advanced bouncing chair that moves like the way you do

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(image credit: 4moms) mamaRoo Bouncing Chair | US$185 |

while grown-ups are busy ogling over their shiny gadgets aka grown-up toys, babies do deserved to have a piece of the gadget action. well, they may be too young to tell you that, but as a grown-up, you can get them started. take for instant, this (space-pod looking) advanced bouncing chair called mamaRoo from 4moms. Continue reading “advanced bouncing chair that moves like the way you do”

advance textile that hardens on impact: Dow Corning DEFLEXION textiles

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DEFLEXION by Dow Corning | US$POA |
(screenshots by Mike taken from Dow Corning)

traditional body protections made of polycarbonate can be stiff and impedes movement. now there’s an advanced textiles from Dow Corning, dubbed the DEFLEXION, will harden instantly upon impact and returns to its flexible state after the impact. the fabric absorb and disperse the shock of impact, protecting the wearer from damage and injury. sounds like materials that a superhero suit would be made of.

the material uses silicone technology and provides protection without the bulk and stiffness of the traditional padding and body armor. its shock protection properties aside, these fabrics behaves like any ordinary textile which makes it ideal for use in apparels. the DEFLEXION offers better comfort and is washable, breathable, can be cut to size and sew-able. protection is not restricted to human, the materials can also use in protective sleeves to keep gadgets and other devices safe without adding bulk like hard cases do.

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(screenshots by Mike taken from Dow Corning)

DEFLEXION is available in a variety of thickness, weight, flexibilities, breathability and levels of protections to suit different purposes and designs. i must admit i am totally sold. i almost wanted to acquire some to create my own stuff (shsss… what i am making is a secret). this is probably just the beginning, we could be seeing military-grade applications in near future. who knows? this technology could be developed further and perhaps someday we would see a bullet-proof jacket someday.

Dow Corning DEFLEXION textiles - application in apparels
(screenshots by Mike taken from Dow Corning)

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a peek into the future of automobile: Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept

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(image credit: Jaguar) Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept | US$tbc(concept) |

celebrating its 75th anniversary, Jaguar introduces the world of its next generation hybrid concept. beyond its alluring exterior, this concept is packed with technologies of tomorrow. it is not just a concept but an idea that will certainly have the rest in the automotive industry pursuing in near future. Continue reading “a peek into the future of automobile: Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept”

serving up music to audiophile: Olive O6HD Music Server

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(image credit: Olive HiFi) Olive O6HD Music Server | US$4999.90 |

hot on the heel after the release of the first budget HD Music Server in September, Olive announces the Olive O6HD Music Server this month. dubbed as the HD Audiophile Server, it is no easy task in making such claims especially when we talked home-ripped music. the O6HD spots a 10.1 inch widescreen color touchscreen for ease of browsing your music collection and it comes with a ultra quiet 2TB AV hard drive which is capable of storing up to 6,000 CDs in their original quality or 20,000 HD tracks.

as with all Olive music server, the OH6HD has front slot loading Teach-mechansim CDRW drive and one-touch recording function to turn your CD into a digital copy. to offer the most audiophile experience from the ripped music, the O6HD features a fully-balanced differential Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) with goodies such as two 24-bit/192 kHz DAC modules (Ti Burr-Brown PCM1792) and the TI SRC4194 Asynchronous Sample Rate Converter capable of up-sampling to 24-bit/384 kHz.

aside from ripping CDs, the CDRW is also capable of burning audio, MP3 and Data CDs. supported audio formats are the usual WAV, FLAC, MP3 (128 & 320 kbit/s) as well as AAC (128 kbit/s). for those who loves to immerse themselves with the music without other ambience disturbance, you will be delighted by the high-end headphone output powered by a dedicated TI 192khz/24-bit Burr-Brown PCM1792 and a TI TPA61620A2 high performance audio amplifier.

there are a bunch of connectivity associated with this high-end music server, both analog and digital. analog audio connectivity includes gold-plated RCA, 6.4mm headphone jack, XLR connector – which are usually found on professional A/V equipment. digital audio output is the form of AES/EBU connector, S/PDIF optical TOSLINK and gold-plated S/PDIF coaxial cinch. other connectivity include wireless 802.11n, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and USB 1.1/2.0 port.

all these goodies are housed in a passive cooled anodized fine-grade aluminum shell, thus making it not only aesthetically pleasing but extremely quiet. which is an important aspect if you demand the most out of your lossless music. the O6HD is available in Silver or Black. its pretty hard to list down all the features from a almost $5000 machine, so we suggest you checking out Olive HIFI website for more details.

