Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad 2 for leather goods lovers

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(image credit: Vaja) Vaja Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad/iPad 2 | US$110.00 |

still sourcing for the ultimate in luxury for your iPad 2? well, this may just interest you a little but don’t expect glittering crystals or diamonds, though. Vaja is an Argentinean firm that specialized in leather products for your lovely gadgets and the latest to join the rank of luxurious leather products is the premium leather sleeve for use with iPad or iPad 2. did we mention that all Vaja cases are handmade as well? the combination of leather and handmade makes this a pricey case among the slew of iPad 2 cases currently on the market. in any case, this leather sleeve is made out of Vaja Exclusive Leather in a slim padded two tone design and the interior is of microfiber which protects your lovely device from accidental scratches. the handcrafting process requires 20 days and carries a premium retail price of $110. Vaja Premium Leather Sleeve for iPad/iPad 2 is customizable in terms of colors and is available via Vaja web store.

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Grove iPad 2 case is the alternative to Apple’s Smart Cover

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(image credit: Grove) Grove iPad 2 Case | from US$79.00 |

i guess you will reading a lot about iPad 2 cases for the next couple of weeks. for those who just got your iPad 2, Grove has an up coming iPad 2 case that works like the sleek Apple’s Smart Cover but with the added advantage of all round protection for your shiny new gadget. the case is made out of solid 100% bamboo, and of course, you will have full access to all controls and ports, plus a set of precision cut speaker grill to let the sound out. the stitched vegetable tanned leather cover can be folded to prop up the iPad for watching movie or typing, just like the Smart Cover. as with all Grove products, buyer can choose to go for plain cover or cover with laser engraved designs. the Grove iPad 2 cases price starts from $79 for the plain version and are available for pre-order on Grove web store. however, there is no indication on the estimated delivery time. head on to Grove website to find out more. in the meantime, check out some brilliant images of this quality crafted product.

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modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

Silkworms that spins colored silk set to make dyeing obsolete

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dyeing of silk to get the color you want might be a thing of the past, as the team of scientists in Singapore have created silkworms that can produce vibrantly colored and luminescent silks. these colored silk generating silkworms are the result of feeding the silkworms with a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye. the silk created by these laboratory silkworms are not only colored but also has luminescent or glowing properties.

having the silkworms producing colored silk is also significant in terms of environmentally friendliness as Euegne Low Ooi Meng, spokesperson for Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore, explains:

“the process provides a green alternative method of dyeing silk for the silk industry by reducing the vast amounts of water and dyes used in the labour-intensive conventional dyeing process.”

according to IMRE, this technology “is simple and cheap enough to be translated to an industrial scale.” aside from being environmentally friendly, this technology could open up doors to medical applications as Dr. Natalia Tansil, lead researcher behind the technology at the IMRE in Singapore, indicates the possibility of creating silk with antibacterial, anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties that could be used in wound dressing or to repaired damaged tissues. with this in mind, a silk wound dressings with the the capability of monitoring and sensing wouldn’t be far-fetch at all.

silk is a natural protein fiber which are widely used to create a lustrous, strong and yet reflective textiles. silk fabric was first developed in ancient China with history dated as far back as 3500 BC. China remains the largest producer of silk textiles followed by India being the second largest silk producers. Silk has long been considered as a luxury textile and still admired for its unique properties today.

via Australian Geographic

Olympus SZ-30MR takes still images and video simultaneously

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(image credit: Olympus) Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera | US$399.00 |

thanks to the dual image processor in the new Olympus SZ-30MR digital camera, you can now shoot 16 megapixel still images while recording a full HD 1080p video at the same time. indeed a good news to avid videographers, as there will be no more of disjointed video footages or fumbling for another digital camera just to capture a still image for that particular moment, which you could have missed entirely, while in the process of fumbling to grab another camera.

Olympus has managed to incorporate the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras bulk and heavy into this 106.3 x 68.7 x 39.5 mm slim form factor camera. the TruePic III+ dual image processing engines give the camera the ability to record full HD movies and capture full resolution images simultaneously, and that’s not all, it also allows user to record a wide shot and a close-ups simultaneously.

the SZ-30MR features a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor which enables super image quality even in low light situations. this CMOS sensors are also suited for high speed image processing which also gives it the ability to carry out High-Speed Continuous Shooting. full HD movies of 1920 x 1080 pixels are encoded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format which also comes with high quality stereo sound.

another feature is the 3D photo shooting function that enables user to capture dynamic 3D photos in any mode, ranging from macro to landscape. while shooting 3D images, both 3D file and regular JPEG files will be recorded. there’s even a ‘Pet Mode’ that will put a smile on any pet lover. in this mode, the camera automatically detects the dogs’ and cats’ faces, and focus on it before the shooting of the photo. this mode will work great with its Auto Release function, where it will automatically shoot the photo only when the subject turns to face the camera. pet owners will be certain to appreciate this feature immensely.

the SZ-30MR offers an optical zoom of 24X, and incorporates a generous 3-inch High Definition TFT-LCD display with 460,000 dots. storage of the captured images or videos is thru SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and it is also Eye-Fi compatible. on the connectivity front, the SZ-30MR features a HDMI out for viewing of video and images on your TV and the USB battery charging enables the camera battery to be recharged from a PC while connected to a PC for downloading of data.

priced at $399, the Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera is scheduled to go on sale from late April, 2011.

