the Sensor can – trash can goes high tech

simplehuman - The Sensor Can(photo source: simplehuman.com)
simplehuman designs and manufactures sleek household wares such as trash can. yeah, trash can need not be monotonous looking object hidden away in some inconspicuous corner of your house. simplehuman takes the simple task of discarding trash a step further – introducing the sensor can. it is a trash can, but with a built-in advance sensor that senses your intention to use it, opens up and closes after you are done. no, you need not flip the lid or step on the paddle. the sensor can uses an adaptive sensor technology called multi-sense™ which syncs the can with your motion. what makes it so special is the sensor changes its sensing behavior to suit different situation. basically, the one sensor has 3 modes: the ready mode, the task mode and the stay-open mode.

in ready mode, there’s a focused space above the sensor (i.e. directly above the lid) known as the trigger zone, ready for you to throw your trash. the sensor in this mode does not ‘spill out’ of the front of the can, avoiding false triggering when people walks past the can. when an action of discarding moves over the sensor, the sensor changes to ‘task mode’ where the trigger zone extends and becomes more sensitive to activity. this mode prevents the can from closing on you (i mean your hand) while you are still discarding the trash (seriously, does it take so long to discard something?). time to clear the can? no worries. after more than 3 seconds of continual activity, the can switches to ‘stay-open mode’ where it stays open for 30-seconds, in the event that you turn your back to get a fresh liner – it stays open. very smart indeed.

asides from the multi-sense™ technology, the sensor can also incorporates feature such as odor removal, robust motor (for the lid), nylon discs under its based (gentle on your flooring) and custom extra strength fit liners, fingerprint-proof stainless steel exterior. the sensor can uses 6 x C-size batteries which can last up to a full year. for a handsome amount of US$225.00, you can add this 40 liter high-tech trash can to your growing list of high tech products in your house. i said ‘handsome’ because that’s quite an amount for trash can, regardless. i want one, but i suspect my wife wouldn’t let me have one.

visit simplehuman website.

Ferrari-themed trike based on Suzuki Hayabusa

Ferrari-theme Suzuki Hayabusa Trike - front 544px
(photo source: japanprobe.com)
i love this conversion. i am not rider myself but the power of Hayabusa has always mesmerized me. so why do i like this so much? i am paranoid about 2 wheelers. being thrown off a bicycle twice in my life time, and ended up in a rather dire situation, 2 wheelers is a nightmare. here comes a dream bike, but in a trike form. what makes this even more alluring is it’s Ferrari-themed, right down to its decals. according to Japanprobe.com, its creator was contacted by Ferrari after they saw the video of his creation, but it is ok if is a one-off fan-only vehicle and he can’t produce sell the clones. so this is really one-of-the-kind. we can only drool over it. Continue reading “Ferrari-themed trike based on Suzuki Hayabusa”

Solar Sun Jar & Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp

Solar Sun Jar(photo source: urbancubes.com)
green heads out there rejoice, cos’ here’s another cool stuff to show your love for the planet. comes Solar Sun Jar, a lamp made out with traditional mason jar (you know those jars that your mum use to store your favorite cookies?) with high-efficiency solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. placed the jar under the sun and it charges up the battery over a few hours. this energy is stored and can be use at night to power three LED lamps inside the jar. the jar is frosted, so the LED lights emitted is diffused and making it appears like sunlight. the Solar Sun Jar has no switch, cos’ in-built sensor will do the job of detecting darkness and lights up. there’s no paranormal activity but work of the sensor. being a mason jar, it is completely water tight. so there’s no need to worry about weather condition when you leave outside to charge. this also means you can add a touch of mystic coolness to your garden by deploying the Solar Sun Jar as a garden light or simply use it as a night light.

Touch Sensitive Dog Lampyou asked your dog to sit, paw, roll over. how do you like to ask him to light up your study table? now you can with the Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp. well, not a real dog though. i assure you that no animals will be harm in the process. with just a pat on the touch sensitive ‘head’, the lamp can be switched on and off, and brightness can be adjusted through 3 distinct level. the Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp is made of solid acrylic plastic body and uses a 40W (Max) E27 bulb. did i mention that the ‘head’ is adjustable? very cool.

available @ UrbanCubes.com.

Wunderlich S 1000 RR “Piranha” conversion kit

Wunderlich S 1000 RR "Pirahna" conversion kit 544px(photo source: wunderlich.de)
to me, Wunderlich is to BMW bike as RUF is to Porsche cars. this latest conversion kit from the German bike tuner for the S 1000 RR is named “Piranha”, and it sure looks like one. the “Piranha” kit is the creation of Wunderlich’s very own in-house designer, Nicolas Petite. highlights include handlebar conversion, single-bulb XENON headlamp, “RR-Vario” footrest assembly, light race hump, adjustable number plate mount and indicators with built-in rear/brake light functions, lighter PVM 6 spoke high-performance wheels, SBK sports exhaust system, performance controller, MotoMaster brake discs, Ohlins chassis and steering dampers (tuned by Wunderlich’s racing rider, Frank “Fritz” Spenner) etc. as you have read, enhancement is not limited to aesthetic, but also with improvement to the handling and performance departments. seriously, i am astounded by it’s beauty. aren’t you? Continue reading “Wunderlich S 1000 RR “Piranha” conversion kit”

