated by wind turbines. HydroFILL is capable of topping up one HydroSTIK per hour.

Hydrogen tends to scare people off with its usual high pressure storage but the consumer-grade HydroSTIK turns the usual high pressure gas into solid-state form, stored in the metal hydride alloys and discharges them at low pressure. each HydroSTIK can store 11 Wh of energy which is equivalent to 10 disposal AA batteries (at 1W of continuous power consumption). the MiniPak retails at $99 while the HydroFILL will set you back at $500.

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your iPhone could also be your Baby Monitor

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(image credit: Withings) Withings Smart Baby Monitor | US$tbc |

another gadget that adds to the host of things iPhone can do. in fact, not just for iPhone, it will work just fine with iPad, smartphone, PC, Mac, Tablet, LCD TV – basically just about anything that has a screen and of course, with WiFi, Bluetooth or Ethernet connectivity. one of the two new products from Withings, is the Smart Baby Monitor, which (obviously) is video camera that lets your monitor your baby anywhere in the world. Continue reading your iPhone could also be your Baby Monitor

back to basics: Just5 launches original Spacephone

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(image credit: Just5) Just5 Spacephone | from (approx) US$128.00 |

before smartphone, the basic function of a mobile phone was to keep us connected (via voice calls, of course) wherever we go. it is hard to imagine any firm would venture into any other type of phone other than a smartphone. virtually every new phone introduced lately are smartphone but if you are one of those that does not need or simply don’t want to have anything to do with smartphone, and at the same time, refused to conform to the mundane looking non-smartphone mobile currently in the market, then Just5 might have an alternative for you.

in an age of smartphone, Just5 chose to go the other way and launches a simple, yet effective Spacephone. the Spacephone performs the basic task of making and receiving calls, text messages and does one very special thing: turn heads. it turn heads probably because it isn’t a smartphone or simply because of its huge keypad in bright color. the Spacephone comes in five deliciously bright colorful hues and for those funky at heart, there’s the limited edition BESTINSPACE Spacephone with all five hues slapped onto one phone.

incidentally, BESTINSPACE was also commissioned as the sound designers for the music tone for Spacemobile. the soft touch coating gives this mobile a slip-free user experience. the last time i held a coated phone, it was the Nexus One which certainly feels great to hold. the Spacephone comes package with a lively candy-orange charger (as opposed to usual but boring black items), stereo headsets, documentation and manual, packed inside an equally cheerful box packaging.

the ease of use and its huge keypad, would also appeal to senior users who find the mobile of today a little too complex and with keypad that’s just too tiny.

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MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

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(image credit: ETON) ETON MOBIUS | US$tbc78.00 |

Eton is not new to everything that’s solar-powered and coming soon is the solar-power case for iPhone 4, dubbed the MOBIUS. not much real info is available at this point but the MOBIUS is touted to double your iPhone battery life with its enhanced monocrystal solar panel built onto a durable protective case – all without adding much bulk to your phone. the MOBIUS debuts at this week CES 2011 in Las Vegas, though there are no words on its pricing yet. Continue reading MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

Spiral Garden System is the garden of the urbanized future

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we see future in two aspects: concrete and steel structures replaced greeneries, and physical socializing becomes whole lot lesser. i don’t know about the rest of the pops but i see bleakness in the future. something has to be done to encourage a little more greens and more real socializing instead of Facebook. well, presented here is the vision of four designers, Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar that could prevent the human of the future from being zombiefied.

introducing the Spiral Garden System which is a self-sufficient, sustainable public garden. the people of future, who has sudden craving for greeneries, could just head on to this beautiful light structure where within lies native vegetation coexisting with urban orchard along a walkway that spirals skyward. these greeneries are shared and planted for the neighborhood and thus encouraging them to be involved in the creation and up-keeping of this garden, which no doubt will improved the social relations greatly.

the funny thing is, people tend to associate this type of social gathering with older folks but maybe, that will not be the case for the people of the future. socialization will be great, at least not until some neighbors started vying for the fruits of the labor. nevertheless, at least there’s some sight of light in the bleakness. however, i just don’t see the ‘self-sufficient’ part, though. we also noted that people of the future probably won’t be able to do frisbee throw in there.

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