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Selk’bag sleeping bag body suit

Posted in Apparel,Outdoors by Reuben Drake on October 14th, 2007

The Lippi Selk-bag is a sleeping bag with arms and legs to let you move around and stay warmLooking like a great big over-stuffed snowmobile suit, the Lippi Selk’bag is a “sleep wear system” solution to the restrictions of conventional sleeping bags. Named from the Chilean nomads, the Selk’nam, who had a great resilience for the cold the Selk’bag has a hood, arms and legs giving you the ability to move around freely while staying warm inside your bag. On those cold mornings of camping simply standing up without getting out of your bag is hard enough not to mention trying to shuffle or hop around.

The Selk’bag is made with a Nylon shell and a Polyester hollow fiber bonded filling giving it an “extreme temp” rating of -8.4 degrees celcius. It also appears to have zippers to close up at the end of the arms and vent your legs and sides if you get too hot. But, unlike our full-body underwear we’re not seeing an opening to let us pee without taking it all off, which is the primary reason we’re usually getting up when it’s still cold outside in the first place.

Wi-Fi shirt locates hot spots

Posted in Apparel,Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2007

Wi-Fi shirt can detect Wi-Fi- hotspotsIf you like being the center of attention, and absolutely need to know when you are in a hot spot, then the Wi-Fi detector shirt is for you. It displays the current wi-fi signal strength on your chest, thanks to a battery pack hidden in a small pocket within the Shirt.
The glowing bars on the front change as the wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Sure, it won’t win you any friends, but you will be part of a growing network of shirt wearers that provide a valuable public service to the rest of us as we pass you by, with our devices.

The animated decal is removable so you can wash the shirt easily and not create your own B.O. signal strength. It will display signal strength for 802.11b or 802.11g and they say that it will run for several hours using 3 AAA batteries. It will cost you $29.99.

Boombox in a Shoe

Posted in CD Player,Concepts,Foot Apparel by Reuben Drake on September 15th, 2007

athletic shoe with a CD player and speakers built inTake a look at this design concept of a CD-playing athletic shoe. (We had considered titling this post “BoomShoe” but then thought again.) It comes with everything you need to play CD’s built-in, including a compact disc player, speaker, tweeters and a small knob for volume. It even has some controls for play, stop, forward and back embedded into the side.

The design picture is pretty cool but I would bet you would have some real “skipping” problems with this one. Throw in some Flash memory and a small LCD screen and I think we would really have something.

via Guzer

G-Man 40 pocket gadget jacket

Posted in Apparel by Darrin Olson on August 18th, 2007

G-Man jacket designed for law enforcement officials has 40 pockets for all your gadgetsThe more we come across newer and cooler gadgets, the more we find we’re wanting needing to carry around more stuff with us, most of which ends up in a back pack or computer bag. This G-Man jacket designed for use by federal law enforcement officials has 40 individual pockets built-in, some hidden and some not, for storing all shapes and sizes of portable gadgets ridding our need for a separate bag.

The G-Man jacket has some of the pockets specifically designed for things like your PDA, MP3 player, cell phone, water bottle, wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens and more, all having non-scratch linings with some having easy-to-open magnet enclosures. The jacket is also fitted with wire conduits to thread through wires for headphones and other wired connections. And of course since it’s designed for law …

USB Heating Gloves

Posted in Apparel,USB by Darrin Olson on July 29th, 2007

USB Heating GlovesWinter is still a little ways off here in the US but I’ve worked at some places that keep the air conditioning on a little strong on these hot days where these could have come in “handy”. Not unlike the USB slippers these USB gloves will warm your hands by simply plugging them into any USB port on your computer, game console or even through an adapter in your car. The gloves are made of wool and are able to rise 10 degrees in temperature in a matter of 5 minutes depending on which of the two warming settings you use. They have a mitten-style cover over your fingers that folds back to allow you to type freely.

You can get your cold hands on a set of these for about $16 from MobileFun.

via TechDigest

Levi’s Mobile Phone Coming in September

Posted in Apparel,Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on June 20th, 2007

Levi’s mobile phoneTrying to stay hip in the clothing world is hard business. It’s no wonder clothing companies are always looking for that extra special something to keep them from becoming a dud. The latest case in point? The Levi’s Mobile Phone.