iLOQ Privus – electronic locking system

iLOQ Privus - electronic locking system 544px(photo source: iloq.com)
key lock is probably the last thing you would defined as ‘high tech’. wait till you hear this. iLOQ, a Finnish company, specializes in development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative high security electronic locking solutions, has a lock systems which is worthy of the words ‘high tech’. Privus is a cylindrical lock which you can define access rights. you may ask: what access rights? isn’t by duplicating the keys for whoever needs it grants the access? it’s far more than that. Privus is an electronic locking system, and the best part is no batteries and cables are involved. need new keys? you can make it yourself, right there and then.

what i like about this lock is, you can remove the access for certain keys if the holders do not have the right to access anymore. it also lessen the number of keys you may carry if you install the Privus to more than one property or locations, and programmed it to a single key. i know what you are thinking. there are bound to have risks but if you have a bunch of keys that you need readily always, this could be a good news for you. you can also limit access to a key if situation requires, such as keeping certain part of your office or house off-limits to guest. hmmm. why does it begin to sound like hotel’s card keys? nevertheless, being a tech head, i am all for this system.

visit iLOQ website.

Brinno PeepHole Viewer – look who’s knocking?

this is a very interesting product. it is a cross between a conventional optical peephole and a wall/ceiling mounted security cam. the PeepHole Viewer replaces the traditional optical peephole and let’s you view who’s knocking via the 2.5″ TFT-LCD. the PeepHole Viewer is a direct replacement for the traditional optical item. image is captured through a 1.3 Megapixel CMOS camera, project to the 2.5″ TFT-LCD with a viewing angle of 96DEG or 99DEG, depending on the model. power comes from 2x AA batteries which means it is totally cable-free. Brinno don’t need to sell me the PeepHole Viewer’s benefits, just the concept alone has won me over – except that i don’t have a Peephole to start with. but it certainly makes sense to use such device, as oppose to sticking your face to the door just to get a glimpse of who’s knocking on the door. that’s what i call home improvement. Continue reading “Brinno PeepHole Viewer – look who’s knocking?”

Innergie mCube Pro universal power adaptor: multi-function adaptor

Innergie mCube Pro universal power adaptor 544px(photo source: myinnergie.com)
if you are looking are for a sleek power adaptor for your beloved laptops, Innergie has the answer for you. replace those ugly looking power brick with this all-in-one cool universal power adaptor and charge in style. the mCube not only charges your laptops but works for USB-powered devices such as mobile phones and portable music players. mCube Pro does not restrict itself to wall sockets, but works with in the cars and airplanes too. not to feel paranoid about using this device on the plane, as mCube Pro is credited with the RTCA aviation certificate. therefore it is certified safe to use on airplanes. it is able to charge up to 17″ laptops of major brands. Apple users need not to apply, though. a built-in protections keeps you from harmful unstable voltages, giving you a peace of mind. all this comes in a neat package of size 70mm x 128.8mm by 23.6mm. it even comes with a carrying bag to keep the mCube Pro and its accompanying cables. Continue reading “Innergie mCube Pro universal power adaptor: multi-function adaptor”

Bose Lifestyle T20 home theater system

Bose Lifestyle T20 home theater system 544px
the BOSE lifestyle T20 5.1 home theater system is features an easy set-up system named Unify™ intelligent integration system which uses on-screen navigation to simply the system setup. you know what they, a picture speaks louder than words. nothing beats a visual guide on how to setup the system. there’s an ADPATiQ® audio calibration system which analyzes the room’s dimensions and other variables, then automatically adjusts the sound to the room’s acoustics. Continue reading “Bose Lifestyle T20 home theater system”

brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops

over the years, tech companies must have found out the close relation between super car lovers and gadget lovers. hence the birth of the collaboration between consumer gadgets and super car branding. not that the consumer gadgets will get any insane horsepower or ultra streamline aerodynamics profile, and no i’m very sure the gadgets didn’t turn up in a wind-tunnel test. let’s have a look a few of those collaborations, although some of the products may have already been released for a few months now. featured here are just a few recent collaborations, not mentioning attempts by Koenigsegg Supercar or Ego with their Bently branded, odd looking laptops. Continue reading “brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops”

B52 Ejection Chair by Motoart

Motoart's B52 Ejection Chair(photo source: motoart.com)

a perfect work of art for aviation-fans or any aviator. Motoart is a company that specialized in converting aircraft parts into sculptures and working furnitures. whether you are a serious aviator fan, aviator or just want to stand out from the masses, this would be the choice for furniture. i am certain that this will be a conversation piece in a party. featured here, is one of the many custom furniture by Motoart, a office chair customed out of a B52 Stratofortress. each chair comes with the original, intact ejection pin, complete with “remove before flight” warning tag. and no, you can’t eject yourself out of a boring board meeting, if that’s what you were thinking. as for pricing, you got to contact Motoart via their enquiry form.

visit Motoart website.