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- 08/18/12--03:07: _DIY helicopters mad...
- 08/20/12--01:38: _Concept gaming devi...
- 08/24/12--04:28: _Coolest Steampunk g...
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- 09/19/12--00:11: _Imec’s ultrathin ch...
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- 10/12/12--05:09: _Heated ski gloves t...
- 10/15/12--00:57: _X1 exoskeleton to a...
- 01/16/13--04:36: Compressorhead robot band is as good as any other rock band
- 01/17/13--00:33: Indian designer develops Smartphone for the visually impaired
- 01/21/13--04:08: Marco, smart digital pet for the absentminded
- 01/31/13--04:15: LA100 is the world’s first personal drone for amateurs
- 07/31/13--05:50: Most effective tips to improve your tablet’s battery life
- 08/07/12--03:03: Top flying cars that have come closest to becoming real
- 08/17/12--02:50: Most horrendous torture methods used in the Middle Ages
- 08/18/12--03:07: DIY helicopters made by modern Icarus wannabes
- 08/20/12--01:38: Concept gaming devices we’d love to see for real
- 08/24/12--04:28: Coolest Steampunk goggles you’d love to wear
- 08/28/12--05:20: Washable electronics that can hit the sink defiantly
- 09/19/12--00:11: Imec’s ultrathin chip bends like skin without hampering conductivity
- 10/10/12--02:51: Like-a-Hug jacket lets you feel the warmth of your virtual friends
- 10/12/12--05:09: Heated ski gloves to hit the slopes in style
Looking for a portable music system to rock your outdoor parties, check out the “Boompack” by Italian designer Max Battaglia, which is a powerful source of music and video that turns every space into a perfect stage for all who simply want to dance and party anywhere, anytime. Ideal for street performers, the compact music system is not [...]
Robots are gradually replacing human beings in almost every field, barring the artistic or creative areas like music that require intellect to go beyond the set patterns of the physical world. Robots may not be able to create new compositions, but they are capable of producing as good music as any other rock band has [...]
Due to the lack of supportive gadgets or technology, visually impaired people have to live an isolated life, in this so-called hi-tech world, and rely on others to get informed about the things going on around them. Perceiving a bit better life for the visually impaired, Indian designer Sumit Dagar has come up with a [...]
Getting late for office, but not able to find your car keys and mobile phone that you placed somewhere last evening. Check out the smart digital pet, called the “Marco,” by Mac Funamizu that remembers the location of different objects and search for lost items within the room for its owner. All you need to [...]
Love to play guitar (wherever you go) to entertain people, but don’t have adequate equipments to rock your street performance? Check out the new guitar case that not only protects your cherished instrument but also doubles as a trendy speaker to boost your performances down the street. Hailed as “Rockase,” the utility guitar case comes [...]
Don’t have enough time to check the price of your stocks throughout the day, check out the “Arduino Stock Market Tracking Lamp” by Ali Reza Kohani that illuminates a LED light to let you know if your share is performing good or below par in the stock market. Called the “Stocker,” the LED lamp tracks [...]
Are you tired of working on your regular computer? Check out the latest Touch Screen Camera that turns your standard desktop screen into a touch sensitive screen to let you experience Microsoft’s newest touchscreen operating system. Compatible with Windows 8, the new Touch Screen Converter lets you browse the net with a gentle finger touch. [...]
Can’t afford a personal drone, check out the fully autonomous UAV (drone) named the “LA100” from Lehmann Aviation that can capture high-quality images and videos from a bird’s eye view. Claimed to be the world’s first aircraft for users with no piloting background, the LA100 is designed to mount your GoPro in two different positions, [...]
You may have seen some flexible and portable computing systems in the past, but what about a computer that you can wear and wash like your other regular clothes. Bringing wearable, washable computers one step closer to be real, Researchers at Nottingham Trent University’s Advanced Textiles Research Group have developed clothing with light emitting diodes [...]
