Archive for Outdoors

Photon Light Boards take skating back to the future

Posted in Outdoors,Sports by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Photon Light Boards make skating futuristic
If I were a skater I would do all of my skating at night using the Photon Light Board. I would turn a 360 pivot into an ollie while people would swear up and down that they saw a bright neon UFO descend down that staircase.

With the Photon Light Board, I could do it too. Since all the boards have such highly customizable lighting patterns and many colors to choose from. It would be like doing tricks on a Lite-Brite. But I’d probably break my neck doing a rad stunt… So it’s probably best if I let that dream die. But you don’t have to. You can ring your board with LEDs, add drop lighting, or even skateboard headlights. Each Photon Light Board has about 30 lights.

Gas-powered blender mixes drinks via 43cc engine

Posted in Kitchen,Outdoors by Reuben Drake on December 27th, 2007

Gas powered blenderAnd I thought the battery-powered rechargeable blender was handy…

Sams Club has an in store deal going on for this gas-powered blender that is certain to make short work of mixing any drink you can come up with. The blender is powered by a 43cc 2-stroke gas engine mounted on a stand with a stainless steel blender cup and a variable speed throttle to get just the right amount of blending for your drinks. It’s even decorated with diamond-plated accents to give it that classy-tool look. If you can find a store that has them in stock you can walk out with one for about $100.

Intelligent lantern is a smart camping accessory

Posted in Lamps,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2007

Intelligent lantern

You don’t generally see improvements in camping lanterns. For the most part they’ve remained the same for years, but this one has a pretty clever design that’s sure to make camping more enjoyable. How about a light powerful enough to be seen from a mile away? The lights are mounted on trays so you can swivel them where you need to see.

There’s also a jack and speakers so you can plug in your mp3 player and have some fireside tunes. If that’s not enough to get you in the great outdoors, there’s also a digital clock and an AM/FM radio with local weatherbands. Having these features all in one unit will lighten your load a bit. Uses 6 C batteries. AC and DC adaptors included.

Snow Chuck gives you an arm

Posted in Outdoors,Toys by Reuben Drake on December 7th, 2007

Snow Chuck makes snowballs and throws themAlthough it’s likely to lead to some sort of trouble, this snowball making and throwing toy could make a normal kid rival that of Buddy the Elf. We’ve seen plenty of salad tong-looking devices that will make snowballs but not many of them will help you make them and launch them. The extended arm gives more reach to increase your throwing speed and distance, but not necessarily your accuracy.

The Snow Chuck has a scoop on the end that helps you scoop up some snow, pack it into a ball and then throw it, all without getting your hands in it. The plastic snow thrower retails for just under $10. Imagine the threat a person could be with one in each hand.

The Big Daddy Driver: lawn care & Golf in one

Posted in Golf,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2007

The Big Daddy Driver

Alot of people practice their golf swing in their yard and end up wacking their lawn due to a horrible swing. Whether you are Arnold Palmer or just some backyard hopeful, why not actually trim your lawn while practicing that swing. You know, on purpose and neatly.

The Big Daddy Driver looks like a large golf club, but it’s really a working weed wacker. It will fit inside your golf bag, so surprise your friends when your ball lands in the rough, by clearing the area and taking a swing. Runs on 6AA batteries.(Not sure how much weedwacking can be done with 6 AA’s, but I guess you’ll find out)

Huffy Green Machine 2: the big wheel evolves

Posted in Outdoors,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2007

Huffy Green Machine 2

The Green Machine 2 looks like a Big Wheel on steroids. It sure doesn’t resemble that old Big Wheel that I rode around in as a kid. It’s got a sleek design and can be controlled with dual joysticks. It even has rear wheel steering and a 20″ front tire, along with a front wheel hand brake.

Of course just like it’s ancestors, this one is completely dependant on kid pedal power. I wish mine had been this cool. Mine certainly didn’t have a High tension steel frame, or a real rubber front tire. I guess as long as you can still peel out on these things it’s all good.

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

Posted in Home,Internet Appliances,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

With the Cyber-Rain XCI, you can water your lawn the “Green” way. It will save you money and conserve water at the same time, by giving you control of your sprinkler system across eight zones. Through a wireless connection with your PC, it will make adjustments to it’s watering schedule, using weather data.

If it looks like it is going to rain, it will put a hold on it’s watering duties. It will even adapt it’s schedule as seasons change. Another bit of good news is that it is very affordable. You can add it to an existing irrigation system for only $295. At that price the system will pay for itself in no time. This is the kind of environment conscious technology we like to see. The Earth will thank you.

F1 lawn mower makes lawn care fun again

Posted in Home,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2007

F1 lawn mower

Lawnmowers are one of those manly tools that have not really undergone much change over the years. The reason for this is simple. Depending on how you dress it up, you can either look really cool mowing the lawn with your concept mower, or you can look like a total tool. I think they got it right here.

