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Camper’s Kit in a Bottle

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2009

Camper's Kit in a BottleCoghlan’s Camper’s Kit in a Bottle is just what you need in these tough economic times, if you want to go camping but don’t want to break the bank buying all of the camping accessories. We checked it out for you to see if it’s something you really want to check out.

The Camper’s Kit in a Bottle includes: 1 liter shatter resistant polycarbonate bottle with carabiner attached, camper’s multi-tool, sheath, flashlight, first aid kit pack (includes first aid guide, multi sized bandages, gauze pads, alcohol pad, moleskin, travel towel and steel needle) and a poncho.

H2O filter turns your pee into drinkable water

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

H2O filter turns your pee into drinkable waterWe’ve seen the scenario in many futuristic Sci-fi movies. Some fancy machine turns your urine into actual drinkable water. It’s a very real concept. Once you take out all of the bad stuff, what do you think is left? Water. That’s what.

To use the H2O filter, just urinate straight into it, then put the lid on. For some reason the next step is to squeeze it between your knees to get the filter doing it’s job. Squeezing your knees together usually comes before this part, when you need to pee real bad. Next, just drink up from the spout at the bottom.

Hustler Zeon electric mower all set to eat your grass

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2009

Hustler Zeon electric mower all set to eat your grassThe Hustler Zeon is an all-electric lawnmower that has just come onto the market. No price yet, but we’re guessing it won’t be cheap. A full charge of 16 hours will give you 80 minutes of lawn eating time, and it’s silent since it’s electric. As a sweet bonus, it says Hustler on the side, so all your neighbors will think you won it by reading a skin mag.

You might notice that there´s no steering wheel, just two handles on each side of the seat, which will give you all of your steering. Top speed is seven miles per hour. It may not be the best looking lawn mower, but it beats pushing an old model.

Uemis Zurich scuba dive assistant with OLED display

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2009

Uemis Zurich scuba dive assistant with OLED displayWhether you live the life of James Bond or Lara Croft, you may occasionally find yourself underwater, scuba diving. From Swiss company Uemis comes this computer with colored OLED display. The Uemis Zurich diver assistant supports 10.000:1 contrast ratio in a colored display, has intuitive menu control, and 5-way navigation with three non-slip slide controls.

The scuba driver assistant can be connected to a PC via USB and the myUemis can also be synchronized in a similar manner. It also has a tank pressure sensor which transmits the tank pressure to the SDA uemis Zurich. The wristbands are available in three different sizes, in case you have an odd wrist.

VideoMask 310 Shoots Sex Videos Underwater

Posted in Outdoors by Nino Marchetti on January 6th, 2009

Liquid Image VideoMask 310

Liquid Image, a maker of random electronics, is showing off at CES some new digital camera masks for the scuba set. One of these is the VideoMask 310, priced around $160.

The VideoMask 310, available next month, lets a diver record not only digital photos but also video. The video is at 720 x 480 and records at a rate of 30 fps. The built-in digital camera also has a five-megapixel still image function.

LightSpeed Binoculars transmit secure video and audio through Infrared

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

LightSpeed Binoculars transmit secure video and audio through InfraredThese LightSpeed binoculars were designed mainly for military use and they’re capable of transmitting “untappable” voice and video signals to another set of binoculars using infrared. The LightSpeed system exploits free-space optics, which is the ability to pass data between two points using an optical beam. The method usually involves lasers, but this system uses eye-safe infrared LEDs, similar to those found in TV remotes.

According to Leo Volfson, president of Torrey Pines Logic, which created LightSpeed: “The binocular has an attachment that fits over the ocular side,” Volfson says. “It produces a beam that comes out of the right eye of the binocular. On the left side is a receiver. If you look at me and I look at you, we’ll be able to talk or send information.”

Ice Meister Slicer, the all-season sled

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2008

Ice Meister Slicer, the all-season sledDo you have an un-natural and un-healthy desire to sled down a hill in the middle of summer? Apparently, you aren’t the only one. Here’s your ticket, right here. The Ice Meister Slicer lets you race down the big hills all year long. It works like an ordinary sled when there’s plenty of snow, but in the summer, you bring the ice to the hill, mounted on the bottom of the sled. Pretty simple solution huh?

But why the hell can’t you live without sledding for a few months? Here’s how it works. There are two molds, called Icers, that you remove from the sled, fill with water and then freeze. Then you attach the two slabs of ice to the bottom of the sled for summer sledding fun.

“The Guide” umbrella helps tourists

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

“The Guide” umbrella helps touristsHere’s a perfect accessory for tourists who get lost while visiting rainy cities. It’s an awesome alternative to GPS devices, that will help you find your way and keep you dry at the same time. It’s like having your own tour guide with you in the city, featuring a map of the city with such spots as cafes highlighted, along with restaurants and hot spots. The design shown is by Cansu Cender and features a map of Istanbul, Turkey. It can easily be of help in any other cities and it would be great to see these sold at tourist shops. Very nice idea.