If you are the user of a tablet, then you would probably understand an individual’s woes when he complains about the battery draining faster in his tablet when compared to feature tablets. And we are not complaining either! For with the countless numbers of applications that run on these tablets, it won’t be surprising if they last through a single day without shutting down. However, there are certain ‘tricks of the trade’ that can help you extend the life of the battery in your tablet. And here are some of them. Charge the Tablet Fully Never opt to remove your tablet half way in between charging. This way, you would be draining the battery faster and reducing its life due to repeated charging. So make it a point to avoid using the tablet when it is charging unless you get call. Plug the charger back into the tablet after finishing the call too. Also make it a point to charge your tablet only when the battery comes down to 20% or less. This way, you would avoid repeated charging which again would reduce the life of the battery. Let your tablet breathe Remove your tablet’s case or cover before charging it. Opting to charge the tablet without removing the cover would generate heat within the device which would in turn reduce the life of the battery extensively. Disable Internet Based Applications Enabling the internet based applications on your android tablet only when you want to use them is a really smart way to saving battery life. Disabling mobile data like 3G or 4G networks, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth applications when you don’t use them can save you plenty of battery power. Of course, it would save plenty of money on your mobile internet bill as well! Stay Away from Live Wallpapers and Screens Live themes, wallpapers and screens can reduce the power and life of your android’s battery by nearly half. Try to stick to stationary wall papers and screens as much as possible in order to prevent this. Screen Timeouts and Background Settings If your android’s screen has a multitude of colors to display, try to dim the backlight so that the tablet does not need to use too much power to display these colors. Setting screen timeouts to short intervals (possibly less than a minute) would also save you plenty of battery power on your android tablet. Get rid of unwanted apps Your android tablet can get burdened with the apps that you downloaded or installed along the way and forgot about later. And booting all these applications every time you open the tablet could have a toll on the battery life. So browse through these applications and get rid of the ones you don’t want. In addition to saving battery power and life, you would be saving plenty of disk space on your tablet as well.
A decade ago, one could hardly relate cars with acquiring flying capabilities anytime soon. However, with the likes of Terrafugia Transition, the AVX (TX), etc. forcefully substantiating that the craze for seeing cars flying was not a figment of imagination alone, now there are horde of flying cars (concepts and actual flying versions) to keep you interested. Aside from flying, these new generation cars do equally well on roads too. Both modes can be operated manually and automatically as well. Pricey…? Obviously, these are! Hit the jump to know about seven best roadable aircrafts that should attract the attention of excited flying car buffs: Terrafugia Transition The brainchild of a team of MIT aeronautics engineers, including Terrafugia co-founders Carl Dietrich and his wife Anna Mracek Dietrich, the Terrafugia Transition is a $279,000 roadable airplane that can fly two passengers just over 400 miles at a cruising speed of 115mph. On road, the prototype street-legal aircraft promises to deliver up to 65mph. The airbag-and-parachute-equipped, 970 pounds flying car requires at least 518 meters of runway before it actually takes to the sky. Fuel economy (in air) is about 35 mpg, while on-road range reads in excess of 600 miles. Just recently, it moved into Phase 2 of its six planned Phases of flight-testing. AVX (TX) Developed by AVX Aircraft, the AVX (TX) flying car can fly four passengers at the speed of 140mph, aside from running at 80mph on road and 30mph on rough terrains. