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Fancy Cufflinks Use Push Button Actuation

The cufflink has been around for a long time, but it hasn’t really seen much change in its design throughout those years. Why would it, since it works just fine? But it’s not a stable design with no actual need for improvement that’s going to stop anyone from trying. Since 2001, Richard Mille has been making some fancy watches with exotic new materials, and now he’s announcing a set of cufflinks to complement his elegant line of timepieces. The Richard Mille Cufflinks feature 38 components!

Made from grade 5 titanium, they inaugurate a groundbreaking and patented mechanism that opens the bars using push-pieces. Unlike the classic mechanism, where a pivoting bar on the cufflink holds the double cuff in place, Richard Mille’s design fastens the cuff using two titanium bars. These open with a simple press of the push-pieces and close by pressing on the top plate.

Yeah, the only reason we can think of for adding complexity to any design is to justify its sale at outrageous prices. In this case, there’s been no announcement regarding how much they’ll set a prospective buyer back, but you can be sure that it’s the sort of item that if you need to ask, you can’t afford.

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Here’s A Great Idea: A Bluetooth Bulb

We’re starting to get pretty far removed from your good old incandescents who did nothing more than turn on and waste 90% of their energy as heat. LED light bulbs are not only getting much more efficient, but now apparently smarter. The Bluetooth Bulb uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to compatible devices and offer you a slew of features that no other bulb has: you can turn them on or off with a smartphone, put them on an automatic timer, as well as set the brightness and even the specific colour (with the RGB models), all with the tip of your fingers through an application. They’ll come in 3-7W wattages, which is plenty for LEDs and several can be controlled with one device, though we’re not sure if each can be addressed independently; we’re going to assume they are (or what would be the point?)

Currently the Bluetooth Bulb is just a patented prototype, though there are plans for commercialization. At what time and price, we don’t know.

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Glowdoggie Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Pooch, Even In The Dark

By David Ponce

Like that TV commercial used to say, “It’s 8 o’clock. Do YOU know where you kids are?” We suppose that good dog owners should apply the same logic to their canine friends and keep an eye on them at all time. That’s hard enough during the day, but at night can be downright impossible. You can get a little help from something like the Glowdoggie. It’s a waterproof (not just water resistant) LED dog collar. But not just any LED dog collar. Made from “Superflux LEDs which have a lifespan of about 150,000 hours (roughly 17 years) and are of the same high quality as are found in many premium German cars such as Mercedes Benz and Audi.”

Glowdoggie™ lighted dog collars have a patented, built-in motion sensor that automatically turns on the LEDs when the battery section is facing downwards or sideways, and slowly turns them off when the batteries are held in a motionless, upwards position for over 45 seconds. It’s as simple yet as technically advanced as that. You just slide it on over the dog’s head and off you go.

The only catch is that it’s not a collar in the traditional sense; you can’t tie a leash to it and are still supposed to use a separate collar for that.

It’s $50 and comes in a variety of colours, Neon Green being the most popular apparently.

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Noise Canceling PC Fan

By David Ponce

Did you know you could create a speaker from the spinning blades of a fan? Simply rotate the fins and modulate the rotating speed. It’s actually the basis for the world’s largest subwoofer, which we wrote about back in 2005. Using this principle, Noctua’s NF-F12 integrated noise cancellation fan is able to reduce the racket inside your case by 20 dB, “utilizing a patented RotoSub ANC technology to emit anti-noise directly from the fan’s own blades.” They hope to achieve 1,500RPM noise levels from a fan running at 2,500. Of course this doesn’t beat liquid cooling solutions, but these can get unwieldy. There’s no word on price, though availability seems to be set for somewhere in the latter half of 2013.

[ Brochure (PDF, from page 20) ] VIA [ Enadget ]

Future In-Game Advertising Could Use Interrupting Adverts

By David Ponce

We’re all more or less getting used to the idea that product placement in video games is not going anywhere soon, but how would we react if the method outlined in the above patent from Sony is ever implemented? Recently unearthed by an intrepid user of the NeoGaf forum, the patent filed on Jul 22, 2011 would have the game actually be interrupted (stopped) by an advertisement, and then resume. Gameplay would slow down in anticipation of the ad being shown, and then rewind slightly after the ad is presented. There’s no word on whether this will ever actually make it into a game, although it’s not unlikely, at the very least for free-to-play titles. Paid titles on the other hand should steer clear of this… At least, we hope so.

