nature meets technology with Koostik iPhone dock

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(image credit: Koostik) Koostik iPhone Dock | from US$85 | koostik.com

technology advancements really gets to our head and we started going on some unstoppable buy-buy-buy spree, adding more advanced gadgets to our already burgeoning gadgetry arsenal. its an addiction. but isn’t it time to take step back from those expensive designers electronics and get back to basic? well, you can start with the low-tech KOOSTIK iPhone dock.

the KOOSTIK is a sound dock that amplifies your iPhone by 2 to 4 times – hardly an exhilarating performance comparing the sound docks out in the market but it was never meant to be a performance sound dock to start with. for a start Koostik is all natural and doesn’t use any form electronic for sound amplification. amplification sounds is via channelling of the docked iPhone to the left and right hollowed out ‘speakers’.

no electronics involved means that no power is required to use the KOOSTIK. however, it also won’t be able to charge your iPhone while your are spinning your tunes. accordingly to the designer, this beautiful crafted sound dock is not a replacement to electronically amplified item but its more intended for intimate vocals and instrumentals sound in relax settings. well, we heard you KOOSTIK. we saw the video demo and we are totally impressed.

KOOSTIK is hand made entirely out of solid wood in America and is available in six different solid wood combinations. good news for those outside of the USA, KOOSTIK ships internationally too.

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advanced bouncing chair that moves like the way you do

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

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 | www.dowcorning.com
(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) | www.jaguar.com

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 | www.olivehifi.com

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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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 | www.nike.com

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) | www.peugeot.com

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 | www.razerzone.com

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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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 | www.arkwhat.com

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.

via Yanko Design

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