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B-Unstoppable Is A Tank Quadcopter Hybrid With An Awesome Name

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So now you’ve seen every type of quadcopter drone under the sun, from the tiny palm-sized ones to the large professional camera rigs, and all that’s left to do is wait for prices to drop and drop. Or… wait for new companies to cook up new and creative form factors, like the B-Unstoppable pictured above. See, it’s not just a quadcopter drone, it’s also a remote controlled tank! That’s right, when it’s on the ground you can drive the vehicle over rough terrain, and simply take off if it comes across anything too large to drive over. The basic version doesn’t have a camera, but it’s possible to outfit the B-Unstoppable with a 720p camera that shoots at 30fps, as well as a wireless FPV (first person view) system that beams back images as you fly. Getting in on the action will cost you a £55 (about $85USD) pledge for the basic system, while the price goes up to £99 (about $152USD) for the all-inclusive FPV version.

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Sprite Drone Isn’t A Quadcopter, Does The Same Things

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We’re used to seeing quadcopter drones, as this form factor is the one that’s favoured by just about every manufacturer out there. It works well enough, so we have nothing in particular against it, but after finding out about the Sprite, we can see room for improvement. Quadcopter drones are great until they’re forced to land on any surface other than one that’s completely flat; at that point they’re in danger of damage. But the Sprite drone, with its vertically stacked twin counterrotating retractable blades, is able to land on just about any surface. As soon as it touches down the blades retract in half a second, and the rest of the body is able to safely roll out of harm’s way. The body is waterproof so you can land on “rocks, a bush or even a swamp without issues.” And while it’s in the air it

has fully autonomous flight using waypoint navigation and “follow me” modes, along with a built-in 1080p camera (with optional 3rd party FPV) and a 2-axis stabilized gimbal. You’ll also get a GoPro compatible 2-axis gimbal that can be swapped without tools, and control via a smartphone, tablet, or optionally, an R/C transmitter. The current flight time is around 12 minutes with the LiPo batteries, but the makers are striving to improve that before it ships.

The Sprite is not a toy and this is reflected in the price: it’s $799 to get started, with an additional $150 for the R/C transmitter, and another $300 for the First Person View capability.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Coast Is A Kayak That Folds, Origami Style

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Somewhat over two years ago we wrote about the Oru Kayak, a folding kayak that performed just as well as a non-folding one. Well now the company is back with a newer, longer model. While the initial ones were 12′ in length, The Coast and Coast+ come in at 16′, which makes them faster, more streamlined boats. They fold up into a bag that measures 32″X28″X13″ (or 15″) and weighs 31 lbs. or 34 lbs. depending on the model. That’s light and small enough to fit in the trunk of a car, to travel with in a plane, and lug around with you to any body of water you want.

The Coast weighs in at just 31 lbs. and takes under 10 minutes to unfold and setup. The Coast+ has all of the features of the Coast, plus many more: it includes ratchet buckles for easy assembly, an ergonomic seat for long paddles, thigh braces for control and comfort, full decklines and rigging for storage and rescues, and a super cool folding hatch for gear storage.

We’re big fans of Kayaking; it’s a great activity and an awesome workout. But having to rent can be a restrictive hassle, so we’re bullish about the Coast and Coast+. The cheapest way to get in on the action is to pledge $1,650, which will give you a Coast Kayak. Prices go up to $2,650 for the Coast+ which comes with an Oru Paddle, Oru Pack, Oru Skirt, Oru Dry Bag and Oru Float bags.

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Lily The Drone Hits The Sweetspot Between Approachability And Professionalism

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The world of drones is generally populated with two types: the cheap drones with either no camera or cheap cameras, which are more akin to toys and would never be considered by a professional photographer. And the fancy rigs that cost thousands and require you to attach your own expensive cameras on them. Lily falls somewhere in between. It’s a self-flying drone that comes with its own camera capable of shooting 1080p video at 60FPS, and 720p slow motion at 120FPS. But the real magic happens in how hands-off Lily is: you simply attach a wrist-worn wireless tracking beacon which the drone then just follows, or leads, or circles, depending on your wishes. Capturing cinematic shots, or exciting action shots has never been easier. Lily is waterproof, so even if it lands in a lake, you haven’t just fried it. Lily starts by being tossed up in the air, and will keep going for up to 20 minutes on a 2h charge. Lily is awesome, just watch the video below if you aren’t convinced.

It’s very similar to the Airdog we wrote about last year, only Lily is a $499 pledge at the moment, with full retail expected to be twice that. This is considerably less than AirDog, and to be honest, Lily is much, much cuter.