[ Patent Page ] VIA [ G4TV ]

Haiku Fan Would Look Great On Any Ceiling, Even Hung On Wall

By David Ponce

There’s a good chance your home has a fan, but if it’s not the Haiku fan, then it’s definitely not the most advanced on the market. Not only does Haiku look pretty darn amazing for what it is but it’s got some serious tech to boot. Oh and before we tell you about that, those aren’t three blades you’re looking at. That’s three airfoils, with a shape specially designed to move more air with less effort.

Introducing Haiku’s Sensorless Drive Technology™, a unique, ultra-efficient direct current (DC) motor with patent-pending electronic controls. The core of the motor is a permanent toroid magnet, which is more efficient than the electromagnet used in most motors. Haiku sets a new standard for quiet ceiling fans, with windings tightly fixed within this totally-enclosed core, ensuring they will never separate and cause vibration.

Haiku not only starts off quiet, but also stays quiet—even at high speeds, and even after years of use.

The use of direct current and permanent magnets yields a motor 80% more efficient than traditional AC offerings.

Other features include a timer, to turn the fan off after a set time period, and a sleep feature which gradually steps the speed down over time. And speaking of speed, the fan has seven including a setting called Whoosh, ” a proprietary algorithm that simulates the variations in natural airflow for greater user comfort.”

So yeah… good looking fan, quiet, efficient, full of tech. Damage? Between $825 and $1,045 depending on the materials.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

ADAPTRAC System Regulates Bike’s Tire Pressure On The Go

By David Ponce

Whether it’s motor sports or human powered wheeled sports, a lot is riding where the rubber meets the tarmac. Decisions need to be made about tire pressure, with tradeoffs usually unavoidable. Mountain bikes face many different types of surfaces, so are very sensitive to this. Soft tires are great for rocky stretches of trail, where grip and absorption is better. Hard tires are preferable on flat surfaces, to go fast. Usually, a middle ground is chosen and the rest left up to fate. But the ADAPTRAC system changes all that:

ADAPTRAC is a multi-component system comprised of special patent pending hubs, a dual control valve and a C02 power pack/regulator. Tire pressure can be raised or lowered while riding with a quick press of the finger on the handlebar control toggles. Actual tire pressure is displayed on analog gauges mounted on the handlebars. The system utilizes 12x142mm rear and 15mm front axle standards – wheels can be removed as you would normally. ADAPTRAC uses readily available, rechargeable C02 tanks ranging from 4 to 20 ounces so you can carry only what you need. You can now tune your tire pressure to the trail – in seconds!

There’s no price just yet, as the system is in its final prototype stages. However, a price will be announced shortly after the system is presented this week at the Sea Otter Classic Expo in Monterey, California.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Your Closet Can Get Rid Of Odours By Releasing Ions

By David Ponce

Sharp has a patented technology called Plasmacluster. And now Daiwa of Japan is selling a system that uses this tech to freshen up the clothes in your closet. Here’s how it works:

When airborne, these positive and negative ions, fasten to the surfaces of suspended microbes, forming highly oxidising hydroxide (OH) radicals and instantly removing the hydrogen (H) from the surface proteins. This results in the physical breakdown of the surface membrane of the microbe, rendering it inactive.

As we know, it’s the microbes that stink the most, although the company claims you can get rid of other smells, like tobacco. It’s not cheap though, as the system will set you back $480. Fortunately it doesn’t rack up your energy bill much, since it consumes just 3.8W of power.

[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Future Printing Tech May Be Able To Remove The Very Ink It Deposits

By David Ponce

One day the world will truly end its dependance on paper, but it’s going to take a pretty long time to get there. Until then, efforts continue to be made to reduce the impact on the environment that our need for dead trees has. One recent development comes courtesy of a team of engineers at Cambridge who are in the process of creating a device that can zap ink right off a page, leaving the paper free to be used once more. “The device works by using lasers at the wavelength of green light in pulses of four nanoseconds each, vaporizing the ink while preserving the paper underneath.”

The system is still in development and is not perfect. For one, it leaves a faint trace of ink, though for less than important documents, this may not be a deal breaker. Also, it can only be done a few times on any one sheet since it also strips off some paper in the process. But it is a step ahead of another similar solution on the market because this one can be used on any laser printed paper; one solution by Toshiba relies on a special blue toner.

Sadly, there are no patents or immediate plans to make this available to the public.

[ New Scientist Article ] VIA [ Chipchick ]