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) SUV switches from car to aircraft mode in less than a minute. With its capacity to fly at 10,000 feet, the AVX (TX) flying car can cover 250 nautical mile range on one tank of fuel. Touting coaxial rotor and dual ducted fans, the concept aircraft promises unmatched propulsion to ensure that perfect flight and on the ground commute. Other features include highly intuitive non-pilot operator control and navigation systems. Skyblazer Just the perfect vehicle for highway and skyway transportation, the Skyblazer concept seeks to expand your local neighborhood into a 1,000-mile space. The concept roadable aircraft is capable of carrying four adults with minimum 50lbs of baggage at 310 mph cruising speed. It can automatically transform between both modes without requiring manual labor. Skyblazer fits in regular parking space thanks to its retractable wings. While it’s in road mode, the flying surfaces and avionics sensors lie hidden. With first flying prototype surfacing in 2015, the initial cost of a production Skyblazer is calculated at more than $1,000,000. Moller M400 Skycar The prototype personal VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft dubbed Moller M400 Skycar is an outcome of Paul Moller’s forty years of dedicated efforts. Designed to cruise up to 360mph for a distance of 750 miles, the revolutionary flying car will cost $500,000 thanks to the use of eight inexpensive Rotapower Wankel rotary engines instead of jet engines. At a 4,800 ft/min rate of climb, it will have a service ceiling of 36,000 ft (10,973 m). A prototype is supposed to be flying in 2012, with certified versions "a few years later". PAL-V flying car Conceived and created by Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV, the Pal-V roadable aircraft just recently conducted its successful maiden flight. The two-seater PAL-V flaunts an aerodynamic tilting three-wheeler design. Powered by a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, the flying car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than eight seconds to a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The vehicle touts estimated fuel economy figures of 12 km/l (28 mpg US) and a range of 1,200 km (750 miles) on road. In the air, it manages to cruise at a maximum speed of 97 kts (180 km/h/112 mph). The PAL-V requires a runway of 165 m (540 ft) to get into the flight mode, while 30 m (100 ft) suffices for landing it. The vehicle has specifically been designed to operate below 1,200 m (4,000 ft). Parajet Skycar The Parajet Skycar, a Yamaha R1-engined, biodiesel-powered flying car, developed by folks at the Skycar Expedition, flaunts a commuter model, so you will not need a pilot's license to fly it. The world's first carbon-neutral flying car is a steel-framed all-terrain vehicle with a 0-60mph time around 4.5 seconds on road. A cross between a dune buggy and a paraglide, the Parajet Skycar can convert from fly-mode to drive-mode in three minutes. The Skycar requires 200 meters space to take off at 35mph, and to maintain a top airspeed around 70mph and a range of just over 180 miles. The expedition prototype, which will justify its roadable status, is expected to cost only UK£35,000. LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 Conceived by creatives at LaBiche Aerospace, the FSC-1TM flying sports car promises to hit airspeed more than 275 mph thanks to a pair of retractable wings. A Chevrolet and Porsche twin turbo engine will provide the much-needed thrust to the flying vehicle. What you actually need to add wings to your flying fancy is a $175,000 build-it-yourself kit (being developed as of now). However, 1/10th scaled remote controlled prototypes have been built already so you need not to wait that long to see it go past the prototype stage. The LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 is supposed to accommodate five passengers comfortably.
With nothing like human rights commissions to help them out, prisoners in middle ages had to undergo blood-spattered tortures in the hands of barbarous rulers and executioners. While we agree that torture is necessary to reprimand wrongdoers, criminals and persistent offenders, still the level of inflicting torments upon them was inhumane to say the least. The intensity of pain was unbearable for anyone, especially with the kind of torture equipments used for punishing and extracting confessions. Here, we’ve listed seven most horrendous torture methods used in the Middle Ages: Torture By Saw Used mainly for torturing – killing rather – those accused of blasphemy, adultery, murder, theft or witchery, the method involved tying the victim upside down to a tree and then, cutting him using a saw in half or up to the abdomen. The upside down position of the offender caused blood to rush to head, thus killing him ultimately but not before he has suffered pain for several hours. Brazen Bull Devised in ancient Greece, the brazen bull, bronze bull, or Sicilian bull was a torture device designed by metalworker Perillos