The Levi’s Mobile Phone, being developed for the European market by Paris-based ModeLabs Group, will reportedly be ready for public use this September. The phone is being offered in metallic silver, black and brown copper colors. There looks also to be feminine “shiny silver” and “shiny sand” editions featuring a mirror screen. The mobile will have a compact design and a riveted steel casing. Levi’s is adding a detachable chain to both make the phone a fashion statement and let one fasten it to jeans or bags.

Feature wise, Levi’s isn’t revealing too much about the phone yet. The company said the phone will let one “connect, …

Reef Dram Sandals

Posted in Reef,Sandals by Chetz on March 29th, 2007

Reef Dram Sandals holds liquid in an internal canteenHey, remember those bottle-opener sandals we told you about last year? Well, just in case you want to make sure that you have some booze handy when the need arises you may want to pick up the Dram Sandals from Reef.

Imagine the following: it’s a hot summer day. You and your buds are splashing around in the surf and then you spy some hotness approaching. You have an empty glass but what do you have to offer the lovely ladies to drink?? Aha, that’s right, you’re wearing your booze shoes! Just reach down, take one of your soles off and pour out some of your finest drink to offer the fair damsel.

Of course, the shoe makes for an excellent conversation starter too, and people far away will just see you pouring your shoes into a glass …

Grado Zero Espace’s Quota Zero Mountain Jacket

Posted in Apparel by Chetz on March 8th, 2007

Quota Zero mountain jacket. Limited editionFor those of you that love getting high but don’t like to feel the cold, Grado Zero Espace’s Quota Zero mountain jacket is the best we’ve found so far. This limited edition was made with the needs of mountain climbers in high altitude environments in mind and uses several space age materials and engineering designs to make it perfect against protecting yourself from wind chill. The jacket’s external layer is waterproof and wind resistant but also allows moisture to escape from your body. The jacket has reinforced zones on the shoulders and padded material on the back to cushion the load of your backpack, durable padding on the elbows and extended covering over the back of your hands to protect this part of you from the elements. There’s also a patented portion called Pro-Hand which will protect you from losing your …

Gloved Gaming

Posted in Apparel,Games,News by Chetz on February 27th, 2007

Wireless Bluetooth gaming control gloveImagine being able to play Donkey Konga without the need for the bongos, or play virtual tag online without the need for a keyboard, joystick or Wii nunchuk. The technonauts at Engineered Fibre Structures at the University of Manchester have come up with what could be the next big step in gaming: an electronic glove with a Bluetooth wireless connection that lets the wearer control and talk to the gizmos around them.

The patented device is made from soft nylon or acrylic material and stretches over your hand just like any other glove. Underneath the fabric are conductive pathways that are connected to sensors located in the fingertips of the glove, so when you make a connection (like say putting your index and middle fingers together in a line), a command is registered. Remember Tom Cruise shuffling pages and files around in …

Quiksilver and Plantronics Announce Bluetooth-Enabled Outerwear

Posted in Accessories,Apparel,Bluetooth,Plantronics by Paul Patterson on January 23rd, 2007

Quiksilver Double Daffy Snow JacketQuiksilver, a leader in outdoor sporting apparel and Plantronics of Bluetooth technology fame have announced a partnership that aims to outfit outdoor enthusiasts with Bluetooth-enabled sports gear. The new line of products is designed to give outdoor enthusiasts a seamless experience to go from one environment to the next while staying continuously connected to their mobile devices.

The new line of apparel and accessories will integrate Quiksilver’s outdoor sports lineup with Bluetooth equipped mobile phones, iPods and MP3 players. Plantronics’ technology will be embedded within the Quiksilver apparel and accessories and allow stereo sound to stream wirelessly from compatible products so that users can play and control music as well as answer incoming calls.

