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EggMap Lets You Zoom In By Squeezing


The iPhone brought us “Pinch-to-zoom”, but the EggMap is hoping to get us acquainted with “Squeeze-to-zoom” instead. It’s a conceptual creation by Denes Sator, a product/industrial/graphic designer based out of Budapest, Hungary. And it consists of a flexible air-filled ball with a detailed map printed on it. In its normal state, you will have trouble distinguishing details, but if you squeeze it, a portion will be enlarged and the details will then become visible. It’s a cool concept, plus it can double as a stress ball, which your fancy iPhone certainly will have trouble doing. Sadly, you can’t actually get your hands on it yet, but it looks like Denes is making some efforts to bring it to market. You can sign up on his Facebook page to get updates on the EggMap.


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One World Futbol Is Nearly Indestructible, Can Bring Some Joy To Kids In Impoverished Countries


The world’s most popular sport doesn’t involve a cigar shaped ball thrown with the hand, but rather a spherical one kicked around with your feet. And while the barrier to entry is usually quite low, requiring nothing more than a ball and your legs, even that’s a tall order sometimes; in some part of the world, balls are fashioned with thrash and string. The One World Futbol is a very special ball in that even when punctured several times, it doesn’t deflate. It just keeps going and going. And the idea of the project is that if you buy one, another one will be given to a child in need, somewhere in the world. Created by Tim Jahnigen, early on the project was given some wings by an involvement from superstar Sting, and then a sponsorship from Chevrolet. It’s called “One World” in recognition that we really do live in one world, and as a reminder to people in the “first world” that they are in fact sharing the same planet as those who live in more impoverished areas. It’s $40.

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Throwable Camera Prototype Takes Stunning Pictures Of Everything While In Flight


Boston-based inventor Steve Hollinger has been hard at work developing a throwable panoramic digital camera with image stabilization that produces awesome in-the-air images. The prototype is called Squito, and seems to be the size of a large baseball, or a small softball. Decked with several cameras on all sides, and packed with a bunch of sensors, the Squito knows which way it’s spinning, and where it is in the air at any given time, which allows it to reorient pictures and stitch them together into panoramas and 360 views, all on the fly. Captured images and videos are then sent wirelessly to a smartphone, for your enjoyment.

There is no detail concerning commercialization plans, other than to say that Steve is looking for funding to bring this to market. Why he hasn’t put together a Kickstarter, we’re not sure, but we feel he’d be quite successful. Check out the video below to get a sense of why.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]