of Athens. Perillos presented it to Phalaris, the ruler of Akragas, for executing criminals. After setting the fire under it, the victim was locked inside it. The excessive heat in the metal structure caused the person to die. Judas Cradle Devised by Germans, the Judas Cradle was a brutal torture method where the victim was made to sit naked over the pyramid-shaped cradle with the intention that the point of cradle penetrates into the anus or vagina. Later, the person very slowly lowered using ropes. When put some more weights on ankles, the downward pressure caused the orifice to stretch to unbearable extent. Since all victims were made to sit on the unsanitized cradle, they used to catch infection. The Rack Used in Medieval Britain, France and Russia, the Rack was a torture device that consisted of a wooden, rectangular frame with a roller each on both sides. While the victim’s ankles were fastened to one roller, his wrists were chained to the other. As the executioner used to pull the handle and the ratchet, it applied tension on the chains, thus causing tremendous pain to victim. A rotating wheel was used to make situation more gruesome for the victim. The strain of the ropes caused sufferer’s joints to dislocate or separate. Chinese rat torture method A common practice in ancient China, the Rat Torture method was a dreadful method of torturing victims. The naked (waist upward in most cases) victim had a metal pot tied – in a inverted position - on his belly. Later, when this pot was heated, the rat, in his desperation to be free, makes his way through the victim’s body by gnawing the abdominal part. Thumbscrew Also known as pilliwink, the thumbscrew torture instrument had protruding studs on its inner surfaces. It was used to crush the fingers and toes of the prisoners. Certain sharp metal points used to puncture the nails for puncturing nail beds and thus, inducing more pain. Rectal, Oral, and Vaginal Pear When forced into the mouth or rectum or vagina of those charged with blasphemy, sodomy, adultery or heresy, the expandable device caused them tremendous pain. The Rectal, Oral and Vaginal Pear torture device had an attached screw to help it expand to its maximum size.
Since Icarus’s maiden flight, the inclination to soar high into the sky has inspired millions to design and create aircrafts. While aircraft manufacturers like Virgin Atlantic and Excalibur Almaz have all the means to create high-end airplanes and, accordingly, aspire to reach lunar surface soon, we have avid DIYers, on the other hand, who have put their experience to construct homemade helicopters from whatever limited resources they had at their disposal. Here we’ve listed five homemade helicopters that speak volumes about modern Icarus-wannabes’ ingenuity and inventiveness: Nigerian makes helicopter from junk Made from discarded car and bike parts, the 12-meter-long aircraft can actually fly at 15 feet for three hours at a time. Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi, a physics student has created this chopper by using disused parts from a crashed 747, a secondhand 133 horsepower engine from a Honda Civic, couple of Toyota car seats and a lot of creativity. The functional helicopter takes off once it reaches 300rpm. Vietnamese farmer’s homemade helicopter Two Vietnamese farmers, Tran Quoc Hai and Le Van Danh, have created a helicopter that flaunts a 300 horsepower engine. Made from sturdy components, like homespun metal alloys and strong rotor blades, the chopper awaits permit for low-level flights. The investors who have raised around $20,000 for the project believe that the DIY helicopter may be usable in aerial observation and spraying pesticides over crops. Chinese farmer’s DIY chopper You don’t need to be a mastermind for creating a chopper. Even a person with basic high school education can make his own helicopter provided that he can recall the physics lesson delivered to him in school. Wo Zhongyuan, a Chinese farmer utilized elm tree branches, a motorcycle engine and a frame reinforced with steel pipes to fashion his own helicopter. Gao Hanjie's homemade helicopter Another Chinese DIYer Gao Hanije has come up with a 350kg, three-meter-long aircraft. The DIY chopper flaunts short rotor blades that complement the chopper design brilliantly. Chen Zhao Rong’s DIY helicopter Well, we’ve yet another Chinese DIYer who has conceived and created a $10,000 chopper that, aside from fulfilling his dream of owning a helicopter, also helped him resume his academics, with a mechanical touch though. However, his endeavor ultimately ended in a crash, an irate wife and enquiring police officers.
