C-Water – water purification has never been this easy

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there are so much talk about solar energy, wind energy and i think it’s high time somebody starts thinking about water conservation – which is also an important resources that we can’t live without. with the ocean covering 70 percent of the earth, water purification could provide us with clean, drinking water from this abundant resource. not to mention, places that do not have access to clean drinking water.

at least this is what designer Chao Gao has in mind with the portable water recycle device, dubbed the C-Water. sea water, C-water. get it? or maybe not. it could be just a coincidence or simply means ‘see water’? nah. anyway, C-Water employs really simple method of distillation by means of evaporation.

the C-Water is a slim device and several of it can be combined together to create a larger C-Water system. power to the C-Water is bestowed by the sun. there’s not even a single electronic or battery involved. you couldn’t get anymore environmental friendly then this. C-Water is light weight enough to be able to float on any calm water surface.

the operation of the C-Water is completely idiot-proof, hence we wouldn’t want to bother elaborating how it works. just check out the images below. they are really, ridiculously simple and self-explanatory. basic science at work. however, there are no details on the rate of water purification at this point. from the little knowledge i had on science, it’s going to take quite a bit of time. then again, if you are out in the wild, this could be a life saver gadget.

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via Yanko Design

on sale now: futuristic high wheel bicycle for $3,600

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(image credit: YikeBike) YikeBike | US$3,595.00 | www.yikebike.com

the world was introduced to the YikeBike last year and for those who are still drooling over it, now you have the opportunity to own the YikeBike for a handsome sum of $3,595. constructed out of carbon fiber, this electric foldable bike weighs in at 10.8 kg and has a top speed of 23 km/h. not exactly fast but considering riding it without a handle upfront, it’s kind of er… scary. Continue reading “on sale now: futuristic high wheel bicycle for $3,600”

EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster

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(image credit: Hydronalix) Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard | from US$3,500.00 | hydronalix.com

rescuing distressed swimmers in the open water proves to be a daunting task. traditionally, beaches has lifeguards to swim out to the distressed swimmers, which might be a little too late. another alternative is to deploy jet ski, but jet ski is cumbersome to deploy and it also runs the risk of hitting the distressed swimmers. Continue reading “EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster”

leaked iPad Mini surfaced in Taiwan – real or bluff?

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(credit: screenshot by mike taken from Jimmy Lin’s blog post) Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin holding up both iPad and the “iPad mini”

how real is this? by now this news must have spread like wild fire. Jimmy Lin, a Taiwanese pop star published on his blog, a picture of him holding up an iPad and what looks like a mini iPad. nothing much was said except for the headline “new toy iPad mini”. if it’s legit, we are curious how it get it. whatever it is, if it’s another ‘lost prototype’, then i guess he will be hearing from Steve Jobs real soon.

Steve are you reading this? is it true? if it is true, can you let us in on some sneak-peek already?

via Akihabara News

Beer Bike puts a beer bar together with a bicycle

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what do you get when you put bicycle aficionados and beer-lover in the mix? a Beer Bike, of course. hand-built by Metrofiets Cargo Bikes, this Beer Bike has space to haul two full-size pressurized beer kegs under its wooden bar table, which, not surprisingly, comes with a pair of beer taps. Continue reading “Beer Bike puts a beer bar together with a bicycle”

Solar-powered clothing lets you charge up your gadgets

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(image credit: Silvrlining) Silvrlining GO Collection Clothing | from US$920.00 | www.silvrlining.com

we are familiar with solar-equipped backpack, portable speakers, portable chargers and tents. what about solar-equipped clothing? well, it has been talked about but until now, we have not actually seen any being commercially available. Silvrlining has just launched its GO collection which is a clothing line that has photovoltaic panels integrated with the clothes. Continue reading “Solar-powered clothing lets you charge up your gadgets”

no kidding: this iPhone and iPad stand was designed by an 11 year-old

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(image credit: DZDOCK) DZDOCK One | US$25.00 | www.dzdock.com

first of all, this isn’t a device dock. it is a stand that fits most portable touchscreen devices such as the iPad, iPhone, ebook readers et cetera. there’s no power to it, just a simple solid aluminum that’s perfectly balance to hold up your beloved devices.

designed by 11 year-old boy from Pennsylvania, USA, as a challenge by his dad with a phone as the bounty. it took little Dino 5 months to get to what DZDOCK One is today. well, what can i say, simple and functional. besides, if you decided to quit on certain devices and get another model or make, likely you can still use this stand.

the DZDOCK One comes in eight different colors and retails at $25.00.

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via Gizmag

this decal lets you ‘teardown’ your iPhone 4

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(image credit: ETSY) iPhone 4 Teardown Decal | US$9.99 | www.etsy.com

seeing a person naked is, well.. uhmmm, exciting to most people. to some geeks, seeing the ‘architecture’ of gadgets could be as exciting as seeing a naked person. if that’s you, check this out…

now, you can actually see your iPhone 4 naked (back side only, cos’ we still need to use the touchscreen, don’t we?) and get all excited about it. no, i am not suggesting that you to remove the back panel. duh! that will only expose your phone to everything else that’s not good for your phone. for $9.99 you can slap on an iPhone 4 teardown decal that shows the innards of your iPhone 4 without putting it at risk. get it? seeing inside without opening it up. no X-ray or bionic vision involved here. just decal.

via DVICE

BMW burns their brand name into your retinas

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(credit: screenshot by mike from YouTube video)

big corporates has tried variety of ways to instill brand loyalty in consumers. one of the commonly used tool is advertisement. probably that isn’t good enough for BMW, now it has decided that they should imprint their brand name into our mind by burning them into our retinas. Continue reading “BMW burns their brand name into your retinas”

Thanko Warming Mouse keeps your hand warm while you work

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(image credit: GeekStuff4u) Thanko Warming Mouse | ¥2,900.00 | www.geekstuff4u.com

this winter, you don’t have suffer from cold hands while working on your computer. at least not if you’re using the Thanko Warming Mouse. well, you can choose to wear gloves while using your standard mouse but you won’t feel your mouse a bit. so i guess, a naked hand is still the way to go to handle a mouse.

basically, this is a real working computer mouse which warm your hands at the same time. connection to your comp is via an USB cable and user can choose between two warming modes. you expect up to 46 degrees of warming that will enable you continue working on your computer without having cold hands. though you will need to hold the mouse with both hands if you want to get both your hands warm. kind of awkward if you try to move the mouse with both hands.