SeaPhantom high speed sea craft

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

SeaPhantom high speed sea craftMaritime Flight Dynamics wants to make high speed travel on the seas practical, safe, fuel-efficient and hell, while they’re at it, comfortable too. Their vehicle of choice? The SeaPhantom. It’s fast enough to get you from Key West to Cuba in 45 minutes! It uses an airfoil to fly above the crests of the waves, thus reducing drag.

The propeller remains in the water, while the body of the SeaPhantom is above the sea’s surface. Apparently this reduces hydrodynamic drag and in doing so, requires less power and uses only a fraction of the fuel compared to conventional fast boats. And we may have a chance to ride in one ourselves very soon since the Sea Phantom has moved from prototype to the actual ocean. It looks like a robot killer whale.

City Rack: A bike rack with built-in lock

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

City Rack: A bike rack with built-in lockIt can be a pain commuting everywhere on a bike. Especially when you forget to bring a bike chain with you so you can lock up your bike. The conceptual City Rack by designers Ilya Tkach and Nikita Gutsalenko will make life a bit easier for those who don’t have or forget their bike chain.

The rack has a lock built-in and several City Racks can be placed side-by-side, which makes for a great revenue generator for the city. The ring-shaped design makes it easy to lock your bike any which way you want. Sure, it isn’t free. But if that bothers you, then don’t forget your own lock and chain so you can lock it up anywhere.

Dumpster Hot Tub: The ultimate in Junkyard relaxation

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Dumpster Hot Tub: The ultimate in Junkyard relaxationLet me start off by saying, if they do a remake of Sanford and Son, I expect to see this thing front and center. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a dumpster converted into a hot tub by Michel de Broin, who has a whole dirty/clean issue to see a therapist about. I especially like the ladder, making for an easy entrance.

Depending on your neighborhood, just be careful you aren’t soaking when the garbage truck comes along and lifts you up and dumps you in the back. But until that day, enjoy “1649 litres of filtered, chlorinated water”. Its interior is lined with waterproof blue material while a pump and filter system purifies everything.

Send the rain a message with the F%$@ The Rain umbrella

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Send the rain a message with the F%$@ The Rain umbrellaHow many times have you wanted to say F**k the rain by sending a special message through those storm clouds toward the man above? Well now ya can thanks to this umbrella by Art Lebedev and Anton Schnaider .

It also doubles as an effective way of communicating with your fellow human beings who displease you. Just point it toward them, give a little forward jab so they know it’s for them and then for a bit of theatrics give it a twirl and walk off. It’s available for $56. I’m wondering if enough of these pointed at the heavens would piss God off. Guess we’ll find out. Should be interesting. I just hope it doesn’t lead to something like Bush’s third term.

BoomCooler: Stereo in an cooler

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

BoomCooler: Stereo in an coolerThe BoomCooler is exactly what it sounds like, a hybrid of a boombox and a cooler. Not to be confused by the BamCooler, which is how chef Emeril Lagasse keeps his tunes cool while shouting BAM. If you know a hillbilly or are a hillbilly, I think you found your next purchase. BoomCooler makes it easy to roll your tunes with you. You ARE the party. It sports two Sony Xplod 6” x 9” 240-watt max 4-way speakers, a 1100-watt max 10” Subwoofer and a 4-channel 600-watt amp. It’s also compatible with iPod, Sirius radio, MP3, CD and AM/FM radio.

There is however a slight catch. It won’t hold your beer. Dry goods only. Something tells me if you are buying this, you’ve got some contraband dry goods to put in it in place of your beer. It will be the best $900 you’ve ever spent. You can even sit your mullet-headed kid on it.

The Rolling Bridge retracts out of the way

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2008

The Rolling Bridge retracts out of the wayThis is a great design for a bridge. It retracts into itself like one of those rolly-polly bugs. It’s creator is Thomas heatherwick and it’s an award-winner as well as a fantastic addition to the grand union canal system in london. There are other movable canal bridges, but the rolling bridge curls up on itself to form an octagon by using hydraulics. Check out the video below to see it in action. It’s always nice to see a fresh take on an old theme. Turns out London bridges aren’t falling down, they’re just moving.

Field Cooker portable stove, for sheep stalking

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

Field Cooker portable stove, for sheep stalking
Looking at the pic above, I’m not going to speculate as to why an aging Moby is so intent on watching a bunch of sheep that he has to strap a portable stove onto a tree. I’m also not going to speculate what Moby will do after he finishes cooking, but he has sort of a lustful look in his eye. Probably composing the Deliverance theme in techno.

I will tell you that the Field cooker is just that, a portable stove/cooker, complete with chopping board, that straps onto trees so you can heat and eat outdoors. It was designed by Stefano Santilli to encourage more outdoorsy eating. Which is fine and all, but damn, it looks like Moby even brought eggs. He’s obviously prepared to wait.