If you love gaming and can do anything to grab that perfect gaming gear with all ingrained paraphernalia to satiate a gamer’s needs, you should seriously have a look at some cool gaming devices and accessories we’ve listed below. Though you will not be able to lay your hands on any or some of these concept gaming devices anytime soon, still they succeed in tickling your fancies by providing you a distinct view of what could be the future of gaming. Hit the jump to know about some of them: Xbox 720 Concept Designer: Federico Ciccarese The Xbox 720 concept resembles a pyramid that comes integrated with two stereo Kinect cameras and a Windows Phone 8 Smartphone to present a revolutionary design for trendy gamers. Aside from featuring a sparkling Metro UI style Xbox Live Dashboard, which possibly is a part of Microsoft hardware, to remove all the clutter and work wirelessly, the concept gaming device flaunts a vibrant phosphorescent green theme, which is quite identical to the white and green theme of the Xbox. The hi-tech Xbox concept may appear too advanced to go with current standards; however, the radical design goes on to show how the futuristic gaming consoles would look like. PS4 Game Console Designer: Tai Chiem The PS4 concept flaunts an embedded OLED touchscreen, a neatly placed CD ROM with gloss cover and matching PS4 controllers with touchscreen capabilities. When mass produced – only if Sony agrees to do so – the PS4 will attract enough buyers for sure. The designer says that the gaming device will be available (not now, obviously) in Black and White variants. Sony PSi concept console Designer: Anh Nguyen Featuring wand-like motion controllers, the Sony Psi concept console combines a seemingly sound design with superb controls for fitness game lovers. Other accessories include tug ‘o’ war, integrated microphones, musical instruments (unspecified) and retractable wrist straps. Well, the cool concept makes one wonder about the endless possibilities that could be associated with this console. Xbox 720 Portable Console Designer: Tai Chiem The Xbox 720 portable console is a strange looking gaming device that features a flexible, roll-out OLED screen, motion sensing, shape-changing capabilities, touchscreen and enough internal memory. Those who still ask for more will sure appreciate the inclusion of accelerometer, a web browser, media playing capabilities and Wi-Fi. NRG51 Arcade Game Tool Designer: Netali Hernandez The innovative arcade gaming tool allows pinball lovers to generate renewable energy while playing. The transparent gaming device relies on its wheel, handle, pulley and the ball’s motion to produce energy in six different ways. When you release the ball, it hits the antenna, rolls on the playing surface, makes contact with bumpers, turbines and switch gates, and thus, converts kinetic power into usable energy. Energy, thus generated, is stored in its clear base. Despite it being a classroom-teaching project as of now, the gaming tool, when realized, could help students in developing a better understanding of power generation, harnessing and storing. Interactive Reality gaming device Designer: Nico Klaeber, Debbie Poon and Hanson Wong Presenting an ergonomic design, the Interactive Reality gaming device allows gamers to enjoy a remarkable interface, GPS, internet and communication, along with required settings for a particular fitness-related games. The perfectly mobile and easy to use gaming device promises to provide a wonderful gaming experience to health-conscious gamers.
