Porsche Design’s USB thumb drives and mouse

before you realize your dream of owning a Porsche (or owning yet another Porsche), get a piece of Porsche lifestyle with these geeky stuff from Porsche Design…

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design Computer Mouse
thinking of carrying over your need for speed to your desktop? this PC & Mac compatible, 2-button scroll-wheel mouse should do the job. no, not really. it’s not a speeding mouse but rather a mouse that features aluminum scroll-wheel, high-res 2000 dpi sensor and 2.4 GHz technology in the shaped of Porsche 911. or at least you can pretend to be cruising down the ocean drive in the luxury sports car while you are slogging through your daily work. the Porsche Design 911 mouse retails at £42.55 (US$67), which is on the high side considering an average pricing for a wireless mouse is around US$25.

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
take step a further to your Porsche ownership (whether you are or you are not a Porsche owner) by grabbing this 4GB USB thumb drive, in form of a Porsche sports car vehicle key. it will work with most operating system, like most thumb drives do. it also works with Porsche Communication Management system. er… what’s that?… ok. it’s obvious i’m not a Porsche owner. the Porsche USB stick retails at £22.98 (US$36), again a more expensive option to ordinary brand thumb drives. but a small price to pay for a dream (almost) comes true. start fantasizing about starting up the Porsche sports car whenever you plug in this thumb drive into you PC, just don’t try to crank the thumb drive.

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design Panamera USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
if Panamera is your kind of thing. there’s also a Panamera car key USB stick, which would be my personal choice. i have always liked the Porsche Panamera, regardless of what critics said. capacity is 4GB on this Panemera USB stick and there’s a sliding mechanism to extend and retract the stick. sneaky. with the USB retracted, it certainly looked like an actual Porsche Panamera car key. just make sure you don’t grab the wrong ‘key’ for your Panamera on your way out. as with the Porsche USB stick, it will work with most operating system and the Porsche Communication Management system. owning a Panamera stick is slightly dearer at £24.68 (US$39). design is nice but i hope Porsche Design would understand that 4GB is so over these days and minimum capacity would 8GB.

visit Porsche Design Driver’s Selection.

Ride on Design – the Ciclotte Exercise Bike

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(photo source: ciclotte.com)
what looks like a contemporary art piece is actually the Ciclotte, a designer exercise bike. no, i did not get it wrong. the Ciclotte is designed by Luca Schieppati and made in Italy. it is constructed out of an innovative mix of carbon fiber, steel and glass fiber (i supposed they meant fiber glass?). technological approach has also been carried over to it’s functionality (not just aesthetic) such as touch screen display and epicycloid transmission system.

that’s just a brief introduction but now comes the golden question: how much? well… the Ciclotte will be yours for a cool US$10,700. whoa… oh, 3 colors (full carbon, silver & purple) will be available for it’s first release and customization to the frame with brands, names and graphics are possible upon request.

visit Ciclotte website. (note: it’s a FLASH-based website)

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Areaware STRiDA LT foldable bike breaks the geometry barrier

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(photo source: areaware.com)
this odd looking bike is designed by Mark Sanders. strange as it is, it certainly grabbed my attention in an instant. this design enables the rider to sit upright, thus giving the rider a good view of the road ahead. seriously, i haven’t seen anything bicycle in such a triangular form. the frame of the STRiDA LT is of lightweight aluminum, while a single speed power is transferred to the rear wheel via a silent greaseless Kevlar belt. so you don’t need but a Harley to have ‘belt drive’ on your two-wheeler. stopping power is in the form cable disc brakes, again, something which you don’t often see on folding bikes. Continue reading “Areaware STRiDA LT foldable bike breaks the geometry barrier”

safety meets style with Hövding/Chieftan airbag for cyclists

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(photo source: hovding.com)
from the first look you might thought you are looking at some fashion accessory such as a scarf or a fashionable headdress. well, it is not. it is the Hövding, an airbag developed for cyclist in the guise of a fashionable collar. well, the models in the picture does did some part in the deception. but the part about me mistaking it for a fashion wear was true. really. but i guess the inventors wanted to project the fashionable side of this life saving invention. you don’t need to look look ugly wearing a safety device. great for colder countries, but not so ideal for tropical countries. nevertheless, it is going to save a lot lives. the Hövding operates on battery and motion sensor.

read more HERE.

visit Hövding website. (non-English)

via CRAVE CNET

Smart announced Hello Kitty wraps for Smart Fortwo

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(photo source: daimler.com)
smart USA has partnered Sanrio Inc., better known for the global pop icon Hello Kitty, to offer multiple car wraps for the smart fortwo cars. the car wraps are  in the lovable Hello Kitty designs… why am i not surprised? available in three full body designs, each with a selection of color schemes. the wraps are available under the ‘smart Expressions‘ program, which was launch in July. Sanrio Inc. celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. Continue reading “Smart announced Hello Kitty wraps for Smart Fortwo”

Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD & SD cable for iOS devices

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i hesitated a little when was putting this up. i asked: am i going to put up another Apple-related accessories? there are just way too many iPad/iPhone accessories flooding the market. despite many claims (or predictions) that Android is going to overtake iPhone/iPad sales, but then the wave of iPad/iPhone accessories hurling to us like a giant tsunami, suggest otherwise. or at least not any time soon. however, this Scosche (Scosche – sounded like Porsche, doesn’t it?) item sounded too good to give it a pass.

if big screen is your kind of thing, then iPad screen is definitely not for you but then again, we all gotta have an iPad, don’t we? so what do we do then? we hook it up with a video-out cable to our big screen, such as the Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD and Standard Definition (SD) A/V cable. in fact, it works with most of Apple portable devices that plays video with the 30-pin connector. on the end, connection to the TV is via either composite (SD) or component (HD) cables. sorry, dude – there is no HDMI here. a micro USB cable is included which allows you to charge while you play, ensuring you never run out of juice in a middle of a movie.

combine with the Just Mobile UpStand, it could be a perfect set-up.

visit Scosche website.

new to A/V jargons? read more on what is: composite, component and HDMI.

