powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat

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(image credit: Jetbuster) Jetbuster Jetrider XL | US$3,000.00 | www.jetbuster.com

kayaking has just become a less strenuous sports activity with the new Jetrider XL from Jetbuster (formerly, Surfango). the Jetrider XL is essentially a motor powered kayak which spares your arms from the strain and injects a new fun into kayaking. the monocoque lightweight hull is constructed of high impact GRP and powered by an electric start 9.5-hp 2-stroke engine with a patented jet drive system that’s capable of a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). that’s a pretty amazing speed for such a small water craft which should provide adrenalin junkies with an exhilarating experience. Continue reading “powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat”

Cyberdyne’s Robot Suit HAL is a real life exoskeleton suit

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if you haven’t heard, Cyberdyne‘s Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is a ‘cyborg-type’ robot that aims to expand and improve human being’s physical capability. at the first glance, the suit resembles the Metal Gear Solid Raiden’s exoskeleton suit, albeit being more bulkier. so how does it works? when a person attempts to move, this intention triggers the brain to send nerve signals to the muscles via motoneuron which in turns, move the body’s musculoskeletal system. Continue reading “Cyberdyne’s Robot Suit HAL is a real life exoskeleton suit”

advance head-up display helmet for Eurofighter Typhoon

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head-up display or HUD integrated into a helmet isn’t new news but one that lets the pilot sees, lock-on the target and unload it’s payload on its target is something new. besides displaying information such as speed, heading, and height, the BAE System‘s Helmet Mounted Symbology System for Eurofighter Typhoon enables pilot to look at multiple targets, lock-on them, and prioritize them via voice command.

the best part is, the pilot not only can do that visually but also by checking out the targets by looking at the Eurofighter Typhoon radar display, effectively letting the pilot ‘see’ through its own aircraft. with this advance helmet, the pilot no longer need to have a field of view of the targets or point their aircraft in the direction of the the targets for engagement which would cut the time on maneuvering the aircraft to line up with the targets. as long the radar ‘sees’ the targets, the Eurofighter Typhoon can now engage the targets – which is kind of creepy. so don’t be too happy if you are out of visual sight from a Typhoon.

the helmet also displays the precise position of any enemy aircraft or missiles – an extremely vital information during an air combat. the Helmet Mounted Symbology System is expected to go into service with the UK’s Royal Air Force this year.

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Mimoco announces blind box MIMOBOT USB Flash Drives

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(image credit: Mimoco) Mimoco WishComeTrue BLOTz blind box MIMOBOT | US$14.95 | www.mimoco.com

remember the famous words from Forrest Gump about how ‘life’s like a box of chocolate. you never know what you’re gonna get until you open it up’? well, what do we know? this turns out to be true for the latest addition to the Mimoco MIMOBOT USB flash drive collections.

for the uninitiated, Blind Box is a ‘mystery box’ where the buyer will not know what’s in the box until the box is opened. Continue reading “Mimoco announces blind box MIMOBOT USB Flash Drives”

iPad jacket lets you use and keep your iPad at your chest

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(image credit: Alphyn Industries) Alphyn Industries PADX-1 LEDGE Wearcom pullover | US$285.00 | alphynind.com

we are familiar with iPad case, how about going one step further by tucking it close to your chest, literally? the Alphyn IndustriesPADX-1 LEDGE Wearcom pullover lets you do just that. the PADX-1 has a built-in iPad case much like an upsized pocket for your iPad integrated into the jacket.

the PADX-1 looks just like another jacket with a pair of kangaroo pockets at the sides and a zipper pocket that flips out to reveal an iPad case. when unzipped, it reveals your iPad, complete with load bearing harness system at the chest and shoulders to support the iPad and distributes the weight across the upper body, reducing fatigue. well, not that the iPad adds a lot weight but the thing is, with this system, you can virtually free up both hands and use them (yes, both of them) to touch your device or do whatever things other than holding up your iPad. yep, that’s right. no holding required, as the patented LEDGE pocket flap does the job of holding the iPad for you. sounds like a jacket a geek would love to have.

the jacket itself is made of advanced waterproof, thermal soft-shell for a perfect balanced of strength, stretchability and softness. the PADX-1 LEDGE Wearcom pullover retails for $285 and is available now from Alphyn Industries online store. if you love your iPad and don’t mind looking like a hot dog seller in a Super Bowl game, the PADX-1 lets you keep your iPad closer to your heart… literally.