When it comes to adding a retro feel to modern things, artists often derive their inspiration from the Steampunk era. Accordingly, they come up with Victorian-themed gizmos, apparels and accessories to amaze Steampunk lovers. Steampunk goggles, with a fair bit of ingenuity involved, definitely take that retro craving to its next level. Just to appease the sensibilities of avid Steampunk fans, we’ve enlisted some coolest Steampunk goggles that deserve a fleeting glance for sure: Steampunk Goggles Goth Industrial Brass Cosplay The one-of-a-kind goggles are made of solid brass. Draped in genuine leather, these goggles add a sure element of art to your collection of steampunk stuff. Featuring a show-stopping telescope, the Steampunk goggles go beyond being mere eyewear. The goggles include perfectly hand-assembled, hand-polished and hand-engraved parts, except for steel-lined lenses and leather eye cups. Double A Stitching Steampunk Goggles Available in different colors, these hand-sewn goggles flaunt screen covering over the glass. Created by folks at Double A Stitching, these goggles come in different styles. A hard plastic body neatly surrounds thinner leather straps, further reinforced with metallic attachments. Santi Steampunk goggles Russian artist Santi has created the Steampunk goggles out of various metals, shapes and textures. The goggles include accurately placed bolts and perforated metal attachments for providing Steampunk fans with an exhilarating experience. Sleepy Hollow Glasses The above-pictured goggles make a perfect Steampunk / Cyber Goth / Sleepy Hollow / Mad Scientist Gear. Made from a durable and flexible plastic base and hand painted throughout, the goggles flaunt a fully adjustable, customized five-lens system. Its fully adjustable vinyl strap has real brass bolts for added durability. Each side of the goggles feature a large flip down magnifier and a fully opposable arm with two smaller flip down brass lenses. Steampunk solid brass goggles These handmade goggles touts precisely cut frames and thick olive green transparent Perspex lenses to ensure clear vision and clients’ safety. Created by Mann & Koryaki , the Steampunk goggles make sumptuous use of rich brown leather and come finished with bee-wax. Fancy steampunk goggles Avid Steampunk fans would like the goggles that, undeniably, seek to revive that forlorn Victorian charm. Flaunting tightfisted use of leather and brass, the vintage-looking goggles seem to have come straight out of sci-fi fictional world. Binoc styled steampunk goggles These binocular styled steampunk goggles speak volumes about the artist’s craftsmanship. Aside from having a metal eyepiece, green (or blue or red) hard plastic lens, unique leather eye cuffs and brass or chrome fittings, the unique steampunk accessory features brass or silver color springs and leather head piece as well.
Jittery folks with shaky hands won’t ever care about those huge bucks you have spent in creating your electronic gadgets’ armory. Even you never know how a little carelessness on your own part – when you spilled coffee or some other liquid on any of your precious gadgets – will have you repenting on what you did unknowingly. With its aim to save you this agony, Logitech came up with the K310 Washable Keyboard which you can clean under the sink without worrying about it getting damaged or dysfunctional. However, the K310 is not the only washable electronic equipment that can hit the sink defiantly. We’ve dozens of them already available in the market. Here we’ve listed some washable electronics which you can wash under the faucet with soap and water or wipe them clean. Wetkeys Washable Full-Size Wireless Keyboard Compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, the Wetkeys washable wireless keyboard can be immersed in water and sanitized frequently. With its dimensions reading 17.5"X5.3"X0.6" (LXWXH), it has ample space to accommodate 126 keys with function, number pad and media buttons. Its waterproof design offers maximum resistance to liquids, so you’re free to spill a beverage on it while working in kitchens, restaurants, laboratories or industries. The perfectly waterproof, portable and flexible keyboard comes with the CE, FCC and RoHS certifications. Belkin Washable Mouse The Belkin Washable Mouse is a water-resistant gadget that you can wash to keep clean or put directly under the tap. Priced at £10.22, the mouse comes sans a click wheel. Instead, a strokeable, sensor-embedded strip acts as a track pad tool, which makes handling and controlling it a bit more difficult. Moreover, the soft rubber finish catches dirt, which you can wash off completely though. Washable illuminated pushbutton switch Available in four LED colors, the TME 82 series washable, illuminated Pushbutton Switches from knitter-switch are designed for a wide variety of applications including office automation, games consoles, vending machines and measuring instruments. Designed for through-hole mount, the pushbutton switches have a minimum lifetime of 100,000 cycles. Moreover, the switches incorporate silver plated contacts with terminals rated for 12VDC at 50mA. Emano Tec MedTab Developed by Emano Tec, the MedTab is a washable, pocket-sized tablet specially designed for use in healthcare industry. Since people involved in medical field know that germs are everywhere, it’s but necessary for them to have such sterilizable gadget at their workplace. Weighing at just 12 ounces, the $4,995 tablet allows doctors to access their medical records as it comes packed with Bluetooth and 802.11/g Wi-Fi. Powered by an Intel 624MHz processor, the tablet features voice recognition as well.
