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Heatsheets Survival Blanket, bright orange cocoon

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Heatsheets Survival Blanket, bright orange cocoon
The Heatsheets Survival Blanket is for emergency situations, not for those who have a weird cocoon fetish. Anyway, I’m pretty sure you can’t eat your way out of it after metamorphosis. It fits two people and conveniently has survival and first-aid instructions printed directly on the blanket.

The bright orange color makes it easier for rescuers to spot, though with both people in it and moving around it would probably look like the blob from a helicopter. Hopefully they will want to investigate rather then call for an airstrike. Apparently it reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat so don’t be afraid to get a little frisky while waiting for help. Say, did it occur to anyone that you might have to leave the safety of the blanket to read some of those fancy first-aid instructions? That’s not good if you are in freezing conditions.

Floating Ping Pong

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2008

Floating Ping Pong
Why didn’t anyone think of this before? A Ping Pong table that floats in your pool. It saves you the trouble of getting liquored up and thinking it’s a good idea to throw your non-floating Ping Pong table into the pool. Yeah, that wasn’t your best moment.

Think of all the fun you could have. Spectators can make waves and make your game extra challenging. Or you and your opponent might have to swim for the entire game, keeping the table in motion. Bottom line: This summer is a hot mofo. Spend the $69.99 and take the game to the pool. Then when the weather cools, go inside for some modular Ping Pong.

Fish TV underwater camera lets you see who’s not biting

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

Fish TV underwater camera lets you see who’s not bitingFish TV makes fishing more like a police stakeout. You’ll still be bored for hours, but the device will let you see what’s going on in the murky depths while you smoke away and eat take out food. Occasionally you’ll say to your buddy, “Subject is coming in to have a look. He’s thinking about taking the bait. Wait. Negative. Suspect fled.”

Fish TV gives you up to 50 feet of camera cable and the camera itself is equipped with infra-red lights that boost image brightness in the water. Your show will not be in color though, but black and white. The device retails for $99.99.

The Mowercycle: Heart attack on three wheels

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

The Mowercycle: Heart attack on three wheels
Don’t get me wrong, this thing is awesome. Aside from being a great vehicle during a zombie attack, it also combines exercise with an eco-friendly way to mow the lawn. Problem is, if your lawn is larger this thing could be deadly. I mean, those old push mowers aren’t as easy to push around as they look. They tend to bind up a bit and resist if they aren’t well greased.

So, you’re pedaling away mowing your 16 acres, the hot sun beating down on you as you pant for breath. Then you get all faint and fall off because you’re a lard ass. What do you think happens next? I’ll tell you what happens. That’s when some lurking zombie gets on the Mowercycle and chops you up into pieces.

Seabreacher submarine confuses dolphins

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

Seabreacher submarine confuses dolphins
Check out this submarine that looks like a dolphin. It’s called the Innespace Seabreacher, a two-seater submersible that looks and moves like a dolphin. Interestingly, the Seabreacher uses the same canopy as an F-22 fighter jet to insure that the inside stays nice and dry with a watertight seal. The vehicle seems a lot like a jet fighter for the water when you see it in motion.

Since it’s made to mimic a dolphins movement, it uses the downward lift of the wings to jump out of the water, and even do barrel rolls. I suppose it’s as close as humans can get to actually being a dolphin. You have to wonder what the dolphins think about all this. Check out a video below.

Carry & Go Briefcase for business barbeques

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

Carry & Go Briefcase for business barbecues
The Carry & Go Briefcase Barbeque is obviously for those who want to barbeque in stealth. Why, it doesn’t look at all like a folding barbeque grill. For those on the go, with a love for meat. Travel from town to town, stopping only long enough for that char-broiled taste. Just you and the grill baby. Are you a wandering businessman or a vagrant? No one will know.

It expands to 48 x 35cm when opened and will only work with good old fashioned coal, so carry that too. It’s just £24.95. Just make sure the fire is out before you go carrying it around.

JORDY Magnification headset

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

JORDY Magnification headsetYou know Scott Summers, the dude from the X-Men? Yeah, this is his grandmother. Apparently, they share the same mutant gene, resulting in cyclops eyewear. Actually, this is the JORDY. (Joint Optical Reflective Display) A head-mounted magnifier from Enhanced Vision that let’s those with poor vision see objects at a distance. Great for race tracks and the like, making granny really stand out in her final years.

The thing has 4 viewing modes, full-color, black and white, high-contrast positive and negative. A 30x magnification, but you can get 50x with the optional desktop, auto-focus with digital zoom too. The name was clearly inspired by Geordi LaForge, the visor wearing Enterprise crew member. That being the case, you’d think they could have streamlined this thing a bit.

Spinmade Click2Knot: For fishermen with fat fingers

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

Spinmade Click2Knot: For fishermen with fat fingersHere’s an interesting device that should help pudgy fishermen. If you’ve ever had trouble tying the knot on your fishing line, the problem may be fat fingers, drunkenness, or even the fact that you brought your bong along for the trip.

