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This Gerber Multitool Doubles As A Camera Tripod

By David Ponce

Swiss Army knives and similar multi-tools from other companies have been the forefathers of convergence. Manufacturers have been cramming endless attachments in one small package but never have we come across one that also could double as a camera tripod. The Gerber Steady Tool has 12 components, one of which is a camera/cellphone mount. It looks like cameras will thread right onto a standard camera mount while smartphones can be attached to a suction-cup. And when it’s not being used as a tripod, the Steady Tool also has a fine edge blade, a serrated blade, Micro Flat, Square Cross & Medium Flat screwdrivers, a bottle opener, needlenose pliers, and wire cutters. It all comes in a rugged looking 5.8 oz. package and costs only $64. Available now.

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Camelbak All Clear UV Water Bottle Sterilises Your Liquids

By David Ponce

Drinking water out of the tap in an industrialized country is generally a decent enough idea; you likely won’t be catching E.Coli poisoning. The same can’t be said if you go out trekking and decide to fill up your bottle at some random creek. Stay on the safe side and sterilize that water with ultraviolet radiation. The Camelbak All Clear bottle features a strong UV lamp right into its cap.

Cleaning your water is quite simple: screw the cap in; hold the power button down for two seconds; and rotate the bottle while the UV rays do their work. The LCD screen counts down and lets you know when the process is complete and the water safe to drink. The UV system is claimed to zap 99.9999 percent of bacteria, 99.99 percent of viruses and 99.9 percent of protozoa in 25 ounces (0.75 liter) of water in 60 seconds time.

The rechargeable battery gives you about 80 cycles before it needs to be topped up, which is done via the included USB cable. The All Clear ships in March and sells for $99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Take Your iPhone Deep Under The Sea With This Tough Housing

By David Ponce

Say for a minute that there’s something, anything, interesting under water. And that you’ve got some desire to go record a high definition video of whatever that is. We say “get a hobby!” But you’re stubborn. So you have a few options. You can spend $300 for a GoPRO Hero2 rugged HD camera and dive up to 60m (200ft) underwater. Then you get to futz about with the camera hoping to get anything cinematic looking. Or you can spend almost twice as much (not quite true if you pre-order) on this rugged FourPro mount and dive half as deep (100ft). Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, the FourPro has a few advantages. First are the Teak handles that allow you some kind of control over your phone/camera, making for a potentially more stable shot. And these handles have threaded holes to accommodate lighting equipment. Lights! Who would have thought things could get dim 100ft under water?

Right now it’s just a project on Kickstarter, and as of writing it appears to be a non-starter. They’ve raised $800 from the $20,000 they need. For $400 you get the whole kit, which is lots, sure, but less than their expected $699 retail if it ever sees an actual marketplace.

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HD Video Camera Ski Goggles

By David Ponce

Winter’s around the corner, which means ski time for lots of people. And while strapping a GoPro camera to your helmet may be one way to capture your snowy prowesses, there are more dedicated solutions. Like these ski goggles that feature an HD camera directly integrated into them. The goggles themselves are dual-pane, anti-fog with UV protection, while the camera has the following features:

• Records 1080p video at up to 30 frames per second

• Records High Action HD 720p video at 60 frames per second

• Has a 136° full field of view wide angle lens

• Goggles can connect to a television using the RCA cable (included)

• Includes 4 GB SD card for photo and video storage

A rechargeable Lithium battery provides up to 2 hours of operation on a 2 hour charge from a USB connection. Of course they’re not cheap. At $400 you better be doing some crazy stunts for this to be justifiable.

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OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw For Eco-minded Psychopaths

OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw (Image courtesy OREGON)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are lots of horror movies where the deranged antagonist goes about dismembering their victims with a chainsaw. But in reality, you can hear a gas chainsaw running from like 15 miles away. So sneaking up on some unsuspecting campers with one in hand, ready to slice and dice, is pretty improbable. The next time a psychopath decides to go all serial killer on a bunch of kids, they should consider this battery powered alternative from OREGON. (Yeah, apparently the company prefers their name to be shouted.)

Besides being significantly quieter than a traditional chainsaw, you also don’t have to deal with mixing gas and oil to keep it running. Though, admittedly, you do miss out on that intoxicating gas smell. Even that annoying pull cord has been eliminated, requiring just a simple button press to bring it to life. With its larger ‘Endurance’ battery pack the PowerNow 40V MAX chainsaw can make short work of about 250 branches with a 2 or 3 inch diameter, which is more than enough to get through the occupants of a run-down, deserted sleepaway camp. It even has a built-in chain sharpening mechanism which is as easy to use as pulling a lever. With a standard 1.2Ah battery the PowerNow chainsaw runs $399, but you’ll probably want to opt for the model that includes the 2.4Ah ‘Endurance’ battery, which is $499.