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simple tips: how to add separators in the Dock in Mac OS X

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if you have a bunch of commonly used applications on your Mac OS X Dock, the long stretch of icons makes the Dock looks cluttered and chances are, you’d find it hard to locate the application that you want to launch. i know it sounds silly but it happens. sometime we have to strain our eyes to locate the application even if it’s there on the Dock. a neat way is to add blank separators to visibly break the icons up into groups. for those who wants to be even more organized, this clever organization of the icons combined with the used of Spaces, also helps in monitoring what’s open in each of the Spaces too. Continue reading “simple tips: how to add separators in the Dock in Mac OS X”

Bader USB flash drives take on the form of airline tail fins

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(image credit: Bader models) Bader USB Flash Drive | from US$53.00 | www.badermodels.com

just having a flash drive can be so unappealing and lacks individuality, hence we spiced up the usually monotonous USB drive by disguising them in sushi, cartoon characters and now, for the airline fanatics, the airline tail fins from Bader Models, complete with a host of airline logos to choose from – including the defunct PanAm airline and some even spot a tail fin-mounted jet engine with it. sweet. prices for the Bader models USB flash drives starts from $53 for 4 GB capacity to $120 for the 32 GB item.

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Appgun uses your iPhone to see and shoot aliens

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(image: Electric Pig) Apptoyz Appgun | £20.00
if you are bored with the lack of reality in shooter games on iPhone, then check the Appgun out. the plastic gun, when uses with the appropriate game, takes advantage of the augmented reality of the iPhone to let user immerse in a game of scoping out those nasty aliens.

the game uses the iPhone camera to view the environment and superimpose the aliens in it. all you have to do is to ‘aim’ at the aliens and unload some virtual rounds into them. the guns is equipped with left and right triggers to fire off normal rounds and lopping some stun bombs. slated to be available in April, the app is free while the gun cost £20.00 (about US$32). Continue reading “Appgun uses your iPhone to see and shoot aliens”

Line Block gives a new way of cable management

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before electro-induction becomes a reality for wireless power without electrocuting us, we have to make do with other means of physical cable management. besides the traditional cable trunking, here’s a rather innovative solution to manage the clutter in the form of Line Block Cable, designed by Junbeom So, Lee Ji Eun, Yi-Seo Hyeon, Heo-Hyeoksu & Jeong Minhui.

the Line Block Cable has a ‘C’ channel cross section which allows one or more cable to ‘sit’ on top another and only splitting out near the socket. a neat solution for now and also has the potential of wrecking the cable organizer industry. however good it is, it is still near perfect as we have yet to resolve those cables coming out from the different devices located at different height and position in the same locality.

well, you know what they said: a picture worth a thousand words. that said, check out some pretty self-explanatory images after the jump on how the Line Block Cable works.

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Lilypad is a floating city ready to fight the rising tide

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it is said that the global water level will continue to rise, putting those residing in low-lying areas at risk of being displaced, thus becoming refugees of climate change. it may sound like something that will only happen in a movie like 2012, but this unpleasant prospect might well be very real. it is certainly not too late for us to think into the future and crack our brain to think of how we will cope with such calamity. one, and possibly the only solution to counter such rising tide scenario would be a floating island or city and Vincent Callebaut Architectures‘ concept, Lilypad, is a completely self-sustainable floating Ecopolis that is intended for such purpose.

capable of housing up to 50,000 people within its 500,000 m2 surface and sub-surface area, this stunning floating architecture of the future drew its inspiration from the highly ribbed leave of the great lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia. Lilypad is designed to be a zero carbon emission city through the integration with all forms of renewable energies such as solar, thermal, wind, tidal energy et cetera. the double layer skin of this amazing architecture is made of polyester fibers covered by a layer of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), which would react with ultraviolet rays and absorb atmospheric pollution via a photocatalytic effect, thereby purifying the air.

we have not seen a lot of floating city but from the few concepts that we have witnessed, the Lilypad is perhaps the most breathtaking and phenomenal concept to date. needless to say, this won’t be happening anytime soon as Callebaut has designed the Lilypad with a vision set in 2100 which, judging from the recent drastic climate changes in recent years, could be a little too late. nevertheless, we hope this stunning work would receive the attention from designers, architects, private and government institutions from around the world and hence, set forth to provide a practical solution to the climate change refugees.

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