Whatever the cause of your Knot-tying skills sucking, the Spinmade Click2Knot can help you. With only a few clicks, the device makes a reliable Uni-knot in monofilament or fluorocarbon line. The device will be available this summer from Amazon UK and other “special stores”.

Lifesaver Bottle: Heavy on filtration, low on parasites

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

Lifesaver Bottle: Heavy filtration, low on calories
Much like the smallest fishing rod in the world, the Lifesaver bottle should be in the backpack of survival and adventurer Bear Grylls. Why take the chance of drinking bacteria and viruses, when you can get clean water from a magic bottle?

It will remove bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all kinds of microbiological menaces without using chemicals like iodine or chlorine. That means no nasty taste. It’s got a replaceable carbon filter, filtration membranes, and loads of other little features tucked inside. It’s basically the ferrari of filtration. Great item to have whenever you are far from civilization. Because even if the water won’t kill you, nobody likes diarrhea.

World’s smallest fishing rod & reel pen

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

World’s smallest fishing rod & reel pen
If you’re an outdoors kind of person, but don’t like to carry large gear, such as awkward and long fishing rods, this gadget is for you. It’s the smallest fishing rod in the world. Apparently, it actually has some quality to it. It’s made of stainless steel and polished aluminum. And guys take note, just because you have a small rod, doesn’t mean you can’t reel in a big fish.

They say it can catch a fish up to 4lbs in weight. When it’s all closed up it measures just 8 inches, but will extend to 37inches. It’s small and lightweight, perfect for the Bear Grylls type to quickly catch dinner and continue adventuring. You can store it anywhere. Can hold 120 yds of 5lb line and comes with hooks and everything else you need to get started.

Bird Song Identifier is no help at all

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

Bird Song Identifier is no help at all
At first glance you might think this is an awesome way to identify birds in the wild or in your backyard, by the song they sing. After all, it’s got a 54 page song book and a scanner that looks like a pen. This is just what you needed to identify birds by sound. Except it’s not quite what you think.

You scan the barcode for a bird, and then you can listen to a digital recording of the song from the speaker. That’s all well and good if you need to know what a bird sounds like, but it doesn’t help you identify a song you hear just now outside. The only thing to do is scan through all the damn birds in the book! In short, this device is for the birds!

Neuton CE 6.2 battery-powered mower

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

Neuton CE 6.2 battery-powered mower
A long time ago…On a lawn far far away… Lawn mowers were tethered to a power cable. Not anymore. Battery technology has finally reached the point where you can buy an electric mower that doesn’t need to be plugged in to an outlet. Which is awesome because some of us like to run over said cable and kill the lawn mower. The Neuton CE 6.2 model features a removable rechargeable battery that’s ideal for lawns up to 1/3 of an acre or about 15,000 sq. ft. in size. That means about 45 to 60 minutes of mow time per charge.

The battery is removable, so you can swap it out with a backup if it dies before your lawn is finished or if you want to use the trimmer/edger accessory. The batteries charge in about 8 hours and are said to last for about 5 years. You green sorts out there will also be happy to know that the battery is 95% recyclable when it finally does die.

Intelli Cool: Outdoor air conditioning

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2008

Intelli Cool: Outdoor air conditioning
Close the door, you’re letting the cool air out. It used to be a bad thing, when you heard a parent say that. But apparently, there are those who actually want to cool the outside with an air conditioner. The Intelli Cool is tauted as the first ever outside air conditioning unit that uses a special water evaporation technology. The fans attached to it cool the air in your nearby surroundings.

But the fun doesn’t end there. It also provides bright light so you can enjoy yourself on those not so sunny days. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of info otherwise. It seems fairly ridiculous to me and it looks…freakish.

Sense Light Swing: playgrounds go high tech

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

Sense Light Swing: playgrounds go high tech
The playground has looked the same for all of eternity. But no more. They, like everything else, are about to go high tech. Children everywhere will be driving starships not long after, probably. The Sense Light Swing is a fully illuminated swing, threatening to turn that boring old playground into a light show.

One problem though. How many parents do you know who would let their kid go to the local playground after dark? Sure, you could go with them, but that would mean parenting and that aint what you had a kid for now is it? Plus, your shows are on at night. The technology behind the Sense Light Swing is simply fiber optic strands, and nothing more, so we don’t have to worry about swing speeds being upgraded or the like anytime soon, thank God.

Automatic wrist turn signals for cyclists

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

Automatic wrist turn signals for cyclists
If you find yourself on a bike often, these compact wrist lights will help keep you safe and insure that you reach your destination in one piece. They automatically alert drivers when you are about to turn using an internal tilt switch which turns on three flashing LED’s. They detect changes in angle range and motion. There’s also a self-locking mechanism inside the base of the device that can be changed at 15 degree intervals to accommodate individual riding styles and handlebar types.

A “Delayed Off” feature means it doesn’t automatically switch off when you are in the middle of turning and drop your arm. Instead, it will keep blinking for 1 second so cars can see. Users can also manually switch the indicator off by pressing the orange top so that it wont blink in any position.