we cool gadgets are not the only love we have. we love cool ideas, as well as cool places. speaking of which, the +pool (‘PlusPool’) happens to be one such cool idea (eventually a place). in fact, i will say it is super cool. the idea pitched by designers Dong-Ding Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin is simple: they want you to be able to swim in New York’s river in the sweltering hot summer but there is just one problem: the river by itself isn’t exactly the cleanest to do so and hence, the idea of +pool is born. so what really is +pool? Continue reading +pool: a floating pool in the river designed for everyone
what an exciting era we living in now!
seriously, the Internet and social media had turn many a geek dream into successful and recognizable brands, and in less time and with less capital risk.
the power of social innovation lies in that these smart folks with brilliant ideas could pitch their product concept, refine their prototype and undergo continual enhancement till final product fruition. through it all, potential consumers like you and me get to chip in our opinion (mindshare) and even in monetary terms (pocketshare) to fund the project. Kickstarter is one such website whom reckons itself as the ‘largest funding platform for creative projects in the world’.
And hence Glif was borne to the marketplace. from the team called Studio Neat was able to bring their brilliant brainchild to the masses via Kickstarter. Continue reading review – Glif for iPhone 4
(image credit: Opena) Opena – iPhone Bottle Opener Case | US$30.00 | www.opena.com.au
after the Be A Headcase, i didn’t think i would see another iPhone case that opens bottle as well but here it is, the Opena, just like the beaheadcase but a whole lot cooler. for some unknown reason, a slider seems a whole lot cooler than just having the opener stuck to the back of the case. conceived by Australia-based industrial designer Chris Peters and former toolmaker Rob Ward, the Opena is an iPhone 4 case but with a slight bulge at its back and for a good reason. Continue reading Opena – it’s an iPhone case with cool slide-out bottle opener
(credit: Kogeto) DOT: 360º video capture for iPhone 4 | US$98.00 | www.kogeto.com
so who is or what is DOT? DOT is the new kid on the block for 360-degree video recording for iPhone 4. along with a purposed-built app, the small panoramic lens attachment allows iPhone users to capture 360-degree video without physically rotating the device. the capture video is totally navigable which is what makes it so cool. of course, this 360-idea for iPhone isn’t new, as previously it has been explored by the GoPano, which does pretty much the same thing. Continue reading meet Dot, she wants your iPhone 4 to record 360-DEG video
(credit: iShuttr) iShuttr iPhone Camera Case | from US$50.00 | www.ishuttr.com
even though iPhone’s photo quality is less than ideal, there are still many who swear by its camera function. aside from quality, there is another thing that is hampering an otherwise enjoyable hobby of iPhonegraphy and that’s the flash light. the built-in LED flash is hardly useful with its effective range of a meter or less. what iPhone shutterbugs need is a real firing flash, like those you find in any point-and-shoot camera. Continue reading iShuttr wants to turn your iPhone in a point-and-shoot camera
(credit: TiGr) TiGr Bicycle Lock | from US$100.00 | tigrlock.com
avid cyclist and lock inventor John Loughlin has diligently devised a new way of locking up your beloved bike. the product he invented is simply called TiGr. made out of titanium, hence the name ‘Ti’, this bike lock consists of two parts: the long ‘U’ shaped like bow with latching ends and a high security lock cylinder. the flexible and strong nature of titanium makes it perfect for this application. Continue reading TiGr Lock System: a strong and light bike lock system
(image credit: OCTO 23 Technologies) B-Squares Modular Solar-Powered Electrics | from US$15.00 | www.octo23.com
remember Cubelets, the modular robotic construction kit that lets you custom your ‘robot’? the B-Squares here is conceptually similar, except this isn’t a robot but a modular solar powered system that allows you to create anything from iPhone dock to LED light to Arduino. as Jordan puts it, “B-Squares is a 3D modular electronics system with an emphasis on (but not limited to) solar power and expandable energy storage.” Continue reading B-Squares: modular solar-powered charging and more
(credit: Hive / Jake Waitzman) Hive Dock for iPhone 4 | US$45.00 | hivedock.com
we have seen a handful of ‘natural amplification‘ dock for iPhone but one that boost up your display size is probably the first. dubbed the ‘Hive’, this nifty gadget for iPhone 4 not only amplifies the sound of your iPhone 4 when docked but it also doubles the size of your iPhone display, thanks to a specially made rectangular magnifying glass. check out the video after break for a short intro of the Hive. Continue reading Hive is a power-free audio and video dock for iPhone 4
(credit: Michael Rondinelli) GoPano micro fro iPhone 4 | from US$50.00 | www.eyesee360.com
what is it? the GoPano micro is basically a hardware that lets your iPhone 4 capture 360DEG video. the GoPano micro hardware consists of two parts: the case and the GoPano. of course, the GoPano micro will not work by simply snapping on the lens. it will require an app to make it work. check out the video after the break for the product intro. Continue reading GoPano micro captures 360DEG videos on an iPhone 4
(credit: Dave & Dave) Coffee Joulies | from US$40.00 | www.joulies.com
i am enjoying a cup of coffee as i am posting this. i have an ‘issue’ (regarding coffee) that has been bugging me for a while now. that is, keeping the temperature of the coffee just right. sometimes, coffee fresh out the machine can be pretty burning, so what we do? (no we don’t put ice in them!) we let it sit there and cool off a bit. however, sometimes it get ‘over-cooled’ and the coffee turned cold – like now. damn. that’s not good. isn’t it? looks like i might have find my solution by the way of Coffee Joulies as invented by Dave and Dave. that’s not a typo, but it’s really a dude called Dave and another, also Dave.
basically, these oversized metal coffee beans are “miniature thermodynamic heat storage devices.” when popped into your pipping hot beverage, they cool the hot coffee by absorbing the excess heat. these thermal energy is then stored inside the Joulies. when the coffee reaches the optimum temperature, the Joulies will ‘return’ the heat energy to the coffee, hence keeping the coffee at the right temperature. i’m totally sold. it solves the problem that has been bugging me like forever. that said, i just took the last sip of the cold coffee. that sucks.
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Dave & Dave are asking for support for their invention over at Kickstarter and you get your Coffee Joulies by pledging $40 or more. $40 gets you five metal beans. small price to pay for a cup of ideal temperature coffee. no?
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