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(image credit: Olive HiFi)

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DMC DeLorean DMC-12 inspired: Nike 6.0 DeLorean Dunk

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(image credit: Nike/fubiz) Nike 6.0 DeLorean Dunk | US$tbc |

while brand collaborations between automotive and gadgets are a norm these days, fashion and automotive collaborations are rare – save for those F1 or other racing merchandise. this particular item from Nike is just one of those rare fashion-automotive collaboration. well, it’s more like a fashion-automotive-movie collaboration. introducing the Nike 6.0 DeLorean Dunk, an extremely limited edition sneaker to mark the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future (Universal Pictures, 1985). Continue reading “DMC DeLorean DMC-12 inspired: Nike 6.0 DeLorean Dunk”

Peugeot EX1 Electric Concept has electrifying horsepower

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(image credit: Peugeot) Peugeot EX1 Electric Concept | US$tbc(concept) |

Peugeot celebrated its 200th anniversary in China last month, and what could be more appropriate than to commemorate this bicentenary event with a concept electric automobile? introducing the Peugeot EX1 Electric Concept. although the model name ‘EX1’ doesn’t sound like anything fancy, however the car itself speaks otherwise. Continue reading “Peugeot EX1 Electric Concept has electrifying horsepower”

sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer

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(image credit: Razer) TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer | US$99.99 |

if you feel all grown up and the toy TRON Zero G Light Cycle isn’t your cup of tea then the TRON Gaming Mouse might be an alternative for fans of TRON. video games and other product movie tie-ins are not uncommon but not a common thing for gaming peripherals.

TRON Gaming Mouse features 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor and an ambidextrous design which is both left and right hand-friendly. of course, there’s the ‘compulsory’ iconic blue lights trickling all over the mouse. other features include light and sound effects at startup and shutdown, lighting alerts, seven Hyperesponse buttons, ultrapolling and the now-common-to-Razer braided USB cable. Continue reading “sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer”

city of tracks for 1200 Hot Wheels: Chris Burden’s Metropolis

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(screenshots by mike from Chris Burden Metropolis 2 video)

Hot Wheels toy has come a long way. i used to collect them, specifically the Volkswagen Mini Buses and Drag Buses, and some Red Line series items. naturally, i sprung up straight on my chair and get all excited when i came across this fully-automated tracks that has 1,200 of this tiny die-casts whizzing around in roller coaster ride – over and over again. Continue reading “city of tracks for 1200 Hot Wheels: Chris Burden’s Metropolis”

going the other way with chunky iPhone case (mock antenna stub included)

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(image credit: ArkWhat) ArkHippo 1 iPhone Case | US$24.00 |

while every iPhone case manufacturers are striving to make their iPhone cases as slim as possible, these guys over at ArkWhat chose to go the opposite way by making their first iPhone case as chunky as possible. dubbed ArkHippo I, this drop-proof iphone case is constructed of durable EVA material and literally add a chunk to your other wise slim iPhone 4.

if you’re always feeling paranoid about breaking your iPhone 4 glasses, slip on the ArkHippo in and your iPhone will be instantly protected by the thick spongy padding. the angled sides on the back also double up as a stand for both landscape and portrait mode. and guess what? you can even talk hands-free with this case by clamping your phone between your cheek and your shoulder. pretty sweet, but its going to be a pocket bursting size phone. if i were to get this, my iPhone 4 is definitely going to be in the bag with my iPad. there’s no way this 2-inch thick chunk is going to fit into my pockets – but then again, it may fit into my cargo’s side pockets.

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hands-free anyone?

so what’s with the antenna stub? well, we can see what the guys at ArkWhat is coming from: getting back old-school with yesteryear chunky mobile phone. speaking of which, the ArkHippo do look a little like the Motorola Microtac with the extended battery on. the ArkHippo I comes in a choice of seven colors.

check out the video below.

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LEGO in action with Intel Labs Seattle Interactive Projection Systems

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(screenshot by mike from Intel Labs OASIS video)

Intel Labs Seattle has been toying with a series of techniques and Kinect-style depth cameras. among them is something called Object Aware Situated Interaction System or OASIS. what it does is combining depth cameras with micro-projectors to enable recognition, tracking of objects and gestures. two videos were showcased using this development and the LEGO playing scenario definitely catches my eye.

the system recognizes objects that are place on a table and introduce special effects relating to it via the micro-projectors. in this particular example, when a LEGO dragon is placed on the table, the system recognized it and relates fire throwing and breathing with the beast, and projects an animated image of fire spitting out from the dragon. put a LEGO house on the table, the system projects a road in front of the house, add the dragon facing the house, the system generates the same fire spitting animation and sets the house on fire. time to put out the fire before it burns the house down. rope in a LEGO fire engine, again, the system recognizes it and projects animated water onto the LEGO house, thus putting out the fire. clever.

the OASIS has thus, makes imagination a think of the past when playing with LEGO. however, i thought this system would be great for puppetry-like story telling for children where the system plays out the additional animated visuals to aid the story telling when toys are used. on a second thought, would this predetermine scenario hampers a child’s imagination? or maybe adding a mind-reading/control device which translates the child’s thought into animated sequences? scary thoughts but it should at least encourage imagination in a child.

admittedly, i was totally captivated by OASIS (the LEGO scenario, to be specific) and can’t stop thinking about its potential. if only if the projections are in holographic 3D….

check out the video below. trust me, you won’t want to miss this.