Lego 3D printer that builds… Lego out of Lego pieces

MakerLegoBot 3D Lego printer
(photo source: battlebricks.com)
don’t let SkyNET get a wind about this. this mean Lego Mindstorms NXT machine can churn out Lego models. yes, you heard it right, earthlings. throw in some A.I. (artificial intelligence), this machine could be replicating itself and an army of Lego minions. well, fear not. we are safe for now cos’ this machine currently builds simple Lego models only. *phew*

Will Gorman, a member of the BattleBricks, build this out of 3 Lego Mindstorms NXT Bricks, along with 9 NXT motors and 2400 lego bricks. this Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer is being showcased in the LegoWorld Expo (October 22nd to October 26th, 2010) in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Will cited his inspiration from MakerBot and RepRap. personally, i have read both websites and i am inspired to create one myself too. exploration (tech, not nature) is certainly exciting.

the MakerLegoBot receive its printing instructions from MLCad Lego file via a Java Application on a PC, determines the print instructions and sends the instructions to the MakerLegoBot for printing via USB. the MakerLegoBot works with 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2, and 8×2 Lego bricks and there’s a feed system in place which can hold approximately 35 bricks of each type. all i can say is ‘wow’.

you can buy one now but you can build one yourself with the detailed instructions HERE.

visit BattleBricks website.
check out Will’s Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer webpage.

Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder – the easy finder for luggage

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if locating your luggage at the luggage carousel is a stressful task for you, NAFTALI inc., an US-based company has an interesting solution. the product that NAFTALI thinks will help to relieve your problem is the Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder. the Easy 2 Pick notifies user when the luggage emerges onto the luggage carousel, taking the guess work out of whether your luggage is out or it hasn’t. the Easy 2 Pick consists of a luggage tag transmitter for your luggage and a wireless keychain receiver.

when activated, the keychain receiver will beep, flash and vibrate once your luggage is within 90 feet of you. according to it’s manufacturer, Easy 2 Pick is FCC and CE approved and safe to use for flight. interestingly, the usage for Easy 2 Pick is not just restricted to traveling. you can use it to locate your car, keys et cetera. or maybe secretly tag someone you dislike or like so that you will know if he/she is in your vicinity. for whatever reason. nasty. not that i encourage this but that was just a thought.

read the review by TMCnet here.

visit NAFTALI inc.

techART. changing times – boombox of now and then

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(doodled by mike.)
i find that life could be monotonous without a spice of art, in this case – tech-related topic. so it is tech.get aim to break those boring times with an occasional techART or techTOON, as some would refer it as. and here’s the very first.

this week it’s ‘changing times’. remember the 80s? shoulder pads, permed hair, fluorescent colors fashion, break dances (my personal favorite) and of course, the D-size batteries-operated boom boxes that you carry it anywhere. fast forward to today. you can still do the same but with a sleeker boom box in the form of portable iPod speaker dock. basically, we never changed. only difference is, technology changes.

Just Mobile AluPen & Upstand for iPad – designer-style accessories for iPad

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(photo source: xtand.net)
can’t enough of aluminum products? Just Mobile, a Taiwan-based company has a range of product to satisfy your need for aluminum-based products. we have seen quite a number of stylus around in market now, how about a aluminum item styled in the shape of a pencil? sounds cool? then AluPen is for you (and me too!).

AluPen is a chunky pencil-shaped stylus, sculpted from aluminum, with a soft rubber nib. if you like doodling on your iPad. this will be the stylus to doodle in style. seriously, it does look cool. doesn’t it? no iPad? no worries. it will work with any capacitive touch screens. but if you’re looking to use with your iPhone or iPad, it will work with all iPhone/iPad apps. that’s the kind of assurance that all consumers need. the AluPen measures 12cm x 1.3cm x 1.2 cm – pretty chunky indeed. the AluPen retails for US$24.95.

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(photo source: xtand.net)
from the product photo above, you might mistaken it for a new Apple desktop. well, it isn’t. it’s another sleek product from Just Mobile, the UpStand for iPad. needless to say, it is made out of aluminum with radial finish. add in a bluetooth keyboard and you have a instant boot-up desktop.

i don’t need to tell you what you can do with your iPad propped up on the UpStand. do i? never mind… here are some possibilities: you can make as a digital picture frame, watch movies et cetera and with the appropriate apps, you can read your receipt book off the iPad while you mess around trying to make a nice Italian meal, or use it as a giant alarm clock. throw in a bluetooth keyboard (not included), you can surf the net, jot down ideas for your next novel et cetera. pretty neat.

the UpStand retails for US$49.95. *note iPad and bluetooth keyboard not included.

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(photo source: xtand.net)