The clothing will be designed for both men and women and will be found under the Quiksilver and Roxy brands. The inaugural collection of apparel and accessories …

Beat Buckle for iPod Holds Up Your Pants

Posted in Accessories,Apparel,iPod by Chetz on January 17th, 2007

Beat Buckle to hold the iPod on a belt.I’m beginning to accept the fact that it isn’t going to end anytime soon, and have just succumb to the explosion of iPod accessories.

This rendition happens to be called the “Beat Buckle” (thank you for not calling it the iBuckle) and is an actual belt buckle that is made from durable clear plastic designed to hold the Apple iPod Nano or iPod Video. A actual belt does not come with the Beat Buckle, nor does an iPod but the case will work with any belt that supports a removable buckle. If you don’t have one Beat Buckle can also sell you a belt along with the case if needed.

The Beat Buckle case has ports for headphones and the iPod functionality is completely accessible when inside and sells for just under $30 USD.

Oh, and if you’re …

Self Cleaning Underwear

Posted in Apparel,News,Science by Chris Weber on January 5th, 2007

self cleaning underwearThis is one for those World of Warcraft gamers who can’t be bothered by things like personal hygiene. Scientists have developed clothing with special molecules that repel water and oil and also kill bacteria.

The materials were designed for the United States Air Force for use in under garments. The t-shirts and underwear can be worn for several weeks without changing.

Before you dismiss this technology as trivial you should learn of the reasons behind the development. According to Jeff Owens, one of the researchers of the technology, “During Desert Storm, most casualties were from bacterial infections-not accidents or friendly fire. We treated underwear for soldiers who tested them for several weeks and found they remained hygienic. They also helped clear up some skin complaints.”

So the self cleaning or more aptly described dirt and germ repelling under garments can …

Voltaic Solar Backpack Recharges Your Gadgets

Posted in Apparel,Outdoors,Solar Powered by Chetz on January 2nd, 2007

Voltaic Systems Solar Powered BackpackTraveling can sometimes make it difficult to keep gadgets charged up, especially when hiking or spending time in remote areas. This backpack from Voltaic Systems has three durable, waterproof solar panels across the back of it which generate up to 4 watts of power, which is plenty to charge up your things.

Inside the backpack there are channels that run throughout the pack and shoulder straps to run wires through which can power and charge various items. A 2,200mAh Li-Ion battery and eleven adapters also come with the Voltaic Backpack to hook up to a wide variety of gadgets and run them temporarily with no power source. The battery has three different voltage settings available to store the solar power.

When riding in the car or indoors, the solar backpack also contains adapters to charge your gadgets and it’s battery through a standard …

USB Slippers that Warm Your Feet

Posted in Foot Apparel,USB by Chetz on November 30th, 2006

USB Slippers Foot WarmersMany times I have been sitting in a room working away on my PC wishing my feet were not so cold. If only there were a way to warm them up, maybe with electricity that I don’t have to plug into a wall outlet? Maybe with electricity from my computers USB port?!?!

Well, after intensive searching I’ve found my solution. These USB slippers are the answer to the cold feet problem of computer geeks everywhere. They are two independently adjusted foot warmers that plug into the USB port on your computer and heat up to the desired setting to keep your feet warm. No electrical outlet needed.

The cords come at 118cm in length, but any USB extension cable can make them longer, and you can adjust the heat and power on/off for each slipper with an inline control. The heater portion is zipped …

Motorola O ROKR Bluetooth Sunglasses

Posted in Apparel,Bluetooth,Headphones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 11th, 2006

Motorola O ROKR

Oakley and Motorola teamed up to make these O ROKR sunglasses / headset. The sunglasses are made from light weight “O Matter” weighing about 54 grams so that they can be comfortable for extended periods of time. The lenses are interchangeable (comes with one set) and they are made from Plutonite to filter 100% of all UV rays.

What makes this a cool gadget is the fact that the O ROKR glasses double as a Bluetooth wireless headset. You can use the dual ear pieces attached to the sunglasses to listen to a Bluetooth enabled phone or a music player with Bluetooth or a Bluetooth adapter. You can also take calls from your phone on the O ROKR glasses like you would with a normal Bluetooth headset.

The glasses have functionality built into them to remotely operate the playing devices. You can control volume, answer …