hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

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automobile are fast going green with electric propulsion system, prior to full-fledge electric vehicle (EV), there were hybrid vehicles which uses a little bit of both electric and petrol power. sea faring transport is heading that way too, and it is not new, at least to Sauter Zero Carbon Design who is known for concepts hybrid yachts. the latest to join the rank of Sauter hybrid boat is this 44 meters Ocean Empire LSV (or Life Support Vessel), with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities for harvesting from the sea. Continue reading hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

iRobot Scooba 230 is the smallest floor washing robot

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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot | US$tbc | www.irobot.com

i am sure most of us are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba which takes the chore of vacuuming the floor off our hands. but the Roomba is big and it doesn’t cover wet area such as the laundry area and bathroom, so in comes the Scooba, the newest and smallest cleaning robot from iRobot.

measuring just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the petite Scooba not only differ in size from the Roomba but also its capability. the robot cleans your floor with its three-stage system which washes, scrubs and squeegees your floors. being tiny, means it is able to reach those hard to reach places, including under the furniture.

asides from the sensors and electronics, inside the machine is an active-reservoir that separating the fresh cleaning solution and dirty water. as the robot cleans, the fresh cleaning solution reservoir shrinks, while making room for dirty water collected during the cleaning process.

i am tired of mopping even though i have only a small area to cover. in any case, i would love to have of these.

via DVICE

a Russian futuristic-looking sports car that’s not a concept

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(image credit: MaRussia) MaRussia B2 | US$tbc | www.marussiamotors.ru

a supercar from Russia is something we never thought of but here it is from Russia with love, is the MaRussia B2. in a time where sports car are going electric, MaRussia chose to to go ‘old school’ with the good old petrol engine. the edgy front end and bulging sides gives the car a menacing look and might not appeal to everyone. it kind of looks like a supercar made for Darth Vader, isn’t it? Continue reading a Russian futuristic-looking sports car that’s not a concept

feel your game with the world first tactile controller for iPad

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(image credit: Ten One Design) Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad | US$24.95 | www.tenonedesign.com

there are console gamers and then there are iPad gamers. if you belong to the latter, then here’s a piece of good news for you. Ten One Design has started taking in pre-orders for the world first tactile controller for iPad, Fling. basically, it is a physical joystick constructed out of transparent materials which allows clear, unrestricted view of your game. Continue reading feel your game with the world first tactile controller for iPad

‘transparent cement’ might be a solution for energy saving

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if you had been to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, you might have noticed the awesome Italian Pavilion. looks aside, it was what they used to clad this building that was (somewhat) magical. apparently, the Italian Pavilion walls are not your usual bricks and mortars, and it wasn’t cement either. when viewed at a certain angle, the walls looked like it was concrete but it was really an unique material which actually allows light to pass through them.

developed by an Italian firm, Italcementi Group, the trademarked “transparent cement” is named as the i.light. what is it with the “i” in front of a word, anyway? in anyway, what’s in the i.light is a trade secret and what was known is that it’s “an innovative cement and admixtures mix design.” we shall spare ourselves the torment of technical details.

no words on the i.light availability commercially but using such materials in future buildings could potentially cut down on electricity in terms of day time lighting. not to mention a more bright and lively environment. you know? future doesn’t have to be all dark and creepy like Dark City. the future is indeed bright, isn’t it?

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via Gizmag

descending the building the Batman way with Rapunzel

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there is no Rapunzel around to throw down her hair to descend quickly down a building during an emergency, instead you can use this gadget, aptly named Rapunzel Decending Device, to do so safely. yea, it’s called Rapunzel alright but this Rapunzel doesn’t has a chunk of hair in it, but instead it has steel cable reeled in it, ready to help you descend a building quickly in an emergency.

during an emergency such as a fire situation, users (or escapees?) head to where the Rapunzel is installed, presumably at the emergency exit windows, insert his or her hand into the device and simply glides down the side of the building the way Batman does. though, Batman usually goes up, rather than down. we simply love ideas that save lives, this one is no exception and besides, the concept device looks pretty cool too – almost look like a drink bottle.

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via Yanko Design

carriage of the future looks a little too TRON-ish

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concept vehicles are not new but the XSCAPE, designed by Shengjie Wang, looks like an early century horse carriage instead of some flashy, sports car. designed with flexibility in mind, this narrow vehicle is prep for the dense concrete jungle of the future. when exactly? we are not quite sure. the generous use of blue lights in and around the vehicle plus the hub-less, skinny wheels (with lights, of course), tells us that the XSCAPE is TRON-inspired. Continue reading carriage of the future looks a little too TRON-ish

TETi Extreme speakers are speakers with a twist – literally

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(image credit: Book of Music) Book of Music TETi Extreme Loudspeakers | from US$9,920.00 | www.book-of-music.com

unconventional speaker enclosure is not new, specially for the high-end, down-right ridiculously expensive loudspeakers. but the TETi Extreme Loudspeakers from Book of Music takes unconventional with a twist – literally. according to Book of Music, the twist of the speaker is intentional and it is a result of “careful design and experimental refinement to maintain a proper phase relationship between the two drivers.”

the TETi Extreme Loudspeakers feature a two way no conventional enclosure and spots a 6.5-inch paper cone woofer. price for being unconventional starts from $9,920 (each – not pair) for a stock finish and $10,481 for the special liquid-rubber coating. apparently, finishes can be custom too, at a higher price, of course.

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Polo CitiZ Machine Limited Edition Nespresso

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(image credit: Nespresso) Polo CitiZ Machine Limited Edition Nespresso | US$3,350.00 | www.nespresso.com

how many of you here likes coffee? and how many here loves Polo? (the game, not the designer wear) if you raise your hand for both, then you are in luck. Nepresso Argentina has limited edition machine, dubbed CitiZ Polo Machine, specially designed by contemporary artist Alejandro Moy.

being limited edition means, it is… well limited and thus, only 100 of this machine will be available for sales which started last year on October 14. as an added exclusivity, this Nespresso machine will comes with a special leather bag. it looks like the bag would fit the machine. if so, why would i be lugging a $3,350 dollar machine around?

not surprisingly, Nespresso was the Official sponsor of the 117th Argentine Polo Open Championship and sponsor of the Argentine Association of Polo Players in 2010 – hence this special edition but there might not be as many Polo fans compared to iPad users.

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Easy-Pour re-innovates the way you water your gardens

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(image credit: FISKARS) FISKARS Easy-Pour Watering Can | US$19.99 | www2.fiskars.com

who would think a mundane task like watering the plants with a watering can could be further be improved? well apparently, FISKARS thinks so. introducing the Easy-Pouring Water Can which it is not your ordinary everyday watering can. how so? you asked?

for a start, this 2.6 Gallons (or 9.8 liters) can has an additional hinged handle that rotates to enable easier watering. next, it has a rotatable watering spout for a choice of gentle shower or plant soaking. FISKARS attention to detail doesn’t stop there, the filling hole is offset to the side which makes filling up of water a whole lot easier.

it’s a simple product that addresses some long standing issues that comes with such a mundane task. simply amazing. i have my fair share of watering of plants and this can just addressed two ‘major’ issues that i have faced from time to time. why didn’t anybody think of that? i must say the rotating spout is an added bonus and best of all, it cost just $19.99. isn’t life beautiful?

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