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Olympus via Gizmag

Mark Zuckerberg immortalized with unofficial action figure

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(image credit: M.I.C.Gadget) “Poking Inventor” Acton Figure | US$69.90 |

first it was the CEO of the pineapple company being immortalized as an action figure, but then things got a little ‘touchy’ and it was removed, much to the disappointment of all pineapple fans. now the inventor of ‘poking’ is the newest victim of this unofficial immortalization. this is no Madame Tussauds’ wax figure, but this 7-inch action figure, sporting the trademark casual brown sweat shirt, worn jeans and a pair of Adidas sandals, does resembles the poking inventor, albeit sporting bigger head. though, not as stunning as the pineapple CEO action figure, which is still our all time favorite (the ninja version, included). Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg immortalized with unofficial action figure

end of life of skateboards, a new life as iPhone cases

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Grove + MapleXO Skateboard iPhone 4 Cases | US$auction |

if you are still in search for a one-of-the-kind iPhone 4 case, you are in luck, well mostly. Grove, in collaboration with Lindsay from MapleXO, created these very limited edition iPhone 4 cases made out of old skateboard decks. 300 hundred skateboards ended their life in the fast lane and were cut up, sanded-down into strips, and made into these beautiful, one of the kind cases you see here. it took Lindsay a year to complete all 50 cases and they are now up on eBay for auctions and part of the proceed from the sale will goes to the Oregon Humane Society. want one? you better hurry, as there are only five of these beautiful examples on eBay and you have about three days to do the deed. one more thing before you head down to eBay… last checked, the cheapest of the cases under bidding is still more than 200 bucks and one of them has even broke the $500 mark. phew. i thought i could get myself one but, you know, my wallet is complaining about the lack of content in it, in particular, money. sigh. anyway, good luck to those who are making their bid for it!

Grove via Gizmodo

Greg Hervieux x Domeau & Pérès Leather Skateboard Deck

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(image credit: BKRW) Domeau & Pérès Premium Leather Deck | €990.00 |

two big names in their respective industries come together to create this stunning leather skateboard deck, dubbed the Domeau & Pérès Premium Leather Deck. the French firm, Domeau & Pérès is best known for their luxury contemporary furniture and Greg Hervieux, co-founder of creative agency BKRW, created this beautiful and luxurious leather skateboard deck and is limited to just five pieces worldwide. priced at €990 (about US$1,366), and only available by email request, this is probably one heck of an expensive skateboard deck to date. Continue reading Greg Hervieux x Domeau & Pérès Leather Skateboard Deck

Fuego Element Portable is the messenger bag of BBQ

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(image credit: element by Fuego) Fuego Element Portable | US$149.99 |

BBQ affair takes a step into portability with the element portable by Fuego. this new age BBQ grill can be slung over your shoulder just like you would with a messenger bag and thus, giving a literal meaning to cooking on the go. at a push of a button, the legs fold down and lock into the cooking position. done with the cooking? another push of the button, straightens the legs out and instantly transform them into handles. the red band you see in the image is actually the travel band that holds the legs, lid and grill together and when combined with the adjustable canvas shoulder strap, you have one neat BBQ equipment that you can take it anywhere you want.

the BBQ grill works with both 16.4 and 14.1 LP gas canisters and features a variable control valve that lets you control the surface cooking temperature just the way you want it to be. the element portable features a 159 square-inch cast iron grill for better heat conductivity, and a push button igniter fires up the 8000 btu/hr stainless steel burner capable of 350-650DEG.F of heat. great, now you have the real estate for a gang of people to BBQ on, enough heat to cook the toughest meat and it is ultra-portable. so what are you waiting for? time to hit the road with one this, or may be two. the Element Portable by Fuego retails for $149.99 and is available for pre-order here. you know? it’s never too early to prep for summer vacation.

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Element by Fuego via Fast Co.Design

Pasotti: luxuriously shielding yourself from the elements

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(image credit: Pasotti) Pasotti Umbrellas | from US$280.00 |

as you would have expected, everything that we use in our everyday life has a luxurious version. case in point: the Pasotti umbrellas. handmade by the Italian firm, Pasotti, these umbrellas are crafted from the finest materials known to man. with jargons like “double cloth system stretch over the frame” and items like silver or gold ring to hold the brolly together when the umbrella is collapsed (as opposed to the common fabric and velcro catch combo), you know it’s going to be one hell of a luxurious umbrella. completing the shield of luxury are fabric topped with hand-stitched Swarovski crystals and matching crystals on the handle, which is also done by hand.

in case, you need more than just umbrellas, Pasotti has other item of luxury, including walking sticks adorned with silverware, parasols, less ostentatious umbrellas for man, garden umbrellas and rain hats. there’s even a rain hat that’s adorned with Swarovski crystals. i know you rich folks out there are going to dig these. the umbrellas price ranges from $280 and up. is money spilling out of your wallet/purse? then check out these exquisite pieces from Pasotti here.

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via Born Rich

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