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Miito Liquid Heater Is A Little Convoluted, Intriguing Nonetheless

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If you want to heat up some water for tea or whatever, you’ve got quite a few options. From zapping it in the microwave, to putting it in an electric kettle, not to speak of a simple pot on the stovetop. Well, now you could add Miito to the mix, which is a strange device that uses a heating rod and electromagnetic induction to get your liquids up to temp. You just place the liquid you need in a non-ferrous container (glass, for instance), place the heating rod inside, and press a button. An electromagnetic current will heat the rod, which in turn will get a 200ml cup of water to a boil in as little as 60 seconds. There’s very little waste since you’re only heating the water you need, and it works with any liquid like soups, or milk.

We’re not sure it’s entirely worth the $101 (90 Euros) asking price, considering a similarly priced microwave will get you the same results. But if you think of it as a talking piece, perhaps it’s not that bad.

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Collapsible Water Bottle Fits Everywhere

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Paying for bottled water is not only financially wasteful, it’s a bit of a dick move for the environment. The Hydaway is a collapsible, reusable silicone bottle with a plastic framing that expands into a 21oz. or 12oz. container in a couple of seconds. When collapsed it’s only 1 1/4 inch thick, and has a convenient carry handle that can be clipped to a bag. It’s watertight, BPA-free, and fully dishwasher safe. If you want your own, it’ll only cost you a $20 pledge on their fully-funded Kickstarter, and you can expect to get it in August of this year.

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Orbit1 Brings Electroplating To The Home

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You may have bought a 3D printer, and that’s all well and good, but maybe you’re growing tired of making plastic objects. Plastic is great and all, but you know what’s nicer? Metal. Now, with the Orbit1 Tabletop Electroplater, you can take a freshly printed object, and plate it in Copper or Nickel, with options for Gold and Palladium if the company’s crowdfunding goes well. The way it works starts with you polishing and finishing your object as well as you can. Then you have to spray it with a conductive paint and wait a few minutes for it to dry. When that’s done, just dip it in the electroplating solution and wait as the process completes. An app will allow you to track progress, and in as little as a few minutes or up to a couple of hours (depending on the desired thickness of the coating), you’ll have a metal object that you printed at home.

Want to make your loved one a nice ring? This is the way to go. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be something you printed; you could make a gold plated tree leaf for all you care. The machine itself will set you back a hefty $1,999, while the electroplating solution works out to about $2 per gram, in Copper. That’s a heck of a lot, but could be a nice investment for someone looking to start a small business, maybe an Etsy shop or something. If the funding is completed, expect delivery by August 2016.

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Bruno Is The World’s First Smart Trashcan

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It’s called Bruno, and it’s a connected trash can. You may wonder why your trash can needs to be connected, but let us assure you this is a really cool product, but not for its “connected features.” In fact, Bruno is more than a can, it’s also a vacuum. See that opening at the bottom? Well, it sucks stuff in. So the way you use Bruno is that you broom around your house, but instead of bending over with a dust pan and walking over to the can, you just sweep it right up to Bruno, who’ll then suck it up. Sensors on the inside alert you when you need to change the collection bag, and it stores a bunch of empty bags so you don’t have to go around looking for new ones when it’s time to take the trash out. And of course, it is a trashcan, a motion sensing lid opens up for full hands-free operation. It’s battery operated, so you can move it around the house, and it won’t need a charge for around 30 days!

It’s a decent looking trashcan with innovative features that amply justify the $159 asking price, on their fully-funded Kickstarter campaign. But don’t wait until it hits retail shelves, because the price then goes up to $229.

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Aftermarket Trucks Add Suspension To Your Skateboards

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Putting suspension systems on your skateboards is the kind of feature you never really knew you wanted. It’s not like most skateboarders are ever complaining about how rough their ride is. But now that we’ve come across the Avenue Trucks, we’re left wondering what took so long.

Unlike some other suspension skateboard trucks (such as those made by Seismic), Avenue Trucks don’t incorporate coil-type shock absorbers. Instead, they utilize a simpler leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate that can flex by up to half an inch (12.7 mm).

The body is able to pivot relative to that plate and unlike traditional trucks, it features a “floating” pivot point that reportedly results in smoother turns and more control.

Considering a very reasonable $45 pledge will net you a pair of these trucks, we think it’s a great idea, assuming of course that it results in a more comfortable ride with no drawbacks. It’ll be interesting to see the feedback from the skateboarding community once these hit the market, which should happen in September, assuming they reach their funding goals.

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