Currently, most of the electronic appliances available in the market are too rigid to withstand or bend to the needs of modern consumers that keep changing with each passing hour. Addressing the issue, Belgian institute Imec has introduced an ultrathin, flexible chip with bendable and stretchable interconnects that will bring about a revolution in medical and lifestyle applications. The futuristic ultrathin chip is capable of stretching and bending like rubber or skin, so it could adapt to curving and bending surfaces. The chip took shape by thinning the microcontroller, available in the market, down to 30µm and inserting it in a 40 to 50µm thick polyimide package at the University of Ghent. Then the stretchable electrical wiring, fabricated with patterning polyimide, was integrated to the radical circuitry to ensure completely flexibility and give a new twist to the electronic appliances. Thereafter, the package was embedded in an elastomeric substrate, i.e. the polydimethylsiloxane, to act like two dimensional springs and without hampering the conductivity. Currently on display at the 2012 ESTC conference (Electronics System Integration Technology Conference in Amsterdam, the Ultra-Thin Chip Packages (UTCP) with its futuristic design promises enhanced medical applications and even intelligent clothing, to track the movement of the user, in the days to come. Via: RDmag
You may have thousands of friends on social networking sites, but you cannot feel the warmth of true friendship from your virtual friends. In an attempt to bring your distant friends closer to you, MIT student Melissa Chow has come up with an innovative jacket that lets you feel the love and warmth as soon as any of your friends hit the “Like” button on your Facebook page. Hailed as “Like-a-Hug,” the trendy jacket literally lets the user “feel the warmth, encouragement, support or love that we feel when we receive hugs” from loved ones. Designed to work with a Smartphone, the Facebook jacket includes air pockets that inflate, as soon as your mobile phone sends a new Facebook “like” alert, to receive hugs through wireless technology. Users can not only receive hugs, but they can send hugs back to their friends as well. To send back the hug, all they need to do is deflate the jacket by squeezing it. Via: Odditycentral
Winters are round the corner and it’s time to gear up your winter sports kit to hit the slopes and enjoy the thrills of adventure sports. To keep you safe and warm in freezing winters, Chaval Outdoor, a new tech-driven outdoor apparel company, has come up with hi-tech ski gloves that features a radically different heating technology. The Heated ski gloves make use of a paper-thin, polymer film, layered in all of the glove fingers (including the thumb), which has a proprietary nanotech “programming” that enables it to quickly react to temperature deviations to maintain a specific warm temperature evenly across the film surface. As soon as the cold fingertip slips into the glove, the properties of the film start changing by drawing more power automatically to increase heat production only at that fingertip. As the fingertip warms, the film changes its properties again to reduce power draw. The “micro-regulation" allows independent automated regulation of temperature in each individual finger, ensuring a feeling of perfect steady warmth, excellent power conservation and a significant reduction of required electrical components. Priced at $390, the high-end, all-leather heated ski glove not only remain warm three times longer than other gloves, but also adds style to the user. [gallery] [Cheers Mark]
Space technology has always something special to offer that helps in sustaining human life on earth. Developed by the U.S. space agency (NASA) in collaboration with Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) has come up with an exoskeleton help astronauts exercise in zero gravity, while assisting the paraplegics move on their own. Dubbed “X1,” the new robotic exoskeleton is essentially developed as an in-space exercise machine to supply resistance against leg movement, but it could also be worn by the disabled to move without any assistance. Based on the Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, the X1 is worn over legs with a harness mounting to the back and around the shoulders to keep the body in shape. Featuring four motorized joints at hips and knees, the 57lb device also includes six passive joints and multiple adjustment points to move the body in different directions with ease. Capable of measuring, recording and streaming the data back in real-time, the robotic device not only provide additional force or power boost with a spacesuit to astronauts but also gives a better insight into the crew's exercise to doctors on earth. Via: Dailymail