You have to keep it looking like a powerful object after all. The F1 is obviously inspired by the F1 racer. It’s a concept design from Kadeg Boucher. And it’s not just a shell put over the engine. They went all out. It features a full race suspension, rear view mirrors, vintage John Player Special-style livery and a steering wheel with an LCD gauge display. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see geeks racing these things in the near future.

SPOT satellite tracker saves your behind from bears

Posted in GPS,Outdoors by Nino Marchetti on November 1st, 2007

SPOTLet’s face the facts – you’re lost deep in the woods after going out on a hike to get photos of the elusive Bigfoot. You can’t find your way out and that big bear staring at you and salivating isn’t helping matters. As you rapidly climb a tree, you remember you can summon help with SPOT, the self-described world’s first satellite messenger. This aid to the lost hiker is priced at around $170 plus service fees.

The SPOT takes the form of a portable device which is designed to be waterproof as well as to withstand the outdoors in general. It’s reportedly relatively easy to use by pressing one of several buttons to, for example, transmit a user’s exact location and message to a 9-1-1 emergency call center in times of need. You can also send standard messages to family or others to request help or just let others track you via a Web service which uses GPS coordinates and Google Maps technology.

Guide Pro watch for the high-tech sportsmen

Posted in Outdoors,Watches by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2007

Guide Pro series of watches from OrigoSportsmen and adventurers love tech. Especially fishermen, when they haven’t had a nibble or bite all day. It can mean the difference between being bored to tears and catching that fish of legendary size. The Guide Pro series of watches from Origo can help. They use temperature and pressure sensors to read and analyze atmospheric data, so that you know when it’s the best time to fish or hunt. That way you are more productive and can spend more time doing other things.

Of course, it can also forecast weather using these functions. That’s not all it can do. The watch has an altimeter too, which has an accuracy of about 12 inches. It can graph your ascent or descent over 8 hours. But wait, there’s more. How about a compass? Yes, it has a compass, as well as other typical watch functions. No pricing available yet.

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.

Motion activated lawn sprinkler

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

motion activated sprinkler turns on the water when it senses movementThis potentially devious lawn sprinkler is configured with an inline valve that has a motion sensitive trigger which goes off and sends a quick stream of water without warning whenever it sees movement in its 105 degree field of view. It comes with a stake to mount it in the ground and can connect to a standard garden hose, running off a single 9-volt battery which gives it from four to six months of water-armed sentry activity.

The supposed purpose of the motion activated sprinkler is to chase off pesky rodents and birds from the area scaring them with a sudden spray of water. It would also work well to keep unwanted wandering pets out of your yard, but my first thought with this was the fun you could have with neighborhood kids passing by.

Foldable oven lets you cook anywhere

Posted in Grilling,Kitchen,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2007

Foldable cloth fabric ovenThis is for the gadget lover that enjoys food a little too much. It resembles a cloth lunchbox, but don’t let that fool you. This foldable new “easy bake oven” is perfect for the outdoorsman who absolutely must bake a small cake while enjoying nature.

Your culinary camping experience will be made possible by researchers with the Taiwan Textile Institute, who developed a cloth that can withstand high temperatures. They turned their discovery into this foldable oven, great for military use as well as other outdoor catering activities. They claim it can reach 300 degree temperatures.

Moon with a view

Posted in Outdoors,Toys by Chetz on October 3rd, 2007

Personal Moon gives you moonlight wherever you want itWhile it may be more impractical than useful there is something very appealing about being able to own your own moon and have the power to switch it on or off whenever you feel like it. Russian designers have come up with a concept they call a “Personal Moon”, a crescent-shaped light box that provides a brilliant while glow for your immediate vicinity. The artificial moon is bright enough to stand out from quite a distance away and it seems to radiate a lot of lumens (specifics weren’t available on the designers’ official website and neither was a price.)

The uses for such a cool toy are only limited by your imagination and the amount of storage space you have. Something like this hanging from a tree could be fantastic for lighting up your yard at night or for placing on top of your house to make life easier for those delivery drivers. Now what about making it change colors?

Is frog-inspired design the future of biking?

Posted in Concepts,Outdoors,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2007

Frog inspired bike design conceptDesigner Alex Suvajac apparently thinks so. Obviously frogs inspire him. The result is a sleek concept track bike that looks a lot like an aerodynamic racing amphibian on two wheels. It is as much a work of art as it is a bike, blending space age and technological looks with nature.

I’m not sure about leaning that far forward to hold onto the handlebars. Then again, this beauty is obviously built for speed and since “being one with nature” is obviously the theme, why not lean into it and merge with the frame. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean swallowing a bug or two along the way. As cool as this bike is, it remains just a concept for the moment. It is however, proof that nature has a lot to offer when combined with technology. Especially aesthetically.