[ OREGON PowerNow Battery Powered Chainsaw ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Burton’s Mix Master Gloves Wirelessly Control Your iPhone Or iPod

Burton Mix Master Gloves (Images courtesy Burton)
By Andrew Liszewski

While they’re probably designed for x-treme sports types who want to enjoy their music while careening down a mountain on their snowboards, I actually think they’d be just as useful in the dead of winter when walking to work. I just wish these new Mix Master gloves from Burton weren’t $159.95 a pair. On the back of the left glove is a rudimentary set of playback controls which I assume lets you skip tracks, adjust the volume and pause the music coming from your iPhone or iPod Touch. So that you don’t have to take your gloves off and remove the device from your pocket when it’s cold outside.

It wirelessly connects to either device (and probably even the iPad) using a small receiver that attaches to their dock connector, and an even smaller transmitter that’s stashed somewhere inside the glove. They’ve even got an impressive 100-foot radius, and the remote can be removed from the glove and used to control your music in your car, or at home. The gloves themselves feature a waterproof ‘DRYRIDE Insane Membrane’, genuine leather exterior and a quick-drying microfiber lining. So I have no doubts they’ll work just as well when it comes to keeping your hands warm and dry.

[ Burton Mix Master Gloves ] VIA [ Trendhunter ]

Sealander Amphibious Camping Trailer

Sealander Amphibious Camping Trailer (Images courtesy Sealander)
By Andrew Liszewski

Can’t decide between a weekend getaway spent at a relaxing campsite or cruising around a lake? Now you don’t have to! Or at least, you no longer have to bring both a canoe and a camping trailer since the Sealander, created by industrial designer Daniel Straub, actually floats on water. Its wide, bowl-shaped design not only provides stability while floating, but it can easily navigate shallow waters without running aground. It also means you don’t need a trailer or a boat launch to get it in the water. Backing it up to a sufficiently cleared shoreline should be more than enough.

Sealander Amphibious Camping Trailer (Images courtesy Sealander)

The inside of the rather compact, but light, trailer is designed to be completely modular, allowing it to be configured for cooking, cleaning, eating, sleeping and even on-the-water activities like swimming or fishing. A small electric outboard motor provides the propulsion while out on the water, while the trailer’s double sealed air chambers on the bottom ensure you’ll never have a miniature Titanic on your hands. Available sometime in 2012, in various designs and configurations, starting around $20,400 (€15,000).

[ Sealander Amphibious Camping Trailer ] VIA [ The Fancy ]

A’ME Heated Bike Grips

A’ME Heated Bike Grips (Images courtesy A’ME)
By Andrew Liszewski

For most casual riders, the arrival of Fall, and eventually Winter, means their bikes go into storage until the temperatures warm up again. But if you use your bike for commuting to work, or are used to dealing with the elements on a ride, freezing temps probably aren’t going to stop you. Particularly if you invest in a set of these heated grips from A’ME. They easily replace the standard handlebar grips on your bike (you just slide them on and tighten a screw) but are a vast improvement since they heat up to one of 6 different temperature settings.

Besides just comfort, the heated grips also improve bloodflow and dexterity in your hands when it’s freezing outside. So, you know, you can still operate your shifters and brakes. The various components to the system, including the grips, the battery pack and the charger are all sold separately. But you’re certainly better off just getting the whole setup as a kit for $199.

[ A’ME Heated Bike Grips ] VIA [ Urban Velo ]

Biotop Natural Pools – Like A Billabong In Your Backyard

Biotop Natural Pools (Images courtesy Biotop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Had the company existed back when Jed Clampett first struck it rich and moved to Beverly Hills, I’m pretty sure he would have jumped at the chance to convert his family’s ‘cement pond’ into one of these Biotop Natural Pools. Think of them as a kind of backyard pond, but large enough to swim in. And without any carp. The general idea is that the Biotop pools look far more natural, surrounded by reeds, tall grasses and rocks they better blend into the landscaping around your backyard.

In fact, the pools apparently stay clean and algae free without the need for any harsh chemicals like chlorine thanks to its natural approach. A plant based filtration system keeps the water clean and clear, while a naturally working ‘Carbonator’ which uses air pipes and rocks battles the algae problem. Not only does the passive system not require a continual investment in chemicals like chlorine and salt, but it also seems to be pretty hands-off when it comes to maintenance. My only concern is that the local wildlife might see your new addition as a giant restroom.

[ Biotop Natural Pools ] VIA [ Fancy ]