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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Magisso Bamboo Cutter Breathes New Life Into Boring Old Item

By David Ponce

Who thinks twice about a cutting board? It’s a cutting board, for crying out loud! But hey, this is just the kind of thing we like to see being put through the creative process, only to emerge bettered. The Magisso cutting board features two innocuous looking ridges on opposing sides but whose presence have a pretty substantial impact on usability. One ridge hangs off the counter, preventing the board from sliding around while the other gives your knife a cradle to simplify chopping. The top ridge also helps you funnel your consumables where you want them once they’ve been cut up. It’s smart and simple and if we ever cooked anything other than KD, we’d be all over it. It’s $50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Aquabotix HydroView Takes Your 1080p Video Grabbing Underwater

By David Ponce

Most of the planet is covered with water and unless you’re willing to don a SCUBA suit and take a plunge, most of it is out of sight. There are lots of things happening down there and many of these would be worth capturing if not with your own eyes, at the very least in full 1080p resolution onto a submersible’s memory. The Aquabotix HydroView is a 9 lbs. machine capable of doing just that. Capable of going to depths of up to 150 ft., the HydroView communicates wirelessly from the user’s handheld device to the HydroView’s top-side box, which is in-turn connected to the submersible via a cable tether. By handheld device, they mean the iPad, although it seems to be compatible with PCs and Macs as well. There’s a set of LEDs to light the way and you can poke around at 5 knots going forward and 1 knot in reverse. Initially the HydroView is sold with a 75ft. tether cable though we suspect you’ll eventually be able to purchase longer ones for a fee. And prepare to pay: the machine is a cool $3,995.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

No More Sweaty Posteriors This Summer


By David Ponce

There’s really no other feeling greater than getting up after a few hours of work at a computer with the back of your legs and butt stuck to your pants from all that sweat you produced. It’s grand, really. But if you’ve just grown sick of it and would rather not partake in the joys of sweaty butts, you can get the above Aero Seat Cooling Cushion. Powered by a battery, it’ll pump around 190 litres of air per minute (on the high setting) and around 95 litres per minute (on low) through special channels in the material. This is supposed to keep you cool and we believe it, although in our AC-free offices we’d be better off pumping sub-zero coolant instead of just air. But hey, you can’t have it all. This particular device will set you back $88.

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Wall Switch Click Watch

By David Ponce

We’ve made the point many times that the good old wristwatch is dying, at least as a timekeeping device. It seems to be finding a new home as an acceptable male wrist ornament however, and we enjoy the creative ways in which this is being done. The Wall Switch Click watch operates pretty much in the same way as a wall switch, with a rocking face that displays the time in one position and the date in the other. Simply flip between the two to activate the display and get a short dot-matrix LED animation before either metric is displayed. The rest of the time, the display is off. It’s a quirky looking watch that doesn’t break the bank: $99.

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Future Intel-Powered Ultrabooks To Include Behind The Scenes Access To Devicescape WiFi

By David Ponce

So it’s possible that future Ultrabooks (and perhaps other Intel-powered computing machines) will come pre-loaded with software from Devicescape, which would make it possible for the machines to seamlessly access over 8 million WiFi Hotspots worldwide. Devicescape has a “Curated Virtual Network” (CVN) of hotspots and the idea is that whenever you’d be in range of one, even if your laptop is in your bag with the lid closed, it would still be able to connect and update some software. It’d be all done silently, with no user interaction. That way you’d be online and up to date (think stock quotes, Twitter, email, etc.) as soon as you actually turn the machine on. There’s no word of course on whether this will affect the price of the machines, or even if it’ll diminish battery life. Windows 8 does have Connected Standby, so if that works correctly when the time comes, this whole setup might happen at a minimal impact on battery. Whenever it is and for whatever price, any option that makes it easier to get connected is welcome by us.

VIA [ TheVerge ]

The Rio Is Full Of Tech And Kia Sent A Few People On A Celebrity Scavenger Hunt Over It

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kia Rio. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Kia Rio is a fun little car, is fuel efficient and also now equipped with UVO Technology.  This is an in-car touchscreen hub powered by Microsoft that lets you speak to it in a natural voice.  With that you can access many of its features, like making Bluetooth enabled phone calls or controlling an MP3 player.  There's even a rear-view parking camera!  You can read more about the features of UVO on the page linked to above, and more about the car itself on the Rio Explorer Page.  Of course, the story doesn't end there.  

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The Twig Is A Small iPhone Cable That Doubles As A Tripod

By David Ponce

Cables. We hate them. We believe everyone does. But they’re still a necessity and until that changes, we might as well try to make them as usual as possible. The Twig is a small replacement for your iPhone’s charging cable. It features a dock connector on one end, a USB on the other along with two bendable prongs. These prongs turn it into a tripod when it’s not charging, and its diminutive stature make it easy to carry around with you. It’s a smart design, and maybe just as important, it’s a decent $18 to own. Yet another Kickstarter project, the Twig is almost halfway to its $50,000 goal and should be fully funded with no problem. Delivery is sometime in September. Oh and hurry up because the $18 price is only for the next 200 or so orders; after that it’s $20.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Ice Cream Scooper Is Now More Better

By David Ponce

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, eh? Or, why try to reinvent the wheel? Well, come on now folks, there’s plenty of reasons. In the case of the ice cream scoop you see above, there’s three. Serrated leading edge: better digging into your sugary treat. Multi-faceted inner surface of scoop: preventing the fatty sugary treat from sticking to the surface and making it easier to deposit on cone. Pretty: makes scooping your frozen fatty sugary treat more pleasant to the eye. All good reasons to reinvent the scoop, especially when it’s doable at $10 price point.

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Summer Is Best Enjoyed By Swinging Into Water

By David Ponce

With summer comes all kind of water activities. But you’re limited by what your environment gives you. Much as you’d like to swing from a long rope and splash into a cool body of water in a hot day, you won’t be able to if this body of water isn’t lined with a bunch of obliging trees. Unless you bring this contraption along. It’s a 13 1/2′ tall Floating Rope Swing that’s made from 28 oz. marine-grade, reinforced PVC. The large horseshoe shaped base is anchored solidly to the lake bottom via three anchor points, and should be able to support swingers up to 250lbs. Maybe even more interestingly, if you fail at life often, there’s a chance you’d have gotten hurt from a regular lakeside rope swing; hitting trees and rocks on your way down has a way of doing that. None of this with the Floating Rope Swing.

Well, one thing will be hurting: your bank account. You can buy yours at Hammacher Schlemmer for a cool $3,800.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearPatrol ]